A1 singer's relief as Ben escapes Big Brother boot

A WHITBY singer who topped the charts with boyband A1 is relieved his former band-mate will escape the chop in tonight's Celebrity Big Brother eviction.

Paul Marazzi, who is now living back in the area, was surprised to learn ex-A1 colleague Ben Adams had been nominated as one of three people to be evicted from the Channel Four show, which kicked off last Friday.

Ben was nominated by former C4 presenter Terry Christian for being the housemate “with the least integrity” and he faced the axe along with TV personality Ulrika Jonsson and glamour model Lucy Pinder.

But in a traditional Big Brother twist, housemates were asked to choose which celebrity they would like to keep – and plumped for Ben.

Lucy and Ulrika now go head-to-head in tonight’s public vote.

Earlier this week, Paul said it was “awful” Ben had been up for nomination.

“I don’t really watch the show but might now as I don’t think he should leave now,” he said.

“We were kind of closest out of everyone when we were in the band together – I was the oldest and he was the youngest and was a bit insecure,” said Paul. “But he can mix with anyone and and has always been really good with people.

“I think he’s doing this because he has to, I don’t think he would have particularly wanted to do that ever.

“He’s sitting on an album and as he just left a record company and they weren’t really allowing him much artistic freedom over the past six years and he wants another record deal which I hope he gets.”

A1 had two number one hits at the height of their fame – covering A-Ha’s Take On Me and quickly following that up with Same Old Brand New You – both topped the charts within the space of just 10 weeks.

The band had eight top 10 singles, produced four singles and toured worldwide, winning MTV awards as well as the coveted best newcomer awards at The Brits in 2001.

Paul – who turned down the chance to appear on I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here with Peter Andre and Katie Price – is now DJ-ing at Rosie O’Grady’s on a Friday and Saturday night having left his last band Snagsby.

His father Ivan Marazzi, the general manager at Rosie O’Grady’s, brought the Sex Pistols to Whitby for their infamous gig of 1976.