Big Brother’ off to intriguing start for 15th season

Summer brings about many things each year – warm weather, vacations … and backstabbing? It certainly does in the Big Brother house. The reality show competition has returned for a fifteenth season on CBS, featuring 16 contestants living and competing against each other. Each week a player is eliminated, with the last person standing winning the grand prize of $500,000. Let the secret alliances begin!

This season has a lot to live up to following the incredible and crazy events of last year. The first episode started the game off as they all do, with the houseguests getting acquainted and scouting potential allies. But host Julie Chen turned everything upside down by revealing the season’s twist – every week three contestants will be nominated for elimination instead of the traditional two. But the third person won’t be chosen by the Head of Household (the weekly contest winner who decides those in danger of being voted out); instead, a Most Valuable Player picked by the viewers will get the chance to nominate an enemy. It’s a shock that defies over a decade of gameplay and throws out any strategies the houseguests had planned.

The first Head of Household competition required a lot of strength and endurance as the players held on for dear life to giant “popsicles.” In the end, McCrae proved his fortitude and became the first HOH for the year. He’ll nominate two people for eviction, which could set the tone for the rest of the summer.

Though the premiere did not compare to last year’s, this season seems sure to follow the Big Brother motto “Expect the Unexpected.” The betrayal, the conflict, the gratuitous cash prize – it’s a reality show fan’s dream game, and it’s just getting started.

4 out of 5 doubloons

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Author: Amanda Boyer

Amanda is a senior public relations major graduating in December 2015, a semester earlier than the four-year track, from Hillsborough, NJ. Prior, she was the Photography Editor and now holds the postion of being the Social Media Manager of The Setonian. She is also a freelance photographer for on and off campus events. As a writer, she is also a contributor to, and

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