Big Brother Over The Top

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

First Impressions of the Big Brother Over The Top Houseguests

Another season of Big Brother is upon us! With it being just ONE week since the Big Brother 18 finale, it's already time for another batch of houseguests for Big Brother Over The Top! 

Every year I, John (Owner of The Big Brother Insider), sit down and read the CBS's bios, skim some press interviews, and watch some videos and attempt to write down my thoughts on the new batch of houseguests. As I did last season, I decided to invite my writers to join me and offer their first impressions of the houseguests as well. Our general writer; Taylor, and our new opinion columnist; Ashley each offer their own take on this diverse group of newbies.

Here we go, the following is in alphabetical order by first name and is based solely on first impressions from interviews/bio's....

John: I might be a little biased because she already follows me on Twitter, but I really like Alex! She seems very bubble, will likely play a great social game, and knowledgeable. She is a legit superfan, I read somewhere she's a feedster - so up's for that. She said she wants to be remembered for "playing the game" and not floating to jury, but we'll see about that...I have high hopes though. 

Taylor: Dallas, TX girl + a super fan! Fan of hers already. I really like her quirkiness, I think that she will play the social game extremely well. I would say Alex has a good chance of making it close to the end, maybe top 4! I really like her attitude, and think she will be awesome to watch this season.

Ashley: Alex likes the quirky nerds, maybe she'll cling to Scott? I love that she mentions having a strong social game. Her thoughts on the game definitely seem super similar to her sisters. Normally I'd probably be annoyed that we had siblings in the house again so soon but these two are easily my favorites going into the premiere so I don't mind it. My fear for Alex is she seems super concerned with how we view her game and might make big moves just for the sake of making sure America respects her game and big moves aren't always the best moves. 

John: Danielle, the new and improved Zakiyah! Gives me a BBCAN3 Britnee vibe. Says she'll combine Dr.Will, Rachel, and Derrick's games and that's a lot to live up too. Says she's not afraid to play the game and "get blood on her hands". She seems assertive and confident. I like her, but I just get an overall impression she'll end up being a dud.

Taylor: I like Danielle a lot! In her cast interview she said she hopes to dominate competitions, and I love a strong female so I hope she can do that! I also liked that she knew a few of the top players from previous seasons. I’m hoping she will stay true to her cast interview and really play the game this season! I’m thinking she will go final 2!

Ashley: I really really like Danielle and something about her reminds me of Dani Donato so much. I think it's her voice or her mannerisms or something. She sounds like she would be absolutely perfect for BB19 but this is Over The Top. I'm not sure how the new format is going to affect her. It's clear she's a superfan who's ready to go in there and make big moves and play Big Brother in it's purest form. I worry this isn't going to be what she wanted at all. 

John: I don't know what about him I don't like - I just know that I don't like him. He seems annoying and seems more interested in getting in a showmance than playing the game. I feel like he was grabbed outta a bag of recruits and dropped in here without a clue of what to do. He's my first boot prediction.

Taylor: Eh, Justin. Not a fan. I just have the hardest time rooting for people who go into the house wanting a showmance. But, his personality seems fun, I think he will entertain the house… for a week or two before he walks out the door.

Ashley: No. Just no. This guy will not win Big Brother Over The Top. I feel like he didn't mention ANYTHING game related in his game. He sat there giving us random facts about himself almost the entire time and I could see him getting in the house and doing this all day long. I know I for one would be extremely annoyed. 

John: I absolutely love this girl, and after seeing her viral video, I even love her more. I think she's going to bring the entertainment factor and hopefully some good diary rooms. I suspect she'll go far because I have a feeling she'll play a GREAT social game.

Taylor: I liked her saying that she wants to be a mix of a floater and a shark. Kryssie seems like a really cool girl! I just am not sure how she will do. I’m sorry to say I don’t think she is going to be a comp beast, or a social game master. I would imagine she will be out pretty early.

Ashley: Kryssie lives super close to my hometown so a part of me just has to root for her. I was really surprised to hear her say she loved Jordan and also the brigade. Those are the complete opposite of each other but taking bits and pieces from each could really serve her well if she does it right. 

John: Cornbread reminds me of a Chicken George/Donny combination, and I kinda like him. I already predict he'll win America's Favorite Houseguest and I see him going far - like Donny. I think he'll just be that likable guy that people will want to keep around. I don't foresee him making any big moves, will likely just vote with the house and provide entertainment.

Taylor: I agree with cornbread, I think he is a likable guy! He has such a sweet, funny personality. I hope he will go to work in the game like he said, but if not, I think he may go as far as Chicken George, or Donny.

Ashley: First off, what makes a person wake up one day and decide "I'm going to start going by the name Cornbread?" This guy is not really my cup of tea but he is different and I like that. I love when casting goes for someone a little outside the box. He could definitely have some Donny from BB16 upside when it comes to any votes coming from America. 

John: Is Monte our "pretty boy" this season? I can't tell....He said it himself, I suspect he will be a competition beast. He's eager to get into a showmance, and I think he will. He mentioned "strong" and "competitive" a lot in his less than two minute interview. Overall, I think he'll go far.

Taylor: Potential competition beast, country boy Monte! I love Monte, he seems loyal, and like he will isn’t afraid to play the game! I hope he doesn’t allow a showmance to ruin his game. I would love to watch him go final two with Danielle.

Ashley: From Bronte to Monte, this guy has no idea what is in store for him. He definitely looks like he could be good at competitions but the statement "let people know that I'm not to be messed with" doesn't sit right with me. You don't know who's in there yet, you could get along really well with everyone, you shouldn't be thinking like this before entering that house. If he's as loyal as he says he is, he could be a great person to form an early alliance with.

John: She said it herself, "I'm over the top energetic" and she's got a great personality to boot! Morgan seems very calm and collected, and bubbly. She might be a little naive on what's she's got herself into, but I have a feeling her sister Alex will be able to help her navigate the waters. I think she's smart and ready to play the game. She's my official pre-season pick to win.

Taylor: Wow, this is the TX season, I love it! Over the top energetic and southern charm girl sold me already. She seemed really intelligent, and like she can play the game! I think she will make it extremely far, top 2 or 3 for sure. I can’t wait to watch Morgan, and Alex hopefully kill this game!

Ashley: I'm putting this out there now, Morgan is my official pre-season winner pick. I really like her and think she can do great! She reminds me of Allison from BBCAN2 in a way. She's super bubbly and I think has the only pre-game strategy you can truly have without knowing who you're competing against: Get to know everyone. She also seems to understand that the odds of finding your soul mate in the house are pretty rare and probably won't give up her game for a guy.

John: To be honest, Neeley reminds me of a knockoff version of Momma Day, but I still love her. She wants to create a all women alliance......yeahhhh we will see how well that goes. She says she wants to use her sexuality to advance herself if possible, but I just don't foresee that happening with anybody in this group. I predict she'll be the pot stirrer of the season and could bring us some entertaining moments. Overall, I'm looking forward to seeing how she plays the game.

Taylor: Ft. Worth, Texas Woman!!! Yesssss. So close to my home-turf so I can’t not root for her. She seems to have the sass of Da! I can’t wait to watch her, I think she would be entertaining! But, the women alliance comment turned me off. I don’t think Nelley will make it far!

Ashley: Neeley seems like so much fun! I love that she owns being a diva. That is exactly how everyone should walk into Big Brother, know who you are and understand your strengths or weaknesses and use them to your advantage. And let's be real here, I can always appreciate anyone who shares my love for makeup. 

John: Right off the bat, I get Steve BB17 vibes. But after watching his interview, I like him more than I liked Steve pre-season. Scott is very articulate and seems open to being adaptive with his game. Has a plan in place that I think could get him far. It's always fun seeing a superfan play the game, I have high hopes he'll go far.

Taylor: Scott’s interview surprised me. I was NOT expecting him to be as cut throat, I pegged him as a Steve from BB16 like character. I think that Scott will be a decent player, and if he can get in or create a really strong alliance, I think he can ride it until close to the end.

Ashley: There's always the one nerdy super fan and this time around we get Scott. I'm not sure that winning as many competitions as possible is the best strategy. Competitions are important but Big Brother is a social game, you need to go into that house and make friends and alliances. 

John: I was feeling good about Shane until he said he wanted to combine Vanessa and Austin's game? What!?! Then said he wants to get in a showmance, that's when I jumped ship. I don't think he knows what he's doing here, and I definitely can't see him making it to jury far.

Taylor: Does anyone else think Shane kind of looks like Vic when he smiles? Or am I just crazy? I think Shane talks hard game, but won’t be a big player. I imagine a showman in his BBOTT future, and probably an early elimination.

Ashley: Shane had me, I was team Shane until he said he would try to play like Vanessa but be in a showmance like Austin. This makes me think that's the only season he's seen and it was probably in sequester. Maybe he'll be able to get in a showmance that serves him well like so many have recently but please I beg you, do not act like Uncle Austin in anyway. Pick another player, any player. 

John: Plans to play dumb, but doesn't plan to hide the fact she's a lawyer? Don't see how that will work, but good luck to her. Is confident with her ability to manipulate people, some might say she's too overconfident for Big Brother. Her laugh is weird as hell, but I also find it kinda cute. Overall, she's interesting but I don't foresee her making it far.

Taylor: Whoa, her laugh was too much for me. I wish I liked her, but I don’t. I don’t think she will play a good game at all. I think she is going use that “Over the Top Loud Mouth” and it will turn people off really quickly. Definitely one of the first to go.

Ashley: I always worry about people who immediately walk into the house just thinking they can manipulate everyone. Sometimes I think coming in with that much confidence makes you think you're invincible and nothing can go wrong. I really worry about what's going to happen when she's on slop. Does she know what it means to be a Have Not? 

John: Meet our southern belle this season. Whitney says she's a "superfan" but I suspect she's a TV only viewer. Plans to use her southern charm to persuade people, but I just can't foresee that happening. I think she's sweet but not cut out for Big Brother. I suspect she'll get the boot (pun intended) within the first few weeks.

Taylor: Whitney seems like a really sweet girl… but I don’t think she is ready for Big Brother. I kind of think she will play like a less competitive version of Bridgette from BB17, align with one person, then lay low until her eviction.

Ashley: I'm convinced Whitney walked right off the set of Hart of Dixie and into the BBOTT house. She's super pretty but her entire video seemed super forced to me. Everyone else had these "over the top" personalities and she seems so mellow. It could help her stay under the radar but again with this format, it's hard to be able to say what's going to happen. Either way, she seems sweet enough so you never know!

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Meet the Big Brother Over The Top Houseguests

America, It's the moment we've been waiting for...It's time to meet our new houseguests!

CBS All Access announced today the 12 Houseguests embarking on the new digital edition of Big Brother Over The Top, which begins streaming live on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 10:00 PM, ET/7:00 PM, PT.

Fans who subscribe to CBS All Access have one more day to vote between two former houseguests – Jozea Flores (BB18) or Jason Roy (BB17) – to re-enter the house as Big Brother: Over The Top's 13th and final houseguest. Voting is open until Tuesday, Sept. 27, 3:00 PM, ET /12:00 PM, PT.

Beginning today, CBS All Access subscribers get a sneak peek at the new Houseguests and watch exclusive interviews. The following new Houseguests will spend the fall competing for $250,000:

'Continue Reading' to view all the Houseguests Bios and Interview Links!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Big Brother Over The Top: Schedule & More Details Announced

Last night, during the epic Big Brother 18 finale, Julie Chen revealed the first twist of Big Brother: Over the Top.

Fans can now vote for either Jason (BB17) or Jozea (BB18) to enter the game and become the final houseguests for Big Brother: Over the Top! Voting is open until Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 3:00 PM, ET /12:00 PM, PT. But that's not all we learned...

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In addition we learned that the new batch of 12 houseguest (13 with either Jason or Jozea entering) Monday, September 26th!
will be revealed

Also, as we already reported, for the first time ever fans will get to watch EVERYTHING play out completely live! That means all access (no blackouts) to every HOH and POV competition, no fish to every nomination and pov ceremony, it's unfiltered access like NEVER before. We will also have the opportunity to vote and impact the game like never before, but the details on that are to come.

In addition - in a Big Brother first - fans will be able to watch Live Diary Room Sessions! We will get an all access inside look into the confessionals live on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10:30 PM, ET/7:30 PM, PT.

What could be better than that? Oh yeah, we also get to crown the winner! That's right, fans will vote for the winner of Big Brother: Over The Top. Now, it's unknown at this time if that means we get a vote on the jury, or if there will even be a jury, and will they still vote to evict one houseguest every week? All those questions are still unanswered, but we know for sure we get to help crown the winner in some way!

Here's the complete look at what's in store for Big Brother: Over The Top:
  • Weekly Full Episode – A rundown of the week’s events, followed by the live eviction ceremony, Wednesdays at 10:00 PM, ET/7:00 PM, PT
  • Weekday Replay – A quick recap of all the crucial moments that happened throughout the day. Available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 10:00 PM, ET/7:00 PM, PT.
  • Safety Ceremonies – Live on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00 PM, ET/7:00 PM, PT, the HOH will reveal the houseguests who are safe for that week, culminating in the live reveal of the nominations on Sunday evenings.
  • Live Diary Room Sessions – In a BIG BROTHER first, fans will get a live look into the confessionals on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10:30 PM, ET/7:30 PM, PT.
  • Evicted Houseguest Q&A with Host Julie Chen – Every Thursday afternoon, host Julie Chen will interview that week’s evicted houseguest (times will vary).
  • Big Brother Winner Chosen By Fans – Fans will vote for the winner of BIG BROTHER: OVER THE TOP.
  • America’s Vote – Fans will have the opportunity to impact the game like never before and affect nominations, evictions and game-changing twists. More details will be revealed during the premiere of BIG BROTHER: OVER THE TOP on CBS All Access.

Here's the weekly schedule for Big Brother: Over The Top:

Plus, Julie Chen teased some more details about Big Brother: Over The Top to Jeff Schroeder last night during the Big Brother 18 backyard interviews. What is this "Safety Ceremony"? Guess we will have to tune-in to the BBOTT premiere on Wednesday, September 28th at 10pm EST/7pm PST.

Through CBS All Access, Big Brother: Over The Top will be available to stream online at, on mobile devices and tablets via the CBS App for iOS, Android and Windows 10, and on Roku Players, Apple TV, Xbox One, Chromecast, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, with more connected device platforms coming soon!

In addition to Over The Top, CBS All Access offers more than 8,500 on-demand episodes from the current season and previous seasons as well as classic CBS shows, plus the ability to stream local CBS stations live in more than 150 markets across the U.S.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Big Brother 18 Finale Recap: The Winner Is...

The following contains spoilers from the Big Brother 18 Finale...

Big Brother 18 Winner Prediction

BIG BROTHER 18 FINALE - Winner Prediction

Written By: John Insider 
(Editor-In-Chief of The Big Brother Insider)

Tonight is the night! Our summer has officially come to a end. After months, and months, and MONTHS! The anticipation for this season to finally be over is here! (Thank the BB gods!)

This season we have experienced four veterans returning, someone getting "Jodied" the first night, a failed secret room twist, the BB Roadkill Twist, 4 failed teams, and we can't forget the BB Care Package. Plus showmances galore a la Nicorey/Jatalie/Zaulie, the hashtags that swept twitter; #VomitCryBaby, #PauliesEvictionParty, and #NotGayCorey, and how could we forget Jozea's delusions. But tonight that all ends!

Either James, Nicole, or Paul will walk out of the house $500,000 richer and the winner of Big Brother 18. (The runner up gets $50,000 & 3rd place gets $0). 

Continue Reading to see who I think will take it all home tonight!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Big Brother 18 Spoilers: HOH Part 2 Results (Finale Week)

The following contains spoilers from Part 2 of the 3 part HOH competition...

Friday, September 16, 2016

Let's Chat Big Brother: Finale Week

Welcome to a new weekly column featuring the writers of The Big Brother Insider! Join writers; Kaitlyn, Taylor, and Ashley as well as TBBI owner, John every week for their thoughts on BB18!

1) Who do you want to see win? Paul, James, or Nicole?

John: I haven’t been quiet about my thoughts on who I’d like to see win, but if you have somehow missed who I’m rooting for - it’s Paul. I said the following a couple weeks back, “If Paul doesn’t win, it will be one of the biggest disappointing seasons, for me, in a long time. I think Paul has played the best game this season. He escaped being the target the first couple weeks, he was the only one that was interested in discovering the secret room, he then had the round-trip return ticket, he’s been nominated and escaped eviction three SIX times, and in general has played the best social game.”

Ashley: As always, I’m still hoping Nicole will win this thing! Paul/Corey would definitely be my 2nd choice. At the same time, I think if Paul doesn’t win, we’ll definitely see him return in a future season, so that could be a good thing for Paul fans! James seems like a great guy but out of the four has really been the least strategic. I really think anyone could win right now! In most previous seasons I’ve always felt like there was a front runner: Vanessa, Derrick, Dan, etc. This should make for an interesting finale night!

Taylor: Hmmm… This is a tough one for me. I really won't be disappointed with any of the winners. I like Nicole because she’s a veteran that hadn’t been up on the block until last week, which is impressive. Plus, I want a girl to win Big Brother-- it has been too long! I like Paul because he is hilarious and has played an AMAZING game. How can anyone not vote for your boy?!? But, I’ve got a soft spot for my Texas boy James. Being from Texas, I HAVE to root for anybody from Texas. Plus, I think James is so so kind, so entertaining, and he has played a great social game for someone in a showmance. I will be happy with any of the winners… but if I had to choose, I would vote for my boy, Paul, because friendship.

Kaitlin: I’ve been rooting for Paul all season long, so it is very clear that he is my favorite this season. Personally, I think he has played the best the game this season However, I would not be upset if James or Nicole won. Nicole has rarely been on the block this season, so I have to give her props for that. James played well in the first part of the game, but he got distracted by Natalie for the last part of the game. But regardless of all that, I still want Paul to win! #TeamFriendship.

2) Who do you want to see win America’s Favorite Houseguest?

John: If Paul makes it to Final 2, then I’d like to see Victor take it. If Paul (somehow) gets cut at Final Three, he deserves it. However, I’ll tell you the one houseguest that doesn’t - JAMES. I’ve never seen a houseguest play more for AFH than James has, it’s all he want out of this - to win AFH again. I’ll also throw Da’Vonne into the ring for who I think deserves AFH, she brought entertainment all the way up to her eviction and is now giving us entertainment from the Jury House! So there it is, my picks for AFH are; Paul, Victor, or Da’Vonne.

Ashley: I think it depends on who ends up in the Final 2. I can tell you who I definitely do NOT want to win America’s Favorite Houseguest and that would be James. I’m so tired of hearing him talk about it on the feeds and I feel like almost every decision he makes, he’s thinking “What will America think about this?” and that drives me absolutely crazy! I would rather see someone focus all their energy into winning the game rather than winning America’s Favorite Houseguest! I’m honestly still surprised he beat Johnny Mac last year!

Taylor: I’ve got to say Victor. I really liked Vic, and he honestly was such a force this season so I think he deserves to win something. How can you not like El Fit Vic, the two-time returnee?! If Paul doesn’t make final two, I think he could be a top contender as well.

Kaitlin: I really want Victor to win America’s Favorite Houseguest. He has been the true underdog this season and he has been really fun to watch this season! Also Da’Vonne deserves a shot at America’s Favorite Houseguest just because of her DR sessions! Please just let anyone besides James win, I love him but being a fan favorite is just going to his head.

3) Looking back, were any of your First Impressions correct? Any of them way off?

John: Since I forgot to ever post my First Impressions (oops!), I have no record of my thoughts on the houseguests before they entered. But from what I remember, I wasn’t impressed with this batch of houseguests. I know I liked Paulie, Tiffany, and Glenn. I was also rooting for Michelle to win because she’s a superfan. I also remember liking Paul pre-season, then not liking him when feeds start, then back to liking him for awhile, then back to not, now I’m a full fledge Paul fan. Lol. I’m surprised I liked Paulie, he turned out to be a complete dick. Michelle’s game was also surprising to me, I thought being a superfan she’d know what she was doing a little more. I was mistaken.

Ashley: My first impression of Natalie was totally on point and I’m really happy about that! I feel like most people were comparing her to season 16’s Victoria and I just had a feeling she was really going to be a force to be reckoned with in this game. On the flip side, my impression of Paul was completely wrong. I could not stand him after the first episode of the season! He was so focused on getting rid of the veterans who I really wanted to see get a second chance but eventually he kind of opened his eyes and really started to understand the game. And look at him now, he’s sitting in the final four with two veterans and was even working with one of them just two weeks ago! I’ve grown to really like him and wouldn’t mind seeing him in the house again.

Taylor: I can’t be more ashamed of my picks for this season. I usually am a good selector!!! I picked Derrick to win after the first episode during his season, and everyone was shocked at how right I was. I picked Big Meech to win, along with Paulie, and Corey making it to the finale. I am still so MAD at Big Meech’s game, it even makes me disappointed in myself for having such high expectations for her. But… nothing tops the disappointment I have for who I picked to be eliminated first….. I’m so sorry to say I did not have friendship when I picked Paul to go first. I wish I would’ve picked him to win.

Kaitlin: My first impressions were waaaaaaayyyyy off, clearly I am not good at reading people. The one things that I was right about was that I knew that Paul was going to be entertaining to watch. I picked a returning player to win, and I’m hope I’m wrong about that!

4) Now that we have more details, what are your thoughts on the upcoming Big Brother Over The Top?

John: I’m excited to see what is in store! I’m hesitant to get too excited because I don’t want it to be a complete letdown, but I have high hopes for it. Between BBOTT, BBCAN5, and then BB19 in summer - we are set for a full years worth of Big Brother! Someone get me a drink! ;)

Ashley: Honestly, how could you not be excited to have back to back seasons of Big Brother? Between Big Brother 18, Big Brother Over The Top, Big Brother Canada 5 and Big Brother 19, I feel like all my dreams have come true and my favorite television show is going to be on for a full year! That being said, I do recognize that Over The Top might not be the same Big Brother that we’re all used to seeing each summer on CBS. The one thing I’m a little concerned with is that fans will be a big part of the game. The the I love most about Big Brother is the social experiment and the strategic gameplay. I hate when the viewers impact the game. That being said, I’m going into Over The Top with an open mind and I think knowing ahead of time that it’s going to be something new and different and not the typical Big Brother will help make it a great show! Seeing all competitions and ceremonies on the feeds is something most live feed viewers have been wishing for and I couldn’t be happier to see our wishes finally being granted!

Taylor: I am really really really excited for Big Brother Over The Top! Being a superfan, anything Big Brother excites me, and I’m ready to see how this online version works out! I do have a hesitation because I love the TV episodes three nights a week, but I’ll give it a chance!

Kaitlin: I’m really sad about Big Brother Over The Top, I hate that it is only on CBS All Access. I’m a fake superfan, I don’t watch the live feeds or even buy them. Instead I go to Twitter and Big Brother websites ;) to get some spoilers or see what does not make it on the TV episodes. So by not having it on CBS I feel totally left out and I’m really tempted to buy the feeds. However, I don’t know if I’ll be able to fit it all in with the rest of my fall series! SIGH

We hope you enjoyed hearing our opinions, but we want to know, what do YOU think? Soundoff your opinion in the comments below!  

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