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Carol Journey the first houseguest evicted from CBS' 'Big Brother 8'


By Christopher Rocchio, 07/13/2007 

Carol Journey, a single 21-year-old student from Lawrence, KS, became the first houseguest evicted from Big Brother's eighth season during last night's live broadcast of the long-running CBS reality show.

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Carol was evicted by a 10-1 vote on Day 13, and her ousting meant fellow nominee Amber Siyavus, a separated 27-year-old cocktail waitress from Las Vegas, NV, would get to stay in the Big Brother 8 house for at least another week.

"This has definitely been an experience that I will never forget," said Carol before Big Brother host Julie Chen revealed the houseguests' voting results.  "I feel really honored and privileged to have met all of you through this.  I really want to take the time to wish you all the best of luck inside the house, in the game and out in the real world."

As part of Big Brother 8's "unfinished business" twist pairings, Carol had been living with -- albeit for only 12 days -- with former high-school rival Jessica Hughbanks, a single 21-year-old college student from Haysville, KS.  During Big Brother 8's premiere episode, Jessica said she and Carol stopped talking over a $5 disagreement, adding her one-time rival also "talked a lot of smack."

"It's weird that we never made-up when we were younger and that it took a reality show to bring us to have to talk to each other," Jessica told Carol in a pre-recorded message that aired after Julie revealed Carol's eviction.  "Good luck with everything, you're an extremely talented girl.  I hope life goes well.  Maybe we'll see each other at high-school reunion."

After being evicted from the house, Carol told Julie that Jessica is "very much the same person" that she was in high school, but decided not to elaborate because things are still "awkward" between them.

"We still haven't buried the hatchet, and we did talk, but it was more like a forced kind of we have to talk kind of situation," Carol told Julie, adding she couldn't even recall why the two initially began to fight in high school.  When Julie showed Carol the clip of what Jessica had to say about their falling out, Carol was a little bit more open about her feelings. 

"[Jessica's] the exact same person she was in high school.  She's very, very conceited, very stuck-up.  Now I can honestly say that and not feel bad about it... It's just Jessica.  But she'll never change, so I'm not even gonna go there."

Earlier in the week, Danielle Donato, a single 20-year-old waitress from Huntington Beach, CA who is also only the second under-21 houseguest in American Big Brother history, had surprised everyone -- even herself -- when she won the eighth season's first Power of Veto competition.  However she ultimately decided not to use the Power of Veto, which could have saved Carol or Amber from eviction.

"I chose not to use the Veto because it's too early in the game," said Danielle at the conclusion of Tuesday night's Big Brother 8 broadcast.  "I think things don't need to be all stirred up in the house.  I don't want to be the first one to do it... give me a couple weeks and we'll see where it goes."

Carol had been placed on Big Brother 8's chopping block with Amber by the season's first Head of Household Kail Harbick, a married 37-year-old business owner from McKenzie Bridge, OR. 

After Carol's elimination was revealed on Thursday night's live Big Brother 8 broadcast, the rest of the houseguests -- excluding Kail -- competed in the second Head of Household competition, where they were asked questions and had to answer based on how they thought the majority of the house responded.  Jen Johnson, a single 23-year-old nanny from Beverly Hills, CA, won the competition and became Big Brother 8's second Head of Household.

Eric Stein, a single 27-year-old talent management assistant from New York, NY who is also serving as America's Player during Big Brother 8, also did well by completing the first two tasks given to him by home viewers.  Eric successfully told a fake sob story to Kail and then nominated Carol for eviction, both of which were requested of him by the home viewing audience who voted via text messaging or the Internet.  For every five tasks Eric successfully completes, he'll receive $10,000.

(Photo credit: CBS/ Monty Brinton)

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