Big Brother Celebrity Season Follows Trend

Big Brother is a reality tv show, first aired in 2000, in which contestants compete to eliminate each other in order to win the prize of a half a million dollars.

Big Brother is a reality tv show, first aired in 2000, in which contestants compete to eliminate each other in order to win the prize of a half a million dollars.


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   Big Brother is a CBS reality television show hosted by Julie Chen. In the show, a designated number of players compete in a series of challenges and twists in order to evict their fellow players one by one and come out on top, winning a $500,000 prize. Usually, it begins sometime in June and ends somewhere in August or September. However, this year the show did something they never have before and had their first season of Celebrity Big Brother. Other countries with the same show have had this season, but this was the U.S.’ first time. The season began in February and packed a whole three months worth of game into that month.

   The celebrities competing for the prize were; Ariadna Gutierrez, the Miss Columbia runner up, yes, this was the woman Steve Harvey accidentally crowned queen before embarrassingly fixing his mistake. Brandi Glanville, former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, Chuck Liddell, mixed martial artist and UFC hall of famer, James Maslow, former member of the band and Nickelodeon show Big Time Rush, Keshia Knight Pulliam, former The Cosby Show actress, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Tracy Turnblad in the Broadway production of Hairspray, Mark McGrath, Sugar Ray band member and television host, Metta World Peace, former NBA player, Omarosa Manigault, former The Apprentice star and political aide to Donald Trump, Ross Mathews, television show host, and finally, Shannon Elizabeth, actress from the 1999 movie American Pie.

   The season began with an all female alliance, plus Ross, against the men. Like most first day alliances, this one crumbled as the days went on and new pairs emerged. Omarosa and Keshia became “BGM” or, Black Girl Magic. Ross, Marissa, Brandi, and Ariadna became a foursome. James and Mark seemed to be an unspoken pair while Shannon was left scrambling for safety after being dubbed one of the most powerful players in her season. Chuck banded with Mark and James, but was the first evicted, so that was short lived. Others like Metta seemed to not realize they were even playing the game.

   Through a season of making and breaking alliances, a stress filled season of packing too much game-play into too little time, Marissa came out on top as the winner.

   Now, the big question. Did she deserve it? Marissa tagged along with her alliance and more specifically rode the coattails of Ross the entire season. Ross was the one putting himself into the mess of making big moves, frequently weaving through the ins and outs of trying to stay safe. Marissa even gushed about how well Ross did at the finale. For the first time in years, the jury (the ones voting for the winner at the finale) got to go home before finale. This meant they got to watch the season in its entirety. I believe this contributed to the outcome. The jury in recent years has been known for voting with their feelings rather than who deserved to win.

While I don’t have too much room to talk, as I have only been watching since 2014 during season 16, I believe a deserving winner hasn’t been crowned since… well, 2014.

   There’s no doubt season 16’s Derrick Levasseur deserved to win. He had been manipulating and playing the puppet master all season, effectively paving his easy way to the finale. Albeit a bit boring, as he was the clear winner, the jury acknowledged this. Derrick had backstabbed many of them and had led them to believe they were in an alliance with him when they weren’t. Or, he made them feel like they were a priority when his real ride or die had been established in the very beginning, Cody Calafiore. However, instead of crying that they had been outsmarted, they gave him props for this.

   The next season, season 17, gave horrible cast members. The final two were Steve Moses and Liz Nolan. I should just skip over this one, as I’m not sure what Steve did to get there aside from cutting Vanessa in the final three. However, this move was very smart, as Vanessa would have been the more deserving winner, as much of a crybaby that she was. All Liz did was help her showmance partner Austin cheat on his girlfriend at home.

   Next, season 18 and 19. Now, this is a little controversial. I don’t mean to be “that girl”, but season 18 and 19’s Paul Abrahamian should’ve taken the crown in 18, and when he didn’t, should’ve in 19. In season 18, Paul was in the finale with season 16’s Nicole Franzel, who spent the entire season in bed with her new showmance partner, Corey -. In 18, Paul had an underdog story for the ages, constantly battling his way off the block while ultimately having only one true alliance member who was evicted twice and returned. Paul and Nicole were one vote apart, the separating vote being “I want a woman to win”. Which, is definitely cool and all, but couldn’t they choose a deserving woman to win? Then, Paul returned the next season in the internet wide hated game. While I don’t condone the strange “cult following” bully tactics everyone aside from Cody and Jess partook in, Paul definitely should’ve won against Josh, whose remembering quality was the fact he walked around the house banging pots and pans together while singing circus music. Yes, this season was a mess. But, his former alliance members didn’t vote for him because he went against them to save himself.

   However, despite the fact that I’ve complained for the majority of this article, I would still recommend the show. It’s a guilty pleasure show that will have you finding yourself excessively rooting for some and cheering them on, or feeling intense disappointment at other situations. The season keeps me entertained all summer and while I say I hate it and won’t watch it again, I’ll be tuning in for season 20.

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