Sam Evans, one of the current favourites to win the latest series of Big Brother, has been given the thumbs up by his colleagues at work.
Evans, who hails from Llanelli in Wales, works as a storeroom assistant in the centre of Carmarthen, at the town’s Debenhams department store.
The Welshman entered the Big Brother house last Thursday, during the launch show of the latest series of the long-running reality-TV series.
Speaking to the South Wales Evening Post, a spokesperson for the Carmarthen Debenhams store praised the 23-year-old. She said, “He is a popular member of staff – very witty and charming. The staff at Debenhams all wish Sam the very best of luck in the Big Brother house,” adding that they would all be tuning into the show to see how he fairs during the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, one of Evans’s colleagues, Rebecca Baldock, on watching the launch show, said, “I’ve felt nervous all day for Sam. So excited for him. He will go far, he's a diamond.”
Later, following the transmission of the first programme, Baldock tweeted, “Sam is an amazing boy with all his jokes of the day. He puts a smile on our face.”
According to his Big Brother profile, when he was just three years old, Evans’s parents discovered that their son had been born with 70–80 percent hearing loss in both ears, which has affected his speech and means that he has difficulty pronouncing words correctly. He writes that he “doesn’t always hear conversations correctly and will give an answer that doesn’t have anything to do with the question, which can be amusing.” However, speech therapy has helped him immensely.
Evans, who has represented the Welsh and British deaf football teams, says he tries to keep in “good shape and goes to the gym now and again, but struggles to keep motivated”. Ambition-wise, he hopes “to become a role model to deaf kids who are too ashamed to wear their hearing aids”.
Although it’s still early days yet, bookmakers have placed Evans as the favourite to win, reports bbspy, with Ladbrokes placing him as leading the outright betting market at 9/4.
Meanwhile, Rupert Adams, a spokesperson for William Hill told Unreality TV, “It is very rare to have such a short-priced favourite at this early stage, he is obviously a serious contender and has a great chance of winning!”
Big Brother continues nightly on Channel Five and 5*.