NEW YORK - Birthday girl Jordan got a gift from ''Big Brother'' viewers: She got the hook.
The former stripper Wednesday night became the second of 10 contenders to be booted from the camera- and microphone-bugged house on the CBS ''reality'' series, which airs the residents' antics six nights a week.
Jordan, a Minneapolis resident who turned 27 Wednesday, and Curtis, a New York City lawyer, were marked for expulsion by a house vote last week.
Then viewers took over. In a phone poll, 78 percent of callers picked Jordan for banishment. Curtis was chosen by 22 percent. CBS would not divulge how many people voted.
The last remaining houseguest when the series concludes in September will win a half-million dollars.
The bad news was conveyed to Jordan by Julie Chen, who anchored the live hour from a Los Angeles studio adjoining the house.
Smiling bravely, Jordan hugged her housemates in the living room and again on the front doorstep. She toted her backpack and dragged her swimming-pool raft down the front walk. Outside the chain-link fence, she embraced her waiting boyfriend.
Then, in the studio, she faced a debriefing.
Chen asked Jordan her reaction to being out.
''I feel foreign to everyone outside the house,'' she said.
Was she surprised that she made such a negative impression?
''It depends on how they edited me,'' she replied.
Would she consider posing for a nude pictorial?
''I'd consider it,'' she said, ''but the chances are close to none.''
During the program, viewers were given a glimpse of the Minneapolis topless club where Jordan danced for two years.
''She will come back,'' predicted Blake, one of her former colleagues. ''She hasn't cleaned out her locker.''
The broadcast also included instant analysis from Dr. Drew Pinsky, known as a health and relationship specialist. The viewers, he told Chen, ''are tending to vote out people who create instability in the house.''
The first to be ousted two weeks ago was William, a 27-year-old youth counselor and black activist from Philadelphia. He had spent much of his time fighting with fellow residents.
Since ''Big Brother'' premiered on July 5, Jordan had similarly tried her housemates' patience. She was characterized by several of them as a manipulator and provocateur.
She displayed wide mood swings, on one occasion seen weeping in bed in the middle of the night. ''I'm totally losing it right now,'' she wailed into her body mike, ''and I don't know why.''
While each week's five other episodes are taped highlights, ''Big Brother'' features an around-the-clock Web site that streams live sight and sound.
It was here on computer screens that Jordan could be spied preparing for the worst Wednesday, an hour before she learned her fate on the telecast.
''I bought such cute clothes for the show,'' she declared, packing her things.
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