While nothing has been confirmed and likely wouldn’t be until Sunday’s episode it does appear that we may have a return of the America’s Player role on Big Brother 17 this season.
Flashback to 3:35 AM BBT 8/7 Cams 1/2 to hear James called in to the DR. Feeds cut to Fish. When they return in about 40 seconds James is not on camera but we can still hear his audio. It’s important to note this audio appears to be leaking only to Feedsters and not in to the house.
Listen to the Feeds at 3:35.40 AM BBT as we hear James say “Whaaat? America’s Player card?” Production replies: “Congratulations.” Then audio cuts and we’re back to just watching Steve fiddle with cushions in the living room.
It’s tough to know for sure if this is James joking around which he might be, but production’s calm reply without skipping a beat sounds like they were ready for that comment. Secondly, James did not leave the DR until 4:44 AM BBT. That’s nearly 70 minutes in there when he wasn’t the new Head of Household. Again, not impossible under normal circumstances, but would have allowed for rules talk.
Sure, neither of those are certain confirmations, but I’m leaning to the side of things that this is legitimate. So what does it mean for the game? Hopefully not much.
James is obviously a prankster as we’ve seen time and time again and America’s Player hasn’t always been tasked with the most serious of missions. In BB10 Dan had a challenge to get an extended hug from Jessie as one example. This could just be for giggles. Or maybe it’s more serious. Dunno.
Another question might be, where was the viewer poll for this? The original AP (Eric Stein in BB8) was not a viewer’s choice nor was the Saboteur twist in BB12. So these aren’t always viewer selections.
However, I saw discussion that there was a CBS poll online this past week asking who you would want to make a F2 with and if you remember last season, isn’t that similar to how Team America was decided when Joey won the first voting round?
If it was a popularity decision then James was in the right place at the right time. He nearly tied John in our Week 6 popularity poll and his targeting of a big power couple easily spiked his ratings this week.
We’ll have to keep watching for more clues, but it’s entirely possible that James Huling is now America’s Player for Big Brother 17. Let’s keep watching to see what happens next.