|The whole thing was very strange - but I think in part it's to do with how they reacted to the interview that changed how people reacted to them. Makosi literally kept pushing the audiences buttons - she refused to retreat, to laugh at herself, to show any humility even in widespread attack from the crowd. And the most she rejected the judgement of the crowd and of Davina, the more they hated her.|
I increasingly think it's apparent humility that people reward in the Big Brother house in the UK. We don't like people who try and set themselves out as better than us. Even people who do (like Robbie Williams) have to take the piss out of it in order not to be hated. Take yourself too seriously and you're ripped down, unless you have an uncontestable talent. And even then...
That's why Eugene's such a perfect candidate, I think, and why his thing played so well. But even Craig, who was horrific during his time in the house, managed to be a bit humble when he came out. He got a relatively easy time from Davina, it's true, but then what do you expect - she can't actually acuse him of abuse on TV. Where does that end? Lawsuits? Getting the law involved? Not good. And when he's leaving the house, he kept himself together and solid, he came out relatively composed and even though he was clearly horrified by some of the stuff he saw on screen and the boos from the crowd he managed to grin and bear it, suffer the (deserved) humiliation and that helps the audience feel that he's seen at least some of the error of his ways and that he accepts their judgement. By the Friday, he's of course panicking that the stuff he did while drunk which seemed in the past in the house will now be shown to someone that he really cares about. His insides must be in knots dealing with that one. Again - deserved, but hey.
I think actually the person who came off worst from the interiew was Anthony. As people have said - the insufferable arrogant superior prick is back. He walks out and he's performing and he thinks it's all about how loved he is and how great he is and how much better he is than everyone, when the whole reason people voted for him was that they thought he was them - or someone they wouldn't be ashamed to be. And then with Eugene on screen he talks about how he wouldn't have acted in the same way and then starts to get stroppy with Davina and angry about how he's being represented. He's clearly not bright enough to react on the fly to challenging situations and just gets kind of cod-angry to compensate. Although that kind of works with one other person and it completely doesn't work with an audience of millions. No - I think Makosi has work and money in her future, Eugene too (presenting nerdy TV shows / Time Team? Geek stuff) but Anthony I'm not so sure about. He's dangerously ill-equipped to deal with fame, I think.