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Hughie Maughan second as Jason Burrill wins Big Brother

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Hughie Maughan after he left the house tonight
Hughie Maughan after he left the house tonight

The winner of the 2016 season is Jason Burrill, who beat favourite Hughie Maughan.

Jackson Blyton, Evelyn Ellis,  Jayne Connery, Andy West, Burrill and Maughan were the final six contestants left heading into tonight's final.

Connery and Ellis were the first contestants to be evicted during the live final, coming sixth and fifth respectively.

They embraced their housemates before walking out together to wave at the crowd and greet host Emma Willis.

Speaking to Willis after her eviction, Connery said: "I nearly drowned but got here in the end.

"I only packed for two weeks. I thought 'I'm a bit straight to be coming in here'."

Ellis spoke about her relationship with Cannon saying she had a plan to "woo him" but it went a bit wrong. She said: "I think in the house you're stuck in this bubble and everything is magnified."

West, who became engaged to his partner during the series, came fourth in the live final. He bounded down the stairs to greet his previously evicted housemates and pose for photographers.

The former BBC journalist told Willis: "I've been trying to get here for weeks. They finally let me out of the house. I was nominated and nominated and nominated. They just got me wrong and they got this idea of me they wouldn't let go of."

Asked about why some housemates initially thought he was manipulative, he said: "I think if someone is quiet and thinks about things before they do things it can come across like that. I don't think there was any evidence of that."

Blyton came third and danced out of the front door as he was evicted.

Asked by Willis about how emotional he got in the house, he said: "In there emotions get built up and you can either lash out like an idiot or cry.

"I felt like in the first time in my life I could express all the personalities of Jackson, there's the street kid and the person I talk to my mum as."

Questioned about his relationship with fellow housemate Georgina Leigh, he said: "I love her, in there a day is like a month or two you see the best or worse of people in such a sort period of time.

"She was adorable to me and I became in awe of her very quickly.

"I made a lot of promises and I want to fulfil them."

Burrill was named as the winner of the series and the £70,000 prize, despite audible boos form the crowd, with Maughan coming in second.

The pair embraced and shook hands as Burrill looked visibly shocked.

Maughan picked up Willis and swung her around after he kissed fellow housemate Ryan Ruckledge as he left the house.

He said: "I was myself and I just got through it."

He added: "You can't act 24 hours a day, I was completely myself. I was just in the house and it's only those moments when you go live that you remember you're in Big Brother.

"I've been on a journey and I've realised I don't have to let people get to me so easily, I don't have to get so loud."

Asked about his relationship with Ruckledge, he said: "I've never met anyone like Ryan in my life. If we get together I would be really really happy."

Of winner Burrill, he said: "I'm really happy for him because I think he's about to have a heart attack.

"I don't think anyone thought he would win but I'm runner up, I'm so happy to be here."