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Big Brother 19 State of Play and Commentary

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Big Brother 19 is underway, and 16 (or more) House Guests will narrow down to one over the course of a 92-day summer season.

Follow our live chart/bracket of the state of play in the BB19 house, with all of the snarky commentary you can handle. This article will be updated throughout the season, and the graph changes as players are evicted. Don’t worry, we’re prepared to change its appearance in the likely event of double evictions and/or buybacks.

Who outlasts the other contestants to win the half a million smackeroos? Most recent commentary on the course of the season is at the top. Be warned that if you only watch the broadcast edition, there will be spoilers. We do not tag spoilers here because we just don’t. This is an open book.

Big Brother 19: Important Links

To entertain yourselves when not watching the live feeds, check out the Bracket Yard’s own Big Brother USA Tournament of Winners. Who was the best winner over the show’s first 18 seasons? Now is your chance to see the true champion determined.

Of course, if you want to see the live feeds, visit CBS.com and buy a subscription. Yes, we have one, and no, we’re not sharing. Go follow @hamsterwatch or something.

Finally, if you want to know more about the live feeds than I ever will, visit Reddit.

Big Brother 19: Josh Wins, Paul Loses

We did not update this page for much of the season as Big Brother 19 became unwatchable. The whole season felt like a Paul victory lap, and Paul knew it. He gloated over his control of the house at every opportunity. And then, on finale night, Paul lost to Josh.

Josh was not the favorite of a lot of fans this season, but Paul was less of a favorite. You will hear a lot about how the jury was “bitter” and “didn’t reward Paul’s gameplay.” Apparently, even if the jury hates you and thinks you played a shady game, they’re supposed to vote for you. Yet, there is no Big Brother Jury Voting Handbook.

Paul bombed in the jury question and answer segment. First, it was obvious based on his facial reactions that he was not expecting the grilling he got from them. Second, Paul blatantly and repeatedly lied about his strategy up until the votes were read. Watching players like Elena and Alex shaking their head as he spoke told you what he was up against. Third, him calling Josh “cowardly” for Josh admitting the truth in his goodbye messages was a sour note. Josh’s honesty got himself enough credibility to win.

Alison Grodner gfitwrapped this season for Paul with a bow on top and he still lost. Some of you want to say “jury management” shouldn’t be a thing, but it is. Paul did not own any of his game moves and was unabashedly dishonest about them even when it was clear what he had done.

The thing about having an army of “minions” in a game like this is that eventually, you’re going to have to start shanking them. He did it in a way that enough people on the jury found to be fake. Betrayal is a part of the game on Big Brother, but Paul’s mistake (again) was thinking the jury would reward him for tossing them aside and being deceitful about how it was done. He said “friendship” to their faces while he stabbed them in the back. You piss of a majority of the people that have your fate in their hands, you’re gonna lose.

Big Brother 19: Where Are The Updates?

On August 19, we answered this question. If you think this is a season with great gameplay, you’re gonna have a bad time.

Big Brother 19: Current State of the House

Last updated on August 5, 2017 12:00 ET; image(s) will open new tab.

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Big Brother 19: Ramses’ Eviction

To the surprise of nobody outside the Big Brother house, Ramses went home on a 7-3 vote. At least Kevin was nice enough to tell Jessica that the blindside was happening. And at least Jessica was nice enough to tell the whole house that she has the final temptation. (Seriously, girl, what the hell were you thinking? Let Paul put you and Cody up and see the look on his face next Thursday when he realizes his HOH was for nothing.)

The pawn always goes home in Big Brother. Jess blew her HOH by not swapping Ramses out, and frankly, knowing she had the hex, she should have taken a bigger shot. Say, Alex or Paul. You never would have evicted Paul, but you would have evicted the person sitting next to him. Instead, someone who maybe would have worked with you is out.

Meanwhile, Paul’s army of brainless minions remains intact as he steamrolls ahead, Derrick Levasseur style, towards 500 large.

Big Brother 19: Cody’s Return

And he arose from out of the ashes to vanquish his hipster foe.

Cody is back in the Big Brother house after winning the Battle Back. To do it, he first dismissed Dominique and Jillian. Then, he beat Cameron. Finally, he had to beat Paul to win his way. Of all of them, gotta say, glad Jillian isn’t back in the game. The house already has plenty of wall ornaments and it doesn’t need another. Cameron is a lamentable case but he shouldn’t have forgotten the clues in the Nicole comp. Dominique would have gone after Paul, but Cody will do it, anyway. Cody’s re-entry is like a cruise missile hitting the house and the next week of feeds should be juicy.

Big Brother 19: Dominique’s Eviction (Broadcast Night 11)

To nobody’s surprise, Dominique the Dominator (Dominatrix?) tallied a unanimous 10-0 vote to evict. In a bit of good foresight, Jessica also decided not to use her “Halting Hex” to scrub the eviction.

Dominique had a bad, bad week on that sound stage and she’s now in the Battle Back. (Did you see Cody’s eyes light up like melons when not-Jessica walked out on stage? Then Dom spilled all the tea to him and you can bet your sweet bippy she put some tire tracks on Paul’s faux fur.)

What we’re left with are more questions than answers. We know the Battle Back itself isn’t the curse unleashed on the house, but what is? A double eviction? More than one evictee returning? Are ANY evictees returning after the Battle Back? With the feeds off, how will we know?

And Paul figured out Jessica has the temptation, but that’s also because Jessica barely had a poker face.

Big Brother 19 Sarcastic, Judgmental Commentary Thru Broadcast Night 7

Everybody and their cousin knew Cody was getting evicted this week. That’s not even news. There’s a large part of me that hopes he wins the Battle Back to further irritate the hive mind in the house. Otherwise, he’ll go home to teaching his daughter how not to be a Beta.

Paul’s HOH featured him getting absolutely everything he wanted and with nobody questioning his authority or status. Like I said earlier, the time to challenge Paul is not when he’s HOH or immune. It still remains to be seen if ANYONE but Jessica wants him gone, or if they’ll let him steamroll them. So far, that would appear to be the preference of the majority. The vote to evict Cody was closer than otherwise expected, but he got his man.

Paul is a fan favorite, but if you didn’t think he was arrogant in BB18, you can’t possibly miss it in BB19. He tells everyone else what to do and how to do it, reminds us all how he made finale night last year, and seems to be quite impressed with how he’s doing so far. It may or may not be wearing on you, but the question is if it will wear on the house.

Of course, Paul could be playing too hard, too fast. It looked like Paulie was running the damn house the first several weeks last year. His implosion was supernovan and the vote to evict unanimous.

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