BOOKIES have been shuffling their odds after last night's shock eviction of Ben Zabel.
The 32-year-old from Brisbane was the hot favourite to win the show's grand prize, with strong viewer support up until last night's eviction show.
It was a close result, with less than one percent of the public vote separating Zabel and Ed, whom recently departed housemate Nathan Barlow had tipped to go.
Fans took to Twitter to express their surprise, with the public support suddenly swinging to NT beauty Tahan.
But the result didn't seem to surprise Zabel.
"If the world were coming to an end, three things would survive: Cher, cockroaches and Tahan," he said.
Host Sonia Kruger revealed that this week's eviction attracted the largest number of votes compared to any other eviction this year.
Betting website SportsBet now has Tim as the favourite to win on 1.85 odds, followed by Tahan on 3.75 odds and Drew on 5 odds.
Zabel, who shed plenty of tears in the house, appeared to take his eviction quite well and pointed out the highlight of getting to meet his idols Bert and Patti Newton.
"This experience has been one of the most momentous life-changing experiences of my life," he said.
The quirky former flight attendant also discounted rumours he was an actor.
"I'm just Ben from Brisbane," he said.
"I used to be a flight attendant. That's it."
Zabel likened his complicated relationship with game-player Tim to a love/hate dynamic.
"I think Tim's hard to like but he's also hard to dislike as well," he said.
"He does it on purpose to protect himself from getting close to other people… he's such a pain and he does press your buttons."
APN Entertainment Editor Seanna Cronin will be speaking to Ben at midday. To submit a question for Ben please leave a comment below.
Big Brother eviction voting results:
Tahan - 32.1%
Tim - 17.8%
Drew - 17%
Ed - 16.9%
Ben - 16.2%
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