Big Brother 6 (Courtesy Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Big Brother 6 was the sixth season of the American reality television series Big Brother. The series premiered on July 7, 2005 and concluded on September 20 when Maggie Ausburn was crowned the winner with four votes from the jury. 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 will vote to evict one of their own until two HouseGuests remain on finale night. The highlight programs were announced by Clayton A.S. Halsey. Julie Chen hosted the season premiere, evictions and the season finale.
The sixth season of CBS's Big Brother featured 14 HouseGuest competing to win the grand prize. The HouseGuests compete to win a $500,000 prize, with a $50,000 prize offered to the runner-up. Unlike previous seasons, each HouseGuest entered the game with a secret partner, their partner being someone they knew prior to entering the house. If a secret pair were to make it to the Final Two together, the winner would earn $1,000,000 and the runner-up would receive $250,000. Kaysar and Michael were the first pair to be evicted, while Ivette and Beau were the last remaining pair. This was the first season to be filmed in the newly remodeled Big Brother house, located in a CBS sound stage previously used to film the sitcom, Yes, Dear.
Houseguests Janelle Pierzina, James Rhine, Howie Gordon, and Kaysar Ridha returned to compete in Big Brother 7: All-Stars, where they placed 3rd, 7th, 8th, and 10th respectively. Runner-Up Ivette Corredero was a candidate to return for that season, but ultimately was not selected to return. HouseGuest April Lewis also returned during Big Brother: All Stars and participated in a Power of Veto competition. HouseGuest Eric Littmann also made a brief appearance that season, in which he stole an object for an upcoming Head of Household competition. Janelle went on to make brief appearances in seasons eight, ten, and eleven and in 2012 she returned as a "coach" and in a twist returned as a HouseGuest on Big Brother 14. She came in 12th place.
Broadcast and platforms
The main television coverage of Big Brother was screened in three weekly highlight programs that were transmitted on Saturdays 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. 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. 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. Mobile users were also able to interact and influence the show through SMS text messaging.
The house used for Big Brother 6 differed greatly from the house used for the first five seasons. 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 47 cameras and 76 microphones to record the participants. The art department that created the competitions for the program was located outside the House. The main new addition to the house was the addition of a second floor, which was home to the Head of Household bedroom. The spy-screen, which made its debut in Big Brother 5, returned for this season. Another new addition was that of an indoor gym, which the HouseGuests had to unlock by figuring out the passcode. The House featured two bedrooms, excluding the Head of Household room. The first room featured ten beds, three sleeping bags, and a cot. Rachel, the first Head of Household, was later given clues to find a second bedroom, which she eventually did. The new bedroom is adjacent to the first, and featured two king-sized beds. The room was entirely gold colored, and featured three safe boxes.
The format remained largely unchanged from previous seasons. HouseGuests were sequestered 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. HouseGuests also took part in a weekly food competition, with the losing team being placed on the peanut butter and jelly diet for a week. Some competitions allowed all HouseGuests to earn food for the week, while others cause them all to lose food for the week. 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 record 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 evictees of the season, known as the jury members, voted for the winner on the season finale. The jury members were sequestered in a separate house and were 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.
Aside from the usual format, various changes were made for Big Brother 6. The main change was that each HouseGuest had a secret partner in the game. Unlike in Big Brother 9, the partners each competed as individuals, were nominated as individuals, and were evicted as individuals. The partners in the game had each known each other before entering the house. April and Jennifer were sorority sisters, Ashlea and Janelle were former roommates, Beau and Ivette were former co-workers, Eric and Maggie are friends, as are Howie and Rachel, and Kaysar and Michael are neighbors. James was originally supposed to bring his friend Mike into the house as his secret partner, but Mike dropped out last minute without even telling James. James then picked his girlfriend, Sarah, to be his secret partner. Initially, each secret pair thought that they were the only secret pair. If both members of a secret pair reached the final two, the game's winner would receive a prize of $1 million, while the runner-up would receive $250,000. Despite this, the HouseGuests quickly figured it out, and host Julie Chen officially confirmed the twist minutes before the third live eviction.
All 14 HouseGuests entered the house on Day 1 with their secret partner. They then competed in the first food competition, "Wipe Out", which put half of the HouseGuests on the peanut butter and jelly diet. The members of the winning team then competed in an endurance competition against each other, which Rachel won. The seven members of the team that won the food competition promised to stick together for a few weeks, while Eric attempted to form a guys alliance with himself, Kaysar, Michael and James. Rachel was given clues about a hidden bedroom, which she later found. Inside of the bedroom were three locked safes, as well as the key to the hot tub. On Day 3, Ashlea and Kaysar were nominated for eviction. On Day 7, HouseGuests competed in the "Rec-Tangled" Power of Veto competition. Rachel chose Maggie to compete with her, while Kaysar chose Eric and Ashlea chose Howie. Rachel won the competition, which required HouseGuests to untangle a rope while climbing over various poles. Though initially considering using the Power of Veto on Ashlea to nominate Jennifer, Rachel ultimately chose not to use the Power of Veto. On Day 12, Ashlea was evicted in a nine to two vote, receiving the votes of Janelle and James.
Following Ashlea's eviction, Eric won the "Fast & Easy" HoH competition, in which the HouseGuests who answered a question last was eliminated. The following day, HouseGuests competed in the "Snack Shack from Hell" food competition, in which they ate various meals which consisted of disgusting foods. On Day 13, Eric nominated Michael and Janelle in the house, who had formed a romantic relationship in the house. On Day 14, James won the "High and Dry" Veto competition, which required HouseGuests to transport cups of water across the yard to get a ball out of a glass box. James chose not to use the Power of Veto. Eric and Michael engaged in an argument that led to producers having to separate them by placing them in different rooms. Minutes later, Kaysar and Ivette had an argument that also required producers to intervene. On Day 19, Michael was evicted in a nine to one vote, only receiving the vote of his partner, Kaysar.
Following Michael's eviction, Kaysar won the "Majority Rules" Head of Household competition, in which HouseGuests answered A or B questions based on how they felt the majority would vote. On Day 20, HouseGuests competed in the "Will Spell for Food" food competition, in which they had to correctly spell various words that were about food. Each correct answer allowed the group to remove a slot from a wheel. If the wheel landed on an empty slot, they won food for the week. The house lost food for the week. Kaysar later nominated James and Maggie for eviction. When talking with James, Kaysar revealed he knew that James and Sarah were partners, and after James confessed, Kaysar made an alliance with them. He then added Rachel, Howie, and Janelle to the alliance, and they began to refer to themselves as the "Sovereign Six" alliance. On Day 21, James won the "Knight Moves" Power of Veto competition, which required HouseGuest to maneuver on a life sized chess board. James later used the Veto to save himself, and Eric was named his replacement nominee. On Day 26, Eric was evicted in a five to four vote, receiving the votes of Jennifer, Ivette, Beau and April.
Following her partner's eviction, Maggie won the "Power Roller" HoH competition, involving the HouseGuests rolling a ball and attempting to avoid holes throughout the path. After winning HoH, Maggie formed the "Friendship" alliance with Ivette, Beau, Jennifer, and April. The HouseGuest later competed in the "Matching Munchies" competition, in which one group of HouseGuests had to guess the answer to a question using food, and had to match their answer with a member of the other group. The HouseGuests won food for the week. On Day 27, Maggie nominated Kaysar and James for eviction, feeling they were most responsible for Eric's eviction the previous week. The following day, HouseGuests competed in the "Couch Potato" Power of Veto competition, which involved them throwing balls at their television in an attempt to change the channel to 5. Sarah won the Power of Veto, and chose to use it on James. Maggie named Janelle his replacement nominee. On Day 29, Rachel, Sarah, and Jennifer won the "Big Brother Movie Marquee" luxury competition, and won a movie night in the HoH room. On Day 33, Kaysar was evicted in a seven to one vote, only receiving the vote of James. It was revealed that a previously evicted HouseGuest would later return to the game, though Ashlea was not eligible as she had voluntarily chosen to leave sequester after being evicted.
Following Kaysar's eviction, Howie won the "Eliminator" competition, in which HouseGuests answered questions and chose which contestants were eliminated each round. HouseGuests later competed in the "Conveyer Belch" food competition, which required them to eat various desserts as they came out of a conveyer belt. The team with the most uneaten food at the end of the competition lost. When talking with Maggie, Howie learned that James had sworn on the bible to nominate Howie and Rachel should he win HoH. Not realizing James was lying, Howie nominated James and Sarah for eviction, causing a rift in the "Sovereign" alliance. James later won the "A Lotta Pinata" Power of Veto competition, and used the Veto on himself. Howie chose to nominate Ivette as a replacement nominee. On Day 40, Sarah was evicted in a six to one vote. Minutes later, it was revealed Kaysar would be returning to the Big Brother house, and had earned 82% of the public vote over Eric and Michael.
Following Kaysar's return to the house, HouseGuests competed in the "Pressure Cooker" HoH competition, which required them to hold onto a button while standing in a glass box. Each eliminated HouseGuest opened a box with either a reward or a punishment in it. When the competition came down to Kaysar and Jennifer, she promised Kaysar safety and said she would backdoor James from the house. He agreed, and Jennifer became the new Head of Household. On Day 41, Jennifer nominated Janelle and Rachel for eviction and said she would backdoor James after the Veto was used. On Day 42, Rachel won the "Coast For the Most" Veto competition and used the Power of Veto on herself. Jennifer went back on her word and nominated Kaysar as a replacement nominee. Following the nomination, Janelle and Howie went on a rampage against the members of the "Friendship" alliance, with Howie referring to April as "busto", in reference to her breast augmentation. Janelle also attacked April, calling her a "gold-digger" and Jennifer a "slut". A drunk Janelle and Beau later had a physical altercation that involved shoving and scratching. On Day 47, Kaysar was re-evicted in a seven to zero vote.
Following Kaysar's second eviction, Janelle won the "Face the Facts" quiz based HoH competition. Immediately after winning, she yelled at Jennifer, "Give me that key, bitch!", prompting Jennifer to toss the key across the yard. Janelle then taunted her, commenting, "Pack your bags, Jenny!" After returning inside, the HouseGuests learned that it was a Double Eviction week, and that Janelle would immediately make her nominations. Janelle nominated Jennifer and Maggie for eviction. Following her nomination, Janelle spouted the now infamous line "Bye, bye, bitches!" just as the live show ended. The phrase is often used as a catch phrase by Big Brother fans, and is considered one of the most iconic Big Brother moments. On Day 48, Janelle won the "Goal For It" Veto competition, which had a hockey theme. She removed Maggie from the block, and nominated Ivette as her replacement nominee. On Day 49, Jennifer was evicted in a five to one vote, only receiving the vote of her partner, April. Following her eviction, Beau won the "On the House" Head of Household competition. The following day, he nominated Rachel and Howie for eviction. Later, James won the "Get Your Pairings" straight Veto competition, and left nominations the same. Rachel was evicted from the house on Day 54, in a five to zero vote.
Following Rachel's eviction, April won the "High/Low" HoH competition, a quiz-based competition which involved HouseGuests stepping up or down on a staircase. She nominated Howie and Janelle for eviction, though secretly planned on backdooring James. On Day 56, April won the "Playing Dirty" Veto competitions, in which HouseGuests dug through the mud to find keys. After winning the competition, April used the Power of Veto on Janelle, and nominated James as a replacement nominee. On Day 61, James was evicted in a four to zero vote.
Following James's eviction, Howie won the "Playing It Straight" HoH competition, which required HouseGuests to roll a bowling ball down a line for as long as possible. Upon returning inside, the HouseGuests learned it would be another Double Eviction Week, and Howie would immediately make his nominations. He chose to nominate Ivette and Beau, the last secret pair remaining in the house. On Day 62, Holly from Big Brother 5 entered the house to host the "Roll Me a Veto" Veto competition, which had a gambling theme. Maggie won the Power of Veto, and chose to leave nominations the same. On Day 63, Beau was evicted in a three to zero vote. Following his eviction, Ivette won the "Magnetic Attraction" quiz based HoH, in which a magnet told the HouseGuests whether they had answered correctly or incorrectly. On Day 64, she nominated Howie and Janelle for eviction. After Janelle won the "Morph-O-Matic" Veto competition, she removed herself from the block and April was named her replacement nominee. On Day 68, the vote came down to a tie, and Ivette cast the deciding vote to evict Howie from the house.
Following Howie's eviction, Janelle won the "Before or After" Head of Household competition, ensuring her a spot in the final three. She nominated Maggie and Ivette for eviction. On Day 70, Ivette won the "Missing Link" final Power of Veto competition, and chose to remove herself from the block. She then cast the sole vote to evict April from the house. On Day 73, the final three competed in the "The Key to Being Safe" endurance competition, which served as the first round of the Final HoH competition. Ivette won the competition. On Day 74, Janelle won the second part of the HoH, "Pad-Locked", after she figured out the code before Maggie. On Day 76, Janelle and Ivette competed in the "Jury Statements" competition, the last round of the Final HoH. Ivette won the competition, thus becoming the Final HoH of the season. She then cast the sole vote to evict Janelle. On Day 80, Maggie was crowned the winner of Big Brother 6 in a four to three jury vote, receiving the votes of April, Howie, Rachel and Jennifer.
A record of the votes cast, stored in a voting-table, shows how each HouseGuest voted to evict throughout his or her time in the house. The Head of Household and the nominees are not allowed to vote, but in the event of a tie, the Head of Household will break it. 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 6, who will then vote for the winner during the Finale.
Each houseguest entered the house with a "secret partner," whom he or she knew prior to the show. These pairs are indicated by matching colors in the chart. If both members of a pair made the final two, the winner would receive a prize of $1 million, while the runner-up would receive $250,000. Unlike Big Brother 9, the members of each pair played as individuals throughout the entirety of the game.
^: Kaysar was evicted for the first time on Day 33 and re-entered the house after Day 40. He received 82% of the public vote to return. ^: Double eviction, less than 48 hours after the live Thursday night broadcast, another HouseGuest would be evicted. Within 48 hours a HoH competition, nominations, Power of Veto competition, Veto ceremony and eviction was held. ^: Another double eviction took place, within 48 hours a HoH competition, nominations, Power of Veto competition and Veto ceremony and eviction was held. ^: During the second eviction of Week 9, Ivette as the HoH had to vote to break a tie. ^: In the final week, the HoH is the only HouseGuest eligible to vote for eviction since the other two HouseGuests are nominated for eviction by default. ^: Votes in the finale are cast for the HouseGuests choice to win, not for who to evict. Only the last seven HouseGuests evicted can vote.
Controversy & criticism
In season 6, HouseGuests Eric Littman and Michael Donnellan got into a confrontation regarding comments Michael made about Eric's family. Earlier in the evening, Rachel who was eavesdropping on Janelle and Michael in the Gold Room overheard Michael make a poor joke about Eric's grandparents to Janelle. Rachel told Eric that she heard them badmouthing his family. Later that night Eric and Ivette were outside discussing the incident when Michael went outside. Eric provoked Michael who retorted, calling Eric "a midget with a small penis." Eric lost all control going after Michael. The other HouseGuests blocked Eric's attack at Michael. Big Brother intervened, telling Eric to leave the backyard and go to the Diary Room, and telling Michael to go to the storage room. Shortly afterwards, Ivette told Kaysar he had no respect for women, attacked Kaysar's beliefs and made racial remarks. Big Brother intervened again giving warnings to all HouseGuests. Eric apologized to his fellow HouseGuests, saying he would never hurt anyone.