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.
Former Ultimate Big Brother contestant Nadia Almada has reportedly been rushed to hospital after an attempted suicide bid, according to the Sun newspaper.
The BB5 winner was found in her bathroom on Wednesday after an overdose of prescription drugs and painkillers.
Nadia, who admitted she was feeling suicidal after being evicted from the UBB house, apparently told friends she wanted to end it all.
It is thought Nadia was unhappy by the way she was portrayed by Channel 4 during her argument with Coolio on UBB, which she said mislead viewers.
The Sun reported that that a friend staying with Nadia at her flat discovered her body and called an ambulance. She was kept under observation on Wednesday and then declared fit to return home.
A spokesperson for BB said, ‘We have been in constant touch with Nadia and, like all the housemates, she has access to all of our aftercare facilities.
Channel 4 have neither confirmed or denied whether the BB5 winner will appear on tonight’s UBB final?
Michelle Bass and Vanessa Feltz were evicted from the BB house last night, while Nick escaped the public vote.
Vanessa left the house to Turn Around by Phats and Small, while Michelle left the house to Dynamite by Taio Cruz.
On the penultimate day …
The housemates have laid BB to rest as part of a new task. This afternoon a funeral service was hold in the garden to commemorate the death of the show. Reverend Marcus Bentley delivered the service as the housemates buried a casket filled with sentimental objects from the various series.
After the funeral the housemates will enjoy a fancy dress wake party where they will be joined by Titan the robot.
-Chantelle has told Brian that coming into the house has been the best thing for her. She told Brian that she couldn’t have survived UBB without her ex husband being in the house and has given her an opportunity for closure.
This afternoon Davina McCall entered the house while the housemates were locked in the garden to take part in a secret task set by the Tree of Temptation.
Her task was to get the housemates on their own and read letters to them from home, while telling them they are her favourite housemate from UBB.
Brian, Nick, Nikki and Ulrika all shed a tear after hearing BB’s Big Mutha read letters from their loved ones. Soon after seemed happy they had the opportunity to hear from family and friends and a new energy was breathed into the house.
In other news….
-Vanessa is the favourite to be evicted from the UBB house tonight. However Nick told Victor this morning that he suspected his number was up. Two housemates will be chosen to leave the house by public vote this evening.
-Housemates succeed in their dance task winning a hamper full of pampering goodies. This morning Nick and Preston took advantage of their prize and applied a face mask while relaxing at the carousel.
-Nick and Victor continued with their game ‘follow Brian’ this afternoon after starting last night. The mischievous duo followed Brian to the bathroom where they copied his every room. When Brian questioned their motives, Victor said that he wanted to follow in the footsteps of the star of the show.
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.
Nick, Vanessa and Nikki are up for eviction from the house on Wednesday when two housemates will be chosen by the public to leave the house.
If Vanessa is evicted she would have only been in the house for 4 days after entering on Friday, dressed as a bridge, shortly after Makosi and Nadia were evicted.
This week’s nominations with a twist saw the housemates take part in nominations roulette where they had to spin a wheel and either draw, mime, gargle, sing or rap the names of the housemates they wanted to evict. Brian had to draw, Chantelle and Victor had to rap, Michelle, Ulrika and Nikki had to mime, while Preston and Vanessa had to gargle.
After Wednesday’s eviction seven housemates will be left to battle it out to be named Ultimate Housemate on Friday.
In other news…..
-Today (Monday) Victor was given a secret task by the Tree of Temptation to record housemates bitching about each other using a Dictaphone, which he failed. The tree recommended Victor start with Preston after hinting that Ulrika and Brian had overheard their discussion in the bathroom, but minutes later he gave the game away after housemates refused to bitch about anyone.
-Brian Dowling is the favourite to win UBB, according to the bookies with 4/11 odds. Chantelle is second favourite to win by 10/3.
The fictious band- Kandy Floss, made up by BB to fool CBB4 housemates into thinking Chantelle was a celebrity, is making a comeback this afternoon as part of the Retrospective task.
Victor and Nadia were called to the diary room along with Chantelle, allegedly one of the band’s members, to re-from the group. The ‘band members’ will perform the infamous track I want it all tonight made famous by CBB4.
Makosi has also been given a challenge where she must wear a green body suit covered in ping pong balls. She has been told she has to wear the costume as it is technology to delete her from the show supposedly.
Yesterday the former nurse was instructed by BB as part of the task to become the most unpopular housemate for an hour. However while Makosi was in the diary room BB called the other housemates to the sofa and told them about her task, instructing them to act as nice as possible to her.
In other news….
-Nikki was in tears this morning after housemates’ snoring left her unable to sleep. The snoring lasted until around 5am when Nikki squealed in anger and begged Nadia to stop as she couldn’t sleep, her efforts failed to make any difference so she went to talk to BB in the diary room. After venting her anger she returned to the bedroom to try and get some sleep. Her outburst, which coincidentally woke the group in the early hours of the morning, has now made the BB7 star very unpopular in the house as most of the group said they did not hear the snoring only Nikki’s tantrum. Nikki later apologised and said she was a light sleeper and would ask BB if she could sleep elsewhere.
For this week’s shopping task the housemates will recreate some of the most memorable moments from past Big Brother series.
To receive a luxury shopping budget the housemates must occur no more than four fails over the next three days.
Nick and Ulrika were given the first challenge to recreate Ulrika’s performance of Endless love with Verne Troyer in CBB6. To pass they must get more than 81,483 people , the number who watched the video last time, viewing the clip online.
In other news…
-Nick has asked Victor’s opinion on whether he should repeat his antics on BB1. Victor said he thought it was a risk but Nick said he didn’t want to regret not doing it, Victor replied ‘then get stuck in.’ The pair have already invented their own secret code and devised a talk show entitled ‘Big Brother’s Little Cousin.’
- Nadia today said she is tired of being a bitch, while Makosi has claimed the world angers her as lots of people only do things so others will say they are a nice person. She even went on to say that she didn’t want to play the same game as she did in BB6 with her underhand tactics and secret tasks.
-According to Chantelle’s best friend the Celebrity Big Brother star is desperate to win back her ex husband through the UBB show. However last night Chantelle told housemates that a reconciliation would not happen as it has been three years since they split as Preston was not in love with her. But Preston has already told housemates he is beginning to remember why he feel in love with the former CBB contestant.
Brian told Chantelle today that UBB is her opportunity to start afresh. Chantelle admitted to Brian that she had split from Preston because of their constant bickering. The CBB star admitted that moving to Brighton to be with Preston was hard as she found it hard to make friends and Preston didn’t want to go out and leave her on her own.
For this week’s task the housemates will become majorettes and recreate the infamous baton twirling challenge from BB7.
The housemates are expected to perform a routine to Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance this evening.
Nikki was chosen as choreographer, while Chantelle was given the title of troupe leader. Chantelle will have to learn a slightly more complicated routine as troupe leader. She reassured the housemates she would be able to pass the task as she used to be a majorette when she was younger.
However the task hasn’t gotten to an easy start with Nikki deciding to run laps in the garden rather than teach the housemates the routine after being overlooked for troupe leader. Instead Brian is leading the housemates through the display. Earlier he decided that himself, Chantelle, Michelle, Nikki and Preston would learn the dance first and then attempt to teach the rest of the housemates. Victor later joined the five in learning the dance after expressing how easy it was.
The housemates are now practicing the dance routine from memory after giving BB the instructional video back.
In other news..
-Makosi and Nadia are the favourites to be evicted from the house on Friday, according to bookies.
-Ulrika has admitted that she feels threatened by Nadia when she shouts during arguments.
-Chantelle’s mum has given her blessing to her daughter and ex Preston getting back together, claim reports. Vivien Houghton said that Preston was a pleasure to have as a son-in law and she missed his presence in the family.
By katymCoolio left the house on Saturday after an explosive argument with Nadia on Friday night.The rapper was called to the diary room and left by ‘mutual agreement’ after Nadia told BB she was upset by what Coolio had said to her and wanted to leave the show. As Nadia packed her suitcase Coolio was asked by BB what the house would be like without him, the rapper replied things won’t change and demanded Big Brother open a door and let him out. Nikki was elated to hear the news while Chantelle said she was gutted that Coolio was leaving. Ironically the night before he was saved from eviction by the public vote, winning against racing pundit john by a small proportion of the vote.Friday night also saw BB5’s Michelle and Victor enter the Big Brother bedsit. The pair were given the task of playing secret pranks on the other housemates, who were unaware of their presence. They decided to play their first prank on Nikki, sending evil clown Mr Cuddles to wind her up.Saturday-Ulrika refused to take part in one of BB’s parlour games leading the housemates to think they had upset her. Ulrika explained that she didn’t feel like she fitted in with everyone and was struggling to make any connections.-Nadia was treated by Michelle and Victor to her own personal slave- Stuart Pilkington from BB9. Nadia made the most of the situation and Stuart was very loyal to his mistress.Sunday-Preston told Chantelle and Brian he is unsure of his current relationship status. Brian and Chantelle looked surprised after Preston said he hoped he still had a girlfriend despite her leaving the country.-Chantelle has said she regrets getting her breasts enlarged and will never go topless for a magazine again. The Celeb BB star she hated that men thought she was easy after she had them done.
Coolio left the house on Saturday after an explosive argument with Nadia on Friday night.
The rapper was called to the diary room and left by ‘mutual agreement’ after Nadia told BB she was upset by what Coolio had said to her and wanted to leave the show. As Nadia packed her suitcase Coolio was asked by BB what the house would be like without him, the rapper replied things won’t change and demanded Big Brother open a door and let him out. Nikki was elated to hear the news while Chantelle said she was gutted that Coolio was leaving. Ironically the night before he was saved from eviction by the public vote, winning against racing pundit john by a small proportion of the vote.
Friday night also saw BB5’s Michelle and Victor enter the Big Brother bedsit. The pair were given the task of playing secret pranks on the other housemates, who were unaware of their presence. They decided to play their first prank on Nikki, sending evil clown Mr Cuddles to wind her up.
-Ulrika refused to take part in one of BB’s parlour games leading the housemates to think they had upset her. Ulrika explained that she didn’t feel like she fitted in with everyone and was struggling to make any connections.
-Nadia was treated by Michelle and Victor to her own personal slave- Stuart Pilkington from BB9. Nadia made the most of the situation and Stuart was very loyal to his mistress.
-Preston told Chantelle and Brian he is unsure of his current relationship status. Brian and Chantelle looked surprised after Preston said he hoped he still had a girlfriend despite her leaving the country.
-Chantelle has said she regrets getting her breasts enlarged and will never go topless for a magazine again. The Celeb BB star she hated that men thought she was easy after she had them done.