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Saturday, 2 September, 2000, 00:43 GMT 01:43 UK
Big Brother newcomer Claire evicted
Claire Strutton
Claire has been evicted after two weeks in the house
Liverpudlian builder Craig has survived his third vote in as many weeks as new housemate Claire became the latest contestant to be evicted from the Big Brother household.

The 25-year-old florist was shown the door after viewers overwhelmingly voted against her on the Big Brother hotline.

Claire and Craig were among five contestants remaining in a specially-built house in London which is filled with cameras and microphones tracking their every move.

After the final eviction next week, viewers will decide which of the three remaining contestants should win the 70,000 first prize.

Claire looked surprised as presenter Davina McCall announced the result on Friday evening.

She received 79% of the votes for eviction on the special voting hotline, while just 21% voted for fellow nominee Craig.

Claire and Craig
Claire and Craig fooled internet viewers with a pretend 'romp'

Claire, the sixth person nominated to leave the Big Brother house, described her experience as "unbelievable and indescribable", but said her housemates were "brilliant" and refused to be drawn into the mudslinging of previous evictees.

Refusing to mention names, she said: "I'm not going to come out here and be mean. Some people you felt were sometimes being nice to you because they knew the cameras were there and it felt a bit strange."

She said lesbian Anna was "lovely" but admitted that, despite trying "really hard", she never felt accepted by Mel.

On Tuesday Claire, from Gerrards Cross, Bucks, and Craig were nominated for eviction by their fellow housemates.

The vote had to be repeated after a sound problem during the initial round of nominations revealed one of Darren's choices to the rest of the group.

Claire, Craig, Darren and Mel all faced eviction after the original nominations.

Darren changed his mind in the second round and nominated Claire in place of Mel.

But after leaving, Claire revealed that she and Craig had worked out Darren's vote change and got their revenge by wiping their bottoms on his pillow.

The nomination was Craig's third in three weeks but the first for Claire, who replaced "nasty" Nick Bateman when he was kicked out for cheating.

Anna, Darren and Mel voted for Claire and Craig.

Claire nominated Darren and Mel for the boot while Craig opted for Anna and Darren.

Big Brother housemate Craig
Craig survives yet another vote and is favourite to win

Earlier, viewers saw Claire and Craig frolic as they played on a makeshift waterslide in the garden.

And Craig undid Claire's bikini top strap to lick her back in front of the other contestants as they all relaxed in the hot tub.

Claire pulled in the audience when she and Craig jumped into bed together not long after she had joined the house - but all was apparently not what it seemed.

The pair appeared to share some intimate moments under a duvet, while their clothes were seemingly being ripped off and hurled into the air.

But the show's producers said the scene was a wind-up suggested by Claire.

Craig is now hot favourite to win Big Brother's 70,000 prize for being the last contestant, William Hill said.

He has been given odds of 2/7 with the bookmakers, who fear a six figure pay-out if the Liverpudlian wins.

"All week we've been seeing bets of up to four figures for Craig, with punters backing him as though he is a certainty," said Graham Sharpe of Hills.

"We are now facing a pay-out of up to 100,000 if he wins."

Former trainee nun Anna has odds of 3/1 as second favourite, with Melanie at 8/1.

One-time favourite Darren is now a 33/1 outsider.

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