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From Blindsides to Betrayals … Big Brother is Back!

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Things are getting interesting in the ‘Big Brother house’ as alliances are shifting. Last Sunday, the show starts with a flashback to Kaitlyn’s HOH nomination ceremony where she put Winston and Scottie on the block… with the goal to backdoor Swaggy C.   In the episode, we see Kaitlyn’s original alliance feeling comfortable as the opposing side is ecstatic for a plan that could potentially betray the HOH’s current allies.

As the show continues, BB19’s Jessica and Cody return to the ‘Big Brother’ house to host the dating-app themed competition (which makes total sense considering the two met on last year’s season and just announced that they are engaged to each other). With the stakes being so high, this PoV competition is an important one for Kaitlyn.  Throughout the episode, we see her planting subtle seeds of her plan to blindside Swaggy C.  We finally get to the competition! Kaitlyn, Scottie, Winston, Tyler, Faysal, and Rachel are the selected houseguests.  The six battled it out, but it was Tyler who took home the Golden Power of Veto ensuring that the plan to backdoor Swaggy may become a reality.

Leading up to the ceremony, Kaitlyn is seen hinting to her allies that she is going to make bold moves, but won’t specify exactly what they are. This causes her original side to see red flags and cause fear amongst them. Haleigh, who has been Kaitlyn’s closest ally since day one, picked up on her vibe and asked if Swaggy would be the replacement. Haleigh then confronts close ally Rockstar about the plan. She promises to keep it a secret, but goes on to inform Swaggy C and Faysal that she has a bad feeling about the upcoming ceremony. It wasn’t until five minutes before that Kaitlyn told Faysal, (Swaggy C’s best friend in the house), that she was planning on nominating him. She asks for a hug immediately after telling him which he simply declines.

As the Power of Veto ceremony is going down, Faysal whispers to Swaggy that she is planning on betraying their alliance to put him up.  The show then cuts to Kaitlyn, who is fighting back tears, to use the veto on Scottie and replace him with Swaggy C.  The camera pans to each member of her original alliance, all showing a mixed bag of reactions from anger, confusion, and shock. We’ve got the GIF’s to prove it…

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Thursday finally rolls around, and soon we would find out who would be the second person to be evicted from the Big Brother house.  As Kaitlyn continues to ensure that the backdoor plan is in effect, Swaggy C is seen trying to secure last minute votes from the other houseguests.  Sam even mentions that she is considering using her ‘special power’ she received on Swaggy, which would give him the chance to return to the game if evicted.  However, she decided not to use it when it came time to vote.  After a hectic week, Swaggy C was unsuccessful in saving himself and was evicted 8-4. It was no surprise that the four votes to save him were his only allies left in the game: Bayleigh, Rockstar, Haleigh and Fessy.

Immediately after Swaggy C’s eviction, it was time for another HOH competition … a true or false-based game that would crown a new leader.  Eventually, it came down to a tie-breaker question between Scottie and Rachel, where Scottie ended up winning the week’s most powerful title. Things will get interesting this week as Scottie has laid low, and played neutral, among the house.  Will he continue to follow past evictions and go after the side with Faysal, Bayleigh, Rockstar, and Angie? Or, will he decide to take a hit at “Level 6”, an alliance consisting of Tyler, Brett, Winston, Rachel, Amanda, and Kaycee? Let us know what you think, and the two he should put up for eviction in the comments below!

For those of you who need to catch up, here’s what’s happened thus far …

Last week we watched as 16 new houseguests entered the house that soon would divide into two sides with a few “floaters” mixed in between.  As alliances formed, and relationships were built, little did the houseguests know an ‘upset’ would soon take place the following week … but we’ll dive into that shortly. As host Julie Chen welcomed everyone, she presented them with this year’s theme called “Big Brother Technology”, which reflects today’s advancement in all things technological with an emphasis on social media. The viewers get a chance to be part of the game by voting for their favorites “trending houseguest” which will rank the houseguest collectively. The top” trending houseguest” of the week will get to choose an App from the BB App Store that gives them an opportunity to help their game, while the least trending houseguest gets the complete opposite, otherwise known as the “Crap App.”

In the season’s first episode, the house was introduced to their first competition of the season … a three-part safety competition that split up the 16 members into four groups, which eventually lead to one winner.  Whoever won the competition was able to save two of the four groups from being nominated, while still giving the other two groups a possibility to be put on the block. After it was over, “Swaggy C” was the winner who naturally saved his own group consisting of himself, Brett, Rachel, and Angie. The second group he saved was Scottie, Kaycee, Haleigh, and Faysal.

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In the second episode, we watched as Tyler took the ‘Head of Household’ power, which gave him the chance to nominate two houseguests for eviction. We also found out that early fan-favorite Sam was the ‘top-trending houseguest’ of the week giving her a power that would allow her a chance to return to the game in case she was evicted.  This power will expire after four weeks.  Faysal, unfortunately, was the least ‘trending houseguest’ of the week and had picked the “Crap App” that gave him an appetite for destruction – literally!  Throughout the remainder of the week, a “Hamazon Delivery” would be sent to the house that he would be forced to eat as soon as arrived. By the looks of it, the ham they delivered didn’t satisfy his taste buds, but rather, repulsed them. By the end of the episode, Tyler decided to play it safe and nominated Sam and Steve.

The third episode is when the game really starts to get interesting. We learn of the alliances, the targets, and the possible blindsides. Sam is the overall target of that week, but HOH Tyler had his own plan in mind – especially after finding out nominee Sam had a power that he thought could help his game.  Tensions rose as houseguests talked about who the replacement nominee would be if the Power of Veto were to be used.  Faysal ended up winning the POV competition, and ultimately decided not to use it.  The episode came to an end with Steve radiating confidence, Sam feeling helpless, and Tyler anxiously ready to shake the house with a blindside.

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We finally get to the first live eviction of the season, which usually is the most exciting because it is “live” so you never know what may change in the house (because the CBS feeds usually cut a few hours before the episode airs). The episode highlights lots of game-talk as well as a possible flip that could rock the house. Sam had been the target the whole week, but between all the secret alliances and convos, Steve was evicted in a 7-6 vote.  What was thought to be a unanimous vote ended up to be a wake-up call for half the house showing lines have been drawn. With Swaggy C’s side having the numbers to secure Steve’s safety, how did he go?  Life coach Kailtyn was the one who turned on her alliance. She is planning on keeping that a secret for as long as she can even though a few players know it was her.  It was a risk she took, especially with the possibility that the allies she turned on could find out she was the one who betrayed them.  Luckily for Kaitlyn, she’s guaranteed another week, because at the end of the episode she dominated the competition giving her the ‘Head of Household’, and the rest is history …  (filed by Jake Updegraff – Big Brother Correspondent)

With an explosive two weeks of blindsides, we can tell this will be one hell of a summer on Big Brother! Who are your early favorites, and who do you think will take home the $500,000? Tell us in the comments below! And make sure to catch the next installment of Big Brother Sunday night on CBS 8/7PM

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BIG BROTHER Season Finale: And The Winner Is ….

It was the final episode of the season, and in last night’s Big Brother we crowned a new winner. It was between Tyler, Kaycee, and JC

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Each week, we saw the alliance of Level 6 dominate the game through blindsides, manipulations, and competition wins.  It was a 3-part competition that would determine who would win the final HOH of the season guaranteeing them a spot in the final two ,as well as deciding who will be joining them.

In the first competition, it was one that required endurance. Kaycee and Tyler made a plan that he would throw the competition to her, but he didn’t. He actually ended up winning the first part which gave Kaycee some doubt in their alliance.  However, it all came together when the second part came out and Kaycee bested JC. It came down to Tyler and Kaycee.

It was a close one as both correctly guessed 6 of the 8 questions. This led to a tie-breaker question, and it was Kaycee who came out with the win causing her to secure the final HOH. Although she had a final two with both JC and Tyler, she decided to stick with the deal she made on day two and brought Tyler to the end with her.

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With Tyler controlling the house and Kaycee dominating the power competitions, it will be interesting to see how these allies will sell themselves to the jury and secure the votes. Will the evicted houseguests vote on game or emotion? As the votes came in, it was neck in neck … but locking in 5 of the 4 votes to win, Kaycee took the crown!

Rockstar, Faysal, Scottie, Sam, and Bayleigh all voted her to win while Angela, Haleigh, JC, and Brett vote for Tyler. I t wasn’t too bad for Tyler considering he won the second-place prize of $50,000 and was crowned “America’s Favorite Player”- a poll for viewers of the show to text or vote online for their favorite player which also comes with a nice $25,000 reward… so Tyler really left with $75,000. Not too bad for coming in second.

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As Julie Chen signed off, adding in “Moonves” once again, she secured the show would be back with Celebrity Big Brother returning in winter and a new season coming back next summer!

Until then, be sure to follow along at Michael Fairman TV for all the coverage on your favorite shows… and always remember to expect the unexpected. (Filed by Jake Updegaff- Big Brother Correspondent)

So were you happy Kaycee won Big Brother?  Share your thoughts on the season finale below.

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BIG BROTHER: Down To The Final Three!

When Big Brother left-off; Sam was sent packing in Wednesday’s special eviction as we came down to the final four.  It was then between Angela, Kaycee, JC, and Tyler, and one was evicted on Thursday’s episode.  In addition, host Julie Chen once again announced, this time at the top of the show, that her name is “Julie Chen-Moonves”.

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“Expect the unexpected” is the slogan for the show so it was a bit surprising when we saw JC win the HOH competition … especially considering he’s never won a competition before the entire season.  This meant that one of the Level 6 members will be sent to the jury house … but who? It all comes to the Power of Veto competition.  Whoever wins it will get the final decision, because only one person will vote this week.

All of Level 6 knew it was every man for themselves as it has to be one of them.  The competition required both skill and balance, and everyone was determined to win it. Unfortunately for JC, he was the first one eliminated followed by Tyler. It came down to Kaycee and Angela, and it was Kaycee who took to win! This meant that the Level 6 showmance of Angela and Tyler must be broken up.

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It was a hard decision for Kaycee as she considers both Tyler and Angela as “best friends”.  Ultimately, she had a final two deal with Tyler and decided to keep him by exiting Angela.  We’re now down to the final 3. (filed by Jake Updegraff- Big Brother correspondent)

Who do you think will win… Tyler, JC, or Kaycee? Let us know in the comments below and tune-in to the 90-minute finale on Wednesday night, September 26th on CBS to find out.

 

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Julie Chen Says Goodbye To THE TALK Via Video Message

As anticipated on Tuesday, Julie Chen officially and publicly exited The Talk.  Through a videotaped message to her co-hosts, viewers and staff and behind the scene personnel, Chen wrapped-up her run.

While Chen has bowed out of The Talk following her husband Les Moonves’ removal from CBS following allegations of sexual misconduct, she will continue on through the end of this season as the host of the reality-competition series, Big Brother.

On The Talk, Eve tossed to Chen’s videotaped exit message which the ladies of the panel also saw for the first time during the live broadcast:

Here is what Julie shared: “I have been at THE TALK since the day it started 9 years ago, and the cast, crew and staff have become family to me over the years. But right now, I need to spend more time at home with my husband and our young son, so I’ve decided to leave THE TALK. I want to thank everyone at the show for the wonderful years together. I will always, always cherish the memories we shared. Most important, I want to thank you, the viewers, for allowing me into your home every day. It was a privilege that I will forever be grateful for. To everyone behind the scenes, I send you my love. I will miss you all very, very much. To Eve: you’re the newest one at the table, but I feel like I’ve known you forever. You are even more beautiful inside than you are on the outside, if that’s even possible, because, you know I think you are flawless. Sheryl, thank you for being the perfect go-to partner for the last 7 years. I open, you close, and you always bring down the house. We called ourselves “The Book Ends,” remember? And we always laughed when we said it to each other. Your wit, and timing, and humor, and compassion, and intelligence is simply unparalleled. You are incredible. Carrie Ann (Inaba), I don’t know, but in my opinion, you look awful good sitting in that chair, my Asian sister. I’m just saying! And finally, to Sara and Sharon: we’ve been together since day one at THE TALK! I’ve spent every day with you both. I will always treasure our friendship, the great parenting advice from both of you, and the memories and laughs and all the private jokes that the three of us have shared. We are the original three musketeers. I love you all, and I know this show, and the sisterhood it stands for, will live on for many, many, many more years to come. You ladies got this, and I could not be more proud to call you my friends. I love you.”

Following the video, Sara Gilbert, creator and co-host of The Talk  thanked Chen for being a major part of the series ongoing success, as Sheryl Underwood looked on in tears.

Watch Julie’s goodbye below.  Then let us know what you thought of the sentiments shared by her via the comment section below.

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