Now that my duties for this lovely Friday are finally finished, including my little rock and roll show on realpunkradio, it’s time for me to dive in and watch the rest of the House Guest videos. I’ve been told that this second half of contestants is a lot more lively than the first group that were quite frankly a bit boring.
Before we get to them, though, I must point out something that I’ve always believed. I hate stunt casting. No, I despise it. I want nothing but true “noobs” with no famous or semi-famous relatives.
I especially hate stunt casting when it’s combined with another element that potentially gives them an advantage. That was my only true issue with the presence of Elissa Reilly last season. The fact that she was cast in a season that began with a twist that involved the public was not fair in my eyes, particularly since the first “MVP” vote was held before the season even commenced.
Some would say that this wasn’t really an advantage. In fact, Amanda Zuckerman from season fifteen replied to my complaints earlier today claiming that the advantages and disadvantages evened out, and she made it as far as she did because of her own work in the house. I don’t necessarily agree, especially given that preseason fan vote, but it has led me to rethink my position a bit.
Having said all that, let me present…
Frankie Grande, a 31 year-old “YouTube personality” from Boca Raton, FL. When I first saw his picture yesterday, what immediately came to mind was that it was like last year’s winner Andy Herren had morphed with season 14’s Wil Heuser. Don’t ask me to explain, as I know it probably makes little sense to anybody but me.
Within minutes of the cast announcement, word filtered in that he was the brother of pop singer Ariana Grande. Who is Ariana Grande? Beats me, but apparently she was a child star on Nickelodeon who now has a giant hit with a song called “Problem”. Um, ok.
Now you understand my introduction complaining about stunt casting. Honestly, I probably wouldn’t care that he was part of this season if it wasn’t for the “interactive Team America” twist that Julie announced on Wednesday. Given that he has over a half million twitter followers, and his sister has millions, Frankie is bound to win any public vote. I just don’t like it. (He’s also a friend of Nick Uhas, which is another strike against him.)
Before I make a final judgment, though, let’s head to the video! Wait, he says he’s only 28! Liar liar! He also says he’s a “social media influencer”. What the hell does that mean? He originally applied for Survivor, and it was at a Survivor finale that he was told that he should apply to Big Brother. He claims to be a big fan, and can’t wait for the “challenges” which he says are “created for me”. Frankie also says that he’s going to be a real treat in the diary room, which he says he’s going to treat as his “YouTube” page to converse with his “fans”.
I do find it hilarious that he’s worried about being recognized. Come on. Yes, he has a ton of followers, but he’s gained them through his sister. Her fanbase is extremely young, and her stardom is pretty recent. I don’t believe anybody is going to know who he is. In fact, I bet that this will frustrate him, and he’ll actually spill the beans on himself.
Truthfully, I didn’t hate him as much as I thought he would. He’s clearly in over his head, but he’s going to create drama. Lots of drama. Hopefully, his public advantage will ultimately work against him. What if the vote is for the second HOH? He’ll become an immediate target for the next week! He’ll either go pretty quickly, or will last a long time.
Hayden Voss is a 21 year-old pedicab driver from Long Beach, CA. Like many people, I thought there was a little typo when this name was published. Surely, it had to mean the return of Hayden Moss. I imagine that Alison Grodner was also confused as hell. I completely envision a scenario where she was handed a list of finalists, and started salivating (or worse) at the thought of the return of one of her pets.
Instead, we have a different Hayden, and “different” is a good word for him. I’ve seen him described as both a tool and an interesting guy on twitter the last couple of days, and I don’t know which side I’m leaning towards. Personally, I think his “weirdness” is a bit of an act.
He admits that he was recruited, but at least it wasn’t in a bar. He was cruising around on his pedicab, and one of his riders was in casting. He’s seen Big Brother, but hadn’t really watched until he became a finalist for the show. “I’ve done my research. I’m pretty into it now.”
Voss also likes to be naked, as evident by pictures such as this one that was found online within minutes of his name being leaked.
Jocasta Odom is a 33 year-old minister from Griffin, GA. She’s a mother of two, and was NOT recruited for the show. She started watching with her roommate in college, and it was her husband (and husband) that told her she should apply.
I lost interest pretty quickly in her video, especially with Jesus coming up in the conversation over and over. (In another video, she reportedly said that a vote for her is a “vote for Jesus”). She wants an all-girl alliance, but will also have a backup plan.
This woman is going to bring drama, as she’s a more judgmental Helen. She’ll have an opinion about everything, and will want to talk game 24/7. I’m going to be so annoyed with her, but she’ll make it well into jury time.
Joey Van Pelt is a 27 year-old makeup artist/hairdresser from Seattle. She was also recruited, this time at a makeup gig. She’s also completely clueless about the show, and claims to not even had a TV “or cable”. Joey says she was shocked to discover there are actually web pages devoted to the show. “I found out it was a very popular show, and has a big following.” Oh boy. She’s another that wants to create an all-girls alliance, saying that she never fights with other girls. Sure. I believe you.
I’m torn on this woman. She’s kind of interesting looking, which everybody knows is important to me, but she’s way over her head here. I predict that she will indeed fight with other females, but will end up floating her way into the early stages of the jury.
Nicole Frenzel is a 21 year-old recent nursing graduate from Ubly, MI. Ok, let’s get this out of the way. If one would take last season’s Aaryn Gries, add some glasses and make her less fashionable, you would have Nicole. She’s also a superfan that would make shirts of her favorite alliances and cast members, and is another person excited for the competitions. She believes she’ll be a “competition dominator”, but also promises to act a bit goofy and quirky. Unless she indeed follows through with her plan to make huge moves right away, I think she’ll be a member of the jury.
Paola Shea is a 27 year-old DJ from East Hampton, CT. She’s also a Maxim model. She’s also GInaMarie’s friend. She also had a twitter fight with Liza from Big Brother Canada while sticking up for GinaMarie.
I really don’t need to even watch her video. She’s going to be pure drama. She’s the person most likely to remind us of last year’s controversial comments. “Pow Pow” will have issues with the majority of the house, and her shrill voice will annoy all.
Of course, she was recruited, and claims to have watched ten seasons while researching being a part of the show. At least she admits that she’ll be terrible at memory competitions. For some reason, she believes that being the first “female DJ” is noteworthy. Paola also believes she’ll be a manipulator that will make others do her dirty work. Yeah, right.
It’s extremely unlikely that she’ll make it as far as her racist pal. GinaMarie survived to the end simply because she was no threat. Nobody took her seriously, so there were always bigger fish to fry. Paola’s run in the house is more likely to imitate season 14’s Jojo. She’ll crash and burn extremely fast.
Victoria Rafaeli is a 22 year-old Israeli immigrant that is currently a photographer in Brooklyn. She was a huge fan of the Israeli version of Big Brother, but was recruited for our version of the show. Maybe it’s the fact that she’s the fifteenth video I’ve sat through, but I really got nothing out of her video. She seems pleasant enough, but I didn’t get any feel as to what she will accomplish. Her only real plan is to try to form an unlikely alliance. I don’t know. I guess she will easily make it to the jury, although hearing her say that Dan is her favorite player makes me hope this isn’t the case.
Zach Rance is a 23 year-old recent college graduate from Palm Beach, FL. He’s currently unemployed, and actually did apply to the show. He says that he’s a 4 ½ on a scale of one to ten when it comes to fandom. His only strategy is to make everybody like him. “I’m going to be the person they’re not going to want to send home.” Great idea. He’s also going to throw the majority of competitions, but don’t call that “floating” or “coasting”. Hmmm. He’s extremely annoying, but will ultimately last for a few weeks. He also gets a point or two by telling Rachel that he hated her because she was annoying in an interview with her.
That’s it for this cast, and just in time as my bottle of whiskey is almost empty! I better head to the store before tomorrow night’s Big Brother Gossip Show! Before we go live, though, I want to hear what you think. Do you agree with my thoughts about these people? Who have I misjudged?