e lines for the eliminated contestants are closed but the others stay open. So the person in second when they announce who's third could still win if it's close.
but in theory, if it's close, the person in third could also still win until they are eliminated, but it seems they are eliminated well before lines close for that contestant so during the delay if you ring in for that person it's a wasted vote.
The lines were frozen before the show started recording at about 9:45. Fourth and third place were taken from this. The lines then reopened for the winner but obviously you could only choose between the two remaining housemates. Because of the delay the only way they could do this reopening was by having the fourth and third housemates come out together (which is always a bit rubbish) and then have a whole part that was just filler of Emma chatting to the ex-housemates.
The phone lines closing before the show began was explained in the Ts and Cs in the run up to the final so no votes were wasted and no one was misled.
I worked on this series and we all felt royally screwed over by C5. The planning permission for the house means that all live shows had to be over by 11, hence why all the eviction shows and the final were on delay as they all started at 10. I appreciate the show doesn't fit the channel's brand any more but to give a significant show just 75 mins for its last ever episode, tucked away at 10pm on a Monday night was pretty shameful.
Totally agree, 10pm on a Monday Night was utterly shameful and I never thought Channel 5 ever treated the show well actually. They ran the Celebrity version into the ground by hosting 2 per year!
Ben Frow made it very clear just last year he preferred Big Brother to be off the channel so we all knew it was coming we just didn't know when.
I don't think this will be the end of the show though I think it'll be back in a few years but it is in desperate need of a rest now.
Emma Willis said on BOTS that she thinks if it came back it may not have a host or a spin off show and I think that's a good idea. All it really needs is a narrator. Big deal if someone gets evicted - if you vote them out you want them off your TV screen ASAP.