Monday, June 18, 2018

Meet Haleigh Broucher - Mirror Mirror on the Wall.... #BB20

Ross Mathews introduced us to Haleigh Broucher, who is 21 and lives in Dallas Texas.  Hailey is a student at Texas A&M, following a now-established tradition of Aggie representation in the Big Brother house.

Haleigh was very excited at the beginning of the interview.  Before the discussion officially started, we could see blurry overhead footage of Haleigh entering the room and kind of jumping up and down when she saw Ross waiting for her.  I lost count of all of the hair flips and coiffure-arranging that took place before the taping officially began.

In fact, I think Haleigh was kind of caught by surprise as they kicked things off, still arranging her hair as you see below.  Ross didn't know her name until she told him what it was, and then she nervously looked around when she realized they were sitting in the Diary Room.

You could hear Haleigh breathing, sounding like she just ran the 40-yard dash or something.

Ross:  The living room is right over there (pointing over his left shoulder).

Haleigh:  Can I go sneak a peek?

Ross:  No, you may not.

Haleigh tells Ross that she's a fan of the show, but a recent one.

Haleigh:  I did see Season 16, but I haven't missed an episode since.

(Did you watch Season 16 in your room at the Sheraton during sequester Haleigh?)

Ross:  Are you gonna win?

Haleigh, still breathing hard:  Yes!  For sure!

Ross:  Why?  Why are you gonna win?

***brace yourselves***

Haleigh:  Well, I think my social game is gonna get me really far, and I'm actually going to play the game just like Derrick.  That's what my plan is, and he won, so....

(Honey, you don't even understand Derrick's game if you think you're going to play like him.)

Haleigh is currently a student in College Station, TX, and is studying psychology with a minor in sociology.  Ross gives a "HMMM" as she says this, obviously impressed by her scholastic endeavors.

Haleigh caught that, and nods, saying she hopes that training will help her in the game.  After she graduates, she wants to "pursue school further", which is probably pretty common for psychology majors.  You know, the ones who want to be a psychologist.  You have to go to grad school for that.

Ross grilled her about her strategy, and Haleigh had a good answer for him.  Her plan is to lay low in the beginning, and let the "super loud people" jump in there and "play super hard super fast".  Then she wants to start rallying people that she thinks she can trust to work with her.

Haleigh is trying to calm herself down, and takes several deep breaths as she tries to regulate herself.  Her words come out calmly and evenly, even though her breathing lets us know how keyed up she is.

(That might be a skill right appear calm when you're anything but...)

Ross cautions her that the game moves quickly, and she needs to be prepared to deal with that.  He wondered what her problem areas might be, and she says she needs to think before she speaks.

Haleigh: I usually don't think before I speak, and that could get me in trouble in this game if I don't pay attention to it.

(Yes, it can.)

She's hoping that wearing the microphone will help remind her that she's being recorded, so she can watch her mouth.

Ross tries to freak her out by saying that "these people" are going to be watching her every move every minute of the day.

Haleigh:  Yeah, yeah.  I'm a little worried, but not for character reasons.  I'm just worried that I'll say or do something ridiculous....

Ross, sarcastically:  I don't understand that at all.

Haleigh doesn't think appearing on the show will impact her graduation plans.  She wasn't enrolled in summer courses anyway, and thinks her program is still on track.  Ross had to dig to find out her romantic status.

Ross:  I didn't hear you mention you have a boyfriend....a girlfriend....

Haleigh:  No, I'm single, single, single....

Ross brings up the ever present showmances, saying that there wasn't one in his season, unless you count Brandi and the squash.   Haleigh stressed that she's here to play the game this summer, and doesn't want to do anything that will hurt her game.

Haleigh:  But I know it's a long summer, so if it happens, it happens.  I'm just going to try and not let it hurt my game.

Always with the hair, moving it this way and that.

Ross asked her the Big Question, would she rather win and be hated by America, or lose and be loved.

Haleigh:  Is there a third option?

Haleigh finally stated that she'd like to keep her integrity and be loved and lose, if she had to choose.

(Being hated by America doesn't necessarily mean you don't have integrity.  In fact, lots of horrible people have integrity. You can be horrendous and still be honest.  In fact, sometimes being honest is what gets you the most hate.)

Ross is very expressive and gives us several looks as she's talking.  He is obviously charmed by her, but he knows these are not the words of a fierce Big Brother player.

Ross urges her to look right at the camera and tell us why we should root for her to win.

Haleigh says we should root for her because she's IN IT TO WIN IT.

Haleigh:  I've watched the game.  I've studied the game.  I'm not here to float or let somebody else carry me......

Ross looks over at us as she speaks and gives us the eyebrows.

Haleigh:  I want to make an impact in this game.....I'm in this game to win it.

Ross, smiling:  There you have it.  We'll be watching.

Haleigh, clapping: Thank you!


I need to chat about Ross real quick.  I've always been a Ross fan, dating back to his early days on The Tonight Show, and he was my pick to win Celebrity BB from the start.  I want you to know how much of a boss Ross is in his daily life.  He is quite assertive, and has a team of people who are trained to react quickly when Ross asks for something.  He's not just some sort of flimsy pushover.  His success is no accident.  Ross Mathews is very ambitious, and this surprises people who had the impression that he's just a big gay marshmallow or something.  He's not.  Don't let the surface fool you.

Ross is asking much the same questions that CBS had Big Jeff Schroeder ask, but he's very shrewd about listening to what these people are saying and then firing back a question to dig deeper.  And he's very obvious with his emotions.  Jeff was more of a cheerleader.  Ross is more like a sideline analyst here.  I'm not on Facebook, but if I have the opportunity to watch the Facebook weekly chats Ross is going to do with Marissa Winokur this season, I will gladly do it.  I think Ross (and Marissa) might really LET GO on these house guests and give us their UNFILTERED VIEWS.

Maybe that's why it will be on Facebook, and not on the CBS website.  Just a guess.  And a hope.

OK, back to Haleigh.  Obviously Haleigh is in the top echelon of human beings as far as attractiveness goes.  Corey Brooks also went to A&M, and he also was on top of the casting leaks that happened last night.  Corey Brooks obviously scrolled around to find pictures of Haleigh for his Twitter.

The girl is STUNNING.  Can you imagine looking like that?  I think I'd be too scared to leave the house.  I watch too much Forensic Files.  I would probably think every stranger who eyeballs me wants to strangle me and throw me in a ditch or something.  Not to mention the people closest to me....everybody knows the boyfriend or co-worker is the first one blamed for any violent acts.  If I were Haleigh I'd probably hire a security guard to watch over me.

People are already comparing her to Aaryn Gries, due to the All American blonde good looks, and the Texas connection, but I don't think that's fair.  Aaryn was a fierce competitor who had some unpopular personal views and engaged in some deplorable conduct during her BB season.  But I think Aaryn took the fall for the entire BB15 cast, because there were at least 2 other cast members who said equally horrible things (one even did so on the live show, right on the mic) but didn't get shamed by Julie Chen on live TV.  One thing I'll say about Aaryn is that she mostly took the criticisms, and I didn't hear her try to drag anybody else into it.  Aaryn owned it, as they say.  That takes guts.

But I digress.  Again.  We can't assume Hayleigh is some backwards-thinking Texas hick unless she shows us some indication of that.  She seems like a sweet young girl with the world at her feet.  And now she's on a TV show.

I think Hayleigh must have posted this GIF when she learned she was on the show.  That was June 14th, just a few days ago.  Was that when they picked her up and gave her the key?  If so, there was ample time for at least one person on the cast to see the returning vet rumors out there (mainly due to Evel Dick).  Do they all know about the Ian Terry rumors?  And (gulp) the Frankie Grande rumors?

Would that make Production change their minds about the season's initial plans?  I heard the BB18 house guests talk about Vanessa's slip up on Twitter that alerted the community to Tiffany being on BB18.   Anybody who frequents Reddit would know about the leaks.  These things do happen.....

I didn't scour her social media to find any dirt, but if there is dirt that wasn't swept up we'll end up seeing it, of course.  Haleigh works with Rodan + Fields as a skin care rep, and there is a lot of information out there about that.

I snapped this picture because I thought the tall guy would be her boyfriend or something.  He looks famous, but they all kind of look the same to me.  That tall, bearded athlete-guy look.

There actually aren't many modeling-type photos of Haleigh out there as they usually are for a newly-minted BB house guest of this ilk, so maybe Haleigh is serious about her studies and future in psychology.  Good for her, if so.  And good for the BB fans, because that is a sign that she might be here for more than just Instagram followers.

But this picture was a bad idea Haleigh, because it reminds us of someone else that most of us would rather just forget about.

Let's take a look at Haleigh's CBS bio for more information.

I like her three words to describe herself.  And apparently Derrick Levasseur is "the cutest person in the world".

Good news, Derrick.  Haleigh Broucher wants to hug you.  But she JUST wants to hug you, so maybe that's bad news.  Whatever.

She's worried about the beds on Big Brother.  Hope that doesn't mean she's going to flip one.  (Sorry, I couldn't resist.)  And her Fun Facts are FANTASTIC.  She's adopted!  She volunteers!  She raised a goat, but only one goat!

(Insert Corey Brooks joke here.)

I really don't know what else to say about Haleigh.  She seems like the standard sort of beauty queen that gets cast on the show every season.  By the time the feeds are live I fully expect Haleigh to be part of an alliance with the Kool Kids, because she's probably the Queen Kool Kid.  And I expect her to get in some sort of romantic entanglement.  Because that's what they all seem to do.  Every season.

Prove us wrong, Haleigh.  And do Texas proud while you're at it.


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