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Sunday, 29 July, 2001, 11:46 GMT 12:46 UK
Big Brother winner eyes up TV offers
The Big Brother contestants
Brian celebrates with his housemates
Big Brother winner Brian Dowling is expected to be showered with offers to become a television star after scooping the 70,000 prize.

Despite winning the show, the air steward has vowed to return to his job at Ryanair.

But the 23-year-old Irishman is reportedly on the verge of being offered several television deals and is tipped to become the new Graham Norton.

Runner-up Helen Adams is also expected to receive lucrative media offers, thanks to her relationship with fellow housemate Paul.

There is speculation that television company Endemol, the makers of Big Brother, could sign up Brian to front Channel 4's new breakfast show.

Helen Adams and Paul Clarke
Helen and Paul's relationship could be worth a fortune
The company has bid to take over the slot which is to be vacated by the ailing Big Breakfast.

But Brian appears to be taking a calm approach to his future, apparently turning down golden handcuff deals with newspapers.

Photoshoot

In contrast, Helen is reportedly set to sign up with both Hello and News International.

The Observer newspaper suggests her deal could be worth 150,000, with a holiday and a car thrown in.

The 23-year-old Welsh hairdresser has already taken part in a photoshoot with the News of the World, posing in her favourite Gucci label clothes.

The tabloid newspapers have been rife with stories about the burgeoning romance between Helen and Paul.

The pair became close after spending nine weeks inside the Big Brother house.

The pair openly flirted together but restrained from taking it any further because she had a boyfriend - "Big G" - on the outside.

Unbeknown to them he ended the relationship after witnessing her on-screen flirtations.

'Handsome'

When Helen emerged from the house during the live final on Friday, Paul was waiting for her.

He had already spoken of his desire to continue seeing her.

Now it has been Helen's turn to open her heart during her round of interviews with the media.

Dean
Dean is set for musical career

She told the News of the World: "He's the nicest, kindest most caring guy that I've ever met - and he's really handsome, too.

"I really want things to work out between us."

Brian said he will spend his prize money on taking his friends on holiday.

Talking about his plans he said: "I come from a small village and I do plan to go home but I want to put my feet firmly on the ground first."

Brian polled 4,231,660 votes (58%) out of a total 7,255,094, while 2,680,463 viewers (37%) voted for Helen.

Dean O'Loughlin, from Birmingham, was evicted earlier in the night after receiving 269,489 (4%) of the votes cast.

The guitarist is expected to be given a shot of making it in the music industry.



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