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But with a good three months or so still to come and six more housemates going in tonight, should we even bother listening to the bookmakers? Intrigued, Digital Spy went back over the last five years of Big Brother to see how the launch night odds matched up with the eventual results of the series - and found some surprising results...
Big Brother 2012
Launch night favourite: Luke Anderson (5/1)
Eventual finish: Winner
Congratulations bookmakers, last year you got it spot on by naming eventual winner Luke Anderson as the early favourite. But don't go slapping yourselves on the back too soon - reports claimed that the South African-born chef was an outsider at 16/1 before the game-changing revelation that he was born a woman. »
When did primetime fluffy Saturday night TV suddenly turn into an evening of music industry A&R mechanics?
At some point over the last decade's long slog of Pop Idols, Britain's Got Talents, Fame Academies and nine series of X Factor, the emphasis switched from light entertainment to record sales.
Watching recent series of X Factor, it's occasionally felt like we were watching a meeting between record execs rather than a glossy family TV spectacle. The fearsome annihilation of cruise ship warbler Christopher Maloney by the producers and judges felt like a tipping point in the show's history as the singer's crime of being 'not very cool' seemed to excuse no-holds barred treatment of the blubbering Liverpudlian.
When the voting results were revealed, it turned out that Maloney had been topping the votes since week one. Despite a hammering from the judges and all the cool credentials of tattooed grumble-guts James Arthur, »
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