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Saturday, 9 September, 2000, 00:31 GMT 01:31 UK
Mel is latest Big Brother evictee
Mel is the seventh contestant to be evicted
Melanie has become the final contestant to be evicted from the Big Brother household.

She told Big Brother presenter Davina McCall she was "ready to go" and claimed she had totally enjoyed the whole experience.

"It was a rollercoaster of emotions but I am dreading watching the tapes of the show," said the 26-year-old advertising executive from London.

Mel: Evicted on her first nomination
She had been the bookies' favourite to go and was voted out by 69% of callers.

Mel looked tense awaiting the result of the public vote, but whooped with joy when her name was announced and said: "I just can't wait to get out there now."

An excited Mel could barely contain her emotion as she left the house at 2300 BST on Friday, choking back tears as she ran towards her family and friends.

Wearing a tight black top, pencil skirt and silver choker necklace, she had no hesitation in posing for the cameras.

She was nominated for the first time alongside Darren and Craig in the final round of voting before the show's grand finale next week.

Craig: Favourite to win

Earlier in the series she caused a stir by sharing intimate kisses with former contestants Andrew and Thomas - moments that have not apparently endeared her to viewers' hearts.

She was reunited with Tom after leaving the house, but confessed that her "lowest moment" came when her other beau, Andy, was chosen for eviction.

"I was really, really upset and spent the night crying," she admitted.

But she said the Big Brother experience had been rewarding.

"I hoped to try to understand myself a bit better and that has happened without question," she said.

'Clash of the Titans'

This week's contest was dubbed the "Clash of the Titans" by Big Brother host Davina McCall with a record-breaking 3.3 million people phoning in their vote.

Darren was 2-1 while Craig was 25-1 to leave, even though he was facing the boot for the fourth week running.

Craig was shown on Thursday criticising Melanie in Big Brother's "diary room", a soundproofed booth where they can vent their feelings to the outside world.

Anna: Safe this week

Channel 4 also reported several attempts at vote rigging, including a rogue e-mail that offered a free holiday for anyone calling a number - which turned out to be Melanie's eviction vote line.

Craig, Darren and Anna will now go through to the final stage of the game show next week.

Craig remains favourite to win the series at 2-5, while former trainee nun Anna is second favourite at 7-4 and Darren is 20-1.

Over the next week, viewers will vote for one of the remaining three contestants to win the show, and pick up 70,000 in prize money.

The show's finale next Friday will see one contestant evicted during the 2030 BST programme, then phone lines will re-open to decide which of the two remaining contestants will win.

Bookmakers are preparing for a rush of punters putting money on the show's winner.

One branch of Coral in south Wales has taken 1,000 from a Port Talbot-based punter. The company is refusing to reveal which contestant they have backed.

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