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Michelle Costa and Bryan Ollie both evicted from 'Big Brother 10'


By Christopher Rocchio, 08/29/2008 

Michelle Costa and Bryan Ollie became the seventh and eighth houseguests booted from Big Brother's tenth season during last night's special live double eviction broadcast of the CBS reality show.

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Michelle and Ollie were evicted from the Big Brother house on Day 52 during what host Julie Chen called "Big Brother Fast Forward" -- an episode that featured a week's worth of competitions all in one broadcast.

Michelle, a single 28-year-old real estate agent from Cumberland, RI, was placed on the chopping block as a replacement nominee by the competition's seventh Head of Household Dan Gheesling, a single 24-year-old Catholic high school teacher from Dearborn, MI.

During last week's "King of the Jungle" HoH competition, Dan had struck a deal with Ollie once they were the last two houseguests remaining.

While Dan would win HoH and have the official title all week, he had promised Ollie that he would be safe from eviction; he could choose another houseguest who would also be safe; he'd be able to select one of the two eviction nominees; and should the Power of Veto be used, Ollie would also be able to choose the replacement nominee.

Ollie, a 27-year-old marketing sales representative from Bloomington, MN, took the deal and immediately asked that Michelle be safe and Robert "Memphis" Garrett, a single 25-year-old mixologist and party planner from Los Angeles, CA, instead be nominated. 

Despite being in an alliance with Memphis, Dan agreed to Ollie's request and nominated Memphis and Jerry MacDonald, a married 75-year-old former Marine and retired marketing executive from Magnolia, TX, for eviction during Sunday night's broadcast.

However Memphis won the Power of Veto during the PoV competition broadcast on Tuesday night's broadcast, and Ollie told Dan he wanted Keesha Smith, a single 29-year-old Hooters waitress from Burbank, CA, to be the replacement nominee.  But Dan was also in an alliance with Keesha and Renny Martyn, a married 53-year-old hair salon owner from Metairie, LA, and had no plans of putting either on the block.

Instead, Dan made Michelle his replacement nominee and thus broke his word to Ollie.  Before Dan nominated Michelle, he also played a game of what he called "Replacement Nominee Roulette," in which he got Michelle, Ollie, Keesha and Renny to throw each other under the bus and create additional conflict.

Not surprisingly, Ollie wasn't too pleased with the way things happened.

"He disrespected me and he mocked me," said Ollie about Dan following the PoV ceremony in which Michelle was nominated.  "He's the biggest snake in this game."

Ollie talked with Michelle and Jerry about how he felt Dan was a "plant" -- a player placed in the Big Brother house by producers to cause chaos in the game.  Ollie subsequently confronted Dan about this in front of the other houseguests, however Dan just walked away.

"Let the chaos ensue," said Dan from the safety of his HoH room.

Ollie continued to preach that he felt Dan was a "plant," but it fell on deaf ears since what Dan did benefited Memphis and Keesha.

"Ollie definitely got played," said Memphis.

Ollie then took his case upstairs to the HoH room, where he once again attempted to confront Dan.

"Why did you play me for a fool?" asked Ollie.

"It's a game," said Dan.

Ollie still wasn't happy and accused Dan of testing his manhood and disrespecting him before vowing revenge.  As Ollie went downstairs and began to throw a tantrum by knocking stuff over and flinging items across the room, Michelle went up to the HoH room and confronted Dan.

She expressed confusion for being nominated by Dan despite the fact that Dan's beef was with Ollie.  Dan basically blew her off.

"It's not fair getting backdoored for something I didn't even do!" she complained.

The live portion of last night's Big Brother 10 broadcast then commenced and Julie informed the houseguests about the double eviction.

"You're about to experience a week's worth of Big Brother in a single night," she revealed.  "It's a special double eviction.  Tonight, two of you will be leaving the house, and at the end of the hour only five will remain."

The news didn't have any impact on Michelle, who seemed to be anticipating her ouster.

"I just want to say how grateful and thankful I am to have been here," she told the houseguests.  "When you vote, vote for yourself -- not for the person next to you.  If it's benefiting them, it's not benefiting you.  If it benefits you for me to stay here, then please vote for me to stay."

Ollie voted to keep her in the house, however Keesha, Memphis and Renny all voted to evict Michelle -- who became the third member of Big Brother 10's jury.  Michelle gathered her belongings and exited the house before being met by Julie and a live studio audience.

"I think I was the target the whole time.  I think he was playing a little game," said Michelle about being backdoored by Dan. 

"I think he may be a plant in the house, personally.  I think there's something more to Dan than meets the eye.  One plus one does not equal two to Dan.  Something just isn't right about him and everything is more than just a game.  He basically wants to make a fool of everybody in the house, that's what I personally think.  By what he did made himself look better in everybody's eyes and made everybody hate each other."

"Well he might be the ultimate player in this game because I'm here to tell you he's not a plant and you are sitting here evicted purely by game play by your fellow housemates," replied Julie -- neglecting to tell Michelle that Dan had in fact previously served as America's Player for one week.

Following Michelle's eviction, the six remaining houseguests -- minus Dan, who as the outgoing HoH, was deemed ineligible to compete -- competed in the tenth season's seventh HoH competition.

Dubbed "Big Brother Headlines," each houseguest would have to answer seven hypothetical questions based on how home viewers responded in an online survey.  Whoever correctly answered the most questions would win HoH. 

Jerry and Keesha each correctly answered five questions and also gave the same response to the first tiebreaker question.  Keesha then came the closest to correctly answering the second tiebreaker question and claimed HoH.

Not surprisingly, Keesha nominated Jerry and Ollie for eviction before all six remaining houseguests participated in the PoV competition.

Dubbed "Veto in a Haystack," each houseguest would have to retrieve two PoV medallions one at a time from a giant haystack.  The first houseguest to retrieve both of their medallions and cross the finish line would win PoV. 

Dan was the first to finish and claimed PoV.  He decided to keep the nominations the same.

"It is what it is," said Ollie before the night's second live eviction vote.  "Here we are, double eviction, and you have the opportunity to play another game. You like to play games?  Let's play another game of roulette and hopefully I'll get lucky."

There would be no more games for Ollie, as Dan, Renny and Memphis all voted to evict him and he became the jury's fourth member.

"It hasn't had a lot of time to set in yet, but that's the name of the game -- expect the unexpected," said Ollie once outside the house.  "You really can't be blindsided by anything that happens in this game and it was my turn I guess."

Julie asked Ollie if he was mad about the way he was booted.

"I'm a little upset because I didn't compete as well as I wanted to.  I'm a competitor," said Ollie, who failed to win a single competition while in the house.  "But at the same time, things don't always go your way and I am really thankful for the opportunity that I did have in the house."

Julie also said Ollie must be upset with Dan for the way he was blindsided.

"It's not about me being upset with Dan, it's about me being a little confused of why he did it," answered Ollie. 

"Obviously you do things in this game to help your game and advance your game to the following weeks.  But at the same time, I don't know if that was the best decision for him.  Obviously it worked in his favor for now, but in terms of the rest of the houseguests, I don't know how they feel about him doing something like that."

Ollie then echoed Julie's sentiment that what Dan did to him and Michelle was no different than when Ollie blindsided Dan during Big Brother 10's first week and evicted Brian Hart.

"I think that's what it boiled down to.  It boiled down to an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.  We were at a level where I got him and he supposedly got me back," explained Ollie.  "It's all within the game.  But the thing I didn't like is he got everyone involved and sort of mocked everyone, and that's what I got upset about."

Julie then asked Ollie about his future with his Big Brother girlfriend April Dowling, who was evicted during last week's broadcast.

"Hopefully a bright future.  I've never met anybody like her, and she's the first person I've told that to," said Ollie.  "Hopefully nobody like that disappears fast out of my life.  I plan to keep her around as long as I can."

Big Brother 10's next episode will air Sunday, August 31 at 8PM ET/PT on CBS.

(Photo credit CBS)


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