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Big Brother 20 Commentary and State of Play

It’ll hopefully make us forget about BB19.

Big Brother 20 is upon us. The 20th anniversary is typically China, but I wouldn’t trust a house full of randos with too many breakables.

Season number 20 of Big Brother could be the biggest one yet, and with any luck, they won’t ruin it by cramming Paul back into the house. 16 newcomers are about to enter the house, but they never announce returnees before the season starts. There has been some conflicting Hamsterwatch T on four veterans also joining the cast, bringing the BB20 total to … 20. Obviously not a coincidence, if it happens.

Big Brother 20: Before Anything Else…

We are running our Big Brother Tournament of Winners all summer. In this tournament, we rated and are voting on the best United States Big Brother champion of all-time. Go vote now if you haven’t already, and stay tuned for results.

If, for whatever reason, you want to revisit the Big Brother 19 coverage from 2017, do that here. Personally, outside of the rollercoaster finale, I prefer not to remember.

Big Brother 20: Meet The Houseguests

Revealed on June 18, 2018, and THANKFULLY there were no returnees.

1 Angela Rummans Playa Vista, CA 26 Fitness Model
2 Angie “Rockstar” Lantry Columbia, MD 34 Stay-at-home Mom
3 Bayleigh Dayton Atlanta, GA 25 Flight Attendant
4 Brett Robinson Boston, MA 25 Cybersecurity Engineer
5 Chris “Swaggy C” Williams Bridgeport, CT 23 Day Trader
6 Faysal Shafaat Orlando, FL 26 Substitute Teacher
7 Haleigh Broucher College Station, TX 21 College Student
8 JC Mounduix West Hollywood, CA 28 Professional Dancer
9 Kaitlyn Herman Encino, CA 24 Life Coach
10 Kaycee Clark Tempe, AZ 30 Football Player
11 Rachel Swindler Las Vegas, NV 29 Entertainer
12 Sam Bledsoe Stuarts Draft, VA 27 Welder
13 Scottie Salton Chicago, IL 26 Shipping Manager
14 Steve Arienta Wanaque, NJ 40 Former Undercover Cop
15 Tyler Crispen Hilton Head Island, SC 23 Lifeguard
16 Winston Hines Bowling Green, KY 28 Medical Sales Rep

Big Brother 20: State of the House

To be updated with each eviction. LAST UPDATE September 26, 2018.

Big Brother 20 bracket final

Big Brother 20 Spoilers: Day 99, Kaycee Wins

Kaycee is the winner of Big Brother 20.

When you boil down to it, yes, Tyler was the best player of the season. Kaycee was probably the second-best. JC winning would have been a travesty but it might have happened if Tyler took him to the final, but he did not win the final HOH. We actually got the two best players in the finale.

Sure, the jury was bitter, but arguably it could have been more bitter. Did you think Brett was going to vote for Tyler after his snide “one step-two step” backdooring with Angela? I didn’t, but he did. Haleigh did, too, in a “game recognize game” sort of thing. Scottie and Sam were the ones you might not have seen coming, but look: he made both feel super safe and trusted until he shivved them. That’s part of the game, but jury management is also managing how people feel towards you. He didn’t manage their votes properly whereas Kaycee did not have a single bad relationship in the house.

Big Brother 20 was a great season, and we would do well to have them all this good.

Big Brother 20 Spoilers: Day 93, Angela Evicted

Less than a week remains in Big Brother 20, and we have our finale night three: Tyler, Kaycee, and JC. Before going any further, though they had their detractors, Level 6 is going to go down as one of the more successful alliances in BB history. They were a JC HOH from sweeping the final three and chances are, one of them is going to win.

We saw the jury house, and from the edited clips we saw, production gives us the impression that they do not like Tyler or Angela. We could have guessed that, but with a few notable exceptions, there’s a wall of animosity. There is no such animosity for Kaycee, and be honest: JC floated for almost the entire season. He tried to win comps but couldn’t, so he continued floating while nobody considered him a threat. It would not be fair to call Kaycee a floater as she was in the majority alliance and won seven comps (so far). So she and Angela laid low at the start of the game: that is not a terrible strategy. Let the bigger egos crash into each other early and catch the others off-guard when you start to shine.

Both Angela and Kaycee did a very good job of that, but Angela’s jury management was ugly. We have no way of proving this, but she would not have won. Kaycee, on the other hand, does not have any ill will against her (of which we can surmise) in the jury house. If it’s there, it pales to whatever Tyler or Angela would get. To a man (or woman), everyone in there prior to Day 93 had something against one of the two, or both.

JC would be a lousy Big Brother 20 winner and probably somewhere on the Steve/Jordan tier of champions. Nevertheless, it could happen if he sits next to Tyler, because that’s one bitter jury.

Did Kaycee make a mistake taking Tyler to the final three instead of Angela? I think so, but if she wins the final HOH, it doesn’t matter. Tyler has a shot of talking his way in with the jury, whereas I highly doubt Angela would have. Further, I think there’s a better chance Angela would have taken Kaycee to the finale than Tyler, despite the latter’s final two deal. We’ll never know now about Angela. Tyler will have to worry about a bitter jury if he’s sitting in the finale.

Big Brother 20 Spoilers: Day 91, Sam Evicted

Yes, it was Day 91, not 92, because the Wednesday night “surprise eviction” episode was taped on Tuesday. Therefore, Sam was evicted on Day 91. Her proverbial goose was cooked when she did not win the veto.

JC winning the HOH, however, is a big shock. He has taken a shot at Tyler and Angela, and pending the results of the veto, one of them may actually go. Kaycee must hope that she or JC wins to save herself, as she is the only potential replacement nominee.

These are our updated Final 2 combinations and how a jury vote might go:

Tyler vs. JC: Tyler, but closer than it should be
Tyler vs. Angela: Tyler
Tyler vs. Kaycee: Kaycee
Angela vs. JC: Starting to think JC due to jury bitterness
Angela vs. Kaycee: Kaycee
Kaycee vs. JC: Kaycee

If they were smart, Tyler and Angela would bag Kaycee ASAP. She would beat either one of them in a head-to-head.

Big Brother 20 Spoilers: Day 86, Haleigh and Brett Double-Evicted

The double eviction saw both Haleigh and Brett go to the jury house. Haleigh’s departure was no surprise, but Brett’s was a big shot. JC helped get him evicted by planting seeds in his brain, showing that he has at least done something related to game. Only Dr. Will won Big Brother without winning a comp, but JC is no Dr. Will.

Angela is going to have a hard time winning Big Brother 20. There are a number of people in that jury house who haven’t had too many good feelings about her. Angela’s goodbye messages in some cases have also been downright mean to the jurors.

That number of potentially disgruntled voters is increasing when it comes to Tyler as well. He’s been in the middle of everything all summer, and until relatively recently, was able to still keep people happy with him even as he plotted against them. Some of Angela’s cattiness is rubbing off on him, as we saw in the veto ceremony during the double. The guy in a showmance winning Big Brother hasn’t happened in a while, either.

All summer, it was set up as a magical Tyler run to victory. He wins a bunch of comps, but guess what? So does Kaycee, and she seems more universally liked these days. Nobody will have a bad thing to say about her if it comes down to that. Just because we’ve all assumed this is Tyler’s year does not mean Kaycee can’t win, or wouldn’t be a legitimate winner. On the contrary.

There are still two weeks for things to play out, but this is how things could go in any of the ten possible final two combinations:

Sam vs. JC: Tough, but probably Sam, who at least won something
Sam vs. Tyler: Tyler, but only if the jury isn’t bitter
Sam vs. Angela: Sam, assuming the jury is bitter
Sam vs. Kaycee: Kaycee
Tyler vs. JC: Tyler, probably, though JC could get votes from some like Fessy
Tyler vs. Angela: Tyler
Tyler vs. Kaycee: Kaycee
Angela vs. JC: Toss-up, maybe Angela if not bitter
Angela vs. Kaycee: Kaycee
Kaycee vs. JC: Kaycee

Let us know if you agree with our reads on the possible finale duos as things stand now.

Big Brother 20 Spoilers: Day 79, Scottie Evicted — Again

As soon as Scottie got back in the Big Brother house, they sent him right back out. His week was essentially irrelevant except for him revealing information about the jury house. He did not have to say they are going to be bitter because it’s obvious.

Tonight’s eviction episode showed that while the conventional thinking is that Tyler will win, or should as the best player, maybe the jury management isn’t great. Brett played his much better and bullshitted the jury voter (you know, after dumping on Rockstar in that one). Tyler was a little cocky and it wasn’t a great look. We also know Angela has been catty in hers in the past. A bitter jury will hand her the win in almost no scenario at this point.

With her comp wins and generally agreeable social game, it’s time to consider the possibility that Kaycee will win. The double eviction next week, however, throws everything in the air.

Big Brother 20 Spoilers: Day 72, Faysal Evicted, Scottie Returns

Revenge is a dish best served cold, if you’re Scottie Salton. The “alliance” member who turned on you and sent you to the jury house now replaces you there. How did this happen? By virtue of Fessy’s eviction and Scottie’s comeback win during the Jury Battle Back. Hey, Scottie, Haleigh is suddenly without male companionship, and I bet you still have a thing for her. The only problem is Haleigh might hold a grudge for the whole “nominate her to save my ass” thing.

It’s not that I think the course of the season will necessarily change with Scottie back, but he is capable of winning comps and he just might take out one of the big players left.

Faysal will be no big loss to the Big Brother house. He was boring and had no idea how to play the game. Other than that, he was great.

Finally, it’s time to call out JC. He may get a favorable edit on TV, but not here. He has been getting touchy-feely with Tyler while the latter was in bed, and he propped open the bathroom door while Haleigh used it and yelled at him to stop. This is not his first time doing inappropriate things but he remains in the house. Apparently, a complaint threshold must be reached for his expulsion, but has not yet been.

Big Brother 20 Spoilers: Day 65, Scottie Evicted

A little over a month remains in the Big Brother 20 season, and half the house is still there. And there’s going to be a buyback within the next week. A double eviction will surely follow.

In the meantime, Faysal, you nincompoop. Your alliance only had three people left, and you just booted one of them. Not only that, you’re stoked that you booted one of them. Scottie was the only person who had Rockstar’s back in the prior eviction. Yes, he flipped on Swaggy, but that was a long time ago. It’s more likely you were jealous that Scottie liked “your” girl. (Did you ever ask Haleigh if she’s “yours?”)

Now with Angela as the new HOH, both Faysal and Haleigh are likely to be nominated, with one almost assured of going to the jury house. Hey, there’s that buyback comp next week; my money is on Scottie. Haleigh got the clue last week that Fessy is a Big Brother dunce who is tanking her game. Nothing like going down with the ship, and the Hive hit the iceberg weeks ago. (Hey, Haleigh, you voted Scottie out, too.) Level 6 made some moves, sure, but the other side of the house is so bad at the game that it wasn’t that difficult. Like we said last Thursday, the only thing that could have ruined the week for the Hive was Fessy’s catastrophic stupidity resulting in an own-goal. Which is exactly what happened.

If Level 6 is successful in taking Fessy or Haleigh out this week, that’s basically curtains for the Hive. Angela could take a shot at Sam, which would be a decent move, not a bad one. She’s in the middle of the house and would be a safe target, also giving her cover in case Fessy and Haleigh are dumb enough to think they could all work together. It might be a waste of an HOH, however, when they have a chance to all but destroy the other side of the house. Remember, they don’t know about the buyback, so from that perspective, either move works. And either would be more thoughtful than what Fessy did last week.

Big Brother 20 Spoilers: Day 58, Rockstar Evicted

Sending Rockstar to the jury house — real cute.

By a vote of 5-1, she was sent packing over Kaycee, the hacker who nominated her. In hindsight, knowing what we know now about the HOH comp, she could have gone for a more dangerous target. Faysal has won a few competitions as we know, and Scottie is surprisingly good. Whether you liked her or not, Rockstar/Angie was not a serious threat. Kaycee and Level 6 may come to regret not taking a bigger shot when they would have most likely had the votes to pull off the win.

Haleigh’s HOH week got hacked by Kaycee, and one of her allies went home under her watch. Said HOH had the opportunity to ruin Angela’s HOH the prior week, but could not get the job done. Luckily for Haleigh, the minority alliance is in power yet again. This time, there is no hacker twist to save the other side, but Tyler still has his cloud app. It’s a minor miracle that it never got used in Haleigh’s turn in charge.

Brett continues to be a real find and may go down in Big Brother legend. Probably not, however, for winning Big Brother 20, as his jury management skills are awful. He might as well be giving them the finger in his goodbye messages.

The only thing which saved the smoldering ruins of FOUTTE/The Hive from catastrophe was Fessy winning an HOH competition that was made for taller folk. Had they lost, they would be hopelessly outnumbered in the house. One wonders how a Fessy HOH will go considering that his instincts for the game are comically bad and I’m not even certain he knows how to play Big Brother, even after being cooped up on the CBS lot for two months.

Big Brother 20 Spoilers: Day 51, Bayleigh Evicted

The reigning HOH went from handing off the house key last Thursday to talking with Julie this Thursday. Mighty was the fall of Bayleigh, who got backdoored by a very catty Angela during the latter’s HOH week. Despite coming in fifth in the veto competition, Angela still won the power. You have to say she had a successful run all things considered. The things to consider are Haleigh’s three (way too many) powers to change the game. She almost sabotaged Angela’s HOH, but in spite of all that, Angela still evicted her target.

Now, was it a great week for Angela’s game, time will tell, but it would appear the bigger target is now on Tyler’s back. People are finally getting wise to the fact that he’s the best player in the house. Haleigh, the new HOH, is going to flush out his power app that she doesn’t know he has.

Bayleigh’s last week in the Big Brother 20 house/set on a parking lot was wild, between her backdooring and the explosive house meeting. Haleigh freely admitted it backfired, but to have been watching the feeds that day. Hoo boy.

Big Brother 20 Spoilers: Day 44, Rachel Evicted

This. Season. Is. So. Good.

For the fourth time in five evictions, the same alliance got blindsided in a vote. It’s almost comical at this point how “The Hive,” formerly “FOUTTE” and the “Sacred Six,” think they have the votes every week and fail to hit their targets. Not only that, but they usually think the votes will be landslides. The house is split, and why they can’t see it is a mystery. Why they think they know what the other side is going to do is likewise a mystery. Their reads on the Big Brother game continue to be atrocious, but they have won a few comps, saving it from being a steamroll season.

Brett and Rachel, two on the other side of the house (Level 6), were up for eviction. Tyler did not use his veto so as not to piss off Bayleigh, the head of household. The Queen thought Brett was as good as gone, but like the rest of her alliance, she was blindsided by Rachel’s 5-4 eviction. PAWNS GO HOME, or haven’t any of you watched this show? Level 6 saw Rachel as a liability after going off during her nomination week and made the decision to cut her loose like they did Winston. In his eviction speech, Brett also got plenty of tire tracks on Rachel about secret alliances and power apps. The dude came to play, and now he’s guaranteed jury. (Notice how this season, they aren’t celebrating jury?)

Rachel then stormed out of the house in tears, and Julie Chen interviewed her like it was an emotional 60 Minutes tell-all. “Can you talk?” “What are their names?” “What did the bad people do to you in there?” (I made up the last one.) Then she saw the goodbye messages, including Angela, formerly wallpaper, shivving her, to which she almost blurted a profanity. Angela then goes from shanking her erstwhile ride-or-die to winning HOH. Expect Bayleigh’s power app to get flushed out soon and all hell to break loose…again. That’s how Big Brother 20 goes.

Big Brother 20 Spoilers: Day 37, Kaitlyn Evicted

It was quite a ride with our spiritual friend in the Big Brother House, but by a vote of 9-1, she was sent out. And by “out” we mean the BB App Store to compete in Sam’s Bonus Life battle back competition. She had to reassemble a six-piece, life-sized puzzle of herself in two and a half minutes.

The smart strategy: Move all the pieces into the dome, assemble it on the floor to get it right, and then assemble it standing up.

What Kaitlyn did: Throw the pieces around, try to build it flat and stand it up, moan and cry about the countdown clock, sit down and cry, try again, and then not put it together.

Her total lack of composure was truly something to behold. No way the producers thought this was going to happen; now we might be looking at two jury buybacks later in the season.

As for Kaitlyn, she was an emotional rollercoaster all by herself. I hope she stays away from the message boards and “The Twitter.”

Big Brother 20 Spoilers: Day 37, Pre-Eviction

It’s been a crazy week for a “dud” week, but #TeamGoodFeeds is taking one on the chin, at least as far as our Twitter readers have deemed.

Big Brother 20 Poll 1 7.26.18

Big Brother 20 Poll 2 7.26.18

Kaitlyn, as far as the feeds go, we can’t live with you, but we can’t live without you. Except for the 65 percent of people who want you to go home tonight.

Big Brother 20 Spoilers: Day 30, Winston Evicted

The Bromance is dead. Winston left the Big Brother 20 house by a 6-5 vote. Before going any further, let me point out that all three eviction votes so far have been close. Swaggy’s was an 8-4 that could have been a 7-5, but the others hinged on the final vote. This year is already so much better than the last one, it’s preposterous. Divided houses always make for the best seasons.

Brett and Winston, the bros themselves, went on the block after Scottie decided to go after the other side of the house. He got out one, though he preferred Brett. As for Brett, who gave an epic veto speech and stuck it to Kaitlyn, and who also dropped a bomb on Rockstar out of nowhere on the live show, Scottie was right. Brett is charismatic and entertaining. I did not think I was going to like him at all, but he’s such a pompous jackass that it’s actually amusing. Not only that, but he has a playful side about him.

His bro Winston did not. Winston went into those preseason interviews looking like a favorite. Calm, rational, but attractive and affable. As it turns out, he wasn’t most of those things. He was paranoid, reserved, and mostly showing poor game instinct. Winston, a pre-jury flop, will go down as a huge disappointment. Also, a sore loser, but you almost can’t blame the evictee in the moment. This is one good reason not to read too much into the preseason interviews. Once they get into the house, all bets are off.

Sam won the HOH thereafter, in a week in which her power is getting used. All this while Brett will be taking heavy fire from Kaitlyn and Angie/Rockstar.

Big Brother 20: Day 23, Swaggy C/Chris Evicted

Regardless of your view on the outcomes, both HOHs have been very successful so far. Tyler engineered a house flip after a tireless campaign for one last vote while holding his rogue bros in check. Now, Kaitlyn, Steve’s betrayer, backdoored the leader of her former alliance. She made a power move and it worked. Of course, it might have blown up her own game, but she still did it. The crying was a little much; Dan Gheesling wouldn’t have batted an eye. Just ask Shane.

Swaggy was a noticeable character in the house, as one who thought he was running it early. In reality, he never did, as he got blindsided both weeks. He never took his own preseason advice of playing close to the middle early. Once he got in there, he got into a showmance almost immediately and boasted about “cooking” the rest of the house in comps. It was a classic case of playing too hard, too fast, and there’s (at least) one every year. It is a shame that we won’t get to see him win an HOH, because you know that would have been an HOH-itis trainwreck.

With Scottie now in power — another person who betrayed Swaggy — it’s unclear which way he will go. He has no place with the Level 6 people and the smoldering crater left of his alliance, if he’s still with them, is in the minority. If he turns on Faysal’s crowd again, I’d start to worry about this being a steamroll season with three people on the other side of the house going in order. Keep in mind also that Sam and Tyler have powers for some further insulation.

Also remember that whatever alliances you see now will eventually dissolve and new lines will be drawn. This is one of those weeks, however, where it could set the course for the rest of the season.

Big Brother 20: Day 16, Steve Evicted

A lot has happened over the last two weeks. Tyler became the Head of Household, nominated the first two to drop in the pre-HOH comps, and presided over a lengthy period in the house. Before we go any further, he had a masterful week as the HOH. Yes, we said he had a “dim surfer bro” persona, but honestly, he’s not a dumb kid at all. How he finessed the blindside was a job well done; not only did he have to flip someone on the other side of the house, he had to keep his own bros in check after they waffled every hour.

There is so much to like about Big Brother 20 so far. To start, the first vote of the season was not a unanimous decision. None of this “I don’t want to blow up my game, let’s just all agree” bullshit. Cards were shown right from the start and the recriminations will be glorious. Second, the feeds have been much more entertaining this year. This is a messy group of people. Third, speaking of messy, Kaitlyn is the new HOH. She was the deciding vote that flipped the house, and her emotional outbursts will make this an unpredictable week.

As for Steve’s eviction, he was not in the FOUTTE/Sacred 6 alliance, nor was Sam in Level 6, but both had plenty of friends in each, respectively. Tyler engineered the first power play of the season to save Sam and take a number away from the other side. With Kaitlyn now in charge, does she go back making peace with her old alliance? Does she stick by Tyler, who put on a full-court press to get her vote, and his alliance? Good for Sam, also, finally getting a full week to play the game.

Finally, in case you didn’t think this was a blindside, submitted for your approval:

 

Big Brother 20: Through Day 2, Revised Houseguest Impressions

Angela: Not seeing playing the role of the “dumb girl;” I get a fierce competitor.

Angie: No change in impression; I would be surprised if she went far but she is flying under the radar to start.

Bayleigh: She’s going to be a source of drama, but we knew that.

Brett: I doubt I’m going to like him; frat bro who is very impressed with himself. We’ll see.

Chris: Swaggy C needs to stop referring to Swaggy C as Swaggy C. The third-person schtick isn’t working for me. Speaking of people impressed with themselves, Swaggy C. It’s getting old real quick, but I will grant him that he has a lot of fans on the interwebs. You’re either going to love him or hate him this year. My concern for him would be of someone playing too hard, too fast.

Faysal: He’s wallpaper; not noticeable yet.

Haleigh: Should I be paying attention to her?

JC: Annoying; we’ll see how long he lasts.

Kaitlyn: Already on my nerves. What color is the aura of someone who will be an early boot?

Kaycee: Fierce, but not really in the forefront.

Rachel: Just kind of blending in.

Sam: I feel so bad for her being a robot. She’s so damn nice.

Scottie: Yes, he’s definitely a dork, but dorks have actually won Big Brother. I’m not just saying that because I have him in my Big Brother 20 Knockout Pool.

Steve: He now looks to me like a cross between Jackie Gleason and Raul Julia. Also, he looks like a first boot.

Tyler: The dim surfer bro bit is going to wear on me.

Winston: I had high hopes for him, but he’s already bro’ing out with Brett. Urgh.

Big Brother 20: Preseason; Houseguest First Impressions

Angela thinks she has what it takes to win the game. One of a few people who is going to say they will lay low for the first couple weeks. She relates better to guys, and she might not be in a showmance, but being a flirt to get what she wants could throw off a few of the heterosexual males. Likable and intelligent and will play the role of the dumb pretty girl; it could work out for her. Answer to “the question:” Wasn’t asked, but would probably say win and be hated.

Angie WHAT THE HELL IS THAT ON YOUR FACE oh those are your glasses. Calls herself “Rockstar,” but we’ll table that for the time being. There’s a lot of personality there and the houseguests are either going to love her or hate her. She’s a no-middle-ground kind of person. Angie gets the social game aspect, I guess, but I can see her in the middle of a few blowups on Big Brother After Dark. Answer to “the question:” Win and be hated.

Bayleigh, not to be confused with Haleigh, comes into the house with lots of fire. You can tell she’s going to be a handful for any houseguests on her bad side. She seems to be concerned that she’ll be awkward around men, which could make things real interesting. Bayleigh doesn’t present as obnoxious, but if she doesn’t hold her tongue, she could piss people off early. Answer to “the question:” Wasn’t asked, but I think she’d say win and be hated.

Brett presents as one of the more devious hosueguests this season. Any insurance person knows what he means talking about “social engineering.” Brett’s got an obvious dominant personality, and I don’t know he’ll be able to tone it down for three months. There’s a whisper of arrogance there behind that smile. Answer to “the question:” Come in second and be invited back for BB21 (not an option, buster).

Chris is going by “Swaggy C.” He has an interesting personality, that’s for sure, and he’s very confident. I’m getting BB19 Josh from him, to be honest. He thinks it’s going to be “smooth sailing” after the double eviction. Yeah, piece of cake. Chris/Swaggy C could be very entertaining to watch on the feeds. Answer to “the question:” Lose and be loved, which is not what Josh said.

Faysal “believes” he’s going to win Big Brother 20. He will need to work on that confidence. Maybe Faysal was just nervous about being on television, but he was a little reserved and dare I say boring. He’s got a BB18 Corey personality, at least in the five minutes we saw him. Answer to “the question:” Win and be hated, but it was a tepid and prevaricated response.

Haleigh, Texas A&M Aggie, had to think about the fact that she was in the Diary Room. Erg. She name-checked Derrick right out of the gate and talked social game. Haleigh’s plan is to lay low early and let the big targets smash each other. Definite showmance candidate. If you want drama, you’ll like the fact that she tends not to think before she speaks. She seems pleasant enough. Answer to “the question:” Lose and be loved.

JC is a little man with a lot going on inside that frame. He’s a bit of a motormouth, but he is the sort of person who, if he sticks around long enough, could endear himself to the fans. He could get on people’s nerves inside the house, however. The girls will probably find him adorable right away (but no showmances, ladies, he doesn’t swing that way!) Answer to “the question:” Win and be loved (not an option).

Kaitlyn is a self-professed huge fan of the game, and my worry is that she’ll be too laid-back and harmonious. There ain’t no harmony in the Big Brother house. It will be interesting to see how she connects with her fellow houseguests, especially if the “life coach” thing kicks in (and annoys people). Answer to “the question:” Win and be hated.

Kaycee did not know she was in the Diary Room. Rough start, but she says she’s been watching since Day One. Kaycee is an athlete and that competitive fire is there, but she has a good head on her shoulders and she could play a thoughful game. My worry for her is that the competitiveness kicks in too early and she becomes a target in the initial phases. Ready to play and not be a sheep, hopefully. Answer to “the question:” Win and be hated.

Rachel instantly reminded me of BB19 Jessica and could follow the same trajectory. She dropped the “jury management” bomb right away and that’s great, though BB19 Mark said that too. Rachel dropped a hint that she might be a heated argument candidate in the right situation. She seems to think she can be in a showmance and not let it affect her. We’ll see, won’t we. Answer to “the question:” Lose and be loved.

Sam is sugary-sweet. She comes off as a very friendly, down-home type Southern girl. Sam is more a fan of historical Big Brother (as in, single-digit seasons) which gets her points. Her shoulder says “Ruthless,” but will she be? You might think “early out” with her because she presents as sweet and charming, but there’s another side to her that I hope we see in the game. Answer to “the question:” Dodged, but eventually said win and be hated.

Scottie, beam me up! Perhaps the quirkiest member of the cast, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but if quirky becomes annoying — and it might — the jury might not be in his future. Hopefully he holds on longer than BB19 Cameron. Gotta give Scottie props for staying in his lane and owning his personality every damn day. He’ll be feeds gold as long as he’s around. Answer to “the question:” Win and be hated.

Steve seems like a normal guy. When you hear he’s an “undercover cop,” you think Derrick, and he’s not Derrick, though he does plan to somewhat mimic his game. Steve seems very thoughtful and he appears to have more than a rudimentary understanding of the game. First impression is of a likable Average Joe. Answer to “the question:” Win and be hated.

Tyler…duuuuude, bro. Dude. Snatched him straight out of Ron Jon, it seems. I want to say early flop but I’m not going to say that. He seems to me like a BB18 Corey, someone who could be the first one out or somehow smile, nod, and “bro” his way into the top four because nobody sees him as a threat. Answer to “the question:” Win and be hated.

Winston is very charming, and he understands the mechanics of Big Brother. He’s confident but I think he does it in a way that doesn’t come across as cocky. The single ladies in the house are going to collapse towards him like he’s a black hole, even though he’s strategically opposed to showmances. It’s gonna happen, buddy. He actually seems a little shy and reserved, but I’d be surprised if he doesn’t make a few friends in there. Answer to “the question:” Win and be hated.

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