Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Chaos Erupts as The Twin Twist Secret Hits the Mainstream #BB17

I can honestly say the live feed footage from about 2:30 am BBT right up through at least 4:30 am BBT is some of the most fun I've ever had watching the live feeds.  I literally laughed out loud so many times and I'm not the type who does that willy nilly.

I'll try to give you a flavor for it, but if you have the live feeds you need to flashback and watch, or pray it shows up on You Tube someday.  Some of it will surely show up on the CBS show, but I can't imagine CBS will air all of the comments that are unfairly critical of the Twins' bodies.  Maybe their personalities, but not their bodies.

(I have to admit it is very funny to me, but I know it could be construed as cruel and I am sorry for that.  Blame Jason and Da'Vonne, who need their own comedy show. So forgive me in advance for being honest about what was said by the HG, and for probably cracking up again as I remember it. )

OK.  So Da'Vonne and Jason sat on the patio and tried to strategize about what could happen with the Twin Twist.  Because of course, Da'Vonne figured it out earlier in the week, and came clean to Jason earlier in the day when she was positive about it, and just couldn't hold it in any longer.  (You can read about that, and a bunch of other crap, here.)

The two of them kept having little moments when they would realize something they forgot that proves that there are two twins in the house, and they love how delicious it all is.

Before the end of the "scene", Da'Vonne and Jason were joined by James, Jackie, Jeff, Meg and Steve. And later in the house by Clay and Shelli.


They all kept calling them "The Fat One" and "The Skinny One".  Later Da'Vonne realized it wasn't nice to say that, so they switched it to "Thickems" and "Skinny", or some version of those names.  "Thickems" and "Cruella" were also used, because they all agree that the skinny one is a bitch who is unfriendly much of the time.

Jason:  Thickems is here to play this game....but the skinny one is just here to get an SI contract, laying in the hammock putting her butthole right up in the camera.

As Jason said things like that, other people would gasp and realize that yes, Liz's behavior did change regularly.  When Jeff joined them on the patio, Jason told Day that they had to wait to tell him until Meg was there, because she begged them to wait for her so she could be there to watch.  (Because they told Meg earlier in the day, apparently.  If James knows, then Meg is going to know, too.)

Jeff had a hard time accepting the truth, but he gradually came around.  A few tidbits:

*  Jason:  Jeff, think about it!  One has a booty, and the other has a booty that runs into thighs!
*  Jason:  Austin must be dumb as shit!  (Yes, I've said that...)
*  Jason:  Today she had on those jeans with the cut out holes in them.  I told her I liked them, but her skin was coming right out of the holes!  Then she went in the DR and came out with loose jeans!
Meg:  I did notice that she looked heavier sometimes...
*  Jason:  I told the skinny one the other day that she was looking really good and she was like "What the fuck" to me!
*  Jeff and James remembered that at times they would see "Liz" and be like, "Damn!  She looks good today!" and now they realize why.  Day assured them both that she just can't go in the DR and come out skinny like Jason.
*  Jason: We might have triplets in here!  A Mini-Cooper, an SUV and a mid-size!
*  Day:  The thin one has silky straight hair.  But Thickems' hair is sorta poufy.


They all agreed that they liked Thickems better, and that Cruella could be an unfriendly bitch:

*  Jason:  When I was upset the other day, Thickems came over and comforted me for an hour, telling me I could count on her, and the other one has never spoken to me!
*  Day:  The skinny one never says much to anybody...she just goes over to the hammock and rocks her bikini!
*  Jeff:  Thickems doesn't like Austin much, and said she would get rid of him.  She's grossed out by him.  But the other one is sitting with him every night!

They also noticed other behavioral changes:

*  Day:  And Thickems loves to play pool...she'll be at the damn pool table all night!  And the other one won't even walk over there!
*  During the Jeff and Austin "talk shows", Thickems would stand up and ask questions as "Ellen", but when they tested her earlier in the day, Cruella didn't know the name "Ellen" until Jackie "fucked up and fed it to her". (Jackie: Oh, I'm sorry.  Day:  No, it's okay...we got enough.)
*  Jeff:  No wonder that one is so stand-offish.  She didn't even laugh at my jokes!
*  Day:  Notice how short her work out session was today with Austin....Thickems be out here all night sweatin' her life away, but the skinny one don't do that.
*  Jeff:  I like the thick one better.
Everyone:  We all do!
*  Thickems wears the "damn cat beanie" every day, but the other one never wears it.

Steve came out, and they broke the news to him, too.  As a BB SuperFan, he was familiar with the BB5 Twin Twist, but he needed "several coats of paint" before he even began to accept the truth.  He got really caught up in the fact that one of the girls has bright green eyes---Day took him in to the memory wall to show him the eye color in that picture.  She realized that the memory wall picture displays half of each twin's face, and goes crazy.
 

Clay and Shelli saw everyone rush to the memory wall on the HoH Spy Screen, and came downstairs to get in on the story.  Shelli seemed to absorb it quickly, but was horrified at the "Fat One" and "Skinny One" descriptions.



They examined the picture on the wall, and could easily tell that there were two different facial shapes, and two different eye shapes.

James:  What girl would walk around with her eyebrows looking like that?






They want to have A Twin in the "hot seat" on the talk show tonight, and really grill her good to see if they can break her.




Really, it's the kind of thing that once you realize it, it's hard to believe you never noticed it.  Right now they plan to not tell anyone else (Right, like that will happen.) and just evict A Twin the first week possible.

Jason explained to them how the BB5 Fitness Twins screwed up everybody's alliances after they were both in the game.  For example, Natalie claimed all promises made were made by her sister Adria, and not her.

That scared the crap out of all of them....

Clean Up on Camera 3 - It Will Take More Than a Mop To Clean Up Da'Vonne's Mess #BB17

These pictures are all yesterday's news.  I was getting ready to write the post yesterday when the whole Twin Twist started blowing up.  I ended up being so disgusted with what I was seeing (and NOT seeing) that I just kind of gave up. 

Why should I work so hard when the effing house guests are behaving like the Three Stooges?  Why should we care so much about people who are not capable of organizing a two-camel caravan?

But I do.  And we do.  So I will go on. But in protest, I will mix in some of the later news with earlier news.  Because I'm a rebel like that.  I'm probably going to be mean and might YELL, too, so there's that.

OK. As the day started, the house guests knew they had to start getting ready for the PoV ceremony.  Meg was freezing cold in the Have Not room so she came outside to simmer in the hot tub before braving the cold shower.

Clay came out, and apparently thought he was going to lay down some smooth action on Meg, trying to butter her toast before his Fauxmance Shelli tells her to take a seat in the nomination chair.


But Meg is no dumbass.  No, Meg lives in New York City and can see Clay coming from half a block away.  She tells Jason, who is sitting on the couch and smoking (of course) that she knew something was up when Clay tried to "come up and snuggle on her".  She flat out told Clay that she knows he's trying to sweeten her up for what is to come.


Well, there's not much Clay could say about that.  And let me point out that when this BB week started, before Clay and Shelli came down with a gargantuan case of tandem HoH-itis, Shelli made it clear that she wanted EVERYONE to think that she was going to backdoor Audrey this week....she wanted NO ONE to know that her true target was Da'Vonne.

Clay, to EVERYONE:  Shelli's target is Da'Vonne!

Shelli, to everyone but NO ONE:  My target is Da'Vonne, ya'll!

Us:  HA HA HA HA HA.


His work done, Clay moseyed back up to the HoH suite to congratulate himself for a job poorly done.  And because I like Meg, I deleted the picture that showed her wrapping herself in a towel because there was visible cellulite on her backside.  I was feeling charitable yesterday, because theoretically we are all human.

Even Jeff, who came outside and saw Meg in the hot tub and gave her what I think was intended to be a Sexy Look.  If you don't know, Jeff is an ASS and lets us know that on a daily basis.  He has made incredibly tasteless comments about double-teaming A Twin in the Jury House with Clay, as well as making disparaging comments about Jackie on a regular basis.  On the flip side, Jeff seems to be very smart, and knows how to sweet talk when he wants to.  So we can all expect Jeff to be successful in life...sad but true.

(I think we can all agree that if Jeff wins BB17, it may be the worst win since A. Baller in BB9.)

Jeff is playing all sides now, and appears to be getting away with it.  Incredible!

FYI Jeff and his ex-girlfriend applied to be on The Amazing Race together after talking to someone named "Adam" in casting.  Jeff made his ex sound like a complete control freak, saying she insisted on hiring someone to film and edit an application video for them.  After they sent in the tape, "Adam" contacted them to say the tape was good, but they missed the deadline to appear on that season.

FISH shut down this conversation, but from the bits and pieces I've heard previously, Jeff was contacted by TAR after he broke up with his ex, and yadda yadda yadda he appeared on the blind date season, teamed up with Jackie.  The girls thought it must have been horrible for Jeff's ex to see him on TAR with a blind date.  I think it must have been horrible for Jeff's ex, period.

Jeff, to the guys:  Dude, I'm so over Jackie.


Shelli got ready for the PoV ceremony, and had her game face on.  She probably thought she was about to pull the Move of the Century, creating Shock and Awe when she nominated Meg instead of Audrey.

Shelli and Clay have been bickering here and there, mostly about his offhand comments to her about her body and diet habits.  Apparently he was "joking" earlier this week and said something about her "withering body".  The girls in the house had to tell Clay that he should NEVER make comments like that to a woman, and Clay was "surprised" by that.


How great would it have been if Shelli had nominated Clay instead of Meg?

Ha ha ha.  She could have been America's SweetTart, and everyone would have loved it.


The Julia Twin was in the house, and approached Meg to tell her not to be worried about going up on the block, and that everyone had her back.  Meg appreciated this gesture, and admitted the stress and anticipation of going on the block was making her week as a Have Not even worse.


So I'm sure you know that later in the day, Da'Vonne figured out the Twin Twist and used some HORRIBLE judgement in dealing with that information.  But more on that later.

This Twin is Julia, now known as the Skinny Mean Twin.  But I'm sure Julia would like that moniker better than what Liz is being called.  Because when Da'Vonne was presenting her evidence to Jason to support her Twin  Twist theory, she referred to Liz as "the heavy set one", and "the chunky one".  She also said that Julia's face is even thinner, and that Liz has a "pie face", and that a Pony Tail Error is what set her brain in motion about this twist. Please note that now over half of the house has settled on "Thick'ems" as a "secret code name" for Liz.

As if to prove our point, when Meg approached Julia in the bathroom, she even commented that "Liz" always looked so hot when she wore jeans.  Well of course she does, Meg, because that is Julia, the Skinny Mean Twin.


According to Da'Vonne, Julia has a thinner face and different nose than The Chunky One.

Da'Vonne:  Oh...I have to stop calling her that.....I'll just say The Thicker One.

But not even 60 seconds later, Liz was "chunky" and "heavy set" again.  I don't know what you're thinking, but if Liz is "heavy set", then most of America is in big trouble.  I mean, more than we already thought we were...because as I've already mentioned, Skinny Meg has cellulite.  Sorry hon.


OK.  Here's Da'Vonne, getting ready for the PoV Ceremony.  How did Da'Vonne fuck up this week?  Well, let us count the ways.

1.  She hasn't analyzed the competition, and found her opportunities.  Day knew damn well that Meg was going on the block with her, so she should have found the people who aren't in bed with Meg (literally) and tried to work a deal with them.  People like Vanessa, Austin, Steve, John and Liz.

(Before you start yelling at me in the comments, I know she's trying to get their votes now, but she shouldn't have waited until she was halfway down the gangplank.)

2. She really messed up by not confiding in Vanessa when she had the chance.  (See here, bottom part of the post.)  Once she was nominated this week, I still think she could have gone to Vanessa and tried to mop up aisle #3, as it were. She could have eventually told Vanessa her true story and tried to earn some trust, or maybe just cut a short-term deal.  Because we all know Vanessa could talk Austin into putting a lit firecracker up his ass if she wanted to, and then The Twin would go along with the plan, too.  Vanessa wants to keep anybody who could sit next to her on the block and go home before she does, and Da'Vonne would fit into that category at this point.


3.  And on Monday afternoon, realization of the Twin Twist smacked Da'Vonne right in the face like a lightening bolt.  And what did She do?  She went into the Have Not room and woke Jason up to start furiously whispering to him about it.  With fucking James right next to Jason in his dentist chair.  James, who loves him some T. Swift and sat in the bathroom alone, near tears, after Meg was nominated during the PoV ceremoney.  Da'Vonne may like James (relative to what else is available) but he's not voting for Meg to leave this week.  And She should know that.

4.  So now James heard the scoop.  And then Da'Vonne and Jason went and sat on the backyard couches to mutter about The Twins, watching the Skinny Mean Twin rocking in the hammock, rocking a tiny brown bikini.  (In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, I heard Jason say he's never seen that Twin in anything but a "skanky bikini".)

Day has great points, about the Twins wearing hats and sunglasses all of the time.  (Have you met Vanessa, Da'Vonne?)  And then the two of them started remembering various conversational issues with A Twin that they might have written off at the time to being ditzy, or super ditzy, or just ditzy.  But now they see....The Twins been switching it up and it's tripping them up.

And I love Day, and I'm so proud of her for figuring this all out.  And it's nice that she's having the conversations about it on the live feeds where we can see it, rather than just the Diary Room.  BUT WHY IS SHE TELLING EVEYRONE ABOUT IT?  I know Jason is her Main Apple Scrapple, but he's all buddy-buddy with Meg, too.  And they've already agreed that he should vote out Da'Vonne and try to win BB on his own.  WHY DIDN'T SHE TRY TO USE THIS INFORMATION TO STAY IN THE GAME THIS WEEK?  I know everyone online is saying this now, but I said it 15 hours ago, so here I go tooting my own horn:


5.  But Da'Vonne certainly didn't consult with me yesterday. Hell no.  Instead she sat blatantly on the couch and discussed it with Jason.  Jason is one of my favorite HGs too, along with Day and Vanessa, but he is a Blabbermouth on par with Clay Honeycutt.  In fact, Meg was sitting right there on the back yard couch with them for part of the discussion.  And this morning on the live feeds, a pack of house guests were all talking about it, using the "Thick'em" slur, and indicated all of the following were also aware of it:

*  Jeff (Why, oh why would anyone tell him anything?)
*  Jackie
*  Meg
*  James
*  Steve
*  Clay
*  Shelli

Do you notice anything about that list?  Well, MOST, IF NOT ALL OF THEM ALL WANT DA'VONNE TO GET THE BOOT THIS WEEK.  And they are not the people who I think Day could have aligned with earlier this week.

6.  Day, you fucked up girl.  I think her only prayer is to try and get votes based on Meg's popularity with much of the house.  Because everyone is thinking, "Meg would never go home!", "Everybody loves Meg!", "Meg's many friends in the house would never do her dirty!".  And so on.  All of that would give the right people good reason to show Meg the door this week.

7.  Oh, and Da'Vonne did win the Last Laugh.  Apparently during a break on the feeds yesterday, a phone booth was wheeled into the house and the HG chose numbers to see which phone call they got.  And Day somehow got Lucky #7.  And the rest of them got insults, apparently, but I'd be surprised if they didn't "win" other prizes too, good or bad.

(Get this: Jeff told Clay he "forgot" his insult from Kathy.  I think that either means it was a sizzling put-down, or he won something.  But let's look on the bright side...maybe it's something bad!  And Becky's put-down was something about being a hot train wreck.  Because, train wreck.)

So, there will be 12 people voting this week, and Da'Vonne needs 7 votes to stay, since Shelli would be expected to cast a tie breaker vote to evict Da'Vonne.  Because that's her target this week...someone who has no big alliance to save her.  (I know, what the fuck.)

If Da'Vonne can correctly peg the three votes that she needs to eliminate with her Last Laugh, then she still needs 4 votes.  And I don't think she can tell anyone that she has the Last Laugh ahead of time.  So the sheep in the house won't want to vote for her to stay until there is a majority.

Once again, I think Day's only prayer would be to talk to Vanessa and hope Vanessa uses her Poker skills to read her and know Day won the Last Laugh, and hope Vanessa is willing to start playing people and swinging votes.  Because they all know what the Last Laugh is, they just don't know who has it.


Meg was cold in her shower, and let everybody know it.  By the way, it is nearly impossible to get conditioner out of your hair with cold water.  I hope Meg knows that.


Before the PoV, the HG started grabbing spots on the backyard couch that would be in the shade, so they wouldn't have to bake in the hot July sun.

Shelli:  I just realized I will be sitting out here with you guys....because this guy (John) will be the one in the house getting filmed before the ceremony.

(I wonder if Shelli also realizes that just like every HoH, her power is gone the minute she tells Meg to Take a Seat in the nomination chair.  James didn't seem to realize that last week, but maybe Clay Shelli will.)


A rare shot of Audrey with no make up.  She looks a lot older than 25, doesn't she?  I'm proud of her, though, for being filmed naturally like this.  Waking up au naturale is just part of being a girl.


Jason has vowed to stay away from slop for the rest of his Have Not sentence.  After a few days it really messes with his stomach, he says.  Instead he is enjoying protein shakes, which he said he had never tried before coming into the BB house.  He also ate a nectarine for the first time in the BB house, so his little world is just filled with wonder.


Clearly Audrey wasn't worried before the ceremony...she knew she was safe because CLAY TOLD EVERYONE.


Day had a nice moment where she noticed Steve all alone in the pool, and went over to tell him "to be careful".  She meant in the house, not the pool.  She warned him that everybody is thinking they can run all over him, but she knows he's smarter than that.  She believes in him and wants him to do well, and warns him again, because Da'Vonne is a repeater.....a repeater...

WHY IS DA'VONNE ON A FAREWELL TOUR INSTEAD OF MAKING A CASE TO GET STEVE'S VOTE?  Unlike the Survivor SuperFans, Steve can do the math, and see that Meg has way too many friends in the house.


This is the scene where Da'Vonne interrupted Jason's afternoon dental session to whisper-scream her news that there are TWO TWINS...A CHUNKY ONE AND A THIN, MEAN ONE.

Of course, James was right there, too.


And now Jason is sitting in the fabled catbird seat, isn't he?  (yet another Raising Arizona reference)

He's in no immediate danger now.  There are still so many huge targets in that house, and his own Apple Scrapple (not his Main Apple Scrapple, because I think Jason has alternates) just blew one of the Big Twists out of the water.

I'm sure he knows Alison Grodner will just come up with something else, though, but I can't imagine Production not being big Jason fans.


And here's some juicy news:

*  Jason and Da'Vonne have been talking about the people they saw during the casting process.  They use code names for protection, since they don't know the people's real names anyway.  Code names like "Slytherin" and "Sweater".

*  Jason was able to overhear "Slytherin" in one of her interviews, and heard the interviewer say this season of BB was going to be "Secrets and Lies" and prod "Slytherin" to share some dirt.  Jason said that "Slytherin" didn't really come up with anything, and now she's not on the show.

*  Da'Vonne just took this information in, making "humph" noises.  Let's not forget that Da'Vonne is lying about her job, but clearly that isn't juicy enough to qualify for a "Secrets and Lies" season, right?

*  Jason said he never mentioned that to anyone, particularly during Casting, because he didn't want to be in a position where he knew too much to appear on the show.  Da'Vonne told him to keep that under his hat this summer, to "keep it tight".  (Like the fucking Twin Twist info Da'Vonne?)

*  Apparently "Sweater" was a gay guy, too, but once Da'Vonne saw Jason, she knew "Sweater" wouldn't be the one to get cast on the show.  Also, I'm assuming "Sweater" refers to a garment the BB applicant was wearing, not any sort of perspiration issue.  But who knows, really.


***ALSO***

Some other tidbits of info I remember hearing on the live feeds:

*  Da'Vonne is absolutely disgusted with Austin's filthy shorts, that he wears "every damn day".

*  Both Da'Vonne and Jason say they were shocked to actually qualify for the show based on their backgrounds.  I think Day was saying this based on the fact that Inglewood is very tough neighborhood, but Jason has apparently been in Big Trouble before.

Day:  We all make mistakes when we're young.

James:  You know, I bet the live feeders are looking up all of the arrest info!

Jason:  Well, the State of Massachusetts is actually really good about that...

BB:  FISH.

*  Jason's dad wanted to know why he never brought girls over to the house.  Jason said he finally came out to his family when he was 18.

Jason:  But I still never bring any guys over...I don't think I've ever had sex in my own bed!

*  Jason pointed out he is the only person on the cast with no post--high school education.

Jason:  I've never even set foot on a community college!

I've also heard that Jason went to "night school", so maybe that was for high school and indicative of him having a rough ride during his school-age years.

*  Jason doesn't want Austin in the Jury House with him, saying he "doesn't want to get raped".

(I'm just presenting what the HG said here......in a previous post I mentioned that Meg and Jason discussed potential flexibility in Austin's sexual preferences, and some readers swore that was not true.  But Meg and Jason both have a lot of Gaydar experience, so I'm not surprised they are discussing it.  In fact, at one point I didn't wonder if Austin was gay....I kind of assumed it.  But I do think Austin is sort of a Renaissance Man who would not be offended by this speculation.  He's pretty open minded, so there's that.)

*  As previously mentioned, I was not excited about posting today.  I'm still mad about the wasted game opportunities, and feel overwhelmed by all of the live feeds I missed that may have been juicy overnight.  (I'm watching them now.)  But I ended up getting into it, and will drop the mic and do some real work that I get paid for now. At least for a little while.

Admission:  Sometimes I read some of my previous blog posts and make myself laugh.  And forget I even wrote them.  Like this one....I was looking for an old post about Dan Gheesling's filthy flowered shorts to tie in with the item above about Austin's filthy flowered shorts, and ended up enjoying this moment all over again.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Wil Heuser Presents: The Saga Episode 2 #BB17

Wil has plenty of material to work with this week, and he hasn't even delved into the whole Audrey fiasco yet (which feels like a million years ago already).  Maybe Wil is scared to really go there with Audrey.

The good news is that he doesn't need to, because he has all of this:

*  Da'Vonne counting and beefing with Clay.
*  Clay being a total ass.
*  Meg being totally Meg.
*  The Twins, who have aged 60 years in one week.

And Wil still hasn't even started working with Austin yet, either.  So much to look forward to....


Vanessa Takes the Hot Seat and Reveals Some (Half) Truths #BB17

Yes, Vanessa is being stealthy in the BB house, but she might be just a little too stealthy.  People like Jason, Jeff and Da'Vonne have been saying that Vanessa never talks game to them, and therefore must be up to something.

She's on some lists as an eviction target, but after Audrey and before Austin.  Meg says that Vanessa needs to go before Austin, because without her Austin will be a meandering mess and will need to make deals to stay alive in the game. (Meg is correct about that.)

So, in retrospect, Vanessa taking the Hot Seat last night was probably good for her game, and gave her some human moments with some house guests who haven't had too much personal chatter with her.

Jeff and Austin host the "Hot Seat" show, complete with interviews and live caller questions.  I usually don't like this sort of thing because it usually feels like a desperate attempt for attention by the house guests, but the Hot Seat isn't too annoying.  Although if Jace was hosting with Austin, things might be very, very different.

(And when I say this "sort of thing", I am thinking about cringe-inducing crap like BB14 Porsche playing the character "Elizabeth" in the back yard with Adam Poch, or that effing "Storytime" that Production nipped in the bud a few seasons ago.  Porsche actually thought casting agents were watching her....maybe they were, and that's not so good.  Just sayin'...)


OK.  So Vanessa...she says she's seen a few episodes of the Hot Seat, and she likes it.


Austin wondered if she has guys hitting on her when she's in the DJ booth.  Vanessa said that there are DJ groupies out there, but the women are more intense than the guys.  If they want to hear a song you definitely hear about it, and they will keep letting you hear about it until you play it.


Liz calls in as "Ellen" and says she used to date a DJ and its a crazy lifestyle, with all of the late hours.  How does Vanessa's boo handle that?

Vanessa:  Well, she usually goes to the gigs with me and hangs out in the DJ booth and starts fights...just kidding.  She's really secure and super hot...usually everyone is hitting on her so I don't have to worry about it.

The studio audience Ooohs and Aaaahs' over that.

"Ellen" had one more question---is Vanessa's girlfriend blonde or brunette?

Vanessa:  She has long black hair.

Jeff started talking about "Mel" and we got a brief FISH, indicating Mel may not have signed the waiver paperwork. (i.e. they can't talk about her by name very much on the live feeds....she did appear on the 2nd episode saying goodbye to Vanessa, but she was only shot from the back, so there's that)

Vanessa:  Well, I'll be brutally honest... for feminine women looking to meet other feminine women, it can be hard to meet them in person, because you just don't know who plays on your team.  So I actually met her online....on Plenty of Fish!

The crowd went wild at that.

Vanessa:  She actually hit on me first...she said to me online "you're hot", and she's the one who kissed me first, but after that I've been the guy most of the time.

The crowd liked that answer, too.



Vanessa:  She was going to school to be a DJ, which is what I do, so music was the big connection for us.  She actually has a tattoo down the side of her leg that says "music is the answer". She's a little younger than me...she's 23, but she's really fun loving and there's that side of me who likes to go out and have fun


Jeff asked if Mel was her first girlfriend, and when she had her first experience with the ladies.

Vanessa:  No....I had a girlfriend before that, but it was meh....not the healthiest experience.  I was about 28 then...so I was a late bloomer.

Jeff asked her when she knew she liked women, if Vanessa felt comfortable discussing it.

Vanessa:  Well, I was always aware of what my family's expectations of me might be, what they might be okay with,  and that was always in the back of my mind.  I guess I used to think about it in my early 20's, but I just put it in the back of my mind and tried not to pay attention to it.  But as time went on, it became more difficult to suppress it.  I finally decided it was more important for me to be authentic than to to have everybody's approval.  It took me some time to get there, but I got there eventually.  It was a risk for me to come out to my family and potentially lose their approval.


The Hot Seat studio audience is enthralled.  They are hanging on every word.

(Not to harp on this, but it is important for you to understand that Vanessa Rousso is a Big Fucking Deal in the tournament poker world.  She is ranked #2 or #3 IN THE WORLD as far as female poker players go....not sure why they even differentiate between male and female poker players, but that's one of her stats.)


Vanessa:  I do find some men attractive, but I think I'm meant to be in a relationship with a woman.  I did have boyfriends, but I didn't have the kind of connection with them that I have with Mel.


An audience member has a question...he wonders what she likes best about being in a relationship with her girlfriend, and what's the sweetest things she's ever done for her.


 Vanessa:  I guess the thing that I like about her is that she's very affectionate.  When she hasn't seen me for a while, she runs and jumps up on me and wraps her legs around me and it's really cute.  I really like that.  As far as the sweetest...well, I'm planning something really romantic..

The crowd goes nuts, and someone yells "Breaking News", but Jeff has the surprising decency to say they don't need to go there and spoil any surprises.

Vanessa:  As far as what I've done for her....for her last birthday, I made it a full birthday week, and I took a calendar and had a different event planned for every day.  We live in Vegas, so there are a lot of fun things to do...we went to the trampoline park one day,  a comedy show another day and on the third day she got a massage.....it was a whole week of fun.

Liz:  Guys, take note!

Becky:  I'm getting a girlfriend!


Audrey ("Pam") asks what the craziest things she's seen being a DJ is, and it takes her a moment to give a really interesting story.

Vanessa:  It's not a DJ story, but most of you know I lived in Paris growing up, and my sister and I started school when we were 5 or 6 and we were the new kids and would speak some English on the side.  There was a thing in the class where the teacher would put her hand on top of her head and all of the kids would do that, too, and that was the signal to be quiet.  But my sister and I didn't know that yet, so we giggled when we saw it..we didn't understand.  So I got in trouble..I'd never been in trouble before! The teacher took me outside on the playground and tied my shoelaces together, and it was raining.  I can remember seeing all of the kids faces pressed up against the window, watching.

The crowd is scandalized, but Vanessa says the story is just beginning.

Vanessa:  So after lunch, the teacher came to get me, but I couldn't stop crying.  I remember she took me in the Art Room, and there was a sink in there so you could wash your hands.  She was trying to get me to stop crying so she filled a cup with water and threw it in my face!  And then I kept crying so she slapped me!

The crowd is incensed.

Vanessa: But then I remember my mother...she's tall...about 5'10" and the teacher was pretty short.  So my mother goes into class and is talking to the teacher about it, and then she hauled off and slapped her,shouting "how do you like it when someone twice your size slaps you?"

The crowd loves the big payoff.

Vanessa:  But I have to say I love the French school system...it's one of the best in the world but it is very strict.

Jeff:  Did you change schools after that though?

Vanessa:  Yes. I did.


In response to a question, Vanessa says the most beautiful place she's ever been is Monaco.  Her family took the train there for a 2-week vacation every year and the rocks and cliffs are magnificent.

Then Jeff asked about her previous professional poker player profession.  What were the challenges?  What about the risks? Why did she leave it as a profession?

Vanessa:  Well, you asked a lot there.  The big thing about poker is that you work for yourself.  You can sleep in and it's a free lifestyle, so I really liked that part.  But it's great when things are good, and you're winning.  It's exciting, and you do get that rush, and that is why people get addicted.  I don't have an addictive personality, so I just thought of it as a job.

Austin:  Wow.

Vanessa:  The part you don't see in the movies or on TV is that the downside is that when you work, you can actually lose money.  A lot of money.  It's not like when you don't work you don't make money...you can go to work and still lose money.  I think as people get older, they become more risk-averse, and it gets harder and harder as you go.  You can have a bad week...a bad month...and it's highly stressful and that can't be healthy.  And beyond that...I did a lot of different types of gambling, but with poker this is most apparent.   when you have a good day and win, someone across the table from you loses, and that feeling kind of adds up in your soul.  In order for you to win, someone else in the world has to lose.  You're basically going through life looking for the loophole and exploiting it.  It's not fulfilling in the way that music can be.  With music, I can move people and make them dance...it's a much more rewarding way of life.  I did gambling for 2 years, to answer your question.

Liz:  Wow.


Jeff asked her how Big Brother correlates to poker, and she gave a really eloquent answer, saying life is a risk sometimes, and there is always a risk and a reward.

Vanessa:  But with this, I went into it thinking it could be a win-win, because if you have the right attitude, even if you don't win the money,you've still had the opportunity to learn about yourself and evolve to a higher level of conscientiousness and who you are as a person and where you're going in life so that can make you a winner.

The studio audience cheered and clapped.

***ALSO***

Did you know that Vanessa appeared in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue?  She wasn't one of the models in the swimsuit "story", but she was there, all right.