Friday, June 22, 2018

Meet Sam Bledsoe - She Catches Critters With Her Bare Hands. #BB20

The next house guest up to bat is Sam Bledsoe who is 27 and from Stuarts Draft Virginia.

Sam:  Hey ya'll.

Sam tells Ross that she is a full-time welder and Ross did not expect this from her at all.  She has a pretty heavy Southern accent but a sweet-sounding voice as she says she was a hairdresser before that.  Ross wonders how in the world she went from being a hairdresser to a welder.

Sam:  Well, I became a hair dresser when I was fresh out of high school, rather than going to a university or a four-year college.  Where I come from, it's a little tiny place and there are a bunch of churches so you can be a preacher or a hair dresser and the hair dressers have more fun.

Ross says that would have been his choice, too, but doesn't pursue the reason why she went from one job to another.  I'm guessing she switched to welding for higher pay.  Depending on who she works for, she might be in a union as a welder which would provide typically higher hourly rates and also benefits.  In addition to having to pay union dues, of course.

Ross wondered if she is a Big Brother fan and she says she's never really watched the show, although she's watched a lot of YouTube clips of "Top 25" moments and such.

Sam:  I watched season 13 and I kinda hopped around.  My favorite stuff is the old stuff like Dr. Will and that 74 year old man.

Ross: You mean Jerry?

Sam:  Yeah.  It's from season 3 or's early on.

Old Jerry was on season 10.  I don't know who she is talking about and I'm not sure she does either.  Ross is confused, too, mentioning Chicken George who was probably in his 30's or 40's when he appeared on BB1


In the middle of that sentence she said about Dr. Will, there was an obvious deletion on the part of the editors.  I just watched an unedited version, and this is what they cut out.... 

Sam:  ...........My favorite stuff is the old stuff, when it was fresh, and diverse, and still more of a social experiment, like Dr. Will and that 74 year old man.

Can you believe how sensitive Production is?  To cut out something as innocuous as that?  I mean, it's not like she said "before they started rigging the show with twists for the veteran players" or something.  Good grief. 


Ross:  So you've seen this show since the beginning....or at least bits and pieces.  What do you think you have that will help you win this game?

Sam:  I think my greatest strength is also my biggest weakness.  I'm a genuine person and a good judge of character..I guess intuitive.  I always see the good in people and in the real world, that's a good thing.  I always give people the benefit of the doubt.  In this particular case I'm gonna have to shut that off.

Ross agrees and says she's going to need to be ruthless.  Does she know if she can do that?

Sam shows Ross the tattoo on her shoulder that says "ruthless", saying "I am ruthless".  Ross wonders why in the world someone as sweet as her would have that word tattooed on her arm.  Sam's "Grammy" was named Ruth and was very close to her.  Sam always called her "Ruthless" and Ruth said Sam was her "bluebird of happiness".

Sam got that huge bluebird tattoo on her arm with the word "Ruthess" right under it in her honor.

Sam: And I did it when she was still alive so it would piss her off.  But to be general I am an altruistic and magnanimous person....

Ross:  Who knows large words.

Sam: Again, I see the good in everybody and I follow the Golden Rule.  But I'm also an avenger in that sense because I won't put up with a bully, and I always stands up for the underdog and anybody who needs a helping hand.

Ross says that is great in the outside world, but in the house she is going to have to do things that may not feel right to her and things she may not do in the outside world.

Ross:  Can you do that?

Sam: Of course!

(I've seen no evidence of that being an adequate answer to Ross' question.  In fact, I don't think Ross has gotten a straight answer to any of his questions yet.)

She says again that she won't tolerate a bully, and if there is someone in there who tries to boss everybody around and be a bully, then she is going to tear that BLEEP apart.  (She said "mother humper".)

(What in god's name is going on here?  Who is censoring this?)

Ross goes ahead and asks the Big Question, which seems to me like he's giving up since he hasn't been getting the information that he needs from her.  Does Sam want to win the game and be hated, or lose and be loved by everyone?

Sam:  That is a tough question.  I've had to keep the mentality that I'm doing this for the experience so that is going to be on a case-by-case basis.  But I keep thinking that little girls are gonna see me on this show.  I guess it depends on if they hate me for what...because I won't do anything against my morals.  But if I do something against a particular house guest that everybody loves, I guess I'd want to win and be hated for that.

(Once again, another unanswered question.)

Other than the tattoo story, I feel we've learned nothing here, but Ross is ready to pull the plug, so he tells Sam that we're going to spend a lot of time with her, so she needs to tell everyone watching why we should root for her.

Sam:  Why?  America, you should root for me because I'm just like all of ya'll.  Except I'm in this really crazy situation in this house, and I'm just gonna do the best I can do, and basically for ya'll.  For you.  I'm here for you, so you should root for me.  Right?

Ross:  It's going to be really interesting watching you in this house.


Um...let's review.  We didn't get what I feel is a satisfactory answer to any of these pretty standard interview questions.

1.  Question - how did you go from hairdresser to welder?

2.  Question - what do you have that will help you win this game?

3.  Question - can you be ruthless in this game?

4. Question:  would you rather win and be hated or lose and be loved?

I mean, c'mon.  Sam is cute as a button and very charming, but she obviously applied for some other reality show and got pulled into BB20 that way.  After they called her about it, she watched some YouTube clips and yadda yadda yadda here she is.  I know plenty of players have been recruited for the show the same way, even Jordan Lloyd, who won BB11, but Sam just seems so far out of her element and has no clue of what she's getting into.

I just watched Sam's interview with Ika Wong and the first thing she said when asked "why Big Brother?" is that the opportunity "just kinda found her" and she's been full speed ahead on that crazy train and here she is with Ika.  She knows that after 20 years the motto for the show is "Expect the Unexpected" so she doesn't see the point in getting all worked up about it.  She's just going to show up and be herself. 

Ika asked her if she could nominate someone if she won HoH, and she said she HONESTLY DOESN'T KNOW.  And that it was a CREATIVE GOOD QUESTION.   And then she went into her spiel about how she sees the good in everybody and blah blah blah.

Look, I know they cast plenty of recruits who are clueless and some of them make it pretty far in the game, like last year's Kevin Schlehuber and Jason Dent, or even BB11's Jordan Lloyd, who won her damn season.  But were any of those people at the top of the Jokers Updates house guest poll EVERY DAY before the show even starts airing?

I don't vote in that poll, so maybe I don't understand it.  Is for who you like the best, like who would you like to have blueberry pie and coffee with?  Or is it for who you think is the best player?  Maybe that's the part I don't understand.  Because I would certainly like to shoot the breeze with Sam, and would tell her all of my juiciest stories while she highlighted my hair or something.  But as of right now there is absolutely no indication at all that she's even sure what a good BB player is.  So I guess the daily Joker's poll is more of a fan favorite type of deal.

I first really learned about this poll after hearing Jason Roy describe it to someone while he smoked cigarettes during BB17.  He was saying that the people who ride the middle are the people who get overlooked by the fans.  The voters are mostly focused on the best and the worst, so people who don't fit into either of those end up in the middle.

I just found the BB17 post where Jason talked about the Jokers is a piece of it for old times' sake..  And from reading the entire post, it's now clear that the poll's purpose is to pick who you like personally the most.  So the results make sense.  I seem to recall a few times last season where the top-rated players were all out of the game, which is hilarious.  But last year was a tough, tough season for the live feeders.  There were so few really likable people for weeks at a time that it was hard to watch for all of us.

But so far this year most of the house guests seem very pleasant, with kind tendencies.  Maybe that was the casting goal this season, after last year's ugly mess of hate.

I'm going to try and remember to chat about the poll results every week this summer, because it's fun to see the various house guests' fortunes change, sometimes overnight.  You can vote every day...I think all you need to do is have a Jokers account logon.  I know it's a pretty good indicator of who will win America's Favorite, but I think the BB Facebook group has a lot of AFP voters, too.

Who does Facebook like right now?  Is Sam at the top of their list, too?

I know I went way off track here, but I really don't have much else to say about Sam.  I don't feel like  I know very much.  I don't know if she has kids, or has ever been married, or if she lives alone.  It looks like she's been off the grid as far as social media goes.  So I guess we'll just have to be surprised with everything we learn about her on the live feeds.  I think she'll have some interesting conversations in there.  At least, I hope she will.

I hope she doesn't walk out for some reason.  That's what I kept thinking when I watched her interviews.....she's in for a huge culture shock, that's for sure.

Here is Sam's CBS bio for our review.

OK well there is some good stuff here.  She likes Dani Donato, which is promising.  I wonder if she knows Dani is married to Dominic now and that she is going to have a baby soon?   Dani sure knows about her.  Probably not much though....not much to know yet.

She has a rooster named Pooch.  And she raises honeybees.  And she catches critters with her bare hands.  Those are definitely Fun Facts.

I just spent a few minutes trying to find out which reality shows did casting in Virginia this year, and found a fascinating website that lists a bunch of reality shows casting notices.  I'm guessing they found Sam on Facebook or something.  Or maybe she's on Farmer's Only trolling for dates?  Your guess is as good as mine.

Meet Kaycee Clark - She'll Do Anything to Win But Guys. #BB20

Say hello to Kaycee Clark, who is 30 and comes from sunny San Diego California.  Kaycee's interview with Ross gets off to a slow start when he excitedly asks her if she knows where she is right now.  She doesn't.  She has no idea.  But when Ross tells her it is the Diary Room, she indicates that she has certainly heard of the Diary Room.

I'm guessing Ross assumed that she was not a recruit, but a big fan of the show, because frankly she doesn't look like the typically recruited Mactor.

Kaycee:  Oh I thought the Diary Room was way smaller than this!

Ross: So you're a fan of Big Brother!

Kaycee says yes she is, way back from the very first season.

Kaycee:  Of course I don't remember every single detail since then, but this is my's my show.

Ross: So what made you want to get off your couch and play the game....'cause I did the same thing.  So what drove you to want to play?

Kaycee says she's always wanted to play Big Brother, because it's the ONLY show she watches.  She says she has ADD and can't sit still to watch a lot of TV, but for some reason watching Big Brother is different.  But she never applied or went to a casting call...."until this year".

(I later learned that Kaycee's dad was in the Navy, and watching Big Brother together was their annual tradition.)

Ross wondered if she has what it takes to win.

Kaycee:  I have great social skills.  I like people, I love being around people, I like to play games, and I feel like this is the year for me, so....

Kaycee has a rather quiet speaking voice, with just a tinge of some sort of accent around the edges. She smiles when she speaks to Ross and appears very comfortable on camera.

Ross then asked her if there was a speedbump in her potential game that would get in the way of winning.

Kaycee:  No.  There's no speedbump.

Ross:  Well, we gotta dig deeper then. There's gotta be something you're worried about.  Is there a trait of someone else that could trigger a reaction from you?

Kaycee:  Oh, yeah.  Someone who is really disrespectful, somebody who is really cocky.  But it takes a lot for someone to get under my skin.  It really does. If anything, it would be the mental competitions, like the puzzles or something.  But I don't want to shortchange myself because it's all a mindset.  But someone cocky or really controlling....that's one of my pet peeves and I will say something.  I'm pretty laid back though. It takes a lot to get under my skin.

NOTE:  Kaycee Clark is a repeater. A repeater.

Ross:  That's interesting.  Knowing that it takes a lot for you to come at somebody, if we do see that we'll know it did take a lot...

Kaycee:  Absolutely.  And I'm not scared, because I hold my ground.  If someone comes at me disrespectfully, or comes at one of my people disrespectfully, I'm gonna come out and say what I need to say.  But in a nice way.  I'm not like an angry person.  But if something needs to be said, I'll say it.  I'll say it.

Ross wondered what Kaycee does for a living in San Diego.

Kaycee:  I play women's football.  I play for the San Diego Surge.

Ross erupts with a HEEYY and a high five on that, saying "I love football".  Kaycee says she plays "full tackle" but she moved to Arizona last year and started serving on the side at a restaurant.  Ross is impressed.  I can tell.

Ross:  So you are competitive.  And you are physical.  But there's a social game as well.

Kaycee, nodding: Yes.  Yes.  In fact I think my social game is going to be my main asset.  For sure. For sure.  I can be a chameleon in there.  If someone is competitive, or if someone is nerdy or a girl wants to do nails...I can be all of that.  I just want to have fun with it.  I'm a people person, high energy..good vibes...that's all I'm looking for.

Ross wonders what scares her going into the house, pointing out that people on the internet are going to be watching her 24/7 (pointing at us) and that he'll be watching her too, and she'll be living in the house with 15 other people.

Kaycee ponders this question and then says probably trying to remember that she has a microphone on her at all times.  She says weird things sometimes, and she talks to herself and she might curse quite a bit, but it's all in good fun and it will be an adjustment.

Kaycee:  I can adapt to any situation, any environment, I'm chill.  But I'm really EXCITED!  I'm NERVOUS!  It's a WHOLE OTHER experience watching from the outside and then coming inside the house.

Ross, carefully:  So....are you single?

Kaycee, showing her dimples:  I am single!

Ross: And are you open to a showmance?

Kaycee:  I am open to it.  I'm not opposed to it.  That's not my main priority's not like I'm going in there for a showmance, but if it happens, it happens.  I'm not opposed to anything....except being with a guy.   

Kaycee and Ross both crack up over that as she says again that she's not opposed to it and she likes to have fun.

Ross:  If you gotta do what you've gotta do....I would have made out with Brandi to win!

Kaycee:  WHO?  (She clearly didn't watch Celebrity Big Brother.)

Ross:  Brandi Glanville....just kidding.  But you've got to do what you've got to do, but showmances worry me.  You have to have your eye on the prize.  And if something is in your way, they've got to go...that's what I think.

Kaycee:  Yep.  Yep.

Now it's time for the Big Question...would Kaycee want to win and have America hate her, or lose and they would love her.

Kaycee:  I would win.  And they can hate me.  I don't care what people think. I don't want to get too dirty in there and I want to stay loyal and be true to myself as a person.  It's Big Brother so there are going to be white lies here and there.  But I don't want to hurt people on a deeper level.  I don't want to really get in there and hurt people emotionally, like Paul did.

Kaycee says "Paul" in a lower tone, like she is trying to criticize him on the down low.  Or shit, he might be in the house already for all Kaycee knows. For all any of us knows....Paul may have a headset on in the Control Room.  Paul may be watching this right now...

Kayce:  You know I don't want to go in there and slice everybody up.  I have to stay true to myself.  It's a game! It's a game! I just have to remind myself that and stay focused.  And enjoy it, too.

Ross: And now it's time for you to look into that camera and tell America....

Kaycee: 'MERICA!

Ross:  ...why they should root for you.

Kaycee, with a burst of energy:  'MERICA!  AMERICA!  I think you should root for me, ROOT FOR ME because I'm taking this all the way to the end.  I'm super competitive and we're gonna have fun.  So let's DO THIS together and you're gonna see super high energy from me and I'm excited to be here.  So let's TAKE IT ALL THE WAY!.  LET'S GO!

Ross looks over at us with a new expression that I think means he can't think of anything to say.

Kaycee, punching the air in front of her: ALL IN!  ALL IN BABY!

Ross: I love getting to know these house guests.


I also watched Kaycee's interview with Ika Wong and she told Ika that she is half Filipino and half white. Now that I know that, it seems obvious, but five minutes ago I had no idea about that...I am not good at guessing ethnicity, apparently.

She said she liked Cody last year because he went against the grain.  She didn't like the way everyone followed Paul because he played before.  She liked that Cody was so focused, but thinks he could have worked on his social game a bit more.  She also liked how Frankie played due to his energy, and competitiveness, and he was a social butterfly.

When Ika asked her who she didn't want to see in the house, she immediately said PAUL, pointing out that she doesn't think he'd come back for a third time, and "wouldn't last". If Paul walks through those doors she's going to lead the house to get rid of him immediately.

She said she knows she looks athletic, so she's not going to deny that in the house. And I'd like to point out that Ika is asking everyone what their hashtag would be, but I don't see the fans criticizing her for that like they did Big Jeff.  Kaycee said "#champ", by the way.

Ika asked her if she had "a type" and Kaycee said she's only dated African American girls, and Ika reacted as only Ika can do (preening, acting extra) and they both had a good laugh.

This article has some great information about Kaycee, including that she moved to Scottsdale Arizona for love, but after breaking up with the girl after a few months she decided to stay and make a life there.  Here is Kaycee with her three younger brothers:

And here is a casual picture that shows more of her tats.  Kaycee is cute, and I'm sure she can be a charmer.

I think it's impossible not to like Kaycee.  She has such a calm persona but you can just tell she's a badass.  I hope we get to see her kick some ass in those competitions.  I wonder if she will gravitate towards the guys or the girls as far as alliances go...maybe she can be part of both? 

With at least two guys in there who played football, I'm sure she will have some common ground to build on.  I don't think there is any way Kaycee Clark is going home on Premiere night.  I think she's a great casting choice and I look forward to seeing what she can do in there.

Let's take a peek at Kaycee's CBS bio:

After reading her bio, it's clear that that article I linked to used that to "write" their article.  Particularly since they implied Kaycee was planning to smuggle pictures of her family in the house.  Clearly the "writer" didn't know the first thing about the Big Brother experience.

As I type this, the house guests have been playing Big Brother for about two days, and someone is the HoH right now.  When we tune into the premiere this Wednesday, it wouldn't shock me if Kaycee is the first HoH.  In fact, it feels like she's The Boss in there already.

Meet Scottie Salton - Roast Me Elmo. #BB20

It's time to meet Scottie Salton, who is 26 and hails from Shorewood Illinois.  Shorewood is about 30 minutes south of the Loop in Chicago and some of you may be happy to hear that I have no personal anecdotes to share about it.  I've never been there, and never heard of it, so we can just move right along.

Scottie introduces himself as "Scottie with two T's", which is probably a reference to the fact that Ross spells "Matthews" with only one T, like this:  "Mathews".  I mean, clearly someone goofed filling out paperwork generations ago, right?  Ross needs to buy a consonant, I think.  I'm sure he can afford it.

Scottie tells Ross that he is a "retail shipping manager", and you need to know that Scottie has a slight lisp, so its kind of a cruel twist of fate that he has so many S's in his name and all.  Just sssssaying.

Scottie: .....for like, a skateboard or snowboard shop.  But I don't do either, though.  I'm like the one person who works there who doesn't skateboard or snowboard, so they just lock me in a basement and say 'ship things out'.

Ross gets a chuckle out of this and they're off to a good start.

Ross: But do you know what you're doing now?

Scottie:  With skateboarding and snowboarding?  No...

Ross:  No, with Big Brother!  Do you know what you're doing?

Scottie does know that he's on Big Brother and his mind is blown by it all.  He's not nervous, though, he says, and correctly guesses that he's sitting in the Diary Room right now, even calling it "the Dee Arr".

Scottie tells Ross that he's a big, big fan of the show, and has been watching since season 7, after his big sister got him into it.

Ross, sounding skeptical, yet friendly:  Do you HAVE what it takes to win this game?

Scott: Uh....yes?

Ross, still serving skepticism:  Well then tell me.  What does it take to win Big Brother?

Scottie: Well, first of all, it's all about whether people think you're honest.  It's not about what you actually percent truth, one hundred percent reality.  So it's about how I'm going to be perceived...I think people are going to think I'm nitwitted, and that's fine.  That's actually what I'm going for.  I'd like to win one of the first two HoH's to set the tempo.  I'm a tempo setter.

Ross made several little sounds while Scottie was just speaking, those little sounds you make to show the other person that you hear them, and agree with or understand what is being said.

Ross points out that most new house guests say they don't want to win the first HoH comps because it puts a target on their back.

Scottie:  I'd rather have the target in front of me than behind me.  Like, I want to prop the HoH room door open if I can, to give the illusion of openness and honesty.

Clearly Scottie rehearsed that line about the target, but he's got a point there.  For someone who is going to be immediately perceived as being offbeat, winning the first HoH will ensure that people come to him to include him in conversations and just hanging out together.  Then it's up to him to be productive with that time and build some solid bonds and alliances.

I think a great example of this is McCrae Olson in BB15.  McCrae the Pizza Boy was our pre-season hero that year, as he was plucked from the Alternate ranks at the very last minute, after someone else got dropped from the roster (reportedly a guy tried to call his girlfriend using a borrowed phone while in sequester and got caught doing it).  McCrae stood out like a sore thumb from the rest of the cast but he won the first HoH and found himself in a pretty big alliance, and also in bed with Amanda Zuckerman.  That alliance (The Moving Company) imploded in week two, but McCrae was still in bed with Amanda, who was the puppet master for much of the game.

So I digress, but at least I stayed on topic this time.  The point is:  I agree that it would be good if Scottie can win HoH.  (And maybe have a hanger-on jump in bed with him, too.)

Scottie wants to try hard in every competition so people know he can at least do that, and can't think of anything that he won't do to win.

Scottie:  People keep asking me about showmances, but I don't think I'm going to be in a showmance, because I like, don't have the showmance vibe. If someone wants to be in a showmance with me, they can just listen to my voice or look at my face and see I'm not a showmancy type of guy.

Ross: What's that supposed to mean?

Scottie: I'm the Dud Guy.  There's no question in my mind that I'm the Dud Guy.

Ross laughs, and Scottie laughs, but the world is a sad place, isn't it?  Those interviewers pestering Scottie about a showmance are some real mean mother effers.  You kids can call out bullies all you want, but the people who are truly bullied for being offbeat will confirm that being made fun of in a cruel way is never going away.

Scottie:  I mean, I sound like Elmo on HGH....

Ross is cackling and loving this.

Scottie:  ....everything about me....if someone comes to me and wants to be in a showmance...they don't have to say that, but if they just act like it, I'm gonna be suspicious immediately.  I'm gonna think 'you want something'.

Ross wonders what Scottie's weakness could be.  Scottie says he's "just loaded with weaknesses" and Ross says to just share one of them, then.

Scottie:  Let's mouth.  Being nitwitted isn't a far fetched thing.  I mean, I'm bubbly, but sometimes stuff just comes right out and I won't even think about it, and it can come back and bite me in the ass.

Many of Scottie's sentences end with a question mark-sound, which could be a bad habit, I guess, but it also sounds like a lack of self-confidence or commitment.  Ross cautions him that saying the wrong thing could be a problem in a game that's "double sided".

Scottie:  That's why I want to build an illusion that I'm nitwitted so that if I do get caught in a lie they can think, oh that guy is the dumb guy.

Scottie also says also has the tendency to have tunnel vision.  If' he's in a conversation with someone, he can be oblivious to what is happening around him, and this could be a problem in the game.

Ross wondered what fears Scottie has going into the game, and Scottie has an immediate answer.

Scottie:  Oh, going home first.  I already view myself as The Dud Guy, so if I'm The Dud Guy who goes home first, I'm going to feel like a total failure.

Ross, laughing:  Oh, how mad would you be if you went home first?

Scottie:  Oh, I'll probably just go home and smack my head against the wall.

Scottie was smiling and semi-laughing during that entire exchange, but to me it was really sad to listen to.  Humor is self-defense for many people, a way of preventing other people from seeing how you really feel.  Also, I heard years ago that sarcasm was a tool of the weak, and it took me a long time to understand what that meant.  It's just another way to express yourself with really taking credit for what you're saying.  And Scottie is using humor and sarcasm.  I'm sad for him already, and what is going to happen in the next 99 days for him.

(Because that's how long this dang season will be.....99 days.)

Now Ross pops the Big Question, but as usual he has a unique lead in to the question.  Ross can't even get the question out his mouth, because Scottie interrupts him after he says "would you rather win and be hated, or..."

Scottie:  You already gave me my answer.  I don't need to be loved, I don't need that validation....


Scottie: ....I didn't come here to have people say, oh Scottie, I think I like him... I can be a little bit of a prick, I'm okay with that.  When I watch the show, all I do is roast people.  That's all me and my family do, is roast people.  So I figure the backlash is going to happen, and I'm okay with it.  I want to win.

Ross:  Are you going to bring that roasting here to the Diary Room?

Scottie:  Probably.  I'm probably going to say mean things.

Ross, snickering:  We'll all look forward to THAT!  Just keep it real though.  Not mean, but real.

Now it's time for Scottie to look at us and tell us why we should root for him this summer.

Scottie: Oh!  I'm not going to tell them what to do!  You have more information than me..100% you have more information than me.  So you'll probably make a better choice than any pitch I could give you.  So just go with your heart!

Ross:  You heard it here first.  Just go with your heart!

Ross wishes him luck and tells him it was a pleasure to meet him as they shake hands.  And it's true, I can tell.


OK, well let's just get this part out of the way.  Scottie says he's a virgin who has never been kissed.

He's not a bad-looking guy, right?  Aren't the nerds The Chosen Ones right now?  One of you kids in the Illinois area need to get your ass over there and at least give him a fucking kiss. Is that too much to ask?  Hopefully he won't need your charity snogs after this and whatever type of person he is attracted to watches the show and reaches out to him. I hope to god Scottie is lying and playing us right now.  But if he was, I would already have the receipts from Tinder.  Or whatever.  The BB fans have been in these streets digging for filth since Monday, and there is no sordid news coming out about Scottie Salton.

Did you watch BBOTT?  Do you know about Scott the Virgin King?  In my opinion, he was one of the greatest BB villains OF ALL TIME and it is a travesty that casting probably wouldn't look his way for a traditional summer season of the show.

Why wouldn't Scottie Salton like Scott Dennis?  They have much in common, so maybe that is why Scottie was offended.  Let's see...

*  Both outcast-types
*  Both named Scott
*  Both claim to be virgins at the start of their seasons
*  Both big fans of the show
*  Both confident about their chances
*  Both claim not to give a fuck what you think about them
*  Both are apparently big Alex Willett fans

One difference they might have is that Scott Dennis had a mean streak that was predominant in his personality, where Scottie seems to have a sweeter persona.  If you missed BBOTT, you really should go back and watch the episodes on the CBS website, but you can learn more about Scott here.  I found it hard to believe that Scott Dennis had never been laid, because he had so much confidence, and that is often all you need to attract someone physically.

And here is Scottie's CBS bio, with more info about him.

Well, I love Scottie's three descriptive adjectives.  And what he says might be the most difficult part of the being on the show is correct, and so on point it's scary.  It's always upsetting when you feel like people change the conversation when you walk up on them, but the paranoia that ensues in the Big Brother house has got to be horrendous.

Here on the East Coast, the live interviews started streaming at 11:00 am, and I watched all of them.  After 1:00 pm or so, I started getting really hungry, to the point where I knew I wasn't going to make it.  Ross had short breaks between interviews, and I decided I was going to take a short break to run downstairs and slap together a sandwich.  And not just any sandwich....I had made "Fakin Bacon" with tempeh the day before for the first time, so I planned to make a "TLT" on crunchy wheat toast.

So I ran down there and put the toast in the toaster and sliced up a tomato, but Ross came back with one of the interviews before I was finished.  So I ran back up to my computer to cover it.  But then at the next break, I was like, screw this, I'm hungry.  So I took my time putting my TLT together, putting everything back in the fridge, and wiping down the counter tops.  (No ants allowed in my house....)  So I missed watching the first half of Scottie's interview live.  But I was happy to watch it again now.

I am pulling for Scottie to do something in this game.  I'd like to hear him talk TONS of trash in the Diary Room!  I hope he gets to do someone really dirty and totally blindside them.  I hope we see at least one exit interview where someone says they made a mistake by underestimating Scottie Salton.  I hope we then see a SALTY GOODBYE MESSAGE starring Scottie.

I'm definitely interested to see what happens next!  And my sandwich was great, by the way.  It certainly didn't taste like real bacon, but as someone who has given up meat it was close enough for me.  And tempeh has a nice chew to it, which I like.  But I digress.  Of course.

Meet Kaitlyn Herman - The Long Island Tedium. #BB20

This young lady is Kaitlyn Herman, who is 24 and hails from Plainview NY.  Plainview is on Long Island, a little town that is fairly upscale, near Old Bethpage, a PGA National Golf Course.

As the interview begins, it's obvious that Kaitlyn is quite familiar with Ross, and has already been fangirling out at the sight of him.

Ross:  OK...this is going to be fun.

Kaitlyn introduces herself and as she shakes his hand, tells him this is "a pleasure, an's just too much" and then Ross is able to extract his right hand from her two-handed grip.  Ross brings up a little tale she must have told him as she entered the room...he wants her to tell us about it.  Apparently Kaitlyn just moved to Los Angeles and was at The Grove, going down the escalator near Zara, and saw Marissa Winokur and her son Zev traveling up the escalator directly toward her.

Kaitlyn:  I thought, oh, I'm not Marissa-worthy!

Ross:  So you LOVE Big Brother?

Kaitlyn:  I LOVE LOVE Big Brother.  And especially guys did a great job.

Ross, clearly loving this: You're not wrong.

Kaitlyn announces that she is a "life coach and meditation instructor".  Ross is shook by this and wants to know if this is the sort of information Kaitlyn plans to share with the other house guests.

Kaitlyn:  Well, I will tell them about being a life coach, and that I do guided meditation, because there is no threat in that. But what I won't tell them is that I read people's auras....

Ross:  YOU DO?

Kaitlyn:  Yeah.  I'm like VERY VERY intuitive, so that is like, something I won't share with people.

Ross:  So that's your Super Hero skill...

Kaitlyn:  Yeah.  I'm just like super, super intuitive.

It's not something she was born with, she says.  She's from a "super conservative Jewish family" on Long Island, but she went through "this transformation".  She thinks most people aren't tuned into it but this is going to be her strategy in the house.

Kaitlyn:  I've never seen it done before in the house.  I could say I'm going after the showmances or something, but really I've just got to sit down with each person and feel their energy before I know what I'm going to do.

Katilyn is really into mindset and knows that other people are going to want to vent about the conditions in the house, like the slop, or not being HoH, and it's her nature to want to help people look at things in a more positive manner.  She's not sure it's a negative aspect for her game, but she knows it can be annoying to others (to be so positive, I guess).

Ross:  Yes it can be annoying, but sometimes you've got to let people dig their own graves in there.

Kaitlyn agrees, saying she'll try to just get used to it and let people "do what they've gotta do."

Ross wondered what she's scared of, going into the house, because it's so isolated and can be a real pressure cooker in there.

Kaitlyn is very invested in the news and knowing what is going on in the world, and also how the cast will be perceived by the outside world.  She's not only worried about the CBS show, but also how their conduct will be perceived on the 24-7 viewings.

(This is the first time I've heard a BB20 house guest mention the live feeds.)

Kaitlyn:  I know not everyone is as self-assured as I am so I just hope everyone is able to not take everything personally.

Kaitlyn has a boyfriend of five years and is leaving him behind as well as her family and her dog.

Ross says it's obvious that she wants everyone to be in a good place, and then launches into the Big Question, would she want to win and be hated by America, or lose and be loved by everyone.  And her answer is somewhat surprising.

Kaitlyn:  I think I'd rather win and be hated, because honestly they might only hate me for like, five seconds and that means they probably misunderstood me, and I believe in redemption too, so I hope I could redeem myself and honestly I'm not going on here for any reason other than to win.   I want to start speaking and going on tours and  building my business and I like, need the money!

(That sounds like more than one reason why she wants to be on the show, actually.  It sounds to me that she also wants to build a name for herself---how else would she "go on tours" and "speak" in front of an audience?)

Kaitlyn, still answering Ross' question:  And honestly, if I just wanted to be famous I would answer the other way and want everyone to love me, but I don't.  I could care less.  (laughing)

Ross:  Okay.  So are you gonna win?

Kaitlyn:  I already know I'm going to win, Look...I've manifested this for months, if anything years.  And it wasn't just me sitting there saying, I'm manifesting me being on the show.  I've actually manifested myself WINNING, like walking out of the door and winning the show.  And I'm excited to do that because a lot of people have the idea that to win you have to backstab, and be dirty to win this game, and I think it would be so awesome for someone in 2018 to like, win the game and be like, we won as a country.

(I wonder if Ross was manifesting anything, listening to that, fresh from his loss due to a Jury bitter about his perceived backstabbing and dirty play. None of which I had any problem with, by the way.  Ross deserved to win Celebrity Big Brother, in my opinion.)

"Oh yeah", Ross chuckles as she wraps up that meandering statement and says "we'll see how that works out" in a tone that I am sensing means he has heard enough out of this girl.

Kaitlyn, STILL droning on about it:  It has to work out.  It will.

Ross, exhaling:  Yep. It has to. Okay. (looks at us) Big Brother can get dirty.  Be prepared.

Now Ross tells Kaitlyn to tell America why we should root for her, and I am sensing a tone in his voice, and his aura, that wants to get the hell out of there to have a few martinis in Palm Springs tonight.

Can Kaitlyn see that she has annoyed Ross?  Is she tuned into that?

Kaitlyn speaks to us now:  You should root for me because like,  this would be a really awesome time for us to build a relationship and it would be really exciting for us to see like, a different person in this house.  You guys have never seen an intuitive person in there, like picking up on energy, and let's make this a successful time, like a new age way of thinking, and let's not root for a bully.  Let's like, make this a good story and root for the nice gal.

Ross:  It would be beautiful. I really think your vision is beautiful.

Kaitlyn:  But you don't believe in it though.

Ross:  I absolutely wholeheartedly believe in it, but this game is tough. And it will challenge everything you just said.

Kaitlyn insists that she knows, but this will work.  Once again, I think Ross' facial expressions tell us everything we need to know about what he is manifesting right now.


OK.  Hmmm.  Where to start with this one...

Here is Kaitlyn's Twitter, where it becomes clear that she is at the beginning of this journey with only 317 followers.  I don't think she's earning anything from it yet, but the looks of things.

And here is her website, which is very nicely-organized, with beautiful photographs.  No doubt the BB Casting Team used this as a tool in learning about Kaitlyn and evaluating her as a potential house guests.

I don't want to link to her website from here, but the web address is right there on her Twitter.  She tells quite a story on there about having a debilitating panic attack, and then some serious problems with mucus (yes, mucus) which led her to this new path in life to be certified as a life coach.  She did some events last fall, apparently, but the event section of her website has not been updated since then.

She seems like the type who would apply for a hostess job at Sur, doesn't she?  Or as a contestant on The Bachelor.  She's got to pay the bills somehow out in California.  I will be listening on the live feeds for some clues as to how she is making ends meet right now.  Assuming she is still in the house when the feeds go live.

I mean, SOMEONE is going home before then.  She does have a good energy and a calm sort of vibe that should help her get through the introductory period in the house.  And she's cute and has an infectious sort of laugh.

Kaitlyn apparently taped a podcast or some other appearance that you can access as described in this tweet.  "Healthy and Hustling".  Hmmmm.

And this girl is apparently thrilled to have met Kaitlyn, whom she refers to as a "celebrity".

And Jessica Graf is that girl who feels she must respond whenever anyone says anything slightly negative about her or Cody.  Apparently they met Kaitlyn's dad at Stagecoach and I guess he mentioned that his daughter was applying for the show.  She wouldn't have known she made the cut back then, would she?  Or did the dad manifest her appearance on BB20 as well?

And how would Jessica even remember taking a picture with him?  I feel like she's going to be exhausted if she keeps up this defense-offense Tweet process all summer long.  At some point ignoring someone is a bigger Boss move than clapping back at them.

Here is Kaitlyn's CBS bio, which is completed very thoughtfully, and just happens to mention the name of her blog.  I find it interesting that as a hobby, watching reality TV is right up there with meditation and "Pure Barre" classes.

I'm sure that the first BB fan who gets a picture of Kaitlyn sleeping with her eyes open will be quite proud of themselves.  And I would like to call your attention to the 2nd "Fun Fact" listed in Kaitlyn's bio.  Apparently Kaitlyn herself went to a psychic who told her she would soon be "one of the most influential self-help women in the world".

I'll let you marinate in that bullshit while I continue.

Kaitlyn can't keep up this act for 99 days.  The real Kaitlyn is going to have to come out at some point, and I certainly hope it is more interesting than this manufactured version who claims she is going to change all of our lives.