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Big Brother, Break Down, Drama and Nom Noms

Josh Says Goodbye and Everyone Gets

Nominated


The drama that we expected as a result of the death of Josh’s brother really did not materialise, or it was well contained by the producers of Big Brother. Josh came back for the Sunday night show to do a full farewell on stage and he seems to be coping very well with the loss of his brother and the shock that it must have been for him.

Big Brother Nominees

Big Brother Eviction Nominees. A particularly flattering shot of Layla

As we reported previously, Josh was notified of the devastating news by his parents in the Captains Quarters last Wednesday. He immediately left the house but returned to say goodbye to the housemates and have one last tour of the house.

The Red and Blue task, that divided the house into two teams who were not allowed to speak to each other, was abandoned and this was a good thing for some of the house mates. The wear and tear of being stuck in the same place for so many weeks and without contact to their friends and family or the outside world is beginning to take its toll on many of the participants. The splitting of the house was particularly taking its toll on Michael and Angie. But Zoe and Stacey are also starting to crumble a little too.

Angie was almost in breakdown mode during the task. She does not cope well with being nominated and takes it as a personal slur. She seems to forget that it is part of the game and everyone has to nominate. I am pretty sure that she would not be that emotional in the outside world.

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As a result of Josh leaving the eviction was also abandoned this week, so that the show could stay on track. This was a great relief to Angie, Estelle and Sam, but they were retained as automatic nominees this week. The twist was that they could not be nominated again, so at least 3 of the others would be up for eviction too. That group included Michael, Ben and Layla who have only been up for eviction once and Zoe and Stacey who have never been up for eviction.

As expected Josh gave the nomination Super Power to Michael and it was a complicated one. Michael would vote as normal, he would not see or hear anyone else voting and would not see any of the results, but he would be allowed to choose one other house mate to remove from the voting process and replace their votes with his, for a double effect.

Let’s take a look at who voted for whom.

Nominator Nominee 1 Points Nominee 2 Points
         
Benjamin Layla 4 Zoe 1
Angie Zoe 3 Layla 2
Zoe Stacey 3 Layla 2
Stacey Layla 3 Michael 2
Sam Benjamin 3 Zoe 2
Michael Layla 2 Zoe 3
Layla Benjamin 3 Stacey 2
Estelle Stacey 4 Michael 1
Superpower Michael
takes out Estelle
Stacey -4 Michael -1
and adds his votes
again
Layla 2 Zoe 3


So that puts everyone up for eviction except Michael and Stacey. The effect of the Super power was that Michael managed to take a point off of himself, but he would not have been up for eviction anyway. He also took Stacey out of the danger zone and Benjamin into it. I’m not sure which he would prefer.

Who do you think will go this week? It would be a brave man to put money on it.

I would still like to see Sam go, his iron pumping and necking with Layla is not really entertainment for me. But somehow I don’t think he will. Zoe is a wildcard as she has never been up for nomination before and we do not know what the public thinks of her.

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Ben is up for the second time, so that will test the public’s reaction. But he seems to be popular; despite the fact he is managing and manipulating the game more than anyone else.

I don’t want to see Angie or Estelle go because their mood changes keep everyone else on their toes and stop things becoming stagnant in the house.

The only thing that is for sure is that Channel 9 will clean up on the voting money. As you can not vote anyone out, you will have to make 5 votes to save the others if there is someone you really want to see go.

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Big Brother Tragedy

Devastating News for Josh has the

Potential to end the Show



It has been announced on Facebook and the official Big Brother site today that Josh has left the Big Brother house due to a devastating personal tragedy. His older brother Toby, 32 has died suddenly.

This is awful news and goes way beyond the realms of some silly TV show. Josh has obviously left the house to be with his family.

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Josh, our sympathies go out to him and his family

No details on how the tragedy occurred have been released on the Big Brother web site and they have suspended live updates. But it is believed that Toby suffered a suspected heart attack.

It is hard to see how the show could recover from this disaster. Josh was one of the lead characters in the house and probably one of the favourites to win the game. But playing silly games seems totally pointless in view of this real life family heartbreak.

I would imagine all games have been suspended in the house and his friends in there will be suffering too, on his behalf.

There is really no more to report until the producers decide how or if they are going to proceed. Our sympathies go out to Josh and his family and friends.

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Big Brother Nominations Expose Second Intruder

Iron Pumping Sam has one foot out the door.


Nominations, like the eviction, came late this week and threw up at least one surprise contender. Estelle was given the Super Voting Power and used it to good effect.

Estelle was given the super voting power in the nominations by her departing friend Ava and this week’s was a very sneaky one. Estelle was allowed to watch all of the house mates nominate from the Diary Room via Big Brother‘s very own view. She was also allowed to eaves drop on two of the house mates of her choice. So if she could lip read she would know who everyone nominated.

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But Stella claimed that she could not see well enough to lip read, but she picked the right house mates to listen to, certainly in one case anyway. She chose Ben and Michael to eavesdrop on and Michael nominated her, saying “Three points, I nominate the perennial Stella. Great girl, but doesn’t really know how to have a chat.” He also said Estelle speaks in a nonsensical voice and that her interruptions halt conversations, finishing with his frustrated feeling of: “why do we all hate Estelle now?”

This reduced Estelle to tears in the diary room. But she got her revenge by awarding Michael 2 points and putting him in eviction danger for the first time. Estelle was also comforted by not being up for eviction for a change.

So let’s take a look at how everyone voted.

Nominator Nominee 1 Points Nominee 2 Points
         
Layla Bradley 4 Angie 1
Zoe Michael 3 Sam 2
Josh Angie 4 Stacey 1
Michael Sam 2 Estelle 3
Angie Sam 3 Bradley 2
Stacey Bradley 3 Josh 2
Sam Ben 3 Bradley 2
Bradley Layla 4 Michael 1
Benjamin Sam 4 Angie 1
Estelle Michael 2 Bradley 3


So once again Bradley came out on top of the nominations for his laziness and rudeness. But I don’t think he will be voted out. The public like him and he provides a definite alternative in the house to all the beautiful people, some of whom spend all of their time preening or beautifying themselves.

Top of that list of course is Sam, who seems to be there only to work out, clean and flirt with the girls. I’d like to see him go.

Angie made the eviction squad once again and even though she is one of the beautiful people, she does interact with all of the house mates and keeps the place interesting. Once again Angie should be saved.

Because of Estelle’s informed vote, Michael is on the eviction list and we have four eviction nominees for the first time. But he shouldn’t go, like Angie he interacts with everyone and keeps the place alive. Who’s going to be the MC if he goes?

Big Brother Eviction Nominees

Sam, Bradley, Angie and Michael. Kick out the intruder

It was interesting to see that Josh awarded 4 points to his former bed mate Angie, the day after his latest conquest, Ava, was evicted. And Angie awarded 3 points to the Sam the man, who gave her a hickey. The course of love certainly does not run smooth in the Big Brother house.

So will we see another Big Brother couple separated this week? Let’s hope so, it’s time for “Samla” to come to an end and maybe Layla will end her feud with Bradley and take up with him. But there are one or two other straight men she hasn’t hooked up with yet.

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Big Brother 2012 the First Intruder Goes

Conjoined Twins Ava and Josh Separated


The Big Brother eviction for this week was delayed until Tuesday night because of the NRL Grand Final on Sunday. The house mates were not notified of the change and were completely confused in the house. This of course had never happened before, because the show previously aired on Channel 10 and they have no idea what Rugby League is, let alone have it effect their scheduling.

In the house paranoia ran wild, amongst the nominees for eviction and the others. Bradley suggested there may have been some sort of natural disaster on the outside and Layla went to the diary room to plead to be told when the eviction would take place.

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Anyway, as a result the sickly love birds, Josh and Ava, got to spend more time together and more time necking in front of the cameras and everyone else. Which can only have increased the save votes for the other nominees.

Josh and Ava

Josh and Ava joined at the lip

Ava had added very little to the house. Restricting herself mainly to the company of Josh and Estelle and contributing nothing else other than her looks.

As a result the eviction votes were very clear cut. Angie got plenty of votes to save her, Estelle got a quite a few and Ava not so many. Those are not the exact figures but they were in that ballpark.

Although a very attractive girl, Ava showed little redeeming qualities to warrant her stay on prime time TV. She had a very brief display of her singing talent, too little to make any decision whether she was any good or not and she certainly did not stand out as an exceptional vocalist. On the other hand Josh, the other professional singer, sings all of the time, to let people on the outside know what he can do. Which is bound to increase the following for his band when he finally escapes the compound.

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Apart from restricting herself to a couple of housemates, Ava was also kind of secretive, revealing little of herself and at one point alluding to the fact that she might be “someone” on the outside, but never expanding on this when the housemates quizzed her further. She was also not short of the odd hissy fit. Instead of treating the naughty corner as a joke and an opportunity to show your resilience, as most of the others have. Ava sulked and moaned when she was sent there for repeatedly forgetting to wear her microphone. She also threw a mini tantrum when Josh jumped in the pool, in the singlet that she had given him, as part of the week’s task. Even Estelle said to her “It is only water”.

Josh 'n Ava

Josh ‘n Ava non-stop necking

Which brings us back to the non-stop necking with Josh and physically attaching herself to him, for what seemed like most of her stay. Other house mates commented on it. Michael was disappointed at the loss of his bro in the house and she was referred to as Yoko Ono who was blamed for the break up of the Beatles and Megan Gale, who Ben believed came between Hamish and Andy.

So it is no wonder that she was given the shaft by the public. Once again the right result has been achieved. Angie and Estelle both provide far more entertainment in the house. But I would be surprised if they are not nominated again tonight.

As far as I can remember there have been no major disputes in the house this week, so what will change in the voting?

Sam BB Muscles

Are Sam’s Muscles strong enough to keep him in the house?

Well I would like to see Sam be nominated and dispatched. Like Ava he offers little apart from spending most of the time shirtless, which may appeal to the ladies and men of a certain disposition. I am certain that Michael will nominate him, but I am not sure enough of the others will, in order to get him in the danger zone.

Ava has given the voting super power to Estelle, but depending on what this is, I doubt that it will be enough to save her from being up for eviction again.

So what are your thoughts? Will Sam go, or will it be one of the housemates who have so far survived eviction. Let us know in the comments below.

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Big Brother 2012 Evictions, Nominations and Intruders

Intrigue, Drama and Conflict in the

Big Brother House


We have not caught up with the goings on in the Big Brother house for a while, reality has gotten in the way of reality TV. But all manner of action has taken place in our absence.

Two intruders have taken up residence. The beautiful and exotic Ava, who quickly hooked up with Estelle and Josh. A week later some eye candy for the ladies was introduced in the form of Sam, who maybe should be called Georgie Porgie, because when is not working out, which seems to take up over 90% of his waking time, he kisses the girls and makes them cry.

Ava

Ava

Sam

Sam

Sweet and  Savoury. Eye Candy and Fresh Meat

Ava caused divisions in the house by spending all of her time with the least popular female house mate, Estelle. Then she hooked up with Josh, which must have put Angie’s nose out of joint, although she is doing a good job of pretending that it didn’t.

Sam kissed all of the girls bar Angie in a game of truth or dare, he said he was worried about this causing divisions in the house, but this did not stop him pashing on with Angie later when they were both alone in the kitchen. There was obviously more to this than we were shown on TV as Angie later emerged with a hickey on her neck. This was a big contribution to the battle that later raged between Angie and her former BFF Layla.

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Layla herself had wasted no time in dumping George upon the arrival of the fresh meat.

I never really understood what the fight between Layla and Angie was all about. Except maybe Angie was embarrassed about her deceptive pash with Sam and became defensive because of that. If you have any better rationalization than I do, please explain.

Two house mates have been evicted in the last couple of weeks Ray and George. On both occasions I thought the public made the right decision, saving Angie, Estelle and Bradley. These are the people that keep all the action and interest in the house and this year the less interesting people are all going first. Maybe there is something in this ‘vote to save’, other than making more money for Channel 9.

So we come to this weeks nominations. There were two new issues to deal with. First of all Big Brother banned the cover up of the mouth to try to avoid being lip read in the mirrors, with the threat of having to make your nominations in the open room for anyone that did not comply. Estelle tried to get around this by doing a ventriloquist act and nominated without moving her lips. Secondly every one of the house mates had to make one of their votes for tactical reasons. This was obviously a ploy by Big Brother to get some of the housemates nominated who have avoided the axe so far. Although some people got votes that had not before, it made no real change to the actual nominees.

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In addition to this, Layla was given the super power by George, which she really didn’t want and struggled to deal with. The super power was to give 6 points to one house mate only. This was a big improvement on the blind super power George was given the week before, that resulted in him putting himself in the frame and eventual eviction.

So let’s take a look at who voted for whom.

Nominator Nominee 1 Points Nominee 2 Points
         
Estelle Angie 2 Stacey 3
Zoe Ava 2 Angie 3
Josh Estelle 3 Angie 2
Bradley Michael 3 Zoe 2
Benjamin Joshua 1 Angie 4
Michael Ava 4 Estelle 1
Ava Bradley 3 Stacey 2
Angie Estelle 3 Ava 2
Stacey Michael 3 Angie 2
Layla Estelle 6    

So once again Angie and Estelle are up for eviction. So, no real change there. Angie picked up a lot of her votes because of the fight she had with Layla and most people saw her as the culprit. Estelle picked her votes, well because she’s Estelle. New girl Ava is also in the danger zone, partly because she is the new girl and intruders are always the first to be nominated and justifiably because she contributes little to the house, interacting mainly with Estelle and Josh only.

So hopefully the pattern will continue and the dullest house mate, Ava, will go. We need Angie and Estelle to keep level of activity up. Do you agree? Let us know in the comments.

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Big Brother Nominations Benjamin has the Power

Another new twist to the Nomination Process


After her eviction from the Big Brother house last night Sarah awarded the nomination power to Benjamin this week. He really wanted it and was even seen in the daily highlights show asking Stacey if she thought that Sarah would have given it to him. Stacey thought she would have and of course they were both right.

But they did not know that the power was going to change and would not be the same as the power that Estelle had last week. So when voting time was upon us, Ben was asked to remain in the lounge room and he was told he would have to nominate twice, distributing 10 points among four house mates.

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All of these powers are of course a double edged sword. You may be able to save yourself from nomination, or put up the people that you would really like to see out of the house, but at the same time it is quite stressful to diss the people you are living with and potentially end their adventure. On top of the that, if you are seen as unscrupulous, or two faced by the viewing public that increases your chances of being voted out, if you should be nominated.

So let’s get straight to the voting.

Nominator Nominee 1 Points Nominee 2 Points
         
Michael Ray 3 Estelle 2
Stacey Ray 3 Angie 2
George Bradley 2 Angie 3
Layla Estelle 4 Bradley 1
Josh Ray 3 Bradley 2
Ray Angie 4 Benjamin 1
Zoe Estelle 3 Ray 2
Bradley Ben 3 Stacey 2
Benjamin Estelle 4 Ray 1
Benjamin 2nd Bradley 4 Angie 1
Angie Estelle 3 Ray 2
Estelle Zoe 2 Stacey 3

Which means that the three up for nomination are Estelle, Ray and Angie. I knew that Estelle would be up there and possibly Ray, but Angie came into the frame for the first time and Bradley has his first week free of nomination, although he still picked up plenty of votes. Benjamin used his four votes on all of the nominees, but even his four points did not put Bradley in the danger zone.

So although Ray seems to have an army of supporters on the outside that saved him from eviction last week, he is still unpopular in the house. Assuming the same people will vote for Ray, I think Estelle will be evicted on Sunday. Angie could be interesting, being up for the first time, but from what I have seen around the net I do not think that Estelle is too popular and she will be released, to go and fight off Ryan in the real world.

Ray, Angie, Estelle

Big Brother Nominees Ray, Angie and Estelle

Once the voting was over we were promised an intruder. Onstage we were introduced to Ava, she’s very attractive, exotic, another singer and looks much younger than her 29 years. But she was not introduced to the house. Instead they slipped her into a private little suite somewhere in the complex. There was a glass of champagne and a note and from Big Brother, which said enjoy the facilities as you will only be here for a short time.

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This was kind of anticlimactic, as the all the promos had promised an intruder and we were expecting to see the reaction from the house when she walked in. But no, we were informed by Sonia Kruger that she will be introduced to one of the boys alone in her suite tomorrow, so another phased introduction is on the cards.

Keep ‘em peeled tomorrow to see what impact Ava makes. I am guessing there will plenty of interest from George and Josh. Ray and Bradley will both have a try too, but I am not forecasting much success for them. So Angie and Layla could get even more stirred up.

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Big Brother Third Eviction.

Sarah and the Second House both get

the Heave Ho.


The third eviction of Big Brother 2012 took place on Sunday. Bradley, Ray and Sarah were all nominated. So who would go, Tom Cruise, B-Rad or the nude protesting thirty something animal rights activist?

Ray, Sarah and Bradley

As usual this was left until the end if the show. In the meantime Big Brother had some big news of his own. The housemates were due to be told that the second house did not really exist. When the announcement was made, by way of a mock up daily show finishing with one of the House Two ‘contestants’ walking off set and into the film crew, House One erupted in screams of joy.

I believe that they were behind in the inter-house competitions at the time, so you can understand the relief. But there seemed to be no shouts of “I told you so” from those that had had their doubts all along. At least if there were, they were not shown on Sunday nights show.

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Benjamin did not even seem embarrassed for his mid week paddy, where he said he would take his bat and ball and go home if he heard anyone else say that there was no second house.

The other main feature of the daily show seemed to be the development of a love triangle between Angie, Josh and Estelle. Estelle has apparently set her sights on Josh since Ryan left the house. Benjamin tried to instigate this almost immediately, with little chats to both Estelle and Josh and gossiping to the others.

Angie still maintains there is nothing between her and Josh, but continues to be irritated by Estelle and even more so by her clinging to Josh. The whole thing culminated with Benjamin dragging Angie and Estelle out of bed, when they were both snuggled with Josh and dumping them in an empty bed. Maybe there is some jealousy behind this and he wants to get in on the Josh snuggling himself.

Sarah Eviction BB

So the eviction announcement was up next. First of all who got the most votes and was safe? Unbelievably, well to me anyway, it was Ray with 50% of the votes to save. I find Ray a bit too full of himself and somewhat aloof and I thought the general public felt the same. But no, it seems that Tom Cruise has quite a fan club. Bradley was also safe and it was 30 year old Sarah who was evicted, so she took her bolt on boobs and beat the countdown to the exit door.

Sarah had made herself quite unpopular in the house, by over blowing the dance incident and becoming quite bossy, after all she is 30 years old.

Sarah Kitchen

Sarah looked sensational in her eviction dress

Sarah was joined on stage by her boyfriend and was given a stall to sit on, which was more than Charne or Ryan got, maybe the next evictee will even get a prize. But in Sarah’s case the high stall was something of an inconvenience, as she was wearing a short skirt and had to keep covering herself whenever she stood, sat down again or turned.

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I don’t think Sarah will miss the house too much, she will probably be happier on the outside with her boyfriend and less young people to trouble her. But I think the house will miss Sarah, with her mother duck ways and un-intentional stirring up of opinions. Benjamin, especially will miss his fag hag and will need to find a new chief ally.

Sarah’s place in the house will be replaced almost immediately by a female intruder, who we got a preview of last night, but only from the back and side. She will be introduced tonight and I assume will go into the house after nominations.

So who will be nominated in the Monday show? I am sure that Bradley will be up again, he’s still lazy and inappropriate at times. Estelle will undoubtedly be there, she is still upsetting quite a few, but who will be the third nominee? I do not know. Possibly Ray again, but the dance incident has cooled, so maybe not. Who do you think the nominees will be?

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Former Teen Star Amanda Bynes Could Go To Jail

Yahoo7Lifestyle reports that former teen star actress Amanda Bynes could go to jail for two hit and run car accidents.

The 26 year old actress, who has declared her innocence, also faces a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charge for a separate incident, but she claims she does not drink.


Amanda Bynes first appeared on screen when she was 10 years old, in the US TV series All That. From there she had her own spin off sketch show, The Amanda Show, from 1999 to 2002. Australian viewers will know her from the TV series What I Like About You and the movies Hairspray, Big Fat Liar with Frankie Muniz and She’s the Man, which is regularly shown on Television.

Is this another case of a child star gone wrong, or of opportunists trying to cash in on her fame?

Amanda Bynes Faces Jail Time

September 6, 2012, 10:08 amJody Phan | FAMOUS

Amanda Bynes has been charged over two hit-and-run car accidents and faces 12 months in jail if she’s convicted.

Amanda Bynes was charged by LA prosecutors on Wednesday (04.09.12) over two alleged hit-and-run cases.
The charges are related to two incidents which happened on April 10 and August 4, 2012. Bynes is due in court for her arraignment on September 27 in Van Nuys.

Amanda Bynes Charged Over Hit and Run

Bynes avoided prosecution over the first car smash on the Los Angeles Freeway back in April due to the absence of an independent witness. However, the case was re-opened after the second incident on August 4.

The August 4 incident occurred on Ventura Boulevard. A motorist claims a vehicle driven by Bynes rear-ended her car and did not provide insurance details. The woman also claims that Bynes left before allowing police to be called.

The actress faces six months in jail for each of the two cases, if convicted.

Bynes was also charged for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) after she scraped a police car in April and was arrested.

Despite the charges, the ‘Hairspray’ actress has previously taken to twitter to declare her innocence. She directed a tweet to US President Barack Obama in April, “Hey @BarackObama… I don’t drink. Please fire the cop who arrested me. I also don’t hit and run. The end.”

On May 27, she wrote, “I can’t help but laugh at all of you writing fake stories about me.

“I was not in any hit and runs. I don’t drink so the DUI is false.”
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This and subsequent incidents reported about Amanda Bynes appear to be the result of a mental issue that she is suffering with. We wish her a rapid and successful recovery.

If you or anyone that you know is suffering with depression, bi-polar or any other sort of mental disorder, please seek out the help of your family, friends and professionals. This article has some tips for dealing with mental stress and links to professional bodies that can assist 7 Tips for Good Mental Health


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Big Brother Nominations, Everyone is Up

The Power of Propaganda


For the first time in the 2012 series of Big Brother everyone was up for nomination, no boys or girls only, it’s a free for all. Plus Estelle was to be given a super voting power, we knew not what.

But before we get into the Nom Noms let’s have a look at the daily update.

The daily update was an exercise in propaganda, concentrated mainly on Big Brother’s latest trick of introducing a fictional second house. For anyone not familiar with the process of propaganda, it is what countries like North Vietnam and pre World War II Germany use/used to unify their people living under awful circumstances, by telling them there is a bigger threat out there. It’s what some politicians in Australia use to make us worry about the threat of the ‘terrifying boat people, who are coming to steal our jobs and way of life’ so that we ignore the real issues and bigger problems facing us. It’s also what big businesses use to tell us things could be much worse, so we should stick with them rather than trying to make things better or different by introducing things like the Carbon Tax or Super Profits Tax.

Previous incarnations of Big Brother who knew the power of
propaganda

Sonia Kruger used the phrase “A house once fractured and divided comes together when facing an external threat.”

Most of us do not realize that we all face this everyday, because to some extent we are also all in a house being fed information to make us act in the way that the people with the power want us to.

Yesterday I doubted the ability for Big Brother to pull this off, because Layla and maybe some of the others had tumbled the con right away. But I was of course underestimating the power of Big Brother. If the people are in doubt keep giving them more ‘evidence’. Big Brother made an official announcement to the house mates and told them there really was a second house and they would be in competition against each other, with the losing house to be closed. Interestingly Michael asked right away if he can base nominations on their ability to win competitions. Showing that he was still concentrating on the competition in this house.

Big Brother confirms a second house

Big Brother confirms there is a second house

Big Brother showed them some film of the other house, which featured a fat bloke, an old bloke and some hot chicks, to give the guys in the real house some confidence and play on the insecurities of the girls.

Estelle’s immediate reaction was to say “So it’s the intellectuals versus whatever they are” trying to establish some self belief that we are better. Even Benjamin, who has been complaining all week that Ray was too competitive, piped up with “The other people are crap, we are going to beat them”.

OK onto the nominations. Of course propaganda had played a big part in influencing them last week when Big Brother put Ray apart by feeding him luxuries while everyone else struggled on staples. Have you ever tried eating staples? I find them hard to chew and very difficult to get out of the stapler.

Ray had not helped his own case by upsetting Sarah and her allies and he nailed the nominations in a chat with Big Brother. He also thought he was a good person to keep in the house because he can hold his breath the longest and believed this would be an advantage in the competition with the other house.

So who nominated who, well here’s that chart again.

Nominator Nominee 1 Points Nominee 2 Points
         
Stacey Ray 3 Bradley 2
Angie Ray 4 Estelle 1
Layla Bradley 4 Ray 1
George Sarah 3 Bradley 2
Bradley Sarah 4 Michael 1
Benjamin Bradley 4 Estelle 1
Zoe Ray 3 Estelle 2
Josh Estelle 4 Layla 1
Michael Bradley 1 Ray 4
Estelle Sarah 4 Angie 1
Sarah Michael 3 Angie 2
Ray Angie 4 Sarah 1



So voting was much more polarized this week. The dance floor dust up had a huge influence, with Ray and Sarah picking up most of the votes. Strangely Sarah, who was in the middle of it, did not let it influence her voting and continued to be strategic, picking Michael and Angie who are possibly the most popular of the boys and girls respectively.

Estelle never really used her power, which was to see the nominations table before she voted and she was allowed to vote based on that. She could use her power for good or evil. She voted for Sarah and Angie, who were getting up her nose anyway.

Several of the house mates never picked up any nominations at all, including Benjamin who was up for eviction last week. Josh and Ray both used the threat of the competition with the second house to influence their votes. Bradley’s inappropriate sense of humour and laziness around the house assured him of a second week in the hot seat for eviction.

So who do you think will go out of Ray, Sarah and Bradley?

My bet is Ray. I think people on the outside find him a little too full of himself, as much as those on the inside. Bradley is still entertaining and we don’t have to do his dishes or clean up after him and Sarah may have upset people in the house, but has not really done enough to bother anyone watching too much.

Keep watching to see what happens next and remember Big Brother was not originally a light entertainment TV show, but a book warning of the threat of ultimate power.

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Big Brother second Eviction

The First Big Brother Boy Gets Evicted


This week it was the boys turn for one of them to go. Benjamin, Bradley and Ryan were up for eviction.

On the boards there was little to separate them, they all have their fan clubs. Benjamin is appreciated for his camp comedy and naughty boy routines, maybe his dancing too. Bradley, I can only assume people like his quirkiness and associate with him being a bit of an outsider and a geek. Ryan, well he doesn’t really seem to have much, apart from his looks and maybe his romance with Estelle, that perhaps some people would like to see continue. Still, many a teen idol has built a career on less.

Big Brother Boys Up For Eviction

Big Brother Boys Up For Eviction

The show had a reasonable daily update. There had been a party for Estelle’s birthday over the weekend and the fur had flown. Sarah seemed to have clashed with Ray, Bradley and the birthday girl herself. The blow up with Ray was over a hip hop dance competition, where Ray ripped off Sarah’s hat pushed her and got in her face. Obviously I was not on the receiving end, but this did seem like a bit of an over reaction from Sarah from where I sat.

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Bradley booed her reaction and she snapped back and he gave her the finger. There was an immediate house split, Sarah some of the girls and Benjamin on one side, the boys Estelle and Angie on the other. Sarah’s crew sympathised with her and the boys told Ray she over reacted. He tried to apologise to her but she wanted nothing to do with him until the morning.

Sarah, Bradley, Ray Sumit Meeting

Sarah, Bradley, Ray Sumit Meeting

There was a summit meeting between Sarah, Ray and Bradley the next day. Apologies were made, the cracks were papered over and normal service was resumed. But I fully expect this to be reflected in tonight’s nominations for eviction.

I don’t believe that we were shown the initial dust up between Estelle and Sarah, if we were I must have missed it. But the next day Estelle wanted to discuss it and Sarah once again wanted to put it off. They did discuss it after some pressure from Estelle and Sarah seems to be mainly concerned with Estelle talking over her and others and not acknowledging what they say. The conversation seemed to come to a close with neither side being satisfied with the result.

Estelle Self Centred

Estelle Self Centred Much

So the nominations should be interesting this week. Sarah will be spoilt for choice about who she will nominate, but I am guessing Ray and Estelle and she has put enough noses out of joint to pick up a few nom noms herself.

There was a big build up to the eviction. Sonia Kruger appeared in front of the house and told them that the one who had received the most votes to save them was Bradley. This was what I expected and it pleased me. So B-Rad stays in da house. But then they cut to an ad break to leave us all in suspenders a little longer.

On return we and the housemates were told that it was the closest vote ever. But the loser was … Ryan. There were the normal consoling hugs and hand shakes but no one, not even Estelle, looked too concerned.

I believe that the first two evictions have given us the right results, with the least entertaining or engaging house mates being evicted.

Ryan was briefly interviewed by Sonia. They have really cut this section down from the old Channel 10 version of the show, where there was a couch, prizes and all sorts of video collages and analysis. Now it’s just wheel them in, a few quick words and video clips and shuffle them off. I think I prefer this, especially with someone as empty as Ryan. Who needs in depth analysis? There doesn’t seem to be all that much depth to go to.

Ryan interviewed by Sonia Kruger

Ryan was briefly interviewed by Sonia Kruger

The major surprise for Ryan was in the clips where everyone was talking about him. Michael said Ryan was really thick. We saw Ryan’s shocked expression in the small window in the bottom of the screen, but they immediately cut away from that. I wonder what he really said. After having a minute or two to think about it, the best he could come up with was “well he is a genius” when asked by Sonia what he thought about it.

Big Brother has decided to spring one of the most contrived surprises of all time on the house mates. We were let in on it, but I have a strong feeling that it is going to fall flat. In a cut back to the house Sonia Kruger pretended to finish and then said something about “well that’s it for house one, over in house two …” Of course we all know there is no house two, but they have actually shot clips from the second house with actors playing housemates, that I am guessing will also be accidentally revealed to the real competitors.

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We were shown the reaction of the housemates and there was of course surprise and some belief that they had seen something they were not supposed to. But Layla was right on it, saying it was a set up because she heard the live audience laughing.

Do you think the housemates will be convinced by this elaborate con?

So tonight sees the third round of nominations and so far it seems that all house mates are eligible to be nominated this time. But Ryan has awarded Estelle some sort of voting benefit, but we have not yet been told what it is.

Who do you expect to be up for eviction? My guesses are Ray, Sarah, Estelle and possibly Bradley again, but Benjamin could make another appearance too. Let us know who you think will be up there and why in the comments below.

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