Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Big Brother Canada Season 2 Houseguests Announced!

Big Brother Canada is gearing up to kick off season 2 of the reality franchise and now we know who we will be watching! The cast was announced today with one person TBD.

A couple of observations coming out of the initial houseguest bios. First, it’s a young cast. As was in the inaugural season, the bulk of the cast falls in the 24-28 age range and there is really only one ‘non-young’ person. There is a man from Toronto who is 43 and the next oldest person is a 32 year old woman from Langley. 32 is not that old.

For the first time ever Quebec will be represented on the show. Hoorah for the French. There are two houseguests from Montreal. One of them is originally from Newfoundland – but he has a crazy hipster beard and clearly belongs in Montreal, so I count him as QC.

Again Saskatchewan, Manitoba, PEI and the Territories were not represented. What gives BBCAN? I will have you know, the most entertaining people I know hail from Saskatchewan. And Manitobans (is that what we call them) can occasionally give those East Coasters a run for their money in the accent department. Just sayin.

Here is the breakdown by numbers, because people love stats.
  • 26: median age of people on the show
  • 7: male and female houseguests
  • 4: houseguests from both Ontario and Alberta
  • 2: houseguests above the age of 30
  • 3: houseguests living in Deadmonton (aka Edmonton)
  • 5: median ‘hotness’ of the houseguests (based on MOPO)
  • 6: houseguests whose jobs revolve around style and making people look good
  • 1: houseguests with an actual career
  • 3: houseguests with children
  • 3: houseguests who said they would miss their dogs the most
  • 2: houseguests from the East Coast (1 NL, 1 NS)

I think the bio questions were quite generic and gave me little to nothing to work to make my judgments on the houseguests. That’s fine, time will tell. I do think the Prairie region needs to unit and demand representation for season 3. Edmonton does not equal Prairie representation. Fail.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Big Brother Canada SEASON 2 full casting details!

Shaw Media announced today that casting for season 2 of Big Brother Canada is now open! Online video submissions can be submitted between now and October 25, 2013. If you are 19 as of February 1, 2014 you can apply.

The cross country live auditions will start on September 8 in Vancouver and will hit the following locations:

Vancouver, British Columbia - September 8 at Metropolis at Metrotown
Edmonton, Alberta - September 14 at West Edmonton Mall
Halifax, Nova Scotia - September 20 at Halifax Shopping Centre
St. John's, Newfoundland - September 21 at Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland
Montreal, Quebec - September 27 at Le Centre Montreal Sheraton
Toronto, Ontario - October 19 at John Bassett Theatre

The prairie provinces are once again getting bypassed and the Maritimes are getting a double hit with St John's and Halifax having dates on the roster.

If you are applying, good luck!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Interview with Big Brother Canada winner Jillian MacLaughlin

The win…how are you feeling? Is it kind of a bittersweet thing?

Yeah, it’s definitely not the ideal way I would have liked to have won Big Brother Canada season 1, but at the same time it is what it is. You’re gonna have critics regardless.

If Gary were to win I am sure he would have had critics saying he had two lives in the game. I definitely feel that I’m a deserving competitor and I’m going to accept the win and be happy with it.

What was going through your head when Arisa said that Topaz voted for you?

I was so so confused. I thought Arisa had made a mistake or she pulled someone else’s key out and said that it was Topaz’s and then she was like, “No Topaz you clearly voted” blah blah blah and I’m like, “Is this a joke?” I didn’t really think it was real.

So then when Topaz jumped up and was like “Wait, no!” What was going through your head then?

I was like, “Is this staged?” It wasn’t clicking in that it was real! I was like, “I’m so confused. You’ve got to be kidding me that this twist is happening right now.”

Of all of the votes that were cast, except Topaz’s…because she was obviously confused, were there any votes that you got that you were surprised about? Or that you didn’t get that you were surprised about?

Going into this going up against Gary I knew that it was going to be a really close call. I knew it was going to be a 4-3, but I didn’t know if it was going to go in my favour or Gary’s favour.

I believed Andrew, Talla and Emmett would vote for me 100%. I thought AJ was up in the air, but I knew that Talla and Andrew and him were in a really strong alliance so I thought he was going to vote with them so I would have 4 votes that way.

...I think that the jury house may or may not have had an alliance against me that involved Peter, Alec, Topaz and AJ. They all had kind of a thing where they did not want me to win it. So that’s what happened there.

I did hear something to that effect today.

No one has told me that 100%, but I know that they were all in the jury house for a long period of time together and there’s a lot of talking going on you know. And Peter and Alec wanted to get me back in any way they could. They were really bitter about how I got them both out, so they decided that they were going to really really push for me not to win this game.

Well they didn’t succeed, so that’s fine.

That’s fine. All’s well that ends well.

You know everyone is going to go back home and watch the show, is there anyone from the house that will most definitely not be pleased with things that you have said or done on the show after they watch it? And whose reaction do you think will be the worst?

It’s all coming to surface right now, honest to God. We’re kind of letting…we know it’s all gonna be released, we know they’re gonna find out so we’re kind of saying little things, everyone's finding out little things over the last 12 hours…so I think there won’t be too much of a shock.

Andrew and Talla are the people I am most worried about seeing the show. I actually cared about them as people, even though I didn’t talk badly about them behind their backs at the same time I did make final twos with both of them that were not real. They know that now, but they don’t know to the extent.

Did you really believe in the girls alliance?

What one? The very very original first start of the show? Ha ha. Me, Talla, Liza and Topaz. I believed in it for a day, that it could be a solid thing that could actually work. I knew the boys were working against us and at this point I had no allegiance to Emmett whatsoever and I thought, “Let’s do this. Let’s kill it girls.” And I really did.

I wanted to believe in it and the next thing you know someone is telling one of the guys we have an alliance and I’m like, “Oh God, I knew this would never work.” I hate that about girls. Why do we always have to back-stab each other? Why can’t we be solid like guys!?

Well, it must bring you some pleasure to know that at the beginning of the game it was a boys run game, and a girl ended up winning.

Ha ha. Yeah. I don’t know. I was actually concerned about the jury being a majority men, or should I say boys, because I don’t know – I thought they wouldn’t want to see a female win it because they wouldn’t want to look weak. I don’t know if that’s true…but I’m kind of proud a girl won this season.

What person leaving the house brought you the most relief?

Well…I’m gonna have to go with Gary leaving the house the first time. It brought me the most relief. I was stressing about Gary in that house. It had nothing to do with Gary as a person, I love Gary to death, but I knew, “This guy is winning the game guys! Can someone listen to me in this house and get him out? It’s important. So when he left I was like, phew! I can sleep easy tonight.

And then…HE CAME BACK! And he did make it to the end, so I was right.

You had some concerns we saw from watching that show that things you’ve done on the show may be damaging to your career as a teacher. Do you think that the show, the outcome of it, will have a positive or negative effect on your career?

I have no idea. I haven’t been able to see the show. I haven’t been able to talk to many people. I’ve talked to my parents, my sisters and my friend, one of my best friends, and they all said it definitely didn’t have a negative impact, they all promised me that.

 So assuming they are telling me the truth and not just saying what they have to say to support me.

Obviously part of what you had to worry about was you and Emmett constantly making out with each other every five seconds. Thank you for that - we all got to watch it. Will the lovely people of Nova Scotia continue to see this romance outside of the house?

Emmett and I will definitely be going on a date or two as soon as we are done all this press and I’m really looking forward to it. Hopefully it will continue on.

What did you do last night? You won the money and then what?

We went back to the hotel with our friends and family. I met all of Emmett’s brothers and his family and he met my sisters and my parents. We mingled and had some drinks and went to bed.

Oh, fun.

I really only slept for like an hour.

Oh my goodness…you must be a walking zombie right now.

I am a walking zombie.

Are you on Twitter?

No, I’m not on Twitter, but I will be.

Well…get on Twitter, because everyone is asking.

Interview with Peter Brown after the Big Brother Canada finale

You said in your bio that you hate everyone so it is going to be very interesting to watch you. Did you actually hate everyone in the house?

Ha ha, yeah, I hated most people in the house at one time or another.

Um, it was really interesting. I actually expected to really actually hate everyone and then you’re in there and you kind of become a family. And like any family you like them somedays and dislike them other days.

There were some people that I was obviously closer to and some people who I was not. Some people I was closer to because I needed to be for my strategy, but no – I didn’t end up hating everybody as I expected.

Who did you feel that you had to be the most fake with?

Um, probably the earlier people. I really felt like I had to be fake around Tom who largely from when he started making independent decisions that were outside of Quattro form the time when he left. Tom got a really bad wrap and I feel partially responsible for that, but he is a good guy. I had to be fake around him to as part of the game to convince him that he was going to stay around, and it worked cause he didn’t see it coming.

Your question for Jillian last night, you said “I believe you’re an idiot and an awful player.” Watching the show, it didn’t seem lie you hated Jillian that much, but that kind of what it sounded like. Can you explain more the history with Jillian and what was up with that?

Personally speaking, I don’t dislike Jillian at all. I think she is a very lovely person. As a player I completely disagreed. We had very different philosophies of how the game should be played.

I felt with the information that was relevant to me at the time that she was making the incorrect decision by choosing to keep Talla over me. And I felt that her game was so focused on competitions and that to me is a completely arbitrary point to the whole thing.

Basically I knew I just wanted to go out with something that was memorable. I’m a pro wrestling fan and I wanted to make a pro wrestling style speech to her and call her out. Then she rambled on forever, which was hilarious.

Well it was memorable, I barely remember anyone else's question but your so, good job. 

What did you think of the final results with everything that happened with Topaz? Do you think they should have switched the vote?

I think that there was a lot of life foreshadowing in there. AJ said that someone was going to make a $100,000 mistake. I said I came to prevent an injustice and I hope that’s what happens – I did not prevent injustice and there was a $100,000 mistake made. So life finds its way to do these little things.

I think that there is something that’s fair about Big Brother and if that’s what happened, Jillian is awarded the money and the title of winner and unfortunately for Gary he is not. But if anybody is going to be OK with that it’s Gary because he is a wonderful human being.

I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but the show is not aired live. So that all came out before the show aired, Topaz voting accidentally for Jillian. As a person who watches the show in the States that is actually live, what are your thoughts on the Canadian version pre-taping all of their evictions?

Obviously I knew it wasn’t live-live, live live live. But I think that’s OK.

Sometimes it’s better because you know, who would have known what would have happened had it been authentically live and Topaz would have done that thing, it would have been a complete mess.

I’m OK with it being taped. If the spoilers got out it’s unfortunate, BUT it would generate interest for people to be like, “OK, did this really happen?” Then you have to tune in to see what the process was. Sometimes it’s like finding out the score of the game and then still having to watch the game to see how it unfolded. I guess that would be a fair approximation.

After you got voted out of the house, who did you want to win the game?

I wanted Talla to win and we were all going to form a jury alliance to make sure that Talla won over Emmett and Jillian.

We wanted to steal the game back from them and give it to us and award it to Talla because she tried her heart out the entire time and couldn’t win a darn thing. We just wanted to award her with being so endearingly annoying.

Interesting. So in the jury house you guys talked about, 'if Talla doesn’t come out we’re all gonna vote for her'?

Yeah, the game did not stop in the jury house, especially when you have Alec and I in there. We were working all day everyday because that is what we came here to do and we established if Talla was in a final two scenario with Emmett or Jillian, she was going to win.

There was going to be a little bit of a kerfuffle if she was there with Gary, because Topaz obviously wanted to vote for Gary, but I think that Talla may have still won. It would have been hilarious and very much worth watching.

Was it kind of ‘anyone but Jillian or Emmett’?

It was anyone but Jillian. Nobody wanted Jillian to win except for Andrew and that’s because he is in love with her.

I liked Emmett and I think he’s a great player. I would have voted for Emmett over Jillian, but not over Gary. Our rational was that Jillian would want Emmett to win and therefore we would deprive her of that and award it to Gary, among other reasons of course.

OK, I like how much thought goes into this, that’s hilarious.

We put A LOT of thought into things.

I have to ask you about your diary room rants. You are aware that you yelled a lot in the diary room because Alec told you and we all saw that. Did you know that that was what you were doing? Were you trying to kind of create a character? What was going on there?

I work as a YouTuber, so I am used to being in front of camera sitting in a chair so the diary room was very familiar to me.

On the internet, I am a loud and boisterous version of myself and in the Big Brother world the more fake I was appearing to be often times the more genuine I actually was. So even though my character was so over the top and loud – I was telling the truth.

I just wanted to touch on your food aversion. Is this what we call it, a food aversion?

Yes, yeah I am just a really picky eater.

You would be surprised, but it kind of opened up a discussion for people outside of the house about food aversion. What did you think of when Big Brother made you eat a salad? Did you think that was kind of crossing a line because food aversion can been seen as a disorder.

No, I don’t think it was crossing a line. I knew that there were risks in doing things that you might not want to do going into the Big Brother game, but…I didn’t have to do anything.

I chose to do that because I didn’t want to be on slop for another week and I didn’t want anyone else to be on slop for another week. So I forced it down and just kept telling myself ‘Do you want to eat later? You have to eat now.”

Yes it was the most difficult part of the house for me, outside of the game because I stopped playing the game at that point and I just had to step out. I couldn’t have done that without Topaz and I will be forever indebted to her for that.

The fact that it opened up discussion about people who have food aversion or selective eating disorder, I think it’s fantastic. I’ve struggled with it my entire life and I would be more than happy to talk to anybody who suffers from the same problem.

So what exactly did Topaz do?

Topaz figured out that it was not game stuff when I really…I don’t know, she just saw something in me that she recognized as authentic I suppose and sat there beside me and comforted me through the first part or whatever. Then when I had to eat the rest of it, that was very difficult for me, she just stood there and rubbed my back and plugged my nose and cheered me on.

I don’t know, I understand that it looks ridiculous that a grown man can’t eat a salad, but I don’t really like food so it was pretty hard for me to do. I owe Topaz so much for helping me do that. I really wouldn’t have been able to do it had she not stepped out of the game and helped me in that moment.

You and Alec totally had the bromance thing going on and you discussed in the Big Brother house moving in together, is that actually going to happen?

Yeah, I am in need of a new place and so is Alec.

We will definitely be friends for life and we want to come back and do it again and we want the Sheyld to stay alive in any way shape or form. So we will definitely be looking at the options to move in together.

I understand our moms want us to move in together as well, which is adorable. But we’ll see when we get back to Vancouver what awaits.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Interview with Gary Levy after the Big Brother Canada finale

(Phone interview with Gary Levy post Big Brother Canada finale)

Jes: How are you? 

Gary: I’m gooooood!

J: How are you good right now? I’d be devastated. 

G: No hun, I always look at the positive side of everything. I’m fine, I feel like a winner and you know, honestly it is what it is and I feel fabulous. It was never about the money for me so I’m fine with everything.

I wanted to come onto this show and be a face for every single little boy, girl and girly boy in Canada who has never seen that person on TV and I wanted to be that for them. It was hard, I had to push myself to do those things I might have been scared of cause I didn’t have that growing up. That was my purpose, I feel like I was there on a mission. And I feel like I successfully completed that mission. So, it was never about the money. It was to make it as far as I could and be on camera for as long as I could to be this face for them.

And what would I do with a car?! I don’t have my license. Ha ha.

J: You don’t have your license? 

G: Nooooo, I have my G1 so I can get into the club, but that’s it.

J: What was going through your head when Arisa said Topaz voted for Jillian, before you knew it was a mistake? 

G: I knew that Topaz had a strong respect for Big Brother as a game and if you look at the stats, Jillian played a really good game. So I thought she respected Jillian as a player, she was a comp threat and she voted for her so I totally understood.

I was like, you know what that hurt a bit Topes, but I was like I get it she was a comp threat and a competitor. So I was fine with that.

J: So what was going through your head after you found out it was a mistake? 

G: Ahhhhhhhh GOD WHY!!?? Dang.

I talked to Topaz after and I think that she was more concentrating on trying to stick it to Jillian, like 150% and the hand movements and it kind of got a bit much and she lost track of what was really important. It happens, it’s a game. There’s a lot going on in the studio so I get mistakes happen. I think everything happens for a reason so you know, I’m totally fine with it. It wasn’t meant to be. It wasn’t written in the stars for me.

J: What did Topaz say to you after? 

G: She said she was sorry and she didn’t mean for it to happen and ‘you know I wanted to vote for you’ this and that. You know, she didn’t need to say anything. I saw it through her reaction on the show. It was so honest, it was so real and I knew that it was really just a big misunderstanding and a mistake.

I just want her to be fine and just get over it. I don’t want her to take this with her any longer than she has to. It’s not a weight anyone wants to carry any longer than she has to. Well have drinks, and it’ll be fine.

J: So did you talk to Jillian after the show? Did she feel bad? 

G: Yeaaaah I talked to her! No, Jillian doesn’t feel bad. Jillian doesn’t need to feel bad because she earned what she got. I mean she got the votes and that’s what you need to win the game. She got the votes so she got the win. I can’t hate on that.

And Jillian should feel like she deserved it because she won so many competitions.

I definitely feel like I played a better game than Jillian, I will say that. But she played a good game as well.

J: You were in jury for two weeks and there were a lot of people on this end who thought you wouldn’t get the vote because you had been in jury for so long. Why do you think that didn’t matter to the people who voted for you at the end? 

G: I think they saw me as the competitor that I was. I mean if you look at the game I played, I played a social game, I played a physical game, I played a mental game. If you’re going to respect me as a Big Brother player I played a really good game and I think that they’re really mature and not holding that against me that I was in the jury.

I managed to win the veto and keep myself in and form an alliance that was true to me and I played the game all over again – they had no choice but to respect that.

And I think they liked me as a person because I’m me – hahahaha.

J: Whose vote were you most surprised by? 

G:  I thought I might get Talla’s vote. I was surprised that she voted for Jillian. And then me and her talked about it and she had told me that it was more like a pity vote, for Jillian. Then the whole thing went down…but she had thought ‘Gary you’re for sure gonna win’ and then she gave Jillian a pity vote and then it ended up working in Jillian’s favour. I mean, IT WASN’T THE TIME FOR PITY VOTES TALLA, but I totally understand, it’s fine you know. I get it, it’s a game.

J: People liked you, which you kind of knew from being voted back into the house by Canada. Have you experienced the amount of people who are fans since being out of the house? 

G: I haven’t had a chance to experience that yet because I’ve been doing a lot of press today so I haven’t had a chance to go outside, but definitely when I go from the car to the building I get “OHMYGAWDBLAHSLKASCLKMAS” and I’m like “YES YES OH MY GOD I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU AND I HAVE TO GO INTO THIS BUILDING!”

I can’t wait to go to the mall and chill in the food court like I usually do with my friends and just have chats with strangers. I mean, I was doing that before I was on the show. A lot of people would just be like “Oh my God you look fab” and then we’d talk about the pants and the shirt…I’m a people person so I can’t wait for people to break the ice with me now!

 I’m a communicator, I love talking to people and feeling their energy and asking them about their day. You know, it’s a big world and there’s tons of people and I want to get to know as many people’s stories as I can. I love interacting with human beings.

J: What’s next for you? 

G: I don’t know what’s next for me. I definitely don’t want to leave television, I love being on TV. I want to do visual art, I want to do music, I want to do fashion, I want to do make up…I really want to do it all.

I graduated from business school so I definitely have that business knowledge in the back of my mind in my back pocket. I want to take this experience and run with it. I want to be a superstar. I definitely want to work hard and make these dreams come true for myself. If I have Canada’s support, I want to do this with them and really make some things happen.

J: Well just so you know, people from the States watched the show as well so you are known cross boarder as well. 

G: Ahhh! I didn’t know that!

J: Ha ha. Now you do. Well that’s it. Good luck with life… 

G: Hopefully we can meet soon!

J: Yeah, come to Calgary. 

G: I’ll come to Calgary! I’m gonna try to come to all the Prides in Canada this summer!

J: Amazing. 

G: So when I’m in Calgary we’ll have a drink – BUT OFF THE RECORD OK? It can’t all be on the record.

J: Ha ha, OK.  Oh one more thing, do you have Twitter?

G: Yes, GaryLevyOnline!


Q and A with Talla Rejaei

Are you surprised by the house's decision? 

 I am shocked. I did not see that coming, I’m upset and disappointed. I didn’t want to believe it but Emmett had told me right before that he was going to save Gary but I obviously didn’t agree with his decision. He gave me his word, he even had a final two deal with me. When he said final two to me I was even shocked at that. I was like “Really? Seriously?” Don’t love it!!

When do you think the dynamics in the house shifted? Was there a defining moment you can remember? 

After AJ had left, I paired up with Andrew. Together we started working together with Emmett and Jillian. To me that was a powerhouse and a really smart move on my part. I think that decision took me far in the game. Jillian won more HOHs than anyone else. We had a friendship that evolved week two during the lumberjack competition. We struck a deal and that carried through lasted until I was evicted.

You didn’t have a showmance, a friendmance, or any alliance you took with you to the end, do you think that helped you or hurt you? 

I’m fine that I did not have a showmance. It’s easy to break up the showmances and it worked out for me that I wasn’t in one. I didn’t want to kiss someone on national television … aside from my kiss with Topaz. I was good friends with Liza. If she had lasted longer in the game I think we could have gone far as a team but I wasn’t aware of how she was playing the game. End of the day I made it to the final four on my own – to an extent. Me and Andrew had a really close friendship. It sucked that AJ had to go but it worked out in my favour. I would say that my friendmances, and pairing up with Andew helped me in the game.

 What was your favourite/worst experience/moment in the house? 

My favourite moment in the house was definitely meeting Dan Gheesling – day 59. That was the best day of my life. I also loved the Tallatini party – day 58. When we get missions or tasks and we get alcohol and we are so excited about that! I may not have won an HOH or POV but I won that! My worst moment was passing out ten minutes in to our Sass-in-a-glass party – day 39. I missed the party and I was really embarrassed.

What did you discover about yourself that you didn't know prior to being on the show? 

People were a bit weary of my because I talk so much but I would keep more things inside when I would hear things that other houseguests would say about their strategy when I could have used it to hurt them. Even though I wanted to bring out my claws on so many occasions, I have much more patience than I would have given myself credit for. I’m proud of myself for not going ape-sh*t when I could have. I also learned that I didn’t have to win any competitions to go far. I was hard on myself for not winning any but I made really close to the end without winning any.

If you can go back to any moment in the house and change your reaction, which moment would that be and why? 

No, I’m satisfied with all of my reactions. I was really proud of the way that I handled the argument that Topaz and I had. She called me something really bad and I could have lost my marbles on her but I chose not to.

What's a monologue? 

Oh yeah I remember that! That’s so embarrassing. At what point in my life would I have learned what a monologue is. Like, in English class I was busy. Love it, love it!!

Was it easy to forget that there were cameras on you 24-7? 

When I would make weird noises or do something embarrassing, I would remember that the cameras were there. Subconsciously, I knew that they were there but you’re busy and you’re living in this house so yeah sometimes you forget. But obviously, I let it all out!

You got into some heated arguments with a couple of houseguest, (Gary and Andrew). Were those arguments real or was it part of your strategy? 

I remember in the beginning when I had an argument with Tom, and Topaz said to me you need to keep it cool so that people don’t start targeting you. Using that as a strategy would be ridiculous. It would have made people want to get me out. My reaction in those arguments was realer than real. I had freak outs, pass outs, burn outs. I had all types of outs. What you see is what you get with Lala. I will always defend myself if I don’t agree with something. You think I was going to let anyone else have the last word? Yeah right! Friends argue.

Who was the hardest houseguest to live with and why? 

In terms of cleanliness, it would have to be Gary. I enjoyed living with everyone, me and Gary had a lot of fun but cleaning was definitely not his specialty.

What went through your mind when you saw Dan Gheesling walk through the door? Is that how you greet most guests in your home? Did you enjoy talking strategy with him? 

Ahhhhhhhhhhh!! OMG love it! I just knew that he had something in store for us – I love Dan. He’s one of the greatest players of all time, Dan the man. Oh my gosh no that is not how I usually greet people in my home but I could not believe that Dan Gheesling was standing in front of me. I attacked him with one shoe in my hand. Dan pretty much reassured me and made me feel good. He recognized that I had made it that far without winning competitions and that I should be proud of myself. He built up my confidence, put things in perspective and gave me a few new ideas. He knew that I had the answers but he was helping me realize that.

Which houseguest do you think enjoyed your lap dance most and why? Aneal or one of the others? 

I think AJ enjoyed watching me give Aneal the lap dance more than Aneal enjoyed receiving it. I’ll give AJ a lap dance in the jury house… just kidding.

Do you have any final thoughts? 

I’m very thankful and grateful for Big Brother Canada coming in to my life. I had the best experience and I wouldn’t change anything about it. I’m glad that everyone had a great time watching the show. Love it!!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Q and A with the first evictee of the East Coast Alliance: Andrew Monaghan

Big Brother Canada caught up with Andrew after he was evicted from the house...what did he have to say?!

Are you surprised by the house’s decision?
Yes I feel like I was blindsided by my alliance, specifically Emmett. I trusted him very much. Looking back now, with past evictions maybe I should have woken up and smelled what was cooking.

When do you think the competition shifted gears? Was there a definitive moment or was it a process?
For me the major twist with Gary coming back really threw a wrench in to things. I felt very secure in a final four but having somebody come back especially someone that you got out of the house is very deflating. I may not have known it then but I think I gave up to some point at that time and put all of my trust in the east coast alliance. I should have done more campaigning to potentially create a new alliance with Gary.

Why did you connect so well with AJ?
 I think I connected so well with AJ because I really had no choice but to. It’s like going to a buffet, being really hungry but there are only a few things left. You have to take what you can get. I’m kidding of course, obviously AJ was closer in age and we have many things in common to talk about besides the competition. Once I got past him A-jacking every conversation, we were able to have some really great conversations about sports, about life and he would even try to talk about women.

What was your favourite/worst experience/moment in the house?
Best and worst moment was when my twin brother Pete came in to the house. It was amazing to see my best friend in the world after day 59. After such a long time, you don’t realize how much you miss the outside world and your family. Family is very important to me. It was the worst because I could see him but I couldn’t hug him or touch him. A lot of people would have been most excited to meet Dan Gheesling but I’m not here for the fame or to meet stars, family is what’s most important to me, they come first.

What did you discover about yourself that you didn’t know prior to being on the show?
I thought going in to the show that I had some patience but I realize now that I have so much more patience than I could have ever imagined. Being in this competition with the type of people that I had to live with for sixty plus days, I had to have the patience of a saint. I also consider myself to be a very honest and open individual but if I were to use the brutal honesty that I use in my normal life in the series, I would have been evicted immediately.

If you can go back to any moment in the house and change your reaction, which moment would that be and why?
The only thing that I would change is this past week. My strategy was to be myself which I’ve never wavered from. I didn’t want to be a backstabber. If I could change one thing, it would have been to campaign more after the Big Brother Canada Chevrolet Power Shift and not to have put so much trust and faith in my East coast alliance. I should have teamed up with Gary to potentially work with him going forward and to save myself. It’s always better to have two bullets in the chamber instead of one.

Did you want to remain with the east coast alliance because you felt that it gave you the best chance to make it to the end and win, or was it a matter of wanting to be there with the best competitor and people that you enjoyed?
To be honest, I didn’t really enjoy anybody in the last stages of the game. People have personalities that rub you the wrong way. Emmett and Jillian were constantly kanoodling and kissing. At that point, I had made my bed and had to lie in it. I felt like that was my best chance to make it to the final three because we had a deal to take each to the end.

Tell us about the moment you saw your brother Pete walk in to the house.
At that moment in the freeze competition my mind was so focused on the task. We’d already had a couple of random people come in – a sumo wrestler, cheerleaders. It was very difficult to maintain that freeze position. Then someone walks in and you think hey, that’s the most gorgeous person I’ve ever seen. Is that a mirror? Part of you wants to run up and say “Hey wait for me let’s get out of here together.” I remembered very quickly that I’m here to play and represent my family. I didn’t know at the time but I was the only one lucky enough to have their family member come in to the house. A small part of me felt bad for the others but I’m happy that I got to experience that. I love my brother so very much and I’m not afraid to say it or show it.

Do you have any final thoughts?
Going in to this competition, I knew it would be difficult but you don’t really grasp the massive undertaking of this competition until you’re in that house, you meet those 14 other houseguests and they’ve locked the door behind you. I don’t think I understood how much this experience would change my life - from the little things to the big picture. I’m so fortunate. I’m one of the very few lucky people who get to say that they were one of the first to be on this show. It was an amazing experience, I gave it my all. I can walk away feeling very proud of how I performed, how I played, the relationships that I’ve built and the success that I had in the competition.