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Big Brother Brian Dowling: 'I hope I won't be compared to Davina'

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Brian Dowling and Davina McCall on Ultimate Big Brother 2010

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New Big Brother host Brian Dowling has said that he hopes people won't compare him to Davina McCall.

Dowling is the new presenter of the reality show, following its move to Channel 5. Emma Willis will front spinoff series Big Brother's Bit On The Side.

The Ultimate Big Brother and Big Brother 2 champion admitted he was nervous about replacing McCall, who hosted all 11 series on Channel 4, but revealed that she had been supportive of his appointment.

"I'm not Davina. I'll be me," he told the Daily Star. "I hope my experience in the show will give me an advantage. I am just so excited about this opportunity to host one of the most talked-about shows on TV."

Dowling added: "With it now being on a different channel and at a different time of year, I'm hoping I won't be compared to her too much.

"I'm not Davina McCall, I'm me, but I'm a huge fan of her and she's been so supportive. I'm not claiming to be her and I'm hoping my different experiences of being in the house will show that.

"I might call her and ask her for some tips though. She's so impartial, supportive and loves everyone. She can host a massive live show and keep it together which I hope I can do too."

Dowling added that he expected some criticism from fans, but that he was hoping they could offer him an idea for a new catchphrase to replace McCall's iconic: "Big Brother house, this is Davina, you are live on Channel 4... please do not swear."

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