“And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat”
– Genesis 3:6
“If you look back in history
It’s a common double standard of society
The guy gets all the glory, the more he can score
While the girl can do the same and yet you call her a whore.”
– Christina Aguilera, Can’t Hold Us Down (2003)
For the first time this series, it feels like a bit of a no-brainer, at least in terms of who’s likely to be sticking around. Three housemates face the chop and only one may stay. And unless Danica is capable of some truly extraordinary voter manipulation this week (which isn’t technically out of the question), it looks like Coleen can walk it blindfolded.
This week, despite roars of “Get Danica out!”, Samantha failed to poll more votes than the doe-eyed rinser. Her name was met at points with considerable booing and not a single defiant cheer or whoop amidst the mob, as was the case with both glamour girls.
I’ve also noted that Samantha Brick, far from being a hilarious narcissist, is in fact just a traditionally-minded middle-class woman on a mission to set feminism back fifty years. Aside from citing her domestic accomplishments as the reason she should stay (we live in a post-Masterchef world. Everyone wants to cook!), she has taken every possible opportunity to judge, chide and slander her female housemates and to win favour with the men around her.
Starting to see the connection between the lovely person in the house and the journalist who wrote that article? I certainly am.
What about Danica, then? I think I like Danica, purely because she’s been given such a hard time for being an overtly sexual and flirtatious woman. She’s been perfectly vocal about the fact that she doesn’t want a relationship with any of her fellow housemates and about the fact that she has a boyfriend on the outside world. What the men of the house fail to understand is that it’s a game of “do as I say and not as I do,” as Danica continues to thrust her T&A rather vigorously towards any groin in a ten metre radius.
Coy and slightly manipulative, perhaps. But Prince Lorenzo and The Situation, absurd humans as they are, are quite capable of looking after themselves. Yet, much like Ashley with Rhian, they continue to pant like starving dogs at Danica’s ankles. On the flipside, when Rhian suggested to Brian Dowling that The Situation might be a bit of a playboy (and anyone who has watched more than five minutes of Jersey Shore will attest to his ‘charms’), Brian responded by whipping up the crowd with “We like a playboy!” – I despair at humanity.
So basically, the mollycoddling matriarch and part-time Nolan, Coleen, is in a very good position indeed. Not only has she survived the bottom two in a previous eviction, she has an established fan-base in the Loose Women audience and I’m sure her fellow panellists will be lobbying even harder this time around.
All of which means I tend to agree with Tim B’s verdict that we should probably be looking towards 5/4 Samantha-Danica in the double eviction straight forecast market offered by Ladbrokes, in preference to the generally odds-on prices for Samantha to be next evicted. (Danica-Samantha is on offer at 12/5 with Ladbrokes, compared to a best price of 7/4 Danica in the next eviction markets.)
Disagree? Let us know! There’s always room for surprises…