SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t watched the premiere of tonight’s “Celebrity Big Brother” on Global!, then STOP READING NOW! Spoilers lie ahead….
For over 17 years, “Big Brother” has been home to deluded egomaniacs, manipulative backstabbers, and fame-hungry wannabes. It’s a wonder it took this long to open up its doors to celebrities. Although, using the term “celebrities” to describe this group of houseguests is rather generous. The season should have been named ‘Dancing With The Celebrity Apprentice Rejects’ given the number of former contestants from both of those shows.
Reality-tv icon Omarosa Manigault, “American Pie” actress Shannon Elizabeth and Sugar Ray singer Mark McGrath are just some of the semi-familiar faces walking through the foreboding doors of the “Big Brother” house tonight. But anyone familiar with the UK iteration of “Celebrity Big Brother” knows that it’s not star power that makes for entertaining television. It’s often the celebrities with less to lose and more to prove that provide the most memorable moments.
It looks like the women certainly have something to prove as they quickly set about forming an all-female alliance. “Big Brother” history dictates that all-women alliances are a one-way ticket to failure, but given the ladies are starting with a 6-5 advantage over the guys, it makes sense. Omarosa and Shannon are the chief flag wavers for girl power, and it doesn’t take much to bring the others on board. It helps that Shannon already knows Broadway star Marissa Jaret Winokur – a secret which she perhaps divulges too eagerly to Omarosa.
The men are far less cohesive. TV host Ross Matthews is more worried about having to live with Omarosa. “I can’t do toxicity and negativity,” he says upon seeing the former White House aide. Does he realise what show he signed up for? That’s like going on the “Great British Bake Off” and saying you don’t like being around quaint charm and delicious cakes.
Big Time Rush singer James Maslow is also hilariously out of his depth. “Who were you apprenticing for?” he asks Omarosa, seemingly the only person in the world not to know Donald Trump’s previous job. Then, after describing his singing style as “like speaking but with more breath,” he butts heads with liquored-up “Real Housewife” Brandi Glanville, who shuts down his ridiculous singing lessons.
It’s James, however, who becomes the last hope for the men in the first Head of Household competition. After Omarosa randomly wins safety for the week, because of course she does, it’s five men versus five women. Former athletes Meta World Peace and Chuck Lidell are unable to hold on to their spinning award statues, which leaves James in a head-to-head showdown with Shannon. The boyband star tries to form a deal with Miss American Pie when he senses himself slipping, but a vocal Omarosa makes sure to squash that talk from the sidelines.
In the end, Shannon holds on to become the first HOH of the season, giving her the power to nominate two houseguests for eviction. At least, that’s how it seems for now. It wouldn’t be “Big Brother” without a twist or two. Julie Chen directs the celebrities to collect a gift bag. One of the bags contains a power to “recast,” essentially giving the holder the chance to overthrow the HOH and replace them with a houseguest of their choosing.
Who will Shannon nominate? Will her role as HOH be recast? Will Brandi drown James in a bath of liquor? Find out as “Celebrity Big Brother” continues tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Global.