Sunday's episode left us with Paul nominating both Alex and Josh for eviction. As we all know, Alex and Josh were both pawns to ultimately backdoor Cody. Cody deserved the backdoor after his poor ruling in last weeks events. Ramses also nominated himself after being cursed by the snake in Week 1. This plan seemed to have everyone on board except for "Jody", but they had distanced themselves into a corner all week to get away from the others anyway. They saw it coming from a mile away; as they should have.
All of the houseguest said their bedtime prayers late Friday night and hoped that neither Jessica or Cody were drawn for the veto. Saturday morning brought a veto draw that did not disappoint. Both Matt and Elena were drawn to play in a timed competition. Each houseguest would play the Travel Themed veto with hopes of having the best time.
It was already determined that everyone but Ramses and Alex would play for the veto. Ramses winning the shiny golden power would completely derail the plan to backdoor Cody. Each player worked their way through departure gates, similar to last years house theme, while fighting for the veto. All the house guests had trouble remembering the fine details required to avoid delays in their trip. Elena was the best to watch, she got stuck with nearly every delay. My favorite delay was the karate chop stop; I guess I'm flying through the wrong airports if that's an option during a layover.
Ramses said he "tried" to throw the competition, but it really looked as if he was trying to play for it to remove himself from the block. When the final times came in, Paul narrowly beat our Ramses to secure the veto and ensure his plan of backdooring Cody was a success.
Paul has been playing great so far, but his temptation has allowed him to take a few more risks than I think he should have. He keeps encouraging fights, especially with Josh and "Jody". It all unfolded at the veto ceremony when Josh called out Cody for his poor showmanship during last weeks HOH. This lead to a huge blowout at the meeting, with Paul standing on the side smiling. I love the drama, but I think people will put it together before long and send Paul packing.
My favorites for right now are Matt and Dominique. They are quiet, but very smart. They know when to speak and who to open up to. They seem to have themselves tucked into the larger alliance very nicely with no one talking about evicting them anytime soon. Can't wait to see how the house shifts after tonight's eviction. My guess is Jessica doesn't win it and she is next to Ramses on the black this week, but we all know that wouldn't be Big Brother.
The game started out with quite a week to say the least. I don’t think anyone was surprised when Cody took the first HOH this season. He was out for blood from the beginning. The cool kids looked to sweep the week with Cody in the driver’s seat, but Cody had other plans. I called it pre-season; Cody was going to play too hard right from the get go. He definitely didn’t disappoint any of us. He’s also become on of the most disliked player to ever play Big Brother.
Cody kicked off the week by nominating Jillian and Megan, but in a strange turn of events Megan decided to leave the game. It was all over a comment that Jessica made by the pool to her alliance about Alex by the pool by calling her Pao Pao from season 16. Megan relayed the message back to Alex, but told her they called her a Panda. Megan let misunderstanding get the best her ending her own game. This forced Cody to replace her with Alex. After making three people an enemy, the POV was sure to be a nail biter.
The Power of Veto was hosted by my personal favorite, Kevin. I have to say he was the best “Merman” I have ever seen. The players consisted of Alex and Jillian, the nominees, Cody, the HOH, Raven, Matt, and Jason. They all dressed up on snorkel gear with hopes in stacking the most starfish before their water timer ran out. No surprise to anyone, there was a temptation during the competition up for grabs. Raven was able to snag the Never a Have Not pass for the entire summer. The competition came down to the wire with the final three, Alex, Jillian, and Cody fighting it out until the end. Cody ultimately threw the competition by giving the win to Alex. This guy has no strategy. He had already made a bigger target out of himself by putting three nominees on the block, but no he had to replace them with another.
His solid alliance were all in agreement to go after anyone else available from “The Outsiders”, but Cody had other plans. He obviously did not consider the backlash he would get from putting one of his own on the block; he definitely didn’t consider Paul winning the Den of Temptation. At the veto meeting, Alex used her POV to remove herself from the block. It was then Cody’s time to “SHINE”. TV gold was about to unfold. Cody nominated Paul for eviction and as we all knew, Paul played his “Pendant of Protection” and saved himself. A logical player would have cut his losses and put up an “Outsider”, but Cody is far from logical. He then proceeded to put up Christmas on the block. It was a total to shock to everyone in the house. It completely drew a line in the sand and put Cody and Jessica on one side of the house and the rest of the houseguests on the other.
Cody was so oblivious to how bad his move was for his showmance and himself; he continued to believe his former alliance would have his back. Everyone banded together to save Christmas and completely derail Cody’s plan. By a vote of 8-4, Jillian was evicted from the Big Brother house. After a few words back and forth between Jessica and Christmas, the houseguest then went to the backyard to compete for HOH. I didn’t think it was possible for Cody to have a more sour face than normal, but during the HOH he proved me completely wrong. It was nice to know that he could show emotion though. Regret looked great on him. HAHA. After a “Candy Crush” filled competition, Paul came away with the HOH. Cody handed over his HOH key to the Vet and the entire house celebrated Jessica’s loss. The clear agenda this week is to evict “JODY” from the house. I think we all hope that Cody gets what he has coming, an overdone dish of crow.
We've made it through the drought. Another summer of BB is about to begin and after a grueling wait, we now know the 16 houseguests that are about to enter the Big Brother house. It's going to be a whirlwind summer of drama, laughs, and cries. It’s a brand new cast with all new players, something that Big Brother fans have been begging for. It’s anyone’s guess who’s going to win the $500,000 prize, but after hearing the infamous cast reveal pre-season interviews with Jeff Schroeder, here are my thoughts on the contestants.
Ramses (Grand Rapids, MI)
Ramses seems like a quirky, but likeable contestant. He calls himself a super fan, even though he has only been watching for the last 2 ½ years. We know that super fans can play one of two ways, they will either use their knowledge of the game to their advantage or they’ll make a target out of themselves playing too hard, too fast because of the excitement of being on the show. If Ramses keeps his cards close to his chest and stays quiet in the early weeks of the game, I can definitely see him making Jury. He’ll be liked by a large majority of the cast buying him time in the house, but when it’s time to really step up and win competitions I don’t believe the odds are in his favor. He'd have to align with a strong group to protect him throughout the game. He needs to be an Andy Herron this season to have a shot at the prize.
Alex Ow (Camarillo, CA)
Alex reminds me so much of Pao from Season 16. We all know how that turned out for her. She told Jeff that her favorite player was James Huling and her hashtag was #AsiansForTheWin. She also said her strategy is going to be playing with hopes of coming back for Season 20. If her plan is to model her gameplay after James, she’ll be playing for America’s Favorite Player and not the $500,000 prize. I don't think she'll be around long enough to be a threat for either.
Cody Nickson (Plano, TX)
Cody is in Sales and hopes that it gives him the upper hand to sell himself to the other contestants. He seems vanilla to me, similar to a Shane is Season 14. He’s going to play hard for those competitions and he’ll probably even win the first one. Winning will put the target straight on his back. He will see the block early in the game if he doesn’t lay low and wins competitions.
Megan Lowder (Phoenix, AZ)
Megan is a fan of Frank and Victor. Both are very strong players, but their gameplay has proven too dominant to take them deep in the game. My first impression of Megan was that she seemed friendly, but she would have no trouble having her friends in the house pack their bags so she could stay. It looks like she is going to play very aggressive, both physically and socially. She'll likely be noticed from the beginning by doing so. My prediction is she gets what she wants by pulling the strings behind the scenes for the first half of the game and once she loses allies, she will crack under pressure. She'll need to mimick Rachel Reilly's game to win. I don't think she has it in her to float.
Dominique Cooper (Woodbridge, VA)
Dominique is one of the contestants that I was impressed with her interview, but a few of her answers were signs she has probably never watched the show before. She’s stated that she is not afraid of controversy. She’s probably going to make herself too big of a target to go far into the game right after she walks through the front door. I don’t look for her to be a front-runner at endurance, but mental comps could be something she excels at and saves her if/when she needs it.
Matthew Clines (Arlington, VA)
Matthew is another favorite of mine after the interviews, but I think his kindness will be his weakness in the game. His favorite player is Donny from Season 16. How many ways can we say it, you can't be a nice guy in this game! I look for him to hang with the competition in the physical comps, but lack when it comes to making big moves to further himself in the game. He could be a contender if his nice guy persona makes the other houseguests forget that he is a physical threat.
I think Christmas will play the best game of the season. She’s been a female on a NASCAR pit crew, which is impressive. That being said, she's a beast. She’s definitely going to have to tone down her dominance in the house and let others make big moves for her early in the game or she will be a target right out of the gate. If her social game is strong, she will be a huge player with a chance at the end. I pick her as my favorite to win!
Elena Davies (Dallas, TX)
I’m on the fence about Elena. She has a monsterous personality, that’s probably going get her in trouble. On the flipside of that, she does remind me of Shelly from Big Brother 17. I see her being aligned well early on in the game. If their alliance can stay strong, I could see her going far and placing in the top 5.
Jason Dent (Humeston, IA)
This guy is interesting to me. I think everyone will like having Jason around! He’s a rodeo clown, he is definitely going to be fearless in competitions and play hard. Jason will also be someone who doesn’t take himself too seriously this summer. He’s never seen the game; I don’t think that will turn out well for him. Big Brother is a game of chess and it’s crucial to plan out your game, based on the knowledge of what comes is probable to happen next. Without the knowledge of major milestones coming in the game (ex. Backdoor, O-T-E-V, Knockout Comps, etc...) it’s going to be interesting if he can hang with diehard fans of the show.
Jessica Graf (Los Angeles, CA)
Jessica is going to make great TV, she claims to want to be the “Whole Trifecta”. She picks Janelle as her favorite player of all time; and like Janelle, she’s also willing to do just about anything to win the game. She’s going be cut throat. She wants to play to be on an all-star season which means she’ll make huge moves to make a name for herself. She’ll play too hard to win the game, but I’m interested to see how her game turns out and all the drama that is sure to come along with it.
Cameron Heard (Woodbridge, IL)
Cameron is obviously being cast as the new Ian or Steve, previous winners of BB 14 and 17. Cameron actually reminds me of Kevin Martin from BB Canada. I think people are on to this kind of game, especially with this cast who seems to be pretty knowledgeable of past seasons. There’s a good chance he will overthink while in the house and overplay too early. I also think he knows so much about the game that he’ll try to create paranoia to divert attention off of himself, ultimately ending up on the chopping block. I’ll be rooting for this kid, but I think he’ll be a target around Jury.
Mark Jansen (Grand Island, NY)
Mark seems like a nice guy. I can see him getting played by one of the ladies in this house. My guess is Jessica. The houseguests will find it very easy to manipulate him. He’ll win competitions, putting a target on his back early. The people who align with him will keep him around, but only to protect themselves from being put of the chopping block.
Jillian Parker *Runner-Up (Las Vegas, NV)
I really like Jillian. She seems very reserved and that will be perfect for her in the beginning of the game. Chances are that she will probably be trusted by a lot of people in the house, giving her the intel she needs to be an asset to her alliance. Let’s hope she’s not too trusting of some of cutthroat players. If she can see through their lies and manipulation she could do really well. She screams loyal to me and I think she’ll have a great chance of blending in until it’s time to win at the end. I like this girl as being in the final three HOH; I predict Jillian will be in the final two chairs with Christmas!
Kevin Schlehuber (Boston, MA)
I can already see the segments on the show; this guy is going to be a trip. He reminds me so much of Enzo, the “Meow Meow”, from the BB14 Brigade. Do I think he wins? Probably not. He seems very funny and he's a family man; he’ll probably be a pawn for several weeks early in the game to get rid of bigger targets. My guess is most of the houseguests will want to compete near the end against this guy. I predict he is so well liked that it’s his downfall in the game. You can’t take someone to the end that everyone loves in the jury.
Raven Walton (DeValls Bluff, AR)
Raven seems like the sweet girl from a small town; America will like her. I think she's smarter than she's leading on. I like her chances in the competitions, but I think her social game will be her strongest attribute for her. I can see her leaving early if she is thrown up as a pawn and trusts the house to keep her in the game. It normally happens at least once each season of Big Brother!
Josh Martinez (Miami, FL)
If there is one person I do not think has a chance of winning this game, it’s Josh. He looks intimidating, he has a huge personality, and I think he'll be the first to spill the tea. He wants to have a ride or die in the game, but it would be a huge risk to play with this guy. He seems like he could be a lose cannon and escalate small drama quickly. It should make for interesting feeds the first couple weeks.
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