The Big Brother 5 win for Nadia Almada was
remarkable, especially considering her 'past life' - which many
commentators had thought would make her too 'unusual' a contestant to
capture the votes of the mainstream public. Yet Nadia won with 60% of the
final week vote - testament to the fact that only a 'noticed' and dynamic
housemate will usually be able to win BB.
The last few
days in the house
Normally the final week in a BB series is relatively dull. With just a
handful of housemates, viewing in the final week can be tedious and
utterly dull with so little happening. Fortunately though, C4 had the
sense to go for 5 housemates in the final week this series (they'd do even
better with 6 housemates in my view). With the midweek eviction
excitement, the last few days made for some superb 24/7 entertainment for
devoted fans of the show.
Midweek Eviction and Housemate insanity !
The final 5 housemates were speculating throughout Wednesday of a possible
midweek eviction, yet when it came to the evening, they were still
surprised when it happened !
Stuart is called to the diary room whilst the group are dancing to some
disco music. After a few minutes, the music is faded away.....only for the
remaining 4 housemates to hear the live roar of the crowd as Stuart exits
the house. Do the housemates then realise that Stuart has been booted !
Err no. Instead, the most bizarre thing happens...
Jason '..He's won it' ! Shell and Dan are soon yelling with joy to
celebrate Stuart's win. Jason then speculates that it was the final night,
"...5,4,3,2,1...", and that Stuart had just won. Huh ? Does the house
really drive people this clinically insane ? What a bunch of loony toons
they had become that night ! To think that they believed that not only had
Stuart won, but they were 'left behind' in the house. Truly weird, it is
as though none of them have watched a single highlights show of BB before.
I was hoping BB
would do the really 'evil' thing of asking housemates to choose who they
wanted to go, but no...the eviction night was instead as straighforward as
they come. Even so, the way Stuart left the house was kinda good.
Stu-pid fails to make the final night
For Stuart to get just 134,337 votes - out of a
total of 1.9 million was a truly dreadful performance. To think that he
never received a single nomination during his entire stay ! Yet when it
came to the final week vote, the public needed something to 'latch onto'
and Stuart simply never provided anything of note. Should we blame
Michelle's shadow effect for some of this ? I think we can blame Michelle
partly for Stuart's premature exit from the house. Just reflect back to
the early weeks of BB5, back to the days of Tiagra, when Stuart was more
'alive' and a far more dynamic housemate before Ms Bass got her
talons stuck into him ;)
Between the time when Michelle left the house last Friday and Wednesday
night, Stuart was appearing more buoyant and coherent in his speech style
than he had been for many weeks. Was this because of his new found
liberation away from his girlfriend Michelle ? Even if Stuart does care
for her - which I believe he does, the change in Stuart's behaviour once
Michelle was booted from the house, was clear to most diehard viewers.
Stuart: Received just 7% of the midweek vote.
Voting data BB5:
Nadia - 3,863,696
Jason - 1,335,246
Dan - 685,995
Shell - 347,051
Stuart - 134,337 : booted Wednesday night
Total week 10 votes : 6,366,325
as % of total final week votes....
Nadia : 60.7%
Jason : 21.0%
Dan : 10.8%
Shell : 5.5%
Stuart : 2.1%
As ever, with any statistical fact - even with something as simple as a
percentage, things can be somewhat deceptive. Many claimed that Nadia had
won with 74% of the vote, yet that really was not the case unless you
believe that the only votes that count were those for the two final
contestants. In actual fact, Nadia achieved 60.7% of all those votes cast
since the previous Friday. Also note that BB4 winner won with just 1.9
million votes, compared to Nadia's 3.9 million - this typifies just how
different BB5 was in popularity to last year's 'basic to basics'.
housemates - Dan and Shell indeed got a relatively poor vote. Although
Shell certainly was respectable compared to Steph of BB4 -who only
achieved an abysmal 196,026 votes.
Eye in the Sky
BB looking down on the rats
The final 4
Waiting for Davina
This is Davina
The moment of truth...
Jason wishes Nadia well
Despite being whacked on Day'21, Jason is still civil
All alone...Jason having just left
Also see :
The Baying Mob
The crowd for
final night was pretty feisty, almost as much as when Becki was evicted
during week 6. One of my personal highlights from final night was when
Davina introduced the previous 9 housemates to the crowd. It was such a
joy to see them all together again, and seemingly much happier to be
outside of the house. Sadly though, Ms. Siddiki got seriously booed ! What
the hell did Becki do to deserve this relentless rude attitude from the
crowd? The great thing though was that Becki took it all in such great
stride, smiling and waving at the 'common as muck' BB crowd (yeah, I do
think they are all common) who were booing her so intensely.
Are the crowd representative of the UK Big Brother fan base ? Are these
the same type of people who would queue up to watch a public hanging ?
Some of them surely are, although from the interviews that Dermot and
Davina have had with members of the crowd have shown...the ones that turn
up to view an eviction are not entirely the most intelligent of people.
Stuart got a very positive reaction from 'the mob'
Ψ Dan : He took his call to leave the house very well. I happen to believe
Dan in his much stated view that he never wanted to have the 'title of BB
winner on his CV'. Dan just comes across as someone who wanted some level
of media exposure, and to experience something quite unique.
Dan was bordering on being a
'wallpaper' housemate at times. Often was the case that he would literally
fade away from the public gaze for days at a time - Ahmed was indeed
certainly more dynamic and active at times. However, Dan did capture a
noticeable segment of the viewers...ending with 10.8% of the final week
Goodbye Dan, can you please quit trying to mediate in so many arguments,
sometimes you should just let people row !
Dan: ready to leave
Ψ Jason : As one of the infamous jungle cats, after Stuart had left the
house, Jason must have seriously believed he had a great chance of
winning. However, as soon as Davina said hello for the first eviction on
Final night, Jason realised he was going to fall short of the win. It was
quite clear from the audio that Jason heard the chants of "...Nadia!
Nadia!...". There was never any crowd support for Jason...something that
must have quite upset this Cat.
His reception from the crowd
was indeed unique, in that he was the first runner-up who got booed ! The
lack of Jason's attendance at the BB reunion was a shame - it would
have been good to have seen all the Jungle Cats together. Although it is
understandable that Jason has had enough of the BB experience, especially
after the negative reception from the crowd.
Jason: Just checking...for one final time
Ψ Nadia : As winner of BB5, Nadia can be very proud of herself. Despite
starting as one of the contestants likely to get booted early on, Nadia
survived four evictions (not including the final week) to make it to the
final night. Her previous life certainly captured the interest of many
viewers, and has been one trigger factor in keeping her in the public eye.
Yet there is more to Nadia than her past. As a housemate she made for some
superb viewing. Her regular tizzy' fits about her lack of her beloved
cigarettes are some of the funniest moments in BB history - and they are
clearly genuine and spontaneous unlike some of the past 'classic moments'
(I cite Kate and Jonny- BB3, two actors if ever there was).
As the only housemate in BB history to have blatantly whacked another
housemate, and yet not be booted, Nadia is a true survivor. I'm very much
against all such violent nastiness, yet it was an insane night in the
house - one that C4/Endemol had been carefully scripting for months, and
Nadia's behaviour that night can be forgiven.
You did damn good Nadia
Almada, perhaps your finest moment was when you gave Jungle Cat Jason
Cowan a mighty slap, and hopefully this clip will one day come to air,
on the much desired BB5 DVD !
Nadia: Laidback and content......with her Cigarettes
Ψ Shell : Having been talking about winning the prize money since week 1,
Ms. Money grabber was understandably disappointed to have finished
in 4'th place. She left the house all seemingly happy and bouncy though.
Shell had been telling almost every housemate who had been evicted since
week'1 to "...smile smile smile..", and when it came to Shell
leaving, she certainly smiled for the baying mob outside. I was never a
fan of missy, but she can be commended for
Ironically, Shell recently
revealed she has made a large chunk of money after doing a weekend photo
shoot. Good for her I say, perhaps she can buy a few more acres of land to
the family estate ;) ? I doubt Shell will understand why she didn't win
BB5 - despite her blonde goddess looks and general 'nicey nice' attitude.
Shell will probably count herself as merely unlucky, and not consider the
fact that 'wallpaper' housemates NEVER win BB. Farewell Shell, you
certainly have a damn sexy body, but you lack enough of a 'passionate
personality' to interest the general public.
Packing up: Shell preparing to leave
The win for Nadia is a good thing for Big Brother UK. BB needed a second
female winner out of the five series so far. Nadia was a funny contestant
to watch, a woman with a feisty attitude and an overall interesting
character. The fact that there was still some doubt as to the eventual
winner during final night, helped to make for a great end to what has
surely been the best BB series ever.
A new countdown now
begins......T- Minus 9 months (give or take), until the best UK Television
show returns for it's sixth season. Let there be no doubt, Big Brother UK
will be back for another few years - unless C4 slip into BB4 mode again
(heaven forbid !). Can you imagine what sort of clowns will be on our
screens next summer, maybe YOU would like to be amongst them? If you are
going, you can sure of at least one thing, the queue's at next year's
auditions are going to be immensely longer than they were this past Spring
Calrissian : Considering an
application for BB6 ;)
Originally Published © 2004 Philip
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