Big Brother’s anti-charity schoolground bully, Helen Wood was crowned the unexpected and undeserving winner of the UK version of Big Brother last night having beat the expected winner, Ashleigh Coyle in a margin of 1.2% (claimed by the increasingly untrustworthy show). The vote has left Channel 5’s flagship show in absolute ruin as people have taken to online forums, Twitter and major media outlets discussion boards in their 1000s to blast what is a clear and evident discrepancy in the result.
A lot of the resentment is being aimed at well-known betting syndicates which have been fuelled by the recent ‘Big Brother Voting App’ which allows for two votes for roughly one pound. The series has been dogged by allegations of outside rigged voting where betting syndicates gain great odds on people being kept safe from eviction then flood the application with votes for that person to leave the house.
The betting syndicate issue first came to light when Ash went up against contestant Matthew where bookies were offering 1:16 for Ash to be evicted and Matthew 10:1 to be evicted, this meant in simple terms, that syndicates backed Matthew to be evicted at 10:1 (One Pound would net you Eleven Pounds return) and then flooded the application for great returns. Only last week you could get odds all the way up to 50:1 for Helen Wood to win the series, making for an attractive syndicate prop. The bookies don’t often get it wrong, it’s not in their business model … but given the fact they cannot regulate or independently verify Big Brother votes, it leaves them (and Big Brother) open to being manipulated, and that’s exactly what syndicates look for.
With Channel 5 running their license of Big Brother into the ground, viewer numbers have dropped off, and following this latest embarrassment many feel that the time is near for a show pause for it to regain some traction opposed to the stacked schedule and over saturation it now suffers, with even host Emma Willis coming in for criticism for her role and unwillingness to talk any truth when faced with the vote fixing allegations.
One thing is for sure in viewers minds though, Big Brother was a ‘fixed result’ by external influences and given the obvious outcry and public feeling on Former prostitute Helen Wood over the past ten weeks. The anti-charity remarks encapsulates her personality and acts as proof alone of an unfair result given that the UK is one of the most charitable nations in the World, they simply wouldn't place someone with that mindset into pole position for such a large cash prize.
Helen Wood was gifted the prize money as a byproduct of this very big problem the show potentially has on its hands and has put an International brands reputation into the gutter.