By 2:30 am on Monday, you’ll know whether Shilpa Shetty has won Celebrity Big Brother. The Indian actress was the firm favourite on Sunday night after pop star Jo O’Meara and actress Cleo Rocos were ousted through an audience poll.
Shilpa was named the bookies’ favourite after voting began early on Saturday (IST). The odds being offered on a Shilpa win were 4/11, a long way from the 10/1 odds offered when she entered the Big Brother House.
The controversy over reality TV star Jade Goody’s ‘racist’ remarks have obviously helped Shilpa, who has raced past TV star Dirk Benedict, who started as the favourite with 5/1 odds.
Now, the contest is expected to be a toss-up between her and Jermaine, brother of Michael Jackson, though there are four other housemates left too.
A bookie and a crew member of Channel 4, which is broadcasting the show, told HT that Asians and most whites were backing Shilpa who has escaped eviction twice. When she was put head-to-head with Goody, over 82 per cent of the five million viewers voted for Goody’s eviction.
Along with Goody, O’Meara was part of a group accused of hurling racist taunts at Shilpa. O’Meara and Rocos emerged from the Big Brother House to a mixture of boos, cheers and chants of 'get Jo out' from the audience. O’Meara received 48 per cent of the eviction vote, while 28 per cent wanted Rocos to go.
O’Meara later denied any racist intent.
Meanwhile, the Hertfordshire police were trying to meet Goody and her mother Jackiey to inquire into their ‘racist’ remarks. But Goody’s agent was keeping them at bay.
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