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Tuesday, 13 March, 2001, 17:58 GMT
Big Brother takes its toll
Feltz and Eubank
Both evicted: Feltz and sparring partner Chris Eubank
It may only be a gameshow but Celebrity Big Brother looks to be taking its toll on a handful of the inmates.

Viewers witnessed Vanessa Feltz looking like she was cracking under the pressure of eviction shortly before she was kicked out by a viewers' vote.

Feltz's erratic behaviour started after she heard she was up for eviction.

Dressed in a silk leopardskin dressing gown and sunglasses, she took a piece of chalk meant for writing a daily shopping list and began covering the table in words including "incarcerated, diffident, disparate, frustrated".

Under pressure

The other celebrities watched on uneasily, wary of stopping what appeared to be a stream of consciousness as Feltz vented her feelings.

Anthea Turner
Anthea Turner was visibly upset by her first nomination
When Big Brother saw what she doing, it ordered her to the diary room, probably to check she was holding up under the pressure.

However, she refused point blank to go into the room and carried on with her writing.

When she finally went in she confessed: "I really don't think I can endure the mass humiliation of everyone hating me so much."

Feltz, who had a successful TV career until it took a turn for the worse last year, praised Eubank's handling of his eviction but said she could not do the same.

The producers of the show are defending their decision to show these clips to the millions of people tuning in for their nightly instalment.

Chief executive of Comic Relief Kevin Cahill said: "We do not want to make the emotions too raw, we just want to make it raw enough for the audiences to enjoy but without exposing the artist too much."

Bouncing back

Feltz was nominated by her fellow housemates, along with Dee, and from the off she was convinced she would be voted out by the public.

Chris Eubank
Chris Eubank was the first out of the house
Senior psychology lecturer at Coventry University Dr David Giles - author of Illusions of Immortality: Psychology of Fame and Celebrity - believes the celebrities will bounce back from their rejection.

He said: "I do not think the celebrities will be psychologically damaged after just one week.

"They are more or less guaranteed to continue with careers in the media.

"Although, any publicity is not necessarily good publicity they can always say they only did it for charity."

Dee begs for eviction

Feltz's heart-to-heart with Dee saw her break down in tears, claiming she had had too much time to think and did not know what lessons she had learned from the experience.

Fellow housemate Anthea Turner also knows what it's like to be on the receiving end of media criticism.

She was "distressed" by claims her wedding photographs were issued as part of a chocolate sponsorship deal last August.

She also looked tearful when she learned of her first nomination on Friday.

However, she survived the vote relatively unscathed and former boxer Chris Eubank was the first to leave.

Mr Giles said: "There is always the problem of the celebrities taking the public vote personally.

"With the original Big Brother the main problem was being rejected by your group, because the whole task was about getting on with each other."

Dee has told Big Brother he is desperate to leave and has resorted to begging the public to vote him out.

Successful formula

Although there was also high drama in the original Big Brother, not least when "Nasty Nick" was caught cheating, the celebrities should be more used to the cameras than the line-up from the first series.

They were also equipped with the knowledge that the show had gripped millions of viewers, and that the formula of voting out and rejecting housemates had been highly successful in grabbing ratings.

The original 10 members did not know how phenomenal the concept had become until they left the house and saw the hundreds of column inches devoted to the show.

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