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Thursday, 26 July, 2001, 22:08 GMT 23:08 UK
Viewers oust Big Brother's Elizabeth
Elizabeth
Elizabeth was evicted with just one day to go
Big Brother's Elizabeth has become the eighth contestant to be voted out of the house after a surprise eviction was sprung on the housemates.

The four remaining housemates were shocked to learn one of them would be leaving early as programme bosses spiced up the action by adding the extra eviction.

Elizabeth was evicted because she polled the least number of votes for who viewers want to win the 70,000 prize money.

Steve
Elizabeth's boyfriend Steve was waiting for her
Just 2% of the voting public wanted her to emerge the winner.

This leaves Dean, Helen and Brian to fight it out for Friday's prize.

The 27-year-old website designer, who had been the bookmakers' favourite to leave early, was visibly upset at the news of her eviction.

After being told during a live link up to presenter Davina McCall, Elizabeth was given just 90 minutes to pack up her belongings and prepare to leave after 63 days in the house.

Steve, her 53-year-old partner, was outside along with family and friends to greet her on her departure.

Naked

During her live interview after the eviction Elizabeth discovered Steve had sold naked pictures of her to a newspaper.

Although, shocked by seeing the pictures on a big screen, she appeared to forgive him.

Her audition tape in which she ran naked into the sea was also shown, along with her most memorable moments from her time in the house.

Dean
Dean was second favourite to leave early

Elizabeth said she believed she managed to escape nomination from the house because of her ability to get on with people on a one-to-one basis.

Asked why she had taken part in the Big Brother experiment, she said: "I went in there for the experience to see the way I would react."

Helen's hair

Earlier in the evening when the news of the imminent eviction was announced all four had presumed it would be them to face the chop.

Helen was most concerned about facing the public, screaming about the state of her hair.

Waiting in the studio in case it was her night to go was former housemate Paul Clarke, who said he was desperate to see the Welsh hairdresser again.

Paul, who was evicted on Friday, had built up a close relationship with Helen during their time together.

Paul and Helen from Big Brother
Helen will be with Paul by Friday

He said: "I'm well excited about seeing her. I can't wait until tomorrow."

The bookmakers say the race to win Big Brother is between Helen and Brian, with Dean the outsider.

The show's official bookmaker Paddy Power still has Brian as favourite to win at 1/4, with Helen at 5/2, while Coral Eurobet has suspended betting on the Irish air steward.

Odds on Helen pipping Brian to the post have been shortened since The Sun newspaper backed Helen to triumph.



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