Sarah Harding wins Celebrity Big Brother

The ex-Girls Aloud singer beat Amelia Lily and Sam Thompson into second and third place - but how long will the show stay on Channel 5?

Sarah Harding Big Brother

Ex-Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding got a mixed reaction from Big Brother fans as she emerged victorious from the house last night.

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She was greeted with a few boos as well as cheers as she beat the remaining finalists Jemma Lucy, Sam Thompson, Derek Acorah and Chad Johnson to scoop the £50,000 prize for her chosen charity, Haig Housing.

She said: “I’m in shock. Its been a bit of a tough ride. I was so out of my comfort zone, so many big personalities. I needed a new chapter and start a fresh. I just thought what better way to get out of my comfort zone and to show the viewers at home I’m just a normal girl. I’ve gone through a whole spectrum of emotions.”

She added: “I want to say thank you to who voted. I honestly didn’t believe this would happen.It was really difficult to adjust to the new environment. The main reason was to show everyone that I was just Sarah.”

She also suggested that she may have found the special one, saying of her relationship with housemae Chad: “I was in a short team relationship, I was dating somebody. We (Chad) found some common ground and started hanging around together, he became my best friend in the house, he has been my rock. I had to make a difficult decision. We’ve been through the mill together, it’s like we’ve know each other for months and months. We are going to see what happens, I would definitely like a future with Chad.”

Celebrity Big Brother returns in January but its future on Channel 5 was thrown into doubt this week when the broadcaster’s director of programmes Ben Frow told the Edinburgh Television Festival that he didn’t really want the show on his network.

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“I like the ratings but I want to create our own programmes,” he said. “I don’t really want other people’s programmes. I want my own programmes that we have created.”