It was the third time that the 43-year-old – who received 77 per cent of the public vote – had been up for eviction.
The first time was after failing the secret mission which culminated in his fake “wedding” to Stephanie – who was subsequently evicted.
He was saved from eviction a second time after fellow nominee Alex was removed from the house by Big Brother, resulting in that week’s eviction being cancelled.
Mario’s partner Lisa took the news calmly. “I might as well get used to it,” she told him, “You’ve done really well getting this far.” Earlier in the day he had assured her he would survive the eviction.
However other housemates, including fellow nominee Rebecca, and Luke, looked shocked. “Bex was a foregone conclusion to go,” gasped Luke.
However Mario was quick to reassure him. “It’s all right,” he said as he hugged the 20-year-old. “It’s just a game.”
Mario will leave the house later on Friday evening.