Finally, something has come to drop a log on this year’s mid-season slump. That something comes in the form of an eight-legged nomination twist of death. Adam, Ashleigh, Caroline, Conor, Deana, Luke, Luke and Sara are all up for eviction with no word on whether more than one will face the chop on Friday (it’s getting late and I hate overly populous finals).
Let us start with the obvious. Current favourite Deana has topped the public vote twice (once in a four way nom) and has polling advantages in terms of Asian support and a strong bullying storyline. Having beaten another series favourite in Lauren, Luke A continues to look like a very strong contender. Only an unprecedented level of voter complacency could lead to either of these juggernauts from missing out on the first two shout outs of the night (it will be interesting to see if Brian calls in popular order when so many are up – it would rather give the housemates a little too much information).
Next up are Conor and Sara, whom I group together based on their likely ability to generate regional support. Notoriously evil epilator rapist Conor now holds the series record in being saved three times and could even be a far-out value bet for the win at numbers in the 30s on Betfair. Don’t forget a strong second placing by Scotsman Jason in series 5 or the unpopular win by last year’s Aaron. Sara, on the other hand, whilst something of a wet fish in the house, is succeeding in endearing the audience slowly but surely with her sweet and seemingly genuine personality. She too can rely on a large regional vote from Scotland and seems safe enough.
Adam, currently third in the rankings, isn’t entirely safe in this octopus of a voter battle but has maintained popularity throughout the series and shouldn’t struggle to pull in enough votes to carry him through to next week.
That leaves three main contenders for the chop: Ashleigh, Caroline and Luke S. Of those, Caroline seems most likely to generate interest in the form of the infamous ‘shit-stirrer vote’ – a slightly stronger weapon in these days of die-hard channel 5-watching BB fans. It’s not unthinkable that a lot of frumpy public school girls might find Caroline endearing also. If we were voting to evict, she seems like the obvious evictee but I’m not sure that the eight-way nomination won’t work to her advantage on this occasion. The real hot water is swilling around the star-crossed ankles of potty-mouthed piss-drinker Ashleigh and her onion-fragranced Ken doll of a ‘boyfriend’ Luke S. Without doubt the most cringe-worthy and insipid BB love story of all time, Lushleigh make Michelle Bass and Chicken Stu look like Wills and Kate on their wedding day. I reckon they’re both in big trouble but of course Caroline isn’t looking safe just yet.
On a side note, it was nice to see Lauren get such a decent send-off last week. Perhaps it should have been obvious that the male/female vote would fall in its traditional direction, especially when the female in question had been accused of ‘leading a gentleman on’ (come off it society, Adam is a grown man, stop treating every woman like an apple-chomping jezebel for having a friendly flirt). As Emma pointed out on Bit On The Side, it felt like a week where the public wanted nobody to go. It’s a shame that the good, bad and really ugly task resulted in the Luke/Lauren face-off where both the trans-champion and the smokey bacon frazzle looked like such worthy winners. A small triumph was had in the housemates’ clear acknowledgement of the jubilant roars that met Little Miss Firecracker on her way out of the house though. And I wouldn’t be too surprised to hear a few more chants of “GET CAROLINE OUT!” on Friday night.