British viewers to decide Shilpa's fate
Shilpa's name came up for eviction along with four others after the show producers mistakenly misled the audience into thinking they favoured her.Updated: Jan 26, 2007 13:48 IST
The British viewers who backed actress Shilpa Shetty when she faced racism on Celebrity Big Brother will decide her fate again on Friday as her name came up for eviction along with four others after the show producers mistakenly misled the audience into thinking they favoured her.
In the midst of a voting storm, the reality TV show's producers Endemol were forced to scrap all votes cast since Wednesday night when the lines opened for Friday's eviction after appearing to favour Shilpa by flashing "save" along with her number in graphics on the screen.
The Bollywood star was one of five contestants in line for the boot. Phone numbers to evict her four rivals were shown in graphics on screen.
A show spokesman said it was a "genuine mistake". Endemol said, "We will reimburse anyone who wants their money back and all profits will go to charity."
The four other contestants up for eviction are Dirk Benedict, Jo O'Meara, Ian Watkins and Cleo Rocos.
One viewer said: "When you looked at the screen there was no way that you could vote Shilpa out. It made you wonder whether Channel 4 had done it on purpose to try and save her."
Meanwhile, director Shashilal K Nair, with more than 10 films to his credit, said he planned to produce a box-office blockbustor with Shilpa and her tormentor Jade Goody as protagonists.
Nair, whose films include the controversial Ek Chhotisi Love Story, said "I have a script which I would like to cast them in. I can't reveal much about the plot but it is quite funny and they would be the main protagonists."
First Published: Jan 26, 2007 13:48 IST