Drawing the Battle Lines
The Alliances are starting to form up nicely in this
sixth series of the UK's favourite reality show, and some serious
emotional cracks are already apparent between housemates. Big Brother is back, and
it looks as though there is plenty of potential in each of the housemates.
Somewhat surprisingly the producers have started off the show with the
'unlucky' concept. The rumours that BB6 could turn out to be as tough
going for the housemates as last year indeed seem to be the
case. Are viewers getting tired of this 'evil BB' attitude? The answer is
probably yes, but there is still a little mileage left in the nasty
version of the show. What true fan of the show doesn't like to see
housemates being cruelly manipulated against each other? Come on, be
Happy birthday witch. Is Mary this years winner?
I couldn't resist but have another vain attempt to guess the names of this
year's housemates. For BB6 I got 1 person right; I predicted 'Sam: 19,
student type (a less aggressive form of Emma)'. Correct occupation, age -
sort of close, but not entirely 'emma like'. Oh well.
Anyway....here we go...lets
take a look at this years rats.
His entrance into the house
was particularly annoying, so much so that the crowd eventually turned on him, lol.
Anthony came across in his audition video as something of a moody bugger,
- just look at his eyes in the evening. He may have a great C-list
celebrity smile, but he seems to lack enough character depth to earn
respect. Is he the new Scott (BB4) Mk.II ?
Summary: Anthony seems the standard dull piece of eye candy for the teenie
texters. It would seem highly improbable though that he can win.
TWAT, idiot, bitch, weak
wristed chav, .....I could run off a far longer list of words to describe
this fool, yet Craig deserves very little from me, the housemates, and
fans of BB. His near constant bitch snears against Makosi and others are
decidedly tiresome. As a game player he has already played the cry baby
'I'm weak and vulnerable' card once, how many cards does he hold in his
hand? I suspect he is a one card player. Craig's new bitch fest friends
Vanessa and Lesley have supported Craig, but he has already annoyed the 'intellectual elders' of the house,
and that will be his downfall. Even Saskia realised
that Craig is not to be trusted and nominated him, although of course
Makosi was the one with 'true power' in nominations round'1.
Summary: This common cry baby
idiot has already made for some good entertainment value, but he has
already critically damaged what little chance he had of winning. Craig to
get the boot, this Friday.
Gay, Black, Tory, ex-drunk driver (USA), and pro animal cruelty. An
interesting combination to put it mildly. My first impression of Derek was
one of 'ohh my,...a real stuck up fool'. However, as most would agree,
Derek is a very polite and good natured guy. He is perhaps the most
professional person BB has ever had. A writer, well networked in many
social circles, Derek doubtless has the most superior communication skills
of any previous contestant. He'd make a worthy and novel winner, however it appears
he simply doesn't fit into the majority of the group.
Summary: Derek is a bit too
distant from the other housemates. Being the first person to go to bed is
almost certainly indicative of the fact that he can't win support from
either his fellow housemates or the public. Derek won't win.
The belly dancer, originally
from Turkey. A more intelligent version of 'Marco the seal'. Kemal is
highly adept in building close friendships in the house, and has chosen
wisely in pairing up with Makosi. Kemal would now do well to build
closer bonds with Saskia, Derek, and Mary.
Summary: Kemal is a fascinating character. He might well annoy a few
particular groups in society - and certainly a few people in the house,
however he should easily make it to week 7. Kemal won't win though.
Kamel has an unusual style of bathing
Normally I am always one for
slamming down any of those idiots, the social class D3-E3 people. The ones
that frown on education, the people that look down on those that buy books
! There is something about Lesley though that makes me feel great sadness
for her. I sense in her a rather chronic chunk of inferiority, one that
manifest itself in her feeling she needs to wear the most blatant low cut
tops - she girl is desperate for attention, even if doesn't realise it
herself. The fact that she failed to get a single nomination in week'1 can
not be treated as a sign she is safe for more than a few weeks.
Summary: Ms. Lesley is
intellectually the weakest person of the house, that much is certain.
Finally BB has chosen a true Goddess, a cardiac nurse from London. Ohh how
I wish Makosi can win BB6. There are those who would love it for the 'hey,
we need a black winner for once', but I don't follow that attitude. Makosi
seems a fairly worthy potential winner, the fact that she is a beautiful milk
chocolate colour is but a bonus ;). Makosi is arguably the most attractive
housemate in BB history. Her
initial total lack of understanding in her BB assigned secret task was
somewhat understandable. Consider if it was your first night on national TV, you're
living on a TV set and you are being spoken to by a booming voice you've
never heard before.
Summary: Makosi should
make the final night, but it won't be easy, she's first got to have
Craig's 'Alliance of Filth' booted from the house. Go Makosi ! You can do it !
Mad Mary, hmm, those were the two words that came to mind when she first
appeared. Her entrance wearing a cloak and carrying a broomstick really
maddened me. Such antics are what give pagans a bad name. Mary's initial
regret at entering the BB house soon subsided, and she seems ready to go
the distance. Mary could be the dark horse winner of the series, but she
seems so very vulnerable at times. Her occasional moments of depression
where she ends up speaking of wishing to leave is not a good sign for
lasting the full 11 weeks.
Summary: Mary is strong,
smart, and has a great depth of character. The public might well go for
her if she can keep her cool a bit more often, and she remains a favourite to at least reach the final
Filthy 'jack the lad'
stereotypical fool. Maxwell is living up to all the London clichés, and it
could really annoy the hell out of all those living north of Watford. Is
he the type looking to have onscreen sex? Err, maybe, but I doubt it. In a
way he reminds me of P.J (BB3), except a far more annoying version.
Summary: Maxwell has to go, at least by week 5 ;)
Despite getting 4 nominations in week'1, Roberto seems to be a reliable
and secure housemate. He has found a role for himself in the house- the
kitchen, and he has at least few allies.
Summary: The most solid housemate of the group, Roberto would seem the
likely 'safe bet' for the long term, although he needs to work a bit
harder to get on better with his fellow housemates - particularly Science
The ultimate in wallpaper 'empty head' housemates. Just what the hell does
Sam think she is doing? So far all she has done is worn 2 bikini's (will
they ever get washed?), and laughed at just about anything anyone says.
Sam is playing the worse game of the group, and is the prime candidate for
the boot in the next fortnight. Her audition video - where she claimed she
was so horny, it just sounds like its a case of all talk and no action.
Summary: Sam is particularly weak as a housemate. She has made many
webmasters happy with all the screenshots of her lithe body in a bikini,
but that seems to be all she has to offer.
Saskia is a strong minded young woman. Her initial few days in the house
have been great to watch. Her major argument with Mary was highly
entertaining (women sure are better at arguing than men!). She sure did
well in the BB Rap task - there is something about her voice that is
strangely attractive to me - but enough of my personal taste though.
Summary: Tania (BB4), MK.II. Saskia won't win BB6, I just don't see enough
outright tactical ability in her to achieve victory.
Weird. A less 'fun' version of Victor. Science seems to be really unstable
and highly moody. His current major running disagreement with Ricardo is
getting a little close to dangerous (as at Wednesday night), when Science
is almost a little physically pushy against Ricardo. Science remains a
freelancer in the group, yet he is not as 'noticeable' as some of the
others, thus he'll survive until the second haft of the show.
Summary: e=mc x the square
root of ghetto + 3 Hoods. Science won't win BB6, he is not the winning
type. Ya know wat I'm sayin?
Ahh yes, dear Van'. Thing is, despite all the fizz about her being
bi-sexual, she seems to be turning into a wallpaper housemate. You know
the type I'm thinking of; Steph/Scott from BB4, or Shell from BB5. She is
a mere 19 years of age (C4/Endemol certainly gone for the youngsters this
year), but I think we admit she is great eye candy.
Summary: Vanessa was Craig's uber-bitch lackey, and if Craig does get boot
she will be lost at sea - Lesley would probably break away from her. Van' has no hope
The new wallpaper housemate: Vanessa
Group Dynamics - Day'1-6
I've always loved Big Brother for one primary reason, it remains the most
amazing illustration of group dynamics possible. Even better, we get to
see what happens when an all powerful overseer (BB) manipulates housemates
in a diverse array of styles. BB is the best psychology experiment ever,
one that would never pass the ethics board of any institution!
Lets consider the current friendships & alliances that have already
formed. It is of course somewhat difficult to be absolutely certain about
who 'really' likes who, since there could still be a few holding onto an
artificial persona - although sooner or later the real person will shine
through. In any case...here we go.....
1. The 'best pals' Makosi and
2. The Alliance of Filth: Craig, leading his 2 lackeys: Lesley and Vanessa
3. The Alliance of Integrity: Roberto, Mary, and Derek
4. The lads: Maxwell and Anthony
5. Wallpaper housemates: Science, Saskia, and Sam
First, it is now clear that Makosi and Kemal are going to be very close
for the whole their stay. They have had some great bonding conversations,
and spend a lot of their time being very observant of what is going on in
the house. Contrary to initial evidence, Makosi is very smart and is well
aware of how best to act in the house. Kamel is a superb companion to be
by Makosi's side. Together, the two of them could be a strong paid, enough
to get through to the latter stages.
Craig's alliance of filth is
certainly a dirty little trio of housemates. Craig's number one bitch is
Vanessa - who remains mostly mute in the house, merely smiling, and
cackling occasionally when Craig makes a whispered remark about someone.
The filth alliance is one that is based on nastiness, and as such is
highly unstable, and liable to implode at any moment. If shit hits the
fan, Craig will be one of the first in the house to get covered in it -
and he'll probably cry. Silly boy.
Derek, Roberto, and Mary, are
a weird bunch. Derek remains the most distant of the house - he sure loves
to get to bed earlier than anyone, and is always up early. Roberto and
Mary have had their moments, yet I still believe these two are quite like
minded, and would rather nominate one of the commoners than turn on each
The two lads Anthony and Maxwell, Argh ! Their chats are somewhat dull,
and offer little entertainment for anyone with an I.Q above 95.
Finally, we have the freelancers, aka the Independents, aka the Wallpaper
housemates. Science, Saskia, and Sam are playing the game poorly, neither
of them have any firm friends in the group and are thus highly vulnerable
to being nominated for the boot.
1. I do still place Roberto and Mary in the same group, since they are on
the same level, even though they are currently in direct nomination
2.'If' Mary survives, it would seem likely that the Alliance of integrity
will turn in force against the lads - and knock of Sam/Vanessa - the free
3. Since its early days the group dynamic is rapidly changing and is way
more unstable that it will be by weeks 4-5.
What a masterful turn in the mid-week nominations.
Makosi, Roberto, Sam : 4
Derek, Maxwell, Saskia: 2
Anthony, Craig, Kamel, Mary, Science: 1
Makosi passes her task (just!), and then BB surprisingly gives her the
decision as to the two housemates who should be up for the public vote.
She chooses Mary as her primary target, and Craig second.
Makosi and Kamel: a strong bond already
It is an awful long way to go, the first eviction has not even taken
place, but lets speculate on the eventual winner, and what broad order the
housemates will get booted off. Most BB series end with 2 leading
contestants, and 2 relative dullards/wallpaper ones. Just flick back
through the past 2 years, the housemate types remain broadly the same,
only the names change.
Weeks 2,3: Vanessa, Sam
Weeks 4,5,6: Maxwell, Anthony, Saskia
Weeks 7,8,9: Derek, Science, Kemal
Wk'10: **unless BB wants just 3 in the final week, there will need to be 1
extra housemate, or there will need to be 1 week without an eviction -
which is obviously not likely. Similarly, a double eviction in BB6 seems
Wk'11: Anthony, Mary, and Makosi, with Ricardo winning
This year, Roberto will
surely make the final '4. He is a damn strong character, and is superior
to last years Dan - who was an important 'balancer' in the group. Mary
remains the difficult enigma. Will she simply annoy too many viewers with
her quirks, or will she somehow endear herself to us? Makosi is most
certainly the Goddess of BB6, yet she is going to suffer exactly the same
problems Anouska from BB4 suffered - although gladly she passed her first
week special task. Anthony may well make up the fourth place - the
token 'wallpaper housemate' place
Right now, if I had to put money on a winner, it'd be on Ricardo. He
remains the most reliable of the group, he is a sturdy character, and will
certainly make it to the last week or two. He will face the glamourous
rival Makosi though - assuming the public come to appreciate that she as
smart as she is beautiful.
Friday's eviction is sure to be fun and a not to be missed TV event, who will
get the boot? Will it be the new bitch from hell Craig, or the Witch? As ever, YOU decide!
Calrissian : Would be more
than happy to nominate the common filth off the show
Originally Published 2/6/2005 © 2005 Philip
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