Farida and Kerry
Farida and Kerry faced the first public vote (Picture: ITV)

Big Brother has been back on TV for just under a week and the nature of the series means we’ve already waved goodbye to the first housemate – Farida Khalifa.

Farida, 50, faced Kerry Riches, 40, in the first public vote after they received the most nominations from the housemates.

The viewing public was excited to have their say and over half a million votes were cast ahead of tonight’s eviction.

Hosts AJ Odudu, 35, and Will Best, 38, were back together for the first time since launch night to announce the results.

Of course, AJ had to say the classic, but slightly adapted due to the channel change, Big Brother catchphrase: ‘You are live on ITV2. Please do not swear.’

While speaking to the house, the pair revealed the verdict and Farida quickly had to say her goodbyes before leaving the house for good.

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Farida left the Big Brother house in tonight’s episode (Picture: ITV)

The make-up artist from Wolverhampton took it all in her stride and celebrated her exit, and in her post-eviction chat she said: ‘I feel like a winner.’

In fact, she said: ‘I’m happy to be out’ as she wants to ‘protect my energy.’

She was met with plenty of cheers by the crowd too, which she lapped up.

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Big Brother has one less housemate (Picture: Shutterstock for Big Brother)

The remaining 15 housemates will now continue battling it out to be the winner of Big Brother and take home the £100,000.

Earlier in the episode, it was revealed Farida received eight nominations from Hallie, Henry, Dylan, Paul, Olivia, Tom, Jenkin, and Kerry. While Kerry received five nominations from Chanelle, Matty, Yinrun, Noky, and Farida.

Paul was nominated by both Trish and Jordan while Henry was selected by Zak but they escaped being up for eviction.

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Will and AJ announced the result live on ITV2 (Picture: ITV)

When Farida and Kerry were announced as the vulnerable housemates it caused a little bit of friction in the house.

Farida explained that she thought the house was voting out the older housemates, and Olivia, 23, smiled at the statement. This did not go down well with Farida, who took offence to the ‘smirk’.

Kerry and Farida also exchanged some tense words about the theory.

Farida explained to AJ and Will why she believes that it was hard for her to get on with Kerry: ‘She’s not the kind of person I would spend time with. I can’t be dealing with drama. I’ve got a life. She does a lot of he says, she says gossiping.’

Olivia annoyed Farida (Picture: ITV)
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Viewers reacted to Farida leaving ahead of NHS manager Kerry on X, formerly Twitter, and not everyone was happy.

‘That is an outrageous result. JUSTICE FOR FARIDA,’ shared one person.

‘And it seems to me, you lived your life like a candle in the wind. I can’t think of many more memorable first evictees. But you gave us your all and annoyed everyone in the process. Gone but never forgotten.’ typed one viewer.

Another added: ‘As annoying as they both are, those of you that voted for Farida over Kerry, I hope you stump your toe on the corner of the sofa.’

Of course, there was plenty of support for Kerry who won the first round of Big Brother! We can’t wait for round two.

Big Brother continues Sunday on ITV2 at 9pm

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