Last week’s elimination demonstrated the power of the ‘vote to save’ system. It’s hard to imagine the sulking Lydia surviving the boot in a golden age Big Brother but she managed to garner a strong enough combination of sympathy votes and ‘shit-stirrer votes’ to stay in the house last Friday.
Since the first elimination, the Big Brother house has become a shitstorm of scandal and sensation. Rebecca made a splash (groan) and became the newest housemate, Luke and Ashleigh demonstrated their ignorance of previous series by lip-smacking way too close to their microphones, sausage-gate happened and Chris and Arron became the latest housemates to face the public vote.
The market currently sees Chris as the favourite to go but my instincts fall in the opposite direction. As with the battle between Lydia and Victoria, one housemate has stronger Marmite qualities than the other. That housemate is Chris. If the public were voting to evict, he’d probably go. The public is voting to save and I still think he’ll top the vote. The vote could be for favourite housemate, funniest housemate, worst housemate, even best physique and I’d still be tempted to put my money on Chris getting more votes. He simply merits more attention.
Since learning he was up, Arron has taken every opportunity to catch the camera’s eye, whether through a series of petulant ‘rebellions’ or simply flaunting his chiselled-by-God-himself face and form all over the house. The problem, I worry, is that Arron’s behaviour comes across as entirely self-aware. On the flipside, Chris seems so at odds with himself, so far from composed, that he begins to become endearing. Even his back-stabbing is half-baked and improperly executed. To top it off, his reaction to pizza was priceless. Whilst one housemate spends all his time doing crunches in the garden, the other throws food tantrums and runs around like a lost little boy on helium.
Commenter fiveleaves agrees with me that it’s Arron to go but Tim B reckons the public will save him over Chris. I still think that Tim could well be right and the market seems to agree but at odds like 2.4 for Arron to go, it does look like there’s a little value to be snapped up on the blander housemate getting fewer votes.
What do you guys think? I’ll be around in the comments section throughout the evening and then back with a longer post either pre- or post- nomination announcements. Let’s be ‘avin’ ya then.