Ulrika Jonsson said today she felt “utterly wierded out” after her shock win in 'Celebrity Big Brother'.
The former weathergirl said: “Oh my God, that’s bonkers” after being told she had beaten music journalist Terry Christian to the top spot in the final of the celebrity reality show.
She took 56.7% of the votes, confounding bookies who had installed the diminutive Hollywood star Verne Troyer as favourite for the crown.
Bookmaker William Hill said Jonsson’s victory was “the biggest shock in reality TV history”.
Before last night’s vote, the bookmaker had odds of 1/5 on Troyer winning the day, and put the chance of a Jonsson win at 12/1.
Christian was second with 43.3%. In third place was US rapper Coolio, while Troyer took fourth place and former singer Ben Adams came last.
Afterwards Jonsson – reportedly paid £175,000 for her appearance – said she could barely describe how she felt as she was “utterly wierded out at this particular point in time”.
The 41-year-old, who was up for every public eviction during the three week contest, said she had not treated it as a popularity contest.
“That was not my approach because if I went in there hoping and wishing I was going to win it because I was really popular, I would be very upset because I have only ever won a yo-yo.
“For me it was just about a job and an experience.”
Mother-of-four Jonsson left the house amid fireworks and confetti as well as the inevitable chorus of boos which have come to accompany the exit of every housemate.
In the studio with presenter Davina McCall, she stressed she had not expected to survive the first round of nominations.
She said of life in the Big Brother house: “It’s singularly the weirdest experience of my entire life and I’ve had quite a weird life.”
But the former Gladiators presenter added: “I would recommend going into the house – I don’t regret going in at all.”
Jonsson also said she understood why some of the housemates had found her bossy. “My husband tells me that all the time. I’m a mother, and I have to organise people so it has to be like that. Sometimes I get told to just stop. It’s hard to switch off, you are a certain way.”
Christian paid tribute to Jonsson, despite dubbing her the housemate with the biggest ego in the first week of the show.
He said: “She had her moments but I really liked Ulrika, she’s a good laugh, she’s got a good sense of humour.”
The music journalist said he hoped to keep in touch with his former housemates.
“We’re all going to have a drink. I’ll get all their addresses. We’ll have a drink to take the edge off,” he said.
Tommy Sheridan, La Toya Jackson, Michelle Heaton, Mutya Buena, Lucy Pinder and Tina Malone were the other housemates in the show.