Allison Grodner Interview: Jessica’s Shocker, Temptation Competition, & More

There were few dull moments this week in the Big Brother 19 house and things didn’t slow down any on eviction night as Houseguests stayed true to their blindside plan to thwart Jessica’s wishes. It seemed as though she and Cody had learned nothing from their past mistakes while repeating the same errors in judgment. And what about her decision to drop the bomb on the house that she had a huge power of safety at the end of last night’s live show? We’ve got a lot to discuss.

Jessica & Cody on Big Brother 19

Again this week we had the opportunity to pose a few questions to Big Brother Executive Producer Allison Grodner and see what she thought about some of these big moves, or were they big flops? Plus, what’s going on with that Temptation Competition? We got more answers on the latest BB19 twist.

Big Brother Network: Jessica & Cody repeated all the same mistakes from their first week and more this time. They effectively lost the week despite all their power. Do you think they’ll ever learn? Could this past week finally wake them up or are they just too stubborn and naive?

Allison Grodner: Jessica seems to have a much better grasp of the game and what is going on in the house than Cody. She questioned her decision to not use the veto multiple times and Cody squashed it. I think she has definitely learned a lesson and we will see her trust her instincts a lot more from here on.

Jessica just dropped a bomb on the Houseguests by revealing her Halting Hex without quite sharing all the details. Was that a smart move by her or missed opportunity to let Paul waste his HoH & shock the house on Thursday night?

Grodner: The Halting Hex is valid for two more weeks and I think Jessica is trying to make sure she doesn’t have to use it too soon. By announcing this to the house she was basically daring people to nominate her. Could be interesting to see how Paul chooses to play this week considering her announcement.

Julie announced the Temptation Competition allows Houseguests to decide whether or not to compete. Will they get to make that choice publicly or will it be an in-private gamble on who could be their competition? And will these challenges be physical, mental, or a mix of both?

Grodner: For the first time the houseguests will be tempted to play a competition and make this high stakes decision in secret. They will not know who is playing or how many people are playing until they go out into the yard and it is all revealed. Just like other competitions in Big Brother, the temptation competitions will require a mix of physical and mental strengths.

Thank you.

It’s been such an interesting back and forth for us viewers to watch with Jessica and Cody. One day she’s the sane side of the relationship and the next he’s talking her down from a wild decision. Of course both have managed to lead the other astray as well. While he’s a strong player in her corner, we keep seeing Cody dragging down Jessica’s game.

We’re excited to see what happens with this latest Temptation twist and now we know a bit more about how it will come together and what the HGs will face.

What’s your take on this past week of Big Brother 19? Share your thoughts below!


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