Monday, July 29, 2013

Team Judd Shuts Down Englewood Tennessee #BB15

CBS was in town to interview Judd's family for a segment on the show, and the whole town got together to put on a parade and celebrate the "local boy done good".

Check out the "Judd for President" sign in the picture.  Ha ha.

I'm excited to see Judd's family on the show this week.  Do you think they will need subtitles, too?

Family, friends and fans turned out Sunday in downtown Englewood, Tenn., to celebrate “Big Brother” contestant and native son Judd Daughtery. (BETSY PICKLE)

By Betsy Pickle
Posted July 28, 2013 at 10:20 p.m.

ENGLEWOOD, Tenn. — Mother Nature and the CSX Railroad cooperated Sunday afternoon as family, friends and fans of “Big Brother” contestant and Englewood, Tenn., native son Judd Daughtery turned out to “get on the Judd train.”

The locomotive seemed to whistle its approval of the celebration, although the sound effects coming from the tracks parallel to the Main Street stage meant a few reshoots for the CBS producer and Atlanta-based camera and sound crew trying to capture feature footage for the popular CBS reality elimination game show.

Close to 200 people turned out on the sunny afternoon to show their support for Daughtery, 26, one of the 12 “houseguests” remaining from the original 16. Many leaned against storefronts seeking shade from awnings as they waited patiently for the TV crew to finish filming at the home of Daughtery’s parents, Andy and Tana Daughtery, and head downtown.

Family friend Lyndsey Hensley of Englewood watches the show and keeps track of the houseguests’ doings on Twitter.

“I watch Twitter 24 hours a day,” she said.

“Big Brother” fan Ann Williams, who came with her parents, Barbara and David Gray, and boyfriend Dallas Dockery, all of Maryville, made two trips to McMinn County: one on Saturday to pick up the #TEAMJUDD T-shirts she found on Facebook and the other on Sunday.

Williams turned her parents into “BB” fans — with the help of Daughtery.

“I mainly watch it for Judd,” said Barbara Gray. “He’s been a perfect gentleman. I hope he wins.”

Williams, who watches the live feeds on as well as the “Big Brother After Dark” shows on cable, also keeps tabs on all the “BB” blogs.

“I pretty much know what’s going on all the time in the house,” she said. “I think he’s playing a fantastic game. He’s not mean to anybody. Everybody in the house likes him. Nobody really wants to stab him in the back — yet.

“He probably won’t go all the way to the end, but we all hope that he does.”

Daughtery’s relatives made up a large portion of the crowd. Both of his grandmothers, Leona Haney of Etowah and Zelma Edmonson of Englewood, were there as were aunts, uncles and lots of cousins.

Emcee Tim Childress, a lifelong friend of Daughtery’s parents, revved up the crowd and passed along directions from the TV crew. The crowd willingly stretched down both sides of the street, formed a parade and then gathered around the stage — then did it again so that the cameraman could get different angles.

Onstage, Andy Daughtery, who never watched “Big Brother” before this season, professed that his sister, longtime “BB” fan Angie Lambert, was correct when she told him, “It’s big,” and expressed thanks to his son’s supporters.

Everyone in the crowd seemed to agree that Daughtery’s most outstanding characteristic was his “kind heart.” But one of his oldest friends, Kevin Carter, said Daughtery has the ability to win the typically cutthroat game.

“He’s staying real calm and collected,” said Carter. “He’ll do whatever it takes to win — whatever he’s gotta do. He’s been wanting to do this for 10 years, so he finally got his chance.”

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