Big Brother 9 Betting: Pack your bags, Belinda
Toff Rex will be sticking around for another week but it won't be long before he meets his public. Meanwhile, night is falling fast for the jazz singer.
Another week in the Big Brother house, another eviction result so set in stone that it should be erected on a plinth in Trafalgar Square. Belinda, [1.12] to go on Betfair, goes toe-to-toe with Rex [8.0], and Belinda will go.
That's just the facts, even though the outcome is not particularly fair on the in-house luvvie. Certainly this week, Rex has been unmasked as a unbelievable cretin, as the show moves swiftly towards week seven and he's still explaining in monotonous detail how rich he is. Even wide-eyed Sara has started questioning why he bothered coming on the show. Thankfully, his already immense wealth guarantees that he won't win - viewers demand that their victors at least need the cash.
But, as mentioned, Friday's big loser is going to be Belinda - she was always going to be the first of the trio of newbies for the chop. Her main crime, of course, was being far too old to be popular. Only pretty female contestants in their 20s make it in that house (Kate Lawler, Aisleyne Horgan Wallace, those twin things) - any older and they're seen as boring mother figures killing the fun. Add the fact that Belinda Belinda Belinda is so fame-hungry and desperate to be liked, and her being thrown to the wolves at the earliest possible opportunity was never really in doubt. It's probably best that she goes now, to spare the world the inevitable Vanessa Feltz style meltdown reserved for over eager middle aged women on reality television shows. She'll bounce back, the silly jazz singing imbecile. She'll bounce back.
As for the rest of them, Mo [130.0] to win, and Bex [46.0] only narrowly escaped a nerve-wracking Friday evening, so should be up next week. Ridiculously, since Mario was up for eviction in week two, a surviving housemate hasn't been up for eviction in consecutive weeks. That, of course, means hideous toff Rex can waft about the house patronising people for another week or so before justice is finally served.
Another housemate slowly plummeting to the depths is Rachel [25.0], now so kind and good natured that the housemates just can't stand it anymore. Her name is bound to become more frequently spoken in the diary room, but don't expect the public to share the inner venom of the housemates. Boring contestants (Cameron, winner, series four; Imogen, did well, series seven) tend to hang around for ages before sloping off to be greeted by a strangely muted crowd. Her worth is literally to make up the numbers. The same can be said of Maysoon [80.0], Stuart [32.0], Sara [65.0], and Mikey [16.5]. All have what Simon Cowell might call the forgetability factor. None of them will win.
Riding the crest of a wave for the time being are Kat [3.6], Darnell [4.4], Luke [7.2] and Dale [8.8], all further cementing their place as the days go on. Lisa , somehow, is becoming quite a force to be reckoned with now that Mario has gone. But like Belinda, she is too old to win - expect to see her hang around until the latter stages, clucking like a mother hen.
This week Chickendinner predicts: Belinda Belinda Belinda to go, Dale to win.