Natalie, 33, danced to the track as she left her limo and talked to host Emma Willis before breaking into a twerk on the stairs.
This came despite the fact that soul singer Aretha passed away earlier today at the age of 76 after a battle with advanced pancreatic cancer.
Many viewers felt that the use of her music for Natalie’s arrival was in poor taste so soon after news of the icon’s death.
‘Extremely poor taste in playing that song to the entrance of that wannabe, today of all days. Hang your heads in shame,’ one angry fan wrote on Twitter, whilst another asked: ‘Who does the music on Celebrity Big Brother? Aretha Franklin tonight! Really???’
And one added: ‘You’ve got to be joking ! why the hell are they playing respect by Aretha Franklin who’s a true legend and just passed away for somebody in #cbb that song should only be played for Aretha Franklin right now and nobody else have abit of respect !’
Others called the decision ‘insensitive’, ‘tasteless’ and ‘disgusting’.
American reality star Natalie found fame on the show Bad Girls Club and also appeared in other series including Marriage Boot Camp and Mother/Daughter Experiment.
The housemate made it clear that she’s not going to be the shy and retiring type too when she announced: ‘I give you a few hours before I become the b**** that I am.’
And just to hammer that message home Natalie chose to wear a flouncy dress and a tiara for her entrance into the house.
‘I wish I looked as hot as @EmmaWillis! So beautiful,’ one admirer tweeted, whilst another wrote: ‘Omg @EmmaWillis I literally can’t cope with how perfect she looks this evening! #BigBrother #CelebrityBigBrother’
And one added: ‘@EmmaWillis outfit tonight on #CBBUK is giving me life’
Meanwhile some were stunned by her figure.
‘Her bod is amazing,’ one tweet read. A fellow fan agreed: ’You look amazing!!! Girl crush’
Emma certainly got viewers talking, with her name soon trending on Twitter during the launch show.
Unfortunately it wasn’t all positive though. Some watchers of the show weren’t quite so keen on her look…
‘You always know one thing’s for sure when watching #CBB every year… @EmmaWillis hair style just gets worse and worse,’ one posted on Twitter – ouch.
Others were baffled by her bouffant ‘do, with one writing: ‘Emma Willis’ hair is like an evil step mother in a Disney film, not digging it’
The mum-of-three has previously revealed that she doesn’t worry too much about what people think of her style though.
‘My main thing is being comfortable and looking like myself,’ Emma told the Daily Mail. ‘But to be honest, what I wear is pretty much the last thing I think about.’
Emma seemed pretty excited during the launch show as she welcomed stars including Kirstie Alley, Ryan Thomas and Dan Osborne.
The actress has reportedly left the country to go on holiday with the couple’s children Ella, 3, and new baby Mia, with The Sun claiming that she’s keen to avoid the scrutiny that Dan’s appearance on the show will bring.
Dan, 27, and Jacqueline, 25, have already endured months of speculation about the status of their relationship after split rumours first emerged in May when Jacqueline was still pregnant.
Things got even more dramatic in June when Dan was accused of sleeping with Love Island star Gabby Allen when they both attended a bootcamp in Marbella, allegations that both he and Gabby furiously denied.
The claims came from Gabby’s ex-boyfriend Marcel Somerville.
But the scandal isn’t quite over, given that Gabby, 25, will also be in the Celebrity Big Brother house – awkward.
Meanwhile Gabby revealed last week that she ‘explained herself’ to Jacqueline after the allegations.
‘Yeah I have spoken to her,’ she said. ‘I never thought I’d have to explain anything before because I haven’t done anything wrong so why would you have to explain anything?
‘But then we have spoken and it was fine and you know what it’s a shame because we all got on so well. It would have been nice to stay friends afterwards.
‘I only know Dan, I don’t know Jac, so I don’t know what’s going on. But Dan’s a really nice guy, we got on really well.’
Despite all of this drama and Jacqueline’s rumoured getaway, it’s also been claimed that the former EastEnders star IS backing Dan in CBB.
A spokesperson for the mum-of-two reportedly told The Sun: ‘She will be supporting him.’
Perhaps the status of Dan and Jacqueline’s relationship will become clear if Dan spills the beans during his time in the house…
Topping the list as the highest-paid star is Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress who claims to have slept with US president Donald Trump. She’s apparently taking home £750,000 – and according to The Sun is only staying in the house for one week.
Rumour has it this whopping salary has left the other contestants pretty irked to say the least.
‘Stormy made a deal with Celebrity Big Brother for a whopping £750,000 and she apparently won’t be there for long, which makes no sense at all to the other contestants,’ a source said.
Also listed as bagging £750k is former Emmerdale star Roxanne Pallett, who has experienced some major drama in her life lately after being involved in a car crash before getting engaged to her partner just one week after meeting.
Ex-Coronation Street actor Ryan Thomas has reportedly signed an impressive £500k deal, whilst footballer Jermaine Pennant is said to be on £200k.
Psychic Sally Morgan is set to earn £200k for her stint in the house, as is American actress Kirstie Alley.
The remaining stars are apparently earning between £100k and £40k, with Love Island’s Gabby Allen and disgraced trader Nick Leeson getting the lowest amount of cash.
Dan Osborne – who could have an awkward time seeing Gabby again after they were forced to deny allegations that they’d slept together earlier this year – is said to have signed a £60k deal to enter the house.
This comes after it was reported earlier today that one mystery housemate had STILL not signed their contract, causing chaos with just hours to go until the launch show.
‘The bosses have been trying to sign this person up for a while but there have been issues along the way and their contract is still very much blank,’ an insider claimed.
‘There are lots of frantic phone calls and emails flying around in the office. It’s absolutely chaos there right now and they’re pulling out all the stops to get this person into the house.’
The TV star – who presents spin-off show Bit On The Side – confessed on This Morning today that he doesn’t know if the programme will continue after this year following rumours that both the celebrity and civilian versions could end.
‘These rumours have been going about for a long time now,’ Rylan, 29, admitted to hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford.
‘The truth is no one knows. That’s the god honest truth. I would have told you by now, “Ruth, I can’t believe it I’m out of a job.”
‘But no, there’s always rumours. It’s no secret that we had a three-year deal with Channel 5, and that this year is technically the last year. But what’s happened previous is it’s just renewed, but no one knows still.’
Fingers crossed this isn’t the last of Big Brother, then!
If the show DOES come to an end, however, Rylan said it would come as a massive blow to him, host Emma Willis and narrator Marcus Bentley.
‘I love Big Brother. I’ve been a fan of it since it started,’ the presenter – who won CBB himself back in 2013 after finding fame on The X Factor – explained.
‘Obviously I was very lucky to take part in it and now I work in it, but Emma, me and Marcus really do love that show.
‘The thought of it potentially not being there, it’s not devastating to the fact I haven’t got a job, it’s not about that, it’s more as a fan.’
It comes as the latest series kicks off with an ‘eye of the storm’ theme, so we’re expecting some pretty explosive viewing! And check out the house…
Wow! Celebs entering the house include former Coronation Street actor Ryan Thomas, ex-TOWIE cast member Dan Osborne and adult film star Stormy Daniels.
Documentary maker Stacey, 31, is hitting the dancefloor and fans of her programmes are over the moon!
‘Goooooo Stacey!!! Me and my mum love your documentaries and will be rooting for you girl!!’ one tweeted following the announcement, whilst another wrote: ‘I love her. I watch her show on CBBC, Show Me What Your Made Of. So glad to hear that she will be part of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing family! Good luck Stacey!’
Dr Ranj Singh
The This Morning doctor has been confirmed as the seventh contestant for Strictly and we are SO excited.
While cheeky host Ruth Langsford might have hinted her hubby and co-star Eamonn Holmes was joining the line-up, the announcement was made on ITV earlier today.
Will Dr Ranj be as successful as previous This Morning stars such as Alison Hammond and even Ruth herself? We hope so…
England cricketer Graeme was revealed to be the sixth celebrity contestant in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing line-up last night.
The 39-year-old’s exciting new career move was unveiled on BBC Radio 2 by presenters Angela Scanlon and OJ Borg.
During the interview, the dad-of-three confessed he was most worried about waxing his chest in the run-up to the show… LOL!
There’s been mutterings for weeks that Capital FM Breakfast host Vic would be joining the show, and she finally announced the good news live on air on Wednesday morning.
Joined by co-hosts Roman Kemp and Sonny Jay, Vick confirmed: ‘Every Saturday night I’ll be within touching distance of Faye from Steps… I’m doing Strictly!’
The 28-year-old – originally from Newcastle – joined Capital back in April 2017, and also hosts Sky One’s Carnage with Freddie Flintoff and Lethal Bizzle.
The 26-year-old – who’s the brother of famous vlogger Zoella – announced he was taking part on Tuesday’s BBC Radio 1 Breakfast show.
He became a HUGE online success thanks to his YouTube channel where he shares a load of videos of himself performing pranks and challenges.
But will he be able to win over the British public with his dancing skills?
YES! Our Steps lady has finally confirmed she’ll be throwing on her dancing shows next month in an appearance on The One Show on Monday.
The 42-year-old joined Steps in 1997, and went on to have two number one singles and two number one albums, as well as 14 consecutive top 5 singles. So, it’s safe to say she’s got the performing thing down to a T.
‘I have lied to so many people,’ she admitted to presenters Matt Baker and Alex Jones.
The singer then revealed she’s most looking forward to getting dressed up, adding: ‘I am all about the costumes. It’s the crystals, the huge hair, the themed nights…’
Appearing on The One Show alongside fellow contestant Faye, actor Danny confirmed he would ALSO be taking part in the competition.
He’s best known for his role as the Cat in the sitcom Red Dwarf, as well as playing policeman Dwayne Myers in the crime drama Death in Paradise.
The 57-year-old has also had a bit of experience in dancing as he used to perform on the WestEnd and you might even recognise him from The Real Full Monty charity strip tease earlier this year… Ooo la la.
The TV presenter and ex-model will be waltzing on to the dance floor when the show hits our telly screens in Autumn, and it looks like we’re not the only ones who are just itching for the show to begin.
Announcing the exciting news on BBC Breakfast on Monday, 34-year-old Katie said: ‘I’ve known for a while and it’s been really hard to keep it a secret.’
‘I feel so privileged and excited to be part of my favourite show on TV. I already know how much of an amazing experience it will be for me and I can’t wait to show my girls some of my new dance moves.’
Although the mum-of-two is feeling a little bit apprehensive about her huge new gig, as Katie added: ‘It took a while to say yes because it’s something way out of my comfort zone.
‘The only person I told was my husband and he thought I was joking. I’m worried I’ll be the first to go home! The fear I have is I don’t have the natural rhythm. But I like a challenge, anything I can’t do it inspires me to learn it.’
This comes after fans of the BBC series were left totally baffled when hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman released a video containing a load of cheese-based clues about who could be joining the star-studded line up. Hmm…
Strictly is thought to start filming this month, with the rest of the big names to be announced in the coming two weeks ahead of the series’ showbiz red carpet launch at the end of August.
Other celebs rumoured to be reaching for their sparkly leggings for a chance to impress Craig Revel-Horwood, Bruno Tonioli, Shirley Ballas and Darcey Bussell include Coleen Rooney, Lee Ryan and even Scarlett Moffatt.
We can’t WAIT for the series to start in September.
‘Emily……. words are not enough,’ Pete captioned a photo of Emily, who has now turned 29. ‘Happy birthday beautiful ’
Awww. Fans were touched by Pete’s emotional post and many joined him in wishing Emily a happy birthday.
‘Simply Stunning⚘ Happy Birthday Emily,’ one admirer commented, whilst another wrote: ‘Happy birthday you beautiful@person you and Peter are perfect together #soulmates’
And one added: ‘Happy birthday mrs Andre. Make it a good one! Let Peter spoil you’
It looks like Pete and Emily might have kicked off the celebrations in a very homely way, with Pete revealing last night that he was playing a board game and drinking tea.
‘Nothing like a good ole game of scrabble and a cup of tea #scrabble #oldiebutagoodie,’ the dad-of-four wrote alongside a snap of the board.
Looks like fun! Though the picture has caused a bit of controversy after some eagle-eyed fans spotted the word ‘BLT’ on the board, which might just be pushing the rules a bit…
All Scrabble dramas aside, Emily’s birthday comes after the couple celebrated their third wedding anniversary last month.
Unfortunately though Pete revealed earlier this week that he was saddened to learn that Mamhead House in Devon – the venue of their nuptials – has now gone into liquidation.
The TV star wrote in his new! magazine column: ‘It was really upsetting to learn last week that the wedding venue where Emily and I got married, Mamhead House and Castle in Devon, went into liquidation two years ago, leaving 21 couples without a venue or their money back.
‘We had a wonderful time there, so I feel really sorry for all those people who have now been left in the lurch.’
Victoria, 44, filmed the youngest member of the Beckham family whilst having her tresses done and captioned the snap: ‘Bali braids for Harper’
The fashion designer then showed off the results of her daughter’s transformation and seemed impressed with the new style.
‘Pretty braids,’ Victoria wrote. ‘Kisses from Bali’
Meanwhile Harper couldn’t stop smiling as she modelled her newly plaited hair, which bears a very strong resemblance to the braids that David famously sported back in 2003.
Like father, like daughter!
David, 43, isn’t the only person to have inspired Harper’s style during the vacation in Bali though.
Earlier in the day the youngster seemed to have turned to Victoria’s Spice Girls bandmate Emma Bunton for hair ideas after trying out bunches in her locks.
‘My very own Baby Spice,’ Victoria proudly posted about a snap of Harper modelling the style and giving a peace sign.
Awww, major nostalgia alert!
It’s perhaps no surprise that Harper has turned to the Spice Girls for inspiration, having watched Spice World: The Movie with her mum earlier this week.
In a post shared on her Instagram Stories, Posh could be seen lying in front of the film along with the message: ‘Nap time with Harper! Spice World has been on heavy rotation this holiday,’ and a sticker reading: ‘Girl power.’
She went on to confess that Harper had become ‘obsessed’ with the Spice Bus – and also wanted a ‘little Gucci dress’ like Victoria famously wears in the flick.
Looks like both David AND Victoria are influencing Harper’s sense of style then!
Ferne McCann recently turned 28, and we wouldn’t expect anything less than the Essex girl celebrating with more than one party.
And boy, she didn’t disappoint.
Joined by gal pal Vicky Pattison for yet ANOTHER night out to celebrate getting a year older, she looked incredible as she stepped out for dinner at fancy Westend venue Novikov followed by cocktails at swanky Soho venue, Archer Street bar.
Wearing a silk animal print co-ord set she dared to bare-all with a thigh high split and plunging neckline flashing her lacy bra underneath.
The TOWIE stars accessories were kept minimal with nude heels and a simple gold chain medallion.
In the pic shared with her 2.1 million followers, she wrote: ‘Because who has one birthday celebration anymore?’
Fans rushed to comment on the pic- that had over 21,000 likes- with one commenting: ‘You look stunning Ferne!’ and another adding: ‘Absolutely gorgeous Ferne #fire’.
In a picture posted on her actual birthday, 6th August, she looked casual and dressed down but still stunning in an oversized white shirt hanging off her bare shoulder.
The caption read: ‘Another year older, wiser and more grateful. Thank you all for the birthday wishes. The best present was waking up to my little munchkin. Thank you mama @gillymccann for my birthday dinner you made it so special love you.’
The Gogglebox star’s name has been in the mix to host I’m A Celeb alongside Declan Donnelly for weeks…
With Ant McPartlin‘s return to I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here 2018 ruled out as he continues his hiatus out of the public eye, Scarlett Moffatt was among a whole list of celebs rumoured to temporarily replace him.
But, the Gogglebox star WON’T be replacing Ant – who was arrested for drink driving back in March – because she will be resuming her role on I’m A Celeb: Extra Camp instead.
‘He showed just how competent he is solo when he did Takeaway and BGT earlier in the year.’
Scarlett, 28, began presenting I’m A Celeb’s spin-off show last year – just one year after she was crowned Queen of the Jungle in 2017.
She co-hosted the show with former champ Joe Swash and Joel Dommett – who came runner up during Scarlett’s series.
Other celebrities in the pipeline to replace Ant include Holly Willoughby and Stephen Mulhern.
With Holly already a firm favourite with ITV bosses, A TV insider said: ‘Holly is very close friends with Ant and Dec and both she and Phil have been backing Ant since his troubles. Ant and Dec both love her and I am sure they’d be thrilled if she got the job.
‘They share a management company so Holly already knows what being in the Jungle for weeks entails.’
But, Britain’s Got More Talent More host Stephen Mulhern could also be another contender – after he proved a big hit when he stepped in for Ant during the Saturday Night Takeaway final in Florida.