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Wash, Rinse, Repeat

The only thing which I didn't want to have happen last Thursday (July 25, 2013, during #BB15 episode 13) is exactly what happened: Aaryn won Head of Household. Again.

This newbie's preference would have been for either of the following:

- For Amanda, Andy, Candice, Elissa, GinaMarie, Howard, Jessie, or Spencer to win ... so that we could see how things would go in the house from an entirely different perspective, since they have not yet served as HOH. For example, I don't think I've heard Jessie say more than about ten words in the many hours I've watched the live feeds since starting around July 17. She doesn't seem to get much air time. McCrae gets air time ... but given how often he sleeps (usually not alone), his part in this show apparently isn't a speaking role.

- For Helen to get HOH again ... because she's my favorite house guest, and I hadn't bought in to #BB15 yet when she served in that role the first time.

The cameras give the most attention to whomever the HOH is and to the noisiest, most controversial, and/or most scheming of the house guests. When they're bothering to focus on talk, that is.

The feeds seem to devote hours to Amanda and McCrae sleeping (or ... not) under the covers during the day. Why don't they let us listen into more conversations? With 12 people there, isn't there pretty much somebody talking somewhere in the house? Their conversations don't have to be about the game to be more interesting than watching people nap (or ... not).

My first exposure to Big Brother -- not just during #BB15, but ever -- was when news of Aaryn's distasteful speech spilled over into mainstream media a few weeks ago, so I didn't exactly leap for joy when she was re-crowned. (Neither did most of the other house guests, if I read them right.) Just when I was getting into the show, it felt like we'd be in only for a summer rerun.

Even a newbie wonders if the producers conspire to give people like Aaryn more air time for spurious reasons. Being attractive can't hurt ratings.

All right, all right -- maybe not Helen again, even though my enthusiasm about her remains high. Not Helen or McCrae or Judd or Aaryn.

Why don't they disqualify previous Heads of Household from HOH competitions? As a newbie, it feels like the advantages to the show of an always-different-HOH would outweigh the disadvantages. Or if they're going to leave it open to everyone, should they make it extra difficult for previous HOHs to win?

How would you change HOH eligibility? Or should they leave it as-is? Comment below or hit me @uselesstraffic.

Next from the Newbie Desk: Responses to your comments and questions.

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I can't stand Aaryn (or GM), but let's face it. Everybody in the house wants to sit next to her in the final two, so she isn't going anywhere anytime soon. At first, I was excited because I thought she make shake things up a bit. Could you imagine how nuts the place would be if she'd put up Elissa and Helen with Amanda as the third nominee???? But unfortunately, this is a boring week because Helen and Amanda are running the HOH. I'm really hoping that Spencer or Candice win the next HOH so we can see some fireworks.

One reason you see a lot of repeat winners is that there are people who throw HOH competitions because they don't want the responsibility. Do you think that Jesse or Andy had any reason to fear being evicted this week? Why should players like them try?
July 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpsychodrew
I know you are new to this but if even though Amanda has not gotten HOH, she still has run just about every single week so honestly, unless it had been Spencer, Howard, or Candice, it would have been the same. I think Amanda will do everything she can do to NOT win just so she can sit back and call the shots and the blood is never on her hand. Too bad you hadn't watched other seasons as they were much better. This season is getting old really quick and the sooner they get Amanda out, the better and then it will finally get good to see people actually think for themselves.
July 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTeagan
The best player would not win the game if there were no repeat HOHs. This will become obvious to you when we get to the end of the game.
July 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterZoe
Another reason why you need to watch an entire season first before you start suggesting changes. If your suggestion went through, then the losers who can't manage to win a game even if it's how to spell their name, would then become most powerful as they would be eligible for the HOH's in the middle and end of the summer. It's much better to be HOH later in the season than earlier - yet another advantage that would flow to losers who can't win.

And, if you had the perspective of prior seasons, you'd see that persons who win multiple HOH get targets on their back as a result. They either piss people off during their HOH term or their judged a greater threat because of their ability to win. Doesn't really matter re: Aaryn. She's already hated - but she's prime to go to final two as everyone is fairly confident she'd receive no jury votes in the end.

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July 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterobjkshn

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