Sunday, June 23, 2019

Meet Nicole Anthony: Her Third Time Was The Charm. #BB21


Now it's time to meet Nicole Anthony, who is clapping with excitement as Jeff kicks off the interview and she waits her turn to speak.  She tell us she is from Long Island New York and she is a "pre-school aide".

Jeff is already laughing because of her energy and accent, which is a strong one.  For example, she pronounces it "Lon GUYland" which is exactly how they say it up there.  He asks her a question that he already knows the answer to, because Big Jeff has now interviewed at least 100 new house guests in the Diary Room and certain patterns are evident by now.

Jeff:  So, are you a Big Brother fan?

Nicole:  Yes.  I am a HUGE Big Brother fan.

Jeff:  You were kind of freaking out in there.

Nicole:  I'm STILL freaking out in here.


Jeff keeps the excitement going by pointing out that they're in da Diary Room, and da house is right in dere and tells her she's about to play Big Brother, so what does she have that the other house guests don't that will help her win the game?

Nicole: Determination.  It's 100% determination.  All day every day..it doesn't matter what it is. High school, college, work, writing a letter, filling out an envelope...everything. 100%, all the time.

Jeff wondered if she's going to tell the other  house guests that she's a fan and she says absolutely not.

Nicole: I'm just going to tell them I work with kids.  I'm not going to tell them I graduated high school top of my class, I graduated college the top of my class, I'm very smart.  I'm a huge fan so I'm not gonna play dumb, but I'm not going to tell them everything.

Nicole wisely says that she's going to need to go in the house and meet everybody so she can assess the situation before she makes too many strategic plans and Jeff says that's a smart answer.


Nicole thinks a drawback for her would be that being from New York, she tends to "have a mouth on her" and will talk back and won't stand for any type of bullying whether it's herself or others so that might get her in trouble.

Jeff:  I think that's okay, if you're defending...

Nicole:  Yeah.  I'm not going to yell just to yell, like lashing out.



Nicole wants to win the season to claim the title, and the prize money is just a bonus.

Nicole:  I'd like to get my sisters a car because they don't have one...

Jeff:  SisterS?  Two of them?

Nicole: Yes, sisters' cars...two of them...plural...and I'd like to send my parents on a trip. I still live at home and they've done so much for me.


Jeff wondered if Nicole is worried about doing anything this summer that would embarrass her family.

Nicole: No, I don't think so.  I always have my sisters in my head telling me to think before I speak. The last thing my sister said was 'keep it in check', you know?.

Jeff:  I get it.  My brother told me exactly the same thing, but it didn't necessarily work.  How are you with getting along with large groups of people?

Nicole thinks she's pretty good with that, because as a teacher she has to get along with all types of students and she has to find a way to relate to everybody.

(Um...preschool children are quite different than her fellow house guests.  It might not feel like that at certain times, but dealing with children requires a much different skill set.)

Nicole: I'm going to think of them as my students.


Jeff invited Nicole to tell the fans anything else about herself that we might not already know.

Nicole:  Well, I think I already said it.  I'm very smart and I graduated 2nd in my class in high school and summa cum laude in college.  I know I'm quirky and always laughing, but there is intelligence (pointing at her head)....

Jeff:  But how about emotionally?  This is a long summer.. How are you going to hold up in there.

Nicole:  I'll probably cry.  And my New Yorker comes out and I might get angry, but not in front of people.  Probably in the Diary Room, I'll save it for here.

People who act nasty and "just want to see the world burn" really get to Nicole.  People who pick on people just for the sake of it really get to her.

Jeff:  Oh, me too.  But do you think there's going to be people like that in the house?

Nicole: Oh, yeah.  There's always one of them.

Nicole relates to the funny, quirky people who are unfiltered and are genuinely themselves on a daily basis.  She likes people who are real.

Nicole:  I am what I am.  I've accepted it.


Nicole thinks her hashtag should be "QuirkyQueen" and Jeff says he likes that one.  Jeff invited her to address us one last time and she erupted in excitement when she heard that.

Nicole:  I'm looking forward to a long summer in there. You guys are going to hear me voice my opinions in this room, and I can be a loud New Yorker so be prepared.

This was Jeff's last interview of the day and he tells us that we've seen them all, so we know who's going to be in the house.

Jeff, to Nicole:  You do not, but they do.

Nicole:  You saved the best for last, right here.


***FEEDWATCHER FORECAST***

Most Long-Islanders actually refer to the town they live in, rather than just saying "Long Island", so I wish Nicole would have mentioned this because it would give me more information about her.  For example, Jerry Seinfeld says he's from Massapequa, and Rosie O'Donnell says she's from Commack.

I lived on Long Island for three years so the accent and certain mannerisms are very familiar to me.  Long Island is really just a long skinny strip of land (118 miles long and 23 miles wide) dotted with little towns and municipalities that vary widely.  I'm guessing Nicole is from Nassau County, somewhere near the South Shore but of course I have no idea.

And I was wrong about that, according to this article. Nicole is actually from Bohemia, which is way out near the "fork" in the Island, at the point where you basically turn right to head towards the Hamptons.  According to a quote from her father in the article, Nicole tried to get cast on the show for the last three seasons, and got the whole family hooked on BB during the last 12 years.

I'm sure Nicole is a nice girl and I will enjoy watching her once the live feeds kick off.  But to be honest, she's not my type of person. I can't deal with the choker and the whole "quirky" persona.  It's okay to be quirky, but are you actually quirky if you have to tell everyone that you're quirky?

She told Ika some crazy stories during her interview for ET Canada.  You might enjoy it, or you might not.  I'm at the point where I've seen way too many interviews to get excited about them, unfortunately.


Here is Nicole's CBS Bio for your review.


So, Paul was Nicole's favorite player.  Yep.  But she is adamantly opposed to bullying.

I think this proves that Nicole is not a live feeder. She's a fan of the show, but the CBS prime time version and did not watch the BB19 live feeds to see Paul orchestrating bullying attacks and trash talking all summer long.

Nicole was featured in the live feed leak that happened this week. She was in Christie Murphy's HoH room and while they were chatting, Christie actually told Nicole that her last relationship was with a woman and Nicole seemed very understanding and assured Christie she would keep that secret without Christie asking her to do that.  Christie said pre-season that she wouldn't be telling anyone that secret until later in the season, when she would use it to gain trust after sitting back to observe who she wanted to work closely with.

So is that Nicole, even though it sounds like she was one of, if not the last person Christie talked to about her nominations?  In the feed audio leak, Nicole talked to Christie about not feeling comfortable around "the pretty girls"so maybe that is what drove Christie to disclose the info to her.

Or maybe Christie just has a motor mouth and couldn't help herself from spilling the beans.  

Whatever the reason, it's a bit of power for Nicole, I think, and certainly made it seem that Nicole has no chance of going on the block during Christie's HoH regime. One of my hopes for the season is that we get more authentic Diary Room sessions where the house guests freely speak about their true feelings about the other house guests, instead of so many obviously-coached sessions full of corny jokes.

Meet Sam Smith: He Wants The Whole Game in His Hands. #BB21


It's time to meet Sam Smith, who tells Big Jeff that he's a trucker from Mountain Top Pennsylvania.  He's been married for eight years and has two sons.  Jeff is excited about Sam's trucker job.

Jeff:  You drive a truck?

Sam: Yep.  Bangin' gears past the steers!  That's me, buddy.

Sam seems loose and relaxed with Jeff and they have an easy rapport.  He has a distinctive Pennsylvania accent and looks right at the camera as he addresses us, using his left hand to accentuate the conversation.

(Do you think this will be the permanent backdrop in the Diary Room this season? I hope not.  It's too busy for me and I don't think it is flattering to most people.  I like a Diary Room backdrop that makes the house guest the focal point, but no one from Production asked me for decorating advice.)


Apparently Big Jeff has always wanted to sleep in the cab of a Big Truck.  Sam explained that he just drives trucking day trips, always making sure he can go home at night because he has to take a shower every day and he implies the truck is not a comfortable spot.

Jeff:  I always wanted to sleep in there.

Sam:  Really?  It's just a bed!  You got trucks driving on the other side of you and it's noisy....no.  Just no. You think it's going to be like an RV but it's not.

Jeff, deflated: Okay.  I'll take your word for it.  I thought it was cool in there.

Sam:  I'm crushing dreams over here...

Jeff:  No, you're just saving me some time!

(I'm sure the Daily Blast producers are taking notes on this idea, maybe having Jeff ride along with a trucker, eating dinner at a truck stop and then sleeping in the big rig.  And talking on the CB radio. Do they still have CB radios?  Or has technology replaced them with some other communication device?)


Because Sam tries to return to his home every night, he's never been away from his family for this long before, and it's already tough on him.  Even though he works for 10 or 12 hours each day, he still sees his family every day.

Sam:  Usually I'm there to kiss them good night.  So if I'm gone from them for awhile, maybe the whole summer....you're going to see lots of tears. LOTS of tears.  I was already crying in the hotel room yesterday thinking about the songs I sing to my youngest every night.

Jeff wanted to hear more about that so Sam explained he sings the song that goes "he's got the whole world, in his hands...." but he changes the words to "he's got Bradley, in his hands..." and you can tell just thinking about his son is tearing him up.

Sam: I totally butcher the song but I was singing it in the hotel last night and I started crying.  I was a bucket of tears...it was horrible.

Jeff says Sam can take some comfort in knowing that they will be able to see him anytime they want.

Sam:  Yeah the wife can see me, and the kids know where Daddy is, and I'll throw out the "Hi kids" and "Who's Daddy's best friend?" and all that stuff on camera when I can.

Jeff:  Oh man.  That song is gonna get me going.

Sam:  We'll cry together!

Jeff:   I cry at commercials all the time now. Having kids is a totally different....

Sam: I know. I used to hate kids!  I never liked them ever!  But now I have kids and I love them.


Jeff wondered what Sam's pet peeves are and what might get under his skin in the Big Brother house.  Sam said his house is very clean and that's the way he likes it.  He remembers seeing Jeff come into the Big Brother house to visit during BB16 and knows the house might be filthy.

Sam:  I remember you walked in the front door and said the house smelled like tacos.  That is going to make me crazy but I don't want people to think that I'm  nitpicking them or nagging them.  So  I'll just try and bunker down and join the messy people if I have to.  I'm gonna have to.

Jeff:  Oh, so you'e going to join them.

Sam:  I don't want to be like Sam (the "other" Sam) cleaning all the time and nobody cares.  And I don't want to be completely filthy, but if that's what it takes.  It will only be for three or four months, so I'll do it.


Sam has a strategy for the game, but gets his words mixed up and tells Big Jeff that Derrick "is his biggest fan", instead of the other way around.  Sam loves Derrick game and his strategy--everything.

Sam thinks there are two phases to this game.  He knows that people tend to vote out the social threats in the first few weeks, and then go after the physical threats after that.  Sam doesn't want to come into the game too hot.  Before he went into sequester he was thinking about how the cast would sit together in the living room on the first day and introduce themselves to each other.  He thought it would be funny to announce that he's making a huge alliance as a joke, but after thinking about that in sequester he thinks it might not be such a good idea.

Sam:  It might be coming in too hot or annoying if I joke around like that.  I really want to float on in and play the social game at first.  Like Derrick was rarely on camera in the first few weeks of his season..it all depends on the people so there's luck involved.  You could play Derrick's game but in a different season, like BB18 or BB19 and it could fall apart.

(Derrick was HoH early in the game and as his week in the HoH suite ended, I remember him looking up and telling the live feeders that he was about to go back to laying low and just fade into the background.  That was when he was changing up his appearance to fit into the group more by losing quite a bit of weight and wearing the beanies all day.  Going undercover, I guess.)


Jeff wondered what Sam would do with the prize money if he wins, and Sam said he had two main reasons why he needs the money.

His youngest son Bradley started having some severe stomach pains when he was an infant and they took him to an infectious disease doctor and all sorts of specialists who thought it might be a severe lactose intolerance.  Bradley had to have surgery when he was five weeks old but the doctors couldn't agree on what was causing the pain.  Meanwhile the medical bills were stacking up, putting the family into  a large amount of debt.

Sam:  So we were just praying and praying about it and I don't know if it was a modern day miracle, but I'll take it, so one day he just woke up completely cured, and he's fine.  He doesn't have any fevers, and he can eat anything, just completely fine.  But the hospital bills still need to be paid, even though nobody ever had any answers.  Those bills have got to be paid, so that's number one.


Number two is that Bradley bought a house last year because it had an in-ground pool for his kids because they "swim like fish".  But then the torrential rains storms that happened last year flooded the pool and ruined it somehow.  He tried to fix it three different times, which put him further into debt.

Sam:  So needless to say the pool is covered this year.  It's kind of sad.  So I'd like to take care of that and then get out from under all of the debt.  Maybe take the boys to DisneyWorld....I got a list man.


(These are great examples of unexpected financial crises that can happen to you when you least expect it.  Bad things happen to good people and in Sam's case he couldn't have predicted or prevented either one of these traumatic events.  All you can do is make sure you have adequate insurance and work on having an emergency fund to help solve the most pressing problems.)


Then Jeff asked Sam the Big Question:  Would he rather win the game and be hated by America, or lose and be loved. Sam only needed a second to answer the question.

Sam: I would rather win and be hated by America, because I don't really care what people think.  I've already got haters now that I switched my political views ... I don't care.  Hate me, love me...I'd rather you love me...

Jeff:  Wouldn't we all?

Sam:  But as long as it's for my family, my wife and my boys I really don't care.  What are you going to do, if I walk past you're going to give me a smirk?  Great.  I don't care.  As long as my family loves me I'm fine.


Sam:  If I have to make a true friend, and I'd  love to, like Derrick and Cody, but if we went all the way to the end like they did, I wouldn't have brought Derrick like Cody did.  I would've just grabbed Victoria and won, because it's not really about friendship in the end. It's about winning and it's just a game anyways.

Jeff:  I like that.  You got a friend in me, buddy.


Jeff:  We'll be watching you.

Sam: Time will tell!



***FEEDWATCHER FORECAST***

Sam's casting and key ceremony turned out to be one of the only verifiable pre-season casting rumors. Someone who was at a truck stop in Pennsylvania watched Sam driving around and then getting his key and having to "act excited".  After getting to know Sam through his videos with Jeff and Ika, I doubt he had to fake being excited.

And it's pretty sad when someone who is 31 is presumed to be the "old guy" but I think the current version of the show is cast based on marketing demographics.  They have to pull in viewers over the summer in certain markets to get maximum advertising dollars.  It's called Show Business for a reason, people.

As expected, there isn't a lot of information out there online about Sam.  For one  thing, he has an incredibly common name, making it hard to single out listings that might relate to him.  Plus he's married with kids and probably doesn't give two craps about Instagram.  He basically said as much when he was scoffing at what a hater could do to him.

In Sam's interview with Ika Wong for ET, we finally learned that "the wife's" name is Melissa.  Melissa and Sam have watched the show together for eight years but the idea to apply this summer was all her's.  He said she was super-excited that Sam was cast for the show and helped him make the video.  So there's no need for him to feel guilty about leaving her with the boys all summer, because she was over the moon about creating the whole situation.

He really dragged Swaggy C in this interview, and it's ridiculous to hear Sam and Ika say the word "Swaggy" over and over and over until the topic changed.

Interesting note:  Sam was quite a Zach Rance fan during the day, even giving the RanceyPants name a shout out.


And here is Sam's CBS bio, which is short and sweet.  He may be tied with Jack Matthews as far as brevity is concerned.


I like Sam and think we need this type of player in the game this summer.  He and Cliff Hogg are the only house guests who are married with children and seem like the ones who have watched the most seasons in real time.  (I forgot Jessica Milagros, but she is married with a child, too, and her family has also watched BB for years.)

I love Sam's enthusiasm and energy.  And his look reminds me of Derrick, with the blue eyes, facial hair and even the scale of his body (as seen in the stealthy truck stop picture).  I think it's pretty funny that the real casting spoiler came from a parking lot in Pennsylvania, and not one of the many social media try-hards who are always begging for attention online in the only way they can think of to get it.

And that's all I have to say about that topic.

Meet Kemi Fakunle: She's Keeping It Five Hundred. Thousands, Not Dollars. #BB21


This new house guest was dancing in her seat while Jeff made his opening comments, chomping at the bit to get things going.  This is Kemi Fakunle, and she tells Jeff she's 25 and she is originally from Washington DC but she lives in Brooklyn now and works as a marketing strategist.

Kemi:  Six months in Brooklyn, but I'm a Brooklynite now.

Kemi has been watching Big Brother for about a year and has watched 10 seasons.

Kemi, to us:  No, I don't have a life!  But I'm a fan.

(I wonder if she applied last year at this time for BB20 and caught the BB bug.  Just a guess.)


Jeff wondered what she's looking forward to this summer playing Big Brother.

Kemi: I'm just looking forward to coming out of there with the money.  I'm just trying to be honest!

Jeff:  Wow! You're jut going to put that out there. I was going to get there eventually.

Kemi:  I know...PR must be like, relax girl please.

Jeff: NO!  That's the great thing about Big Brother.  You play the way that you want to play.  Don't worry about what they say....I know a lot of people have opinions, but YOU DO YOU in there.

I don't understand exactly what Kemi said next, even though I turned my wireless headphone volume up to the max and rewound three times and still didn't understand.

Kemi:  I'm trying to win, then I'm trying to go trapping after....just kidding.  I'm trying to win and then go back to school.

She did a hair flip and I know I'm supposed to know what "trapping' means, but I don't.  I'm not sure that Jeff did either, because Kemi launched into a more detailed description of her plans if she wins the Big Prize.

Kemi: I'd invest some of it, go back to school and take about ten and go shoppingThousands, not dollars.  I'm trying to be a little young, spend a little bit, but be responsible at the same time.

Kemi has a sassy cadence to her voice that comes off a little rehearsed.  Or maybe she's been answering the same damn questions over and over on BB Press Day.


Kemi has thought about her strategy to win and she wants to have two or three "friends"  and a few alliances, but says she will have no problem breaking alliances because she came in solo and plans to leave solo too.   Jeff snickered at the way Kemi said "friends" and she did a little hair flip and head roll as she finished her sentence.

(So....is that an act designed to entertain us on the live feeds?  Or is this the way she talks to people on a regular basis?  It doesn't seem authentic, so I hope for her sake she's just "ON" for the Big Jeff meeting.)

Jeff:  So, no relationship for you?

Kemi:  No I'm going to have relationships!

Jeff:  Well, you just said you were leaving solo, so that's why I asked about it.

Kemi: YOU didn't leave solo!

Jeff:  No, I didn't. And it seems like a trend here.

Kemi, maybe throwing some shade on previous showmances:  I think they do that on purpose. Maybe I leave solo, and maybe I don't, but I'm trying to leave here in a different tax bracket.

(I'm loving all this hot tax talk during Big Jeff's interviews. First Ovi Kabir and now Kemi.)


Kemi's downfall could be her inability to bite her tongue sometimes.  She knows it's going to be difficult.

Kemi:  I can take this as a learning experience, but I might have to charge it to the game, I don't know.

(WHAT?  Charge it to the game?  Can someone translate the "going trapping" and now this?)

Jeff:  So, don't hate the Kemi, hate the game?

Kemi, with a half-hair flip:  Exactly.

Jeff pushed again for details about what kind of people annoy her.  Kemi said people who are overly emotional for no good reason are going to get to her.  She won't know if she should take it seriously or not.

Kemi thinks she will only get emotional when she thinks about her dog Billion and says Jeff should follow him on Instagram.

Jeff: Billion?  You're all about that money, aren't you?

Kemi: No. Billion is a quantity, not a currency.

Kemi pointed out again that it's BillionMini on Instagram.


Kemi is going to miss her group of friends, who she says is a solid group.  They go out to brunch a lot and also gossip and shop frequently. She has one friend that she talks to every morning for an hour and she misses her already.

Jeff wonders how she would feel if she makes a good friend like that in the house this summer.  Would she consider backstabbing a friend like that?

Kemi:  Sure!  One of us is going to be rich.  I'm hoping it's me.

There are copious hair flips involved with just about every sentence that comes out of her mouth.  She didn't want to give a hashtag at first but when pressed she said "KissesKemi" is her "at" all over social media.


Kemi:  Well, hopefully I win. Hopefully I'll make some lifelong friends.  But above all else, I hope I win.

Jeff: You've said that!  You've said that plenty.


Jeff asked the Big Question:  Would Kemi rather win and be hated by America or lose and be loved?

Kemi: I'd rather win and be hated by all of America, because they're strangers.  I'm sure somebody will like me.  Maybe I just won't win America's Favorite.  I mean, that's why I came here.  I'm not running for office. I don't need everyone to like me in the whole country. I'm sorry if you hate me but I'm banking on it....BANKING on it.


Jeff invited Kemi to address the fans one last time and she turned to us with a with a smile and a hair flip.

Kemi:  Hello America.  I hope you enjoy watching me. I'm sorry if I'm boring, but I'm fun.

Jeff assures her that she's anything but boring and looks forward to watching her play and maybe win.

Jeff:  Drinks on you!



***FEEDWATCHER FORECAST***

I was very excited to see Kemi on the cast because I think she is sassy with a lot of personal style.  Maybe she's nervous to be on camera, or maybe this is some sort of planned persona she's using for her preseason interviews, but unfortunately I thought she came off like she was trying to play some role.  You know, like an "I don't care because I'm a bad bitch" role.

There is surprisingly little information about Kemi online, but I only searched casually in the usual spots.  I was hesitant to post this because it includes her (old) phone number but it's already out there so why not, I guess.  Kemi apparently posted on the "Nooklyn" website to sublet her apartment starting on July 10th.  The price certainly sounds reasonable for what I assume is a private bedroom and bath. 


Kemi told Jeff that she started watching Big Brother one year ago and then binged ten seasons.  I do think she might have been in the casting mix last year, because the timing works for that and why else would you move to Brooklyn and then sit around and watch 10 seasons of Big Brother?

She did watch last season as it played out live, and was apparently a big Haleigh fan.


And I love that she tweeted this item about Sam in her HoH room all curled up with Fessy, after Sam had the nerve to basically call both Haleigh and Kaitlyn a couple of whores when she nominated them.

I had some chatter of my own about this situation last year, as well as pictures to prove it. 


And Kemi has a Pinterest board, or whatever you call it.  Her "plant based" section caught my eye so I'll be interested to see if she sticks to that sort of diet in the house.



Kemi's interview with Ika Wong is interesting.  As they exchanged pleasantries in the opening moments, they both mirrored each other with the hand-to-hair motions that were totally unnecessary.  Kemi knew who Ika was and said she couldn't watch the Canadian BB broadcasts but she did watch clips of Ika on You Tube.

Ika posted a video in the last day or so where she told the fans her actual feelings about each house guest she interviewed, and also mentioned some content that apparently got cut by ET.  I wasn't 100% focused on Ika's video when I watched it, but I do remember her saying that she really wanted to like Kemi, but she seemed like she was going to come off like the angry black girl trope that we see way too often every summer.  And Ika said that, not me, so please contact her if you have comments about her comments.  I just thought it was interesting enough to post here.  That part of the interview starts at around the 8:30 mark, when Ika asks about Kemi's planned hair care routines in the house.

(Another interesting item that Ika shared is that Nick Maccarone tried to chat her up after the interview was over about whether she has a boyfriend or not...)


Kemi told Jeff that @kissesKemi was her social media spot, so it looks like that is indeed the case.  I don't know what that bikini picture is supposed to tell us, but maybe I'm too out of the loop to recognize who that is and what it means.

Note that Kemi updated her description before locking the account.  She said "no official fan accounts."


But this person claims that this Twitter account is being run by Kemi's family.  They do have a picture of Billion, Kemi's dog, but the dog has an Instagram account so it's not like the picture is an official family heirloom or something.

I'm sure this Twitter account will follow Kemi's game, but I'm just pointing out that it might not be run by "Kemi's family".  There was an issue last year (and probably every year) with someone claiming to be Tyler's family and friends but that ended up not being true.  I think Rachel Swindler exposed that after she was evicted and reached out to his real family.  Or something like that.


Here is Kemi's CBS bio.  I love what she said about the difference between "feeling provoked" and "being provoked".  I hope she remembers that and can use that this summer to keep her emotions in check in order to win the check.


The life motto is good, too, and is based on the old saying about catching more flies with honey than vinegar.  I hope Kemi can get her bearings in there and start working her social strategy, because I think she can bring a lot to the dynamic of the house and give us some good Diary Room faces.

There have been some rumors about Kemi in the house already, as follows:

1.  An early rumor was that Kemi won the first HoH competition.  We know that is false now due to the live feed leak that I listened to with my own ears.  (Christie is the first HoH.)

2.  The live feed leak featured Christie in her HoH Suite discussing her plans for nominations with Nicole.  It sounded like Nicole had come up to the room to check in with Christie and that Christie had already spoken WITH multiple people in the house, ABOUT multiple people in the house.  Once I get through all of these house guest intro posts I will try to post more about that live feed leak. But as it pertains to Kemi, it sounds like someone won an earlier power and then "nominated" three people for something.  We don't know the facts about it yet, but it's possible that one of those three people are gone now.  And by process of elimination, we heard Christie and Nicole mention everyone's name except Kemi, David and Analyse.  She did mention a "Sis" but the fans have unearthed info to prove that Analyse's family and/or friends call her Sissy or Sis.  So maybe that's what they call her.

I guess we'll know what we know when we know it, which is just a few short days away.

Meet Tommy Bracco: He's Ready to Put On a Show. #BB21


It's time for Jeff to introduce us to Tommy Bracco, who is gleeful as he tells us that he's 28 years old and he's a dancer on Broadway.  Tommy has a very thick accent which is great for the live feeders because we will easily be able to identify his voice in a crowd.

Jeff is excited about Tommy's job and wants to know where we might have seen him peform.

Tommy:  Well, my Broadway debut was in Disney's Newsies, which made all of my dreams come true, and now I'm in Pretty Women, the musical.

Jeff:  REALLY?  That's amazing!


Jeff:  So we're in da Diary Room, you freaked out when you came in here.. how does this compare to Broadway on an excitement level?

Tommy:  They're completely different things.  Broadway is amazing, particularly in an original company, because you get to create those roles and build the choreography with the team, and you get to appear on the original cast album, but THIS is just completely different. I've been watching since season 14 so this is like making all my dreams come true..a different set of dreams.


Tommy's favorite player on BB14 was Ian Terry, who ended up winning the season.  Tommy loved him because he was like the runt of the group and nobody took him seriously until it was too late and they couldn't get him out of the house.

Tommy:  That's what I want to be. I want to be the fun, energetic loud one who's just there to have a good time and have a good time with everybody.  I don't want them to know that I'm a gamer and I'm going to be throwing competitions. I don't want to win until halfway through, which is when I'll kick it into gear.

Jeff:  But you're built, you're physical...

Tommy:  Thank you.

Jeff:  There's going to see that right away...how are you gonna play that off?

Tommy:  Yeah, they're going to see it. And I'm going to tell them that I'll never throw a competition but I will be throwing them.


Jeff:  Oh, so you're willing to lie when you need to and do what it takes.

Tommy:  You have to.  You can't just think about week-to-week.  You have to go in with some sort of plan and of course you have to expect the unexpected.  I've learned that from watching it.  Everybody's got different strengths and weaknesses and I've got to throw those competitions right from the beginning or else I'll have a target on my back right away.


Jeff knows that Tommy is used to working with a diverse groups of people and asks how he can correlate that to the Big Brother house.

Tommy:  Being in the BB house is a lot like building a new musical. People move from all over the world to work on Broadway.  I'm lucky that I'm from there---I'm from Staten Island and I live with my family -- but people come from all over to be there.  So now you're in a cast with people with different cultures, different nationalities, different sexual orientations and you all have to work together.  When we did Pretty Women, we took it to Chicago first...

Big Jeff looks over at us quickly and winks when he hears the word Chicago.

Tommy:  ...that's called the Out Of Town Tryout. We were in Chicago for two months together, and you're living, working, eating, crying, and laughing together and they're like your family.  I feel like I've been playing Big Brother for the last 10 years of my life.  I genuinely feel that everything I've been through in life has led me to this moment.  I know that sounds crazy, but....


Jeff: I believe that, that everything that happens, happens for a reason.  Not everybody believes that, but I do. I like where you're going with this.

(Just look at what happened to Jeff...he was selling ads for the yellow pages (do they even exist anymore?)  ten years ago and went to an open BB casting call to keep a girl company and he certainly was in the right place at the right time.)

Tommy plans to be in the house all summer and will miss his family. They call themselves the "Functioning Disfunctionals" because they are so loud and messy.  Every time they go to one of his Broadway shows they get kicked out.

Tommy:  They're either drunk or in a fight or something.


Jeff thinks that might be a good hashtag for Tommy, the "FunctioningDisfunctionals" and Tommy agrees, but it seems way too long and hard to type as far as I'm concerned.

Jeff:  Will there be anything in there that you're embarrassed to do because your family is watching?

Tommy:  Well, here's the thing.  I'm gay, and there's usually only one gay person in there, but if there was more than one, I'm not the type to get into a showmance.  That's not my style.  And speaking of embarrassment, I can't do that in front of my mother.

Jeff, laughing: I was the same way.  My mother was watching and I was like, I can't do it.  But you never know what's going on or who's going to be in there.

Tommy:  You never know, but what I keep saying is that if I really do connect with somebody it would be really cool to have a nice tasteful kiss, the first gay kiss in Big Brother history, that'd be so cool!

Jeff, nodding:  It's gonna happen soon.  Why can't it be Tommy?

Tommy:  We'll see Jeff!  We'll see.


Jeff asks Tommy the Big Question:  Would Tommy rather win and be hated by America, or lose and be loved?

Tommy:  I think I'd rather win and be hated.  And the reason why is because I believe you can talk your way in and out of anything.  You can hate someone one day, and then love them the next.  It happens all the time with celebrities.  I have one chance to win this money.  I'm not gonna blow that chance for anything.

Jeff:  I like that.  I like the family aspect too. I think Tommy's gonna be alright in there.  We're gonna have fun all summer watching you.



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Tommy is very polished and seems to have had some media training, based on the way he uses the camera to emphasize certain talking points and also the way he rephrases the question before beginning his answers.  He also circled back around to refer back to the question on a few occasions to let Jeff know he didn't forget the point.

But let's not bury the lede here. Tommy has a CLOSE, PERSONAL relationship with Christie Murphy for YEARS because she dated his aunt for seven years before breaking up recently.  We've all seen this picture of Tommy and his sister with Christie at a Lady Gaga concert.


What does this mean for the game though? Will this connection factor in as some sort of twist?  It's already rumored that Christie was a casting alternate, so if that is the case Production might not have had their connection planned for a twist.  But maybe only a few of the house guests will have someone they already know on the cast that may or may not be secret (like BB4, BB8 or BB5) and maybe somebody else's connection got bumped to include Christie at the last minute instead.

Maybe Tommy and Christie didn't know that the other had been cast and will be surprised by it on move-in day.  We'll need to look for their reactions when they see each other either on stage with Julie Chen or inside the house during those first few frantic moments of craziness.

And we also know that Kathryn Dunn and Holly Allen know each other from pageants, but I think that might end up being a negative connection, since we all know those girls can be catty with each other and Kathryn personally doesn't seem like much of a loyal girl's girl to me.

So it's hard for me to evaluate Tommy's potential in the game without knowing how a potential twist would impact him.  And everybody says stuff in these interviews that turns out to be the exact opposite of what they do in the game.  It's easy to say something here, after being stuck in a hotel room with your thoughts all alone for a week, and then do something different once you get dropped in a house full of coeds and cameras.

But Tommy seems very smart and seems to be one of the most knowledgeable about the game even though he only started watching with BB14.  Based on what he said about Ian, I think he is a CBS casual viewer, rather than a live feeder.  Just a guess.

Tommy is certainly known in the theater community and there are quite a few posts out there showing his popularity in that area of show business.


And look at this old post that Tommy wrote as BB15 was airing to defend Gina Marie Zimmerman, who is also from Staten Island.  Tommy must be a loyal friend indeed to defend Gina Marie publicly like this, because in my opinion she was the most offensive person on BB15, even though CBS made Aaryn the scapegoat for most of the bad behavior.  Gina Marie was at least as bad as Aayrn, if not worse.

You might recall that on the LIVE SHOW when Candace Stewart had been evicted and was walking out of the front door, Gina Marie yelled at her something about how "her mother didn't love her", referring to why she was put up for adoption.  It doesn't get much lower than that.

Note that Tommy's account is locked....someone who follows him has been leaking the pictures of him with Christie which is inevitable since he likely has a big following.


I was dreading Tommy because I was worried about him showboating like Frankie Grande.  But he seems much more understated than Frankie and hopefully won't be feeling like he must perform for the BB cameras 24/7.  I do expect him to get the feeds cut for singing in there.  The live feeders all hate that because it often interrupts fun or important action.

I'd like to see him teach everybody some choreography.  That would be fun to watch.  I love to watch some great (or even not great) synchronized dance moves in the BB backyard.  And there must be some juicy backstage stories to tell about the theater crowd.  I remember Frankie telling a few shocking tidbits of information about drugs and group sex backstage at some of the shows he appeared in, but I'm sure the Disney shows are more wholesome affairs. (?)

Tommy's interview with Ika is really fun and you should watch it here if you have a few minutes to spare.  He told Ika that he went back and watched old BB seasons, too and discussed his love for Da'Vonne Rogers as well as his assessment of her game.  Tommy didn't know Ika, though, and sort of shaded her without meaning to by saying he only gets starstruck by BB players, not other celebrities.


Here is Tommy's CBS Bio for you to enjoy.

I seriously doubt that Tommy is going to be able to play a low key game in there.  I think once the others know that he's a Broadway dancer he's going to be targeted because he looks tailor made for endurance competitions and will surely be seen as a huge social threat because he will be in tight with the girls.  And I think Tommy could be very annoying if you're having a bad day in there and just want some time to sit quietly without interruptions.

What are the chances that Tommy will do things like this in the backyard this summer?  I'd say the odds are high.


I would want him out YESTERDAY if I saw either one of these poses in there.  There are tons of balance-related competitions, but maybe all of the newbies who don't really watch Big Brother won't know that.


And he has a built-in alliance that might be unbreakable, whether it's a planned twist in the game or not. If you're thrown in a house with strangers and you see one person you've known for years, even if the relationship ended on bad terms it would surely seem like a huge gift and advantage.

Particularly if that person won the first HoH competition.  Just saying.