Big Brother 11 (Courtesy Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Big Brother 11 is the 11th season of the American reality television series Big Brother. It began on July 9, 2009 and aired on CBS and Showtime 2 for 73 days, concluding on September 15, 2009 when Jordan Lloyd was crowned the winner with four votes from the jury and one vote from the viewing public. The format of the program remained largely unchanged from previous seasons; a group of contestants, referred to as HouseGuests, are enclosed in the Big Brother House under the surveillance of cameras and microphones. Each week the HouseGuests voted to evict one of their own until two HouseGuests remained on finale night. The winner was decided by last six evicted HouseGuests, known as the Big Brother Jury. The highlight programs were announced by Clayton A.S. Halsey, Julie Chen fronted the season premiere, evictions and the season finale and Ross Mathews hosted Big Brother segments on Inside Dish with Ross Mathews.
The program included 13 participants, one of whom was expelled by the producers for constant rule breaking while the fate of the others were decided by their peers. The HouseGuests were competing to win a $500,000 prize with a $50,000 prize offered to the runner up. Due to an increase in ratings over the previous season the season finale was extended from one hour to two hours with the final two being determined on finale night. Due to the removal of a HouseGuest the American public became known as the seventh Jury member and voted for the winner along with six former HouseGuests that made up the Jury. This edition of Big Brother also attracted controversy with accusations of homophobia, racism and the editing style of the program from viewers and critics.
Winner Jordan Lloyd and fellow HouseGuest Jeff Schroeder returned to host a Power of Veto competition in Big Brother 12. They returned again the following year to compete in Big Brother 13, where they placed 4th and 7th respectively.
Big Brother 11 was produced by Endemol USA and Allison Grodner Productions with Allison Grodner, Rich Meehan and Scott Einziger returned as executive producer. This season of the program was announced on September 18, 2008, three days after the season finale of Big Brother 10. Casting for the program began during the final week of Big Brother 10 with potential applicants submitting video tape submissions. Open auditions began on April 1, 2009 in Michigan by local CBS affiliate WLNS-TV and continued across the nation in various cities including Los Angeles, California, Chicago, Illinois, Waverly, Iowa, and Columbus, Ohio. Applications and video tape submissions were due by May 4, 2009. Applicants chosen to be a finalist went to Los Angeles, California from which applicants were narrowed down to a pool of forty finalists. Julie Chen interviewed casting director Robyn Kass and former HouseGuests Mike Malin and Brian Hart about the upcoming season and their experiences going through casting on March 19, 2009. Julie Chen confirmed that she would continue to host Big Brother during her pregnancy despite tabloid rumors stating she would take maternity leave.
Broadcasts and platforms
The main television coverage of Big Brother was screened in three weekly highlight programs that were transmitted on Sundays at 8 p.m. (ET/PT), Tuesdays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT), and Thursdays at 8 p.m (live ET/delayed PT) on CBS in the United States and Global Television Network in Canada. The episodes summarize the events of the previous two to three days in the House. Along side these shows is a spin-off show, Big Brother: After Dark, which screens three hours live directly from the House was shown on Showtime 2. For the first time in the history of the show, Big Brother had a two-hour live season finale, which aired on September 15, an increase from the usual hour.
Big Brother maintained an online platform with live subscription feeds from RealNetworks, a redesigned and relaunched website, online videos, full episodes, a fantasy game and segments on Inside Dish with Ross Mathews. For the first time Big Brother launched two Twitter accounts; one featured updates from the production staff and one featured updates from the current Head of Household. Episodes of Big Brother continued to be streamed on CBS Mobile Channel on FLOTV. Mobile users were also able to interact and influence the show through SMS text messaging and, for the first time, a simulation game based on Big Brother was also available to mobile customers.
As with each season since Big Brother 6, the program was filmed at CBS Studios in Studio City, California. The production team was located in the second story of the House which included the story department, audio department and the switchers and shaders. The House was equipped with 52 cameras and 80 microphones to record the participants. The art department that created the competitions for the program was located outside the House. The House theme was eco-friendly and modern California living was released on June 29 during media day, where select members of the press were invited to spend 12 hours inside the House. Official pictures of the House interior were released by CBS on the same day, showing the living room, bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom, lounge room and backyard. The living room featured chipboard walls with fake plants along the side. The spa that was featured in the House since season nine was removed and replaced with exercise bikes that when operated would power a light bulb. The former spa room featured recycled products like wood, plastic and aluminum turned into wallpaper. There was also a shipping container-based bathroom, an open kitchen that paid respects to the Pacific Rim and a portable garden where the HouseGuests would collect compost and grow their own herb garden was added to the backyard. The House included four bedrooms each varying in design and comfort. The Head of Household bedroom featured a penthouse design with a waterfall and a faux ocean front view while the first bedroom featured a VIP club lounge design, the second bedroom resembled the bottom of a public pool and the third bedroom was a simplistic gray with metal slabs used as beds.
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.
In a change from previous seasons, the food competitions were changed to Have vs. Have-Not competitions. HouseGuests was divided into either the "Haves" or the "Have Nots" depending on their performance in the competitions. HouseGuests that became "Have Nots" for the week were only allowed to eat slop and a weekly food restriction, chosen by the viewing public, cold showers and sleeping on metal beds. A new rule was revealed this season, in the event a HouseGuest that would be part of the jury to determine the winner voluntarily leaves the House or is expelled by Big Brother the American public replaced that HouseGuest on the jury and voted for the winner along with the remaining jury members.
Twelve of the thirteen HouseGuests were revealed during The Early Show on July 1, 2009 by Julie Chen. During the season premiere the HouseGuests were split into four cliques and Jessie Godderz was revealed as the final HouseGuest during the season premiere on July 9, 2009 after the Athletes clique won the first Head of Household competition.
During the first night, the group of twelve was divided into four high school cliques of three; Athletes, Populars, Brains and Off-beats. The HouseGuests competed as individuals except when one member of a clique won Head of Household all members of that clique were immune from eviction. In the first Head of Household competition "The Wedgie" the HouseGuests were suspended by underwear attached to a rope and were required to hang on to a toilet seat. A HouseGuest was eliminated when they let go of their toilet seat. Four past HouseGuests returned to support one of the cliques in the House; Michael "Cowboy" Ellis of Big Brother 5 supported the Off-beats, Jessica Hughbanks of Big Brother 8 supported the Populars, and Brian Hart and Jessie Godderz from Big Brother 10 supported the Brains and Athletes respectively. None of the twelve HouseGuests in the House would be able to become the first Head of Household instead the winning clique would earn one of the previous HouseGuests that were supporting their clique and that person would become the first Head of Household. Natalie and Russell won the competition for the Athletes allowing Jessie to return to the House as a full HouseGuest and the first Head of Household.
The first Have and Have Not competition of the series saw the Brains, Off-beats, and Popular cliques competing in the "Big Brother Rave". This challenge saw the cliques having to construct a series of pipes to get brightly colored "Rave Juice" from one side of the backyard to the other, with the stipulation that the "Rave Juice" had to travel through each letter of the word "Have" (each letter in the word was pre-constructed from piping).The Off-beats and the Populars were the first and second cliques to complete the challenge and became "Haves" along with the Athletes while the Brains were unable to complete the challenge and became the first "Have Nots." Chima and Lydia were initially nominated for eviction by Jessie on Day 5. Jessie, Russell, Chima, Natalie, Lydia and Jeff took part in the Power of Veto competition "Pop Goes the Veto!" where the HouseGuests had to bust giant pimples on a face to collect Scrabble tiles in ten minutes. The HouseGuest that formed the longest word with their tiles won the competition. Russell won the competition and used the Veto to save Lydia from eviction and Jessie nominated Braden as her replacement. Braden was evicted on Day 12 with a 6-5 vote after Jessie broke the tie to evict him.
Shortly after the eviction the second Head of Household competition called "Most Likely To..." was held. The HouseGuests were asked questions regarding how the American public voted in an online poll regarding the cliques. If a HouseGuest answered the question correctly they could eliminate another HouseGuest but if a HouseGuest answered incorrectly they were eliminated. Ronnie won the competition becoming the second Head of Household and earned immunity for the Brains clique from eviction and becoming the Have Nots for the week. The weekly Have and Have Not competition was replaced with a luxury competition hosted by Dan Gheesling, winner of Big Brother 10, called "Who Knows The Ugly Truth?" The HouseGuests had to guess answers to questions posed to House Guests of the opposite gender for each correct answer the HouseGuests were given a point. Casey and Chima won the competition with the highest number of points out of their respective gender. They won a screening of The Ugly Truth and they had to choose one clique to become the Have Nots for the week and they chose Jordan and Laura from the Popular clique. At the nomination ceremony on Day 13, Ronnie nominated Laura and Jeff for eviction. Ronnie, Laura, Jeff, Natalie, Casey and Russell competed to win the Power of Veto in "The Big Brother Mint". The HouseGuests competed in four rounds consisting of two minutes each with the goal of collecting a certain amount of money in a certain denomination. The HouseGuests farthest from the specified amount was eliminated while the winner of the round could have taken a mystery prize gift but in doing so would have been eliminated. Jeff won the competition and earned the Power of Veto. Jeff chose to use the Power of Veto to save himself and Ronnie nominated Jordan as the replacement nominee. Laura was evicted on Day 19 by a vote of 8-1.
Later that day, Jessie won the Head of Household competition "Buzzworthy" which required the HouseGuests to launch a ball into a group of buckets that resembled a honeycomb with the aim of getting the highest score. The Athletes became immune from nomination or being the Have-Nots for the week for the second time in three weeks. Only one member from each of the cliques competed in the Have and Have Not competition "Back Yard Bash" which required the three participants to wear beer goggles, ride in motorized kegs and throw giant foam ice cubes into the opposing cliques barrel. Chima, Jordan and Kevin took part in the competition with the Brains becoming the Have Nots for the week. In addition to slop the viewing public voted to give the Have Nots cabbage and cocktail weenies for the week. On Day 20, Jordan and Michele were initially nominated for eviction by Jessie. Michele won the Power of Veto called "When Pigs Fly" where the HouseGuests had to collect truffles that were buried in a pigsty. Each truffle contained a number value from one to ten or a prize and each player could only keep four total truffles. After the HouseGuests finished collecting their truffles they could take a mystery envelop that could help or hinder them in winning the Power of Veto, Chima and Jordan were the only two HouseGuests not to take an envelop. Casey also won a margarita party for the House and had to wear a banana suit for an entire week while Jessie won $2,500 for himself. Michele used the Power of Veto to save herself from eviction and Jessie nominated Casey for eviction in her place. Casey was evicted on Day 26 by a vote of 7-1 with Russell only voting in his favor. Prior to the Head of Household competition, the HouseGuests were informed that the cliques were disbanded and everyone was on their own plus voting was open to the viewing public to determine who would win a "mystery power." The public was informed the power was the Coup d'État first introduced in Big Brother: All-Stars.
Later that night the fourth Head of Household competition saw the HousGuests seated on a "graduation cap" swing holding onto a rope in the air while at random the HouseGuests would spin around, get hit by a foam diploma and be "rained out." Russell was the last HouseGuest to remain on his swing and won the competition. The first five HouseGuests that dropped were able to pick a graduation present. Kevin was the first to drop and won $5,000, Lydia was the second and won a plasma television, Ronnie and Natalie were the third and fourth to drop and won nothing. Jessie, Kevin and Natalie became the Have Nots for the week after Jordan won the right to choose three HouseGuests to become the Have Nots in the Head of Household competition. The viewing public voted to give the Have Nots squid and squash for the week. Lydia and Ronnie were nominated for eviction on Day 27. In the Power of Veto competition "Vini Vidi Veto" which saw Russell, Lydia, Ronnie, Michele, Kevin and Jessie competing to win the Veto. Various items, relating to Ancient Rome, were scattered around the backyard and the HouseGuests had five minutes to study each item. The goal of the competition was to acquire three points by correctly guessing numerical answers in each round after revealing the answers the HouseGuests could stay or fold. If a HouseGuest stays and get the furthest from the actual total and become eliminated but if a HouseGuest folded they would remain in the game but wouldn't win a point. Michele won her second Power of Veto competition and decided not to use the Veto leaving the initial nominations intact. Jeff won the power of Coup d'État from the viewing public, it could only be used once and he had to use the power during this or the next eviction. Jeff chose not to overthrow the Head of Household and Ronnie was evicted with a 4-3 vote on Day 33.
The night before the Head of Household competition on Day 32, Big Brother played voice messages sent from the viewers into the House. During the Head of Household competition the next day, the HouseGuests were asked true or false questions about the messages, if a HouseGuest answered incorrectly they were eliminated. Chima won the competition and became the fifth Head of Household. Actor Jeremy Piven entered the House to host the next luxury competition. For the competition the HouseGuests split into two teams of four and the winning team would become Haves for the week and win an advance screening to the movie The Goods. Each team had to fill a station wagon with various items scattered around the backyard plus the entire team each item contained a point value and the team with the most points won. While Chima was exempt from participating she had to choose a team she thought would win before the competition began. Chima's pick, the shirts, which consisted of Jordan, Russell, Jessie, and Natalie won and were able to pick an envelope which contained a check. Russell picked the envelope with the highest amount and won $10,000. The public chose liver and limes as the weekly food restriction for the Have Nots. Chima nominated Lydia and Russell for eviction on Day 34. Chima, Lydia, Russell, Jeff, Natalie and Kevin took part in the Power of Veto competition called "BB Farms" which required the players to navigate an egg up over a chicken wire to retrieve it and place it in their egg counter. Kevin was the first player to get twelve eggs and won the Power of Veto. He chose not to use the Veto leaving Lydia and Russell nominated for eviction. Jeff used the Coup d'État to overthrow Chima and void her nominations. Chima and Kevin were immune from being nominated as they won the Head of Household and Power of Veto respectively. Jessie and Natalie were nominated for eviction by Jeff. Chima, Jeff and the nominees were not allowed to vote during the eviction and Jessie was evicted by a 3-2 vote on Day 40.
Due to the Coup d'État, all the HouseGuests were eligible to win the Head of Household competition called "Hit the Road". Two HouseGuests went head to head answering questions regarding past competitions if a HouseGuest answered correctly their opponent was eliminated but if a HouseGuest answered incorrectly they were eliminated. The sixth Head of Household competition was won by Michele. The HouseGuests split into teams of two for the Have or Have Not competition but they would win food and luxuries as a group. The HouseGuests won hot showers for the week, food for Tuesday through Sunday and a BBQ grill. Michelle nominated Chima and Natalie for eviction on Day 41. Following continual rule breaking by Chima since week one that included ignoring Big Brother when called to the Diary Room on various occasions, refusing to wear her personal microphone when asked by Big Brother on various occasions, threatening to act up during a live show on Day 35, obstructing a camera on Day 40 and throwing her personal microphone into the hot tub, she was expelled from the House on Day 42. Because of Chima's expulsion, Michele's duties as Head of Household were finished and a new Head of Household competition was held.
For the next HoH competition, the backyard was transformed into a country club, and the HouseGuests used giant golf putters to put an oversized golf ball around a giant snail aiming for a hole in one on the other side. A HouseGuest was eliminated each round with the HouseGuest with the lowest score winning the competition. When a player is eliminated they could take one prize but as players are eliminated they could keep their gift or steal a gift of an eliminated HouseGuest. Jordan won the Head of Household competition, taking the Head of Household from Lydia and giving her a spandex outfit and goggles that she must wear for a week. Nataile won a phone call from home, Russell won a spa experience and Jeff won a Hawaiian vacation. Lydia and Natalie were nominated for eviction by Jordan on Day 43. All HouseGuests except for Russell competed for the Power of Veto where the HouseGuests had to guess if an event happened before or after a second event took place. If a HouseGuest answered incorrectly they were eliminated. Jordan won the Power of Veto and chose to let her initial nominations stand. Shortly after Lydia was evicted with a 3-1 vote on Day 47.
After the eviction the HouseGuests competed in the Head of Household competition "Can Do" which required the HouseGuests to drop aluminum cans from a platform into plastic tubes, the first HouseGuest to get twenty-four cans or the first HouseGuest with the most cans in their tube within one hour won the competition. Jeff won the competition and became the Head of Household while Michele and Russell became the Have Nots for the week for having the fewest amount of cans in their tube. The viewing public chose to give the Have Nots churros and chitlins for the week. Jeff nominated Kevin and Natalie for eviction on Day 48. Jeff won the Power of Veto competition which required the HouseGuests to answer a riddle from Otev the Ape, retrieve a banana with a name of an evicted HouseGuest and bring it to Otev. A HouseGuest was eliminated if they answered incorrectly or were the last to bring their banana to Otev. Jeff saved Kevin from eviction and nominated Russell for eviction. Julie Chen revealed to the HouseGuests that Have and Have Not competitions were over and Russell was evicted with a 3-0 vote on Day 54.
In the Head of Household competition "The S'more, the Merrier" the HouseGuests had to fill a sixteen gallon vat with hot chocolate by transporting the hot chocolate from a barrel to the vat on a slippery walkway using an eight ounce cup and retrieve the marshmallow inside the vat. Kevin won the competition and on Day 55 nominated Jeff and Michele for eviction. Kevin discovered a secret room adjacent to the Head of Household room called Pandora's Box that when opened could release something good or bad upon the House or the HouseGuest that accessed the room. Prior to entering, Kevin was shown what the room contained on the monitor which was a giant box with the message "to release $10,000 put your hand in the hole." Kevin decided to comply and entered the room and placed his hand in the room while $10,000 in single U.S. dollar bills fell upon the backyard and his hand was locked in the box while the remaining HouseGuests began to collect the money. In order for Kevin to be released a HouseGuest had to find the key and unlock him. Jeff found the key and freed Kevin from the box allowing him to collect the remaining money. Out of $10,000 Jeff collected the most with $3,181, Michele gathered $2,563, Natalie retrieved $1,904, Jordan collected $1,726 and Kevin collected the remaining $626. All the HouseGuests competed in the Power of Veto competition which required the HouseGuests to correctly identify the two HouseGuests whose faces make up the mashed up "aliens" that show up on different screens in the shortest amount of time. Michele won the competition and in addition to the Power of Veto she won a home entertainment center. She chose to save herself from eviction, Kevin nominated Jordan for eviction. Jeff was evicted from the House with a 2-1 vote on Day 61.
After the eviction the three eligible HouseGuests took part in the Head of Household competition "Fact or Fiction" which required the HouseGuests to step backwards if the answer to a statement is fact or step forward if the answer is fiction. Natalie won the competition after a tiebreaker round. The HouseGuests earned a three and a half minute shopping spree where the inside of the House was transformed into a mini-store where all four HouseGuests could keep any piece of clothing that they could wear. Pandora's Box presented Natalie with the chance to see her boyfriend and forfeit the right to play in the final Power of Veto competition. She chose to see her boyfriend who proposed to her inside the House. Pandora's Box allowed Natalie to extend her visit with her boyfriend by fifteen minutes which sends unwelcome visitors into the House to annoy the other HouseGuests. Kevin and Michele were nominated for eviction on Day 62. Kevin, Jordan, and Michele competed in the Power of Veto competition where the HouseGuests were separated into individual stations and given twenty clues, lined up ten by ten. Their goal is to take ten blocks with the HouseGuests" names on them and match them correctly with the clues. Kevin was the first player to stack the blocks so they correctly answered all the clues and won the final Power of Veto. He chose to evict Michele on Day 66.
After Michele's eviction, the final three HouseGuests began the first part of the final Head of Household competition "Log Jam." The HouseGuests held onto their key that was suspended in the air for as long as possible while trying not to fall off of a moving log. Jordan was the first to fall off of the log while Kevin won the first part of the competition and advanced to round three. Jordan and Natalie were the only two HouseGuests to compete in the second round which determined who would face Kevin in the third round. In the second round, called "Heads will roll", each HouseGuest entered the backyard alone with a giant game table with the numbers one through ten. Each player used balls with names of previous Head of Household winners and place the ball with the correct name into the hole that corresponds with the numerical order in which they reigned.
The player had a two minute time limit and the player with the most correct answers won. Jordan won the second round with nine correct answers Kevin and Jordan competed in the final part of the Head of Household competition called "Jury Statements." The players had to guess the ending of statements made by the jury members. There were two possible answers and the players had to guess the correct ending by picking A or B. After the six jury statements the score was tied 3-3 and each player had to answer the tiebreaker question "including tiebreaker votes, how many total votes to evict have been cast so far this season?" The correct answer was 51 total votes to evict, Jordan won the final Head of Household competition by answering 50. Jordan chose to evict Kevin from the House, shortly after the jury members voted for the winner after asking a series of questions. Natalie was named the runner-up with only two votes from her fellow Housemates. Jeff won the public vote for "America's Favorite HouseGuest" and won $25,000. Jordan won the season after receiving four votes from her fellow Housemates plus a vote from the viewing public.
Weekly in the Big Brother House, the HouseGuests would compete in a Have/Have-Not competition which decides the four or less HouseGuests living on Basic Food Rations for that week in the Big Brother House.