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Big Brother 16 Fantasy Game - Your Suggestions Welcome!

I need your help! On Friday Andrew aka "Captain Kosher" from Big Brother 12 suggested playing a game of "Fantasy Big Brother" that he would run - I signed up for the heck of it and now I find myself playing against Andrew, Adam (BB13), Brenchel and some other folks like myself.  I will get to pick two of the 16 HGs for my team and I will get points over the course of the season based on HoHs won, POVs won, surviving nominations, etc. 

So I am trying to rank the 16 HGs to figure out who I should draft.  I'm going to keep my list private until after the draft (Monday night) in case they are spying on this post (yeah I know - not a chance).  But please add your comments with who you think I should pick.  I may get to pick 1st and 16th or 8th and 9th or some other combination - it just depends on the draw so I will have to rank them all top to bottom based on how many points I think they will win.

Remember - this isn't to pick the winner of Big Brother 16 - this is really to pick the people that are the most involved in the game.  Its very possible it also means they will win and chances are the winner of the contest will have people that go pretty deep into the season.

So chime in in the comments - PLEASE!?!?! I need all the help and suggestions I can get.

Don't forget to sign up for the live feeds too! Andy will be interviewed by Jeff on Tuesday.

Here are the HGs by first name: Amber, Brittany, Caleb, Christine, Cody, Derrick, Devin, Donny, Frankie, Hayden, Jocosta, Joey, Nicole, Paola, Victoria, Zach

Thanks to anyone that offers suggestions!!




Big Brother Gossip #401: America F**k Yeah!

Tonight's first episode of the Big Brother Gossip Show ran through the bios of the entire #BB16 cast, and also discussed some of the various twists that Julie Chen hinted at earlier this week. This show is available on iTunes and Stitcher, but you can...


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How To Listen To The Big Brother Gossip Show!

It’s hard to believe that tonight marks the first episode of a new season of Big Brother Gossip Shows. It seems like forever since Mike, Colette, and I last bickered and whined about what was happening on our favorite TV show.

Tonight at 10 pm ET we will be running down our thoughts on the new cast and the various twists (and rumors of twists) that were announced earlier this week. However, there are some changes to how we bring you our show.

If you don’t listen live, nothing has changed. If you subscribe to us via iTunes, the show will probably automatically download to your account. If you utilize Stitcher, it will be available sometime late tonight.

For those that listen to us live, there are drastic changes. Yet it will also be even easier to hear us than ever before. There will no longer be Ustream ads interrupting our live show, and you’ll be able to listen to us anywhere.

Instead of Ustream, we’re going to be live-streaming via a service called Mixlr. They do have an iPhone/iPad app, so if you want to hear us on the road go download it now. When it gets close to showtime, just do a search for Big Brother Gossip Show and you’ll be able to listen and chat.

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Scott's #BB16 First Impressions (Part Two)

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.

Photo Courtesy of Hamsterwatch

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?



Ash's First Impressions

Well, it's that time of year again.  We have a whole new cast of actual fresh faces this year.  Barring something strange going down on night one or two, it appears we actually have all brand new cast members this year.  Dare I hope it stays this way?  I'm actually a little excited! You all know I'm not a fan of returning players or their relatives being in the house, so this is ideal for me.  With all that said, here are some of my first impressions:


I may as well start with Victoria as she was the last interview I watched but probably left the least amount of impression on me.  The one thing she said that just keeps SCREAMING through my brain is that she would rather lose the money/the game and be loved by America.  She feels the money will be useless to her if America hates her.  This makes me think she has absolutely no idea what she is getting herself into.  I'm not sure what game she thinks she is about to play, but unless she throws caution to the wind as far as her reputation goes, she is going to get outplayed and fast. All Big Brother players have haters and that's the way it is.  I just don't have a lot of hope for Victoria after her statement.


Sweet, naive, unmalicious, and nonconfrontational... I just don't see this girl making it anywhere.  I think she will either fall prey to the week 2 model eviction curse, be someone's easy "no blood on their hands" eviction, or be a permanent pawn.  I'm not sure I will be terribly sad to see her go either.  If her house personality is anything like her pre-season interviews, I will be bored bored bored every time she walks into a room.  I just don't think Amber knows what she is getting herself into, but you never know, I'm often wrong and sometimes HGs surprise me.


I believe Zach will either be loved or hated across the board.  It's hard for me to get a grasp on whether he is highly insecure or highly over confident, but whichever one it is, he is certainly a handful.  He says he believes he has no downfalls, can manipulate everyone's desires, and hasn't had a girlfriend since pre-school.  With his "strong 2.7 GPA" (his words not mine) he says he is the smartest of his friends and that he is a physical threat too. I doubt I'll be hoping for this guy to win, but with his great big mouth full of opinions about other people he has the potential to be great feed entertainment.  The jury is still out on this one.


 Joey was instantly one of my favorites when I got to her video.  I enjoy her style, she is a self proclaimed girls girl, and she seems to be pretty sharp.  My concern is that she and Frankie will end up pairing up and I'm just not a Frankie fan, but I'll get to that later.  Other than that, I think she has some staying power.  I feel like she has the ability to play a decent social game if she doesn't let her politics and emotions about things overtake her in a house full of quite a few conservatives.  The question will be whether she can win competitions when she needs to.  I'm very often wrong about the people I like during the pre-season interviews, but I do think I will enjoy watching this one.


 Nicole is a superfan! She has been watching Big Brother for a while and she also says she watches the live feeds.  I'm torn on whether I think she has what it takes to actually play the game she has watched.  She says she thinks she will cry a lot and says that other girls don't like her.  I rather enjoy her and hope she stays for a little while at least so we can see if she puts her feed watching to use while playing the game.  She strikes me as being sneakier than she says she is, so she may have the potential to go far.  But I also fear she will snuggle up to one of the boys and end up being in a dreaded showmance.  Don't do it, Nicole!


This is one that will likely drive me crazy and cause much complaining from me about noise levels and chewing with her mouth open.  She has the potential to be really feed entertaining because she is very loud and opinionated and also seems like she can be pretty catty and dramatic.  She has an extremely high opinion of herself, and while I'm not sure if  she can actually win any competitions or not (that will remain to be seen) she will likely stick around for a while through sheer manipulation. She is also a DJ who has been in Maxim twice and has quite a large twitter following, so she may be a contender against Frankie when it comes to things America votes on.


Donny is the oldest of the cast members this year at the ripe old age of 42.  As a million people have stated before me, he looks very Duck Dynasty.  He comes off as very country.  My opinion is that he likely won't win a lot of competitions, but I think he has potential for feed humor.  Humor is something that was lacking a lot in the casting videos this year.  There are usually at least a few that stick out as being super funny, but this year that didn't happen for me, so I'm hoping that Donny unassumingly and unintentionally will just BE amusing without really trying.  He describes himself as "a character" so let's hope he follows through.


I'm not even sure what to say about this one.  She is a minister and her whole life is Jesus.  I'm not sure how well she will fit in with the rest of her cast mates.  There are a few other conservatives and religious folks among the cast this year, but none that seem as serious about it as Jocasta is.  She says she is willing to do what she has to do to win the money and that will remain to be seen.  She is already a big fan of Big Brother and says she has been watching for a long time.  In the past we've seen this work both for and against players depending on if they know how to apply what they've seen inside the actual house.  She really wants an all girls alliance which is something Joey also expressed a desire for, but whether these two opposites can get along and bond over it I have no idea.  I'm reserving my feelings about her until I see her actually interact with the other HGs. 


I think quite a few of us instantly thought of David Girton from last year when we saw Hayden's interviews..and umm..some of his other things posted around and about the interwebs.  He proclaims himself a ladies man and says his best feature is his legs.  He has a thing for posing nude or semi nude though not as a model, just as a thing he likes to do.  He sees himself as an underdog and thinks he will be underestimated physically.  I doubt he will be a winner contender, but he is another that may provide much unintentional entertainment. And who knows, maybe he will underdog his way to the end. It's happened before.


Brittany was recruited two weeks ago in a bar and is very new to Big Brother, but this doesn't mean she doesn't have the tools to play if she decides to.  She strikes me as being one of the more prissy girls and also comes of as pretty bitchy.  She proclaims that she is a single mom and "doing it for the kids" in every interview I've seen which gives me nightmare flashbacks of The Mom Squad from last year.  She really wants to attach herself to a strong man for her alliance and have a weak person around that she can just manipulate.  She is more concerned with getting rid of people she doesn't want to live with than the people who are a threat to her game, and that makes me think she doesn't quite get it yet.  I think if Brittany is a fast learner and puts her mind to it she may be a decent manipulator and may stick around for a while. Whether I'll enjoy watching her on the feeds or not is still up in the air.


A self proclaimed Big Brother fan ever since "The Jeff Season", Cody I fear is going to be head of...or at least a huge part of the inevitable jock alliance that happens every year.  I predict he will be a physical threat and will workout a lot and do many shirtless DRs.  I tend to not care for most of the super arrogant "eye candy" boys that spend most of their time working out or making out on the feeds, so I am doubtful that I will enjoy this one...but we shall see.  I'm trying to remain open minded.


I like Derrick.  Derrick is a Big Brother fan who actually applied to be on the show.  He is a police officer which I hope will make him more like Kathy (whom I loved for her entertaining inability to play the game) and less like a domineering jackass with a God complex.  He seems to be aware of some of the negative preconceived notions some people associate with police officers and says he plans to not admit his real career while in the house.  He plans to tell everyone he is a parks and recreation coordinator.  In general he strikes me as a pretty nice guy and as relatively sharp.  I look forward to seeing how far he can get and if he can play the game well.


Devin is a single father and a former professional baseball player.  He seems like a decent enough guy though I admit to being rather bored during most of his interviews.  I hope he will step it up in the personality department on the feeds.  I also want to say that as a former pro-athlete he will be a physical threat, but we all know how that worked out for Howard, so there is just no telling.  The jury is still out for me on this guy.  I just don't really have much of an opinion yet.


I'm not excited about Frankie.  I would like to be, but I just can't seem to get there.  I was already hesitant when I saw that they were sending someone with a famous sister (Ariana Grande) and a 500K plus twitter following into the house.  America is supposedly doing quite a bit of voting this year, and having that kind of following provides a HUGE advantage over other no-name new players.  Then I watched a few of Frankie's interviews.  I do think Frankie will probably be good for CBS and will probably draw some viewers.  He may even be feed golden as he appears to be extermely dramatic.  I'm just not personally a fan.  I have a hard time getting excited about a 30 year old man who spends as much time as he does bragging about how Bieber has touched him.


While Frankie is the HG I am the least excited about, Christine is one of the HGs I am the most excited about.  She's a little quirky, a little eccentric, and kind of cartoon character- ish, but I tend to like those things.  She is a huge Big Brother fan and has been watching since she was 11 years old. So, like Jocasta and Nicole, we will have to see if she knows how to apply what she has seen while inside the house.  She seems relatively smart and I think she may be able to go far.  If not, I think she will annoy people enough with her strangeness to at least cause some good feed drama.  My hope is that they don't see her as the odd girl out that makes a good first easy evictee.


I believe Caleb and Cody will likely be fast friends.  They will, after all, have their six pack abs and bicep guns to compare.  Caleb describes himself as a "rhinestone cowboy" which he defines as a country boy who dresses well.  He says he is going to be the bobber in this game instead of the hook because "when you catch a fish, it's mad at the hook, not the bobber."  My first inclination is to not like this guy and think he will end up working out or making out much like Cody, and we all know I'm not a fan of showmances.  But, hopefully he will surprise me.


So there you have it.  Those are my first off the top of my head thoughts and reactions to this year's cast.  A friendly reminder that I am often wrong about my first impressions, and we are all allowed to have our own opinions about different HGs.  That's what makes things interesting instead of boring.  I'm excited that we have (so far anyway) an all new cast this year and I can't wait to see how this season plays out.  How about you guys? Are you excited? Who are your favorites and what are your first impressions?  I'll see you all the night of the 26th when the first Night Owl blog of the season is posted. Until then...