Diary Room: Adam Poch’s Player Rankings: Big Brother 17 – Week 1| July 1, 2015 at 11:00 AM EDT
Well well well, BB17 is underway & we are already in midseason game mode for some, while others have no clue what’s going on. Please keep in mind – these are my thoughts based on how the house is at the moment I am writing. By the time it’s published, the house can flip flop about 12 more times.
I gave you all my preseason ratings based on their opening interviews, but now that the game is on, these ratings are based on gameplay.
James Huling – 5 strips of Bacon – winning the first HoH is always tricky – but when you have someone the entire house wants out, you can do your thing, sit back, and have your game on cruise control the next 6 or 7 weeks. He’s shown his social game is on point and he can win challenges. I hope they bring Taylor Swift in for him later in the game!
Steve Moses – 4 strips of Bacon – I will say this a lot this season, winning the Veto when you are on the block is the best feeling in the world. Steve is still a bit awkward at times, but despite the rampage that Jace spewed on him Tuesday night, the rest of the HGs are starting to like him. VERY similar to Ian BB15… same result? We shall see.
Jason Roy – 3 strips of Bacon – late to bed, early to rise – Jason is always awake and getting in on conversations. He’s shown he’s not afraid to tell other players what he thinks, and even gave Jace a good platform to campaign with. Along with James & Johnny Mac, I do not know anyone else that is as liked in the house. When will the rest of the house decide to turn on him? Jason will probably turn on them first.
Da’Vonne Rogers – 3 strips of Bacon – she’s loud, she’s in your face, she calls people out when they talk smack, and yet – everyone loves her for it. Da’Vonne is putting herself in a good spot right now, since no one is threatened by her.
Jeff Weldon – 2 strips of Bacon – coming into the game after being thrown in as part of the BB Takeover twist – Jeff has done a much better job blending in with the rest of the HG’s. I would totally fanboy out and ask him about The Amazing Race everyday, but it looks like no one sees him like that, and just a player in the game. Not many of the other players have even mentioned his pre-existing friendship with Jackie.
John McGuire – 2 strips of Bacon – he took being nominated as a pawn in stride and did not freak out, then went out and killed it in the BoB with Becky to secure his safety. I just hope he does not become a pawn more often. No one has any beef with him, so he does not need to win an HoH for a while.
Becky Burgess – 1 strip of Bacon – if she was not nominated & won the BoB with Johnny Mac – I would not even know she was in the house. BUT she did win the BoB and kept herself safe this week, so Bacon for you!
Vanessa Rousso – 1 strip of Bacon – I really need to see Vanessa’s DR’s to see what she is really thinking. So far on the feeds, she has been sad & mopey, she’s been pissed & confrontational, and she’s been happy and cheerful (not that oftem, but we’ve seen it here & there). Is this all her poker bluffing, or is her brain really that scrambled by playing this game against this crew of crazies. At the poker table, the ultimate decisions are all mathematical risks/ rewards. In Big Brother, you have to factor in irrational behavior.
Meg Maley – 1 strip of Bacon – Meg has kept her crazy in check – which is kind of easy to do in a house of crazier people. She has planted some seeds around the house and is growing great relationships all over. Eventually she will be seen as a threat – but as long as she stays chill, she will get far into the game!
Audrey Middleton – 1 strip of Tofu – Audrey came to play – and play she did. All signs point to her winning the next HoH – but with the BoB twist, will she remain HoH? She has kept everyone on their toes and seems to have some allies – so the next week is critical. I still think she will be around for a little while.
Austin Matelson – 2 strips of Tofu – getting the save this week probably kept the bullseye off of him and Jace was the next obvious choice. For the first few days, palling around with the most unliked person in the house was not the best bet. He still has time to mend those fences and get back on the good side of the anti-Jace contingency.
Liz Nolan / Julia – 2 strips of Tofu – everyone except for the CBS only viewers know that the Twin Twist involves Liz & her sister Julia. If I was Julia I would be very upset if they did not show her opening scene getting her key. But if the 2 of them knew they were part of the twist, why would they ever try to get into a showmance… with Public Enemy #1 (at the time, maybe Audrey is now).
Clay Honeycutt – 3 strips of Tofu – on BB15 – Andy put a lot of mileage in making sure he was in the middle of every conversation. Clay on the other hand is putting on a lot of mileage being other people’s spy. Getting into a showmance with the Puma Shelli will only put a target on his back sooner.
Shelli Poole – 4 strips of Tofu – Shelli loves Clay. Ummm, that’s all I got.
Jackie Ibarra – 5 strips of Tofu – hello, does she even know what show she is on? Is she still waiting to get to a cluebox so she knows what to do. Sure, against Jace she is probably safe – but Jackie needs to start making some personal relationships if she wants to get far in the game. I feel sorry for whoever has to waste an HoH on her!
That leaves the TOFURKEY of the Week award! Jace Agolli was the front runner for this award the second he appeared on the CBS show. He solidified it when the live feeds kicked in. I wondered preseason if we’d see the chill Cali guy – or the arrogant DBag we saw in his opening interviews. We got the latter! The fact that he thought everyone thought he was hysterical – and then found out later they all were plotting to backdoor you. He’s still got time to save himself – but… I do not think he will!
These first 13 have been pretty interesting – we still have 85 days to go. If this is the type of gameplay we will see all year… then none of us will be getting much sleep this summer!
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