As a long, long time fan of Big Brother (you can’t get any further back than watching since the first season like I have) it was a bittersweet experience to interview this weeks’ evictee: Janelle Pierzina. Sure, her game this season might not have been as sharp as we’ve seen in the past, but she is still one of the most accomplished, most entertaining, and most popular HGs this game as ever seen.
Today I had the chance to talk with Janelle and ask her about her time in the Big Brother 14 house. She answered questions on game strategy, her eviction, betrayals, the best part of being back on Big Brother, and more. Read on to find out what Janelle had to say.
Big Brother Network (BBN): Would you have done anything differently in the first three weeks if you had known you would enter the game at Week 4?
Janelle Pierzina: I did have a pretty good idea that I was going to come in to the game. I wouldn’t have really changed anything. The problem this week was that I just could not get power. I wasn’t allowed to play in the PoV. I couldn’t win the endurance comp. Since week one I had been working on Britney and Dan for later on in the game and I also worked on keeping as many team members in the house as I could. I thought that was a huge thing. For obvious reasons it’s great to have your ex-players [ex-teammates] in the game.
BBN: Do you think your eviction was strategic or personal?
Janelle Pierzina: I think it’s a little bit of both. It’s definitely strategic because I am a huge threat in the game. I can save myself when I am on the block if given the chance with the PoV. I’ve proven myself again and again. On a personal level? Yeah, I think people wanted me out of the house because they didn’t want me getting close to any sort of ‘America’s Choice’ or anything like that. That scares people, I think.
BBN: Which ally’s betrayal shocked you the most?
Janelle Pierzina: Probably Ashley’s. What was that girl thinking? She did surprise me. It’s hard to get a read on that girl because she’s so, um, like stoned or something. I don’t know, she seemed really loyal to me at times when she was actually just mostly loyal to Wil. I’m assuming that’s what happened.
BBN: What was the best part of coming back to the Big Brother game?
Janelle Pierzina: The best part of coming back in to the game was, I’m going to say being a coach. I just loved it because for me it was a new game. I got to play the social game instead of the physical stuff. I love playing the social game and more strategic game. That was fun for me. I loved getting information from my Newbies. They came to me daily with what’s going on. I loved having a pulse on what’s going on in the house.
There were a few other topics that came up on the call worth sharing.
When asked why she pushed the button Janelle said she knew Dan would push it too and she did want to play as well. Since all it would take was one Coach to push it she figured why not go in to the game as a player?
Janelle also touched on the topic of who she thought had the best chance of winning this season. She was impressed by both Frank and Shane, but noted Shane didn’t have the same likability angle going that Frank was working so well in the house. Janelle supports Joe especially since he was her lone supporting vote, but she also realizes he has no one in the game which makes his chances a long shot.
Interestingly, when informed that Frank was the new HoH Janelle immediately speculated that Joe and Wil would be the nominees. She might not be far off from what we’ve heard on the Big Brother Live Feeds (get your Free Trial now) since last night.
Janelle Pierzina may have been evicted from Big Brother 14 last night, but her impact and departure are likely to have a lasting effect on the season. Her players, now without her protection and support are already being targeted. I think we’ll soon see them regret their decisions and I’ll be sure to ask them in their likely eviction interviews whether they wish they hadn’t voted out the person working to keep them safe.