Frankie Grande decided last night was the right time to tell the other Big Brother 16 HGs his big secret. It was also the time that Big Brother After Dark was on. Oh, and he was being cornered as the house’s main target. Perhaps he felt it was time to play his big card.
Frankie pulled the guys in to the Fire Room for the big reveal: “I have a famous sister!” Flashback to 10:00PM BBT (Get your Free Trial now) to watch as everyone comes together for the conference Frankie wants to hold.
The guys listen as Frankie tells them his sister is Ariana Grande and he is a “multimedia mogul” because of his YouTube channel. He plans to use the money, if he wins, for charity to build schools in Africa.
If Frankie thought this information was going to bowl everyone over then he misjudged. Caleb is pretty excited about it because he thinks Frankie will get him in the studio with Justin Bieber, but the other guys are very annoyed with Frankie.
One, they think he’s locked down America’s Favorite. Considering it took three rounds of voting for him to get on Team America, I don’t think that’s the case.
Secondly, they don’t know what to make about his “playing for charity claims.” He hasn’t said he’s giving all the money to charity. Frankie has also told them he’s a struggling artist in New York, so they think he’ll keep most of the money for himself.
Outside of the house we had never heard that he was “playing for charity” so I’m not sure what to make of this either. I think he would have said in our interview if that’s what he was doing. Yes, I believe he’d donate money to the causes he discusses, but I doubt it’ll be $500K.
Jump to 10:30PM BBT as Frankie tells the girls. Victoria is shocked as she’s a big Ariana fan. Christine wonders if that means he could help her husband’s music career. Nicole thinks Frankie is a mega superstar now.
Later the HGs continue to discuss the news. Cody is furious and especially at Zach who says they should let Frankie win so he can give the money to charity. Derrick isn’t happy about that either. Victoria is very upset about this too saying she’s playing to help her family.
Overall the whole reveal seems odd and attention-needy, but hey, I don’t think most people go on Big Brother if they don’t want attention. Frankie does have a lot of online followers, but his claims about 1.5 million of them is strange. He has about 250,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel and he does have a lot of Instagram and Twitter followers, but during our preseason checks of his 1.5 million claim, I couldn’t get to that number in any scenario.
(Update: Readers sent over some numbers that have 700K on Twitter, 750K on Insta, and 300K on Vine – many of which would likely be repeat users. But there are some more numbers to see.)
Frankie has told the Houseguests that they can nominate him and evict him because of this information if they have to, but he hopes they don’t. Well, the HGs did nominate him and try to evict him before they knew about this, so, um. Yeah.
What do you think of Frankie’s big reveal? Would it effect your strategy if you were in the house or is Frankie still just a regular HG with a famous sibling?