The best time of the year is upon us! Big Brother time! I’ve been watching this show ever since its very first season and I’ve only become more obsessed with it each year. It truly wouldn’t be summer without Big Brother. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the show, it’s a game hosted by the wonderful Julie Chen. A season usually consists of 12 house guests, who live in a decked out house together, competing for $500,000. House guests are unable to communicate with the outside world and their every move is being recorded, 24/7, by multiple cameras sprawled around the playing grounds.
Big Brother has a different twist to every season, but I’ll explain the basics if you’ve never watched before. The house guests compete in various weekly competitions, which are vital to their survival in the house. There are Head of Household (HoH) competitions, which might be the most crucial. The house guests compete in various physical/mental competitions, until there is one winner. This winner (usually) chooses two other house guests to be nominated for eviction AKA elimination from the competition. The house guests vote for the person they’d like to see walk out the door, and the person with the most votes does just that. The HoH doesn’t vote, but they will cast the deciding vote in the event of a tie. Prior to eviction days, Power of Veto (PoV) competitions are held. The house guest who wins the Golden Power of Veto can choose to take him/herself off the chopping block, saving themselves from eviction. If the PoV winner isn’t nominated for eviction, they can save another house guest. Another option is to simply not use the Power of Veto and leave the nominations unchanged. There are also food competitions in the Big Brother house. House guests who win these competitions are able to eat whatever they’d like for the week (from the food closet). Losers of these competitions are forced to eat Big Brother Slop (I remember past house guests comparing slop to bad tasting oatmeal). In previous years, before Big Brother Slop, the losers of food competitions would only be able to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Sometimes there are different twists regarding the food that losers are able to eat. Lastly, there are luxury competitions every now and then, where house guests can win trips, shopping sprees, movie screenings, and other luxuries that aren’t available in the Big Brother house.
I don’t remember the exact number, but toward the middle-end of the season, the house guests who are eliminated from the competition are sent to the Jury House. When it comes down to the Final Two, the members of the Jury House case their votes, ultimately choosing the winner of Big Brother.
Ready for the twist this season? Make that plural. First, there were only eight house guests to begin with, when there are usually 12. Julie soon announced to the house guests that they must pair up and play the rest of the game, not as an individual, but as a duo. This changes the rules a little. Now, the winner of the HoH competitions will be safe from eviction (as usual), but their partner (the other half of their duo) will also be safe. The HoH duo will then choose another duo to put on the chopping block. Each member from the nominated duo will have to battle it out, campaigning against one another because one of them will definitely be going home.
Now for the second twist. Big Brother duos from previous seasons enter the house! First, we have Brendon and Rachel (Brenchel), who I highly dislike. They’re engaged now, too (barf). Then, enter Jeff and Jordan… one of my favorite Big Brother duos of all time! They’re still going strong with their relationship and I couldn’t be happier. Lastly, we have (Evil) Dick and Daniele… the estranged father and daughter who were reunited during their original season of Big Brother. At the end of their season, I believe they ended on decent terms, but they entered BB13 on bad terms again. They claim they haven’t spoken in three years. Side note: Jordan and Dick were the winners of their seasons of Big Brother.
You would think two twists would be enough for the first episode, right? Nope. At the end of the season premiere, Julie revealed her spiel about the Golden Key. How does one obtain this key? The first HoH, Rachel, will choose a duo to go up on the chopping block and one of those members will get sent home. The other house guest that gets to stay will receive the Golden Key, which secures them a spot in the Final Ten. This house guest will not be eligible to be nominated for eviction until there are ten house guests remaining in the house. This particular house guest will not compete in HoH competitions, but they will still be able to cast their vote during eviction days. Very interesting.
Check out Big Brother’s Facebook page to view the house guests in more detail, but check them out in the picture above.
So far, I like Kalia, Dominic, Cassi, and maybe Shelly. Then, of course, there’s Jeff and Jordan! I was on and off with Daniele during her original season, but I don’t know how I feel about her in this season. If you watch Big Brother, then you know opinions can change very quickly.
As usual, I am so excited for this season! I hope you all enjoy it as much as do (although I’m not sure if that’s possible because I’m Big Brother‘s #1 fan).
Who are some of your favorite BB13 house guests so far? How about all-time favorite BB house guests?
P.S. Big Brother’s always watching.