Only five remain and tonight one will be anointed as the winner of Big Brother 2012. Who takes the crown? YOU DECIDE! Let’s have a look at our contenders, shall we?
DEANA @ 2.22 has been arguably the focal character of this series with the clearest compelling narrative. She entered the house as an aspiring actress and Miss India UK, admitting to having servants and enjoying the finer things in life. Shortly upon entering, she was faced with selecting three housemates for nomination, a task that initiated an epic enmity with co-star Conor. This rivalry came to a head when the Derry bad-boy made some ‘hilarious’ threats involving an epilator and Deana’s vagina, sparking an arseload of official complaints. Somehow Conor got away with it and left the house with fifty grand. Deana went on to form an alliance with the smokers, which was nearly threatened when Shievonne got involved and tried to drive a wedge of suspicion between Deana and Lauren. Deana was publicly rumbled for naming her gang the ‘soldiers’ in a family nomination task that seemed deliberately skewed towards getting the outsiders in trouble. Deana is the most nominated as well as the most saved housemate of this series, escaping eviction on five separate occasions and always polling in at least the top 50% of larger nomination groups. She received cheers from the crowd consistently up until Conor’s exit after which she became a cocky madam to the dismay of some viewers. Despite mostly boos on Friday night, Deana heads into tonight’s final as the favourite to win the crown.
Her worst bit: Once no longer oppressed by the presence of the intimidating Conor, Deana really came out of her shell. Rather than simpering like a rescued damsel, she decided she would have a little bit of fun and rule the roost for a while. This didn’t go down too well.
Her best bit: Throughout bitching, backstabbing and bullying, Deana has carried herself with great poise and good manners, always extending an invitation to talk with her enemies.
Her odds: At around 2.2 for such a polarising housemate there doesn’t seem to be much value in backing her. Equally, her clearly committed base of voting fans makes her too dangerous to lay for the win (as one Betfair columnist has encouraged punters to do). Kudos to anyone who got involved with Deana at longer odds. For reasons both personal and financial, I really hope she’s still in with a shot.
ADAM @ 3.8 is the guy who stayed true to himself from start to finish. Adam entered the house as an ex-con and reformed man looking to enjoy a new experience and show the world what a nice guy he was. All in all, he did a pretty good job, befriending Luke A, falling for Lauren and generally being himself. There’s too much paranoid nonsense banded about on Big Brother with regards to who is ‘fake’ and who is ‘genuine’ – a concept which generally makes no sense to me and which I suppose is really about who is self-aware and who is down-to-earth or something like that. I mean, you can’t just take a toffee hammer to a man’s forehead and watch as he cracks like china, declaring, “See! I told you! Totally fake! Not a real human being at all! Not even a cyborg with the capability to learn emotion over time. Just an empty shell!”
Where was I? That’s it, Adam! There’s too much banded about on these shows about ‘fake’ and ‘genuine’ but the latter word really does seem like a good one for Adam. Even Luke A, as nice as he is, came on Big Brother with an agenda, as honourable as his financial motivations are. Adam, however, is just here for the ride. He doesn’t expect to win, he doesn’t need to win and he doesn’t feel that he’s entitled to anything. He has just been himself and that’s what will gain him votes tonight.
His worst bit: All the leering over Lauren was quite creepy and all the more uncomfortable when the public began to blame her for being a prick-tease.
His best bit: By far the moment when, sick and tired of Aaron’s pranks, Adam emptied a bucket of dirty water and old food onto the rapscallion as he lay in bed.
His odds: Adam and Luke A face the same problem. They kind of come as a pair and the votes could really be split between them, paving the way for a Deana win. Had Adam or Like A been evicted in either of the previous weeks then the remaining male outsider would surely be the favourite for the win. Again, there were some value odds for Adam last week so good luck to anyone who snapped him up at a long price.
LUKE A @ 4.1 is the transgender role model and talented chef who shocked the housemates by revealing that he was born with a woman’s body. Luke has admitted that his main reason for competing for the Big Brother prize is to gain acceptance on behalf of the trans community and/or pay for a phalloplasty. He has proven himself to be mature and level-headed when making friends and dealing with enemies. Of leaving the house, Luke A admitted to having dreams of working as a TV chef and/or becoming an ambassador for the trans community, both realistic and mostly commendable ambitions which differ from the usual desire to get famous and appear on more celebrity themed shows.
His worst bit: Saying of plus-size Becky, “She respects me like she respects her BMI” and getting caught out for it.
His best bit: His impression of nemesis Luke S, “guys want to be me, girls want to be with me…”
His odds: I think he should probably be the favourite, having the clearest narrative after Deana and a real, compelling reason for wanting both the acceptance and more importantly the cash. Whether you think there’s any real value for a late bet at 4.1 is up to you.
SARA @13.5 is the dark horse who has kept her head down throughout the series but could place quite well due to a normally sweet demeanour and strong regional support (seriously, when is someone going to have a word with the Scots and the Irish and explain that they are at least allowed to consider voting for English contestants on reality TV shows). Sara has belted out tunes like a dying cat and wowed everyone with her prize-winning beauty. Whether that’s enough to take the crown is very unlikely but still not impossible, as reflected in her current odds.
Her worst bit: Any argument about politics. Especially when she starts shouting down people who aren’t even attempting to disagree with her. She can come across as very conservative and self-righteous. And she called Deana her best friend and then virtually turned her back on her.
Her best bit: Crying at the most ridiculous things (a conversation about The Queen, Meatloaf’s ‘I Would Do Anything For Love’ amongst others).
Her odds: She’ll have a lot of Scotland behind her but ultimately she’s been a bit too much of a wallflower to have amassed fans or built support. I reckon her best hope is third place.
LUKE S @ 200 doesn’t stand a chance of winning because he is, as Becky would say, a ‘cheeseface’. He only made it to the final by being boring and then winning a golden ticket. Goodnight, Luke.
His worst bit: Easily the fake interview with a rep from ‘Barbell media’ in which Luke S was conned into saying that he would ditch girlfriend Ashleigh once the show was over.
His best bit: Does he have one? His giant bollock maybe?
His odds: Luke doesn’t stand a chance in hell of winning. He only just beat Caroline when she was the most hated woman on channel 5 and that was only after multiple vote refreshes. He’s too long to lay (oo-er) unless you’re a mental thrill-seeker and you have a lot of money to start with.
ALL IN ALL: There aren’t many good value bets to get involved in at this late stage so really it’s all about crossing your fingers on the investments you’ve made throughout the series. If I was forced to offer a tip at gunpoint I’d suggest trawling the Internet for the longest odds you can find on Luke A. Having said that, Deana still looks strong to me.