Big Brother Summer
Here we go again, its already April and rumours
of the next series of Big Brother are already starting to fly around the
net at the speed of light. It has been 8 whole months since Nadia Almada
won BB5 - seems like a lot longer (to me anyway), and I think its time to
pick up where we left off...way back in August'04.
Distant Times - summer 2004 winner: Nadia
Were you surprised that Nadia won? Looking back, very few (myself
included) gave her a significant chance of winning when we first
encountered her at day'1. How could Nadia win BB5, would the public ever
support a transsexual above any of the other 'ordinary' housemates? I
suppose you could look to the infamous 1998 Israeli Eurovision song
contest winner 'Dana International' for some indication that attitudes
have progressed (or regressed, depending on your viewpoint), in the past
few decades. So maybe we all overlooked Nadia too hastily at day'1. It
wasn't until week'6 though that Nadia started to pick up a noticeable
public following, and with each subsequent week her public support grew.
BB5 rocked though, just about anyone who caught even a little of the show
will have been captivated by some of the crazy clowns that the production
team had carefully sifted and discovered. All of last years housemates had
something great to contribute - although as ever, the 13'th housemate of
Becki proved to be something of a let down. Why didn't she do more? Oh
well, she got the media exposure she wanted, although as some might
remember her community/family turned against her - I've no idea if any of
them are back to speaking terms with her since last August.
BB5: Emma and Michelle, the bed-sit idea won't be in BB6
Big Brother and 'token winners'.
Who might win this summer? What sort of winner is C4/Endemol already
planning for? Of course, some will say that nothing much is planned,
and that the production team merely react to the behaviour of the housemates
rather than vice versa. I've never bought that view. BB is carefully
planned, scripted, and there are surely an array of strategic plans all
laid out for just about every possible behaviour. If this is not the case
I'd be shocked, considering that the show is basically one giant
laboratory cage full of large rats.
Anyway, lets first take a brief look back at the distant past....some 5 years
worth of winners.
So, who will win Summer 2005' BB6?
Last year I predicted that 'The winner of BB5 will NOT be a man'. I
suppose you could argue that was a simple 50/50 chance, for which I got
lucky, but anyway....lets consider the past 5 winners...
BB1 winner : token 'ordinary' working class white English male
BB2 winner : token Irish 'happy/bouncy' gay male
BB3 winner : token straight English female.
BB4 winner : token straight-laced virginal religious male from a distant
Scottish island community.
BB5 winner : token transsexual, European/Mediterranean background
With Craig winning the first innovative BB, we then got the bouncy 'tigger'
of Brian, the relatively moody (but sociable) Kate of BB3, progressing to the islander
Cameron (drink... its not big, and its not clever) Stout, and finally to
Nadia 'Wat cha gonna do?' Almada.
What does this mean for BB6? Should we expect a guy to win this year? Err,
no. Despite Nadia's win for the female community, it would still seem
likely that the UK public will go for a third female winner. Someone older
perhaps ? No, the UK voters will forever be unlikely to select someone
over 35 as their chosen winner. Just consider how the public reacted to
Jacky Stallone in Celebrity BB, anyone who is even remotely quirky over
the age of 40 will get vilified as a total freak. BB winners will always
Calrissian prediction 2005- Female
winner. We can be sure once again that the BB6 winner shall be female,
there is little doubt of this. The media will certainly be happier with a
glamour/pin up girl winner, than some guy - who might not be particularly
good eye candy. Despite the fact that there is an inherent 'anti-beauty'
attitude from some, the BB6 winner will probably be a 27-31 yr old
attractive female. I shall add that I believe the new token winner may
well be Asian. Will C4/Endemol target some sort of 'goddess' as their
chosen one? I believe so, and we shall see soon enough if I'm even
BB5's last shot....with the new house about ready to open its doors.
The style of BB6 - certainly less 'confined'
What sort of show will BB6 be? By now the house should have been fully renovated
and just a few minor things need patching up. The style of the show will
have been decided, what can we expect? A show of sunshine, the garden,
endless food and booze...keeping the housemates happy and 'active'. Think
back to the days of Brian and Helen in BB2, add a twist of BB4's difficult
tasks, and the very smallest pinch of BB5's tough big brother. All in all,
it should work out pretty well.
BB6 will probably not be as entertaining as BB5 (how could anything top
that level of insanity?), but certainly not as dire as what BB4 turned into, unless
they pick a poor set of housemates, please no....arghhhhhhhh! There should
be a hell of a lot of room compared to 'evil' BB5, there is the remote
hope of a multi-level house -which would really help for more 1-2-1
friendships/relationships to develop.
The attitude of 'Big Brother'
will be more easy going, although threats of eviction for rule breaking
will be there as usual. Indeed, any housemate can be certain that baring
whacking another housemate, they won't get booted. Even then, everyone
knows Nadia slapped Jason (should I say Allegedly?, bah!), and yet she was
allowed to stay (whilst Emma got das boot for no good reason)...and Nadia
then went on to beat the very same person she had earlier assaulted. Ohh
the irony !
Will they send a housemate to another Big Brother across the world, as
they did with Cameron? I'm not aware of what is happening with other Big
Brother shows across the world, but it wouldn't surprise me if they tried
this again. However it really screws up the group dynamic, and I'm dead
against sending housemates away for a even a few days.
BB6: no jungle cats this summer
Name the housemate
I can't resist but have another vain attempt to pre-empt the release (or
leaking) of this year's housemate names. For BB5 I got 1 person right -
Emma. 1 out of 12 pretty much sucks, although its still somewhat better
than chance. So...here we go...
Anita: 29, Asian goddess, the
'chosen one' perhaps? (Sunita Mark'2, except she won't bail out at day'7)
Laura: 23, club 18/30 type (bi, she'll be token sexpot of the show)
Sarah: 22, flowery, home counties flaky, (Shell MK.2)
Sam: 19, student type (a less aggressive form of Emma)
Steph: 32, the serious type (a new BB1 Anna?)
Tracey: 26, office girl, from Essex (ha, does it get anymore
Adam: 24 computer whiz, smart, and a true BB 'game player'
Andy: 37, Mr average
David: 21, office guy, token 'Black' guy, very professional.
Matt: 34, salesman (a bit slimy), the token 'overweight' one?
Raj: 28 , - tall
dark, Indian guy from the home counties, - the one ALL women will love
Steve: 23, Blonde
body builder from the south coast, Mr fitness, (Jason Mk.2, except not a
Praying that BB6 does not suck, BB5's Dan
Potential housemates for BB6
Any of the 'final 50' people who hope to get into the house should be well
aware of the rules/style of Big Brother. With any sense, they will have
been browsing the net for ideas, and may even be a reader of this very
site (you never know). Actually there will doubtless be a few people who
get into the house who don't know much about the show (where do these
people come from?). Yes, during week'1 there will be a few housemates who
seem pretty ignorant about the show they are a part of - presently C4's
flagship show. Everyone who applies wants to win, but what sort of tactics
should they employ?
Basic winning strategies
-be as inoffensive as possible (to both housemates and the viewers),
especially in week'1
-try to maintain a neutral/middle ground attitude in the group.
-be a team player, comply with all the needs of every task!
-be talkative and friendly, be 'friends with the enemy'
-try to assume some sort of role in the house, whether it be cleaner,
cook, team leader, confidant
-join one of the cliques, but try to be somewhat distant (the Dan/Shell
-in latter weeks of the show, be more forceful, and start picking off your
primary targets -Nadia (vs. Jason, Victor)
-rule breaking. No one in conformist Britain likes anyone who breaks the
rules - I cite Kitten
-overly sexual/flirty, the UK public don't like it, : Michelle
-moody, - cite Sandy, Jonny, (BB4)
-uber bitchy - Vanessa, Jade, Adele
-flakey - Shell, Steph, Nush
-housemates that talk overtly about 'winning BB'
-social class/attitude, try to be 'middle of the road', neither common,
nor fancy - Timbo (BB4)
-quirky, be yourself, but not too 'weird/unusual'.
-empty/bland. You must show a dynamic side to win. Scott BB4, Nush BB4,
Gos BB3 all failed
Don't be a moody housemate....you won't win!
Any housemate who can avoid
most of the 'losing' issues is sure to make the final night. A winning
housemate will show a strong personality, but not one that grates with
viewers on anything critical - such as constant rule breaking, moodiness,
or overly sexual. The UK voters love a 'personality', but it will be a
'safe' choice, it sure won't be anyone crazy or too bouncy like a 'Marco'.
A final note on this issue. With Big Brother now in its sixth season,
there are very few contestants who don't know the nature of the game. With
each year BB faces an increasing problem in that the contestants know all
too well how to play the game. Can BB survive past BB10 ? Its possible,
but the producers are going to need to focus less on 'twists' - for which
they've almost run out of ideas, and instead on simply portraying Big
Brother as a 'relationship' show. After all, that is what BB is about, the
developing relationships between a group of people.
The clock is ticking
Just 46 days to go until
Friday May 27'th. As usual it'll probably all begin at 8.30pm on a warm summers
evening, so start stocking up on chocolate, drink, or whatever snack takes
your fancy. Davina, Dermot, various other weird people, and not forgetting
Avid 'thankyou please' Merrion will soon be back on our screens. Big
Brother is almost back with us...wooooooo hoooooooo !
Calrissian : Yet to be booted
Originally Published © 2005 Philip
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