12 Rats : Who Will Bite First ?
It is now Wednesday evening, and the rats are quite
well settled in their relatively small cage. Over the last few days the
housemates have come to build up their individual daily routines. The
housemates certainly will be feeling less ‘lost and insecure’ than they
did during their first weekend. However the Pedalo task will probably have
messed up some of the housemates sleeping patterns. The disturbance of a
person’s regular daily sleep/wake patterns is a dominant factor in the
general daily mood of each housemate. Naturally there will be some
variability in how each housemate will cope with their new lifestyle, some
of them will certainly be coping better than others.
The arguments are inevitable. Stick 12 strangers in a small space, and they WILL sure as hell start to bite after a while. The tension in the house will increase for a number of reasons…
-As the game progresses, the most basic tension will relentlessly increase- the hope of winning the game. Housemates will start to sense victory with each passing day, they will start to feel the desire for victory – or maybe even a slight fear in some of the shy ones.
-Failing Group Tasks : Any failure of a task is going to annoy some of the housemates. A reduction in the food budget, fewer essentials and less luxuries will certainly drive some housemates into a bitter mood. The people responsible for failing the group task will in particular face possible negative treatment.
-Evictions : With each eviction in the house, the remaining housemates will start to get ever more worried that ‘their time is up’. Paranoia of who is voting for who may also lead to increased tension between the housemates.
The Battle lines are drawn
Today’s failure of the Pedalo task is a great opportunity for the group dynamic to become more focused, to become more clearly defined. Internal Splits should soon start to become quite observable between various housemates by the end of this second weekend. Once the first eviction has taken place the housemates should truly begin to feel the harshness of this game show. Even the calm and nice housemates like Nush and Steph are going to realise that they must start to ‘play the game’ if they are to win.
With each passing day it should become much easier to define the precise
relationships between housemates. I have always considered a minimum
period of 7-9 days necessary until us viewers notice the broad
relationship dynamics between the housemates. By Day 17-21 it should
become crystal clear as to what is going on in the BB house.
Players and Actors
I have been reading on the DS:BB forum about whether forum members
perceive the housemates as ‘players’ or ‘actors’. First, lets be clear on
Although it might sound a crude way to categorise housemates, I still
believe it is quite a useful initial 2 category system to use, here’s my
take on the housemates so far….
Ψ Tania : she is the leading actress in the house. It has becoming quite clear that she is desperate for fame. The ‘Tanianator’ will stop at nothing to get what she wants. For her, there are no limits as to what she will do to get noticed, to get the attention that she craves. Along the way, if this means she has to slaughter a few fellow contestants, she certainly will.
There is the ‘Suns’ 50k – which miss T. may or may not be aware of. Would miss T. do anything sexual to garner favour with the mass press ?
Current status of miss T’s campaign – now that today’s task has failed, she will probably nominate Cameron next week. She has already voted for Jon, clearly she wants anyone ‘intellectual’ out of the house, since she clearly is outgunned in terms of general intellectual ability.
Ψ Scott : Scott must be really annoyed at being nominated right at the start of this series. He has so far played the game pretty well. Scott blended away into the background of the house within moments of his appearance into the BB house. His strategy was one of utter stealth –the ‘don’t get noticed and you’ll be okay’ policy. Annoyingly for him, Nush took an instant dislike to Scott, and put him forward to the public vote.
If Scott does survive Friday, he could well remain right until the dying moments of the show.
Ψ Ray : The ‘slick man’, he has been playing the role of ‘mans man’
recently. He has taken the role of leading male in the group, and has
certainly come to spend time with his female targets of Anouska and Tania.
Like Tania, Ray has a problem with the ‘smart people’, he’ll probably be
gunning next for Cameron and Nush I believe.
There is no way this guy will be up for nomination either next week, or in my view… until week 5. Gos, as the house chef, and ‘middle of the road’ guy retains a very strong position in the house. However, if he is put up to the public vote, then he’d be sadly highly likely to get the boot.
Ψ Anouska : She is surely the devilish lady player of the house. Anouska however can only be herself, she is not the type to lie, to hurt others intentionally, she is very much 100% genuine.
Current Status : Anouska is as we know up for the boot. Assuming she does manage to stay in, it will interesting as to how she will try to resettle into the group.
I would perceive that if Anouska does survive this Friday, she will be put up for eviction AGAIN next week. This would of course be a devastating thing for her, and would really send her over the edge into paranoia, wondering just who in the house is against her.
Ψ Jon – he is smart and is very much being himself. Sadly, that initial quietness got him 4 votes last Friday, and great British public has a pretty damn inferiority complex about smart people – don’t they !
Status – likely to be booted. However, if he survives, he would be likely to escape nominations next week, since many housemates have seem to come around to liking him.
Ψ Federico: The poor guy is clearly a bit devastated by failing the group task. He seems well liked in the group right now, but doubtless some of the housemates will be resenting his incompetence.
Status : Likely to remain in the house, but surely going to get evicted by week 4.
Ψ Steph : I can’t quite see through this woman – however old she might
In this situation, I do hope I am wrong.