Celebrity Big Brother: What Have We Learned?

by Lisa Marie Bowman on February 26, 2018

Hi everyone!

So, last night, we all watched the finale of Celebrity Big Brother and … MARISSA WON!

Personally, I was shocked.  I wasn’t surprised when Omarosa was voted out.  I was a little surprised when Marissa won the final HoH because I seriously expected that Ross would win it.  (Ross just seemed more determined than anyone else in the house.)  I wasn’t surprised when Marisssa evicted Mark and Ari and then took Ross to the final two.  But I was shocked when Marissa actually won the game.

What happened?

I think it comes down to a few things:

First off, jury management is important, even when you’re playing with celebrities.  James Maslow said that he was planning on voting for Ross, up until Ross started answering the jury’s questions.  Ross couldn’t decide if he wanted to be humble or if he wanted to be cocky and it made him come across as being shifty to the end.  Marissa, on the other hand, was a lot more straight-forward in her answers.  Ross made the mistake of forming too many alliances, which naturally led to a lot of hurt feelings when those alliances fell apart.  So, the lesson there is to keep the jury happy.

Secondly, there was a lot of lobbying going on during the final voting.  Despite Julie saying that the jurors weren’t allowed to discuss how they were going to vote during the actual voting, that’s exactly what happened.  There’s some debate about whether it was Shannon or Omarosa who started it but personally, I think it was Omarosa.  But regardless of who started it, the show’s very first alliance — the Shannon/Omaorsa all-girl alliance — came together in the end to cast their votes for Marissa.

Finally, it’s possible that the jury just felt that Marissa needed the money more than Ross.  Marissa has pointed out numerous times that she’s not as rich or as well-known as the other houseguests.  During the voting, one juror — I’m not sure who but it might have been Omarosa again — was clearly heard to whisper, “She has a kid.”

Myself, I was never a big fan of either Ross or Marissa.  Of the two of them, I thought Ross deserved the win.  He played a better game.

However, despite being disappointed in who won, I think Celebrity Big Brother was a success overall.  I certainly wasn’t expecting it to be.  But the show was consistently entertaining and, even better, the majority of the houseguests (with a few notable exceptions) were actually interested in playing the game.  The problem with the regular season is that so many of the houseguests are more interested in launching an entertainment career than actually playing the game.  (That was a huge problem during Big Brother 19.)  But, with Celebrity Big Brother, everyone already had a career so that wasn’t really an issue.

Hopefully, the show’s producers will learn from what worked on Celebrity Big Brother and incorporate it into the summer show.

Maybe they’ll cast people who actually want to play the game, as opposed to just people they came across on Tindr.

Maybe they’ll keep the twists to a minimum.  Celebrity Big Brother only had two big twists — one was that random draw that gave Omarosa safety during the first week and the other was when they allowed the viewers to vote on what type of veto the houseguests would be playing for.  Neither one of those twists turned out to be that important.

Maybe they’ll realize that Big Brother is a better show when it’s fast-paced instead of when they drag everything out.  I wouldn’t have minded an extra week or two of Celebrity Big Brother but, at the same time, the fast pace kept things interesting.  Again, I can’t help but compare it to Big Brother 19, which seemed to go on forever.

Let’s hope that these lessons are learned!  I guess we’ll find out in June!

Well, that’s it for now.  I’ll be back this summer with Big Brother 20!  And, if you’re into Survivor, I’ll be covering that show at Reality TV Chat Blog, starting this week!

Thank you, everyone, for reading and commenting!  Y’all are the best! 🙂

Lisa Marie Bowman

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Let’s Open Up The Diary Room One Final Time!

by Lisa Marie Bowman on February 25, 2018

Hi y’all!

Well, as I sit here typing this, it’s a little bit past midnight my time so it’s now time to open up the diary room one final time!

As of right now, there are five houseguests left in the house.  Ross is not only the HoH but, earlier today, he also won the power of veto.  He chose not to use it, leaving Omarosa and Ari on the block with Omarosa as his target.  That doesn’t necessarily mean that Omarosa is going home, of course.  If both Mark and Marissa vote against the HoH’s wishes, Omarosa can stay.  Or if Omarosa convinces Ross that Ari is a bigger threat to win, Ross might change his mind.

So, it’s still anyone’s game.  I’m opening up the diary room now to ask you — who do you want to win Celebrity Big Brother?

Do you vote for:

MARK, the singer

ROSS, the talk show host

MARISSA, the talker

ARI, the beauty queen


OMAROSA, the professional reality show participant?

Cast your in the comments below or over in the poll on the right side of the page!  And then be sure to watch Big Brother on Sunday night to see who wins it at all!

Thank you everyone for sticking with this blog over the course of this mini-season.  Celebrity Big Brother’s been a lot of fun and I think the regular show could stand to learn a few things from how well this season has gone!  I can’t wait to see who wins.  Personally, I’m voting for Ari.

Lisa Marie

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Celebrity Big Brother: And you’re new HoH is…

by Lisa Marie Bowman on February 24, 2018

Hi, y’all!

So, I know some people were upset when I revealed who won the Amazing Race two days ago.  Since everyone was talking about it in the comments under the previous post, I assumed that it was general knowledge who haf won.  That was a mistake on my part and I apologize.  From now on, if I talk about any other reality show on the Big Brother Blog, I will be sure to include a spoiler alert before doing so.

As we all saw last night on Celebrity Big Brother, both Brandi and James are now out of the house.  I wasn’t surprised to see Brandi go but I was a little surprised when James got voted out.  To be honest, I was sure that they would view Marissa as a bigger threat to win the game.  But apparently, the houseguests agreed with Marissa when she said that James was too big of a challenge beast to be allowed to stay in the house.

(James has come in second in almost every challenge this season.  More than a few of those challenges, he deliberately lost.  So, Marissa may have had a point!)

So, our final five are:






Last night, they competed for HoH and …. ROSS won!

And Ross has nominated Omarosa and Ariadna for eviction!  Apparently, he is targeting Omarosa and, if either Ari or Omarosa is saved by the veto, he plans on using Marissa as a replacement nominee.  So, apparently, Ross has decided that he wants Mark to be sitting beside him in the final two.

As for what’s going to happen on tonight’s episode, it sounds like it’s going to be a clip show and it’ll probably include the beginning of the HoH comp that Ross won.

As always, we’ll see what happens,

Lisa Marie


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Celebrity Big Brother: Time To Open Up The Diary Room!

by Lisa Marie Bowman on February 23, 2018

Hi, everyone.

It’s time to open up the diary room!

We’ve got a big night tonight because it’s a double eviction!  Two houseguests will be leaving the house!

So, it’s time for you to vote!

Who do you want to see leave first?

BRANDI, the real housewife


MARISSA, the real loud one?

Vote in the poll over on the right side of the page or in the comments below!  And then watch tonight to see which two houseguests will fall victim to the double eviction!


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Celebrity Big Brother: Veto Results

by Lisa Marie Bowman on February 22, 2018

Hi y’all!

First off, a big congratulations to Jessica and Cody who won the Amazing Race last night!  While they weren’t the first Big Brother houseguests to run the race, they were the first to win it!  (Rachel and Brendon came in third twice.  Jeff and Jordan were eliminated early in their season, as were Allison and her boyfriend, Donny.)  I haven’t seen how any of the other houseguests from BB19 have reacted to Jessica and Cody’s victory.  Considering that neither one of them was patricularly popular in the house, I can only imagine some of what was said last night.  Remember when both Paul and Christmas taunted Jessica, saying that she was giving up $500,000 for Cody?

As for what’s happening in the house, Mark is the HoH and he nominated Brandi and Ari for eviction.  Well, they had the veto comp and … ARI WON!  Earlier today, Ari took herself off the block.  Despite saying earlier that was leaning towards Omarosa as a replacement nom, Mark instead nominated Marissa.

So now, it’s Brandi and Marissa on the block.  Marissa is not happy about it.  This is probably the first time that I can remember that I checked the feeds and Marissa wasn’t screaming or dancing or singing.  (Usually, she’s almost as bad as Raven was during season 19.)

Now, as of right now, it does appear that Brandi still Mark’s target.  But who knows?  That could change between tonight and the live show on Friday.  Marissa is a much bigger threat than Brandi and if Brandi can point that out to everyone, she might have a chance to stay in the house.  The problem is that Brandi doesn’t have the best social game in the house.  Whereas Marissa tends to be a bit passive-aggressive, Brandi is often just pure aggression.

We’ll see what happens tomorrow night.  And, of course, tomorrow is also a double eviction!  Following the double eviction, the final two shows will be on Saturday and Sunday.  On Sunday, three houseguests will leave the house and, from the final two remaining, a winner will be chosen!

We’ll see what happens,

Lisa Marie

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Celebrity Big Brother: Here Are The Nominations

by Lisa Marie Bowman on February 21, 2018

Hi, eveyone!

So, here’s just a quick update to let you know who has been nominated by the new HoH Mark McGrath.

This won’t come as a surprise to anyone but Mark ended up nominating Brandi and Ari for eviction.  Both he and James have made no secret of the fact that Brandi is their target.  As I said yesterday, I’m not really sure what James and Mark are thinking.  While Brandi is a little bit of a threat, she’s still hardly the biggest threat in the game.  Right now, the biggest threat in the game is Ross and maybe Marissa.  Both James and Mark have talked about the fact that they don’t feel that that either one of them could beat Ross in a final two.

So, why not nominate Ross and Marissa for eviction?  Why waste an HoH on Brandi?  First off, it seems like Brandi would be the easiest person in the house to beat in a final two situation.  Brandi hasn’t exactly proven herself to be a challenge threat so it’s not like Brandi’s going to win the next HoH.  It really does seem like the main reason that Brandi is being targeted is because she got on James’s nerves during their first night in the house.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Brandi is not reacting well to being on the block.  She knows that she’s the target and she’s overheard James campaigning against her.  Last night, before going to bed, Brandi demanded to know why Marissa wasn’t standing up for her.  Marissa, of course, lied and said that she never talks about Brandi behind her back.

If either Brandi or Ari wins the veto, Mark has said that he’s thinking of putting Omarosa up as a replacement.  So, right now, it looks like Ross and Marissa will be safe until the finale.

We’ll see what happens,

Lisa Marie

P.S. Julie Chen has said that Celebrity Big Brother might become an annual event.  The ratings have been good, though that’s largely because the show really doesn’t have any competition other than the Winter Olympics.  Personally, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a new group of celebrities enter the Big Brother house next year.


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Celebrity Big Brother: Another Wasted HoH

by Lisa Marie Bowman on February 20, 2018

Hi y’all!

So, last night’s episode was kind of a bust.

It turned out that it didn’t matter who Omarosa was targeting.

It didn’t matter who the house wanted out.  It didn’t matter which veto you voted for.  (The veto that received the most votes was the VIP Veto, which would have given the veto holder the option to use it twice.)

Ross won the veto and took himself off the block.  Since he probably would have used the veto again to save Marissa if she had been nominated, that meant that his alliance was safe.  Since Omarosa’s plan has always been to split up the pairs, it would have made sense for her to put Ari up as a replacement and then everyone could vote out Brandi.  But again, none of that mattered.

It didn’t matter because Metta decided he wanted to go home.

And so, Omarosa nominated Metta for eviction.  Brandi thanked Metta for wanting to go home.  Everyone voted to evict Metta.  Metta left the house.

So, the end result of Omarosa’s HoH was that she nominated her only ally for eviction and he got voted out.

For the most part, I’m enjoying Celebrity Big Brother but it really drives me crazy when people ask to be voted out of the house.  First Keshia and then Metta.  Do they not explain how the game works to these people before they enter the house?

And really, if Metta wanted to leave, he could just leave.  It’s not like there are armed guards standing outside the front door.  If you want to go, GO!  Don’t waste someone else’s HoH.  It’s just frustrating because the majority of these houseguests really are playing the game but all that strategizing is worthless when players demand to be nominated so they can leave.

Anyway, on the positive side, everyone else in the house actually seems to want to be there.  And, even though there’s only a few days left, there’s still a lot of scheming and strategizing to look forward to.  Wednesday is going to be a double eviction and then, on finale night, three houseguests will be evicted!

As for what’s happening in the house right now — Mark is HoH!  That means that both he and James are safe for a few days.  They are planning on following Omarosa’s strategy of targeting pairs.  Now, to me, it would seem obvious that Ross and Marissa are a more dangerous pair than Brandi and Ari.

But no.  Apparently, Mark is planning on nominating Brandi and Ari later today, with Brandi as his target.  I’m not really sure if those boys are really aware of who is actually dangerous in the house.  James has had it out for Brandi ever since their first night in the house.

As always, we’ll see what happens!

Lisa Marie

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Celebrity Big Brother: Let’s Open The Diary Room!

by Lisa Marie Bowman on February 19, 2018

Hi y’all!

Is it time to open up the diary room already?  This season is really moving fast!

(I guess that’s what happens when you have to do an entire season of Big Brother in three weeks!)

Well, it’s time to cast your vote!  Who do you want to see go?  Of course, there’s still a veto to play for so it’s totally possible that neither one of the current nominees will be voted out tonight.

So, who do you want to see go tonight?

BRANDI, the real housewife


ROSS, the unreal talk show host



Let us know in the comments below or vote over on the right side of the page!  And be sure to watch Celebrity Big Brother tonight on CBS to see who will be voted out next!

Happy voting,

Lisa Marie

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Celebrity Big Brother: Omarosa’s Plan

by Lisa Marie Bowman on February 18, 2018

Hi y’all!

So, if you just watched tonight’s episode of Celebrity Big Brother, you know what Omarosa did as far as nominations are concerned.  She nominated Ross and Brandi for eviction, with an eye towards breaking up the power couples.

Her target is Ross and she’s made final four deals with both Mark and James to get them to vote her way on Monday.  If Mark, James, and Metta all vote the way Omarosa wants them to, Ross will be evicted on a 3-2 vote.

At first, Ross and Marissa were convinced that James and Mark were planning on voting to evict Brandi but, yesterday, Ari finally figured out that Omarosa might have made a deal with Mark and James.  She told Marissa about her suspicions and, of course, Marissa promptly told Ross and the two of them decided that they needed to get more information to determine whether Ari was right…

…which seems kind of strange to me.  Are Marissa and Ross really so clueless that it wouldn’t occur to them that Omarosa would have a deal going with Mark and James?  Since they knew that Omarosa wanted Ross out, they should have been scrambling even before the nominations, trying to to sew up every vote they could get.  Instead, they got cocky, they gave into hubris, and now Ross is in a really bad position.

Depending on what happens with the veto, Mark and James will pretty much be deciding who goes home on Monday night.  They’ve both made a deal with Omarosa but that doesn’t necessarily mean that either one will hold up their end of it.  Earlier today, while they were working out, Mark and James discussed whether or not they should vote the way that Omarosa wants them to or if they should negotiate a final four deal with Ross and Marissa.  The main problem that they both had with working with Ross and Marissa was that they felt that Ross would always be more loyal to Marissa than to them.

In the end, Mark and James decided to wait and see what happens with the veto.  Neither one wants to get targeted by Omarosa but, at the same time, Omarosa won’t be able to compete in the next HoH.

As always, we’ll see what happens!

Lisa Marie

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Celebrity Big Brother: Three Vetoes To Choose From

by Lisa Marie Bowman on February 17, 2018

Hi y’all!

Well, before I tell you anything else, I need to tell you about the three vetoes.  Right now, over at CBS.com, you have the option to vote for what type of veto the houseguests will be playing for on Monday!  Here are the three options:

Diamond Veto: The Veto winner has the power to remove one of the nominees from the chopping block and also name the replacement nominee.

VIP Veto: The winner of this Veto will have the option to use the Veto once or twice or not at all in the same Veto Meeting. If the winner of the VIP Veto removes one of the nominees, he or she will wait for a replacement nominee to be made before deciding if they want to use it a second time.

Spotlight Veto: The winner of this Veto is guaranteed to be in the spotlight at the Veto Meeting because this Veto HAS to be used to save one of the two nominees from the chopping block!

You can cast your vote up until Monday, 12 pm est.

As for what’s happening in the house:

To no one’s surprise, Shannon Elizabeth was voted out on Friday.  Only Brandi voted for Shannon to stay.  At first, I thought that maybe she was trying to cause chaos and make people distrust each other.  Then I saw that, earlier in the day, she told Metta that she was going to give Shannon a sympathy vote but that she wanted him to claim that he was the one who did it.  I guess she figured that Metta wouldn’t care one way or the other.  Well, Metta refused to do it which left Brandi with no choice but to admit to everyone that she was the one who cast the vote.

The houseguests, especially Ross and Marissa, did not react well to this.  In fact, Ross and Marissa are acting as if this is the greatest betrayal in the history of Big Brother.  I have to admit that I don’t really care much for either Ross or Marissa at this point.  As far as I can tell, their only real strategy is to suck up to whoever is in charge.

Speaking of being in charge, last night’s HoH was an endurance comp and it was won by … OMAROSA!

So now, Omarosa is in charge.  Last night, she told Metta that she’s not really interesting in taking out a power player like James because, as long as James is in the house, he’ll always be a bigger target than her.  Instead, she’s looking towards breaking up the couples alliance, which means that she’s either going to nominate Ross and Marissa or Brandi and Ari.  Personally, I’m hoping she nominates Ross and Ari just so my ears can have a rest from listening to them yelling.

We’ll see what happens!

Lisa Marie

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