Evander Holyfield has become the first person to be evicted from Celebrity Big Brother 2014 after the Bolt Hole twist concluded with Lee Ryan and Casey Batchelor deciding who should leave.
Since the announcement that Evander, Jasmine, Jim, Liz and Luisa had been nominated yesterday, viewers had been voting to save their favourite housemates as usual.
However, it had also been announced that the vote would not decide the final outcome, with the top three nominees being declared safe – while the bottom two would face a twist.
Tonight, it was revealed that it would be up to Lee and Casey – who were selected to enter the secret Bolt Hole on Wednesday – to decide which nominee would get the boot.
During the live show, host Emma Willis crossed to the house to announce who was safe. Jasmine and Jim were given the all-clear first, before Liz was handed a reprieve in a surprise result, with bookies having predicted that it would be her and Evander in the firing line.
This left the boxer and Luisa in the danger zone – and in her final link-up, Emma told the group: “However, the final decision about who is evicted does not rest with the public. It rests of the hands of two of your fellow housemates.”
Big Brother subsequently played a VT of Lee and Casey’s time in the Bolt Hole, much to the surprise of its viewers. The plasma screen then cut to the Diary Room, where the pair were waiting to be given the all-clear to return to the main house.
“Before you return, Big Brother has got a big decision for you,” announced the all-seeing eye. “Tonight, the two housemates with the fewest votes and facing eviction are Evander and Luisa, and who goes, you will now decide.”
“That’s out of order. That’s not fair Big Brother,” moaned Lee.
They were given 30 seconds to make their choice, with Lee reasoning: “I’m saying Evander because Luisa’s my friend. Luisa’s a friend of mine, I’ve gotta be… do you understand that?”
“I think Luisa’s a nice girl. We’ll stay with Luisa,” agreed Casey.
Lee then confirmed that they had decided to evict Evander, saying: “I know the public are gonna hate us, but she’s my friend, what am I supposed to do? I feel bad, but it’s gotta be someone.”
“I think personally we’ve both got closer to Luisa than we have Evander anyway. I’ve not really got to know Evander that well and neither have you,” added Casey.
Lee and Casey were then allowed to return to the house, while an unimpressed-looking Evander was given a few moments to departure.
This is the first time in a Celebrity series of Big Brother UK that housemates have been given the power to evict another contestant. However, similar twists have been done in the civilian series – most recently during the eighth run in 2007, when Gerry Stergiopoulos left as a result of the ‘Guru’ task.
Browse pictures of Evander’s exit from Celebrity Big Brother 2014 below: