16 new contestants are ready to enter the Big Brother house for season 19 (the lame web series counts as a spinoff).
Alex Ow (28)
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA
Current City: Camarillo, CA
Occupation: Eco-Friendly Marketing Rep
Cameron Heard (24)
Hometown: North Aurora, IL
Current City: Woodridge, IL
Christmas Abbott (35)
Hometown: Lynchburg, VA
Current City: Raleigh, NC
Occupation: Fitness Superstar
Cody Nickson (32)
Hometown: Lake Mills, IA
Current City: Plano, TX
Occupation: Construction Sales Rep
Dominique Cooper (30)
Hometown: Tuskegee, AL
Current City: Woodbridge, VA
Occupation: Government Engineer
Elena Davies (26)
Hometown: Fort Worth, TX
Current City: Dallas, TX
Occupation: Radio Personality
Jason Dent (37)
Hometown: Humeston, IA
Current City: Humeston, IA
Occupation: Rodeo Clown
Jessica Graf (26)
Hometown: Cranston, RI
Current City: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: VIP Concierge
Jillian Parker (24)
Hometown: Celebration, FL
Current City: Las Vegas, NV
Occupation: Timeshare Sales Rep
Josh Martinez (23)
Hometown: Miami, FL
Current City: Homestead, FL
Occupation: Hair Care Sales
Kevin Schlehuber (55)
Hometown: Boston, MA
Current City: Boston, MA
Occupation: Stay-at-home dad
Mark Jansen (26)
Hometown: Grand Island, NY
Current City: Grand Island, NY
Occupation: Personal Trainer
Matthew Clines (33)
Hometown: Arlington, VA
Current City: Arlington, VA
Occupation: Renovation Consultant
Megan Lowder (28)
Hometown: Cathedral City, CA
Current City: Phoenix, AZ
Occupation: Dog Walker
Ramses Soto (21)
Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
Current City: Grand Rapids, MI
Occupation: Cosplay Artist
Raven Walton (23)
Hometown: DeValls Bluff, AR
Current City: DeValls Bluff, AR
Occupation: Dance Teacher
Julie starts off by warning that they will be tempted and punished more than ever. Hopefully we can get through the night without at least three twists.
Mark’s a gym rat, but he also quickly offers to teach people how to play chess, one of the few diversions they have inside the house.
Kevin has seven kids, and some of them are older than some contestants since he has 18 years on the next oldest contestant.
Christmas doesn’t know if she’s into older men, but she’s digging Matt’s silver hair. Little does she know he’s actually two years younger than she is. She may have some competition, though.
Meanwhile, Cody and Josh are immediately attracted to Jessica, whose boobs have been on display since her initial interview. She feels the same about Cody.
Ramses, Megan, and Alex immediately bond over being normal people (sort of) who are superfans.
Dominique does not reveal she is a nuclear engineer.
The summer of temptation starts right now. They will be tempted by money, safety, and power.
It begins with an offer of $25,000. When the light in front of them turns green, the first person to press his or her button will win the cash, but they will also face consequences. If nobody takes it, nothing happens. It doesn’t take long before the light flashes, and Kevin wins. Most of the house is not tempted, but six others joined Kevin in pressing their buttons.
As the winner, Kevin is not eligible to win the first HOH. Why would he want to anyway? There will also be a house punishment.
Ramses blames Cameron. Jason blames one if the girls, any of them.
What is their punishment? “Your boy” Paul from last season is back. Julie tells us he’s a fan favorite.
Jillian joins Megan/Ramses/Alex as a “group of people considering strategy,” not to be confused with an alliance.
Paul isn’t there to just be a 17th player. He’s going to take someone’s place with the first elimination happening tonight.
That leads to the second temptation of the night, safety. If they want to stay in the game, they will need to tempt Paul. He will hand out friendship bracelets to eight houseguests of his choice, who will be safe from this first eviction.
They are all given a bit of time to try to sweet talk him. Cody spends his time not talking. Christmas pretty much gives him a list of reasons to not keep her. Josh acts like himself, not a favorable move. Matt would love to play with him or against him, whichever.
The other eight will have to compete to survive. They will hang on to a trapeze. Upon falling, they must pick an apple, half of which are good and half of which are bad. Throughout the competition, Julie will read clues to guide them, making it not entirely dumb luck, just mostly.
Jillian is the first to fall after 3 minutes. Megan lasts about twice as long. After hearing the next clue, Josh jumps down because it gives him a 50/50 chance. Cameron drops next, but he has forgotten both clues. Christmas drops at 22 minutes, despite seeming like the biggest threat to take the win here. Matt is next, lasting 50 minutes longer than she did. Cody tries to make a deal with Alex, which she promptly refuses. After an hour and 25 minutes, however, she falls. Impressive showing for what would seem to be a meek gamer. Cody wins, securing his own safety.
I don’t know what to make of that. I’m not sure any of those three would be on the block if it were based on first impressions.
Before we get to that, the final temptation is power, which will only be offered to the three of them. They can leave it in the hands of the house, or they can participate in a competition.
By a vote of 2-1, they have turned the power over to the house. With three votes already established, I don’t think Jillian has anything to worry about. As far as Christmas, she looks like a massive target, but she is trying to pretend like she is not. Still, Cameron seems like the least socially adept of the group, which is a problem with a vote based on first impressions.
For some reason, the votes are being kept secret from the viewing audience.
With 8 votes, Cameron has been evicted from the Big Brother house.
Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Big Brother Season 19 Episode 2, which airs Thursday at 9/8c on CBS.