Friday, June 20, 2014

Meet Zach Rance - Go Ahead and Hate Him, Haters #BB16

OK, so the hair is a little Jedward in this picture.  And he mentions Andy as his favorite Big Brother player on his CBS "Trading Card".  So if you want to hate him, go ahead.  Zach don't care.  Not at all.

Zach's interview with Jeff Schroeder got off to a roaring start by proudly announcing he was unemployed, after recently graduating college.  Big Jeff respects that sort of thing, and you tell this little Sit Down is off to a great start.  Zach is very energetic and looks directly into the cameras when he speaks, which is nice.

1.  Zach is ready to "lie, cheat and kill" to win this game.

2.  He has "500,000 reasons to win this game, and not one more".  All Zach sees is "dollar signs, baby".

3.  Apparently Zach listed himself as a con artist on his CBS bio and he tells Jeff he has a special skill to "control everyone's wants and desires".

4.  Zach tells Jeff his social game is "through the roof" and he's "good at making people feel good about themselves".  He's funny and entertaining and people are going to want to keep him around.  His strategy is to make people like him, and if they don't like him, he will make them like him.

5.  In the house, he plans to be a little more reserved and sit back and let other people make moves, and then he will pounce.

6.  Zach hasn't had a girlfriend since pre-school, but expects all of the girls to want to be with him.  He's not going to let girls get in his way this summer, repeating his line in #2 above.

7.  In contrast to the information on Zach's CBS "Trading Card", Zach tells Jeff that his favorite BB player of all time is Mike Boogie, because he gives "zero effs about anything".  Jeff says he does see some commonalities there, but he doesn't use that word, of course.  Way too many syllables.

8.  Jeff says he can't wait to see what Zach does in the house, and if you watch this video, you will, too.

But let's move on to an interview with a little more substance --Zach's interview with the Reality Relapse team of Rachel Reilly and Ryan Carillo.  Go get him, Rachel.

1.  Rachel immediately latches onto the Con Artist description, and once Zach tells her his plan is to have everyone like him, Rachel asked him if he knew who Nick Uhas is (ha ha ha).

Zach:  Oh, that guy.  He sucks.

2.  Zach tells Rachel and Ryan the same lines about making everyone like him by making them feel good about themselves, and asking them questions.

Ryan (who ALWAYS tries to make everything about himself):  You haven't asked me any questions.

Zach:  But I don't care about you guys.

He then tells Rachel he hates her because her laugh is terrible and Rachel guffaws, delighted with this.  

3.  Zach also tells Rachel she was kind of a bully, too, mentioning how she yelled at Kathy for being bad at the competitions, pointing out that Kathy beat her in the end.  Rachel jokes that she might be going in the BB16 house.

Zach:  That would be perfect, because nobody would think we're working together.

Rachel:  Oh, so now we're working together?

Zach:  Not right now.

4.  Zach majored in Economics at the University of Florida because that was the easiest major.  Ryan mentions the Wolf of Wall Street and Zach says Jordan Belfort is his idol.  He has quick comebacks to Ryan's put downs and seems to win every time.

5.  Rachel brings up how Andy is his favorite player, and Zach corrects her and says Mike Boogie is his favorite.  He says Andy did play a good game and Ryan wants to know why Zach listed Andy as his favorite.

Zach:  Because he won.  He's the most recent winner.

6.  Zach says he would kill himself before he has a showmance.  If there is a girl in the house that he really likes, he will just swallow his emotions and get over it.

Ryan:  Girls like douchebags, so they are going to like you.

Zach protests that he's not a douchebag and Ryan says he can dish it out, but he can't take it.  Rachel defends Zach and Ryan tells her she fell for Zach's con, and this results in a lot of laughter.

(Did Rachel have a little work done?  I think so, and she looks great.)

7.  Zach likes to go golfing with his bros, smoking cigars and hitting balls.

8.  He want to a casting event at the U of F and says he is a fan of the show, but not an "avid fan".  There is a lot of verbal jousting at this point, with Zach saying he's going to be in a movie one day, and there is a lot of bleeping as curse words ricochet around the room.   Rachel had to tell Ryan that he was being a dick to Zach (he really was), and that Ryan should act like a journalist.

9.  Zach expects other people to come to him with alliance offers ---he won't be the one seeking them out but will entertain each offer, even if he has to blindside people.

This interview seems like it could have gone on for an hour or so, but it got cut off in the middle of Zach describing how he will lie, cheat and steal to win.  I couldn't find this interview on You Tube for linking purposes for some reason, but here is another interview video, this time with Matt Maynard from We Love Big Brother.  Matt isn't sparring with Zach, so the energy is much different than the interview with Rachel and Ryan, but it provides the same overall picture of Zach and his personality.

Zach says his mother is a huge Big Brother fan, and rates his own interest as a 6.5, on a "scale from one to Ian Terry".  (ha ha ha)  Matt also has a fun game where they hold up paddles with revealing True or False questions (such as: Have you ever stolen anything? and Is being gay a choice?) as well as game where Zach accomplishes something no other house guest has been able to do that involves a Chips Ahoy cookie.  Watch and see.  I dare you not to like Zach, although I know some of you would never admit it.

I found Zach's Twitter account.  He's only tweeted three times, but he's accomplished more with those tweets than most people I know ever have.  He got Kevin Durant to re-tweet him, so that his Mom would buy him a ticket to a Thunder game, whatever that is.

According to this, he wants to be a professional golf caddie, which isn't such a bad goal.  I grew up in Florida, too, and know several people who have been pro caddies.  You win a percentage of the golfer's winnings, so if you work for a good golfer you can earn good money, along with travel perks and being able to stand around all day.  I knew a guy who caddied for one of the Big Winners for years and he used to smoke pot in the portable toilets on the course.  Nice.


Based on these interviews, I have no doubt Zach will be a polarizing house guest this summer.  Personally I find him to be interesting and entertaining, and a very unique type of house guest.  He's honest about himself, although he will surely lie in the game.  He said he would not be the jacked up guy in the house, and wanted the other guys to have that role.

I always say I am ready for some Dastardly Deeds to be Done in there, so I'm hoping Zach pulls through on the lying, cheating and stealing this summer.   But it will need to be done on the no one sees it coming.

One Big Problem:  Matt Maynard tried to point out that the fans will play a role in the game this year, and shouldn't Zach keep that in mind?  Zach seemed to think Matt was referring to America's Favorite Player, and didn't grasp what Matt was saying.  If Zach watched any BBUK at all, he would know what Matt is saying----the fans can be your downfall if you don't let them in on the joke.  (And let's hope Zach doesn't piss Ariana Grande off.....)

I expect Zach to give Great DR this summer, but his arrogance could be his downfall if he can't contain himself around house guests who might not fall for his line of bullshit.  Rachel brought up Nick Uhas in her interview with Zach, but he reminded me of Jeremy McGuire.  Neither guy did well in the Big Brother game, but at least Jeremy was fun to watch.

If Zach can be a part of some sort of Brigade-type alliance, then he will have a chance to make it at least halfway through the game.  If he aligns with house guests that America doesn't like, it could mean doom for him, but I certainly don't see him being part of any Nerd Herd.

If I'm Being Honest:  1st or 2nd one evicted, unfortunately.

Meet Joey Van Pelt - Don't Blame Her, She Was Recruited #BB16

Joey tells us in her CBS video that she brought several colors of hair dye into the Big Brother 16 house.  So there's that.  According to her "Trading Card" (yes, that is what CBS is calling that a hint? trading?) that you see above, she is a makeup artist, and her favorite Big Brother player is Gina Marie.

Yes, that's right.  Gina Marie.

But Gina Marie is also a makeup artist, so maybe that is the connection.  Let's hope so.  Unfortunately this also indicates that Joey was not a Big Brother fan until casting.  Just a guess on my part.

Once again Jeff Schroeder (aka the "Golden Boy") is conducting preseason house guest interviews as part of CBS' exclusive content for live feeders.  Jeff's interviews are always light and breezy, and light on content.  He just gives us a feel for the players.  Not an invasive feel, with squeezing.  Just a brush.  Maybe with the back of the hand, not the palm.

Joey tells Jeff she thinks one of her strengths is that she likes women.  She is quick to assure us that she doesn't like them "that way", but she gets along with women and brings them together, instead of being catty.

Joey says she has a good job at home, and loves her family and friends.  Her parents are super-supportive of her and are helping her financially while she's in the Big Brother house.  If she wins, she is going to pay off her student loans and travel.  

Joey:  I'm buying a ticket to every music festival there is....

And that's all there was in Jeff's interview.  Yep.  It was over before it even started.  Maybe Jeff can do his interviews on Vine to make it even more efficient.  Thank god there are other house guest interviews out there for us....

This interview with Joey was conducted by Matthew Boyer for, and thankfully it includes more information.


1.  Joey was recruited while she was doing someone's makeup, and from there the process went very quickly.  

2.  This is her first experience with reality TV.  Whatever that means.

3.  She never watched Big Brother before, and says she didn't even have TV.  It sounds like she thinks CBS is on cable.  But she has since learned that the show has a big following, and is excited to have a "fan page".

4.  She wants to form a ladies alliance.

5.  She plans to be the "loser who everyone loves" in the house but does plan to pull her weight.  She knows she can't be sure of anything until she is in the house and the action kicks off.

6.  She intentionally "stayed single" before coming in the house so that she could use romance as an advantage, if that comes up.  She knows she won't be the best looking girl in the house, but she likes having her options open.

7.  She plans to be one of the quiet players, staying in the background if she can. 

8.  If fans can send her messages, like "The Hunger Games", than that will give her power and energy.  She hopes she is America's Favorite but jokes that this statement may come back to haunt her.

But there's a new interview team on the scene this year....Rachel Reilly and her partner Ryan Carillo are conducting interview for their show Reality Relapse.  Rachel is a breath of fresh air in this process, and the energy in the room is palpable.  Joey is a little more animated, too.  This interview seems to get off to a great start, with the three of them giggling and chatting like old friends.

Rachel and Ryan keep things moving...and this was Joey's most revealing interview yet.

1.  Joey was class president in high school.

2.  She compliments Rachel's BB game, but then goofs by saying she liked how Rachel got voted out, and then right back in and played hard.  Rachel quickly set her straight by saying that was Brendon, not her.

3.   Joey crammed by studying the "characters of the players", to see patterns and identify the main characters.  She says Season #10 was her favorite season, but then says she "hasn't finished watching it yet".

4.  Ryan asked her why Gina Marie was her favorite house guest, and Joey says becase Gina Marie was so loud and colorful.  (uh...didn't you just tell another interviewer  you were going to be a quiet player?)

***and then this happend***

Joey:  And Gina Marie wasn't a floater, by any means!

Ryan and Rachel both groaned and Ryan gave us a smirking side eye.  Ryan gets his Producer to confirm that Gina Marie was indeed a floather.

Joey:  Look, I was doing my job, putting makeup on somebody and they came in and recruited me!

(oh dear)

5.  Joey loves bearded men, but "not gay", and then says she does love the gays, she just doesn't want them that way.

6.  Joey said she wanted to be the "nicest person to win Big Brother" and mentions Dan.  Both Rachel and Ryan groaned again and Rachel called her out as not even watching the show.

(Love, love love Rachel giving the house guests shit.)


I wanted to like Joey, and I do, because she is cute as a button, but do I like her chances in the Big Brother 16 house?

Not  so much.  No one really knows how the twists will play out, and what this will mean for the game this year.  But being so clueless about the game can't be a good thing, can it?

I think having Joey around in the house would be great, because we can all learn a few makeup tips and tricks.  But is Joey being truly honest in her interviews?  She didn't mention being an actress, but look what I found, from 2012.

That's Joey, second from the right, in the fuzzy wig.  Maybe this was just a lark on her part, doing some local community theater.

But this is Big Brother we're talking about.  Hopefully at least one of the house guests cast for this season knows this game, and knows how to play it.  But that's not Joey.   Joey is all over the place with what she says, talking in circles.  In it for the fame, I say. She'll be out before the jury.  Just my two cents.

Yes, the Twists are Indeed Very Twisty #BB16

Julie Chen announced earlier this week that this will be the twistiest season ever of Big Brother.  Without understanding the entire situation yet, here is what she said:

*  There will be two HoH's every week.
*  Each HoH will nominate two house guests.
*  One HoH is not safe from eviction, but I am assuming their nominations are null and void in that case.
*  There will be a "Battle of the Block" each week, which we can assume will determine which HoH prevails as The Real HoH.  Or whatever we are going to call that role in the game.
*  The viewers will participate in an "interactive" manner like never before, as "Team America".

Will this prevent floating?  Throwing competitions?  Will anyone still want to be one of the two HoH's?  Because if you are the HoH who loses the Battle of the Block, then it seems to me that you have just pissed off two house guests, and put yourself at a higher risk of eviction.

I'm not surprised that America will play a bigger role, and I do expect this to mean different things as the summer plays out.  Production can modify these Twisty Twists to make what they think will be a more successful TV show, and as Team America, we need to be sure that we make smart choices with our votes.

But if you didn't already vote for the poll that was on the CBS website yesterday, then you are out of luck. The poll is closed.

Yep, closed.  Within just a few hours of beginning, it was over.

The result of this is that Frankie Grande is likely the house guest chosen in the poll.  Because Frankie's little sister Ariana is a celebrity of some sort who has over fifteen million Twitter followers.  And she is the one tweeting under Frankie's twitter account this summer as well.  I don't really know who she is, or what she does, but I'm sure I will be an Ariana Grande Expert by the end of the summer, or until Frankie leaves the house.

(Just look at Frankie in the picture above....front and center, with outstretched arms.  No way that is not an accident.)

Frankie has his own life, to be sure, with his own You Tube channel and some experience on Broadway.  He's not just Ariana's Big Brother (pun intended).  But let's face it, Production knew this would happen.  If Ariana tells her fifteen million followers to watch Big Brother, that can generate big ratings for CBS.  And without big ratings, there is no show.  So there's that. 

But will the house guests know who Team America picked?  Will it hurt Frankie?  Or help him?

I guess we will find out soon enough.   Please remember that Big Brother 16 will be a marathon, not a sprint.  If you are a regular reader of this site, then you know that I don't do a lot of bitching and moaning about Production.  I also try to form my own opinions about the house guests, based on what I see and hear, and I strive to report the facts.

So with that in mind, here we go.....


Are you an Ariana Grande fan?  What do I need to know about her to be a more effective FeedWatcher?