'Big Brother' household down to five as Thomas is latest to be evicted

Thomas has gone. Last night he became the latest contestant to be evicted from the
Big Brother house by the television show's viewers.

Thomas has gone. Last night he became the latest contestant to be evicted from the Big Brother house by the television show's viewers.

The 31-year-old former farmer from Omagh, Co Tyrone, was ousted by a narrow margin after 30 per cent of those who took part in the Channel 4 programme poll voted to get rid of him. His former housemate Darren survived by a hair's breadth, with 29 per cent of viewers voting for him to be evicted instead.

Last night was the first time four residents were nominated for eviction. The two others were Anna, who received 22 per cent of votes, and Craig, who polled 19 per cent.

With only five contestants left, the bookmakers William Hill make Anna and Craig 2-1 joint favourites to win the £70,000 prize. Melanie is rated third most likely at 7-2 and Claire and Darren are 6-1.

Thomas, who was given two hours to pack his bags and go, took the news calmly and smiled as he was hugged by his fellow contestants. The blow was cushioned by the offer of a free holiday in Jamaica to recoup from his six-week experience, and the prospect of cashing in on his minor celebrity status with media deals that may prove more lucrative than the show's £70,000 prize. One former housemate, Andy Davidson, has landed his first job as a presenter on Channel 5.

"Nasty" Nick Bateman has also profited from notoriety he earned as the house's Machiavellian cheat by signing an exclusive deal with a national newspaper. Since the publicity that surround his eviction last week, the show's viewing figure have soared - an average of 4.3 million people tuned in to the programme on Monday to Wednesday this week, 30 per cent of the audience share. On the same days last week, it won 23 per cent of the audience.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksA celebration of British elections
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Media

Ashdown Group: Trainee Consultant - Surrey/ South West London

£22000 per annum + pension,bonus,career progression: Ashdown Group: An establi...

Ashdown Group: Trainee Consultant - Surrey / South West London

£22000 per annum + pension,bonus,career progression: Ashdown Group: An establi...

Ashdown Group: Database Executive - Leading Events Marketing Company - London

£23000 - £25000 per annum + 25 days holidays & pension: Ashdown Group: Databas...

Recruitment Genius: Publishing Assistant

£14000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a...

Day In a Page

Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before