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Friday, 1 June, 2001, 23:13 GMT 00:13 UK
Penny and Helen up for eviction
Penny: Accused of "smothering" the group
Big Brother 2 housemates have made their first nominations - three days before they thought they would have to choose which contestants they want to leave.

Penny and Helen received five nominations each, meaning they will now be put up for the public vote to decide who will be first out of the house.

Josh: Will be final housemate
And Josh has been voted into the house after being chosen by the public from three who could have become the final housemate.

He will enter the house on 8 June - the same day that Penny or Helen will leave.

The contestants do not know who is up for eviction and cannot talk to each other about who they have nominated.

They will be kept waiting until Monday to find out who is up for the public vote.

Josh, a 32-year-old property manager, promises "nudity, nocturnal activity and naughtiness"

The ten existing housemates are currently in their eighth day locked in the east London property together.


Stuart said he voted for Penny because he felt she was mothering the group.

"And therefore [she is] smothering the group," he said.

Amma said: "She talks to people like we're kids. It can be a bit patronising."

Outside the house, she has been in trouble with her headmistress who said she could face the sack after appearing nude in front of cameras and setting a bad example to her pupils.

Helen: Up for the first public vote
Among the criticism levelled at Welsh hairdresser Helen was that she didn't try hard enough at the task of keeping a fire lit and that she was insensitive.

Paul said she was "up herself" and had made some nasty comments during the first seven days while Penny branded her "tactless".

Narinder got three votes, with Paul, Bubble and Amma receiving two nominations each.

Stuart, Dean and Brian were the only ones not to be picked by any of their fellow housemates.

Unofficial figures have revealed the show is attracting more viewers than the BBC's Ten O'Clock News.

On both Wednesday and Thursday night, the Channel 4 show drew higher ratings than the BBC's main news bulletin.


Growing tensions inside the house between some contestants has helped boost ratings.

Penny and Stuart were caught on camera rowing in front of the rest of the group.

Penny became upset when Stuart said she was the only female in the house he did not fancy.

Meanwhile, Bubble's attempts to get the England vs Greece game shown in the house continue unabated.

Having declared his own religion requires that he watch it, Dean has now told Big Brother he has joined the Church of Bubble.

Citing infringement of human rights, he said the few rules the religion has require him to watch England on TV.

After being reminded of the rules of no outside contact, he left the diary room saying "fair enough".

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