WASHINGTON, July 2, 2016 – How the mighty have fallen. In reality TV series “Big Brother’s” 18th season, self-proclaimed “messiah” Jozea Flores’ ego and lack of strategy defeated him five shows into a season which can last as many as 40 episodes. Viewers who have tuned in since the first night of this season knew Jozea would be evicted from the fictional house from among the 16 original contestants who first moved in. The other eviction of the season thus far is Glenn Garcia, who only made it to episode 2.
Big Brother is a series created in Holland and brought to American TV by producer John de Mol in 1997. Big Brother keeps tabs, as its name would imply, on a group of contestants called “houseguests.” The houseguests are living together in a custom-built home, completely isolated from the outside world, without any outside communication and under constant surveillance.
Why would anyone do this? For the $500,000 grand prize earned by winning weekly competitions and avoiding being evicted by the other houseguests.
Last Friday, Jozea was evicted by a vote of 7-4. The 25-year-old makeup artist from Los Angeles was shockingly quiet as he left for his post-eviction interview. Houseguests Zakiyah Everette, Frank Eudy, Da’Vonne Rogers, Michelle Meyer, James Huling, Tiffany Rousso and Corey Brooks voted to evict Jozea. Houseguests Victor Arroyo, Paul Abrahamian, Bronte D’Acquisto and Natalie Negrotti voted for Paulie Calafiore’s eviction instead of Jozea’s.
There are two major alliances in Big Brother season 18. Jozea’s alliance is named “The Revolution,” which includes Arroyo, Abrahamian, D’Acquisto and Nicole Franzei. The second, known as the “Eight Pack” includes all the veteran players, who were houseguests on previous episodes but failed to win, which includes Eudy, Rogers, Huling and Nicole Franzel and newbies Corey Brooks, Tiffany, Zakiyah Everette and Michelle Meyer.
Eight Pack is attempting to evict the newbie players like Flores, Abrahamian and Calafiore, while Flores’ alliance is working to take out the veteran players starting with Franzel
Flores’ alliance seems oblivious to what is going on around them with regard to the veteran players in the house. The veteran players are well versed in the psychological and strategic gameplay involved in winning Big Brother. The Revolution group members speak louder than they listen. They need to realize they are being watched. They don’t notice the veterans who are lurking in the shadows.
James Huling listens in on house meetings, Da’Vonne Rogers observes conversations from mere inches away. The remaining members of the alliance are so hotheaded and determined they hardly take time to determine if any other alliances have been formed. Jozea Flores’ alliance has a very large target on its back after failing to vote Paulie Calafiore out.
Every episode leaves viewers left wondering how the houseguests will be picked off. We can all assume The Eight Pack already has this planned out to the minute. As a member of Eight Pack, Calafiore seems most ready to continue to evict newbies one at a time.
While Flores was exiting the house, Big Brother host Julie Chen revealed another twist during the post show interview, announcing that Flores will have a shot at rejoining the house guests by dueling with Garcia, the first contestant to leave as well as besting the next three evictees.
Reality television often reacts to viewers. Hence the idea to bring back a player who has gained sympathy from viewers and players. Unfortunately for Flores, he has done neither. So we can expect Flores to appear next week, when I predict Garcia will defeat Flores returning the earlier evictee next week ready to compete against the next evicted houseguest.
The majority of the house would never want Flores back. However, this season continues to be all about twists, meaning Flores could make a comeback and re-enter the Big Brother household.
Jozea Flores’ exit also meant the emergence of a new “Head of Household” (HOH), one houseguest who wins that title during one or another competition. The HOH is selected each week during the live show, so the holder of the title can change many times over any season.
The winner of HOH is free from the threat of eviction and receive perks such as getting his or her own private bedroom. But he or she is also forced to nominate two houseguests for eviction and putting up a replacement nominee when a veto is used. As the current HOH, Franzel was forced to relinquish her title and could not attempt to win it back.
This week, the competition to become the new HOH was called “Berry Balanced.” In order to win, contestants raced across a balance beam to retrieve one berry they deposit into a column in the box at the other side of the field. There are two paths. One is shorter and more difficult. The other is longer and easier. If the contestant falls, the column of berries he or she is filling must be dumped. The winner and new HOH is Paulie Calafiore.
Now that Calafiore is Head of Household, he must pick two houseguests to face eviction. Despite all the twists and turns throughout the season, can The Eight Pack and The Revolution alliances stay strong, or will they begin to weaken as time begins to wear them down?
Sunday night’s upcoming episode is sure to focus on Revolution member Calafiore’s attempt to take revenge against the Eight Pack for voting Flores out. However, Abrahamian will have to remain calm and fight to stay alive as Paulie works to put him up for eviction.
Are there any more surprise twists coming for the houseguests? Next week we will have the second battle for the “Power of the Veto.” Will Paul win it again and possibly keep himself safe for another week?