Celebrity Big Brother 2011
Paddy Doherty is the winner of Celebrity Big Brother 2011, Elstree Studios, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire.
Paddy Doherty has won Celebrity Big Brother. The Big Fat Gypsy Weddings star beat runner-up Kerry Katona and third place Jedward – who had been favourites to win the Channel 5 fly-on-the-wall show – to be crowned champion of the series.
He said: “I want to say thank you to English, Irish, Welsh and Scottish voters. God bless every one of you. I swear to God, I swear on my life, I thought I would be out after one week.
“I never thought I would get this far. I had no game plan, I was just myself. I am me and that’s it.”
However, Paddy admitted he was “surprised” at how well the group accepted him in to their fold, as he felt like a “fish out of water”.
He added to Big Brother host Brian Dowling: “I was in a goldfish bowl, I was with people who have millions. I’m not used to mixing with people like that, I was a fish out of water. It surprised me how well a traveller could fit in, those people are tremendous.”
But the reality TV star confessed although he loved his time in the infamous house, he could have “drowned” Jedward at times.
Paddy joked: “Jedward are a pair of sausages. It was a nightmare living with them, I wanted to pick them up and drown them.”
Meanwhile, emotional runner-up Kerry – who has battled drug addiction, two divorces and bankruptcy in the past – thanked the British public for giving her the chance to right her previous wrongs.
She explained: “In the whole of my celebrity career, I never thought I’d get the chance to put the wrong right. This show has let me do that.
“My eldest daughter is 10 and I want to make her proud of me and do the right thing. A massive thank you to everyone who voted for me, not just for me but for my babies.
“I made some solid friends in there. Paddy and Darryn will be friends for life. Paddy gave me so much advice, and said, ‘Leave your past at the door’. I’ve been through it all, I’ve written the book, I’ve got the t-shirt.”
Big Brother launches with 14 new housemates tomorrow night (09.09.11) at 9.30pm on Channel 5, with the contestants set to be welcomed in to the house by former Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson.
She said: “I’m going to give them the ride of their lives. I’m going to leave a skid mark on every one of them.”