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Big Brother 7: eviction night update

by Martin Conaghan, posted Jun 2nd 2006 9:13PM

Big BrotherIf you are of a nervous disposition, it might be a good idea to point your browser or RSS reader elsewhere, lest you spoil the latest goings-on in the Big Bother house, namely, who has been evicted by the public at the end of week 2.

Warning: spoilers after the jump.

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Big Brother 7 update

by Martin Conaghan, posted May 31st 2006 5:52PM

Big BrotherAs they say just before the classified soccer results here in the U.K., if you don't want to know the results of this week's nominations in the U.K. Big Brother house, look away now.

Warning: spoilers after the jump.

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Big Brother 7 update

by Martin Conaghan, posted May 30th 2006 12:55PM

Big BrotherI've deliberately held off on updating about Big Brother 7 over the weekend, partly because some of our readers felt we were giving too much away about the various goings-on in the house, but also because not much of any interest happened -- apart from a bit of minor bickering and a food task that didn't quite work out for the incarcerated housemates.

However, if you're of an easily-spoiled disposition, you might want to cover your eyes and ears now, then run around your house shouting "la-la-la-la-la I'm not list-en-ing!".

Warning: spoilers after the jump.


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Big Brother 7 update: Bonnie evicted

by Martin Conaghan, posted May 26th 2006 7:53PM
Bonnie is outThe third housemate in a week left the Big Brother house tonight when Bonnie was voted out by the public. The 19-year-old care worker from Loughborough was pitted against Welsh lad Glyn and lost out in the live vote.

I can't say she offered much in the way of entertainment in the house, but she wasn't such a bad lass -- just a bit on the boring side. Her audition tape promised so much in the way of wild times, but the reality was nothing like it. Her accent made her speech barely comprehensible, and she failed to connect with the majority of the housemates, with the exception of Leah.

When Bonnie left the house tonight, BB presenter Davina McCall promised a surprise on Monday night, as the Big Brother producers seem likely to take steps to rectify the unexpected loss of three contestants in the first seven days.

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Big Brother 7 update: Dawn walks

by Martin Conaghan, posted May 25th 2006 4:04PM
DawnWell folks, as reported yesterday on TV Squad, another housemate has now left the Big Brother house in the U.K., after only one week of the new series.

Dawn, the 38-year-old 'exercise scientist' from Birmingham was evicted by Big Brother this morning after breaking one of the fundamental rules of the show -- she entered the house in the first place. Actually, I just made that bit up. She was removed for "communication with the outside world."

A statement released by Channel Four read: "Before all housemates enter the house, Big Brother asks them whether there are any circumstances of a personal nature that they wish to be informed of, whilst in the house. Yesterday, a member of Dawn's family contacted Big Brother with a confidential message, which Dawn had stipulated she wished to be informed of, should the situation arise. This message was delivered to Dawn by Big Brother, in confidence and in good faith, in the Diary Room yesterday. Last night Dawn revealed to the housemates that the message Big Brother delivered contained a pre-arranged code from her sister. As this is a fundamental breach of the rules, Big Brother removed Dawn from the house this afternoon."

I'd suspect that an introduction of new housemates is almost inevitable, although the Kit-Kat Golden Ticket housemate won't appear until June. What fun.

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Big Brother 7 update: Dawn, Bonnie and Glyn nominated

by Martin Conaghan, posted May 24th 2006 5:39PM

DawnThis evening brings a few more revelations in the U.K. Big Brother house, as nominations for Friday's eviction show were announced today, following the end of the complex and rather unfair "Big Brotherhood" task, leaving Dawn, Bonnie and Glyn to face the public vote.

However, Dawn is so sick of the way Big Brother is treating the housemates that she is now preparing to leave of her own free will. Part of the recent task involved the housemates being denied their suitcases until they had been inaugurated into the "Big Brotherhood", and since they face eviction on Friday, Dawn, Glynn and Bonnie will now be without their suitcases for the remainder of their stay in the house.

In reference to Shahbaz's decision to leave yesterday, Dawn said that if she went, it would demonstrate that the Big Brother producers "haven't picked the people right."

Presumably, the Big Brother producers know exactly what they're doing (or do they?), but if another housemates leaves voluntarily before eviction night on Friday -- just 8 days after the show started, they will be three housemates down and forced to replace not one, but two self-evictees.


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Big Brother 7 update: Shahbaz leaves the house

by Martin Conaghan, posted May 23rd 2006 7:15PM
ShahbazIt's only Day 6 in the U.K. Big Brother house, and already we have some controversy to report.

Earlier tonight, Glaswegian contestant Shahbaz decided to leave the house, following almost a week of completely insane behavior from the 38-year-old, during which time he managed to isolate himself from the rest of the group -- despite being immune from eviction this week due to his participation in a "Big Brotherhood" task.

It was becoming increasingly difficult to watch Shahbaz interact with the other housemates over the past few nights, and it was fairly evident from the outset that the producers had made a serious error in placing a contestant with such an overwhelmingly negative personality into the mix. His behavior had become intolerable to the point of potential harm, and the Big Brother producers have decided to let him leave of his own free will.

Added to this we've had the incessantly intolerable moaning from Nikki (the wannabe footballer's wife), who spent one of the early nights in the house crying like a child for Big Brother to give her bottled water, Sezer walking around with oversexed hormones oozing from every pore on his body, and Lea with her unfeasibly large chest (and some recent media revelations of her career in hardcore porn prior to entering the BB house).

It's going to be a long 13 weeks, that's for sure.

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Big Brother 7 launches in the U.K.

by Martin Conaghan, posted May 18th 2006 5:37PM
PeteThe seventh series of Big Brother made its way on to television screens in the U.K. this evening, featuring a bunch of housemates who can really only be adequately described as 'desperate'.

Among the wannabes were a gay Muslim from Glasgow called Shabaz, an aristocratic student called George and a woman called Leah, who has spent £35,000 on plastic surgery -- including obtaining unfeasibly large breast enlargements that appear to defy gravity.

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Big Brother UK goes Wonka

by Annie Wu, posted May 7th 2006 2:08PM
Big BrotherAs a new, exciting way to find new contestants and freak out the public at the same time, Big Brother UK is going to hide golden tickets in 100 Kit-Kat bars to be distributed to 40,000 stores. Out of the 100 finalists that find tickets, one Charlie Bucket will be randomly chosen to be a cast member on Big Brother 7 (after a thorough background check, of course... because a serial killer on the show would set the bar too high for future seasons). This is really going to backfire on them if they get some middle-aged housewife that's completely unwilling to get naked on-camera.

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Skip work and go to the Reality TV Convention!

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Feb 22nd 2006 11:52AM

empty conference roomForget the office! Why push paper all day when you can take a day off from shaving, throw on your ratty, old Survivor buff, strip down to your undies, and go to the first annual Reality TV Convention!

All you have to do is drag yourself to the Nashville Airport Marriot in Tennessee and you'll be well on your way to the largest reality television show convention ever conceived. Pictured above is an empty conference room, but if the convention were in it, I'm sure we could expect to see booths for a variety of shows and plenty of people with William Hung masks on. Event organizers are expecting a crowd of over 5,000 and according to the link below, stars from The Apprentice, The Biggest Loser, Big Brother, Survivor, American Idol, and many others will be in attendance. Fans will be able to ask questions, take pictures, and get autographs. For any reality fan, this is indeed the reality TV show Mecca. So plan your trip now for the event which will be held on June 3 and 4.

[Thanks to event organizer Joe Blackmon for the tip.]

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Celebrity Big Brother roundup: Chantelle Houghton wins

by Martin Conaghan, posted Jan 28th 2006 8:47AM
Chantelle Wins!The most expensive pantomime in British television history came to an end on Friday night, and Cinderella finally got to go to the ball, when the previously unknown 'non-celeb' Chantelle Houghton won Celebrity Big Brother by a landslide public vote.

The final order ran like this: first out was Traci Bingham, then Pete Burns, followed by Samuel Preston, then Maggot, then Michael Barrymore -- and Chantelle was crowned the winner of Celebrity Big Brother 2006.

You can say what you like about the reality TV format, but Big Brother stands head and shoulders above the rest in terms of construct; it can really only be described as car-crash television at its best - and utterly captivating viewing, even at its worst. Who cares if it's mostly scripted and produced by cynically-minded manipulative TV execs? It's still a great watch, and this year's gang of paranoid, self-obsessed B-list nutcases gave us 23 days of insanely brilliant television.

No-one will be able to forget MP George Galloway mimicking a cat, or Pete Burns with a face like he'd been in the Aardman fire, or Michael Barrymore's obsessive cigarette hoarding, or Dennis Rodman's hyper-libido, or Traci Bingham's preening and pouting, or Jodie Marsh on the end of incessant bullying.

But most of all, it'll be remembered for making a mockery of showbusiness by placing a novelty non-celebrity into a group of desperate wannabes and handing her an career overnight.

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Celebrity Big Brother: Penultimate Day Roundup

by Martin Conaghan, posted Jan 26th 2006 8:21PM
ChantelleIt's the second last day of life in the Celebrity Big Brother house for the remaining six housemates who will all face the public vote to decide the 2006 winner on Friday night.

Former Dead or Alive singer Pete Burns, disgraced entertainer Michael Barrymore, U.S. actress and model Traci Bingham, The Ordinary Boys frontman Samuel Preston, Goldie-Lookin' Chain's Maggot -- and, of course, the fake celebrity Chantelle Houghton from Essex -- will all line up and whittle down to one with a cash prize of £25,000 awaiting the winner.

The odds are stacked 1/5 on in favour of the young blond promotions girl who will celebrate her 23rd birthday next Thursday, whilst Michael Barrymore runs in at 28/1, Maggot at 25/1, Preston at 11/1 and Pete Burns a rank outsider at 50/1.

Personally speaking, I would rather see Preston win, but Chantelle has held her own for over three weeks with a bunch of bitter, so-called celebs and probably deserves her shot at fame -- not least of all for putting up with Dennis Rodman's excessive, leery behaviour for the duration.

Who do you want to win this year? Give us your vote in the comments section below and we'll do a full roundup of the whole series and the final outcome on Saturday.

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Celebrity Big Brother Day 21 Update: George Galloway and Dennis Rodman evicted

by Martin Conaghan, posted Jan 25th 2006 8:42PM
George GallowayThe bookies got it right tonight when Member of Parliament George Galloway became the fourth housemate to be evicted from the Celebrity Big Brother house, followed by former basketball hero Dennis Rodman in the surprise double-eviction. The non-celebrity of the house, Chantelle, now looks favorite to win the show, having survived her only real test of the public vote against two potential heavyweights.

In his post-eviction interview with Davina McCall, George was unrepentant about his behaviour towards his fellow-housemates and his cat-mimimickery performance with Rula Lenska, but appeared to be taken aback at the swathe of negative press he'd received whilst in the house - particularly from his fellow-politicians.

When Dennis was announced as the fifth housemate to be evicted, everyone in the house was shocked -- mostly because the eviction was unexpected, but partly because Chantelle had defeat him in the public vote. He waltzed out to his post-eviction interview with his usual swagger and couldn't-give-a-shit attitude, the dissed everyone in the house in an ungrudging fashion.

The final on Friday night is hotting up to be a blistering evening, with Pete Burns sidelined, Maggot a bit of a non-event, Michael Barrymore losing his grip on reality -- and only Samuel Preston and Chantelle holding their act together for the public.

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Celebrity Big Brother Day 20 Update: Tempers Simmer, Tension Remains

by Martin Conaghan, posted Jan 24th 2006 8:16PM
Traci BinghamThe Celebrity Big Brother housemates seem to have calmed down since their outrageous argument from Monday night, but grudges still remain and suspicions continue to cause friction between the group.

George Galloway in particular has managed to single himself out for villain status, with Chantelle, Preston and Michael Barrymore all on the receiving end of his eloquent barb, but Pete Burns didn't escape the criticism for going a bit too far in making life difficult for Chantelle and Preston during the complicated banking task.

The result of the tensions has been a split down the middle of the house, with Dennis Rodman, Pete and George segregating themselves from Chantelle, Maggot, Preston and Michael. All the while Traci Bingham floats around in a bit of a daze.

In other news, rumors are circulating to suggest that six housemates will make it through to the final night on Friday, with no evictions on Thursday night.

Only time will tell.

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Celebrity Big Brother Day 19 Update: Tempers Reach Boiling Point

by Martin Conaghan, posted Jan 23rd 2006 9:17PM
Celebrity big BrotherWith only four days remaining in the U.K. Celebrity Big Brother house, relations are showing the worst possible signs of strains, particularly in the wake of the recent banking task, which seems to have been entirely designed to cause the highest possible amount of friction between the housemates.

Chantelle and Samuel Preston did their best to disguise the nature of their not-so-secret banking task from their all-too-aware fellow housemates, despite the repeated grillings from a malicious Pete Burns.

The other half of the group group finally managed to deliberately fail all of the allocated tasks as instructed by Big Brother, with Chantelle and Preston completely unaware they were being monitored by their fellow-housemates as they luxuriated themselves in a private members' club.

However, shortly afterwards, the group were gathered at the dining table to be informed that everyone had actually passed the task, which didn't stop George Galloway and Michael Barrymore going at each other over trivial stuff like cooking and cigars.

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