Big Brother 13 (UK)

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Series 13 (2012)
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Big Brother 2012, also known as Big Brother 13, was the thirteenth series of the British reality television series Big Brother, and the second series to broadcast on Channel 5. The series premiered with a live launch on 5 June 2012[1] and ran for 70 days, concluding on 13 August 2012.[2] The series was originally planned to run for thirteen weeks, but was cut back to ten weeks in order to accommodate Celebrity Big Brother 10.[3] The series was won by Luke Anderson, who won half of the £100,000 prize fund, with the remainder taken by Conor McIntyre as part of the White Room twist.[4] Anderson is the second transsexual contestant to win the show, the first being Nadia Almada who won the show back in 2004.[5] The runner-up was Adam Kelly. The series was announced in April 2011 when Channel 5 signed a two-year contract to air the show. With Big Brother 12 having been broadcast in autumn 2011, this is the first series to air in the show's regular summer period on Channel 5 since it acquired the show from Channel 4 in 2011.[6]

There were 16 original housemates, eight men and eight women, who all entered the house on Day 1.[7] Shortly after the first eviction of the series, Becky Hannon, one of three wildcard housemates, was chosen by the public to enter the house on Day 4.[8] For the first time since Big Brother 5, no housemate left the House voluntarily. The only housemate not to be evicted by a public vote was Conor, who left with half of the £100,000 prize fund as part of the White Room twist.[9]

Brian Dowling returned to host the main show, with Emma Willis, Alice Levine and Jamie East also returning to host spin-off show Big Brother's Bit on the Side.[10] This series was sponsored by hair product brand Schwarzkopf Live Color XXL. Though overall ratings were higher than the previous series, the episode broadcast on Friday 27 July recorded the lowest figures in the programme's history at just 615,000 (being broadcast at the same time as the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics),[11] then the episode broadcast on 12 August recorded even lower figures at just 483,000 (being broadcast at the same time as the closing ceremony).[12]

This series sparked much controversy, with Ofcom receiving a total of 2,085 complaints regarding the bullying and intimidating behaviour from Conor McIntyre,[13][14] and 50 more complaints about the same from Caroline Wharram.[15]

Production[edit]

Auditions[edit]

Auditions for the series returned to London and Manchester, as well as Glasgow and Cardiff for the first time since the show's move to Channel 5, in February 2012.[16] Auditionees could also submit a video to YouTube to be fast-tracked to the producers interviews.

Pre-series[edit]

On 10 May, pictures were released of potential housemates being moved into a café in London, whilst having blankets over their heads and bodies to hide their identity. Jamie East and Brian Dowling were also there.[17]

Trailers[edit]

On 15 May, Channel 5 aired a 60-second advert for the series. It features an Olympic-style theme promoting the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, with famous Big Brother tasks being included and Dowling, East, Emma Willis and Alice Levine overlooking a Big Brother stadium before Dowling calls "Let the fun and games begin!".[18]

On 1 June, during an interview on Loose Women, Dowling and Willis announced that 16 housemates would enter on launch night. A further housemate will be chosen by public vote from a choice of three "wildcards" selected by East and will enter the house during a live show on Day 4.[19] The three potential contestants – Becky, Bhavesh and Anthony – were announced and confirmed during the Big Brother: The Auditions broadcast.[19]

Sponsorships[edit]

The series sponsor was hair product brand Schwarzkopf Live Color XXL. The deal was reportedly worth £2 million.[20]

During the opening titles, a product placement logo is visible in the upper-right hand corner,[21] and at the end of the closing credits, it is seen that not only is the hair product brand Schwarzkopf used as product placement, but also the supermarket Morrisons, which is where the housemates receive their weekly shopping from.

The House[edit]

The house followed a completely different theme from its previous celebrity series, following a glitzy Las Vegas theme, and was announced to be the largest Big Brother House ever.[22] The House stairs featured another make-over with the spiral stairs being removed from 2011 and the previous Celebrity Series, and replaced by a straight staircase. The Diary Room is situated below the stairs as with every series since 2008, featuring a royal themed Diary Room Chair. The Living Area features a set of sofa seats, as well as the Memory Wall which features squares for Housemates Faces. Each time a housemate was evicted, their face on the Memory Wall went red to signify their eviction.

The Kitchen is to the right of the Dining Table, where the 2011 Bathroom was situated. It features a black design with a breakfast bar and the Store Room. The Bedroom is accessed via the Garden or Corridor in the Living Area. The Bedroom carries a Vegas Showgirl theme throughout with the walls being covered in images of showgirls and shiny textures. There is space for just about 20 Housemates. The Bathroom is directly opposite the Bathroom through the Garden and can only be accessed via the Garden. It features a cave like wall design as well as a posh royal design. It has a Shower and Bathtub.

The Garden structure remains mainly unchanged from 2011, with the pool being situated in the same place. A Hot Tub has been added near the end of the pool, while the Smoking Area is directly at the bottom. There is an outdoor Dining Area, seating area and water feature in the Garden.

During the 'Turf Wars' task, a secret room was revealed to the Blue Team situated off the Living Area. The room was used again as part of the Museum shopping task where Housemates were instructed to go in order to receive treats. The House still features the Large Task Room which is situated in the Garden, and the Small Task Room which is accessed via the Diary Room.

The White Room[edit]

Situated in the corner of the garden, a mysterious 'White Corridor' appeared on Day 57 in which three housemates were to compete in order to win a free pass to the Final. In receiving the fewest nomination votes that week, Conor, Luke S, Sara and Scott had to decide which three of them would move into the white room. With Scott dropping out, Conor, Luke S and Sara entered The White Room. Soon after entering The White Room, the white housemates competed against the main house in several challenges. If the housemates in the main house failed to win 2 out of the 3 challenges, the housemates will only receive an economy shopping budget. The three challenges are as follows:

  • In the first challenge the main housemates and the white housemates were shown a diagram of 26 cups, with some of them including paint balls. All housemates had to do was hit the cups that didn't have the paint balls in them. The white housemates won.
  • In the second challenge white housemates took on the main housemates in a mind test in which they were given statements housemates made on their application forms. Ashleigh won the task for the main housemates.
  • With the current scores tied, the third challenge took place, in which Deana and Luke S went head to head in a test of agility in which they had to pour milk into a long glass tube whilst in body wire which made it hard for housemates to move. Luke S won and therefore the main housemates received an economy shopping budget, whilst the white housemates, Conor, Luke S and Sara won luxury white foods.

On Day 58, housemates in The White Room were told they now had to eliminate someone from the group. Sara volunteered to leave and therefore Conor and Luke S remained in The White Room. As a result for losing a task in which the white housemates had to guess what the main housemates were dancing to, Conor and Luke S received a punishment: slicing onions and putting them in a bucket in the middle of the room until it reached the top.

On Day 60, the true nature of the White Room task was revealed, when Conor and Luke S were faced with a dilemma. The two housemates were presented with half of the winner's £100,000 prize fund, and were informed that pressing their button would allow them to receive some of the money, at the price of their place in the house. Not accepting the offer would result in the housemate returning to the house with a guaranteed pass to the final night. Starting at £0, the amount of money that one of the two would receive rose over one minute, before reaching a five second countdown at £50,000. The first housemate to hit his buzzer would leave the house with the amount displayed at the time he pressed the button. Despite initially seeming to encourage Luke S to hit the buzzer, upon seeing his opponent prepare to hit the buzzer, Conor swiped at the last moment, winning £50,000 and leaving the house moments later. For being the last housemate to hit his button Luke S earned a guaranteed pass to the final night of the series.

Title sequence[edit]

The title sequence for the series consisted of a series of spinning coloured blocks which included the original sixteen housemates faces. Becky Hannon, the wildcard was not included in the titles due to her entrance on Day 4.

Wildcard housemates[edit]

Eight potential wildcards were moved to a nearby café in London to take part in several memorable Big Brother challenges, more significantly the Electric Shock task from Big Brother 9. Jamie East and Big Brother 7 housemate Nikki Grahame were present during the run. When all challenges were completed, Jamie had to choose three wildcards to become potential housemates. He chose flute-player Anthony, 'Indian Brian Dowling' Bhavesh, and Becky, who is nicknamed 'The Hurricane' by her friends. All three faced a vote held via the Channel 5 website in which Becky received the most votes to enter the house and therefore entered on Day 4.

Housemates[edit]

On Day 1, sixteen housemates entered the House on launch night. The first housemate to enter was Deana who was chosen by random draw. She earned immunity from eviction in Week 1. On Day 4, Becky, one of three potential "wildcard" housemates, was chosen by the public to enter the House after the first evictee.

Name Age on entry Hometown
Adam Kelly 27 Los Angeles, United States
Arron Lowe 23 Manchester
Ashleigh Hughes 20 Romford
Becky Hannon 19 Blackburn
Benedict Garrett 32 Manchester
Caroline Wharram 20 Kingston upon Thames
Chris James 21 Luton
Conor McIntyre 24 Londonderry
Deana Uppal 23 Wednesbury
Lauren Carre 20 Jersey
Luke Anderson 31 North Wales
Luke Scrase 24 Stoke-on-Trent
Lydia Louisa 25 Cheshire
Sara McLean 22 Edinburgh
Scott Mason 21 Macclesfield
Shievonne Robinson 28 London
Victoria Eisermann 41 Reading

Weekly summary[edit]

The main events in the Big Brother 13 House are summarised in the table below. A typical week begins with nominations, followed by the shopping task, and ends with the eviction of a housemate during the Friday episode. Evictions, tasks, and other events for a particular week are noted. The diary of happenings in the house are listed in order of sequence.

Weekly summary
Week 1 Tasks
  • On Day 1, Deana was randomly selected to enter as the first housemate and Big Brother rewarded her with immunity from the first eviction. In exchange for this reward, she had to nominate three housemates based solely on her first impression of them. She nominated Conor, Victoria, and Lydia.[23]
  • On Day 2, Shievonne was set a task in which she had to perform an impression of each of her fellow housemates. The other housemates correctly identified all of the impressions and won a party.
  • On Day 3, housemates took part in an organised game of spin the bottle.[24]
  • On Day 4, wildcard housemate Becky entered the house, and was immediately given a secret mission. On Day 6, housemates voted for their favourite housemate. To succeed in her mission, Becky had to try and receive at least one or more vote from any of her fellow housemates. She passed, and therefore won immunity from the next eviction.[25]
Entrances
  • Deana, Arron, Caroline, Shievonne, Conor, Lauren, Luke A, Adam, Sara, Scott, Ashleigh, Luke S, Lydia, Benedict, Chris and Victoria entered the House on Day 1.
  • On Day 4, Becky was chosen by the public to become the wildcard housemate.
Exits
  • Conor, Lydia and Victoria were nominated to face the public vote by Deana on Day 1. On Day 4, Victoria became the first housemate to be evicted from the Big Brother House with the fewest votes to save. Conor received the most votes from the public.[26]
Week 2 Tasks
  • On Day 8, housemates were given their first weekly shopping task. The task was to spend two days in the house without laughing once. The sailor in the booth in the living area had the results of how many fails the housemates are limited to. If they pass on Day 10, they will win a luxury food budget. The housemates were only allowed to 25 fails, the housemates ended the task with 19 and therefore won a luxury shopping budget.[27]
  • On Day 10, housemates were set the task "Risk it for a biscuit". They were called to the diary room one-by-one where they found a large biscuit tin on the table, and cannot see what is inside it. Housemates will have to take a risk in order to retrieve a biscuit.
  • On Day 11, Caroline was given a secret mission to try and convince two other housemates that she is really related to the royal family. As she was successful, Sara and Lauren, her two targets, joined her for afternoon tea.
Exits
  • On Day 7, Arron and Chris were nominated by their fellow housemates with 6 nominations and 5 nominations respectively. On Day 11, Chris became the second housemate to be evicted from the Big Brother House.[28]
  • On Day 9, Scott received news that a family member had died;[29] for this reason he left the house for a short period of time and decided to return after hearing the news.[30]
Week 3 Tasks
  • On Day 12, housemates took part in a dance-off hosted by Lydia. Each of the housemates battled it out in a round of head-to-head dance battles. Lydia and her chosen winners of each battle attended a special party put on by Big Brother. The remaining housemates got nothing.
  • On Day 13, housemates were set a 'ticking time bomb' game. Conor received a takeaway for two with karaoke, and chose Arron to join him for the evening. Benedict's punishment for removing a black layer meant that he was not be allowed to nominate in the upcoming nominations. Luke A was given a trip to a sweet shop, while Sara was told she had become the new house cleaner. Shievonne won a date with the housemate of her choice, picking Adam to join her, who had already been given the task of wearing giant hands for the rest of the day. Ashleigh picked Luke S to accompany her to a gym session, while Caroline had to eat a fish eye in order for her fellow housemates to win their respective gifts.
  • On Day 15 and 16, the second weekly shopping task took place. The three most intelligent housemates (Benedict, Luke A, and Lydia) became scientists and the rest of the housemates were lab rats. The scientists had to correctly predict the majority of outcomes of certain "experiments" that the lab rats participated in. They were successful and won a luxury shopping budget of £840.
  • Lydia was set a secret individual task on her birthday (Day 16). She had to make a long, winding, narcissistic birthday speech to her housemates in order to receive a call from her fiancé. She passed the task.
  • On Day 18, hairdryers were banned after Arron broke a rule. In order to retrieve them back, Arron had to complete a secret task. In his task he had to bestow upon the house three acts of kindness. Big Brother noted that he did a pretty rubbish job, but because Big Brother was feeling nice, one hairdryer returned to the house.
Twists
  • Despite the Welcome Pack informing housemates that the discussion of nominations were allowed, on Day 16, Big Brother announced to the housemates that nomination discussion was now forbidden until further notice, and any breach of this rule would result in severe repercussions.
Punishments
  • Caroline and Conor were caught discussing nominations on Day 17. As a reprimand, Big Brother turned off all the hot water in the house until further notice.
  • Late on Day 17, Arron put talcum powder in the hairdryers. As a result, on Day 18 Big Brother announced to the housemates that due to a fire risk, hairdryers were banned until further notice.
Exits
  • On Day 14, Benedict and Lauren were nominated for eviction by their fellow housemates. Benedict became the third housemate evicted from the Big Brother House on Day 18.
Week 4 Tasks
  • On Day 19, it was Ashleigh's birthday, and she was asked to choose two housemates to become party planners for a task. She chose Conor and Shievonne, who each had to create rival parties, with different themes, food and ideas. Ashleigh then had to decide which party is better and the winners will get the chance to party until early hours with booze and extra party treats provided by Big Brother.
  • On Day 20, housemates were set the task 'Confusing Cuisine'. Housemates were presented with a collection of thirteen meals, and to pass the task, each housemate had to consume the delicious delight in front of them. However, the food does not look the same as it tastes. Caroline took the role of the waitress as she was feeling unwell, and could not eat any of the meals. All housemates consumed their meals except for Deana, and therefore Deana was ineligible from receiving the 'big prize'. The housemates chose Conor to receive a prize and he therefore became sole controller of the shopping list.
  • On Day 22, housemates were set their third shopping task. In order to receive a premium shopping budget, housemates had to obtain 100 points by the end of the task. However, housemates were set task where they could lose and win points for the group. On the night of Day 23, housemates earned to exactly 100 points and won the task. In addition to the premium shopping budget, Big Brother awarded Conor with his own personal luxury shopping list as his privilege from the Confusing Cuisine task earlier in the week.
Punishments
  • On Day 19, as punishment for allowing Benedict to leave the house with a swivel chair, Big Brother removed all seating fixtures from the house (except the Diary Room chair) until further notice.
  • Late on Day 19, Shievonne and Ashleigh discussed nominations. Therefore, Big Brother once again removed hot water.
  • On Day 20, Conor received a formal warning for his violent and threatening language against Deana.
  • On Day 22, housemates were punished for talking about nominations. As punishment, Big Brother confiscated all alcohol from the house until further notice.
  • On Day 23, Caroline received her first formal warning regarding offending language against Adam in a conversation earlier that day.
  • On Day 25, Deana and Scott discussed nominations shortly after Lydia's eviction. As the punishment, Big Brother removed the outdoor table football game that Conor bought in yesterday's shopping budget.
Exits
  • On Day 21, Deana and Lydia were nominated for eviction by their fellow housemates. Lydia became the fourth housemate evicted from the Big Brother House on Day 25.
Week 5 Tasks
  • On Day 29, housemates became two teams for seven days. In the morning, housemates were told they had to pick their best friends, and Big Brother split the pairs to make two teams of six. Shievonne, as the thirteenth housemate, was able to choose which team she joins, joining the blue team consisting of Lauren, Ashleigh, Caroline, Sara, Luke A and Conor against rival team Deana, Luke S, Arron, Scott, Becky and Adam, who formed the green team. The two teams were told they were battling for control over an area of the house, a luxury food shopping budget, and most importantly, the ability to nominate in Week 6.
Punishments
  • On Day 31, Arron of the green team invaded the blue team's territory by jumping in the pool. This resolved in housemates on the green team losing both the kitchen and bathroom, leaving all housemates on basic rations for the rest of the week as well as the following week.
Exits
  • On Day 28, Arron, Becky, Conor and Deana were nominated for eviction by their fellow housemates. Arron became the fifth housemate evicted from the Big Brother House on Day 32.
Week 6 Tasks
  • The Turf Wars task continued into this week. The blue team won a secret room, wherein they could watch and listen to one housemate's conversation with Big Brother in the Diary Room; the choice of housemate was at their discretion. The blue team originally won control of the Diary Room, but forfeited control to the green team (See Punishments).
  • This week's shopping task was called Rules Are For Fools. Big Brother established new rules – which were stringent and ridiculous – for the housemates to follow for the duration of the task; in addition, three housemates were made wardens to enforce obedience to the rules. If the wardens overlooked a violation of the rule, or unfairly handed out violation tickets, the whole house incurred a fail. Also, if any housemate acquired two violation tickets, they had to proceed to the punishment area to paint coal white, and then paint it black again. The housemate incurred three fails, however, because Big Brother allowed for zero fails, the house failed this week's shopping task, and earned an economy budget for the week. However, because Luke S was named the Employee of the Week for handing out the most violation tickets, he was given £50 to personally spend on a select list of luxury items. He chose a pamper treatment for Ashleigh.
Punishments
  • As punishment for Conor, Caroline and Ashleigh discussing nominations, Big Brother voided the blue team's claim of the Diary Room and gave it to the green team. Therefore, only the green team of Adam, Becky, Deana, Luke S, and Scott was eligible to nominate this week.
Exits
  • On Day 35, Conor and Shievonne were nominated for eviction by their fellow housemates. Shievonne became the sixth housemate evicted from the Big Brother House on Day 39.
Week 7 Tasks
  • Housemates competed in this week's shopping task: The Good, The Bad, and The Really Ugly. Housemates were divided into three teams: The Good (Luke S, Sara, Scott), The Bad (Adam, Deana, Ashleigh), and The Really Ugly (Luke A, Lauren, Becky), with Conor and Caroline being Sheriff and Deputy respectively, to compete in a gold-panning challenge, with the amount of time they are given depending on how well they do in three mini-challenges. Each win would add 30 seconds to their base time of 1 minute in the final challenge. The winners of the final challenge would receive immunity from this week's eviction. However, if the house collectively pans an amount of gold that exceeds a predetermined amount set by Big Brother, they will pass the shopping task, and earn a premium shopping budget. They failed this part of the task, and as a result received an economy shopping budget for the week.
  • On Day 43, Becky was set a secret mission to hide tokens around the house. Scott was also given a secret mission to find these tokens and bring them back to the diary room. Scott only found one in the hour he was given and failed his mission. This task was not broadcast on Channel 5 during the episode on Wednesday 18 June.
  • On Day 44, Sara was set a task 'Speed Dater' in which she had to go on dates with all the male housemates and was told that she had to buzz a housemate when she did not want to continue with the date. However, the real task, 'Speed Hater', was revealed to all male housemates in which the housemate buzzed out the quickest will win a 'Lads Night In' with the person of their choice. Luke A won the task with only 17 seconds and chose Adam to join him in the task room with food and entertainment.
Punishments
  • As punishment for Conor and Deana discussing nominations after Shievonne's eviction on Day 39, Big Brother made them in charge of washing all their housemates' laundry.
  • As punishment for housemates discussing nominations on four occasions on Day 42, Big Brother once again removed the hot water from the house.
  • On Day 42, Deana was given her first formal warning after using possibly offensive language towards fellow housemate Adam.
  • Sara and Lauren were forced to wear t-shirts that said "I Can't Be Trusted" and "I Discuss Nominations" as punishment for discussing nominations on Day 43.
  • On Day 43, Caroline was given a second formal warning after bullying and intimidating behaviour towards fellow housemate Luke A.
  • On Day 44, Ashleigh was given her first formal warning after a possibly offensive impersonation of Deana. Scott was also given his third and final warning for the same reasons.
Exits
  • Face-to-face nominations took place this week, with Luke A and Lauren facing the public vote. On Day 46, Lauren was the seventh housemate to be evicted from the Big Brother House.
Week 8 Tasks
  • For this week's shopping task, the housemates were tasked to engage in various "party"-themed tasks, like a slumber party pillow fight, a highbrow discussion dinner party, an all-night dance party, and political debates and election. They also were required to celebrate the "New Year" whenever Big Brother played a countdown into the house. They passed the task and received a premium shopping budget, which Caroline spent entirely on chocolate.
  • On Day 48, housemates had the chance to win letters from home, in the 'Letter Dilemmas' task. Housemates were set various tasks, including Caroline having to eat a fish eye, Luke A not being allowed to smoke, Conor having to wear a gag, Scott having to talk in a Macclesfield accent, and Sara having to dress as Queen Elizabeth II for a day. Ashleigh was the only person to not pass her task, as she swore within less than a minute. As a result of this, she did not win Deana's letter. However, during the housemates' pool party, Ashleigh was set a task to become a clown and entertain her fellow housemates. She passed this task, and won Deana's letter.
  • On Day 53, Conor celebrated his birthday in the house. To win a football-themed birthday party, he had to lie to all of his fellow housemates (the lies included, 'I once won a talent show with my comedy version of Riverdance', 'I once worked as a male escort' and 'I plan to move to Hollywood to be an action hero'). He successfully passed this task and won the party.[31]
  • On Day 54, housemates participated in the 'Standing on the Shoulders of Prizes' endurance task, which saw the housemates try to stand on boxes for the longest time possible. Before the task, Adam was given the task of choosing which prize would go to which housemate. Adam won the task after Deana stepped off her box after thirteen hours, and won himself a 50-inch TV.
Exits
  • In a twist, Big Brother announced that anyone receiving at least one nomination vote would automatically face the public vote. Adam, Ashleigh, Caroline, Conor, Deana, Luke A, Luke S, and Sara all faced the public vote. Caroline was evicted on Day 53; the eighth housemate to do so. On Day 52, she had replaced all items on the shopping list with chocolate, sweets and chocolate spread, believing that she would be evicted the next day. This angered her fellow housemates, especially those who smoked.
Week 9 Tasks
  • On Day 57, Big Brother asked the four housemates (Conor, Luke S, Sara, and Scott) with the least nomination votes that week to decide which three of them would enter the White Room. Conor, Luke S, and Sara participated. Their task was to remain in the White Room for as long as possible; anyone deciding to leave must push a red button signalling their desire to exit. Whilst in the White Room, they were to only wear white clothes, and eat white food. The housemate who lasted the longest in the White Room would receive an automatic pass to the final.
  • The housemates in the main house competed against the housemates in the White Room in a trio of challenges for this week's shopping task. As the main house failed to beat the White Room housemates, the shopping task was failed, and an economy shopping budget was allotted for the week.
  • On Day 58, the White Room housemates had to choose one of them to voluntarily leave and forfeit a chance at a pass to the final. Sara chose to leave.
  • On Day 58, the housemates were set a Musical Charades task, in which the main house had to act out the lyrics to certain songs, with the White Room housemates guessing them. Success meant a special reward for the White Room, whilst failure would result in punishment. The White Room failed, and were forced to cut up onions and fit them into a tube for one hour as punishment.
  • Shortly after Becky's eviction on Day 60, the two remaining housemates in the White Room – Conor and Luke S – were offered the chance to steal up to half of the prize fund in exchange for leaving the house. If neither of them chose to take the money, then the prize fund would have remained at £100,000, and the main house would determine who would win the pass to the final.
Punishments
  • On Day 58, Scott was given another warning from Big Brother after again mocking Deana's Indian culture.
Exits
  • This week, the housemates' friends and family nominated on their behalf. Ashleigh, Becky, Deana, and Luke A faced the public vote. Becky received the fewest votes to save and was evicted on Day 60. Later that evening, Conor (whilst in the White Room) chose to take £50,000 out of the prize fund in exchange for leaving the house immediately.
Week 10 Tasks
  • On Day 61, the housemates were set a task called "Magic Potions". Each housemate except Adam and Scott (who decided not to participate) was given a 'magic potion' to take, unknown to what power they have been given. To pass the task, they must correctly guess the potion they consumed according to each of the other housemates behaviour.
  • Also this week, Scott was set a secret task. He had to pretend that he had been working for Big Brother from day one. He fooled his fellow housemates and passed the task, winning a party with naked butlers for himself, Adam, Luke A and Sara. (Ashleigh, Deana and Luke S were banned as they discussed nominations).
  • Housemates participated in 'The Nommy Awards', based on the housemates' nominations. As Luke S received the most awards, he won a meal cooked by Atul Kochhar for himself and three other housemates. He chose Ashleigh, Sara and Scott.
  • For the final shopping task of the series, Scott and Sara portrayed museum guards, with Adam, Ashleigh, Deana, Luke A and Luke S portraying the museum exhibits. Scott and Sara believed the aim of the task was to make sure the exhibits remained still and silent, but the other housemates knew the true aim. They were allowed to have several treats, including a meal and a silent disco, but had to do so without the guards finding out (they were watching looped footage). The housemates failed the task after the guards discovered the looped footage and therefore received an economy budget for the final week.
Punishments
  • On Day 63, Deana discussed nominations by communicating with housemates Adam and Luke A in code. While other housemates were nominating, Ashleigh and Luke S also discussed nominations on separate occasions. Therefore Ashleigh, Deana and Luke S could not attend a party later that night.
Exits
  • On Day 63, Adam, Ashleigh, Deana and Scott were nominated by their fellow housemates. On Day 67, Scott and Ashleigh were evicted on double eviction night with the fewest votes to save. On Day 70 (The Final), Luke S (who had earned a free pass to the final as part of the White Room twist), Adam, Luke A, Deana and Sara remained. Luke A ended up winning the series, with Adam and Deana placing second and third respectively.

Nominations table[edit]

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Nominations
received
Day 63 Final
Luke A Not
eligible
Sara,
Luke S
Luke S,
Caroline
Luke S,
Caroline
Luke S,
Conor
Not
eligible
Caroline,
Becky
Caroline,
Conor
Becky,
Ashleigh
Ashleigh,
Scott
Winner
(Day 70)
19
Adam Not
eligible
Arron,
Ashleigh
Becky,
Ashleigh
Caroline,
Shievonne
Caroline,
Arron
Caroline,
Shievonne
Caroline,
Ashleigh
Caroline,
Sara
Ashleigh,
Becky
Ashleigh,
Scott
Runner-up
(Day 70)
12
Deana Conor,
Victoria,
Lydia
Arron,
Luke S
Arron,
Lauren
Conor,
Luke S
Arron,
Becky
Conor,
Shievonne
Conor,
Ashleigh
Conor,
Caroline
Conor,
Ashleigh
Ashleigh,
Scott
Third place
(Day 70)
31
Sara Not
eligible
Lydia,
Benedict
Lauren,
Benedict
Luke A,
Luke S
Conor,
Arron
Not
eligible
Luke A,
Lauren
Luke S,
Ashleigh
Becky,
Scott
Scott,
Adam
Fourth place
(Day 70)
6
Luke S Not
eligible
Chris,
Deana
Luke A,
Deana
Lydia,
Deana
Deana,
Lauren
Adam,
Deana
Lauren,
Luke A
Adam,
Deana
Luke A,
Adam
Deana,
Luke A
Fifth place
(Day 70)
13
Ashleigh Not
eligible
Chris,
Lauren
Benedict,
Lauren
Lydia,
Lauren
Lauren,
Deana
Not
eligible
Lauren,
Deana
Luke A,
Deana
Adam,
Luke A
Deana,
Adam
Evicted
(Day 67)
11
Scott Not
eligible
Chris,
Benedict
Benedict,
Lauren
Lydia,
Adam
Conor,
Luke S
Conor,
Luke S
Lauren,
Deana
Luke S,
Deana
Luke A,
Deana
Adam,
Deana
Evicted
(Day 67)
8
Conor Not
eligible
Deana,
Lydia
Deana,
Lydia
Deana,
Lydia
Deana,
Becky
Not
eligible
Deana,
Lauren
Deana,
Sara
Deana,
Luke A
Walked
(Day 60)
15
Becky Not in
house
Chris,
Lydia
Benedict,
Lauren
Lydia,
Deana
Arron,
Conor
Conor,
Shievonne
Luke A,
Lauren
Luke A,
Deana
Luke A,
Deana
Evicted
(Day 60)
10
Caroline Not
eligible
Chris,
Lauren
Benedict,
Lauren
Adam,
Luke A
Lauren,
Adam
Not
eligible
Luke A,
Lauren
Adam,
Luke A
Evicted
(Day 53)
14
Lauren Not
eligible
Arron,
Luke S
Sara,
Caroline
Luke S,
Deana
Arron,
Scott
Not
eligible
Caroline,
Becky
Evicted
(Day 46)
19
Shievonne Not
eligible
Caroline,
Arron
Benedict,
Luke A
Scott,
Adam
Becky,
Luke A
Not
eligible
Evicted
(Day 39)
5
Arron Not
eligible
Sara,
Luke A
Lydia,
Deana
Lydia,
Deana
Becky,
Deana
Evicted
(Day 32)
13
Lydia Not
eligible
Arron,
Deana
Arron,
Deana
Conor,
Shievonne
Evicted
(Day 25)
12
Benedict Not
eligible
Scott,
Sara
Not
eligible
Evicted
(Day 18)
8
Chris Not
eligible
Arron,
Caroline
Evicted
(Day 11)
5
Victoria Not
eligible
Evicted
(Day 4)
1
Nomination
note
1 2 3 none 4 5 6 7 8 9
Against
public vote
Conor,
Lydia,
Victoria
Arron,
Chris
Benedict,
Lauren
Deana,
Lydia
Arron,
Becky,
Conor,
Deana
Conor,
Shievonne
Lauren,
Luke A
Adam,
Ashleigh,
Caroline,
Conor,
Deana,
Luke A,
Luke S,
Sara
Ashleigh,
Becky,
Deana,
Luke A
Adam,
Ashleigh,
Deana,
Scott
Adam,
Deana,
Luke A,
Luke S,
Sara
Walked none Conor
(with £50,000)
none
Evicted Victoria
17.01%
to save
Chris
38.37%
to save
Benedict
37.64%
to save
Lydia
34.39%
to save
Arron
12.80%
to save
Shievonne
19.67%
to save
Lauren
46.20%
to save
Caroline
6.65%
(out of 2)
to save
Becky
5.31%
to save
Scott
12.30%
to save
Luke S
6.07%
(out of 5)
Sara
16.62%
(out of 4)
Ashleigh
12.46%
to save
Deana
21.47%
(out of 3)
Adam
30.89%
(out of 2)
Survived Lydia
17.95%
Conor
65.04%
Arron
61.63%
Lauren
62.36%
Deana
65.61%
Conor
20.44%
Becky
21.30%
Deana
45.46%
Conor
80.33%
Luke A
53.80%
Luke S
7.85%
Ashleigh
6.07%
Conor
14.05%
Sara
14.87%
Adam
16.66%
Deana
19.69%
Luke A
23.23%
Ashleigh
6.41%
Deana
33.72%
Luke A
54.56%
Adam
35.41%
Deana
40.11%
Luke A
35.27%
to win

Voting results here [1].

Notes[edit]

  • ^Note 1 : On launch night, Deana was randomly selected to become the first housemate to enter the house, and was immune from the first eviction. However as part of a twist, she had to nominate three people for eviction immediately after everyone entered the house. The three housemates chosen (Conor, Lydia and Victoria) faced eviction on Day 4. After Victoria's eviction, a wildcard housemate was chosen by the public to enter the house as the seventeenth official housemate.
  • ^Note 2 : When Becky entered the house, she was set a secret mission. When the housemates stated who their favourite housemate was, Becky had to receive at least one vote otherwise she would face eviction. As she succeeded in receiving one vote, Becky could nominate but could not be nominated by her fellow housemates.
  • ^Note 3 : On Day 13, Benedict lost his right to nominate as a forfeit in the Timebomb task.
  • ^Note 4 : For the majority of Week 5 and Week 6, the house was split into two teams, Blue and Green, for a Turf Wars task. On nominations day, the team who won the diary room were the only ones permitted to nominate in Week 6. As punishment for Conor, Caroline and Ashleigh discussing nominations, Big Brother voided the Blue team's claim of the Diary Room and gave it to the Green team. Therefore, only the Green team of Adam, Becky, Deana, Luke S and Scott were eligible to nominate this week. Arron was also a member of the Green team, however he was evicted before this round of nominations took place.
  • ^Note 5 : Luke S, Sara and Scott won immunity during the Gold Rush shopping task and could nominate but could not be nominated by their fellow housemates. Housemates nominated face-to-face this week round the campfire in the garden using a deck of cards to choose their desired nominated housemates.
  • ^Note 6 : As punishment for continuous rule-breaking, every housemate that received at least one nomination was automatically put up for eviction. This resulted in everyone except Becky and Scott facing eviction. Had this not happened then Caroline, Deana and Luke A would have faced eviction. The voting percentages do not add to 100% because of vote freezing during the live eviction show.
  • ^Note 7 : Rather than the housemates nominating this week, housemates' friends and family nominated on their behalf. On Day 57, the White Room was introduced in which Sara, Luke S and Conor competed for a pass to the final. On Day 58, Sara chose to leave the White Room. Shortly after Becky's eviction on Day 60, the remaining White Room residents, Conor and Luke S, were offered up to half of the £100,000 prize fund. However, whoever accepted the offer would have to leave the house immediately, while the other person won immunity from the next eviction and a free pass to the final. Conor chose to take the £50,000 and left the house, while Luke S was guaranteed a place in the live final.
  • ^Note 8 : Luke S, holder of a free pass to the final, could nominate but could not be nominated by his fellow housemates in the final round of nominations. On Day 67 there was a double eviction.
  • ^Note 9 : For the last four days the public voted for the housemate they wanted to win, rather than save. Because of voting freezes, the percentages do not add up to 100%.

Ratings and reception[edit]

Television ratings[edit]

Official ratings are taken from BARB.[32]

Viewers (millions)
Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10
Saturday 1.58 1.52 1.30 1.50 1.10 1.14 1.20 1.18 1.03 1.17
Sunday 1.67 1.74 1.48 1.74 1.50 1.32 1.61 1.61 1.35 0.79
Monday 1.97 1.75 1.50 1.81 1.78 1.64 1.40 1.56 1.41 1.76
Tuesday 2.93 1.90 1.83 1.66 1.81 1.63 1.44 1.41 1.64 1.36
Wednesday 1.80 1.85 1.76 1.54 1.82 1.56 1.49 1.40 1.60 1.37
Thursday 1.85 1.97 1.92 1.74 1.79 1.62 1.41 1.54 1.44 1.46
Friday 1.78 1.90 1.83 1.58 1.82 1.80 1.59 1.02 1.66 1.39
1.48 1.43 1.29
Weekly average 2.16 1.86 1.76 1.54 1.77 1.60 1.37 1.37 1.53 1.31
Running average 2.16 2.01 1.92 1.83 1.94 1.74 1.68 1.64 1.63 1.60
Series average 1.60

Controversy and criticism[edit]

Since Day 1, housemates could openly discuss nominations. This decision was highly criticised. The nominations rule has previously made appearances in the first week of Celebrity Big Brother 8, from the fifth week in Big Brother 12 onwards, and the whole series of Celebrity Big Brother 9. On 20 June, a poll was released on to channel5.com for the public to vote whether or not housemates should discuss nominations.[33] With over 90% of the vote saying housemates should not discuss nominations, the rule was changed back to housemates being forbidden from discussing nominations as revealed to the housemates on Day 16.

Two housemates in Big Brother 13, Conor McIntyre and Caroline Wharram, have been criticised with numerous accounts of bullying between other fellow housemates. Media regulator Ofcom received nearly 1,000 complaints. According to Broadcast, media regulator Ofcom received 356 complaints about Conor's comments towards Deana on 25 June episode by midnight on the night of transmission, and the figure later rose to over 1,000.[13]

Furthermore, Caroline received criticism when she branded Adam "a gorilla" after a task which saw him spinning her around on a roundabout. Caroline moaned about the former LA gangster: "Adam is just a gorilla, he's not even funny. He snores like a family of dragons, it's just rude."

Talking about her Sick n' Mix task with Adam, Caroline told Scott Mason: "I just don't understand why he had to do it, fucking wanker. He's horrible. He's just a ridiculous gorilla, bowl haircut, no sanitation, he's just disgusting." Ofcom has confirmed that they received 50 complaints over the jibe, despite Big Brother's formal warning to Caroline over the remarks. The show's executive producer said on 29 June: "There would be very serious consequences for Conor or for any housemate if they were to continue to use language that was unacceptable like that within the House."[15][34]

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