Monday, January 29, 2007

Shilpa Shetty wins Big Brother

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Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty has been crowned the winner of Celebrity Big Brother walking away with 63 percent of the audience vote. The 31-year-old won the top prize of 100,000 pounds. Isn't it weird that an Indian has won a British TV show? Reverse colonialism?

As her name was called out, Shilpa let out an ear-splitting scream and asked "Are you kidding me?"

Michael Jackson's brother Jermaine and A-Team actor Dirk Benedict finished second and third respectively.

Jade's boyfriend Jack Tweedy was the first of the six celebrities to be evicted on the final day, followed by model Danielle Lloyd and gay musician Ian 'H' Watkins.

Dirk and Shilpa: The Final Moments

As presenter Davina calls out that Dirk has 30 seconds to leave the house, the A-Team actor says he's hugging Shilpa and 30 seconds is not enough. The 61-year-old Dirk is obviously the world's best flirt. And that's the end of the Dirk-Shilpa love story.

Transcript of Shilpa's interview with Davina

Davina: What was it like waiting in there on your own?

Shilpa: I was in shock. I was in shock. Chicken curry rules (to the crowd)

Davina: Shilpa you've been on such a journey in that house. What's it been like for you?

Shilpa: Oh, tell me about it. I don't want to sound cliched but it's truly been quite a rollercoaster. The highs the lows... [it] taught me so, so much.

Davina: From where you've come from and the kind of lifestyle you lead, being thrown into that house must have been a shock. What was the biggest shock for you, domestically?

Shilpa: Oh, to cook!

Davina: I can see! On a more serious note, it was one of your downs that caused a complete furore here on the outside. It's been an international incident - have you got any idea what that could be?

Shilpa: Really? I have no idea what's been happening on the outside. We didn't even have a real lawn, we had plastic grass!

Davina: So you've got no idea what this enormous controversy could be about?

Shilpa: I have an inkling but I'd love to hear some news.

(Footage of racism row)

Davina: That's quite heavy watching that back, because obviously you weren't privy to a lot of what was said. How are you feeling?

Shilpa: (Tearful) I just want to forget things. Things happen and people make mistakes. We're all human beings, we're all fallible. Jade didn't mean to be racist...If this created any sort of misunderstanding, I want to put things to rest - she is not a racist...I am so happy I took up this opportunity. I don't want people to think [they] welcomed an Indian and she made trouble here.

Davina: After that speech, I'm not sure if this is the right word, this magna... mangnamanity? Shilpa, you understand what I'm trying to say! After that, I think that is why you are sat there. You are a very forgiving and loving person. You've said it all in a nutshell. Let's move forward, past the argument, to happier times. How do you think you've changed?

Shilpa: Woah. My mother will be in for such a huge shock...She never never has not been around when I've achieved something, travelled. This is the first time in my life I've done something on my own and I've never won anything in my life. I was rejected as a model...before that I entered some stupid competition, Netru, Indru, Naalai, I lost even that!

Davina: Listen, quickfire questions for you. This is a very important one, yes. What would it take for Dirk to win you over?

Shilpa: Oh well, he'd have to be 38 years younger and start eating chicken and move to India...or England.

Davina: The young thing is an issue though, we can't ever make him younger. Can you sum up your experience in three words?

Shilpa: In three words. Incredible, overwhelming....chicken curry rules!

Davina: Shilpa, you have been though your ups and downs, you really have, but never knowingly without a knockout pair of earrings. Here's the story of your time in the house...

(Footage of Shilpa in the House)

Shilpa: Oh my God!

Shilpa in a Hugh Grant flick!
UK celebrity lashes out at Shilpa's attitude
Shilpa fever rocks British Parliament
Shilpa's life after Big Brother
SPOOF - Shilpa nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
COMMENT - Of India, Sexual Racism and Shilpa Shetty
ANALYSIS - Racism on Big Brother: Shilpa Shetty to win
FORUM - Racism on Big Brother
Shilpa says Jade's behaviour not racial

DAILY HIGHLIGHTS of Shilpa's stint on Big Brother
Shilpa wins: The final moments
Day 26
Day 25
Day 24
Day 23
Day 22
Day 21
Day 20
Day 19
Day 18
Day 17
Day 16
Day 15
Day 14
Day 13
Day 12
Day 11: Part Two
Day 11
Day 10: Part Two
Day 10
Day 9
Day 8
Day 7
Day 6
Day 5
Day 4
Day 3
Day 2
Day 1

The Best of Shilpa Shetty on Big Brother
And the winner is - Shilpa Shetty
Day 14 - The Jade-Shilpa row
Day 11 - Shilpa in the Jackson Five band
Day 20 - Shilpa's Showgirl routine
Day 19 - Shilpa's Aunt Jameela act

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