Well it has been a rip-roaring emotional rollercoaster of a half week. Here are some of the things I have learnt in the last few days:
– The fact that nobody wanted to vote for Cheryl Fergison’s crunch.
– The expressions ‘jumping ship’ and ‘life and soul of the party’ (“As we say in America” [a woman from the States actually tried to teach me the word ‘booze’ once])
– Men plus Samantha Brick consider Danica’s work to be immoral.
– Women think it’s Danica’s business if she wants to flash her tats on webby.
– People consider the “guy-to-guy bond” an essential oasis in the dessert of immoral female temptation.
– Martin Kemp is nice enough until he’s slagging off women.
– Julie Goodyear will pretty much do anything to be on everyone’s good side. But perhaps that’s just mature diplomacy.
And up for the chop are Danica, Rhian, Samantha and The Situation. Rhian is the bookies’ favourite to go but I’m not so convinced. Her week 1 triumph over Jasmine was hardly a spectacular coup but don’t forget that she received cheers from the live audience (although, again, that may just have been in comparison to Jasmine and before Ashleygate).
The Situation looks safe as houses after polling more votes than Coleen, Lorenzo and Cheryl as well as receiving what was definitely the biggest cheer of the night. Odds of 42 to go look realistic at this stage.
Between the three women, I think it’s hard to call. Samantha may have shown the world that she’s not the deluded one-dimensional narcissist that her articles suggest but I still struggle to see her winning sympathy with the voting public. She has gone from group to group, remaining relatively impartial until there is a chance to get a dig at one of the other women in the house.
Danica and Rhian have both fallen foul to the Jezebel complex whereby their flirtatious interactions with men have turned the house (and potentially the public) against them. Whilst neither girl is a particularly inspiring character, they both have small advantages. Rhian, as I mentioned, has been cheered by the audience and seems like quite a nice, if very boring, individual. Danica has put up with a lot of shit, not least being called a whore. And I happen to know a few of the type of girls who watch and vote in Big Brother and they like Rhian and Danica. Sam fans are probably in an older, more jaded and less phone-prone bracket.
It’s a doozy. I shall confess that I’m staying out of this one but my gut is telling me that the value lies with Sam to go at 4.2 on Betfair. However, after Easternders’ Cheryl got the boot last week it’s turning into a rather unpredictable series. Do get your oar into the comments section below.