Housemates braced for eviction

Last updated at 15:46 02 July 2004

The Big Brother housemates were bracing themselves for what promises to be an emotional eviction tonight.

Three members of the so-called harem faction - Nadia, Marco and Michelle - were nominated to be booted out of the Channel 4 reality TV show by a public vote.

Nadia and Marco received the most nominations from fellow housemates while Michelle was condemned to stand for eviction by newcomer Becki's double kiss.

On receiving the news of her possible departure, Michelle threw a tantrum and threatened to walk out.

Marco later burst into tears as he told Michelle and Nadia he did not want to leave but did not want the others to go either.

Of the three, law student Marco is favourite to be evicted with odds of 2/5, followed by mortgage adviser and wannabe glamour model Michelle at 3/1 and Portuguese transsexual Nadia at 5/1, according to Ladbrokes bookmakers.

Ladbrokes' spokesman Warren Lush said: "Money suggests that the Seal (Marco) will be squealing for the last time but there is always the chance that he will be camped out in the house for another week as there has been money for all three housemates up for eviction.

"Bookmakers have Marco as clear odds-on favourite to go but his ability to provoke an argument could save him as viewers may want to see more of the bitching and hand-clapping. We still believe it could be close."

Peace-maker Daniel is favourite to win the prize money with odds of 2/1 followed by Stuart and Shell at 4/1, according to Ladbrokes.

However, the race is narrowing among the rest of the group.

A surge of support for Nadia has given her 8/1 odds of winning the show, although she still has to survive tonight's eviction.

Somalian-born Ahmed and air steward trainee Jason share the worst odds of winning of 25/1.

Mr Lush added: "We laid a bet of £1,000 in London on Nadia to win yesterday at odds of 14/1.

Further support has seen her odds slashed to 8/1.

"There has been money for housemates we haven't seen much interest in before.

Victor is now 12/1 after being a 40/1 shot earlier in the week, while there has been support for Ahmed, who is 25/1 from 50/1."

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