Saturday 18 January 2020

James Whale and Grant Bovey first to face CBB eviction

James Whale is one of the first two housemates to be nominated for eviction from Celebrity Big Brother
James Whale is one of the first two housemates to be nominated for eviction from Celebrity Big Brother

DJ James Whale and Anthea Turner's ex-husband Grant Bovey have become the first housemates to be put up for eviction from this year's Celebrity Big Brother house.

They were easily the top picks among their fellow housemates who came up with a range of reasons - including loud snoring, loyalty and being distant - as to why they wanted to see the back of them.

Whale, 65, and Bovey, 55, will face the public vote and find out who will leave on Friday.

Pantomime veteran Christopher Biggins pointed out that he is a friend of Bovey's ex-wife and former Blue Peter presenter Anthea Turner.

Of his reasons for nominating Bovey, he said: "I think we have issues of loyalty to ex-wives and things. Anthea was a great friend of mine ... and I think she was treated quite badly by him."

TV presenter and buisnesswoman Saira Khan picked Bovey because the father-of-three "sided" with Geordie Shore star Marnie Simpson who exposed her breasts to her.

Whale also nominated Bovey in light of this incident, saying: "If Grant believes that is acceptable behaviour then in my view Grant has to go."

The bemused trio - Biggins, Khan and Whale - huddled together after Big Brother confirmed who would be up for eviction and spoke about who they had nominated.

Big Brother said housemates will be punished for talking about their nominations.

In the diary room, Bovey later said that nobody wants to be the first person to be evicted before correctly guessing some of the people who had put him in this potential position.

He told Big Brother: "I think James nominated me because of what he said about me.

"Saira probably nominated me because she didn't feel that I defended her sufficiently well enough when there was a conflict. I am not here to wave a finger. Anyone who comes in to this house knows what they are letting themselves in for otherwise they are stupid.

"I think the honeymoon is over."

Former EastEnders actor Ricky Norwood said he wants Bovey to go because he has to get some sleep. "Grant has been snoring and coughing," he complained.

Bovey had nominated Whale suggesting that the DJ did not care if he stayed in the house and so did not deserve to be there.

Among the other housemates who thought Whale should go were Mob Wives star Renee Graziano who said Whale "fits in a little bit less" with the group because he is so guarded.

X Factor reject Katie Waissel thought Whale might be an interesting personality because of his life as a radio talk show host but felt that he was keeping a "cap" on this part of his character.

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