Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Meet Angela Rummans - Proud of Her Time on the Pole. No, Not That Pole! #BB20

The next house guest we'll be discussing here is Angela Rummans, who is 26 and from Hilton Head, South Carolina.  Some of you with above-average short term memories will realize the following about Hilton Head.

1.  Bravo's Southern Charm just had an explosive multi-episode trip to Hilton Head, where they enjoyed the beautiful atmosphere when not tortured by Thomas Ravenel and his current paramour.  Southern Charm cast members Shep Rose (filthy rich trust fund kid) and Chelsea Meissner (former Survivor One World finalist) both grew up on Hilton Head island and proudly hosted the gang on their home turf.

2.  Tyler Crispen is currently a beach lifeguard on Hilton Head.  He's from Ohio, but somehow he's living on the South Carolina shore now.

None of this has anything to do with anything, other than to give you some context about Angela's home town. And it's not even her home anymore.  She lives in Los Angeles now.

It's been super-frustrating that these newbies don't look at the camera much during their interviews.  Ross was pointing out to Angela that she's in the Diary Room now and had to point in front of them to let her know that was the camera.  So I think the camera is behind some sort of screen, and these people must think they're just chilling on a little couch having a chat with Ross.

But any view of Angela is lovely, of course.  My watermark is covering it, but even sitting down, you can see the definition in Angela's ab muscles.

Angela tells Ross that she's a fitness model out in California, and also has a small home-based business selling home decor and gifts.

Angela: ....it's something you'd give as a housewarming or anniversary gift.  Something framed you'd hang on your wall.  It's basically art.

Ross asked Angela if she's a fan of Big Brother.  She immediately said she's a "huge fan" of the show and remembers "peeking around the corner when she was doing her homework, about this high, to see what was going on".

And here is Angela estimating her height at the time for Ross.  You know, how tall she was when she was sneaking peeks at Big Brother.  When she was such a huge fan of the show and all.

I don't think there's any need to elaborate on this topic.  I think we all know how Angela was cast for the show.  Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it's just something for us to keep in mind.

In case you're wondering though, Angela definitely has what it takes to win Big Brother.

Angela: It takes a physical game....it takes a mental game...a social game, and I'm not only strong physically, I'm strong mentally, I'm strong socially, and having all three is what I think it takes to win Big Brother.

Ross wonders what her strategy is for the game...how is she going to approach it.  Angela says she wants to lay low for the first two weeks, just fly under the radar and avoid ruffling feathers.

Angela:  I don't want to come off as a threat.  I think naturally girls are threatened by a big presence, and they kind of shy away from me.  So I want to get in with the girls, but naturally I get along better with the guys, so I think it's going to be easy for me to get into that all guys' alliance that always forms and I think I can just weasel my way in...maybe flirt my way in if I need to, and that way I'll know exactly what's going on here, and then I'll also get in good with the girls, and later on I'll start competing...I'm actually a professional pole vaulter......

Ross, who has been just nodding and um-hmming during Angela's monologue, snaps out of his fugue when he hears that surprise information.

Ross:  REALLY?

Angela:  Yeah...random!  I was a professional athlete, so I can win these competitions easy, but coming into the game I'm going to throw a bunch of them. I need to be not a target, not a threat....I need to be the ditzy dumb girl, but that's really not me at all.

Ross points out that Angela mentioned that she gets along better with guys, and might flirt a little bit, so he wonders if it will ever go farther than that.

Angela:  Yeah, I'll definitely bone someone the second night.

***JUST KIDDING***  I was just making sure you weren't zoning out during Angela's soliloquy, like Ross and I did.  Here's what Angela really said.

Angela:  I do not want to do a showmance.  I've been saying that for the longest time, because I think it's so dangerous.

She points out how Cody's showmance got him and Jessica kicked out of the house last summer (I think it was more a factor that he went against his entire majority alliance with his nomination of Paul, actually.)

Angela:  That's what happens....their ship goes down and you go down with it.

(Or sometimes you immediately get cast on another CBS reality show and each win $500,000 for doing that.)

Ross: Well, when you're playing for two, you've got to carry twice the weight.

Angela feels her biggest strength is being mentally strong, which she learned being a professional athlete, casually mentioning that she went to the Olympic trials.

Angela: You get in that house and after like, two months you get complacent and you've got to keep pushing, you've got to keep moving forward, and being a professional athlete that experience was crucial for me.

(I don't know if you know this, but Angela was a professional athlete!)

She thinks her biggest weakness will be the living circumstances.  She has had her own place for a long time now, and it's a big apartment, so she's used to having her own space and being in the house with so many other people is going to be difficult.

Ross, with the eyebrows:  You're right about that.

Now it's time for Angela to tell us what we can expect to see from her in the house this summer.  Ross tells her America is watching her live, right now.  And finally we get to see Angela's full face, looking right at us.

Can you guess what Angela said?  Ross could, too, and gave us quite a look as Angela launched into her list of bullet points.

Angela:  They can expect me to be not only a physically strong competitor, but mentally and socially as well.  I'm gonna be one of the last two standing, and I can guarantee that.

Ross, giddy now:  Well, we'll have to wait and see about that!  Good luck.  Have fun!


Well, clearly Angela is a gorgeous knockout.  And it's her job to be a gorgeous knockout.  Here are a few samples of her work.

And her former work as a professional athlete.  Pole vaulting is insane!  It must be an incredible feeling when you launch yourself over the top.  Like flying.

I don't have much to say about Angela.  I mean, she looks like Gisele Bundchen's younger, cuter cousin, and seems to have the confidence of everyone else combined.  I don't think she knows very much at all about the game, and maybe she won't need to.  But I think she thinks that every competition will be a test of physical strength, and of course it won't be like that.

If Angela can stay in the house until OTEV, surely she'd be a huge favorite to win that competition.  And probably most of the "hang on to an object" ones as well.  I just peeked at her CBS bio and I really like a lot of what she's saying here.

A few bio high points for me:

1.  Two of her words to describe herself are spontaneous and scheming. 

2.  Rachel Reilly is her favorite player.  Fiercely competitive, both of them. 

3.  She tried out for her high school football team. 

She's a little high on herself, calling herself "lovable", but I like that she owns using her sexuality to get ahead (in life, and in the game perhaps).

Angela might do really well in the BB house this summer.  She needs to try and fake it with the girls if she has to, because if she's never been a girl's girl, it's going to be hard to make that change now.  I like that she's a player, though.  She could really make a name for herself this summer in a way that Christmas never could last year.

You know, with the injury and the surgeries, and the pain killers and all.  Don't play horsey with anybody in there Angela, because Christmas never thought that wold be her downfall either.

Meet Faysal Shafaat - Accept No Substitutes. Except Maybe This One. #BB20

Let's all say hello to our new friend Faysal Shafaat, who joins Ross in the Diary Room to introduce himself to us.  And let me just go ahead and state the obvious:  Faysal is big tall hunk of a human being with a nice head of hair.  Faysal was blessed by fate to look down upon us all from where he stands every day.

Ross is stoked, too, inviting this big dude to tell us what his name is.  He tells Ross to call him "Fassie", but I wish Ross had asked him about the spelling of this apparently-preferred nickname.  Because some of us are going to have to type it over and over and over, and I'd like to get it right.

(I already misspelled Ross' last name dozens of times during CBBUS, and I'm already agonizing over the whole Haleigh - Bayleigh situation.  I don't like to abbreviate the names because there are lots of international readers and let's face it, I'm persnickety about that sort of thing.)

By the way, during the interviews Ross asked us to tweet him feedback, because he was checking his accounts during the breaks.  We could see a blurry overhead camera shot of someone coming in to powder Ross' nose while he scrolled through his iPad.  Here is a funny exchange.

OK.  Back to "Fassie".  He is obviously a charmer, hailing from Orlando Florida.  Fassie has a quiet way of speaking with just a hint of some sort of accent.  He correctly guessed they were in the Diary Room and I could see Ross' relief at that.  Fassie says that he is indeed a fan of the show, and has "probably watched the last four or five seasons religiously".

That would take him back to BB14, right?  That's not a bad starter season, but if that's all he's seen, he missed watching some of the biggest players in the franchise.  I noticed Ross hasn't mentioned the live feeds at all in these interviews.  Shouldn't he be pushing the sales of the live feeds?  Personally,  I'd like to know if any of these "BB fans" are even aware of the live feeds at this point.  Or the fact that they will be on PoP TV live for three hours every single night, in addition to the three hours each week on CBS prime time.  So that's 24 hours of TV coverage every week this summer, plus the live feeds which are on much of the day, every day.


Since I posted Fassie's intro post, I've watched a few of his other interview and learned that he initially applied to be on Survivor.  He was contacted by casting and told that for some reason he's not right for Survivor at the moment, but they asked him if he'd like to be an "alternate" cast member for BB20. 

Fassie said "no", but they invited him to attend an open casting call in Florida.  He did, and apparently didn't hear anything back.  And then June rolled around, and he was called and and invited out to California to attend the BB20 "Finals" casting process.


Ross wondered if Fassie is going to win this game.

Fassie:  I believe so.  I believe I have what it takes.

Ross:  And what does it take to win?

Fassie:  Versatility.

Ross, surprised:  Interesting.  That's an interesting answer.  What do you mean by that?

Some of you might know the gay man's interpretation of the word "versatility".  I know Ross knows, and I know Ross had a flash of special interest in what Fassie just said.  Maybe he wanted to snicker at Fassie's answer, or make a lewd comment.  But he didn't.  Ross is a pro, ya'll.

Fassie explains that you have to be able to win competitions, but you also have to be social, strategize, and make alliances.

Fassie:  I think I have enough of those traits to be able to go far in the game.

(So Fassie is prepared to give and take this summer in the BB house.  ***snicker***)

Ross:  So what is your personality like?  You say you're straight...uh, you have those traits, but what is your greatest strength coming into the house?

(Ha ha ha.  Nice save Ross.  I read Ross' damn mind just now.  We see each other, Ross Mathews.  Ha ha ha.)

Fassie:  I think being able to relate to a lot of different people.  I know there's going to be a lot of different personalities and you've got to approach them different ways. And I think with my background and what I've been through......uh, thus far in my life will give me an advantage.

Ross:  What is that? What is your background and what have you been through?

Fassie:  So, obviously I played college football....

Ross, brightening:  I didn't know that! It wasn't obvious to me.

(Well it sure was obvious to me.  I can spot those talents anywhere, after my background and what I've been through.)

Fassie:  So I played college football but I'm also a substitute teacher.  So I deal with all types of kids ---elementary, middle school, high school---I get a new bunch to deal with every day.  So I've got to go in there and take over, while they try to manipulate me every day.

Ross:  Interesting.

(It sure is.  It sounds like a nightmare, doesn't it?  I went to public school.....I remember those poor substitute teachers.  All of ours were older women wearing knit separates with lipstick slightly outside the lines. I don't remember any Fassies roaming around our hallways.  I wonder what subject he teaches?  P.E.?)

Ross: So that's your unique skill set coming into this game.

Fassie:  That's one of 'em.

Ross:  What is another one?

Fassie says he developed "an app" and had to deal with everything associated with that, so that shows he "has knowledge upstairs" that helps him "get the job done".  Fassie took a moment to think about what his biggest weakness might be, and seemed genuine about this process.

Fassie:  Um...probably my pride.  Because I'm emotional at times, especially in competitions.  I do like to compete....not trying to put a target on my back for coming on too strong.

Ross nods.  He's been staring intently at Fassie as he speaks, kind of fiddling his fingers around as you see in the picture below.  He's ready to ask the question about who Fassie is leaving behind at home, specifically if Fassie is single.

Fassie laughs and tells us the only one he's leaving behind is his dog Cooper.

(Love it.  But why didn't Ross ask what type of dog Cooper is, or who is taking care of him this summer?  As a dog lover, these are things I'd like to know.  But that is what the live feeds are for, learning stuff like that.  I can assure you I will be reporting on how much food Fassie shreds every day.  That might be a part-time job, actually.)

Fassie is "not opposed" to being in a showmance, if the situation presents itself.

Fassie:  I've just got to go in there, you know, feel the vibe. hear what all of the ladies are talking about first before I dive in there.

Ross:  It's a game.  So you may fall in love with someone but then you have to evict them.

Fassie:  I know.  At the end of the day the $500,000 comes first.

Ross pops the Big Question, about whether Fassie would rather win and be hated by America, or lose and be loved by everyone.  He considers this carefully, and says that he doesn't know what we're all thinking, anyway, so winning the money would be more important to him.

Fassie: Just got to play the game and everything will work out.

Fassie says we should root for him because he's a loyal guy.  He's going to play hard and leave it all in the house....all on the court....or all in the house.  Whatever he's got, he's leaving it there.

Ross was just gazing adoringly at Fassie as he speaks these words.  It's what we all want to hear.  I hope he can go in there and play without distractions.  It was a great ending to the interview, for all of us.


This was a very genuine conversation.  It certainly felt like Fassie was listening to the questions, and wasn't spitting out some memorized lines in response.  It's hard to describe, but immediately recognizable, when someone is being real with you.

So Fassie is real.  Real dreamy. Let's just admit it and stop pretending.  I would climb him like a tree.  And you probably would too, whoever you are out there.

He played football in Tennessee, which is a fun school, from what I hear.  He majored in Psychology....that sounds familiar.  That is what Haleigh Broucher is studying.  Haleigh, the house guest with the thoroughbred good looks.

Look, I hate the showmances as much or more than anyone.  But I'm accepting of the fact that today's younger house guests are used to putting their lives out there on social media, of documenting every part of their lives for all to see.  They don't mind having a romance we can all see and follow along with.  Or maybe they don't know any better. 

Well, we all know that there is NO WAY Fassie isn't getting some action in the house this summer, from at least one person.  There are a couple of girls who may qualify for the job.  I'd love it if instead of a showmance, he had something going with each one of them.  Now THAT would be fun to watch.  Personally I think there's plenty of Fassie to go around, but I wouldn't feel that way if he was my boyfriend.

Plus, Fassie is versatile.  He doesn't need to tie himself down to one situation. A big guy like that needs lot of eggs in his basket, right?

And this is already all over the internet, so I may as well report it here.  Drunken and disorderly conduct in college could happen to anyone.  And I'm guessing the indecent exposure charge relates to Fassie peeing on a tree after the bar closed, or something like that.  Or maybe the football team mooned the wrong car on the way home.  I'm sure it was all good clean fun.

Let's not get all twisted about this.  It can't be too bad, or he wouldn't qualify to be a substitute teacher.  Although, I guess it would depend if he works for a public or private school system.

Let's take a look at Fassie's CBS bio to learn more information out our new boyfriend  house guest.

I don't see any embarrassing typos or misspellings here, so that's good.  He's concise and to-the-point.  I'm not surprised he's a fan of Victor, due to Victor's competition skills on BB18.  Victor was voted America's Favorite, for chrissakes.

I love his life motto.  It's a good one.  And Cooper is a blue-nose pitbull.  Here is what a blue-nosed pitbull puppy looks like, apparently.  Adorable.

I'm not crazy about the bed-wetting information, nor the Taylor Swift reference, but I can live with it.  And if I was Fassie's size I wouldn't be able to even speak, I'd be so busy chewing on stuffed crust pizza.

I think Fassie would have to turn out to be a total dick in order for him to miss out on Jury.  He's going to have guy friends and girl friends, and if he's smart, he'll act a little dumb.

I think it's important to remember what happened just under a year ago.....we all thought a certain house guest on BB19 "could get it", and "was hot", but those feelings turned to utter disgust before the first week of live feeds was over.  So let's pace ourselves here.  Take it slow.  The old "wait and see" approach.

Here's the Good News:  We won't have to wait long now before we see it.

Meet Bayleigh Dayton - Please Note the Nearest Exit Might Be Behind You. #BB20

This lovely young lady is Bayleigh Dayton, who tells Ross that she is a yoga teacher and a flight attendant from Missouri.

Note to readers:  This was the second of sixteen interviews that Ross Mathews conducted live in the Diary Room on June 18th.  While being second is great from the standpoint that we were all alert and excited as we watched, it wasn't the best as far as Bayleigh's on-camera situation.  It took Ross a few interviews to learn to tell them to specifically look at the camera, to address US, the viewers, and the potential voters and king-or-queen-makers this summer.  We don't know yet how our social media involvement will impact the game, but we do know Julie threatened us with that information a few days ago.  I can't seem to find the video that discussed "Hackin' and Crackin'", but I fear that my Google search including those terms may have put me on some sort of watch list that I don't want to be a part of.  Thank goodness "Brett Robinson" is not in a position at the moment to investigate me. 

So anyway....Bayleigh.  She is a burst of energy in the Diary Room, and was stoked when she realized exactly where she was sitting.   She makes great eye contact with Ross and they seem to hit it off immediately.

Ross wants to get right to it....who is Bayleigh leaving at home this summer?  Which is code for "are you single and ready to mingle", we all know that.  Duh.  Bayleigh answers the question in a roundabout way, saying she's leaving all of her passengers, and missing a lot of "flying around the world", but then tells Ross what she knows he wants to know, and wants us all to know.

Bayleigh does not have a boyfriend at the moment.  But is she ready for a showmance?  That's what Ross wanted to know.  Bayleigh doesn't like that term, actually.

Bayleigh:  I'm not going to say I am, but I'm not going to say I'm not, either.

Ross:  You're leaving your options open....

Bayleigh's strategy is leave her sassy attitude in the Diary Room this summer, so she avoids potential problems with that, and wants to "be good, but not good enough that she's got a target on her back".

Bayleigh:  ....because I don't want someone to come for me unless I send for them.

(I know Ross recognized that quote, but we'll get to that later.  He smirked when she said it.)

Bayleigh: ....and I don't want to be a floater, but I want to lay low.  I want people to think 'she's strong, but we should save her as a secret weapon'....you know?

Ross:  Interesting.

Bayleigh feels her strengths are her social skills, and she does a hair flip with her left hand as she announces the following.

Bayleigh:....I'm a former Miss Missouri USA, and the first African American Miss Missouri USA.


Bayleigh:  And I won Miss Congeniality.  So when it comes to social game, I'm on point with that.

Bayleigh also says she's physical, contrary to what people may think from just looking at her.  People may think she doesn't want to get her hair wet, and she doesn't, but she "will if she has to".  Ross wondered if she's competitive (clearly the answer is YES) and then asked if she considers that a strength or a weakness.  Bayleigh thinks it's a strength, because people are going to want her on their team.

Bayleigh tells Ross her biggest weakness is "boys", and does yet another hair flip with her left hand.

Ross:  So, you think getting into a showmance might impact your game?

Bayleigh:  No, I mean in general.  I went to an all girl Catholic school and I do not know how to handle boys.  I'm the youngest of all girls so I literally do not know how to handle boys.  Like I don't know what they even are.

Um.....you're twenty-five, not twelve Bayleigh.  We may be internet nerds, but we're not imbeciles.  Ross was at a loss to deal with this information, too.

Ross:  Uh...do you want me to tell you?

Bayleigh:  No, I've like, had boyfriends.  But I literally don't know how to handle boys.  But you tell me!

Ross, clearly over this topic:  No, I'm getting to know you right now.

Bayleigh doesn't think boys will distract her this summer, but she thinks she may have misunderstandings with them.

Bayleigh:  Boys are like, let's fight and then get over it and don't hold grudges.  I don't do that....

Ross:  How will the version of you outside the house differ from the version of you inside the house?

(GREAT question.)

Bayleigh doesn't think there will be a big difference in the two versions, except that in the house she will be holding her tongue.

Bayleigh: Outside of the house I say WHAT I want, WHEN I want, and what I say is what I MEAN.  On the inside of the house I can't, because I'll lose.

Ross:  But you're going to be in the house for like, 90-something days.  Can you hold your tongue that long?

Bayleigh:  Absolutely.  Because, it's like....I can talk in the Diary Room all I want, right? 

She says she'll go as far as she needs to this summer to win this game.  She's already signed up to get her hair wet, she says.  Ross wished her luck and said he hopes she has fun this summer.  And that was it for Bayleigh's interview.


OK, well.  I have to be honest and say I think much of what we just saw is an act.  It's what Bayleigh planned to say, and probably part of her casting persona.

For one thing, Bayleigh quoted the great Kenya Moore's Real Housewives of Atlanta tagline from the opening credits a few years ago.  Kenya is famous for that line, and Ross knew it immediately.

Kenya changed her tagline up the next season, saying "Don't come for me unless I TWIRL for you", referencing her famous "Gone with the Wind Fabulous" moment on the show.  Even Beyonce watched that, and mentioned it on some TV show she appeared on.  So Bayleigh is in good company as a Kenya Moore Fan. 

In fact, Kenya is probably a big role model for Bayleigh, because she was the first black Miss USA in history.  And Kenya taught the RHOA audience that the "Miss USA" related pageants are much more prestigious than the "Miss America" pageants (I think the talent competition is the difference.), which is why you hear Bayleigh specifically point out that she won "Miss Missouri USA".

Here's Kenya with her Big Win.

And here is Bayleigh taking home the prize.

So that's something to be proud of for Bayleigh.  Big Brother has cast quite a number of pageant girls over the years, because they are telegenic, articulate, and poised under pressure.  A few examples off the top of my head are Britney Haynes (BB12 & BB14), Candice Stewart (BB15), Dominique Cooper (BB19), and I'm sure a few others I'm forgetting right now.


Do I think Bayleigh will hold her tongue in that house?  NO.

Do I think Bayleigh will restrict her trash-talking to the Diary Room?  NO.

Do I think Bayleigh will get along with everyone in that house?  NO.

Do I think Bayleigh has a decent chance to win this game?  NO.

Do I think Bayleigh will be good TV?  YES.

Do I think Bayleigh actually knows how to handle boys?  YES.

I think Bayleigh will be fun to watch, but she's going to need to keep it low in there and let someone else pop off and put the target on themselves first.  Because she might have won Miss Congeniality, but there is a definite sassy edge to her voice in this interview.  In the beginning stages of this game, people don't need much of an excuse to put you on the block.  In fact, sometimes they're looking for any small thing to justify evicting you, including little things that don't matter.

Here is another side of Bayleigh, which shows a softer side of her.  The quiet storm.  Here is the photographer's website with more pictures of her photo shoot, in hopes he doesn't sue me for printing it.  (Get a watermark, dude.  She's on Big Brother now!)

And the airline she flies with is Delta, and apparently she might still be based right here in The ATL.  She might even know Kenya Moore personally.  (If so, I think she should have given Kenya some credit for stealing her line, but whatever.  Once a meme is out there, it's out there.  I guess.)

Let's give Bayleigh's CBS bio a glance to see if anything there changes my mind about her chances in this game.

More Potential Bad News:

1.  One of the three words Bayleigh uses to describe herself is "engulfing"?  That's a new one.

2.  She loves Donny Thompson?  He's her favorite house guest?  Oh boy.

3.  She's bringing her Bible.

These may be good things for you, but not for me. 

However, I would like to hear her story about the engine blowing up mid-flight, and every last juicy detail about her getting hit on in her job at Delta.  Please tell us EVERYTHING Bayleigh, and spare no juicy detail.  Tell us how you handled those boys on the plane.  Because we all know you know how to handle THAT.

And please don't come for me because I'm not coming for you.  These are friendly skies right now, but I predict turbulence ahead.  Sorry to say it, but I do.