The racism and bullying row that has swamped ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ and become a global diplomatic incident will culminate this week in the eviction of either Jade Goody, seen as the ringleader of the bullies, or Shilpa Shetty, the victim.

A source close to the show confirmed to MediaGuardian.co.uk that the two housemates nominated for eviction this week will be Goody and Shetty, following an overwhelming vote from their fellow ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ contestants.

Housemates generally secretly nominate two of their number to be evicted and the two with the highest number of nominations face the public vote.

Although phone voting for ‘Big Brother’ evictions has fallen off considerably over the years, producers expect the polarising vote this week will both exacerbate and then resolve the focus on the racism allegations.

The eviction will take place on Friday live on Channel 4.