Julian Clary walked away as the winner of Celebrity Big Brother 2012 recently. The series kicked off on August 15th with the infamous launch night – just a day after viewers saw transgender chef Luke Anderson scoop the £50k prize money in the ‘regular’ Big Brother series.
This series of Celebrity Big Brother featured: presenter, comedian and ultimate winner Julian Clary, former soap queen Julie Goodyear, controversial journalist Samantha Brick, rapper MC Harvey, musician Martin Kemp, Olympic hopeful Ashley Mckenzie, soap star Cheryl Ferguson, American TV star Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino, entrepreneur Prince Lorenzo Borghese, singer and presenter Coleen Nolan and models Rhian Sugden, Jasmine Lennard and Danica Thrall.
As ever it has been a series full of drama and controversy with bad girl Jasmine Lennard starting proceedings with a host of foul mouthed rants at her housemates. After her swift eviction, attention turned to a love triangle between The Situation, Prince Lorenzo and professional escort Danica Thrall. Throughout, Julie Goodyear’s apparent backstabbing and game playing has kept the house talking and the viewers thoroughly entertained.
But, after three weeks in celebrity confinement and tantrums on the Diary Room sofa, it all boiled down to this. Here’s how the evening’s events played out.
Sixth Place – MC Harvey
The first of the finalists to be evicted was So Solid Crew rapper, Harvey. Renowned as a love rat after his well publicised affair with singer Javine Hylton, Harveywas visibly emotional after making it to the final and thanked the public for their support. During his interview with presenter Brian Dowling, Harveydescribed his Big Brother experience as ‘life changing’ and said that he felt like he had won just by making it to the final. When asked who he wanted to win,Harvey backed his best friend in the house Ashley Mckenzie, saying that he saw the Olympic judo hopeful as a younger version of himself.
Fifth Place – Ashley Mckenzie
Out next was Ashley himself and despite his bad boy image, the Team GB athlete admitted to being extremely nervous about the public’s reaction towards him – luckily he received a huge amount of cheers. When probed about his crush on model Rhian Sugden, Ashley admitted that he thought she was ‘on it’ but wished her well in her relationship, cheekily adding that he hopes she gets a good magazine deal. When asked if he was upset to come fifth, Ashley admitted that, in true competitive sportsman style, he was ‘a bit gutted’ not to win the series.
Fourth Place – Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino
Hot on his heels was the third member of the boys clique – Jersey Shore star Mike Sorrentino (otherwise known as ‘The Situation’). Speaking candidly to Brian Dowling, the TV star expressed his gratitude to the British public for their support. He also went on to speak about his part in the infamous love triangle in the house stating that he thought model Danica Thrall fancied him because ‘the eyes don’t lie.’ Of controversial housemate Julie Goodyear, he said that she did a ‘360 turn’ and went from ‘Grandma to gangsta ma’. He added that of the three remaining housemates, he’d like to see Martin Kemp win.
Third Place – Martin Kemp
The actor and musician Martin Kemp was next to be evicted to an extremely positive public response. He admitted that he didn’t think he’d make it through the semi-final and was pleased to have faced eviction once before because being up for nomination was part of the ‘full experience’. He acknowledged that he’d taken on the role of father figure in the house, adding that it seemed like a ‘natural role’ for him. As a fan of the show, Martin said that it was all he thought it would be and he’d loved every minute.
Second Place – Coleen Nolan
Runner up, Coleen Nolan, was the penultimate housemate to be evicted and despite just missing out, she said that she was pleased to come second place and be the last woman in the house. Brian Dowling quickly asked about her ongoing, tenuous relationship with Julie Goodyear but it seemed even Coleen didn’t fully know what the problem between the two women was, adding that she just found her ‘fake’. She also said that she struggled with nominations due to feelings of ‘tension and paranoia’ in the house but summed up her experience as ‘amazing’ and said Julian was a deserved winner.
First Place – Julian Clary
As winner, comedian Julian Clary looked thoroughly shocked explaining to Brian Dowling that ‘I’ve never won anything’. He thanked the public saying that they’d ‘made a 53 year old homosexual very happy’. He spoke about his time in the house saying that Big Brother is able to manipulate and control emotions but that he didn’t argue and preferred to ‘keep the peace’. When asked about his housemates, Julian said that he thought Julie was ‘fabulous’ and that he liked her fire and the way she ‘stirs things up’. He found The Situation (who he nicknamed ‘The Occasional Table’) had not ‘evolved’ when it came to women but that they clicked in the end. He finished by reminding viewers that he’d be going on tour soon and apologised for being ‘inarticulate’ but that he was very overwhelmed.