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Celebrity Big Brother won by Bez
Bez won after receiving 54% of the total public vote
Happy Mondays dancer Bez has won the third series of reality show Celebrity Big Brother.

He beat Blazin' Squad rapper Kenzie and actress Brigitte Nielsen in the Channel 4 final on Sunday, winning 50,000.

The latest series of Celebrity Big Brother began on 6 January and has raised more than 250,000 for charity.

An average of 4.1 million viewers watched the series, slightly down on the last series in 2002, with 5.4 million seeing Bez triumph.

Bez, 40, real name Mark Berry, won after receiving 54% of the total public vote. "I do not know what I have done to deserve it but nice one," he said. He won 10,000 of the 50,000 fund during a task last week - his victory on Sunday means he wins the entire prize fund.'Good time'

Actor Jeremy Edwards, model Caprice, DJ Lisa I'Anson, racing pundit John McCririck, author Germaine Greer and astrologer Jackie Stallone also took part.

During the series Bez admitted he had taken part because he had been in financial difficulty.

Blazin' Squad rapper Kenzie was favourite to win the show
"It has pulled me right out of trouble, that's something I will be grateful for," he said on winning.

"I enjoyed my time in there, I had a really good time and met good people."

Nielsen, the first finalist to be voted out on Sunday, said she was "not disappointed at all" to leave.

"It has been a great experience," she told host Davina McCall.

Kenzie, 19, who had been bookmakers' clear favourite to win, said he had gained "friends for life" among his fellow contestants.

Early exit

The series attracted 5.3 million viewers on its launch night, dipping to 4.4 million on Friday and three million viewers on Saturday.

Greer quit the show after five days, accusing programme-makers of "bullying" contestants and forcing them to live in conditions similar to "fascist prisons".

Brigitte Nielsen
Nielsen said her time on the show had been "a great experience"
On Saturday bookmaker William Hill stopped taking bets on the reality show, claiming "sensitive information" about the series had been leaked.

The bookmaker believed someone had gained access to figures which revealed how viewers were voting, and was using them to predict which celebrity would be evicted next.

Big Brother's spokeswoman said: "Only a handful of senior production executives are privy to any sensitive information regarding eviction voting and there are strict procedures in place to keep this information strictly confidential."

The show's independent adjudicator - the Electoral Reform Services - was also satisfied, she added.

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