First Big Brother evictee takes elimination in stride

First Big Brother evictee Sharon Smith.
First Big Brother evictee Sharon Smith.

BIG Brother's viewers have shot down the show's attempt at introducing an older housemate into the mix.

Sharon Smith, a 41-year-old mum-of-three from Melbourne, was the first housemate evicted from the reality show on Monday after receiving just four percent of the public vote.

"I feel really bad for Sharon because I remember she told me in lock down her biggest fear was being the first out," said executive producer Alex Mavriodakis.

"Look, it's really difficult. We always get lobbied to put older people in the house, but of course when you do unfortunately this generally happens because the voters are generally younger people.

"But at least Sharon has got the family, a great life.

"This is my ninth season and I've seen nine first evictees come and go and some of them were just utterly mortified to be the first one out, so at least it's a celebration."

Smith took her eviction in her stride, comforted by her on-stage reunion with her children and husband.

"Someone has to go in the end and I keep saying everyone remembers the first and the last (evictee)," she said.

"That's how I'm taking it. It's bittersweet. I still wanted to be in the house obviously, but I when I got out I got to see the kids."

Smith still encourages mums and middle-aged women to apply for the show, which she described as an "emotional rollercoaster".

"When you've got young children you've got more responsibility than the other housemates at the end of the day," she said.

"It's a hard a challenge, but you can do it. It's not unachievable."

Melbourne university student Drew is emerging as an early favourite among the show's young female viewers thanks to his Keanu Reeves-like looks.

Thirty eight percent of viewers voted to save him, well above the 22 percent that went to eccentric Sydney surfer Tim and Drew's former faux wife Jade.

But Smith tips the polarising Tim to win the show's $250,000 grand prize.

"He's just who he is; he's funny, controversial and pretty switched on," she said.

"I think that's exciting. You either love or hate him, and even if you hate him you're passionate about it. He just gets it I think. The house would be a lot different without him."

Big Brother airs Mondays at 8pm and Tuesdays to Fridays at 7pm. Big Brother Showdown airs Saturdays at 6.30pm.


Big Brother 2013 first eviction voting results:

  • 38 percent: Drew
  • 22 percent: Tim
  • 22 percent: Jade
  • 9 percent: Heidi
  • 5 percent: Jasmin
  • 4 percent: Sharon

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