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Big Brother 2007 was the eighth series of the United Kingdom reality television programme Big Brother,[1] airing on Channel 4, with a number of closely associated programmes also airing on E4. The series began on 30 May 2007 when eleven female contestants entered the house and ended 94 days later on 31 August 2007.[2] A male housemate joined two days later,[3] with a further two male contestants being added a week after that.[4] Another four men joined on 15 June.[5] Five new housemates then entered the house on Day 59: three females, and two males. They went to a new house next door called "The Halfway House"[6] and stayed in the Halfway House until Day 62.

This was the first Big Brother series to air in the UK since the controversial 2007 Celebrity Big Brother, and a number of changes had been made to the show, including the omission of text message voting, and a reduction in the cost of calls to vote for evictions from 50p to 25p. At least 10p from each vote was going to charity. The series averaged 3.9 million viewers, making it the least watched series of Big Brother at the time.

Brian Belo won the series, beating bookies' favourite Amanda and Sam in the final vote.

Contents

Auditions

The first round of auditions started on 6 January 2007[7] at the SECC in Glasgow, where there was a queue of three hundred people.[8] Auditions were also held in Birmingham, Cardiff, Dublin, London, Manchester, and Newcastle.[9]

Sponsorship

On 8 March 2007, it was announced that The Carphone Warehouse would not return to sponsor Big Brother 2007 after cancelling its sponsorship of Celebrity Big Brother 2007,[10] and on 21 March, that Virgin Media would sponsor the show, for a reported £3 million.[11] Virgin Media's idents for the show use footage from Big Brother programmes from all around the world, including Germany, Brazil, Philippines and the Netherlands.

The iconic Big Brother eye has been redesigned to what has been described as a "centrifugal inter-locking RGB rainbow test card"[12] by its designer Daniel Eatock.[13] The eye went for a rainbow look and the main colours were multi-coloured.

Broadcasts

On 4 April 2007, it was announced that Russell Brand had quit the spin off show Big Brother's Big Mouth.[14] As a replacement there was to be a guest host each week on Big Brother's Big Mouth, starting with Chris Moyles who presented the first three editions from launch night.[15]

Dermot O'Leary returned again to present Big Brother's Little Brother[16] and Davina McCall has also returned to present the live eviction shows as well as a spin-off show; Big Brother On The Couch which airs as an hour long show each Sunday[17] and replaced Big Brother's Big Brain, which was axed.[18]

Before the launch programme, Channel 4 presented a statement from Ofcom explaining the racism incidents from Celebrity Big Brother earlier in the year. The statement said:

"This is a summary of findings from Ofcom, the communications regulator, about the Channel 4 series "Celebrity Big Brother." In January 2007, Ofcom received over 44,500 complaints, mainly about potentially racist material. Ofcom has concluded that Channel 4 failed to handle appropriately the strong content it was transmitting. This resulted in breaches of the Ofcom Broadcasting Code, which is designed to ensure that when broadcasters show potentially offensive material, they do so in a way which offers adequate protection to the viewer. Ofcom has found that Channel 4 breached the Code on three separate occasions. Its decision to repeat one of these incidents in its early morning show resulted in a further breach for failing to protect children. There was also a serious failure in Channel 4's compliance processes which meant that it was not aware of all the relevant activity in the House at a particularly critical time. This compounded its failure to ensure compliance with the Code. These are significant failings. Ofcom has therefore imposed a formal sanction on Channel Four, directing it to broadcast this statement. This ensures that the largest number of viewers will be made fully aware of the seriousness of Channel 4's failure to comply. For the full adjudication please visit www.ofcom.org.uk

This was followed immediately by a Channel 4 ident, and then the Big Brother titles. Channel 4 also broadcast the Ofcom statement on the morning of 31 May 2007 before the early morning repeat, and again immediately before the first eviction on Friday 15 June.[19]

Popularity of the series

Channel 4 announced on 24 August that they were cancelling the next series of Celebrity Big Brother. The decision came after the race row that engulfed the fifth celebrity series, and after the eighth non-celebrity series failed to "make as big of a splash as usual", although it still held healthy viewing figures.[20]

Channel 4's Julian Bellamy said he wanted to create "more anticipation" for the ninth series of Big Brother in 2008.[21] Big Brother UK has been signed until Big Brother 11 (2010).

Ratings

The series average ended up around 3.9 million with a 18% share in officials.[22] When ITV's Britain's Got Talent concluded, Big Brother returned to viewing figures of around 4 million per night.[23]

The launch show was the fourth most watched launch show in Big Brother UK history by attracting an average of 6.2 million viewers. The number of viewers rose to 8 million after The British Soap Awards on ITV1 and The Apprentice on BBC One ended.[24]

The next night saw a traditional drop in ratings with the show shedding more than 2 million viewers while 4 million people watched the first highlights show of the series, which was 22% of the television audience between 10:00 and 11:05.[25]

Despite the promising launch show ratings, the first Friday show did not fare well in the ratings with the first part attracting 3.3 million people (15%),[26] although this show was up against Match of the Day Live which aired England's first match at the new Wembley stadium. However, at 10:30, the second part, which showed the entrance of the first male contestant, was watched by 4.3 million viewers (24.6%).[26]

4.6 million viewers watched the highlights show on 7 June which contained Emily's ejection from the Big Brother House due to using a racial slur.[27] This was the second-highest viewed show of the series after the live launch at the time.

The show's second full week was rated as one of the lowest watched weeks in Big Brother history with the week averaging 2.83m (12.7%). The ratings were reduced to 2.11m on Wednesday night and the Friday night eviction shows rated as the lowest eviction shows in Big Brother history, with 3.1m (13.7%) watching at 8:30, and 3.0m (13.3%) at 10:00.[28] However, this has since been beaten by the eviction of Belinda in Big Brother 9.

When the Friday 6 July twist was revealed, ratings were picking up yet again - returning Big Brother to its usual high rated status. Charley's interview during her fake eviction was watched by 5.4m viewers, the highest since the launch.[29] Her real eviction was seen by an average of 5.0 million viewers, the second highest since the launch.

Week Averages

The following is a summary of weekly ratings points:[22]

0. (Launch Week Wed-Fri) 4.4m (25%)
1. 4.0m (22%)
2. 2.8m (13%)
3. 3.5m (17%)
4. 3.6m (19%)
5. 3.6m (18%)
6. 4.1m (19%)
7. 3.7m (17.5%)
8. 3.7m (18.3%)
9. 3.7m (18%)
10. 3.4m (17.3%)
11. 3.5m (16.7%)
12. 3.4m (16.1%)
13. 3.2m (14%)

Average Ratings- 3.09m Note: On week 12, Channel 4+1 was launched, and thus the reading for weeks 12 and 13 includes the viewings from both Channel 4 and Channel 4+1.[30]

House

It was initially believed that this would be the last series to be aired from the house in Elstree Studios, with a new house set to be built in Hammersmith for 2008, although, Endemol decided to renew the lease at its current location for another two years.

The layout of the house remained much the same as the previous series, although the kitchen moved to the other side of the main living area.[2] One big theme in the house was annoyance; the kitchen appliances were scattered around the house, with the oven and heat proof surface in the bedroom and the fridge in the garden. As further annoyance, the bathtub was placed in an open space right next to the main living room. Where the oven was in the bedroom was approximately where the kitchen area was located in Big Brother 7.[31]

The bedroom contained a single, double and triple bed as well as two four-person beds. Outside the bedroom window, in the main living area, is a lip shaped sofa that the presenters of the show refer to as "the lips". The house also contains a salon/bathroom, which houses two large hair dryers and two steam suits.[2]

Garden

As well as the kitchen fridge, the garden contained a swimming pool, a seating area and, due to the smoking ban that came into effect in all public places during the series, a smoking area which housemates had to use from Day 1, even though the smoking ban didn't come into play until 1 July. This was checked by health officials, and deemed acceptable.[32] The grass from the previous series has been replaced with AstroTurf. The garden was one of the smallest this year, in comparison to the garden in Big Brother 7.

On Day 25 it was revealed that a caravan was hidden behind a garden wall. The caravan came with two single beds and sleeping bags. Brian and Charley went "on holiday" to the caravan for one night.[33] The caravan was again accessible from day 36, this time any of the housemates were allowed to use the room.[34]

An extension to the pool was revealed on Day 67, along with a bar area. The area was hidden behind the "wet" sign in the garden.[35]

"The Insider" on BBLB revealed that there was a fully-functioning washing machine hidden in the garden, throughout the show.[36] Dermot O'Leary revealed this to the housemates during the BBLB reunion show.

Because of the Big Brother 7 water shortage, the garden included a water tower, which at the beginning of the series was full. The water tower was located next to the fridge and the mangle.

Vestibule

Between the entrance/exit stairs and the main house was a vestibule area.[2] This was used for several tasks, rewards and punishments, such as Ziggy's dating task, Amanda and Sam's birthday party, the punishments on Day 43, and the "Sin Bin" which is the room Charley was made to stay in while the rest of the housemates had their sin party.

Diary Room

A corridor was added between the Diary Room door and the main house which changes colour from red to blue to green when the "eye" button to open the door is pressed. The diary room chair has been changed to a much larger see-through chair which contains white neon lights.[2] For Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack, the lights inside the chair were coloured purple, to keep up with E4's theme. The diary room resides in almost the same place as last year, but set back a bit, making the living area larger.

As in recent years, the diary room was used for several tasks. The Time Machine from Big Brother's time machine task was in the diary room. It was also used for the Seven Deadly Sins task.

Hidden rooms

The House contained a number of hidden rooms that were accessed either through the diary room or through a store room off the living area. At various points in the show, all or part of these rooms were opened up for various tasks and twists.

  • One of these rooms was slept in by Thaila Zucci, in her role as "Pauline", and it was Australia-themed and contained a kangaroo statue, a surfboard, plants and beanbags. The bedroom also contained the dossier from which "Pauline" could find out things about her housemates. Only "Pauline" was allowed in the room at that time.[37]
  • The rooms were later on used to house five 'halfway housemates' as part of a twist. It included a dormitory, common room, wash room and kitchenette as well as a small garden.

Periodically throughout the series, housemates conducted various tasks in some of these rooms.

  • For the BBTV task, a newsroom was built, where two housemates transmitted news to the rest of the house, such as messages from home.[38] The rooms were also used as a studio for a gameshow and later a talent show.
  • It was used as a "The Happy Room" to cheer up Charley and Billi, who were instructed to wear "happy" t-shirts and baseball caps for the duration of their stay. The room was full of red beanbags, and featured cheery slogans on the walls. While in the room, Big Brother played the tune, If You're Happy and You Know It.[39]
  • During the seven deadly sins task, it was turned into "The Room of Nicky" and contained pictures, books and footage of Nicky and also a sofa with cushions spelling N-I-C-K-Y. Nicky was instructed to stay in the room and learn to appreciate herself until Big Brother allowed her to leave.
  • For Big Brother's birthday task, a Practice Room was built, where the entertainers had to practice.[40] A party room was then provided with a ball pool, small stage, and an area for food.[41] Amanda and Sam, Gerry, Nicky, and Ziggy were chosen as the party guests. Carole's job was the face painter. Chanelle and Liam performed magic. Charley and Tracey were clowns. Brian was the final musical performer.

Halfway House

On Day 59, five new housemates Amy, Jonty, Shanessa, David and Kara-Louise entered the house and were told they would live in the Halfway House which was reached by going through the store room or through the diary room and down a coridoor. The Halfway Housemates and ordinary house mates were swapped around for different reasons.

Day 59 Amy, David, Jonty, Kara-Louise and Shanessa enter the Halfway House. David visits the main house.

Day 60 In the morning Amy visits the main house, followed by Jonty in the afternoon.

Day 61 In the morning Shanessa visits the main house, followed by Kara-Louise in the afternoon.

Day 62 Housemates in the main house choose David and Kara-Louise to enter the house swapped with Ziggy.

Day 63 The Halfway Housemates have a task called Jack in a box to win a place in the main house. Shanessa won and was swapped with Liam who Shanessa chose.

Day 64 The four Halfway housemates had to choose to swap with four housemates in the main house they chose David, Kara, Shanessa and Tracey who moved in halfway house and were automatically faced eviction.

Day 65 The halfway housemates are given a last night to go into the main house for a few hours.

Day 66 The first halfway housemate to be evicted is Shanessa, the second is David. Then Kara and Tracey re-enter the main house for good.

Housemates

There were twenty-four housemates in total in this series of Big Brother in the UK, more than ever before. Each week, two or more housemates were nominated to be evicted by the general public until the winner was left. All of the housemates that entered on the first day were female, then on the third day; a male housemate - Ziggy - entered the house.[42] On 7 June 2007 it was announced on Big Brother's Big Mouth that Day 10 would see the addition of two male housemates, in replacement of the cancelled eviction.[43] These two housemates were Gerry and Seány. On 15 June, four new male housemates entered the house. They were Billi, Jonathan, Liam, and Brian. Jonathan left on Day 35 due to a family death from day 34 that he wanted to attend to[5][44] A new housemate called "Pauline" entered the house on 8 July, supposedly from Big Brother Australia, however, her true identity was actress Thaila Zucchi, and worked as a mole for Big Brother, before being removed on Day 42. Five new housemates, Amy, Jonty, Shanessa, David & Kara-Louise entered the house in a separate room called Halfway House on Day 59.[45]

Weekly summary

Each week in the Big Brother House is summarized in the table on the main page. A typical week begins with the nominations, shopping task, and ends with the eviction of a Housemate during the following Friday's episode. Evictions, tasks, and other noteworthy events for a particular week are noted. Some of the events listed may not be in order of sequence.

Week 1
Tasks On Day 2 the housemates were given a breakdancing task, they were split into two crews and competed against each other.[46] On Day 3 Shabnam and Carole conducted a podcast by order of Big Brother. The podcast is a weekly task taking place on Fridays and is available for download on the Channel 4 website. On Day 10 Carole hosted the weekly podcast.[47]
Punishments On Day 6, Shabnam was punished for discussing nominations, and Big Brother made the bathroom off-limits to all housemates.[48] On Day 8, Ziggy and Emily were punished by being forced to pick another housemate to be punished on their behalf. They chose Shabnam. As a result, Shabnam's clothes, make-up, and belongings were confiscated by Big Brother.[49][50] Emily was asked to leave after using a racially offensive word.
Entrances Sam, Amanda, Lesley, Charley, Tracey, Chanelle, Shabnam, Emily, Laura, Nicky and Carole entered on Day 1, Ziggy entered on Day 3, Gerry and Seány entered on Day 10.
Exits Emily was ejected on Day 9.[51]
Week 2
Tasks Big Brother gave the housemates a charades task with a twist of having to play it under water. As a prize for completing the task successfully, housemates were rewarded with a chinese take away meal.[52] On Day 12 Gerry and Seány were instructed by Big Brother to interview each of their fellow housemates in the "Big Brother Board Room" (the vestibule before the front door of the House) to decide which two housemates would be nominating along side them.[53] On day 14 the housemates were given a shopping task which instructed them to remain lying down (but moving), dressed in sardine suits in a sardine tin filled with brine and fish guts.[54] The housemates failed the task after only remaining in the tin for one hour and 26 minutes. Hidden in a small sardine tin in the garden was the magic number, four hours and 20 minutes, this was the time limited Big Brother had set for the housemates to remain in the tin in order to win the task.[55] On Day 15, the house were given a pile of pork pies and tankards of beer, and a dart board. On the bottom of each pie, there was a conversation topic, and all housemates had to contribute to the discussions. Afterwards, all housemates had to nominate one person to put up a set of shelves in the Diary Room without instructions.[56] The housemates chose Carole, who failed the task[57] Seány and Gerry conducted the weekly podcast.
Punishments On Day 14, due to Gerry and other housemates discussing nominations, Big Brother took away the house's bathroom privileges.[58] Seány pushed a pork pie into the diary room camera, and as punishment Nicky had to clean the windows for two hours.[59]
Entrances Billi, Jonathan, Liam, and Brian entered on Day 17[5]
Exits Lesley left voluntarily on Day 11.[60] Shabnam was evicted on Day 17.[61]
Week 3
Tasks On Day 18, Billi, Jonathan, Liam and Brian succesfully performed "YMCA" as 'The Big Brother Village People'[62] and won a luxury shopping budget.[63] Housemates also had to swim the equivalent distance to the width of the English Channel in the swimming pool for this week's shopping task, which they successfully completed.[64] Amanda, for completing the most lengths, was given the task of completing the shopping list for this week, alone.[65] On Day 22, Seány, Carole and Jonathan had to choose a housemate to receive what the housemates believe is the £100,000 prize fund. They chose Liam.[66] Billi, Brian, Jonathan and Liam conducted the weekly podcast.[67]
Punishments After using written communication, Ziggy and Carole were given chalk and school ties, and were made to write "I must not participate in written communication within the Big Brother house. This is a fundamental breach of the Big Brother Rules, for which I apologise." and "I must not take writing materials lent to me in good faith by Big Brother and then use this writing material to communicate secret messages. Both acts are a fundamental breach of the Big Brother Rules, for which I apologise." 100 times.[68]
Exits Seány was evicted on Day 24.[69]
Week 4
Tasks On Day 25, the housemates had a Knobbly Knees Contest, in which Brian and Charley won. Their prize was a holiday in the Big Brother caravan.[70] On Day 26, they were told that for this week's task, the housemates must stay awake for 60 hours, and were only allowed 3 hours of sleep between them, and if someone closed their eyes for more than a minute, a clock on the wall would begin counting down.[71] For a mini task on Day 27, Liam and Laura were dressed up as Little Bo Peep, and had to correctly count how many times the other housemates - who were dressed as sheep - jumped over fences placed in the garden. They completed this task successfully, and earned an extra hour on the sleep clock.[72] However, the housemates voted and decided to quit the task,[73] and subsequently failed the task.[74] Amanda, Brian, Laura and Ziggy conducted the weekly podcast.[75]
Punishments For discussing nominations with other housemates, both Billi and Charley's nominations were cancelled.[76] For failing their sleep task, housemates were forced to live on a diet of 3 portions of slop a day.[77] After Billi and Charley continuously argued, they were sent to the happy room to cheer up.[39]
Exits Billi was evicted on Day 31.[78]
Week 5
Tasks Carole had to match the seven deadly sins to housemates. She picked Laura as sloth,[79] Tracey as greed,[80] Ziggy as gluttony,[81] Liam as lust,[82] Amanda as pride,[83] Nicky as envy,[84] and Charley as wrath.[85] Each housemate was given their own task. Four or more housemates must pass this task to receive a luxury shopping budget. All but Charley passed. As a reward, The contestants were given a party with a chocolate fountain, alcohol and "Seven Sin costumes" while Charley sat in the Sin Bin watching them and missing the party. Gerry, Brian, Chanelle, Carole and Sam conducted the weekly podcast.[86]
Exits Jonathan left voluntarily on Day 35.[87] Laura was evicted on Day 38[88]
Week 6
(Fake Week)
Tasks Unbeknownst to the housemates, their task this week was to discover that their new housemate Pauline was really British actress Thaila Zucchi. They were successful, and received a luxury shopping budget.[89] They also were given characters and a storyline, and had to perform their own soap opera, Housemates.[90] They also had to perform Kylie Minogue's "Can't Get You Out Of My Head".[91] Other tasks including making quilt patches,[92] banners and songs,[93] and reading incorrect messages in different languages[94] for a fake global initiative called Warmth Not Waste, made up by Big Brother. The weekly podcast was conducted by Charley and Nicky.[95]
Punishments As part of fake week, the housemates were punished for crimes they did not commit. Carole, Brian and Amanda had to glue sweetcorn back onto corn on the cob,[96] Chanelle, Charley and Gerry had to measure 3 balls of string with a 3 cm ruler,[97] Liam, Nicky and Sam had to paint a wall and watch it dry,[98] and Ziggy, Tracey and Amanda had to cut grass with nail scissors.[99] For talking about nominations, Charley and Nicky's suitcases, and all their clothes and makeup, were confiscated.[100]
Entrances 'Pauline' entered on Day 40.[101]
Exits 'Pauline' left the House on Day 42 once she had finished her task.[89] Charley was evicted from the House on Day 45. However, the eviction was actually fake (as a climax to "fake week") and Charley was interviewed and then put back into the House.[102]
Week 7
Tasks Housemates had to have a party for Big Brothers birthday, where five housemates partied, and the remaining six provided the entertainment. They had to party until Big Brother told them to stop.[103] Housemates passed this task.[104] Liam and Sam conducted the weekly podcast interviewing housemates for "Big Brother's Birthday". Nicky had a personal task to perform a stand-up routine to win the housemates a takeaway[105] and Gerry had to answer questions to win alcohol to go with the takeaway.
Punishments For discussing nominations, Chanelle and Ziggy were restricted to only one nomination each.[106]
Exits Nicky was evicted on Day 52.[107]
Week 8
Tasks On Day 53, the housemates were given the task of answering philosophical questions.[108] For their weekly task, housemates have to run a TV Channel, BBTV.[109] After completing various TV shows (which included an X-Factor style talent show) and news bulletins (which featured messages from their families) the housemates passed the task.[110] On Day 58, the housemates were asked to match sounds they heard to different housemates.[111] They passed the task, and were given toilet paper with their faces on as a prize.[112] The housemates also got a chance to speak to the Australian Big Brother House.[113][114] All housemates conducted the weekly podcast, each performing a 2-minute radio show.[115]
Entrances Amy, David, Jonty, Kara-Louise and Shanessa entered the "Halfway House" on Day 59.[6]
Exits Charley was evicted on Day 59.[116]
Week 9
Tasks On Day 63, the halfway housemates had to sit in boxes and jump out at 8:10. The housemate who jumped the nearest to the time would be moved to the main house, and would need to pick a housemate to move to the halfway house. Shanessa won.[117] The weekly Podcast was hosted by the Halfway Housemates.
Transfers Kara-Louise and David moved into the main house on Day 62, after they were chosen by the current Housemates. The Housemates then had to choose one of themselves to move to the Halfway House, to which Ziggy said he wanted to go.[118 ] Shanessa entered the main house on Day 63, after winning the Jack-in-a-Box task, and had to choose a current Housemate to replace her. She chose Liam. Amy, Jonty, Liam and Ziggy moved back into the house on Day 64,[119 ] in exchange for David, Kara-Louise, Shanessa and Tracey.[120 ]
Exits Chanelle left voluntarily on Day 62.[121] David and Shanessa were evicted on Day 66[122]
Week 10
Tasks For this weeks task, housemates have to 'travel through time' and each complete mini-tasks.[123] On Day 68, Sam and Amanda had to decide whether they would become one housemate. As a result, they were automatically put up for eviction this week.[124] Kara-Louise and Brian had to battle against Big Brother 3's Alex and Adele for their task.[125] They failed this task.[126]. They also had to put on a fashion show to win alcohol and music.[127]. The weekly podcast was conducted by Liam and Ziggy[128].
Exits Amy was evicted on Day 73
Week 11
Tasks On Day 74, housemates were each given a word and had to think of as many synonyms for that word as possible.[129] They passed the task.[130] The weekly task involved the housemates performing various tasks, with those who improve the most during the task being granted 'guru' status, whilst the others will all face eviction.[131]. On Day 79, Big Brother took Gerry and Jonty's toy monkeys, Freddie (Gerry's) and Munkitty Tunkitty (Jonty's), on an around the world journey, during which they "wrote" postcards from around the world. The housemates had to guess where the monkeys had been. If they correctly guess, they win a speciality dish from that country or place.
Punishments For drawing symbols using eyeliner, Amanda, Sam, Gerry, Jonty and Kara-Louise had to do all the cooking and cleaning for the house.[132]. Because Carole hid some biscuits in her drawer and the housemates ate them, knowing they were confiscated, as well as Carole whisking eggs, despite the new rule saying that the above housemates were the only ones who could do this, the luxury shopping budget was reduced to a basic budget.
Exits Gerry was evicted on Day 80 after the gurus; Amanda and Sam, Tracey and Ziggy voted to evict him over Carole.[133]
Week 12
Tasks For this week's shopping task, housemates had to attend Big Brother's Finishing Academy where they were taught how to speak and act properly.
Punishments Amanda, who had broken her twelfth microphone, had to talk through a loud hailer.[134]
Exits Tracey and Kara-Louise were evicted on Day 87.
Week 13
Tasks On Day 88, the six remaining housemates performed duets. Carole and Jonty performed Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers's "Islands in the Stream" [135], Liam and Ziggy performed Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan's "Especially For You" [136] and Amanda, Sam and Brian performed Katie Price and Peter Andre's "A Whole New World" [137]. On Day 89, The housemates took part in the Big Big Brother Quiz, which was based on events that had happened during the series [138]. During this task, ex-housemate Chanelle returned as a mystery guest, who Carole and Ziggy had to identify through touch alone.[139]. On Day 90, The housemates had to design a task in pairs, the best of which would be carried out later in the day. Liam and Brian won this task.[140]. On Day 91, the housemates had to create 'Big Brother: The Movie', and were given costumes, props and a video camera in order to recreate their time in the house [141]. On Day 92, Big Brother took the day off, and left the house in charge of one housemate. The housemate chosen to become Big Brother for the day was Jonty [142].
Punishments Carole, Liam, and Ziggy were punished for discussion nominations. Their punishment came on Day 90 when Big Brother called, Jonty, Brian and The Twins to the diary room to nominate two of the three of the housemates. They nominated Ziggy and Carole but Big Brother later revealed they were playing a joke on them.
Exits Jonty (6th Place), Carole (5th Place), Ziggy (4th Place), Liam (3rd Place) Amanda & Sam (2nd Place) Brian (1st) (Winner)

Criticism and controversy

Nine days into the series, Channel 4 was criticised for deciding to air the word "nigger" on their daily highlights show.[143] After the criticism they received for not handling the Celebrity Big Brother racism allegations properly back in January, they were quick to intervene after Emily used the word in conversation with Charley. On the other hand, Charley and Nicky subsequently used the same contentious word several times, in reference to Emily's use. No action was seen to be taken against them.[144] After Emily's disqualification from the competition was announced, 922 viewers complained to Ofcom, the British television regulator, believing that it was unfair.[145] Another 270 people expressed dissatisfaction with Channel 4's decision to air the word "nigger" uncensored.[145] Parr was invited on BBLB, which also caused disturbances, but postponed her appearance. The press and Dermot presumed she postponed due to the controversy, but as she revealed in her BBLB interview, it was not.

Furthermore, on Day 40, Channel 4 confirmed that Charley had been called to the Diary Room and reprimanded after using the word "nigger" twice on one night. This was not broadcast on the nightly highlights programme or the live feed, further enflaming rumours about favouritism towards Charley. A Big Brother spokesperson claimed "Charley used the N-word as a black woman to refer to another black person. We judged her use of the term different from Emily's. But Big Brother called her to the Diary Room to remind her that this word could cause offence."[146][147]

Charley was given a third and final warning by Big Brother on Day 55 when she implied that housemate Gerry was a paedophile. Over 300 people complained to Ofcom when Charley said that Gerry liked to "sleep with 15-year-olds".[148][149]

Nominations table

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12 Final
Week 13
Nominations received
Brian Not in
house
Seány,
Carole
Billi,
Gerry
Gerry,
Carole
Tracey,
Carole
Gerry,
Tracey
Gerry,
Charley
No
nominations
Jonty,
Kara-Louise
No
nominations
Jonty,
Kara-Louise
Winner
(Day 94)
3
Amanda Not
eligible
Carole,
Nicky
Carole,
Tracey
Tracey,
Charley
Carole,
Tracey
Carole,
Nicky
Carole,
Tracey
Carole,
Tracey
No
nominations
Jonty,
Kara-Louise
Gerry Jonty,
Kara-Louise
Runners-Up
(Day 94)
0
Sam Not
eligible
Shabnam,
Carole
Carole,
Liam
Billi,
Carole
Carole,
Tracey
Carole,
Charley
Carole,
Tracey
Carole,
Tracey
No
nominations
0
Liam Not in
house
Jonathan,
Charley
Tracey,
Billi
Tracey,
Charley
Nicky,
Charley
Charley,
Nicky
Charley,
Tracey
No
nominations
Kara-Louise,
Jonty
No
nominations
Kara-Louise,
Jonty
Third Place
(Day 94)
4
Ziggy Shabnam,
Emily
Not
eligible
Charley,
Nicky
Billi,
Charley
Laura,
Charley
Nicky,
Charley
Nicky Tracey,
Charley
No
nominations
Amy,
Gerry
Gerry Kara-Louise,
Tracey
Fourth Place
(Day 94)
12
Carole Not
eligible
Not
eligible
Laura,
Nicky
Laura,
Nicky
Laura,
Chanelle
Nicky,
Tracey
Nicky,
Chanelle
Charley,
Ziggy
No
nominations
Amy,
Kara-Louise
No
nominations
Tracey,
Ziggy
Fifth Place
(Day 94)
20
Jonty Not in
house
No
nominations
Gerry,
Kara-Louise
No
nominations
Brian,
Liam
Sixth Place
(Day 94)
8
Kara-Louise Not in
house
Halfway Housemate Jonty,
Amy
No
nominations
Tracey,
Liam
Evicted
(Day 87)
12
Tracey Not
eligible
Not
eligible
Seány,
Jonathan
Carole,
Billi
Ziggy,
Chanelle
Ziggy,
Gerry
Gerry,
Ziggy
Gerry,
Ziggy
Halfway Housemate Amy,
Gerry
Gerry Kara-Louise,
Jonty
Evicted
(Day 87)
25
Gerry Not in
house
Shabnam,
Tracey
Charley,
Liam
Nicky,
Tracey
Laura,
Nicky
Charley,
Nicky
Nicky,
Charley
Charley,
Tracey
No
nominations
Amy,
Jonty
No
nominations
Evicted
(Day 80)
17
Amy Not in
house
No
nominations
Kara-Louise,
Gerry
Evicted
(Day 73)
5
David Not in
house
Halfway Housemate Evicted
(Day 66)
0
Shanessa Not in
house
Halfway Housemate Evicted
(Day 66)
0
Chanelle Not
eligible
Not
eligible
Charley,
Seány
Charley,
Billi
Charley,
Laura
Charley,
Nicky
Charley Charley,
Tracey
Walked
(Day 62)
8
Charley Not
eligible
Not
eligible
Nicky,
Seány
Billi,
Chanelle
Chanelle,
Brian
Chanelle,
Gerry
Gerry,
Ziggy
Chanelle,
Gerry
Evicted
(Day 59)
23
Nicky Not
eligible
Not
eligible
Jonathan,
Seány
Billi,
Carole
Gerry,
Ziggy
Gerry,
Ziggy
Ziggy,
Gerry
Evicted
(Day 52)
16
Laura Not
eligible
Not
eligible
Carole,
Jonathan
Carole,
Ziggy
Ziggy,
Chanelle
Evicted
(Day 38)
7
Jonathan Not in
house
Nicky,
Tracey
Tracey,
Nicky
Laura,
Chanelle
Walked
(Day 35)
5
Billi Not in
house
Carole,
Jonathan
Nicky,
Charley
Evicted
(Day 31)
8
Seány Not in
house
Tracey,
Shabnam
Brian,
Tracey
Evicted
(Day 24)
5
Shabnam Not
eligible
Not
eligible
Evicted
(Day 17)
4
Lesley Not
eligible
Walked
(Day 11)
0
Emily Not
eligible
Ejected
(Day 9)
1
Nomination
note
See
note 1
See
note 2
None See
note 3
None See
note 4
See
note 5
None See
note 6
See
note 7
See
note 8
See
note 9
See
note 10
Against
public vote
Emily,
Shabnam
Carole,
Shabnam,
Tracey
Carole,
Jonathan,
Seány
Billi,
Carole,
Tracey
Chanelle,
Laura
Charley,
Nicky
Gerry,
Nicky
Charley,
Tracey
David,
Kara-Louise,
Shanessa,
Tracey
Amanda & Sam,
Amy,
Jonty,
Kara-Louise
Brian,
Carole,
Gerry,
Jonty,
Kara-Louise,
Liam
Jonty,
Kara-Louise,
Tracey
Amanda & Sam,
Brian,
Carole,
Jonty,
Liam,
Ziggy
Walked none Lesley none Jonathan none Chanelle none
Ejected Emily none
Evicted
(% of public votes)
Eviction cancelled Shabnam

81.4%
to evict

Seány

44.5%
to evict

Billi

55.1%
to evict

Laura

68.1%
to evict

Charley

75.8%
to fake evict

Nicky

76%
to evict

Charley

85.6%
to evict

Shanessa

38%
to evict

Amy

58%
to evict

Gerry

24%
3 of 3 votes
to evict

Tracey
38.4%
to evict
Jonty
3.0%
(out of 6)
Liam
19.1%
(out of 3)
Carole
4.9%
(out of 6)
Amanda & Sam
39.7%
(out of 2)
David

37%
to evict

Kara-Louise
30.8%
to evict
Ziggy
15.3%
(out of 4)
Brian
60.3%
to win

Channel 4 official site voting history [1]

Note 1: Ziggy was told by Big Brother that he would be the only housemate allowed to nominate for the first eviction vote on Day 7.[3] The eviction was later cancelled due to Emily being removed before the eviction could take place.[150]

Note 2: New housemates Seány and Gerry were two of four housemates allowed to nominate, and together they had to choose the other two housemates nominating with them. They chose Sam and Amanda to nominate.

Note 3: Nicky and Charley were among those receiving the most nominations, but Billi and Charley's nominations were discounted so Nicky and Charley did not face the public vote.[76]

Note 4: The evicted housemate, Charley, was interviewed by Davina, with the interview shown on the plasma screen in the house, and then put back in the house.[102]

Note 5: Nominations took place on a Sunday (Day 47) instead of a Monday (Day 48). Chanelle and Ziggy were asked to nominate one housemate each, instead of the usual two housemates, as punishment for discussing nominations previously.[106]

Note 6: After continuous swapping of housemates between the Main House and the Halfway House, the housemates remaining in the Halfway House faced the public vote on from Day 65. However, the second twist to this was whoever faced the votes had an even bigger chance of being evicted, as there was a double eviction.[151]

Note 7: Amanda and Sam chose to become one housemate on Day 69. However, as a result they both faced the public vote.[152]

Note 8: For week 11's shopping task those who won mini-tasks gained "guru status" and were immune from eviction. All other housemates automatically faced the public vote[131] but the Gurus had to decide from the two housemates with the highest number of votes (this was Carole with 49% and Gerry with 24%) who to evict.[153]

Note 9: In Week 12 there was a double eviction.[154 ] A very close eviction in which Jonty was 0.2% away from being evicted receiving 30.7% while Kara received 30.8%.

Note 10: There were no nominations in the final week as the public were voting for the housemate they wanted to win. .

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