Yes, I still continue to watch Big Brother even though I know it’s quite contrived because of housemate choice and what’s shown on the daily show.
I have noticed recently when Gretel’s interviewed recent evictees on stage that she mentions Hayley and Andrew a lot and not in a positive way. I can’t remember verbatim, but she’s said things like they’ve got a huge advantage in the house. I don’t think she really likes them very much and this is unusual for Gretel because she comes across as unbiased (mostly). Although having said that she struggled with interviewing Michael last year becaue he didn’t like the way he’d been portrayed on the show and stuck to his guns, and she couldn’t interview Merlin three years ago because of his refusal to talk to highlight his free the refugees protest.
So last night I saw the beginning of the eviction show and saw Hayley and Andrew in the diary room being told that because of their advantage in being a couple, one of them will have to go. Of course it’s an advantage being a couple but it’s also a disadvantage because housemates can use this against them to nominate them and similarly people can vote to evict based on their coupledom.
Behind Big Brother have written about the ‘Suss Hayley eviction‘ and the bias against Hayley on the official Big Brother website. It would be interesting to be a fly on the wall in the show’s production to see what really goes on.
The winners of Big Brother in 2005 were essentially a couple, being twins, and they obviously weren’t disliked or picked on because they were a couple. One of them won the show which I guess could be interpreted as they had an advantage which ultimately helped them win.
Hayley will be leaving the show tonight and Andrew is up for nomination thanks to Demet but I don’t think he will be evicted this week. Perhaps Rebecca will be as Emma has so far managed to escape eviction so must be pretty popular.
I mentioned a few weeks ago that this year’s Big Brother is more like that other reality show, Survivor, in that Big Brother contestants have an opportunity to discuss tactics while they are in the rewards room. There is also another similarly to Survivor in that whoever wins Friday Night Games effectively wins immunity for themself or for a mate therefore potentially changing who is evicted that week as happened this week when Demet was evicted because Andrew nominated her.
I guess I’ll stick out Big Brother this year and maybe glimpse it next year if it’s still on, but perhaps for my 7pm veg out in front of the telly viewing I’ll stick with Home and Away.