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Friday, 20 July, 2001, 22:20 GMT 23:20 UK
Paul evicted from Big Brother house
Paul from Big Brother
Paul leaves the house after 'a mad few weeks'
Paul has finally been evicted from Big Brother house.

It was the fifth time that Paul had been up for eviction and this time there was no escape.

He got 84% of the votes cast in the series' seventh eviction.

"What a mad few weeks," he commented as he left the house with Davina McCall.

Paul and Helen from Big Brother
Paul and Helen embraced when they heard the news
Interviewed by McCall, Paul admitted to nerves about whether Helen's ex-boyfriend Big G would be there - until McCall told him that Big G had already dumped her.

He then reacted with amazement at tabloid headlines about his relationship with Helen.

Asked by McCall about his first reactions to Helen, he said: "It was majorly awkward for me I saw Helen - I thought she was an attractive girl, but I didn't fancy her from day one."

When McCall asked him how close the couple had been to sleeping together, Paul replied: "Really, really close - but I couldn't."

And he said that during their Thursday night encounter in the den: "We were kissing each other's cheeks, but not each others mouths."

But he then admitted to wanting to see Helen when she left the house, and added: "I want Helen to win."

Paul from Big Brother
Paul hears of his eviction
Paul also spoke of the strain about being repeatedly nominated for eviction: "You would not believe how bad I felt.

"Every single week did take its toll - you do feel alone, that's the point where Helen was really good.

"You feel like, why am I still staying in this house - that was freaking me out."

Though his relationship with Helen had become a major talking point and the front page lead for the tabloids, on Tuesday the couple learned that they had both had been put up for an eviction vote by their fellow contestants.

After the announcement Paul told the housemates that he was ready to leave.

"I wanna go now guys," he said on Thursday.

"I've really been missing my mates so badly over the last two days."

Paul also hinted that he too had romantic involvements outside the house.

Helen from Big Brother
Helen helped Paul through eviction nominations
"I've got interests in a couple of girls out there. You don't know what could happen," he said.

Helen will now be left in the house with Dean, Elizabeth and Brian for the show's final week.

After this eviction, viewers will be given the chance to vote for the winner from those left in the house.

On Thursday, 26 July, the person with the least votes will leave.

The finale takes place the following day, with viewers again voting for the winner and the process following the same pattern as last year's series.

The contestant with the fewest votes of the remaining three will leave first, then the second-placed person, revealing the winner of the 70,000 prize.

Brian is the bookies' favourite to triumph, with odds of 1-4, followed by Helen at 5-2.



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