We all know what happened last night. Thanks to Willie's ouster and producer Allison Grodner's silly love for former players, the supposed results of the America's Choice poll brought the coaches officially into the game. We knew this was going to happen anyway, but that doesn't halt our frustration that CBS will not allow a pure game.
Despite the exploding heads of most of my Big Brother friends, I'm not convinced that this will result in a replay of last year. Let's go back to the season thirteen cast. The "noobs" were primarily cast becuase they were fans of the six returning players. They loved and adored them, and spent the majority of the season kissing up to them. Add in a mysterious couple of twists to ensure Rachel stuck around, and it was clear that it would be next to impossible for a noob to win.
That's not the case this year. There's no hero worshipping...or little of it. Janelle may be respected for her hard gameplay in her two seasons, and Dan is loved by the catlady crowd, but it's tepid compared to Jejo or Brenchel, and there aren't exaclty fan clubs out there for Britney or Boogie.
Almost a month into this season, there are few seriously deep ties to any of the vets, and the couple that exist have sort of developed in a natural fashion. Dan has done a fabulous job building up a smidget of confidence in Danielle, and Frank and Boogie are truly friends. Well, the opportunistic Boogie sees a way to further himself through Frank.
Otherwise, I don't believe the majority of these people will have any problem nominating or voting against the former coaches. Again, ignore what Danielle is doing this week. There are exceptions to every rule, and the move to eliminate them can be pushed back a week. If Wil survives the week, he'll go after them, as will Frank (if he survives), Shane, Jenn, Joe, and even possibly Ian and Ashley.
Of course, it doesn't matter if they would nominated the coaches if they don't win HOH, and that's the other major difference from last year. Brendon, Rachel, Jeff, and Danielle (the real one; not this year's mess) were competition whores who believed they needed to win every week. That's not the case this year. Britney is no competitor, Boogie's heart isn't even in the game, and Dan will continue to throw competitions unless he makes it to the last couple of weeks.
Sure, Janelle is primarily known for winning multiple competitions in her seasons. That time has come and gone, though. She's overly-confident, and is not in the same shape that she was back during her seasons. Like her buddy Boogie, her best days are past her, and that's not a slam on the woman. It's a fact of life all of us have to go through.
I could be completely off on this assessment, but let's not jump on the sad wagon just yet. Let's see how this plays out over the next two weeks. Even with Danielle's horrific nominations (if they go as planned), the veto competition could completely change the game. Maybe a coach will indeed head out the door next week. I sure hope so!