Big Brother final: Our ranking of this year's finalists
THE Celtic tiger seems to be on the way back – fancy coffees are once again all the rage, craft beers are in, and Irish people are watching Big Brother again.
TV3’s acquisition of the reality show allowed Irish viewers to catch up on the action for the first time since the series ended its original run on Channel 4.
Tonight’s final will see the winner walk away with over £100,000, and a short list z-list career to boot.
We take a look at the contenders, and give our verdict – as well as those who missed out.
Joel Williams (Bookies: 8/13)
The young Welshman is the bookies favourite to take the crown, and with good reason.
Despite his young years, the 19-year-old has proven to be remarkably headstrong and able to speak his own mind.
He resisted the easy option of falling in with some of the cliques, and spoke his mind even when it unpopular.
He has a good sense of fun and, resisted selling his fellow housemates out when money was offered.
Despite the Brady bunch that are his fellow housemates all wanting to braid each other’s hair and get along, he’s aware he’s submitted himself to be on TV and entertain, which he’s done by challenging the attitude’s of fellow housemates.
SERIES RATING: 8/10
Chloe Wilburn (Bookies: 9/4)
Second favourite is the last girl left standing, Chloe.
There’s nothing bad you can say about the girl, she’s shown herself to be kind and compassionate.
But that’s really it. Yes, she’s nice. Yes, she’s loyal. But did she need to take up a place in a two month TV show?
Chloe is ‘there for the experience’ – How about this Chloe, train for a charity 10k if you want an experience. Don’t go on a TV show.
Despite this, I’d be happy to see her win the money and enjoy some time in the spotlight. But it will be for being nice, not entertaining.
SERIES RATING: 4/10
Jack McDermott (Bookies: 3/1)
Jack went from red hot favourite to bottom of the stack in a matter of weeks, however he’s slowly climbed back up over the last week.
Midway through the series he’d become a grumpy old man, storming around in his dressing gown all day moaning and complaining.
Don’t get me wrong, moaning and complaining can be entertaining (take a bow, Nikki Graham), but Jack seemed just short of giving himself an aneurysm.
The last week he’s certainly picked up, and his fake tan task will certainly go down as one of the highlights of the entire series.
He’s been a character- he’s talked behind people’s backs, stabbed people in the back and played the game – so for that he was a good housemate.
SERIES RATING: 6/10
Danny Wisker (Bookies: 9/1)
They say Big Brother is a game, and if it is, well Danny is the winner.
He played the game to perfection. He flew under the radar for the first half of the series, coasting along and avoiding any clashes or confrontations.
He would have been happy to continue to play that game, but the time warp housemates returned and had his plan rumbled.
Helen Wood and Marc O’Neill had his number, and suddenly a more aggressive, defensive Danny emerged.
Game plan one had been rumbled, and suddenly game plan two kicked in – play the hero.
He saw the opportunity to cast Helen and Marc as evil bullies, and him the knight in shining armour there to save the day.
Despite his protestations to the contrary, he stirred up arguments to deliberately cast himself in the victim role.
With Marc’s eviction he suddenly became king of the house, with nobody but Joel daring to question him.
He changed personality weekly, all with the aim of trying to stay in as long as possible, and ultimately win.
He’s the worst type of housemate – the sort with no personality, so invented a new one every week to stay in.
SERIES RATING: 1/10
Nick Henderson (Bookies:12/1)
Talk about a series which was his to lose.
From the very beginning Nick shot to popularity with the public, but when Harry came along it all changed.
Not through any fault of Harry’s it must be said, but though his.
He was happy to be involved in a relationship with Harry, and quite happy to cast her aside when he realised she was unpopular on the outside.
While Harry may have been unpopular, the public also saw how Nick suddenly started speaking up and confronting Harry, to score precious points on the outside.
He could have been the winner, but withered into the background only to come out again when he saw the finish line in sight.
SERIES RATING: 3/10
He’s vanilla, not unpopular enough to ever be evicted, and not popular enough to win.
He’s in the final by default.
The only hint of a personality we saw was when the time warp housemates arrived, but that evaporated just a quickly when they left.
He’s content to be Danny’s henchman, his number two, and play second fiddle to him.
That always guaranteed he would never win.
He’ll be lucky not to come last – in fact he’ll be lucky to even get booed and not be greeted by a wall of silence, such is the indifference to him.
SERIES RATING: 2/10
Honourable mention of the series
In a year when legendary housemates returned, Dubliner Marc is the only one who could fall into this category in the years to come.
In many ways he was the series.
He shook things up, he challenged the consensus, he went in to entertain.
Some of his antics did stray into being bullying; at times he seemed to go too far with certain housemates.
But this series was Marc.
Helen perhaps ruined his chances to win – both of them are incredibly strong and confident, and unfortunately through no fault of their own that can come across as aggressive when they’re together.
But in his absence the house suddenly became lifeless and dull, proving his importance to the show.
SERIES RATING 9/10
She wasn’t even an official housemate this year, but the former winner would have done the double if she was.
As a caveat, her comments towards Brian Belo were completely over the line and inappropriate – however up until that moment she had the former winner pegged perfectly.
She was labelled a bully – but being outspoken doesn’t make someone a bully.
She didn’t back down, she didn’t dance around and sugar-coat her points – but that doesn’t make someone a bully.
A bully is someone who deliberately targets and torments someone – the fact was Helen, with the exception of Brian comments, never deliberately set out to wind someone up, she made her point and walked away.
Unfortunately outspoken people, particularly outspoken women, tend to be labelled ‘bullies’.
It’s a lazy way to dismiss someone’s legitimate argument, by playing the ‘bully’ card.
Her outspokenness forced some of the characters hiding in the background to come out, and along with Marc she was one of the most important housemates in the series.
SERIES RATING: 10/10
The show has proved a massive summer hit for the station; Its average reach each night across TV3 and 3e was 242, 000.
Overall viewers that have tuned on TV3 , TV3+1 or 3e across the series was 2.3m.
The independent station said it was delighted with the show's performance.
A TV3 spokesperson said: “This year has proved that after ten years on air the beast that is Big Brother is alive and well.
"For 3e and TV3 it has been a brilliant addition to our schedule with the ratings growing each night."