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Last Updated: Monday, 16 June, 2003, 13:02 GMT 14:02 UK
Double eviction for Big Brother
Jon Tickle
Jon Tickle: Branded boring by the tabloids
Channel 4 is attempting to add some drama to this year's Big Brother series by evicting two housemates instead of one this week.

Nine contestants remain in the surveillance gameshow's house at Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire, competing to win a 70,000 jackpot after spending 64 days inside.

Usually, one contestant is voted out each week by viewers, but producers have opted to throw two out on Friday.

Voting opens on Tuesday, with Channel 4 giving over most of its Friday night schedule to three live Big Brother specials.

The housemates - who have to nominate who they want to see thrown out of the house - were told about the plan on Monday morning.

Ratings for Big Brother's fourth outing have remained steady, with an average of 4.4 million tuning in for the nightly updates.

Unofficial overnight figures show up to 4.8m people - 24% of the audience - saw Liverpudlian fashion designer Sissy Rooney evicted from the programme on Friday.

'Boring'

But events in the house have so far failed to capture the imagination of the tabloid press, with the contestants neither rowing nor flirting.

Big Brother stories have been relegated to newspapers' inside pages, with columnists calling the show boring.

One contestant, Jon Tickle, has been nominated for eviction three times since the show started.

But despite being branded dull by the press, the 29-year-old has escaped eviction so far, with viewers prefering to evict Sissy along with Anouska Golebiewski and Justine Sellman.

A Channel 4 spokeswoman denied the network was responding to press criticism.

"We promised surprises this series, and that's what we're doing," she told BBC News Online.

"It's the third big surprise so far, after the nominations on the first night and the secret room inside the house."

She added the 64-day timescale of the series would not be affected by the double eviction.

Inside the house, the nine contestants are having to complete a task to earn money for their weekly food allowance.

They have to think up a super-hero, complete with costume and slogan, then dress up as the character whenever Big Brother calls them.

So far Edinburgh waiter Federico Martone has failed the task, his third task failure so far - taking too long to dress up as Camp Man.

If another contestant fails, the group will have just 12 between them to spend on food all week.




SEE ALSO:
Sissy evicted from Big Brother
13 Jun 03  |  Entertainment
Justine evicted from Big Brother
06 Jun 03  |  Entertainment
Big Brother ratings rise again
28 May 03  |  Entertainment


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