Saturday is going to deliver another pivotal Power of Veto competition for the Big Brother 18 Houseguests and the pressure is mounting as Big Brother has just introduced a sleep depriving twist to the new challenge.
Update: Feeds went down for the competition at 2:23 PM BBT. Check back for results soon.
Yes, it’s the return of the overnight memory game as Big Brother continues to periodically wake Houseguests and pepper them with Big Brother storms named after the evicted Houseguests. It’s making for some pretty funny details and very tired Houseguests.
Let’s first set the stage. Natalie won HoH and Michelle was awarded Co-HoH. On Friday night Natalie got the idea that Paul needed to be her main target instead of Nicole and Corey as the F5 had decided. Once Michelle got her power she was quickly swayed by Natalie to go along with the plan despite her obviously originally wanting Nicole and Corey on the Block.
Nomination plans held together and came through as expected sending Victor and Paul to the Block, but Paul wasn’t going to take it sitting down. After working Natalie and Michelle over to convince them the real threat was Nicole and Corey they’re now ready to work together to change these noms and potentially Backdoor Corey.
There are only seven Houseguests left which means all but one will be playing in Saturday’s Veto comp. Right now we’ve got Natalie, Michelle, Victor, and Paul for sure playing. At least one of Corey and Nicole will be playing as well, this is unavoidable. If Paul and Victor are lucky then James could get drawn and like he usually does I’d expect him to throw it so he can stay out of the way.
James actually doesn’t want to flip their plans and would rather keep his target on Paul and Victor this week. He expressed that stance to Natalie and Michelle. So maybe it’d be better for James not to get drawn, but I think he’d yield to Natalie’s pressure and could give in though I wouldn’t be shocked for him to win the Veto and sit on it to keep it out of play and the noms the same on Monday.
With this Veto challenge clearly ramping up to be a memory challenge we could be looking at an advantage for Paul. His memory is incredible as he’s been cleanly reciting all the weather announcements they’ve been hearing. He knows the numbers cited and details given on each of them. I sure wouldn’t want to be up against him.
Michelle pointed out that Nicole won the memory comp in her season so she advised her allies to avoid picking Nicole if it’s HG Choice and to instead go with Corey. Paul suggested they try to sabotage Corey and Nicole’s details by feeding them bad information, but that plan was discouraged and I believe abandoned.
The messages have been going all night long and Paul hasn’t been sleeping. He’s currently awake and sitting in the HoH room rehearsing everything he’s heard. Paul keeps waking up the other HGs to study and have them alert for the next message. Michelle is studying with him while trying to stay awake and seems to know these pretty well too.
Paul will be tough to beat in this as he really seems to know it but at some point he’s going to need to sleep or that could jeopardize his performance. He knows the pressure is on though and I think he’ll be ready.
Paul could end up with effectively three people playing for him if Natalie and Michelle stick to their new word that they’d change the noms and target Corey instead. Victor winning would also create an opening on the Block since he’d obviously use it. I’m not so sure James would use it but like I said he might not even want to win it. Then if Corey or Nicole wins the Veto they would definitely not use it because the other of their pair would go to the Block.
We’re going to keep watching for the players pick later to find out which two of James, Nicole, and Corey will be joining the other four in the challenge. I’ll update the post here once we have more information then you should expect the competition later this afternoon. If it’s just a Q&A then hopefully they get through it quickly and get back to us with results soon after.
What do you hope happens today at the Veto competition? Do you want to see Paul or Victor pull off the move to safety or would you prefer to have Nicole or Corey lock down their spot this week? Share your thoughts below while we watch for more updates.
Update: Players were picked. James is playing along with Corey. Nicole will host. Paul told Natalie they now have a 5:1 advantage over the opposition. Those are good odds, but it only takes one.
Nicole is worried, but Corey thinks they’ll have James as their second vote. Nicole doubts it and says she’s going to be evicted this week. Corey doubts it. (Latest plan was to get Corey out.)