Cameron Cole Wins Big Brother UK!

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On Monday night, Cameron Cole became the final ever winner of BBUK as the long-running reality show came to it’s final curtain call. Cameron (19), a vlogger from Norwich faced competition from Akeem Griffiths who finished in second, Zoe Jones who placed third and Cian Carrigan who took fourth spot. Cole was not only the last winner of the show but also the youngest. Jones and Carrigan left the house together first leaving Cole and Griffiths to fight it out for the win.

 

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In the end, Cameron who came out as gay, had a coming out party and celebrated his birthday in the house came out on top which I felt was very well-deserved. His friendship with Lewis was my highlight of this year’s show and I just love the both of them.

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Following his win Cameron said,

 

‘I am completely and utterly shell-shocked. I thought I was going to be out first week. I didn’t think I’d be liked. I thought I’d be irritating, annoying. I didn’t think I was going to fit in. I can’t believe it. It was a dream to get in. I don’t even know what you’d call this. It’s a miracle.’

 

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Speaking about his friendship with Lewis he said,

‘I love [Lewis] to bits. I can’t thank him enough. He changed my life. It was a brotherhood. We looked at each other and it was an instant connection. We could both be grumpy together…over think together. I love him to bits. I could never sit here without him. I would never have done it without him. I’d only said it to like five people before that. For him to help me the way he did, I could never…’

 

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Well done Cameron! And all the other finalists too! 🙂

 

You can watch Cameron’s winning moment below:

 

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Why Cameron Cole Is My BBUK Winner …

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Tonight the curtain falls on BBUK’s last ever final and I am hoping it ends with Cameron winning. Here is five reasons why …

 

His Coming Out Moments

 

In 2018, no one should still be fearful of the reaction they will get on coming out as gay (or anything other than straight for that matter) but in reality there is still far too much prejudice in this world. A quick Google search will show that to you and Cameron coming out that he was gay even today is still a very brave thing to do and it will help a lot of viewers to be true to who they are and I salute him for his openness despite his fears at such a young age.

 

 

His Friendship With Lewis

My highlight of this year’s show has been these twos’ friendship. I think they are going to be friends for life. The bond they have is brilliant.

 

Saving Akeem

 

Tactically getting rid of Akeem was a better option as Akeem was higher in the betting than Isabella but Cameron chose to save him as he was there from the beginning. A brave, kind and correct move.

 

His Nerdiness

 

Being a fellow nerd, I find myself drawn to nerds! Cameron (and of course Lewis too!) have definitely being the nerds of this season with their stimulating chats and their desire to talk about something other than sex. While I’d be very much in the nerdy crew with Lewis and Cameron talking about world issues if I’d being a housemate, I might still have snuck off to chat nookie with Tomasz too!

 

His Plans To Defend Cian

 

Nikki Grahame came in and insinuated that Cian was a dirty old man for his crush on Cameron referring to Cameron as “a young boy”. Utterly pathetic in and of itself as there is only five years in age difference between them. But when Nikki was gone, instead of play the game of making Cian out to be a dirty old man, Cameron and Cian sat down to discuss how they would deal with questions outside with Cameron vowing to defend Cian when he was asked about their friendship and Cian’s feelings towards him in the house. Now that ain’t a young boy to me. That’s a very responsible man not in the mood to destroy someone else’s reputation. Take note Nikki.

 

All the best to Cameron tonight and to all of the other finalists! 🙂

Cameron to win! 🙂

Tonight Is The Last Ever Big Brother UK Final …

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Tonight Big Brother UK draws to a close with the last ever final where the final winner will be announced. As always it has been a season of ups and downs but we are now down to four contestants vying for glory and £100,000 so without further ado, here is my last ever review of the BB UK finalists …

 

Akeem Griffiths

 

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I like Akeem. I admire how much he’s kept his calm and positive manner for the most part throughout. Not an easy thing to do I’d imagine. He never seems stressed or fazed too often by the events taking place around him. He just seems an all-round nice guy. Some people may not be as fond of his competitive side but I don’t mind it and he’s always being upfront about that side of his nature. I can’t fault Akeem. He has added a lot of moments to the show and has always tried his best in tasks. Just a cool guy.

 

Cameron Cole

 

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Cameron is my winner. Have to be honest and say that he probably wouldn’t have been if Lewis hadn’t been removed but Cameron was always my second favourite in the house. I’m a bit of a nerd myself so I like his nerdiness. His friendship with Lewis in my opinion was the highlight of the series. It was so beautiful to watch and seeing how much they were both there for each other was wonderful. Cameron made a very big decision in the house to come out as gay and the way Lewis helped him through that was beautiful. I think Cameron’s honesty will help a lot of young people and people in general out there to be themselves which is always a good thing. Cameron has been prominent in almost every episode and has involved in some way or other with most of the big storylines in the house. And to me, that’s what makes a Big Brother winner. I also loved his fairness in keeping Akeem in the house despite Akeem being a bigger threat to win than Isabella and how he said he’d defend Cian outside after Nikki Grahame’s comments. Also loved his friendship with the wonderful Tomasz too.

 

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Cian Carrigan  

 

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Because Cian is my fellow Irish person I want to like him more than I do. In the last few days, he has really given a good showing of himself and I’ve liked him more in the last few days. There is small things with Cian that I’m not a huge fan of though like sometimes he comes over a bit false to me and I’m not convinced a lot of his tears sometimes are real. But the thing I really didn’t like was how he indirectly pressured Cameron into coming out that he was gay by revealing to the whole house how much he fancied Cameron when he got drunk. It wouldn’t have been so bad if Cian was clueless about Cameron being gay but he wasn’t clueless about it. It kind of shocked and horrified me that he could be that insensitive in the situation. Up to that point I had thought he was a very good friend to Cameron. Now to be fair, they have crossed over that bridge and since Lewis and Tomasz left I feel like Cian has been Cameron’s rock in the house and it’s been lovely seeing them been there for each other. And despite everything I’m saying I do feel a caring warmth off Cian. I think there is a good person inside with a huge heart. It’s just some of his actions sometimes do put me off a bit at times. But there has been times too where my blood has boiled over things that have been said about him. Firstly he was a really loyal friend to Zoe in the house and she hasn’t very often been to him. Secondly when Nikki Grahame went into the house the other night and made Cian out to be a dirty old man for fancying Cameron, I was sick to my stomach. Let’s be real about this: Cian is 24, Cameron is 19, it’s hardly cradle-snatching. Even if they ended up being together it would not be a big deal in the slightest.

 

 

Zoe Jones 

 

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I’m not Zoe’s biggest fan. I think she has been terribly two-faced to Cian who has been nothing but a good friend to her. She has been so good at acting it to his face that he’s her best mate in the house that if I wasn’t on the outside and was in Cian’s shoes in there I’d believe her too! I find it terrible. Also when you watch her VT, she seems a completely different person to the person who is in the house. On the plus side, I did agree completely with her last night when she was discussing the stigma surrounding being on benefits. I can relate to the feelings she expressed on the issue and I think it’s fantastic that she highlighted the true feelings of many of us on the dole as opposed to the tired old stigma that does the rounds far too often.

 

 

Honorary Mention

 

Lewis Flanagan

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For me, and many many others, the honorary winner of this year’s show is Lewis who was removed last week from the house. I could never condone the reasons for his removal on such a public platform as it could be very triggering for a lot of people but I don’t for one moment believe there was malice or bigotry meant by his comments. In fact from what I seen over the course of the show, he seemed to be the complete opposite: a warm-hearted, compassionate man who was loyal to his friends and put himself on the line for those he cared for. His friendship with Cameron was simply beautiful to watch. Lewis was like a big brother to him and they often reminded me of me with my older sister. There was a lovely closeness, understanding and patience between them as well as many great chats and laughs. Lewis made a lot of the show this year. He was involved in practically every big moment that happened and his Diary Room rants were simply epic. He bravely bared his soul and brought much needed attention to mental health issues through his honesty.

 

Was he fiery? Oh my god, yes. But he spoke his mind, wasn’t hiding behind the door with his views and I quite liked that. No, he wasn’t perfect but are any of us? He did have a tendency to not be able to let things drop and that red wine came across as something that made his fiery side actually worse. The problem with being a Lewis fan and being into men is that the first thing people throw at you when you defend him is that you fancy him. I won’t deny that I do find him sexy as hell and yes, night one I looked at him alright but my crush became a bigger crush because of his personality. There has been a lot of handsome men who have went into BB and have had zero personality. Like him or not, he is flowing with personality. I find his strength of character, the no fear factor of saying what he feels very refreshing. I like the compassionate way he feels about people and how he likes to help when he can. There is a bit of fire in him and that’s actually quite attractive too.

 

I felt very sad when I heard he was removed. Me and my sister are huge fans. Strange considering I’ve never the bloke and I wasn’t getting a share in the £100,000 but I was sad. To be honest I’d have felt sad for anyone on their way to winning losing out like that. But I think he has a very strong way about him and I think he’ll bounce back from this and do very well for himself and I wish him all the best. Love you Lewis! 🙂

Cameron’s Secret On Big Brother UK

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Right now I am watching the very last season of Big Brother UK. On the show there is a storyline revolving around an 18-year-old vlogger Cameron Cole who has a secret which he is considering sharing. It does seem that his secret revolves around his sexuality and that he might not be being completely honest about how he identifies. So just to put everyone in the picture Cameron is officially saying he’s straight at the moment but during his time in the house it has looked from some of the things he has said that it may not be true and at this stage a lot of viewers are thinking he’s gay.

 

I think it’s looking very likely that his secret is to do with his sexuality. Conversations about sexuality are what seems to have triggered something in Cameron to be more open about who he is. He might be gay and viewers who put forward why they think that with reasons and incidents I understand where they are coming from but there is viewers too who think it because they don’t think he’s straight. While there is thankfully viewers too who have more open in their thinking about Cameron being something other than gay or straight. And in the world ever but more openly nowadays, I don’t it’s as simple as someone is either straight or gay. There is so many sexualities, different ways of looking at your sexuality like for example 90% feeling for a gender, 10% for another gender and there is a lot of people who don’t label their sexuality either so there is a lot more options for what exactly Cameron is keeping secret even if you simply took it as being about his sexuality. And while I know it can still be difficult to say you’re gay, it is more difficult to say nowadays you’re something other than gay or straight.

 

Speaking as someone who is pan, I definitely think it would be harder to be open about that than saying you’re gay because a lot more people understand gay that may still not understand pan. And in general if you’re anywhere in the middle or anything other than gay or straight in general you may find it more difficult to say to a group especially since everyone else left in the house either likes just men or just women with no sway to their sexuality in any way. If Cameron is gay, he will have people who understand what it feels like from a personal perspective. If he feels any other way, though people hopefully and probably will be supportive, there wouldn’t be anyone who would understand what he was feeling from a personal perspective. And if he is anything other than gay, the fear is will people he’s living with get it and will they be ok with it? Will the viewers get it and be ok with it? I’m not saying people wouldn’t be but that can often go through a person’s mind when they don’t fit into a neat box.

 

Now Cameron may be gay. What I’m putting across here is other options because he hasn’t actually said he is gay. But he could be. I’m not disputing that. It does appear from situations to do with playful banter with some of the other housemates that at least part or all of his sexuality is that he likes guys. And they are living 24/7 with him so I would imagine they have an idea of that.

 

I do feel for him in this situation because he’s about to make a decision of whether to be open or not that will change his life. It has great changes where you have a weight off your shoulders and you’re open, honest and free. On the other hand while the world has moved on massively, there is always more of a chance someone won’t like you for being anything other than straight and some people can be dangerous in various ways in their prejudices and when I realised I was pan, after the happiness and the freedom, briefly I got a bit nervous of that. So there’s a lot of things he would probably fear facing so it’s not by any thought process an easy decision to make. He is in a TV show so there will be commentary of the events in the house and that’s understandable. You put yourself in a show, you have to expect that. I think it’s ok to talk about what might be at the heart of Cameron’s secret feelings because he is on reality show but there is a difference between speaking about possibly what he’s keeping back and actually saying that he’s gay or definitely saying it’s to do with his sexuality. It appears it is to do with his sexuality but until he says that, we don’t know that for a fact and I think we all as viewers need to have that respect to say well it could actually be something completely different even if it looks like it isn’t. And to realise that this is a human being making a decision that goes beyond this show. When I hear people saying “Would he ever just come out already?”, I do look because it’s something he needs to do in his own time whatever the situation and TV show or not, we need to remember that and respect that.

 

He has said he’s worried about his family and friends’ reactions. I don’t know the people involved but I’d like to think they’d love him for who he is. It can be harder in the world without the support of those you love.

 

His friendships especially with Lewis (who I like in a lot of ways but that’s a whole other blog post! :-)) and Cian are lovely to watch and they are being very understanding and supportive and are listening and helping him through. He’s only 18 and anyone would need support but it’s nice to see them both looking out for him as like big brothers.

 

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Cameron and Lewis

 

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Cian

 

Whatever the situation I wish Cameron all the best and hope his life is filled with happiness, freedom and truth.

Strictly Kosher Review!

 

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Jack Aizenberg In Strictly Kosher

 

Strictly Kosher (2011) is a wonderfully intriguing documentary about Jewish religion and culture directed by Chris Malone.

 

Set in Manchester the documentary follows three Jewish people and presents their varying different feelings about their religion and the effect it has on their lives. We meet Joel Lever who is flamboyant and full of energy and fun. He owns a boutique where many women come for outfits for weddings and a Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah. We also meet Bernette Clarke who makes gorgeous traditional Kosher meals for her family and she also has a love of wigs which I can completely relate to girl!

 

But my heart was stolen by Jack Aizenberg who spoke about living through the Holocaust and at one point showed a Nazi flag and spoke about the fear Jewish people felt in the time of Hitler when they would see that flag. He seems such a beautifully kind-hearted man and very compassionate. There was a warmth that came through from him which I really liked. A gentleman.

 

I love how this documentary gave Jewish life, religion and culture a representation that people who are Jewish unfortunately don’t always get on TV. Many myths were thankfully debunked and the documentary had a perfect mix of light-heartedness and truth about the prejudice Jewish people have faced and still face.

 

There is a few things which were a bit dodgy like genital mutilation, the whole only marrying someone of the same faith and the separation of males and females at wedding receptions and no space set up at all for non-binary people who presumably would have to dance one side or the other but I know there is many Jewish people who don’t believe in any of these things either. Aside from those three eye-raising issues, the Jewish religion is a really beautiful religion with wonderful family values and a very peaceful openness and kindness which was really gorgeous to see come alive in this documentary.

 

A must-watch.

 

To watch Strictly Kosher go to:

My Six Favourite Eurovision Entries 2018!

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The Eurovision is in full swing with the two semi-finals completed and I have now compiled for you all my five favourites for glory this Saturday …

 

Ireland

Of course I’m ever so slightly bias here but in truth I do love the song and have utterly fallen in love with the story of the two dancers in the the song. This is a gorgeously crafted song, Ryan’s vocal is stunningly on point and Alan and Kevin do an incredible and oh-so-romantic job of the dancing. The staging of this song is like a mini play. Love it and am very proud of our entry this year. And of course I’m very much hoping it wins! Good luck Ireland! 🙂

Austria

I think Cesar’s voice is incredible. This track is wonderful with a great soul and gospel vibe. The staging is also great.

Finland

This song is so catchy and Saara’s vocal is as usual splendid. The staging is also great with the whole theme of gender fluidity and the way she falls back into two of the performers arms at the end.

Czech Republic

Again very catchy and very well performed by Mikolas Josef and the two other dancers. Very fun and I love the nerdy vibe Mikolas has going on.

Hungary

I love this as I do love a bit of rock and it’s done well. It won’t be to everyone’s tastes but I think AWS are doing a great job. It’s three fun minutes of head-banging.

United Kingdom

I know our neighbours’ song hasn’t been to everyone’s tastes but I find it quite catchy and I think Surie is a wonderful singer and performer.

Courtney Act/Shane Jenek Wins Celebrity Big Brother!

 

I recently wrote some blog posts on CBBUK here and I didn’t get around to writing this one until today. But as most people are probably aware by now Courtney Act/Shane Jenek won Celebrity Big Brother on Friday night. It was probably the most nervous I have ever been watching a reality TV result. It came down to been predictably between Courtney and Ann and it felt so much more than a reality TV final. It felt like going back in times versus progression and thankfully with Courtney winning progression came out on top.

Leaving first on the night as previously said was ballet dancer Wayne Sleep followed by Ex on the Beach’s Jess Impiazzi and our very own Boyzone’s Shane Lynch came out in third. And then there was a half an hour to wait before the final big result where conservative MP Ann Widdecombe finished second to drag queen and Rupaul’s Drag Race runner-up Courtney Act/Shane Jenek. So happy!

Following the win, Courtney said to host Emma Willis in her interview,

“My inspiration coming into the house was that teenage boy who didn’t quite know where he belonged or how he fitted in and feeling inspired by the Spice Girls – and not knowing what that meant but knowing if it was ok for them to be different then it was ok for me to be different. I guess it’s validation that it’s ok to be different.”

Speaking about her friendship with fellow contestant, The Apprentice’s Andrew Brady, she said,

“He’s just so comfortable with everybody and everything. If more straight guys were more like him, the world would be a better place.”

Well done once again Shane/Courtney. Very proud of you! 🙂 And well done to the rest of the finalists too. 🙂

Check out Courtney’s amazing win here:

For more go to:

https://www.out.com/popnography/2018/2/03/courtney-act-crowned-winner-celebrity-big-brother

https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/boozy-cbb-after-party-sees-11965308