Now Brian Dowling has been crowned the Ultimate Big Brother housemate we finally have to face the fact that the most famous reality show has come to an end, leaving a big shape hole in TV viewing, Friday night television will never be the same again, sob sob.
But while Brian re-lives his five minute of fame we can only wonder what has happened to the housemates we grew up with and came to love over the last 11 years, where are they now?
BB1 winner Craig Phillips, who admirably gave his winnings to a friend for an operation, has since appearing on the show eleven years ago worked as a handy man on several daytime TV lifestyle programmes such as Trading up and House call. More recently Craig appeared on UBB to set the housemates a task to build a shed.
BB2 winner and Ultimate Housemate Brian Dowling is expected to be offered many lucrative magazine deals and perhaps even another TV presenting job after stints on SMTV Live with Tess Daly.
BB3 winner Kate Lawler currently works as a DJ on Kerrang Radio. Her DJ career took off in 2004 and she has since played at clubs across the UK, Europe and the world including Pacha and London’s Ministry of Sound. Previous to this she presented Channel 4’s morning programme RI:SE and competed in ITV’ s Celebrity wrestling. She has also modelled for her favourite footie team Arsenal and lingerie for Ann Summers.
BB4 winner was Cameron Stout, if you don’t remember Cameron he was mocked by the tabloids as a bible basher, lives in Orkney and spent a short-time in the African BB house as part of an exchange to try and liven up the show. After winning BB4 he appeared on BBC show Restoration for a short time, stood in for Robbie Shepherd on BBC Radio Scotland and writes columns for The Sunday Post and the Aberdeen Evening Express. Cameron returned to Orkney after the show and used some of his winnings to buy a new piano for his parish church.
BB5 winner and UBB contestant Nadia Almada is currently recuperating after an alleged suicide attempt following a negative reaction during her eviction from Ultimate Big Brother. After winning BB5 Nadia released a single, which flopped at no.27 in the charts, made a fitness video and has appeared on several reality TV programmes including Channel five’s Trust me I’m a holiday rep.
BB6 winner Anthony Hutton now works as a hairdresser, following in the footsteps of his Big Brother love interest Craig, who now refuses to speak to Anthony. Most recently Anthony appeared on Channel 4’s The Last Supper presented by Dermot O’Leary during the UBB final. Anthony also released a keep fit dance video.
BB7 winner Pete Bennett still plays in his band, they released a single in March. In February this year he married his girlfriend Cherry Costin which was filmed by Living TV for their reality show Four Weddings.
BB8 winner and super-fan Brian Belo most recently appeared on Channel 4’s Come dine with me Big Brother special. Since winning the show he has become a columnist for Heat magazine, and worked as a presented on Harry Hill’s TV Burp. Brian has also acted in several stage plays and appeared on numerous reality TV programmes.
BB9 winner Rachel Rice, slated as the nicest housemate for failing to have an opinion, is now back to working as an English teacher after winning the show in 2008.
BB10 winner Sophie Reade, who also appeared on Channel 4’s special BB Come dine with me, has used her assets to her advantage posing in several lads mags and dating high profile men including footballers.
BB11 winner Josie Gibson is planning to settle down with fellow BB contestant John James. The Bristolian has also promised to pay for a new prosthetic leg for her housemate Steve and donate a big percentage of her winnings to charity.
Today’s task will see dance group Flawless enter the house and audition housemates for a lead role in their own dance company named Flawed.
Flawless will give housemates a master dance class and help choreograph the routine. Later today Flawed will perform their dance in front of judges Flawless.
If the housemates’ routine is performed to an acceptable standard they will receive a pampering hamper along with an exclusive viewing of their recorded performance.
In other news…..
Victor refused his Tree of Temptation punishment last night. Yesterday the housemate was told he must wear a tree costume and take part in a task involving eating exotic food from around the world as punishment for failing to record the housemates bitching about each other.
After wearing the costume for a short while, Victor asked BB if he could remove the suit before he went to bed. BB said they appreciated his efforts so far but he ignored them and removed the suit anyway telling them that he won’t participate in anything ever again.
-Nasty Nick has said he cheated in BB1 to liven up the show after being given simple week long tasks such as bake your own bread. In a conversation started by Ulrika, Nick said he treated BB1 as a gameshow but regretted making up lies about his girlfriend being killed in a car crash just to make conversations more interesting.
-Last night Ulrika kissed both Nick and Victor during a game of spin the bottle to entertain housemates after dinner. Michelle joked that Ulrika was having the time of her life. Brian also shared a kiss but with Vanessa Feltz, claiming it was all he needed as he is ‘straight’?
BB11 winner Josie has admitted her and John James are moving in together in an interview with OK magazine. The pair are looking for a six month rental in London. However Josie denied any reports of them getting married and said there would be too many people to invite to their wedding as she has a large family. John James joked that one half of the church would be filled with Bristolians and Josie fans, while the other with his mum and Sam Pepper as a flower boy.
Josie Left the Ultimate BB house yesterday ‘John James style’ via the fire exit.
As she departed through the fire exit all the other housemates followed and tried to stop her but without much luck. The Bristolian was greeted on the other side by John James, who, along with BB staff, led her out the Elstree studio.
Shortly after Josie’s departure the other housemates were asked to pack her suitcase after BB revealed she would not be returning to the house. The housemates said how brave she was to walk, while Ulrika, who had shared a bed with Josie, was comforted by Brian, Nikki and Chantelle. Ulrika has kept one of Josie’s flowers to wear in her hair as a tribute.
In other news…..
-Coolio and John are up for eviction this week. Big Brother 1’s Darren re-entered the house to find papers hidden by Nick naming the nominated housemates as part of a double bluff task set by the Tree of Temptation.
-Brian has been talking to Chantelle about her feelings towards her ex husband Preston. During the discussion Chantelle admitted they had got married too soon and she was worried that she might fall in love with him all over again in the house, particularly as he has moved on and has a girlfriend.
Josie has said she wants to leave the Ultimate BB house.
After waking in the early hours of this morning, Josie went to the diary room for a brief chat before going crying on her own in the bathroom. A concerned Big Brother called her back to the diary room where she admitted she couldn’t handle it anymore especially after briefly seeing her friends, family and John and having to go back to the house
She also confessed that she missed her old housemates and has nothing in common with the new contestants as they are all celebrities.
The BB11 winner suggested she talk to John James to make her feel better. Earlier in the day she also told Ulrika that she hoped Sam Pepper would be brought back into the house to cheer her up.
The UBB housemates have now agreed not to talk to Josie about John James anymore after Nadia and John warned her off him.
Could this mean we will be loosing the only sane housemate in the Ultimate BB house?
In other news….
-There are rumours that former housemates Michelle Bass and Victor Ebuwa will be entering the house on Friday.The pair, who appeared on BB5 in 2004, along with Nadia, are being brought into stir up trouble within the house after the infamous ‘fight night.’
-However it seems that BB might not need the new housemates to create a stir after Coolio promised to ‘cause some shit in the house’ last night.
- Nikki has been speaking to Josie about the coverage of BB11. During their conversation she told the Bristolian that she had been writing a blog for the News of the World and revealed who had nominated Josie and her opinions of the other housemates.
-Preston comforted Chantelle yesterday after she became tearful on the day of their wedding anniversary, fuelling John’s suspicions that the pair will reunite in the house.
Vanessa Feltz, Dane Bowers and past housemates Makosi and Chantelle Houghton are all rumored to be taking part in Ultimate Big Brother, which starts tonight.
Tonight’s winner will also be given the chance to take part in the Ultimate Big Brother show. However today Josie said that she didn’t want to win as she wouldn’t get to see her friends and family before retuning back to the house and competing against past contestants. JJ and Andrew said they wouldn’t mind as they haven’t’ been in the house as long.
Despite this the housemates have already packed their suitcases ahead of tonight’s final.
According to JJ Big Brother have already made amendments to the house for the Ultimate show including moving cameras and frosting the glass of the shower, leading to speculation among the housemates that Ultimate BB may start tonight rather than Friday as they had first thought.
In other news…
-Dave has upset Josie by implying that John James is partying with girls while she is stuck in the house. Shortly after Dave made the comments last night Josie left the bathroom and appeared to be crying.
- Davina McCraw has been grilling the housemates in preparation for their interview with the real Davina tonight. The pretend bird dressed in a posh frock to ask the housemates some awkward questions.
- Housemates were treated to a party Monday to mark their last night in the house. Dave, JJ, Josie, Andrew and Mario enjoyed canapés, alcohol and music, they were also given a tombola, the one used on launch night, filled with question cards which they were expected to answer.
Mario picked the first question ‘Give a speech about what your BB experience has meant to you?’ Mario said the experience had been indescribable and had saved him in a lot of ways as he was in a sad, dark place at the start of the year.
Josie was next to answer and told housemates that being in Big Brother was something to tell the grandkids after listing the highlights of her stay including Sunday’s Perfect Day and shooting a music video.
Other questions included ‘what was your favourite moment’ ‘Who is the sexiest housemate’ ‘which housemate has changed most during their time in the house’, in which Dave and Mario answered Andrew.
-Dave has said it will be weird seeing his wife again after months of being shut away in the house. He said there was bound to be a gap and they would need to reacquaint themselves.
Josie is the firm bookies favourite to win Big Brother 11 tomorrow night.
The Bristolian blonde has odds of 1/10. Mario closely follows at 9/1 and then Dave at 10/1.
-Josie woke the housemates up this morning with talk of yesterday’s Perfect Day. The former sales rep said she couldn’t believe how Simon from Blue had given her his Ray Ban sunglasses. She even joked that she would swap the sunglasses for her picture of John after he failed to respond to her when she shouted back at him over the wall.
-The Bristolian also told Mario she only started to wear dresses eight months ago after a friend criticised her ‘morbid’ tomboy style. And she has admitted to JJ she is missing John James. JJ tried to cheer her up by saying the pair would be reunited in 24 hours but she said she thought everything would be different now that he is out.
-The housemates have coaxed Dave to reveal an embarrassing story about himself that happened last night. Details of the conversation could not be broadcast but later the minister was talking about the release of excess fluids from his body.
Dave, JJ, Mario and Andrew have made it through to this year’s Big Brother final along with golden ticket winner Josie.
Housemates were told the news during Friday’s show when John James, Corin, Sam and Steve were evicted from the house.
Josie became upset after John James left and told JJ she never had anyone care for her as much as John James does. The Aussie also confirmed his love for the Bristolian blonde in his interview with Davina and revealed his plans to stay in the UK after the show.
-Andrew was set a task by the Tree of Temptation to say yes to anything he was asked by his fellow housemates. To stir things up the tree also informed Mario of Andrew’s secret mission. Mario made the most of things by getting naked and teasing Andrew by making passes at him, asking him whether he would like to touch him and to sit on his knee. Mario also got Andrew to do his washing and make everyone lunch. The tree then told Josie about the task and later let JJ and Dave in on the secret. For completing the task the housemates were treated to a perfect day (see Sunday).
- Housemates’ perfect day started with breakfast in bed served by Anthea Turner, followed by beauty treatments and a visit from celebrity hairdresser Lee Stafford who gave housemates a makeover. They were also given make-up tips and helped to choose an outfit for an evening of entertainment, including cocktails served by Kyle Gibson, dinner made by celeb chef Nancy Lam and a performance by ex boy band member Simon Webbe from Blue.
- Andrew has told Mario he will tell Josie he has feelings for her before they leave the house.
The housemates have failed this week task and will receive an economy food budget for their final week.
In total the housemates failed 11 out of Bob Righter’s 15 predictions.
One of the housemates to pass his prediction was Andrew who only made two weak jokes, and Corin who said I’m loving it only seven out of the 15 times allowed. However she applied make-up on 20 occasions, well over the 90 minute period Bob Righter had predicted.
John James failed both of his predictions by continuing to use his black eye-liner and cuddling in bed with Josie. Josie also failed by sucking her thumb 38 times in three days, only 15 occasions were allowed.
- John James has refused to be interviewed after he leaves the house as revenge for how Big Brother treated him yesterday. John James said BB were using him and that they were wanted him in the house more than anything after the lengths they went to so he could speak to Nathan and apologise for his bad behaviour.
- Dave and JJ have been probing Mario on what his secret could be. After working out his secret involved Mario’s granddad they tried to work out the connection. JJ asked if his granddad was the Italian prime minister but Mario left the room before answering to make a hot drink.
- Dave and Sam went on a rampage last night ahead of today’s final, covering the living room in greaseproof paper before pouring rice all over the floor. The rest of the group came to see what was going on and Sam told them all to go back to bed. The pair also used spaghetti to write the word’s ‘got wood’ in the bathroom in front of the Tree of Temptation. However they paid for the prank this morning, having to clean up all the mess.
- Josie has said she won’t mind if John James gets another girlfriend in the outside world.
- John James, Sam, Dave and Steve are the bookies favourite to be evicted from the house tonight.
John James threatened to leave the show last night after clashing with one of the ex housemates who was invited back to the house for an afternoon.
Three ex contestants Ben. Nathan and Rachael were invited to spend some time at the house ahead of next week’s final.
The trouble started when John James received a massage from Rachael and made disrespectful comments about her. He later found out that Nathan, now Rachael’s boyfriend, was watching him slate the Beyonce look-a-like from another room. Corin told John James that BB would need security at the wrap party in case there was any trouble.
Earlier in the day Ben had also made comments that some of the former contestants had dined with his mum.
While most of the housemates went to bed around midnight, John James went to the diary room. JJ was later called to join him.
A concerned Sam tried to listen in to what was being said in the diary room as he was worried John James would leave.
John James said he was sure that his comments about Rachel would mean he would be evicted on Friday and would rather be at home with his family.
Josie, who has now made up with the Aussie, claimed that BB had set John James up and said she would leave if he walked. But she later admitted she would stay and use her golden ticket.
However calm has now been restored to the house after John James changed his mind about leaving and said he would like to apologise to Rachael and Nathan.
Josie has told John James that their relationship is over.
The Bristol blonde told John James that they were finished as she doesn’t want to be with a man that treats women badly. John seemed confused and asked Josie to explain what he had done.
Her decision followed an argument between the pair, fuelled by Sam, after the Aussie failed to back up Josie when she told Sam to stop bullying Corin.
Josie said she was sticking up for Corin as she knew what it was like to have Sam Pepper winding her up and claimed John James only disliked the graffiti artist when he was being nice to her.
Housemates have been set another challenge by Bob Righter as part of this week’s shopping task.
The fortune teller has challenged the housemates to both make and eat Rachel’s breakfast omelette from the previous Don’t come Dine with me task, or a dish made with insects.
David was nominated as the chef and made beans on toast with barbecue flavoured giant ants, fried worms, thai green curry crickets and oven baked tarantulas.
The housemates ate the meal and joked it was better than Rachel’s omelette. They have yet to find out what Bob Righter predicted.