The tensions are rising in the “Celebrity Big Brother” house!

Monday’s new episode of the reality competition series saw the houseguests truly embracing the core values of the show — including long conversations held in hushed whispers, secret plans that only make sense if you don’t think about them and wildly overestimating other people’s loyalty.

Last week, the first houseguest to get booted was Teddi Mellencamp, following a complicated series of unexpected twists that seemingly threw a few of the early alliances for a loop.

As this week rolled around, the alliances have been more distinctly drawn. Miesha Tate has a close connection to Todrick Hall, and the pair looking to cement their alliance with Mirai Nagasu while trying to target Carson Kressley for eviction.

Meanwhile, Chris Kirkpatrick — who was named Head of Household earlier this week — is working closely with Shanna Moakler, and they have their sights set on ousting Nagasu, whom they see as a threat due to her athleticism.

As the episode began, Nagasu was on the chopping block, alongside Chris Kattan, whom Kirkpatrick said he was putting up as a pawn to boot the Olympic figure skater.

In the Power of Veto competition, both Kattan and Kirkpatrick competed against Nagasu, Moakler, Hall and Cynthia Bailey. The challenge — inspired by the forthcoming Jennifer Lopez rom-com “Marry Me” — saw the players facing off in a “Where’s Waldo”-like game, looking for a person holding up a sign that says “Marry Me” among a huge crowd of sign-holders.

After several rounds, the game ended up in a tie between Moakler and Hall — which was settled with a tie-breaker that Moakler managed to win (barely).

With Moakler earning the Power of Veto — and being Kirkpatrick’s ally — she decided not to use the power and kept Kattan and Nagasu on the chopping block.

In one of the most unusual moments of the game so far, Kattan — who fully admitted that he doesn’t really understand how the game works — used his final plea before the vote to essentially ask the other players to vote for him, and keep Nagasu in the game.

“I think it’s time for me to move on and you’ve been very dedicated to playing the game,” Kattan told Nagasu. “It’s been very important to you. And I have seen that for a while, you know, from a couple of weeks, you’ve had a lot of dramatic moments and I think you should stay and I should move on and I will see you all on the outside, I love you all.”

“That is an unusual speech,” host Julie Chen Moonves said with a laugh after the comments. “I don’t know if it’s reverse psychology, but let’s see how it works out for you.”

Despite an emotional final plea from Nagasu — and a white flag put up by Kattan — the houseguests all clearly recognized how much more dangerous Nagasu is to their game and ended up voting unanimously to evict the 28-year-old Olympian — which didn’t seem to surprise her.

Sitting down with Moonves after the eviction, she revealed that she was “absolutely” prepared to get sent home this week.

Mirai Nagasu, Julie Chen Moonves on “CBB”. Credit: CBS
Mirai Nagasu, Julie Chen Moonves on “CBB”. Credit: CBS

“It was really lonely for me. And then I didn’t relate to anyone,” explained Nagasu, who was the youngest houseguest by several years.

She did, however, admit to forming a genuine friendship with Kattan, and said she hopes he comes out of his shell a bit more because he’s actually very personable and charming in quiet moments.

Now, the game is down to the nine stars still standing, and the next Head of Household is still to be determined on the next episode of “Celebrity Big Brother”, which airs on Global.


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