Big Brother – the show we hate to love, and the show we love to hate. Every summer begins with hope that this will be the best season ever. We get so excited waiting for Julie to reveal the new design of the house, find out what the twists are gonna be, meet the cast & read / watch the preseason interviews – all leading up to the Superbowl of Reality TV – OPENING NIGHT!!! We make our picks for who we are going to root for – scour the web to find out more about these people – see how many degrees of separation between us and the new houseguests.
Then the show starts and we find ourselves staying up way too late watching the live feeds, reading recaps & previews on Big Brother Network – refreshing our browsers every 10 minutes to find out the results of the competitions / nominations. Our non-BB loving friends & family start to get sick of us talking & posting about it non-stop. Somewhere along the way – we find new HGs to root for, HGs to root against – comparing players to previous HG’s- complaining about how this season does not live up to our preseason expectations. We continue on this roller coaster for 3 months until Julie Chen finally pulls out the keys and declares a winner.
It’s our summer obsession and when it’s over – despite all the other shows on TV – we start looking forward to the next season. Now that CBS has announced instead of the usual renewal for one season, it has been renewed for 2 – and the rumors are starting that one of those seasons will be an All-Star season. I wonder how many times we will hear someone say “If (insert our favorite HGs name here) is not on All-Stars, I am not watching!” Yet, we all know the truth… YOU WILL WATCH!!!! Why? Because we are addicted to this show like no other show on TV.
BUT FIRST – lets take a look back at Season 16 – which I called “The Season of the Safe Moves.” These are just a few things about this season that I loved, and that I hated…
LOVED – the Have Not Room. We saw the effects of the ice cold room & slop week 2 when Zach had a major meltdown. Big Brother is not Survivor, the HGs get a pantry full of food, beds, shelter, etc… so when they are forced to limit what they can eat, and probably the worst sleeping conditions yet, it takes a toll pn their psyche.
HATED – the fact that they did not have to fight in a competition to see who would still have these luxuries, and who would be forced to suffer. Big Brother made such a big deal about the FitBit activity bracelets that they all had to wear, but only once was that used to determine who would be a have not. I get it – with the Battle of the Block taking up time on the show there was not enough time to do another competition, but feed watchers always complain about the HGs sleeping all day. If they knew that being lazy would force them to become Have Nots – we could have had more excitement during the day. (Especially for us East Coast viewers).
Derrick Levasseur pulled off the perfect game last night on Big Brother 16 when he was crowned the winner after 97 days of maintaining control of his game and house while avoiding ever being named as a nominee. Today I spoke with Derrick about his game, the moves he made, and what it was all like.
Matthew Boyer – Big Brother Network (BBN): Congratulations on your win. That was an impressive and well-earned victory last night.
Derrick Levasseur: Yeah, it worked out well. You know what, I trusted my boy Cody regardless of who won and it worked out pretty well.
BBN: Right there on that, your trust in Cody. Did you ever consider throwing Round 3 or were you going full steam to win that?
Derrick: Although I trusted him 110%, I was not going to throw that competition and have something go wrong because you never know in the game of Big Brother. I was absolutely trying to beat him. The questions got me a little thrown off because to be honest with you, I think the Jurors switched up a couple of their opinions to throw us off. They got me on a couple of them, but it came down to the tie-breaker and he was the closest. More power to him. Kudos to him.
BBN: At what point in the season did you say to yourself, “okay, I’ve got this. I’m going to win.”?
Derrick: I definitely saw a light. I knew what I had to do to have the best opportunity and I needed two alliance members in the F3 with me regardless of who won the Final HoH if I didn’t do it myself that they would bring me. I knew I had Cody and he didn’t know how close I was with Victoria. I also had Victoria who didn’t know how close I was with Cody. It worked out perfectly.
Caleb was really the last big move I had to make and at that point was when I really knew my chances of being in the F2 were almost 100%.
BBN: Looking at those Jury votes, 7-2. What do you think cost you those two votes?
Cody Calafiore survived the season of Big Brother 16 to make it to the Final Two along with his Hitmen cohort Derrick. The Jury awarded the crown to Derrick, but Cody didn’t walk away empty-handed either. He’ll be taking home a giant check for $50,000 and according to our interview, he wouldn’t reverse that decision to go with Derrick to the F2. Read what all Cody had to say about his Big Brother experience.
Matthew Boyer – Big Brother Network (BBN): Congratulations! You won your way to the end and are taking home $50,000. That’s a big achievement.
Cody Calafiore: Thank you so much.
BBN: Going through the 7-2 votes, which ones surprised you the most whether they were for or against you?
Cody: Christine. Christine was definitely a big surprise. Victoria, another big surprise.
I really want to say Caleb because the entire time leading up to it all Caleb talked about was how he felt Derrick wasn’t doing anything in the game. Then I was the one who won the comps to send Caleb out the door and Frankie out the door. Then I won the Final HoH comp to go in to it. I thought Caleb would be a slam dunk just based on what I know Caleb based a lot of his decisions on. So that was a huge surprise to me.
I knew Zach. I knew Frankie wasn’t going to throw a vote my way. Those other ones were ones that were very surprising. Those were the ones I felt I needed in order to get me to those five votes. I knew I was going to have Donny and Jocasta.
Those other ones were the ones I needed to swing the game my way and those were the ones I was shocked that I didn’t get. What are you going to do?
BBN: You stayed loyal with Derrick until the end, but did you ever have the thought that maybe you needed to go to F2 with Victoria?
Victoria Rafaeli surprised many viewers by surviving the Big Brother 16 season all the way to the very end falling just shy of the Final Two. She credits that success in large part to being blessed with her partner Derrick and choices early in the game for who she’d align with.
Victoria walks away from the game as the season’s 3rd place HG, but may be more well known for having shredded Zach’s iconic pink hat. So what’s she got to say about that hat? Read on to find out.
Matthew Boyer – Big Brother Network (BBN): Going in to this season you told us you were a huge fan of Big Brother. How did your expectations match up to your experience?
Victoria Rafaeli: You do not know! As much as you think you know you have no idea. It is completely different living in this house and living with these people. Even watching the Feeds, it is completely different. You can not compare. You might say you’ll do something but when you are in the house you are not doing that. Your brain is everywhere.
BBN: You got right up next to the end, but didn’t make it to the Final Two. Coming that close, did it give you any hesitation in voting for Derrick?
Victoria: Not at all. Derrick has had my back since Day 1 until Day 97. He never burned me once and had my back. He’s an amazing person. I always told him, if it’s not me winning it better be him. I’m just so happy for him.
BBN: On that Final Two, you had a chance at the comps but didn’t win a seat. Instead you had to try and talk your way in to the Final Two. Tell me about your strategy there.
Victoria: Derrick and me had a Final Two the entire time, but he was telling me the Jury members stated while still in the house that if I were to make it to the F2 they were going to vote for me. They thought it was almost impossible for me because I was getting put up every week. So if I did they would vote for me. He did not want to hand me the $500K. Understandable, but I just tried to make him feel a little guilty but not too much. I tried to work my way in by saying he had played an amazing game and wouldn’t have to worry about it saying he’s going to win, not me.
BBN: Do you think if you had gotten there to F2 that you would have beaten either Derrick or Cody?
The Big Brother 16 finale is over and the Houseguests are now free to get back out in to the world. Without having to wait on Big Brother for a booze delivery it looks like everyone was ready to have a good time last night.
Lots of pictures have been shared since the BB16 HGs got together to party and I’ll keep adding more to this collection as we find them. It seems like the Jury and Finalist HGs didn’t get the chance to share many pics last night as their phones might not have been with them yet, but I’m already seeing more of them pop up online this morning.
Plenty of former HGs came out to show they’re support as this season’s cast returned to the outside world. I imagine they’re a pretty good support team for such a tough transition like that. Oh, and yes, that’s Shannon Elizabeth hanging out with the HGs last night. She’s a huge BB fan.
If you could buy one Houseguest a drink to celebrate, who would it be?
Jeff Schroeder’s interviews weren’t live this year like we’ve seen most recent seasons, so you’ll have to start rolling through them now to get caught up and hear what everyone has to say about their experience. It’s fun to catch everyone while they’re still hyped and running on the adrenaline of the big finale show. Watch them all in the videos below.
After the backyard work was done the HGs kept the party alive by heading out in to the Los Angeles night for some fun. I’ll be digging up photos of all their fun so check back for those later too to see what happened next.