So teacher-turned stripper and porn star, Benedict was booted out of the Big Brother house in Friday’s eviction.
Though I can’t say he came across as the kind of character you particularly warm to, he was a very watchable unusual housemate who I for one felt I wanted to learn more about. It is typical with Big Brother that the more interesting characters tend to get voted out earlier and the more predictable, less controversial ones sale through to the end. This always seems a shame, and suggests the viewers that vote still don’t cotton onto the watch-ability factor. That said, sadly Benedict was up against one of the more likeable and perhaps, not quite so intellectually-challenged housemates, Kylie look-alike Lauren – who seems like a straightforward, fun loving but sensitive girl.
Benedict seemed to have quite strong values and moral codes on a number of things (other than masturbation!) – for instance he got angry with the frankly appalling Caroline for her childish behaviour and two-faced bitching about Becky, who is supposedly her friend. Although, the way he laid into her though was rather venomous, and baring in mind the girl is only 20, perhaps a little harsh.
Caroline’s ridiculously exaggeratedly posh accent, her constant bitching and moaning, not to mention that birds-nest hairstyle make her one of the most annoying people in there. Lauren spoke to the diary room about what she saw as Caroline’s cleverly manipulative behaviour also; that the housemates she wanted rid of seem to be the ones going each time; Victoria, then Chris, this time either Benedict or Caroline, and said that is was a little frightening that someone so young could be so masterful and engineering things in this way.
There was something about Benedict that was just a little odd, he had an almost mean expression about him a lot of the time, and seemed to take himself a little too seriously. But it’s always hard to tell from the shows how real a picture we are getting from the editing. Some of the more decent housemates seem to really bond with Benedict and have a strong respect from him. The female to male transsexual, Luke A, who comes across as probably the most genuine, honest and likeable housemate and surely must be strongest contender to win– was visibly upset at Benedict’s departure in the diary room. He talked about how much he’d learned from him and appeared to almost hero worship him.
He also said he felt that Luke S seems to think it was ‘his house’, was controlling the food situation, and generally calling the shots among the ‘cool gang’.
Lauren and Benedict also bonded, and Deana said he was her only real friend in there. He was certainly an intelligent guy, and that never goes down to well in the Big Brother House, where being pretty and ‘fun’ are the top priorities.
Benedict succeeded in winding up the surely most dislikeable male housemate, the vain, power hungry and self-loving Luke S. He placed curry powder in the fitness obsessed Mancunian’s protein powder, which angered him no end. Luke’s face was a picture as Benedict revealed it was him that did this as he left the house on Friday (also with a chair from the Big Brother house under his arm – an action which Adam declared ‘gangsta’). With his Lego hair, action man body, and arrogant manner – you couldn’t help feel that Luke S deserved it.
Luke and Ashleigh’s ‘showmance’ continues, although under the brash exterior Ashleigh does show signs of being down to earth and nobody’s fool – making the viewer wonder if she is merely playing the game.
Meanwhile, Shievonne is proving to be really quite irritating – with her motor-mouth, strops, and crawling up to other housemates when required. She went crazy at Adam when he jokingly proposed to her, which merely seemed like a harmless joke at the time – but clearly touched a raw nerve about her single status.
So the public vote has now been announced for this week and it is Deana vs. Lydia. Lydia is an odd one, she is another very watchable character, with her crazy, animated expressions and frequent bitching – but it’s hard to decide what to make of her. It’s difficult to tell who will go out of these two frequent allies, sometimes enemies, as Deana is not an easy character to get a handle on either, though frequently seems to be involved in confrontation.