Tidbits Here And There

Us watchers of Big Brother here in the US love to gossip and speculate on every little thing that goes on during the season.  Well for all of us speculators and postulators, we’ve already had one nugget of information come our way: Big Brother 15’s first show will apparently be June 26th, 2013.

Only the seventh season, Big Brother All-Stars, had a June debut, which was a preview show where viewers could “vote” on the fourteen returning houseguests to enter back into the house that season.  I put the word vote in quotes because it wasn’t explained to viewers that some houseguests were selected to go in by the producers until the first regular episode in July, and therefore didn’t have to be dependent on the voting results.  A classic “bait and switch” game Big Brother has played with viewers on and off throughout the years, to be totally honest about it.  Does this mean the 2013 Big Brother is going to be another revival of houseguests?  Could be.  It could also be the season just being moved up a bit so that it ends before the 2013-14 TV season get started.  Wouldn’t put too much thought into that announcement until we get more word.

Word out of Canada is that the first season of Big Brother Canada will feature free live feeds, the first time in North America that has happened since the first US BB back in 2000.  However, to say this is the first BB Canada has had is a bit of misnomer.  There was a Quebec version of BB that aired in 2010, borrowing both from the United States and International versions of the show.  One unique idea the Quebec version had was not one, but two Heads of Household each week.  The top HOH (number one) put two names up for eviction, while the “vice” HOH (number two) put up a third name.  Number one, number two: sounds like The Prisoner a bit, doesn’t it?

A topless model aptly named Lacey Banghard (no, not her birth name) was the third celebrity contestant eliminated from the latest installment of Celebrity Big Brother over in the United Kingdom.  Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag, playing as a team, have faced the public vote twice, and survived each occasion.  In fact, each time they have been eligible for to be nominated, every last “housemate” has placed them up.  Sooner or later, the rest of the house may realize that putting them up is a wasted vote, and they might get down to taking each other out.

By design or otherwise, Pratt and Montag’s behavior in the house has been downright boorish, at times openly uncooperative and rude to the other housemates.  They got into an argument with former soccer play Neil “Razor” Ruddock over the weekend, getting Ruddock’s ire up to the point where he made threats against the two in a moment of anger, and had to be warned against making further gestures of the like.  (Back on the fifth CBB in early 2007, former UK BB housemate Jade Goody got into it with Indian actress Shilpa Shetty, using racist remarks and setting off an international incident of sorts, causing the show to lose numerous sponsors during its 26 day run.  Shilpa won the season, while Jade was the third evicted.) With Pratt and Montag seemingly immune by the British public from being evicted, have they won this game already?

Speidi Sense

Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag enter the Big Brother house, January 3, 2013.

Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag enter the Big Brother house, January 3, 2013.

Belated Happy New Year wishes to you all.

We kick off the year of 2013 with a look at Celebrity Big Brother over in the UK.  Then Big Brother Canada will follow that in late February, then Big Brother 15 starting in July.  Somewhere in the year, will there be a Glass House 2?  Still unclear whether or not that happens as the year begins.

There’s at least one CBB held in the UK, sometimes two, as was the case last year.  Usually, there’s usually an American amongst the group of some sort.  Last season, held after the regular UK Big Brother was played during the summer, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino of Jersey Shore was the US entrant, making it all the way to the final day with a fourth place finish.  The season before that, they had the Shannon twins from Playboy, and they also made it to the final day, finishing fifth as a two-player entity.

(Fair disclosure: the Shannon twins attended Largo High School in Largo, Florida, which is my alma mater.)

This season, Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag were chosen as the American entries, and will play in the game as a single entity.  They did not get off to a good start as the game began with a segregated house, with one half of the house living normally, the other half living in the basement.  The Pratt/Montag duo decided to isolate themselves from the house and were antisocial in social situations in the opening few days.

This did not sit well with the other housemates.  The UK version of Big Brother is played much like the first Big Brother here in the US, with no Arnold Shapiro to come along and decide from on high that the voting public makes bad decisions.  The two with the most votes must “face the public vote” as well as anyone tied for second place, or anyone in a three way tie or more for first place.  Spencer and Heidi received ten votes, one from each of the other housemates.

Another wrinkle to the UK BB is that the twists usually revolve around nominations.  For the “basement” houseguests to get full house privileges, one of them had to “sacrifice themselves” and go up for a public vote, for which jockey Frankie Dettori agreed to do.  So Dettrori, the Pratt/Montag team, and former British model Paula Hamilton are up for eviction, with one of those three gone tomorrow unless any last moment twists arise.  Hamilton, the one time squeeze of Simon Cowell who had recently been in a DUI-related automobile accident that knocked out a lot of her teeth, feared at the end of the nomination episode that she may be gone and threatened to leave, but doubled back from those thoughts as the episode concluded.

Usually, the American entry goes at least midway through the Celebrity game, but I think this may be an exception to the rule.  They did a lot to harm their standing in the game those first two days, so the British public may just see them as ugly Americans.  If the UK fans do take a liking to Pratt and Montag, then Paula Hamilton will surely be gone as a compromise choice.  London has a better chance of seeing a 90 degree (Farhenheit) day will CBB is on than they do of seeing Frankie Dettori leaving in this opening vote.