Saturday, September 22, 2012

Interviews With the Final Three #BB14

This morning while I walked my dog I listened to these three interviews with the BB14 Final Three conducted by Rob Cesternino.  I follow Rob's podcasts on iTunes and listen to them regularly.

If you don't know Rob, he was one of the stand out stars of Survivor Amazon about 10 years go.  He was funny, self-deprecating, and devious and pulled off some spectacular moves.  Some say that he is one of the best players to never win Survivor.  This reputation followed him to Survivor All Stars, however, and he was one of the first to get booted.

Rob is friends with Dan Gheesling, and Dan and Ian discussed Rob on the live feeds a number of times.  You can listen to Rob's interviews with Ian, Dan and Danielle at this link.  You can also search for them on "Rob Has a Podcast" on iTunes and download them to listen on the go like I do.

My Thoughts on These Interviews

Ian:  Ian was obviously exhausted.  Anyone who watched him on the live feeds will notice that he sounds like he is just beat.  He says he didn't sleep a wink the night before, but planned to rally and attend the SuperPass Wrap Party that evening because "it is the right thing to do".  His parents were just stunned to see him make it to the end, and they told him that if he hadn't won that "Shark Maze" POV that occurred on the live show, that he would have been evicted that evening.    I'm guessing his parents are not big Dan Gheesling fans.   Ian is also a big Survivor fan, so I'll bet he will maintain contact with Rob and contribute to Rob's great Survivor podcasts in some way.  Ian was excited to hear that Survivor Cochran was watching Big Brother and pulling for him.

Dan:  Dan said this was the interview that he had been waiting for (the Final Three had a long list of interview commitments today) and he saved a scoop for Rob's show.  I won't spill it, but it was a joke Mike Boogie pulled on him during a live show.  Dan was very surprised to hear who Frank's dad is, and says he discussed wrestling with Frank a few times in the house. (I heard this, and waited for Frank to spill the beans, but he didn't.)  Rob thinks that when Ian watches all of the CBS episodes, he will be shocked by some of what happened, but that Dan will be surprised by very little.  I agree.

Danielle:  She really sounded defeated here, and said that new information kept coming out that led her to the realization that she was just a puppet for Dan.  She said that she is "trying not to go online" and that if we follow her on Twitter, please try not to be hateful or mean.  Rob made a mistake by mentioning what Janelle said on the finale, quoting her as having mentioned "Danielle's lies about her", rather than the much-more-inclusive Danielle's lies about everything.  Danielle did respond to the question, however, and admitted some of the lies she told about Janelle.  She implied that she and Shane are hooking up, and she expects to make a visit to Vermont soon.  I think both of them are going to be very upset with how the fans felt about them this year, so maybe they can comfort each other about that. 


I have to say that although I am a fan of Rob Cesternino, I was very disappointed in his coverage of Big Brother this year.  It was obvious that he was just in it for the money to be made selling SuperPass subscriptions.  Instead of watching the live feeds himself, he got a volunteer to cover each coach on his Big Brother podcasts.  At first, I thought that was a good idea, but  after about mid-season, it became clear that he relied on them to answer even the most basic Big Brother questions posed by the fans on his podcasts, never bothering to correct them or push back when they spouted nonsense.

For example, the girl who covered Janelle made numerous glaring mistakes in her coverage.  For example, on one early podcast she said Chef Joe Arvin had a serious cut in the kitchen, and had to leave the house to get stitches.  Rob just let her talk and talk, and did not correct her.  He also made statements that someone who professed to be a Big Brother fan would not make.  For example, he said that Rachel Reilly was the one who  started saying "Who Wants to See My HoH Room?" when in fact the new HoH saying this coming out of the DR has been a required Production element for years.

Rob didn't even bother to watch the live feeds in the crucial final weeks of the game, or even to visit any Big Brother update websites to educate himself as we approached the Finale.  For example, when Dan addressed the live feed cameras to tell us that he was strongly considering throwing the last HoH to Ian, Rob was totally unaware of this.  It's a small thing, but was a crucial element for BB fans who are interested in the game to know.  Maybe Rob's intention was to just cover the CBS broadcast audience, which is very different from the live feed audience, but he certainly was aggressive in selling a product that he clearly rarely used.

I love Rob's Survivor podcasts, but I'm keeping it real in stating my disappointment in his Big Brother coverage.  As someone who tries to report the facts, I have to say Rob's sloppy coverage earns a "C" at best.  


  1. How can you not tell us the Boogie/Dan joke?

  2. The joke's not that exciting, but you can go to the link and once the podcast loads, skip to -27:00 (it counts down backwards) to hear it.


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