Corey Brooks was voted out of Big Brother 18 on Wednesday night after failing to secure the Power of Veto and ending up on the short end of the one-vote count this week just shy of the Final 3. Now on his way to Jury we wanted to ask Corey a few things about his game and experience of the season with his showmance partner, Nicole.
While we’re sure there are going to be more burning questions awaiting him after the season (pun intended), we stuck to the game topics here and actually got some interesting responses discussing his surprise about James’s decision with his vote, his showmance strategy, the possibility of Nicole not taking him to F2, and more. Read on for our eviction interview with Corey.
Big Brother Network: After being evicted you mentioned being a little surprised. Did you really think James was going to flip the plan on Paul and vote Nicole out instead?
Corey Brooks: Yeah. I definitely thought he would. I thought he would wait for the veto to be used and make sure he was safe. I was pretty dang sure he was going to take me.
BBN: Did you plan to get in to a showmance as part of your preseason strategy or did it just happen?
Corey: No, totally just happened. I was so against it at the beginning. Having Nicole as my emotional support and cuddle buddy definitely helped keep me cool. Was worth it and was good for my game.
BBN: Do you think your showmance with Nicole ultimately helped or hurt your game in the end since you were nominated with her and seem restrained on your campaigning?
Corey: No, I would have been up on the block next to her regardless. I wouldn’t have been there without her so if anything, I think it helped.
BBN: Nicole mentioned to you the idea of her going to the F2 with James instead of you. Were you ever nervous that she’d cut you since she voiced concerns over her chances of beating you with the Jury?
Corey: She never said that. She would 100% take me to the final two with her.
(Editor’s Note: On 9/5 at 11:20 PM BBT, Nicole had a conversation with Corey where she told him her chances at F2 would be better if she took James and asked if he would be mad at her for evicting him to take James to the end. Corey told her he wouldn’t talk to her again if she did that, though it was a semi-joking response. Seems he forgot this conversation from ten days earlier.)
BBN: Thank you, Corey.
I’m surprised that Corey was surprised about the vote this week. I didn’t see him press James on the topic other than in front of Nicole shortly after the Veto competition. James seemed to be pretty clear that he was going to vote him out, but I guess Corey underestimated James’s commitment to clearing his own path to the end and his draw to Nicole as well.
Considering he couldn’t see it coming when James turned on him I’m not as convinced as he is that Nicole wouldn’t have turned on him if she really truly believed it was a half million dollar decision. What do you think? Share your thoughts below.
We’ll see Corey back next week for the Big Brother finale on Wednesday, Sept 21, 2016.