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Saturday, 28 July, 2001, 13:15 GMT 14:15 UK
Odds on Paul and Helen marrying
Helen Adams, big brother contestant
Helen's bubbly personality has won her many fans
Bookmakers have shortened the odds of Big Brother's Helen and Paul getting married as more place bets that the wedding will go ahead.

Cardiff-based Jack Brown Bookmakers announced on Saturday that previous odds of 10-1 had been reduced to 6-1.

Paul and Helen from Big Brother
The romance left viewers on tenterhooks

Last night Cwmbran hairdresser Helen emerged from the Big Brother house the runner-up in the reality TV contest.

Air steward Brian Dowling scooped more than four million votes to win the second series and a 70,000 prize.

He polled 4,231,660 votes (58%) out of a total 7,255,094, while 2,680,463 viewers (37%) voted for Helen.

On leaving the house, the 23-year-old hairdresser and dance teacher was greeted by fellow housemate Paul Clarke and told him: "You look so different."

When told by Davina McCall that boyfriend Big G had dumped her, she said: "That's cool by me. I feel fine - whatever mate. It don't bother me."

She and Paul had struck up a close relationship leaving the nation in a will-they-won't-they frenzy.

Paul with Helen's mother
Paul talks regularly with Helen's mother over the phone

As Helen was interviewed by Ms McCall, Paul presented her with a pair of Gucci shoes and a handbag, to which she yelled: "Oh my God - Paul Clarke, I can't believe it!"

When reminded that she had said during her time in the house that she saw "stuff flashing before her eyes" whenever she saw Paul, Helen said she was concerned he might not feel the same way.

"I can see the stuff," confirmed Paul, who had treated Helen's mother to a Chinese meal and a bottle of champagne the evening before.

'Nice guy'

Helen said of their relationship: "I am very fond of him but Big Brother will get back to you on that one.

"Paul Clarke is a really nice guy - probably the most genuine, honest guy I've met."

And on her plans for the future, she would only say she was looking forward to a cup of tea, chatting to her mother and returning home to south Wales

"I cannot tell at the moment as I've just stepped out but it's made me realise how much I miss hairdressing and teaching dance."

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