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Nobody wants to be the first houseguest evicted, but especially not a “Big Brother” superfan whose life’s dream is to eat slop, meet Zingbot and beat the block. Unfortunately, that was the fate that befell “Big Brother” obsessive Cameron Heard, the first victim of this season’s “Summer of Temptation” twist. After a mere 12 hours inside the house, the 24-year-old microbiologist found himself on the nomination chairs with host Julie Chen calling out his name.
The night first took a turn when season 18 runner-up Paul Abrahamian returned to the house – a consequence of players accepting a $25,000 temptation – and Julie revealed that he was there to take someone else’s place. The big-bearded fan fave then handed out safety in the form of friendship bracelets as if he was hosting “The Bachelor” rose ceremony. Cameron was unable to secure a bracelet, meaning he had to swing from a vine in his underwear to stay safe.
In a somewhat baffling decision, the Illinois native threw the competition, not wanting to be perceived as a physical threat this early in the game. However, he forgot Julie’s clues and ended up picking one of the poisoned apples, sending him to the block where he failed to tempt his fellow houseguests into keeping him around despite a valiant striptease.
Cameron wanted to prove he was a better player than previous winners (and nerd archetypes) Ian Terry and Steve Moses but instead joined the infamous “early evictees club” with season 14’s Jodi Rollins and season 18’s Glenn Garcia. ET Canada caught up with the first evictee to get his thoughts on his brief but eventful stint in the Big Brother house.
Hey, Cameron! It must be heartbreaking to go out Day 1, especially as a superfan. Why do you think eight houseguests decided to evict you over Christmas and Jillian?
I think because of my background in microbiology, and they perceive me as being a smart person in the house. I thought I’d be able to avoid that given the first couple weeks in the house, but I told them my actual profession and I think that’s what bit me in the butt.
What was your pitch to Paul and why do you think he didn’t give you a safety bracelet?
My pitch was to preach loyalty, that was something that he really wanted last season and nobody gave him. I thought if I could tell him I’m a fan of his, I’m super excited to work with him, I’m going to be loyal to him til the end, that he would give me a safety bracelet. I think he didn’t give me a safety bracelet because he thought I wasn’t being genuine, or maybe I was lying, I’m honestly not sure why he didn’t give me one. I thought I said and acted the right way to get one but obviously not.
Do you have any regrets – like not taking the $25,000?
No, I don’t have any regrets. I can’t really predict twists in the house, that’s part of the game. If I had any regret, it would have been to tell them I’m not a microbiologist but no, me not taking the 25,000, I wasn’t ready for a twist. I would have felt worse taking the 25,000 and I was out of the house because then I would have contributed to my own demise.
If you stayed and won head of household, who would you have nominated? Why?
Ramses and the blue haired girl [Megan]. They seemed wishy washy to me, they wouldn’t give me straight answers. You know it’s the first day, you’re supposed to be straight up with people. They also seemed to be on the outs from what I could pick up immediately.
Who do you think is the biggest threat in the house? Why?
The biggest physical threat in the house has got to be Cody the marine. Also, Alex is a big mental threat in the house and I would think the biggest superfan in the house is the blue haired girl. Any of those three are a huge threat that they probably need to keep an extra eye on.
The second part of the two-night premiere airs tonight, June 29 at 9 p.m. (ET), then beginning July 2, “Big Brother” airs Sundays at 8 p.m., Wednesdays at 8 p.m.; and beginning July 5, Thursdays at 9 p.m., on Global.