Big Brother 10 (Courtesy Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Big Brother 10 is the tenth season of the American reality television series
Big Brother The show premiered July 13, 2008 on the CBS television network, airing three times a week; Sundays at 8 p.m. (ET/PT), Tuesdays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT), and Thursdays at 8 p.m (live ET/delayed PT). Julie Chen returned as host, and Allison Grodner, Rich Meehan and Scott Einziger were the executive producers. The show was produced by Endemol USA and Allison Grodner Productions. The finale was Tuesday, September 16, 2008. This was the second edition of the show to air in the same year. Originally, only one summer edition was due to air, but the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike prompted CBS to air an additional season, Big Brother 9, from February to April during the regular television season and Big Brother 10 for the summer of 2008.
Big Brother 10 was noted as a "back to basics" season by both CBS and the production team. As part of the back to basics format, live audiences returned for the Thursday eviction shows (something not featured since season 1), there were thirteen HouseGuests, and they were once again complete strangers (after several seasons of having some HouseGuests already know each other). Big Brother 10 lasted just 71 days, nearly a week and a half shorter than most seasons, making this the shortest season of the American series of Big Brother. This also marked the last time that the season number or year of airing would be mentioned in the broadcast and in the logo; subsequent seasons were simply referred to as Big Brother, with the logo omitting the season number in favour of an animation of a shutting door.
HouseGuest Jessie Godderz returned to compete in Big Brother 11 the following year, ultimately coming in 9th place. He has since went on to make appearances in seasons twelve, thirteen, and fourteen, due to various Pandora's Box twists. HouseGuest Brian Hart was a candidate to return for Big Brother 11 the following year, but ultimately did not return. Winner Dan Gheesling returned to compete as a "mentor" to three new HouseGuests in Big Brother 14, though he later became an official HouseGuest due to a twist early on in the game. He became the first HouseGuest in Big Brother history to make it to the final two twice. He eventually lost to Ian Terry in a 6-1 vote.
Casting for Big Brother 10 began on February 25, 2008. Applications were due on April 25, 2008 and video tape submissions were due on April 4, 2008. During May 2008 interviews for the 40 semi-finalists were held with the finalists being chosen on May 21, 2008. Casting calls were held in various cities across the country including Los Angeles, California, Charleston, South Carolina, Louisville, Kentucky, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Phoenix, Arizona. Big Brother 8 winner Dick Donato announced on House Calls that Big Brother 10 will feature a wider range of HouseGuests. E4 will not air Big Brother 10 as they did with Big Brother 9 due to conflicts with the ninth edition of the British version. A live audience is present during the live eviction episodes on Wednesdays. Beginning July 31, the live eviction episodes moved to Thursdays. This is the first time since Big Brother 1 that an audience will be present for the live weekly eviction shows.
The format remained largely unchanged from previous seasons. HouseGuests were incarcerated in the Big Brother House with no contact to and from the outside world. Each week, the HouseGuests took part in several compulsory challenges that determined who would win food, luxuries and power in the House. The winner of the Head of Household competition was immune from nominations and was instructed to nominate two fellow HouseGuests for eviction. After a HouseGuest became Head of Household he or she was ineligible to take part in the next Head of Household competition.
The winner of the Power of Veto competition won the right to save one of the nominated HouseGuests from eviction. If the Veto winner exercised the power, the Head of Household then had to nominate another HouseGuest for eviction.
On eviction night all HouseGuests except for the Head of Household and the two nominees voted to evict one of the two nominees. Before the voting began the nominees had the chance to say a final message to their fellow HouseGuests. This compulsory vote was conducted in the privacy of the Diary Room by the host Julie Chen. In the event of a tie, the Head of Household would break the tie and reveal their vote in front of the other HouseGuests. Unlike other versions of Big Brother, the HouseGuests could discuss the nomination and eviction process open and freely. The nominee with the most votes from the other HouseGuests was evicted from the House on Thursday and interviewed by Julie Chen. HouseGuests could voluntarily leave the House at any time and those who broke the rules were expelled by Big Brother. The last seven evictiees of the season form the Jury that voted for the winner on the season finale, they were known as the jury members. The jury members were sequestered in a separate house and was not allowed to watch the show except for segments that included all of the HouseGuests. The jury members were not shown any Diary Room interviews or any footage that included strategy or details regarding nominations.
CBS advertisements revealed that 13 HouseGuests would be entering the House, the same number as Big Brother 4, the first time the number of HouseGuests has decreased.
Also, for the first time since Big Brother 3, all the HouseGuests are complete strangers. CBS touted the diversity of the Big Brother 10 HouseGuests in both age and background. CBS released the names of the HouseGuests beginning with a series of advertisements that revealed seven HouseGuests; the remaining six were revealed when the official website launched on July 8, 2008. Host Julie Chen formally announced the HouseGuests that day on The Early Show.
On Day 1, the 13 HouseGuests stood outside the house. Before even speaking to one another, they had to cast their vote for whom they wanted to be the first Head of Household of the Summer. Though it was not immediately revealed, Jerry had been crowned the first Head of Household, with Renny coming in second. That night, the HouseGuests split into two teams for the "Buggin' Out" food competition, in which Jessie, Renny, Michelle, Angie, Dan, Steven, and Memphis won food for the week. Memphis also won a mint condition 1969 Chevrolet Camaro as a bonus prize. That night, Jessie and Renny engaged in an argument after Jessie claimed he couldn't sleep due to Renny being loud. Despite Renny's numerous apologies, Jessie claimed that she did not apologize to him. On Day 2, Jerry chose to nominate Renny and Jessie for eviction, claiming he wanted to avoid conflict in the house. On Day 5, HouseGuests competed in the "Sweet Dreams, Honey" Veto competition, in which they had to crawl through honey and dig through pillows in attempts to find stuffed bears. The first person to get five bears was the winner of the Power of Veto. Jessie won the Power of Veto competition. The vast majority of the house later went to Jerry and asked him to nominate Brian for eviction, as he had been making deals with numerous HouseGuests thus far. On Day 7, Jessie used the Power of Veto on himself, and Jerry nominated his former ally Brian. On Day 9, Brian was evicted in a nine to one vote.
Following Brian's eviction, HouseGuests competed in the "Majority Rules" Head of Household competition, in which the questions were about which of two HouseGuests would be most likely to adhere to certain situations. The object was not to base the answer on personal opinions, but how they thought the majority would answer. The minority of voters were eliminated each round. If there was a tie, no one would be eliminated. Libra, Steven, Jessie, and Ollie expired all eight questions. In the tiebreaker, Jessie came closest to the correct number without going over and became the new Head of Household. In the "Stop Your Wining!" food competition, HouseGuests go outside to find two elevated barrels and empty wine bottles for each team. Teams must fill the bottles up with wine that dripped from holes in the bottom of the barrels. Two players from the other team were in the barrels trying to plug the holes with corks provided by another player. After 5 minutes, team Chard-o-nay nay, consisting of Angie, Dan, Jessie, Michelle, Ollie and Steven, won food for the week, while the Pinot-wah-wah's, consisting of Jerry, Renny, Keesha, Libra, Memphis, and April, were put on slop. On Day 10, he nominated Dan and Steven, Brian's closest allies, for eviction. Jessie's ally Michelle won the License to Veto competition on Day 11, which involved HouseGuests having to decode riddles using license plates. She later chose not to use the Power of Veto. On Day 16, Steven was evicted in a unanimous vote.
Following Steven's eviction, HouseGuests competed in the "Alien Abduction" Head of Household competition. For the past few days, holographic aliens appeared in the mirrors. Then various items were "stolen" from the house by the aliens. The questions regarded the items that had been taken. The players had to guess which room the object was from, the kitchen, spa room, living room, bathroom, or if the item was not stolen or was never in the house in the first place, "not missing". The HouseGuests would face off two at a time. The first to buzz in would answer. If they were right, they won the match and the opponent was out. But if they were wrong, they were out and the opponent won. The winner of each match had to pick the next two to face off. When Libra and Keesha were in the last match, Libra rang in and got it wrong, leaving Keesha as the winner. In the "BB Valley High Sock Hop" food competition, the HouseGuests go outside to find two giant records on platforms split by a wall. The men and women are split up. On each platform is a laundry basket full of different kinds of socks. Each side must match the socks by voice and then hang them on the same numbered record hanging on the wall. If the socks match, they win the food item for the week. After the allotted time, the HouseGuests win: avocados, apples/bananas, beef, beer, chicken, cookies/brownies, deli meats, juices, pig's feet, raisins and squash/broccoli for the week. On Day 17, Keesha nominated Angie and Jessie for eviction. Keesha went on to win the "The Garden of Veto" PoV competition, in which players must "plant" themselves in a life size flower box. Then must remain covered in dirt and have a steady stream of water hit their forehead. The goal is to stay in the box for exactly an hour or less, anyone staying longer is disqualified. The player who got closest to the one-hour mark without going over won the Power of Veto. With a time of 21 minutes, Keesha was the only one not to go over an hour and won the Power of Veto. She chose to leave her nominations intact on Day 20. On Day 22, the House was hit by a magnitude 5.4 earthquake. No damage was done and the HouseGuests were safe. Many HouseGuests remained convinced the earthquake was staged by Big Brother. On Day 22, public voting opened for which HouseGuest America would like to see become the next America's Player. If the HouseGuest with the most public votes accepted the task and became America's Player, the viewing public would control this HouseGuest's moves during Week 4. On Day 24, Angie was evicted in a unanimous vote.
Following Angie's eviction, HouseGuests competed in the "Livin' On the Edge" endurance Head of Household competition, in which HouseGuests hung off the side of a building wall that was slanted towards the ground. The wall often shook, in an attempt to make the HouseGuests fall off. After 2 hours and 48 minutes, Michelle fell off, making April the fourth Head of Household. On Day 25, April nominated Jessie and Memphis for eviction. On Day 25, the HouseGuests celebrated Keesha's 30th birthday. After picking players for the Power of Veto competition, April's comments about Libra's gameplay (or perceived lack thereof) hurt Libra's feelings, which led to Keesha and Libra discussing April's comments downstairs. Jessie overhears all of the comments and tells April everything. This leads to a series of confrontations between various members of the house, culminating in the house coming together to sing "the most forlorn version of 'Happy Birthday' ever." During the "Slap Shot" competition, contestants took part in a hockey goal shooting competition. At the end of each round, the least accurate shooter was eliminated and received a consolation prize. The last player standing got their pick of the prizes. Jessie won letters from home, Memphis won a slop pass and the right to put another player on slop and he chose Jerry, April won $10,000, and Michelle won the infamous red unitard. Libra was the winner of the competition, but chose to take a Hawaiian vacation instead, and gave Jerry, the runner-up, the Power of Veto for the week. He chose to leave nominations intact. Following numerous arguments in the house, several HouseGuests turned on Jessie, and in turn, April and Ollie, and decided to go against April's wishes and evict Jessie. On Day 31, Jessie was evicted in a four to three vote.
Following Jessie's eviction, HouseGuests competed in the "Rude Awakening" HoH competition. The night before the eviction, loud and annoying wake-up calls sent in by viewers were played on the intercom while the houseguests were trying to sleep. The contestants were asked a series of true-or-false questions about the wake-up calls. One was eliminated if they answered incorrectly, unless everyone got a question wrong. Michelle was the last standing and won HoH. On Day 31, a verbal war among most HouseGuests erupted in the house and lasted for hours. It started with a misunderstanding between Michelle and Renny, and deteriorated from there when Michelle told Libra and Keesha "not to hide" from her. Libra then let it be known that she found it humorous that April is now "best friends" with Michelle, which in turn leads to a screaming match between April and Libra, with April calling Libra a "bitch" and stated that Libra "swore on her children" not to evict Jessie, which Libra strongly denied. Also during the fight, Jerry yelled at Libra that she was going "out the door", and that she was a "dummy." This set Libra off, as she graduated cum laude from Rice University. The fight ended with Roman Catholic April commenting that Dan is a "disgrace to her religion"; Michelle and Jerry agreed and suggested that he would "burn in hell" for evicting Jessie, which Memphis and Libra thought was too excessive. Dan hid from the conflict the entire time in another room. In the "In the News" food competition, HouseGuests faced off against nine of the most memorable HouseGuests from past seasons, which were Chicken George from seasons 1 & 7, Mike Boogie from seasons 2 & 7, Bunky from season 2, Amy from season 3, Jun from season 4, Jase from seasons 5 & 7, Janelle from seasons 6 & 7, Jen from season 8, and Matt from season 9. This competition was hosted by Brian, the first evictee of this season. Each HouseGuest was given a piece of news and had to figure out whether it was real or fake. The ex-HouseGuests had to try to convince the HouseGuests that the news was either real or fake. If the HouseGuests got the answer wrong than the ex-houseguest that they faced off against would win $1,000. If they got the answer right than the houseguest would win food for a particular day of the week or a special prize. Keesha and Renny won food for Tuesday and Sunday. Michelle won a feast for the HouseGuests. On Day 32, Keesha and Libra were nominated for eviction. Jerry won the "Cry Me a Veto" PoV competition, and chose to leave nominations the same. On Day 38, Libra was evicted in a unanimous vote.
Following Libra's eviction, Renny won the "Diary Room Confessionals" HoH competition, in which HouseGuests listened to comments made by the first four evictees (Brian, Steven, Angie, and Jessie) in the diary room. The first one to buzz in had to say which one they thought said the quote. If one was correct, they eliminated someone else from the competition, but if one was wrong, they were eliminated. On Day 39, HouseGuests competed in the "Big Brother Rock, Paper, Scissors" food competition. In this version, slop "drowned" pig ears, pig ears "silenced" crickets, and crickets "hopped" slop. The teams took on each other one-on-one and filled out on a board with their food pick. The person who won the rock, paper, scissors part with their choice then had to eat what they wrote down. If they were successful, their team got a point. The first team to earn four points had food for the week, while the losing team got stuck on slop and lollipops. Lollipops were a part of America's Choice poll which asked what food the Slop eaters should get. Renny chose to nominate Jerry and April for eviction. In the "Haunted Yard" competition, the HouseGuests examine the haunted items in the yard for 5 minutes. They are then asked to estimate the amount of the examined items on a bigger scale. First houseguest to get three points will win the PoV. HouseGuests can choose to fold or save, if they fold, they cannot get a point, however they stay in the game. If the HouseGuests save and have the number furthest away from the correct answer they are eliminated. The HouseGuest with an answer closest to the correct answer will receive a point. Dan and Jerry both had two points but Dan was the closest to the last question and won the Power of Veto. He later chose to leave nominations the same. On Day 45, April was evicted four to one vote.
Following April's eviction, HouseGuests competed in the "King of the Jungle" endurance HoH, in which HouseGuests were suspended on rope swings above the backyard. The last person sitting on their swing became the new HoH. To make it more interesting, the HouseGuests had "rain" pouring on them, and every now and then, the rope swings would move back and forth. Dan won after Ollie dropped at the three hour and forty-eight minute mark. On Day 46, Dan chose to nominate Jerry and Memphis for eviction. The following day, Memphis won the "One Giant Leap" Veto competition, in which HouseGuests wore Astronaut suits and were suspended from a cable in the backyard. HouseGuests had to go from one side of the yard to the other and collect puzzle pieces one at a time to complete the puzzle. The game was played in three heats. Keesha won heat one, Memphis won heat two, and Memphis won the third and final heat for the Power of Veto. On Day 49, Memphis chose to use the Power of Veto on himself, and Dan named Michelle as his replacement nominee. On Day 49, Ollie, who had been lied to by Dan, expressed his anger by breaking various objects around the house and telling Memphis to "suck my dick, you little faggot!" The outburst received negative media attention from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Despite the minor house damage and outbursts, Ollie was counseled by Big Brother and not ejected from the game. On Day 52, Michelle was evicted in a three to one vote. The HouseGuests later learned that it would be a Fast Forward night, and a second HouseGuest would be evicted. Keesha won the "Big Brother Headlines" competition, minutes later, and chose to nominate Jerry and Ollie for eviction. Dan later won the "Veto In a Haystack" PoV competition, in which HouseGuests had to dig through hay to find two Veto pieces. He chose to leave Keesha's nominations the same. Minutes later, Ollie was evicted in a unanimous vote.
Later that night, Jerry won the "Days Go By" Head of Household competition, in which HouseGuests were taken outside, where four large skee-ball machines awaited them. There were 52 spaces at the end of the alley, representing the number of days they were in the house. They would be asked a question about what day a certain event happened. They would roll the skee-ball to the day they thought that event occurred. The day would be revealed, and for every day off they were from the actual day, they would receive one penalty point. The player with the least penalty points would win HoH. The following day, Jerry nominated Dan and Keesha for eviction. On Day 54, Memphis won the "Rock A Bye Veto" PoV competition, in which HouseGuests were secluded from each other, and one by one, they would enter the backyard, which was transformed into a nursery. There were six pictures of "babies" that were created by fusing the faces of two HouseGuests. They then would have to figure out which two HouseGuests formed the picture. The player who did this the fastest would win the Veto. He later chose to use the Power of Veto on Dan, and Renny was named his replacement nominee. Renny was evicted in a two to zero vote on Day 59.
Following Renny's eviction, Dan won the "Freeze Frame" HoH competition, in which HouseGuests were shown images from previous competitions played in the season. They were then given statements based on the images shown earlier. They would then decide whether the statement was true or false. The HouseGuest with the most correct answers after 7 questions would be the new Head of Household. Dan had the most correct answers and became the new Head of Household. On Day 59, Dan became the new Head of Household. On Day 60, Memphis won the "Stairway to Veto" final Power of Veto competition. He chose to use it on himself on Day 64, automatically nominating Keesha as the only possible replacement. He later chose to cast the sole vote to evict Keesha. Dan won the "On a Wing and Prayer" endurance part of the Final HoH, leaving Memphis and Jerry to face off in Round 2 of the Final HoH. Memphis and Jerry competed in the second part of the final HoH competition. One at a time, each HouseGuest would go through ten rounds; in each round, they would knock down cut-outs of all the HouseGuests. In each round, they would knock over most of the cut outs, and would leave only the HoH and the final nominees from the week corresponding to the round number standing. The HouseGuest to finish in the fastest time was the winner. Memphis won Part 2, completing the competition nearly 45 minutes faster than Jerry. On Day 66, Dan won the "Jury Statements" competition, becoming the Final HoH of the season. He chose to evict Jerry. On Day 71, Dan was crowned the winner of Big Brother 10 in a unanimous seven to zero vote. This is the first and only time the final vote has been unanimous.
Broadcasts and Interactivity
On April 14, 2008 CBS announced Big Brother 10 would return on July 13, 2008, with episodes airing on Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. During the season finale of Big Brother: After Dark on April 27, 2008 it was confirmed that the companion show would return for Big Brother 10. House Calls: The Big Brother Talk Show will also return for Big Brother 10. CBS and AirPlay announced on July 9, 2008 the launch of the first interactive Big Brother game called "Big Brother Live TV Challenge". The game will allow fans to compete against other fans in various live Internet and text messaging challenges tied to knowledge of past episodes and predictions of future events on the show and will begin on the premiere night. CBSMobile.com will continue to provide mobile wallpapers, breaking news text alerts and other features to subscribers. Starting July 31, Big Brother 10 moved from Wednesdays to Thursdays at 8 p.m (live ET/delayed PT).
Viewers (from Canada and United States) have control over a player. From July 29 to August 7, Dan, after accepting the offer by America to become their designated player, was asked to complete various tasks that America specifies (via text messaging or voting on CBS.com) for a chance to win $20,000 at the end of the week. Viewers were able to vote on tasks from the end of an episode until midnight Pacific Time. Once Dan received the tasks, he made meaningful efforts to complete the tasks in any way he could.
Tues, Jul 29
Who do you want to become the next America's Player?
Thurs, Jul 31
Which HouseGuest do you want Dan to try to get nominated?
Sun, Aug 3
Which HouseGuest do you want Dan to hug for 10 seconds?
Tue, Aug 5
Which HouseGuest do you want Dan to vote to evict?
The voting table below records whom each HouseGuest voted to evict during his or her time in the House. The Head of Household ("HoH") and nominees are not allowed to vote, unless the vote is tied, in which case the Head of Household breaks the tie. Twists to the normal nominations process are noted, such as immunity from nomination and eviction (referred to as "exempt") and double evictions. The last seven evictees of the season are part of the Jury of Big Brother 10, who vote for the winner during the Finale.
^: The HouseGuests vote for who to win, not to evict. Only the last seven HouseGuests evicted can vote. Dan won $20,000 for his America's Player tasks, bringing his total amount of money to $520,000.
Big Brother 10 aired episodes three times a week, with shows airing Sundays at 8 p.m., Tuesdays at 9 p.m., and Thursdays at 8 p.m. Originally the live eviction was scheduled for Wednesdays at 8 p.m. but on July 25, 2008 CBS announced Big Brother and Greatest American Dog would swap nights effective on July 31, 2008 returning the live eviction to Thursdays. The premiere episode which aired Sunday July 13, 2008 scored 6.29 million viewers, which was the "lowest rated season premiere for the show."
Controversy and criticism
Big Brother 10 came under fire from critics such as the Parents Television Council for airing the word "fucking" during the Tuesday, August 5 episode of the show. The event in question was aired during an argument between Libra and Jessie in which Libra said: "Memphis was in the fucking room!"