Channel 4 have suffered a backlash from fans after the broadcaster
evicted Friday night's four evictees in 'random' order, unconnected
to the percentage that they received in the public vote.
This has caused a problem for those who placed a bet on the
outcome of the four-way eviction, gambling that John James
would be the most hated of the eight contenders and get evicted
as the 9th Evictee.
Historically, whenever there has been an eviction featuring
multiple evictees, the person who received the most votes
to evict has left the Big Brother House first, lasting less
time in the game and ranking lower than whoever followed them.
However, on Friday night Steve Gill was evicted first, despite
the fact that John James received the highest percentage in
the negative public vote (John 34.2%, Corin 20.6%, Sam 14.6%
and Steve just 9.8%). In other words, John James was more
hated/ less liked than Steve was, so the Australian hunk should
have been kicked-out before him.
The producers clearly wanted to save the bigger characters'
interviews until later-on in the eviction shows, so chose
to evict Sam and John last. But bookmakers have deemed Steve
to be the 9th Evictee, even though in terms of the Big Brother
11 contestant rankings, John (not Steve) comes just behind
last week's evictee Jo.
Consequently, those people who backed John in good faith have
lost their money, when essentially their bet was right. They
had gambled that John would be the least popular of the eight
nominees, and he was. Whatsmore, no-one could have predicted
that the housemates would leave in a random order.
Furious fans, some of whom have unfairly lost a week's wages
due to Channel 4's decision to evict in random order, have
dubbed this latest meddling on behalf of the show's producers
the final straw. They have threatened to stop watching the
show and boycott the upcoming Ultimate Big Brother series
This comes after general criticism from fans that the Big
Brother producers have been manipulating things to suit this
year, and made it very difficult for them to evict unpopular
characters. Indeed, the Save & Replace task saved Steve
in Week 7, when the majority of fans were keen to see the
back of him.
Also, all of the housemates were put 'up' for eviction last
week, but when this happened during Big Brother 10, the public
vote was positive rather than negative.
Consequently, some of this series' most popular characters
such as Corin and Sam, both of whom had large fanbases, failed
to make it through to the series Final. However, a positive
vote would almost certainly have kept them in the game until
UPDATE: Although they dragged their heels for a few days,
to their credit, bookmaker Stan James followed the lead of
other bookies and decided to pay-out on both John and Steve
in the end. So, punters received their profit, or at least
got their stake back if the market was considered void.