The Revival Hour

This week, Alec Beall and Emerald “Topaz” Brady were evicted from the house on Thursday in yet another double eviction week.  Beall was heavily favored by this reporter to win the season, as his game seemed patterned after Will Kirby’s from season two of the US Big Brother. But along the way, Beall made one mistake that Kirby never made in the two seasons he played: that was winning Head of Household.  When you have control of the house, you either directly or indirectly cause someone to leave the game.  If you cause someone to leave the game who has friends in the house, you give those persons a reason to evict you.  Will Kirby understood this, Alec Beall did not.

But what’s this?  The producers north of the border are going to give one of the jurored houseguests a second chance at winning the game through another “audience choice” decision?


I’m OK, group.  That was the sound of my face banging against the notebook computer.

On the US version, the revival twist works out just fine.  Mainly because it’s only been used once every three years.  For BB Canada to break out the twist in their first season just smacks of desperation.

Then there is the matter of doing a revival so late in the season, midway through finding the jurors who will decide the winner.  It’s never been done this late in the US version of BB, and for good reason.  It gives the jurored houseguest who may or may not have had time to deliberate with other houseguests a possible huge advantage.

Between the constant feed interruptions and now this, the producers of BB Canada are doing a very good job…at making Allison Grodner (who produces the BB US version) look good.  And prior to a couple of months ago, that’s something I thought wasn’t humanly possible.


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