And the third season of Bigg Boss Telugu finally premiered on July 21, 2019, after a long delay. However, the show courted more than its fair share of controversies, even before it went on air. Right from the makers being unable to lock in a host to cases being filed against makers of the show, to even a daily censorship plea and stay order being filed against the makers and channel, Bogg Boss Telugu has seen it all. And after all this drama, the show has finally launched and is all set to bring in more drama into your lives from inside the house. Bigg Boss Telugu 3 Launch To Take Place On July 21, 2019, Despite Stay Order Plea 

For those who came in late, Bigg Boss Telugu season 3 was in the news when journalist Swetha Reddy and actress Gayatri Gupta filed cases against the makers, alleging them of fraud and harassment. Also, Hyderabad resident K Jagadishwar Reddy, filed a petition and requested that a stay on the show be incorporated till it is censored daily. In his petition filed in the Telangana High Court, the petitioner alleged that a 'proper mechanism for daily censorship of the show's episodes' must be put in place before it airs. Bigg Boss Telugu 3: ‘Obscenity’ Accusations and Censorship Pleas Rock the Show Even Before It Goes On-Air

However, we had recently reported about how despite the above issues, the show was scheduled to launch as planned and it has. And here's presenting the final 15 contestants on the show.

Contestant 1: Shiva Jyothi is also known by her popular anchor name 'Teenmaar Savitri'. She became popular with her show Teenmaar where she presented news about the happenings in Telangana.

Contestant 2: Ravi Krishna is popular for his shows like

Bavamaradallu, That is Mahalakshmi and Sundarakanda and was last seen in Dance Jodi Dance.

Contestant 3: Ashu Reddy looks strikingly similar to South Superstar Samantha Akkineni and is known for the same.

Contestant 4: Jaffar Babu is a noted journalist down South.

Contestant 5: Himaja Reddy became a household name with her show Koncham Ishtam Koncham Kashtam. She has also played pivotal appearances in movies likes Dhruva, Sathamanam Bhavathi among others.

Contestant 6: Rahul Sipligunj is a popular playback singer who was a part of one of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Telugu's seasons as a mentor.

Contestant 7: Rohini Noni was also a part of Koncham Ishtam Koncham Kashtam, that made her a notable face in the Telugu industry.

Contestant 8: Baba Bhaskar is a noted choreographer-turned-filmmaker down south with a career spanning across Telugu, Tamil and other South Indian films.

Contestant 9: Punarnavi Bhupalam shot to fame with her appearance in the popular Telugu flick Telugu film Uyyala Jampala.

Contestant 10: Hema seems to be the one contestant in this lot who will not shy away from voicing her opinion, for the former well-known name in the Telugu and Tamil industries, is currently actively into politics. 

Contestant 11: Ali Reza is also referred to as 'Smal Screen Mahesh Babu' in the south industry and is well known for his roles in shows like Maate Mantramu and Pasupu Kumkuma.

Contestant 12: Mahesh Vitta is a popular comedian and internet sensation with the show Fun Bucket to his credit.

Contestant 13: Sreemukhi is one of Telugu industry's most vouched for and bankable hosts.

Varun Sandesh and Vithika Sheru are one social media sensation. In a typical 'met on the sets and fell in love story' the duo got together after their film Paddanandi Premalo Mari and tied the knot in August 2016. The pair will also be the first-ever couple in the Bigg Boss Telugu house.

Contestant 14: Varun Sandesh

Contestant 15: Vithika Sheru

Well, now that you have read their bios, this season's line up sure seems interesting. Complete with a controversial journalist, a PDA packing couple, actresses, filmmaker, host and a politician, we are guessing this season of Bigg Boss Telugu 3 will be nothing less than explosive.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Jul 21, 2019 11:39 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website