Coleen Nolan has been crowned the winner of Celebrity Big Brother in a shock result.
The Loose Women panelist beat off stiff competition from the likes of Jedward and Kim Woodburn to take first place – a remarkable achievement following the runner-up title she’d taken when she’d been in the house previously.
This year’s runners-up were Jedward – with Kim Woodburn coming third, James Cosmo fourth and Nicola McLean finishing in fifth place.
Bianca Gascoigne was the first to be given the boot on Friday night, finishing sixth overall.
In her exit interview with host Emma Willis, Coleen said how nervous but also how thrilled she was to win:
“I’ve never won anything in my life ever alone, ever, and now I’ve won this little thing I’m such a fan of. I feel really lucky and thankful to everyone who voted. I dread to see my daughter’s phone bill!
“I’ve got to say, winning is one of the best things of my life. I am 52 soon and this means so much to me.”
However, she did confess that she wasn’t the most exciting housemate. “If I put my hand on my heart, I didn’t deserve to win it,” she said. “I’ve been boring.”
She also revealed how this time around the house had been a whole lot tougher on her:
“This series was a million times worse. They were brutal this time, absolutely brutal from the start to finish. It was just relentless. There was something every day and it always seemed to be negative. A couple of tasks were fun, but the rest were brutal. And then the way people left that we didn’t know.”
"You can’t outplay Big Brother. They all think you know it and you don’t, Big Brother is in charge. I just thought, at the end of the day, whatever happens, it’s down to the public.
“When people say they don’t care what people think, I do. And if that makes me weak and pathetic, then I wear that badge with pride because I do care what people think.”
“I never once said I wanted to leave or would leave. I thought, ‘Sod you, I want to stay.’ Each time something negative happened again I would realise it was affecting me less because I can’t control what happens on the outside. I just had to go with the game.”
Worked out all right in the end though, didn’t it Coleen?