The winner of Celebrity Big Brother being announced today as the latest series of the reality TV show comes to an end.
Viewers will decide whether quiz show host Les Dennis, glamour model Melinda Messenger or ex-boy band star Mark Owen emerges as the nation’s favourite celebrity housemate.
The remaining three contestants have spent their last night in the camera filled apartment and are awaiting the results of the final telephone poll this evening.
Comedienne Sue Perkins yesterday became the latest contestant to be voted out of the house, following hot on the heels of Anne Diamond and Goldie.
The 33-year-old backed former Take That singer Mark to win, saying: “My money is on Mark, as is my heart. He is a lovely bloke, I did get very close to him.”
She looked downcast but put on a brave face after being voted out on a huge majority of 75.8% of the 257,115 votes.
After an emotional reunion with comedy partner Mel Giedroyc and her sister Michelle, she could not resist poking fun at Les and Melinda.
During her time in the house she had already joked that Les was “the dark lord of the song” and called Melinda a “Vulcan”.
“The two people I understood less were Les and Melinda,” she told presenter Davina McCall.
“It’s very hard to talk to Les, it’s very hard to talk to Melinda. Maybe she just found me irritating.”
She said Les was guilty of “a lot of brooding, almost to camera. It was like method acting”.
Earlier, she urged Les to see a psychiatrist because she was so concerned for his mental state.
During his time in the house, Les has poured his heart out over the pressures surrounding his marriage to actress Amanda Holden.
He has also spoken of his relationship with his son, Philip, who he feels he has not seen enough.
Les burst into tears on Monday after having to nominate two housemates for eviction.
The 48-year-old is spending increasing amounts of time talking to the Big Brother chickens, and declared that the highlight of his big Brother experience was discovering yesterday that one had laid an egg.
Les’s spokeswoman insisted that he is not losing the plot and said all the contestants were showing signs of stress.
Concerns were raised for Sue herself as she showed the strain of life in the house during a tearful spell.
She said she was “a wreck” without her comedy partner Mel, adding: “But I realised my life was just fine and I am very glad to be out here.”
Speaking at a press conference following her eviction, she said she had considered following in the footsteps of comic Jack Dee and Big Brother 3 contestant Sandy by launching an escape plan.
But she said: “You look for an escape route and you realise it has already been done.
She was full of praise for Anne and DJ Goldie. Anne “was more lively and more interesting and more intelligent than everybody knew”, Sue said.
“I think the person who really came out of this showing her true colours was Anne Diamond.”
And Goldie “just brought an energy. He carried us along for four or five days and I really felt his loss, things got a lot more boring”.
Although she had no personal problem with Melinda she said: “I could not have an emotional conversation with her. I was upset at one point and it was like talking to a brick wall.
“Every time I tried to say something about what I felt she looked at me as though I was a freak.”
Money raised from telephone voting during the series is being donated to four charities.