Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Meet Shelli Poole - Chock Full of Southern Charm #BB17

1.  Shelli Poole sat down with Jeff for a live interview in the Diary Room.  Shelli is 33 and is from Marietta GA, a suburb of Atlanta (also the home of Malcolm and Parvati from Survivor, and yours truly the FeedWatcher...) Shelli lives in the cool part of Atlanta now and is a home stager and interior decorator.  Shelly has to explain her job to Jeff before he understood that she works with realtors to prepare homes for sale.

2.  Jeff wonders if she will want to make any improvements to the Big Brother house while she's there, and she says she's sure it will be perfect.  (Uh....just wait Shelli.)  Jeff ties in this idea and tells us that Shelli did "some touch ups" in the DR before the interview started.  (Each house guest has a small make up bag in the DR that they can use before sessions to reduce the shine, etc.)

3.  Shelli already has a great tan and is very energetic and excited to meet Jeff.  Jeff says he likes her already because she recognized him.  This makes me wonder if all of the house guests that Jeff has met so far are really SuperFans, because even if you aren't a big Big Jeff fan, you certainly know who he is.  (That group would include Jason, Meg, Becky, Audrey, and Austin....who may or may not have watched BB11 and BB13..)

4.  Shelli is leaving behind a big family and group of friends in Georgia, and says she misses them already.  She makes it crystal clear that she is single and has no significant other.  So, of course, Jeff asks her if she's single and ready to mingle.  She says she's ready for the unexpected, and will just have to take it one day at a time.

5.  Shelli doesn't have much of a southern accent, so if you watch the live feeds her voice may blend in with some of the other girls until we know her better.  She says she thinks her ability to meet people and form good relationships will be a big help this summer.  She is used to living with "a lot of people and having chaos".

6.  If Shelli wins, she would like to fund a big family vacation in Europe, because her parents have never left the US.  She might also want to buy a house, who knows.  Jeff notes that she's very family oriented and says he is, too.  (This isn't a date, Big Jeff...)

7.  She knows that only one person can win Big Brother, and knowing that "you have to do what you have to do".  She wants to lay low in the early days of the game, to give her time to observe the dynamics and determine who she can trust.  She doesn't want to stand out and be the first person people think about in the house.  She plans to constantly adapt her game to the circumstances.  Jeff says that is a good idea, because she "doesn't know what they will throw at her".  She wants to have a chance to get to know everybody before making any sort of big moves.

8.  Shelli talks with her hands a lot, and some of her gestures are very corporate.

9.  She had a hard time answering Jeff's "loved or hated" question.  She said she wants people to love her, but then kind of argues with him when he pushes back and tells him he gave her a choice to pick one or the other.  After Jeff told her she can say what she wants, she admitted she wants to win and be loved.

10.  Now that Shelli is older, she has a much thicker skin than she did in her 20's, and thinks this will help her in the house.  Jeff expressed surprise that she is 33 and she seemed flattered, of course.  (Big Jeff:  Wow!  Your dat old??)

11.  Jeff asked her what her guilty pleasure is, and she said shopping and eating chocolate.  This led Jeff down a strange path of talking to her about wearing chocolate clothes, which she said she would eat. Then Jeff commented that then she would be naked and she agreed.  I think Jeff's Earpiece told  him to ABORT that line of questioning so he said they were headed down the wrong path and she agreed.  But to her credit, this didn't phase her one bit....so maybe she can roll with the punches.  (Girls, this is how men think, if you don't know.....but I'm sure Shelli knows....)

 12.  She's not worried about anything the Zingbot might tell her.  (I mean, what could he say at this point?  She seems too perfect to even hate on right now.)

13.  If Shelli was a zoo animal, she's be a zebra, because they are "so cool and different, and everybody loves zebras".  Jeff is mesmerized by Shelli at this point and can't even think up a response to that.  She assures him that she "likes elephants, too".


I've been living in Atlanta for a long time, and after doing a little research on Shelli's life, I can't figure out why in the world she'd want to be on Big Brother.  On paper, it certainly looks like she leads a perfect life.

She works at a company called Simply Staged, which works with real estate agents to prepare properties for sale.  If you've even watched one episode of Million Dollar Listing on Bravo, you know what this means.  The work displayed on the Company's website is tasteful and attractive.  Just like Shelli, apparently.  Here's her profile on their website.

(I can't image the horror Shelli may feel when she walks into the BB17 house, particularly those horridly furnished bedrooms.  Bless her heart.)

And Shelli has a blog with tasteful and attractive photos of her lifestyle.  It looks like she hasn't written much since 2013,but you can certainly get a feel for the World of Shelli there..  Here is a sneak peek at how Shelli spent Derby Day in 2013.  That is (was) her boyfriend Matt, and her 13-year old dog, who also looks perfectly well-behaved and accessorized.  On her blog she also has some gorgeous pictures of gorgeous plates of food---trust me that she visited all of the right places in 2013.

From her interview with Jeff, it is clear that Matt is no longer her man, but the relationship sure looked fun while it lasted.

Yes, they have a family farm.  With horses and shit.  So that doesn't suck, either.  She has a hunky twin brother who is a foot taller than she is, and it looks like they have a great relationship.

Another look at Wes, who is quite a looker if you ask me.  Where has Wes been all of my life?  She also has another brother, too.

Shelli may have sort of abandoned her blog in 2013, but her Etsy shop seems to be going strong.  It is called Sweet Clover and as you can see below, she did announce she would be taking a break over the summer.  I couldn't see any of her current listings, but she does have 325 reviews, with an average five-star rating.  Some of those reviews were posted in late May of this year, and according to Etsy she has had 1,848 sales transactions.  You can see pictures of the jewelry purchased in the review section.

I know you're hoping for me to say that her creations are ugly and tacky.  But they're not.  They are attractive and tasteful, just like Shelli.  (DAMN DAMN DAMN!)

I'm not sure if Shelli was a Big Brother fan prior to casting, but she does seem to have a decent grasp on what it takes to get through the early parts of the game.  She will be one of the older house guests this year (maybe the oldest, depending on who the two "secret" house guests are...) but she doesn't seem old.  That maturity edge may be just what she needs to seek out the best people to align with.

I think the young guys are going to be on her like "white on rice", as we say in the south.  If she's smart, she can make this a benefit and not a threat to everyone else.

I think Shelli will make the jury, and might even be able to go deep this summer.  But I hope she knows what she's getting into.....her summer in Atlanta (and on the farm) might not have been too bad, either.  Sure looks good to me...


  1. i cant believe how young this cast is... that the oldest HG is Sheli at 33 yrs old, lol... wow, 33?... where is Jerry?, lol ...☺...

  2. Yes, if 33 is the oldest cast member, that may be a little ridiculous. But some of the others have a lot of life experience (Austin, Vanessa) so that might bring up the overall maturity level.

  3. Guess you were wrong about Austin or Vanessa bringing up the maturity level for the group.


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