I’ve decided to add a new category to my blog. The Big Brother Series Category, because the show is a huge part of my summer. Not only because it airs three days a week every week, but because it’s a social experiment that allows friends to gather and socialize. If you don’t watch Big Brother on CBS you don’t know what is missing from your summer lineup! Everyone I know who watches it has the same story. One of their friends enjoyed it or was on it so they started watching one season not expecting to enjoy it. Before they realized what was going on they were hooked. It’s just that type of show.
Last night was the first part of the Season premier. Julie Chen, who is the host the show, Introduced us to half of the cast and announced a number of new twists and turns for season 16! My first impression is that we are in for an amazing summer of Big Brother.
Having a two-day premier and only introducing half of the house guests was a bit strange, but I did feel like it allowed me to get to know all the house guests pretty well since there was a small number of them.
Before I review my thoughts on the house guests to date, you should know two alliances have already formed. I’m always nervous of early alliances, but you know they are going to be formed. The first is the entire house as it stands now. The first eight house guests have banded together. On the down low all the women have formed a side alliance called The El Cuatro.
The El Cuatro:
She has already noted her attraction to one of the other house guests, but she is in for a rude awakening because his eyes are set on a different target.
She says she is pretty athletic enjoying a wide range of outdoor activities from running to kayaking. That will be useful in this competition, especially if I were to make a blind assumption, which I won’t, but if I did I could assume she won’t be the brightest. She is an esthetician from North Hollywood. I’ll refrain from making judgments on her mental capabilities until later in the show.
What we did see from her last night was fight and strategy. She agreed to join the first 8 in a large alliance, but also joined the all female alliance of El Cuatro. She has her bases covered for having her back watched out for so far. That’s why I think it was a great strategy for her to fight out in the Head of Household challenge and drop when she was one away from becoming Head of House Hold. She showed her strength for her alliances, but also didn’t put a target on her back. Good job Amber.
JOEY VAN PELT
Joey joins the cast from Seattle, Washington were she works as a makeup artist and hairstylist. Seems like she will have some things in common with her alliance mate Amber.
She is a bundle of energy, beyond quirky, but I think she has a feisty side that will come out as the show progresses. She wanted an all female alliance just as bad as the rest of them, but I am not to trusting of her allegiance yet. Her and the gay male contestant Frankie seem to have a slight bond, which could pull her into a future alliance with him. We shall see.
I didn’t get much of a feel for her athletic abilities, but that probably means they aren’t the best. I also am a little skeptical on if she will be one of the stronger mental players. She says repeatedly in her bio that she wants to be known for being nice, yet her favorite contestant from last season was GinaMarie? Don’t get my wrong, GinaMarie wasn’t the worst person on earth, but there were better people to be a fan of if personality is what matters to you.
She constantly noted her extremely liberal views. I’m as liberal as they come, but there was a moment even I had to say, “Oh she is one of those liberals”. Just a bit overly opinionated. I can’t wait for some small-minded person to join the cast in the second part of the premier! With her feisty personality she is sure to butt heads with someone on the political front.
Nicole, oh Nicole. I don’t know what to think of her. She describes herself as being nerdy, flirty and classy. Well, she is definitely one of those attractive nerd types. She seemed a bit out of her element and gravitated toward the backwoods contestant named Donny Thompson. I’ll explain why that is strange a bit later, but after the first part of the season premier all I got from her was that she was soft-spoken, had an interesting personality and was one to watch. I think she will sneak up on us. She seems almost too innocent with her little accent and giggles.
Maybe I am wrong, but I am hoping her innocent girl act is just that, an act. Who is worried about ghosts in the Big Brother house? It’s a sound stage after all, not a house. I hope she is just trying to trick the house guests early.
My first thought when I saw Paola was, “Oh no, another Aaryn Graves.” For whatever reason, I can’t tell yet how I will like her. She is a pretty girl and a pretty loud girl. She thinks of herself as the queen, both back home and in the house. She ignited the El Cuatro alliance and came into the house the name already decided. That shows that she is trying to think strategically.
Early in the episode she also noted that showmances can be bad news, although one of the guys in the house is so hot she may just have to have him join her in the bed anyways. Her thoughts, not mine.
So is all this strategic thinking pointing toward her being smarter than she looks? Who knows? This girl had to do math with her fingers trying to figure out how much younger a 23 year old was than her. She could be street smart, but not book smart. That’s what I think you really need in a game like this.
I didn’t catch much of a bitchy vibe toward other contestants coming from her even if she seemed like a bit of a diva overall. I’d add her on my list of contestants to watch and watch out for. I think she was cast because she will make good television. That is obvious from the get go. Hilarious comments, silly behaviors, just a girl who will be fun to watch unless she changes her tune.
I feel like I’ve met him before, but I haven’t. Based on the first episode I think he is the type of gay guy that I would love to be friends with. He has a sassy attitude with a winning sense of humor. His facial expressions don’t quit and he has the body to keep up athletically with some of the muscle heads.
I have to admit I was not arguing when he tore his shirt off, along with two of the other male contestants, and did an ab workout in the middle of the house. Like all the girls in the house, my eyes were pleasantly glued on the entertainment. I know, I know I am engaged and love my man more than anything in the world, but you can look.
He seems smart, which is great. He will need that, but I am worried for him already. He won the first HOH. This puts a target on his head and is scary for him because of Julie’s first big announcement for how the game will work this year. He is not safe, just because he is HOH! More to come on that in a bit.
I enjoyed watching him interact with the other male house guests. Both Cody Calafiore and Devin Shepherd handled it with grace when Frankie playfully touched their abs or noted how attractive they are. He struck that balance of being himself without making the guys feel too uncomfortable. The other guys struck the right balance of acting like there was no issue, because there wasn’t. None-the-less not all straight men would let a gay man touch his abs. I was all around pleased with this set of cast members.
Well, what can I say. Devin is one well-built man with what seems to be a great personality. His story is a one that I love to hear. He gave up his aspirations of playing pro baseball to focus on being a father. I can tell already that he has one lucky daughter.
Devin is the guy that Amber seemed to be crushing on, but in a surprising twist Devin didn’t seem interested in Amber. If he has a showmance he seems to want it with the blue haired Joey. You know what? I can kind of see that short blue haired liberal and this big-hearted, fully built man making a cute couple. I’d support it. It would be an interesting alliance if Joey, Frankie and Devin teamed up.
The sales account executive from Hackensack, N.J. Let’s hope Paola can keep her hands off this fraternity looking stud. I was pleased with his personality, he seemed to fight pretty hard in the HOH competition and I have a feeling he is smarter than he looks. Let’s hope he can resist sleeping with all the girls until later in the summer though.
Okay, where did they find this guy? A school groundskeeper, why wasn’t I shocked even a little bit. None-the-less I felt like kicking myself halfway through the episode. Donny is adorable. He looks like a redneck and acts like a midsize teddy bear.
When the other guys tore off their shirts and let Frankie lead an ab workout Donny said, “Oh now, I can’t do that, I can’t…” My thought was to judge him before he spoke. I thought he was going to say something about Frankie touching the other guys or about them all being shirtless. I don’t know, I was expecting something ignorant. Instead he just said he couldn’t do an ab workout. Well Donny, neither could I! I must kick myself for assuming and anticipating something ignorant to come out of your mouth.
He also has made a side alliance with Devin, if you can call two people an alliance. I more so think of that as two friends who secretly have each others back. He also has the nerdy girl Nicole Franzel considering to work with him. I think he is going to do better than I originally assumed. I hope he does. He won me over with his personality.
This season of Big Brother has some Big changes coming. Thank goodness! Thank you CBS for switching things up. Every season the series seems to try something new, but this season is full of some of the biggest unexpected changes that I have seen in years.
First, there will be two heads of households. Second, one of the heads of households won’t be safe. Third, they have already split the house in two. What can we expect from this season? The unexpected, but in a good way for once!
Hope you tune in tonight for the second half of the season premier of Big Brother 16 on CBS and let’s hope Rachel Reilly makes a guest appearance again this year. I just love her!