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Friday, 11 August, 2000, 23:03 GMT 00:03 UK
Caroline evicted from Big Brother
Caroline faces the outside world after eviction
Big Brother contestant Caroline has finally been evicted after three nominations - but she emerged to discover she has been invited for a drink with George Michael.

The public backed the housemates' decision to nominate Caroline, 37, for the third week running to leave the Channel Four show.

Fellow housemate nominee Thomas, 30, escaped eviction after 62% of telephone and internet voters favoured Caroline's departure.

I'm happy, I've had enough


The blonde Brummie, known for her ear-piercing laugh, was greeted by family, thousands of Big Brother fans and the world's press as she left the purpose-built house at 2300BST on Friday.

She follows in the footsteps of writer Sada and marketing manager Andrew as the third participant to leave since the five men and five women were sealed off from the outside world on 14 July.


"I'm happy, I've had enough," she said.

"I hope they miss me a bit, but I hope they all get along."

Caroline said she had got used to being nominated for eviction after her name came up three weeks in a row.
Caroline leaves Big Brother
Bags packed and going home

"You do take it personally at the beginning," she said.

The cameras and microphones are on the participants 24 hours a day recording their conversations and antics.

Caroline was shocked when Big Brother host Davina McCall showed her footage of other housemates talking about her.

She said stockbroker Nick, 32, who has been watched scheming by the viewers, had been supportive and friendly.

"How naive can a girl be?" she said. "He was obviously working us."

George Michael invite

Caroline was pleased to hear the news that singer George Michael has invited all the Big Brother contestants round for a drink - except Nick.

He offered the invitation after watching members of the house stand up for homosexual people during an exchange in which Nick compared gay sex to paedophilia.
George Michael
George Michael: Impressed by the housemates' comments

The conversation, shown on television on Thursday, was prompted by a discussion about George Michael's outing as a homosexual.

The singer said he was so impressed to see the other members of the house shout Nick down that he wanted to thank them in person.

In a message to be relayed to the contestants as they leave the house, the star said it was great to see such a diverse group of people making it clear that they know the difference between a gay person and a paedophile.

"Whether you know it or not, your opinions have become important," he said.

"To say thank you, for your kind words last night, please let me buy you all a drink when they let you out on parole but preferably on a night when Nick is completely unavailable.

"Love and thanks, George Michael."

No outside contact

Caroline said she hoped Nick was next to be evicted.

Earlier this week, he was seen confessing he had lied to his housemates when he claimed early on in the nine-week experiment that his wife had been killed in a car crash.

Ten moved in, only seven remain

Accusations in national newspapers suggested he had been in contact with the "outside world" via a secret mobile phone.

But the programme makers said a search of the boys' bedroom revealed no evidence of technological skulduggery.

A telecommunications jammer is being fitted to the house as a precaution.

Odds to win

Despite the viewers' opinion Nick, and former nun Anna, retain an unblemished record, never having received a single nomination.

As the competition to survive hots up the bookies' favourite to win is Darren at 9/4. International bookmakers Victor Chandler are quoting Nick and Nichola - both at 20/1 as the least likely to win.

The one who remains at the end of the series wins 70,000.

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