After only a few days to settle into the Big Brother house the celebrities were faced with the harsh reality of the nomination process on Sunday night. Whilst this year the B B producers have not indulged all the celebrities in luxury, with the advent of the basement, the first nomination reminds the contestants that they are not on a city break with celeb chums. There was the usual outrage and pained expressions as the news was delivered to the house, although jockey Frankie Dettori had already volunteered his nomination to save his fellow incumbents in the basement from any further hardship. Frankie whilst honourable in his actions was felt to be entirely safe from eviction so many may see it as an empty gesture.
Dettori does seem to have made a smart decision however, because bookmakers Paddy Power have him at a lengthy 16/1 to have any chance of leaving the show on Wednesday. Whilst it does seem highly unlikely that he will go, it is worth remembering that the opinions of those in the house do not always coincide with those at home watching the series. The other two nominees were voted for in the usual process but there was a twist in that both nominees were told how many votes they had, although not from whom. This will add a sense of discomfort in the house for whomever remains, for they will know that 4 people voted for Paula and 10 for Heidi and Spencer. Whomever remains will be aware that they have to up their game.
Whilst many will remember Paula Hamilton for her famous Volkswagen advertisement and her well documented time in rehab, it is her insistence on filling her colleagues in with every detail of her life that has been such an irritant. If there was an award for name dropping Ms Hamilton would be an odds on favourite, although many inside and outside the house will be wondering why her extraordinary connections have not provided her with a career opening other than the house in Elstree. At the moment she is 4/11 favourite to go first although Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt are close behind at 2/1.
Heidi and Spencer, now christened Spidey by the red tops found fame and fortune in American Reality TV show The Hills, so are familiar with the process, however they have not come over as very likeable or tolerant housemates. In the past foreigners have fared well on the show, with public intrigue keeping them in the house for lengthy periods. however as Pamela Anderson discovered on this week's Dancing On Ice, the glamour of the States is not as attractive as it once was. Whether there is a surge of National pride since London 2012 which is drawing the viewers to home grown celebs, however unknown, or whether the choice of Americans was simply wrong this year, the viewer interest this side of the pond does not seem to match that of their home audiences.
Paula Hamilton's narcissism is certainly not attractive but if perceived and excused as good old British eccentricity, the BB voters may indulge themselves and her and keep her in a little longer.
Odds plus a host of Novelty Betting Opportunities courtesy of Paddy Power
Paula Hamilton 4/11
Heidi & Spencer 2/1
Frankie Dettori 16/1
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