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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Scott's First Look at the BB19 Cast

After weeks and weeks of rumors and phony twitter accounts, the time is finally here. On Monday morning, CBS finally released the info of the Big Brother 19 cast. 
Unfortunately, we’re not provided with much information. There’s a short bio, and five minute videos from Big Jeff Schroeder. Why does he still have this gig? He’s the worst interviewer ever. Why does he ask the cast members to come up with hashtags. What’s this idiocy about acting out high school mascots? Please, CBS, dump him before we have to endure the endless highlight loops during competitions.
Although you may not get that impression by my initial reactions to each individual, I’m sort of happy with how this is working out. There’s no returnees (unless they’re going to spring them on us later). There’s no relatives or best friends of past castmembers. The average age is almost 30 this year, which is a big difference from the past couple of seasons. 
Here we have some initial impressions after watching them with Big Jeff, along with some tidbits picked up from their Hollywood Reporter interviews. I’m sure within days I’ll think differently on the vast majority of them, but that’s the fun of following this show. 
Don’t forget that Colette, Mike, and I will be chatting about the new cast on the season premiere of the Big Brother Gossip Show this Saturday night at 9 pm ET! I’m excited to get the gang back together, and to hear what they think of these new victims.
Alex Ow (28)
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Current City: Camarillo, Calif.
Occupation: Eco-Friendly Marketing Rep
The season’s most obnoxious voice, and the worst taste in favorite player. Well, second worst as there is a choice that will make me cringe more than Nicole. Like that snake, she plans on teaming up with only guys and she’s extremely thirsty for male attention. This is another “superfan” who doesn’t know who Jeff is, or that he married Jordan. She’s a spaz whose annoying laugh is going to haunt me all summer long. Of course, she’s wanting to be loved, and thinks that after being loved this season she’ll “crush it like Nicole in 18”. Gross.
Cameron Heard (24)
Hometown: North Aurora, Ill.
Current City: Woodridge, Ill.
Occupation: Microbiologist
Three Adjectives: Persistent, driven and smart
Favorite Activities: Ride my bike, solve Rubik’s cubes, play some online chess, snowboard and scuba dive. I want to try mountain biking sometime in the near future as well.
He’s an Ian fan, which makes sense as he’s a nerd like Ian. He is one of the few who actually is a superfan, as he posts on Reddit and listens to Big Brother podcasts. Hmmm, does he listen to the Big Brother Gossip Show? He should. He “knows” he’ll be the smartest person in the house, and plan on flirting with the girls even though he has a long-term girlfriend. Most importantly, he doesn’t care what America thinks! I like him! He’s a nerd with an edge!
Christmas Abbott (35)
Hometown: Lynchburg, VA
Current City: Raleigh, NC
Occupation: Fitness Superstar
Christmas scares me. I know she can beat me to a pulp. She’s more manly than me. She’s a body builder who has worked as an independent contractor in Iraq and as in pits of Nascar. Still, she seems nice. I don’t quite buy that she’ll let the “loud ones” take themselves out. Really? This motormouth is going to be quiet? Big kudos, though, in saying she’s playing this game to win and will do the showmance idiocy only if it helps her game. I can see her going far but not because of her apparently huge online presence. Being a big fish in a corner of the internet isn’t really that big of a deal. Take Vanessa. The poker world knew her but few in the “real world” did. Same with He Who Shall Not Be Named, despite the fact he believed he was a “social media mogul”.   
Cody Nickson (32)
Hometown: Lake Mills, IA
Current City: Plano, TX
Occupation: Construction Sales Rep
Pure deer in the headlights. He’s there but the brain’s clearly not functioning. He will definitely be bro’s with the bodybuilding guy. He says he wants to be with the “warriors and champions” at the end. Oh yeah, and he “doesn’t negotiate with terrorists”. There’s also a weird comment where he doesn’t like women with “victim noises”. What the fuck is that? This kid is going to crash and burn...hopefully before jury. 
Dominique Cooper (30)
Hometown: Tuskegee, AL
Current City: Woodbridge, VA
Occupation: Government Engineer
Perky and bubbly. Can you imagine dealing with her after a night of drinking? She tires me just watching her. BTW, we get the “Dominique the Dominator” line. She didn’t need to repeat that over and over. I’ll give her kudos in the fact that she plans on succeeding by watching everybody. That’s something way too many people forget about when it comes to Big Brother success. She’s going to drive many people nuts, but I do see her making it to jury.
Elena Davies (26)
Hometown: Fort Worth, TX
Current City: Dallas, TX
Occupation: Radio Personality
Three Adjectives: Funny, abrasive and charming
Favorite Activities: Instagram, listening to live music, napping, tail-gating and shaking my booty.
Why are the girls so awful this year? Elena is not really a radio personality. She’s a phone screener who co-hosts the station’s podcast. She’s loud and has a godawful fake smile...and James is her favorite former player. You just know she’s a “whoo-hoo” girl. She would rather be hated if it means she wins, so I’ll give her a small token of credit. 
Jason Dent (37)
Hometown: Humeston, IA
Current City: Humeston, IA
Occupation: Rodeo Clown
Three Adjectives: Charismatic, ambitious and athletic
Favorite Activities: Rodeo
Oh Lord. This guy is the worst. He’s never seen the show. He’s a moron. He loves James. His nickname is Whistlenut. He claims to be a “storyteller extraordinaire”, which means he’s a complete bore. He’s so bad that he can’t even answer Jeff’s insipid questions. Think of what he’ll be like in the diary room. Please evict him immediately. 
Jessica Graf (26)
Hometown: Cranston, RI
Current City: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: VIP Concierge
I know exactly what all of you are thinking. This will be Scott’s favorite of the year. This page will be full of bikini shots all season long. Nope. Won’t happen. She’s an idiot. She works with one of the twins, for god’s sake as a “VIP concierge” and I bet she gives special services. She claims to be a superfan, but I don’t buy it since she “lived for the showmances”. It’s even more embarrassing since she doesn’t seem to know that Jeff and Jordan are together. She’s also another of those already planning on doing a second season. In fact, she believes she’ll be the first to win back-to-back seasons. “I’m playing a long game here.” How is that possible when she would rather “lose and be loved”? In fact, she’s counting on winning America’s Favorite Player. Ugh. This is frustrating. 
Jillian Parker (24)
Hometown: Celebration, FL
Current City: Las Vegas, NV
Occupation: Timeshare Sales Rep
Before watching her video, I had already stumbled upon her embarrassing YouTube video where she sings a Whitney Houston song into her hairbrush. Let’s just say that my opinion of her may already be compromised. Kudos for throwing a little shade to Nicole and for loving Danielle Donato cuz she’s a “bad bitch”, but overall there’s nothing really remarkable about her. Honestly, though, should we really be celebrating a person who took the easy way to lose weight? 
Josh Martinez (23)
Hometown: Miami, FL
Current City: Homestead, FL
Occupation: Hair Care Sales
Hmmm, I’m not sure what I think of Josh. He says he’s a great manipulator and a great liar, so I do have some hope. He loves Evel Dick, and isn’t afraid to call people out. But he thinks people are going to perceive him as a big threat. Nope, don’t see that at all. But his plan on being ruthless is exactly what the show needs. 
Kevin Schlehuber (55)
Hometown: Boston, MA
Current City: Boston, MA
Occupation: Stay-at-home dad
Is it just me or is there sort of a creepy undertaker vibe to this dapper gentleman? He is sort of interesting. A former Mr. Massachusetts who is a father of seven, I get the impression that this man can talk. And talk. He says he’s easygoing but the fact that he “has a story” for every occasion may get on other people’s nerves rather quickly. He lost me, though, when he said he’d rather lose and have people love him. 
Mark Jansen (25)
Hometown: Grand Island, NY
Current City: Grand Island, NY
Occupation: Personal Trainer
Meathead time! Even though I don’t see the attraction, he’s obviously there in the hopes that CBS (and Jeff) get their showmance of the season. Or even better a catfight between two twits who wants this goof. I guarantee that he’ll rarely, if ever, wear a shirt in the house. He also obviously has never seen the show, as his answers to Jeff were beyond idiotic.
Matthew Clines (33)
Hometown: Arlington, VA
Current City: Arlington, VA
Occupation: Renovation Consultant
The online reaction to Matthew seems to be positive, but how is that possible when Donny is his favorite player ever? I guess he seems nice enough, but I quite frankly was pretty bored while watching his interview. He says he’s “too nice and too friendly”, which is not exactly a recipe for great feeds. He’ll also be way too excited about the smallest event in the house. Of course, he’d rather be loved and lose. 
Megan Lowder (28)
Hometown: Cathedral City, CA
Current City: Phoenix, AZ
Occupation: Dog Walker
Megan is another of those rare true superfans. She posts on Reddit; she watches all of the international versions. I may not agree with all of her assessments, but she does know her shit. When asked by The Hollywood Reporter about an all-girl’s alliance, her response was “Hell no! Girls are backstabbing, catty bitches!” That’s a perfect answer. She does plan on finding the biggest crybaby and turning that person into her secret ally to take into the finals. I have my doubts that she’ll get that far, but I do hope she does well. 
Ramses Soto (21)
Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
Current City: Grand Rapids, MI
Occupation: Cosplay Artist
This self-professed superfan is almost too excited to be on the show. Good for him. He seemed to be pretty levelheaded in his Hollywood Reporter interview. He even laughed at the idea that being on Big Brother can bring you fame. He has the most extensive plan that includes multiple alliances involving people in different sides of the house. He also plans on succeeding by being smiley and bubbly. He also had a perfect answer to Jeff’s stupid win/love question when he said that all he wants it the title. My bet is that somebody is going to really fuck him over, and he’ll never see it coming. 
Raven Walton (23)
Hometown: DeValls Bluff, AR
Current City: DeValls Bluff, AR
Occupation: Dance Teacher
Disqualified for two reasons - her voice and the fact her favorite player ever is He Who Shall Not Be Named. She claims to be both a mental and physical threat, and she’s open to a showmance. I kind of zoned out really quickly, mainly thanks to Jeff’s terrible questions, but I am intrigued by the fact she wears a pacemaker. Ultimately, I believe she’s going to be extremely needy.


  1. I already can't stand Raven because of her favorite player. It also really bothered me that Elena claims to be a radio personality when KKITM is famous for using phone screeners to do dumb bits sometimes, but she is FAR to annoying to be an on air personality. I have no hope for Jessica right now but I hope she can change my mind. The VIP concierge reminds me to much of Rachel's VIP cocktail waitress BS. I have high hopes for Christmas. Alex listed her spirit animal as a sloth so we know we will have a summer of her sleeping. I hope she goes quickly.

    The best part of summer is the podcast, I can't wait to listen!

  2. You know what? Your assessments are funny, and I appreciate that you're not afraid to say what's on your mind. However, there is no easy way to lose weight, so your comment about Jillian is unnecessary. I assume you're referring to some sort of weight loss surgery, but if you knew anything at all you'd know that before and after weight loss surgery you have to completely re-haul your life and how you eat and exercise etc, not to mention how expensive and hard on your body it is. You're the kind of guy who would make fun of someone for being overweight, so shouldn't you be happy that she made the effort to change her life? No need to be so rude.

  3. Thank you for this Scott! I am super excited for the podcast as always and this break down has got me laughing and ready for the season. Just Awesome!

  4. My friends of Summer are back! No, not the horny idiots of the Big Brother House, but you, Collette, and Mike! Missed you guys and your general Big Brother snarkieness that makes me laugh for a couple of hours every week during the BB Season.