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Friday, 15 June, 2001, 15:45 GMT 16:45 UK
Stuart a 'dead cert' for eviction
Stuart
Amma told Stuart he is "very smug and insecure"
Bookmakers have stopped taking bets on "stroppy" Stuart being evicted from the Big Brother house.

The 36-year-old company director is an overwhelming favourite to be voted out after a drunken row with fellow contestant Amma.

He is a bigger certainty to be kicked out by viewers than Labour were to win the general election, according to Coral Eurobet.

Viewers of the Channel 4 programme heard Stuart Hosking make a remark about Amma's job as a lap dancer and said she has a "shallow" mind.

Josh
Josh entered the house two weeks after the others
She responded by telling him he was "very smug and insecure" before bursting into tears and saying she hopes the whole country will vote him out.

Stuart began Friday with odds of 1-7 to be evicted - but they have shortened to 1-10 before betting closed, meaning the bookmaker thinks there is more than a 90% chance Stuart will be the second contestant to go.

Also up for eviction is Paul, whose odds stand at 11-2.

"It is so one-sided that we are offering just 6-4 that Stuart gets 80% of the public vote," Coral Eurobet's Simon Clare said.

Viewers will see the eviction during a live broadcast on Friday.

Resentment

There were also arguments between gay housemates Brian and Josh during a party for Brian's 23rd birthday.

Brian squared up to Josh, who entered the house on 9 June - two weeks after everyone else.

Brian said he was resentful because Josh had become the centre of attention and because he had given up his bed when Josh moved in.

"I will never threaten you," Josh replied.

Dean and Elizabeth were seen trying to make peace between the rowing contestants.

Apologies

The group held an "emergency" meeting the following day and attempted to make amends.

"My first apology is to Amma," Stuart said. "I wouldn't let her say what she wanted to say."

"I don't prejudge people. It was not intended that way. I think you are a great person. Your smile lights up the house as you walk into a room."

Penny
Penny: First to be voted out
Amma responded by telling Stuart she said a lot of things she did not mean.

"But you were talking to me like I was eleven," she said. "I don't like authority in this house and there is no-one here who is above me."

Brian told Josh that he had been joking and that he was upset because he missed his friends and family.

"I suppose I felt I was going to be judged. I over-reacted just a little bit," he said

Brian is favourite to win the 70,000 prize, with odds of 2-1. Dean and Josh are second and third favourites.

Schoolteacher Penny Ellis was the first person to be voted out of the house, beating Helen in the public vote last week.

Third eviction

And now that betting for the second eviction has closed, odds on the next eviction are already available.

Helen and Narinder are joint favourites to be third to go, both at 7-4 - despite the fact that the housemates have not yet nominated a pair to be put to the public vote.

The next round of nominations will take place on Monday and be screened on Tuesday.

The process of nominations and evictions goes on for another six weeks, after which a winner will be chosen.

The housemates are not allowed any contact with the outside world during their time on the show.

Producers have refused to reveal whether the outright winner will be chosen in the same way as in the first series, where the public chose between three remaining contestants.

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