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Saturday, 5 August, 2000, 00:01 GMT 01:01 UK
Bad news for Big Brother Andrew
Andrew put on a brave face to hide his disappointment
Londoner Andrew has become the second contestant to be booted out of the spy-on-the-wall documentary Big Brother.

The 23-year-old marketing manager hugged his fellow contestants as he put on a brave face after losing his chance to scoop the 70,000 prize money.

The nation of viewers cast 68% of their vote in favour of Andrew's exit leaving Caroline to fight another day.

Caroline from Big Brother
Second time lucky - Caroline escapes again
Both had been identified by their housemates earlier in the week as the ones they would most like to see leave the show, which is screened 24 hours a day live on the Internet.

While former sex aid seller Caroline attracted five nominations from her fellow contestants on the Channel 4 surveillance show, self-styled Romeo Andrew netted four.

Andrew was the favourite to be given the elbow from the house with the show's official bookmaker Ladbrokes placing him at 8-11 to be expelled.

Speaking after he left the house, Andrew told viewers: "I was surprised to be nominated and surprised to be evicted."

He added: "If I've learnt anything its perhaps not to be so honest."

Andrew and Caroline were among 10 strangers put together in a camera-filled house in east London as part of an interactive TV experiment by Channel 4.

They have no contact with the outside world and each week one of them is evicted by phone vote, following secret nominations by their housemates.

The last surviving tenant scoops a 70,000 prize.

Caroline was also put forward by her peers for eviction on the first week of the Channel 4 programme, but breathed a sigh of relief as fellow-candidate Sada was chosen for the chop by viewers.


A question mark now hangs over whether another member of the house. Melanie, will remain after she shared a kiss with Andrew this week.

She told him she did not want to stay in the house if he were voted out by viewers, saying: "I will go if you go. I couldn't stay somewhere where I don't trust anyone."

Melanie told Channel 4 to give Andrew her mobile phone number
Andrew was shown kissing housemate Melanie again after he was told to leave and thanking her for her support.

He said later: "We are so similar, we went to the same university, have got to be active all the time, got to be doing stuff. It's dangerous when it gets boring."

Asked whether he found Mel playing hard to get attractive, he said: "You always want what you can't have. I would definitely like to see her again.

"Everyone fancies her in the house. She just says what she thinks and she's good fun."

TV cameras pick out every move the contestants make, with each room, including the toilet, under 24-hour surveillance.

As well as watching highlights on television six nights a week, viewers can keep constant tabs on events by logging on to the internet.

The show originated in Holland, where the winner became a huge national celebrity, and it is also currently running in the United States.

Planning for a second series in Germany is well on the way, with 70,000 people applying to be one of the lucky 10 picked to enter the house on 16 September.

  • Bookmakers Victor Chandler have Anna and Melanie as joint favourites to win the UK Big Brother, at 3-1. Thomas is second on 7-2, with Darren and Nicholas on 5-1.

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