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article imageLlanelli lad Sam Evans crowned 2013 Big Brother UK winner

By Mathew Wace Peck     Aug 20, 2013 in Entertainment
Young Welshman Sam Evans last night became the UK champion of the 2013 series of the popular the reality-TV show, Big Brother, as predicted by the bookmakers.
Within hours of entering the Big Brother house for the fourteenth series, Big Brother: Secrets and Lies, 68 days ago, Evans became the early favourite to win and remained in the top three for most of the series. Last week, following a backlash from viewers unhappy with some of the tactics used by Channel 5 in the show’s eviction process, Evans re-emerged as the favourite to win.
Yesterday, bookmakers had Evans, 23, favourite to win, with Dexter Koh emerging, a close second.
In the event, Koh, 28, was indeed the last housemate to be evicted, thus confirming Evans as the winner.
At the start of the evening, in Big Brother: the Final, six housemates remained: Sam Evans, identical twins Jack Glenny and Joe Glenny, Dexter Koh, Gina Rio and Charlie Travers.
As is the practise Big Brother finals, viewers took part in a series of votes during the live broadcast, in order to decide which of the housemates was to be evicted. Travers was the first to go, followed by the Glenny brothers (whose status in the house had been treated as one entrant throughout the series) and then Rio.
In a tense final selection, Evans and Koh waited to hear who would be the last contestant to be evicted and, therefore, who would be walking away with the £100,000 prize money.
When the eviction pronouncement was at last made, it was Koh who made the journey out of the house, leaving a shocked-looking Evans to ponder his victory.
In line with Koh’s controversial stay in the Big Brother house – he survived no less than seven eviction notices – his reception from the waiting crowd was mixed. As reported by Digital Spy, when asked by BB host Emma Willis why the public had kept him in the house right up till the end, Koh replied, “I have no idea, I’d like to know! I’m just overwhelmed by the public’s support because it feels like I am liked by people who haven’t even met me.”
By contrast, when it was time for Evans to leave the house, he was met with an overwhelmingly positive response from those who had gathered outside. Speaking to Willis afterwards, he said he was “lost for words”.
Throughout the series, there’s been little love lost between the two men left in the house at the end. Of there time together, Unreality TV relates Evans as having said last night, “From the first night, [Dexter] ignored me. I tried my best to get to know him … he let me down and he told me a few things and at the end he didn’t make any sense to me.”
Evans is the second Welsh person to win Big Brother, Rachel Rice – a trainee teacher from Torfaen – having taken the title in 2008.
Evans, who lives in Llanelli, works as a storeroom assistant at the Carmarthen branch of Debenham’s. In June, a spokesperson for the store said, “[Sam] 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,”
The Welsh national newspaper the Western Mail reports that Evans “will give a quarter of his winnings to charity and a quarter of the prize money to his family [and the] rest he pledges to invest in his future”. “I just can’t believe it [the experience was] amazing,” he said of his time in the Big Brother house.
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