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