I’m going to try and explain what has gone on in the live launch.
Firstly the show opened with a tribute to Pietro Taricone of GF1, who sadly died in a terrible accident last year.
Alessia calls Margherita and Ferdinando C (Nando) from the crowd to the stage. Nando enters the house while Alessia tells Margherita that she will not enter the house.
Norma, Rosa, Cristina and Francesca enter the house.
Alessia then brings Davide B. and Pietro, and they both enter the house, into a “Room of Surprises”.The girls pick Pietro to enter the house.
Cristina, Rosa and Francesca are made to choose who should enter the house from Davide B. (Davide Roberto) and Pietro. After watching videos of the two and getting to ask them questions, they pick Pietro. Davide B. is then told he can pick one of the women to replace in the house. He chooses Cristina, so Cristina leaves the house.
Giuliano then enters the house, and is followed shortly afterwards by Davide C.
Alessia then reminds the viewers of Margherita, who is in tears as she wanted to be in the house. She is given an envelope by her mother, which says she can enter the house, so she does in fact become a housemate.Angelica, Lorenzo and Giordana are called on the stage.
Angelica, Lorenzo and Giordana come to the stage, and all have to pick a key card – only one will let them enter the house. Giordana chooses the red key card but the door does not open for her. Lorenzo selects the green key card but he isn’t allowed in either. Angelica then chooses the yellow key card and enters the house.
Andrea and Guendalina are the next housemates, followed by Angelica and David.
Margherita then finally enters the house, followed by Ferdinando G.
Sheila and Hellen are called to the stage, where it is revealed that Sheila is the housemate to enter. Hellen is not selected and misses out. For some reason, Grande Fratello then blows up Sheila's suitcase in front of her.
Giulano is brought to the confession room and has to hide the fact that he is a “gigolo” (a male prostitute) from the other housemates. Later, at the end of the live show, all of the girls are told that one of the men is a gigolo in disguise and If they correctly guess who it is they will receive a “great prize”.
And another surprise is revealed. A couple, Alessandro and Annapaola were to enter the house tonight as a couple. But Annapaola learnt she was pregnant and the end of the Summer and as so cannot enter. Alessandro is in a room in the house where he gets a message from Annapaola. Alessia then says that Alessandro will not enter at the moment to be close to Annapaola.
Cristina, Lorenzo, Giordana and Hellen appear at the front door of the house. Alessia tells them that there is one last place in the house. Cristina gets a second chance in the house, while Lorenzo, Giordana and Hellen will not be entering.From left to right - Giordana, Hellen, Lorenzo all missed out on a place in the house. Alessandro will enter the house at a later date.
The public are now voting to make their favourite immune from the first nominations.