The 26-year-old – who received six nominations following his stint as head of house last week – put his head in his hands when the news was announced to the house.
However, fellow nominees Rebecca and Mohamed did not seem nearly so upset. Mo leapt up cheering and punched the air when his name was announced while Bex – who like Mohamed is nominated for the second time – simply smiled.
“I knew it was gonna be three people and it was exactly as I predicted,” she told the others afterwards.
Meanwhile Darnell seemed resigned to the possibility that he might be getting the boot on Friday.
“Just as it was getting good,” he complained, “as soon as it gets fun I gotta go. I guess that’s how things work, huh?”
“All the times I wasn’t talking to anybody I didn’t get nominated, then as soon as I become a figure in the house I get nominated. I’m here in a house full of people who don’t like me.”
Luke pointed out to him that Big Brother was a “popularity contest” but Darnell disagreed.
“Not really,” he said, “not if people say they ain’t playing the game. There are so many people in here that are supposed to be my friend, dude.
“For me to get enough votes that means people are lying.”
Despite Darnell’s paranoia, it looks as if his place in the house is assured for another week at least.
Early odds from bookies Paddy Power have Rebecca as odds-on favourite to be evicted at 1-5. Mohammed is 10-3, with Darnell the outsider for the chop at 12-1.