Confirmed: No public vote for next Big Brother eviction
One housemate will be evicted from Big Brother 2014: Power Trip on Monday WITHOUT a public vote in a shock twist as part of ‘Armageddon Week’, it’s been confirmed.
Today, the broadcaster has confirmed that first of these episodes, airing on Monday at 10.00pm, will be a live show fronted by presenter Emma Willis.
During the special, housemates will have to nominate face-to-face, giving full and frank reasons. However, instead of the most nominated housemates facing the public vote, whoever gets the most nominations will have to leave the house immediately in an instant eviction.
The new scheme is likely to infuriate fans as it denies them their chance to get involved, going against one of the few remaining uncompromised principles of Big Brother.
In the words of producers Endemol, the format of the show – famous for the catchphrase ‘Who goes? You decide’ – dictates that “viewers ultimately decide who has to leave”.
This will be the first normal eviction in the history of Big Brother UK where viewers would have no say whatsoever, despite the fact that producers have previously run shorter public votes.
On the launch night of the current series, there was a five-minute window to choose the first ‘Power Housemate’ via a free ballot on the official app, which also features a section for premium rate voting.
ITV talent contest The X Factor also ran similar polls using premium rate phone lines for its ‘Flash Vote’ twist last year.
Meanwhile, it’s been confirmed that three new housemates will arrive as part of the ‘Armageddon’ – with other surprises set to include a series of house visits and messages from celebrities, ex-housemates and friends and family that will ‘reveal home truths’.
A source told the Daily Star: “Armageddon is on the way. We have never thrown so many shocks and surprises at the housemates like this before, so expect carnage. The gang won’t know what’s hit them!”
More details about Armageddon are expected to be revealed during tonight’s episode, which will see either Ashleigh, Chris, Christopher or Jale become the fifth evictee.