Keith Sequeira, who has been evicted from 'Bigg Boss 9' mid-week before the finale, hopes that his girlfriend Rochelle Rao, who is "intelligent, strong and very real", wins the reality show and inspires young girls.
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Keith made it to the top five of the controversial show, which will have its grand finale on Saturday. Now, with only four contestants - Mandana Karimi, Rochelle, Prince Narula and Rishabh Sinha - left in the house, he hopes Rochelle steps out as a winner.
"Every candidate deserves to be a winner, though my heart hopes Rochelle wins. I wish she wins and becomes a role model for young girls.
"She won the Miss India pageant and if she will win this too, it will be great for young girls who are looking for something positive," Keith told IANS after his elimination from the Salman Khan-hosted show.
"What makes her different from other contestants is that she has that reality side to her. She's an intelligent woman, a strong woman, but she is very real too. She breaks down, and cries like every other girl.
"She is also a woman of substance. She fights for herself. Those things are important. You want to see a real person. That's why it is called a reality TV show. You don't want people with just strategies," he added.
But getting voted out just a few days before the finale from the Colors channel show, which features celebrity contestants in a game of survival wherein they are locked up under 24X7 camera surveillance in an isolated house for around three months without the luxuries they are used to, has certainly left Keith disappointed.
"It feels bad because it's like being there, but not there.
"Still, it's a great feeling to get to the finale of a show that's based on fighting and all that drama, especially for a person who is completely the opposite. I'm the kind of person who likes to make peace.
"In the last 15 weeks, people saw something and loved it. It was a great experience and thanks to all my fans who supported me," said the former model.
He also praised Salman for being a gentleman.
"He is by far the most loved host I have ever seen. The housemates love him. We look forward to his episodes because he is so much fun. He handles every situation with a lot of grace. What a gentleman... not in a boring way," he said.
Open to more reality shows?
"Of course yes, I'm open to more reality shows. I wont mind doing 'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa'. It would be taxing yet entertaining, and I love dancing. 'Fear Factor' would be interesting too," he said.