From the Orlando Sentinel:
"Big Brother" host Julie Chen is impressed by player Angie Swindell, a pharmaceutical sales rep from Orlando.
"I think she can go far, based on her intellect," Chen told me at a CBS party Friday night. "What might cut her life short in the Big Brother house is that she comes across as smart, and that is a threat. The other house guests see it and feel it. She's at a point in her life where she's not going to be a phony. She's not going to make side deals with everybody and double-cross them. If you're being true to who you are, and you're brutally honest, people see that as a threat. She's a strong woman, and that might cost her the game."
But Chen noted that it's very early in the game. The next "Big Brother" airs at 8 p.m. Sunday on WKMG-Channel 6.
"They tend to get rid of people for the wrong reasons, based on emotions," Chen said.
But Swindell, who is 30, has touched Chen.
"She feels she's been to hell and back, between getting married, going through a divorce, entering her 30s, figuring out who she is and being proud of who she is," Chen said. "In the Big Brother world, as long as you can be honest and who you are, the fan base will support you."
Swindell attended a casting call in Florida and has said her strategy is to lay low.
She told The Associated Press: "I'm motivated because I'm a big fan of the show, but I'm more motivated that I have a chance to win $500,000. I just have to keep telling myself that if I start feeling all queasy about the 24-7 thing, there's an end to the means."
Chen said she remains committed to "Big Brother."
"I love the show," she said. "It's not work for me. If I didn't do this show, I would watch it and talk about it as passionately as I am now because I would be discussing it with my best friend."
We've had the fish for the last hour or so. The house was informed that there was going to be a big surprise, and that they were to wear formal attire. As you may imagine, there's plenty of speculation, including the returns of Evel Dick, Baller, or even Brian. I bet that they're going to end slop week, and treat them with a fancy dinner. Won't Libra be happy?
Jessie was given the camera today to take pictures for his blog, and of course it had to become a big production. Michelle and her fancy black dress had to be a part of every single overly-staged photo, which they would then spend ten minutes complimenting themselves as to how great they looked.
Ever since Saturday night's "talk show", my girl has been much more active than in the previous two weeks. She still stays away from the hens (except for Keesha), but it was her idea last night to play Sexual Password. Today, she was also the ringleader of the Slip 'n' Side fun.
Most importantly, she's been actually talking game with a few people. She just had a long chat with Memphis, where she told him her goal was to send Libra packing. Memphis says she's also driving him nuts, and he almost blew up when Libra complained that they were using up all of the dish soap on the Slip 'n' Side. I hope to God that Angie's goal actually happens soon.
Jessie and Michelle are hanging out outside in the sun. Jessie's insecurities with his body are shining through. He has a pimple in his eyebrow that he's not too happy about. He stares at his hands. And his ears. He says they're weird.
Michelle and Jessie are BFF. They plan on getting on the next Big Brother All-Stars cast, but the house keeps yelling at them. Michelle says America loves them.
I hope I missed something. Because neither of them should be on an All-Stars show.