Watching the “Big Brother” live feeds gives an insight into the game that may be edited during the taping of the actual show. Picking up conversations between “Big Brother” house guests makes one wonder how much of the show is directed toward keeping viewer numbers up and not on actual game play.
As if the drama in the Season 15 “Big Brother” house isn’t enough, we add the premise that the show may be puppeteered by production. The behind the scenes conspiracy theories run rampant in the live feed chats. Some viewers claim to have overheard conversations among the house guests, implicating the production staff have spoken with them in the diary room to accommodate the need to keep viewership numbers up.
The latest theory is the production team wants to keep former BB star Rachel Reilly’s sister, Elissa, in the game after America messed up the voting system and included her as an MVP choice to leave the house. Confusing? It was and still is.
This season, the twist was that the house guests were allowed to anonymously choose a third nominee to go up on the block. America was to vote in the MVP for the week. For three weeks in a row, Elissa was voted in as MVP.
While the MVP could choose whether or not to let others know he or she was chosen as MVP, Elissa chose to tell others the first week. The second week, she told an ally who told someone else and so on. Word spread quickly and soon everyone knew anyway.
The third week, she decided to keep it fairly quiet. The fourth week, those watching the live feeds had a jump on other fans who only watch the show. The voting opened for those wishing to participate in the MVP campaign, only this time there was a twist. The MVP was America, only house guests do not know this yet.
The live feed fans voted to keep Elissa as MVP, only it backfired. Very few read the instructions at the top of the page before voting. The instructions told of the change. Elissa was saved, through the POV competition and the game proceeded. The majority of house guests are still under the assumption that Elissa is the MVP and she gets the blame for most of the nominees who are sitting in the third seat of the block.
After the vote mishap, it seemed that Elissa was winning and hanging on by a thread. When the rest of the house was ready to vote her out, talks began among the house guests to keep her in and vote others out. This added fuel to the idea that she may be kept in the game by production.
If this is the case and production is coaching contestants in their voting choices and their actions in the house, doesn’t this ruin the idea that the game is a reality TV show? Shame on CBS if this is the case! The show holds enough dramatic moments, especially with the racist, hateful cast they have in the house this season. We don’t need to add anything to it to bring on more drama or to keep a house guest to lift those ratings.
Personally, I feel it is a drama created by the live feeds chat room members and that CBS may be allowing the players to do what they are supposed to do; play the game. Although I do have one reliable source that reported she heard the comments between house guests too.
The rumor began to fly last year, but I wasn’t ready to believe it. If it is true and at the bottom of this crazy mess lies the attempt on CBS’ part to change the outcome of the winner, I will have to give up the three-time weekly show. I watched “Big Brother” in the first place because of the excitement behind a large group of people shoved into a house for three months, playing for that brass ring. Does the political side of CBS have to interfere with a simple game? When is reality not really reality? Or is this reality?