Tonight is the long awaited premiere of CBS’s summer hit reality show – Big Brother!
Big Brother 12 debuts tonight at 8 p.m. EDT. As usual, the show will air three episodes a week. This season will be on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The uncensored nightly broadcast will continue to air on Showtime as well.
13 contestants are vying for the $500,000 prize this season but it wouldn’t exactly be Big Brother without a big twist. The twist this year is that there is a Saboteur who has been planted among the houseguests to do viewers’ bidding and disrupt the players’ lives throughout the competition.
However the ‘Saboteur,’ who will be revealed to the viewers on July 15, isn’t eligible to win the $500,000 prize. According to the show’s producers, the inside man/woman isn’t an actor, but a real player who went through the same casting process as the rest of the houseguests.
And though the show has yet to premiere, the houseguests have already moved in and are already playing the game as we speak. You can click below to get a free sneak peek at what’s going on in the house!
CBS has now unveiled the cast of the best reality show ever hit reality show Big Brother. The 13 houseguests that will be taking part in the 12th season of what CBS is dubbing the “Summer of Sabotage,” include a model, a bartender, and a chemistry graduate student who is also a VIP cocktail waitress.
But what everyone wants to know is what is the big twist this season? Well according to executive producer Allison Grodner, a mole has been planted among the houseguests to do the viewers’ bidding and disrupt the players’ lives during this season which debuts July 8 at 8 p.m. ET.
The mole, who will be revealed to viewers during the July 15 episode, is being called the Saboteur and isn’t eligible to win the $500,000 grand prize.
“For the first time ever, we have someone in the house who, in a way, is playing their own game,” said Grodner, who stressed that the operative is not an actor but a real person who was picked alongside everyone else. “They’re playing for a cash prize, if they make it a certain amount of time in the house. If they don’t last, they’re out, and their cover is blown.”
The Saboteur is similar to season 8′s introduction of “America’s Player,” which allowed one contestant, Eric Stein, to complete viewer-voted tasks for cash, unbeknownst to his house mates. The main difference this time however is that the cast will be made aware of the saboteur’s existence beforehand.
This season’s SurvivorHeroes vs Villains is being hailed by many as being one of the best ever. The ratings also proved to be great, as they were up from last May with over 13 million viewers tuning in.
There is however some controversy over Sandra Diaz-Twine being crowned the winner. Some feel Parvati Shallow deserved to win, while others feel fan favorite Russell Hantz should have won. One person who agrees with the later is none other than Russell himself. In a new interview with ET, Russell, 37, feels he won in his head and also believes he played a good social game despite what his Survivor peers believe.
Excerpts from Russell’s interview below -
ET: Do you feel robbed? This is the second time you made it to the end and didn’t win?
Russell Hantz: When I win the Player of the Game, the MVP of the game, then my argument is legitimate. I am not just saying it. I am not being cocky. It is fact. The fans think I played the best twice. They voted me the fan favorite. I won twice. It is amazing that people get so bitter and can’t vote the way they are supposed to vote. All these weak people who play this game.
ET: All season the voted off survivors told me that they didn’t think you had a good social game. You didn’t receive a single vote last night. Do you think that is why?
Russell Hantz: They are saying I have a strategic game, but not a social game? Look what I did at Tribal Council. People say that, but they get their feelings hurt so much because my social game is so good. Look how I switched the vote at Tribal Council. It was supposed to be Rupert, and Danielle went home. I looked at Jerri and said, “Danielle.” If that doesn’t say right there that my social game was brilliant… How can you get somebody to switch their vote just by looking at them and saying the other girl’s name?
Russell Hantz: She trusted me. She believed me. That is why. She believed me the entire time. They could have ganged up on me. I was one person out there. If I was that weak and they couldn’t take me out, it makes me look even better. If I am that good at intimidation, I am even better.
ET: Was it harder playing this the second time with survivors who had played before?
Russell Hantz: It was really hard. The first time was a piece of cake. It was laughable. The second season was tough. There were really tough players out there. Parvati was really good. Boston Rob, Cirie, Candice and Amanda are all really good players.
ET: Do you think you were at an advantage because they didn’t see your game?
Russell Hantz: I think it was equally the same. Everybody thinks I have a huge advantage, but they were all friends. They all went to events together and know each other. I am sure they were calling each other on the phone before it all started. I didn’t have that advantage. Also, my disadvantage was that I had just played 39 days of a very strategic game. Also, I was physically whipped because I had just played 39 days in a very physical game. You can definitely say I was at an advantage because they didn’t see me play, but you also say, I had a disadvantage because they had advantages on their side, too.
In what some are calling the best season ever of Survivor, 34-year-old bank teller Sandra Diaz-Twine became the first castoff ever to win the show twice when she was awarded the $1 million prize on “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.”
And it wasn’t an easy task. Sandra had to beat out Parvati Shallow and Russell Hantz, who lost his second season in a row. Russell, 37, ended up receiving zero votes, as the jurors determined he played the game too dirty. Russell was however awarded the $100,000 consolation prize yet again. The prize is for being the fan favorite and the winner is determined by viewer votes.
When asked if winning the show twice made her the best player in Survivor history, “It makes me the queen,” replied Sandra. One person who wasn’t too happy with Sandra’s win was disgruntled Russell who believes there’s a flaw in the game, “If [Sandra] can win the game twice.”
Parvati, 27, who placed second, was however a more gracious loser than Russell. Host Jeff Probst also revealed that after 114 days of playing the game over three seasons, she has played it more than anyone else. It was also revealed she’s tied for second for most individual challenge wins. Surprisingly Colby Donaldson still has the record, despite his bad game play this season.
The dumbest move ever award was also awarded last night and the unfortunate winner of that was JT, who was seen earlier this seen handing over his immunity idol to villain Russell.
Going into yesterday’s finale, I was rooting for Sandra and thought she played the best game, but after watching last night, I had a change of heart. I found myself rooting for Parvati, who I now believe played the best game this season and in my opinion is the best player in Survivor history. I believe Sandra had a lot of luck go her way, while Parvati had to win and scheme.
TELL US – DO YOU THINK SANDRA PLAYED THE BEST GAME? IF NOT, WHO DO YOU THINK DID?
Tonight is the long awaited finale of Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, and with four villains left standing, it is all but certain a villain will be crowned the $1 million winner during the 2 hour finale.
The favorites to win it all seem to be Parvati Shallow, Sandra Diaz-Twine, and Russell Hantz, as Parvati and Sandra are both past winners. The lone standing Hero Colby Donaldson has a good shot if he makes it to the finale two, however with Colby’s almost non existence game play this season, that seems unlikely.
Russell, who also has a good shot of making the final two, will likely not the $1 million prize. He has simply played too dirty, and will have a hard time getting votes in the end. The finale airs tonight on CBS at 8pm Eastern, followed by the reunion show at 10pm.
Heroes tribe member Rupert Boneham found himself the latest castoff to be eliminated as he chose to align with Russell during the last episode.
In a new interview with PEOPLE, Rupert, 46, discusses his choice to align with Russell, why he turned on Sandra and why the Heroes could have won it all.
Excerpts from his interview below –
You couldn’t possibly have been surprised by that vote.
I knew my number was up at the last few tribal councils. The rock in my pocket trick gave me one more day and the villain infighting that resulted in them getting rid of Danielle bought me another. I tried to do it a third time by going to Russell and saying the girls were trying to get him and going to the girls and saying that Russell was at camp planning to vote them [off]. It just didn’t work that time.
Did anyone have a clue that Sandra had an idol?
None. It had been hours since I put that rock in my pocket and no one called me on it, so I figured it was still out there and the clue was too hard. Up until she stood up and played it, I thought I still had a chance at a tie.
Sandra and you were allies in Pearl Islands for awhile. She narced on Russell at the merge and seemed happy to flip yet you guys didn’t utilize that. Then you sold her out again last night? Why?
I was trying to play them against each other that last day. They didn’t show me asking her why she wrote my name down when she said she wanted to get rid of Parvati or Russell. Her answer was always the same — “I have to stick with my villains.” I never knew when to believe or trust her. I knew she was trying to be honest because Sandra’s my buddy but the other heroes wouldn’t listen. Then we tried to get Russell by explaining that the girls would gang up on him given the chance just like they had for the immunity challenge but he wouldn’t listen either.
Did you ever in a million years think the last Hero standing would be Colby?
Oh my gosh, no, because he’s been a wet noodle in this one. If James hadn’t gotten hurt, Colby would have never made it this far. I really like Colby, but he’s the last standing because no one sees him as a threat. He used to be a big threat.
Do villains play Survivor better?
A villain type has an advantage because they’re more willing to compromise their values and do whatever it takes to win. I’m not willing to do that. I have guidelines and boundaries and I like showing that it matters how you play the game. I still say that if the heroes had stood together, it would have been all heroes in the final five. We had the chance to show the game as positive and we each chose on our own not to. Amanda chose to tell Parvati everything, which is why she gave both those idols away. JT chose to go to the evil side and give Russell our idol. Candace chose to flip. A hero could win this game but it takes more than one. You need a team.
TELL US: WHO SHOULD WIN SURVIVOR:HEROES VS VILLAINS? WHO PLAYED THE BEST GAME?
Danielle DiLorenzo, 28, found herself the latest victim of Russell Hantz on last week’s SurvivorHeroes vs Villains. Come to think of it, Russell has had a hand in practically all eliminations pertaining to his Villain cast mates.
In a new interview with TVGuide, Danielle discusses Russell trying to turn her against Parvati, why she regrets her emotional breakdown at the tribal council, and what she had planned for Russell if she had stayed in the game.
Excerpts from Danielle’s interview below -
TVGuide.com: How did you feel going into your last Tribal Council? Danielle DiLorenzo: I knew Russell was trying to get me voted off at one point and so Parvati and I convinced him otherwise. At that point, he had already told Rupert and Colby to write my name down so I definitely didn’t see what happened. I just never thought that I was going to go that night. Obviously, because of what happened and how I broke down, he was really just pitting Parvati and I against each other that entire day and I just mentally couldn’t handle it. … Going into tribal council, I was a little worried but I never thought Jerri would turn on me like she did.
TVGuide.com: Why do you think Russell decided to risk his alliance with you and Parvati to break you two up? Danielle: I just think he saw how I started playing the game and he was threatened. He knew that Parvati and I had the power in our hands and after we planned to get Rupert off that night, I think he knew that he was next on the chopping block. I think by him breaking up Parvati and I gave him control of the game still. I think he was threatened by me, honestly.
TVGuide.com: Do you think about how your emotions at Tribal Council may have played a part in sending you home? Danielle: I think about it all the time. If I had just not broken down like that, I would have still been in the game. I had a really good shot. … I’m trying to move on from it and be OK with what happened. It’s who I am as a person. I dealt with Russell so much throughout the game, I aligned with him on Day One and I wanted to stay true to him because our alliance was strong, between Parvati, him and I, and I did get far in the game because of that. I don’t regret aligning with him, I just wish I had been able to hold it together. The plan was he was going next. I had had conversations with Sandra and Parvati, the three of us aligned, and we were going to get rid of him next.
The Amazing Race finale aired last night with three teams vying for the top $1 million prize. In the finals were the cowboys, the models and the brothers.
So who came out on top? Well after a long race, which ultimately ended at the Candlestick Park in San Francisco, the Pious brothers, Daniel and Jordan (pictured far right), came out on top of the competition. Coming in a close second were the cowboys, which consisted of brothers Jet and Cord McCoy from Tupelo, Oklahoma.
The models and dating couple, Caite Upton and Brent Home, came in a distant third after having some issues with their imcompetent cab driver. The models however put the nail in their own coffin when they forgot to take their money and other items with them after leaving the Star Wars challenge, thus having to turn back around. That basically put them out of the competition.
The best part of the night came when model Caite attempted to apologize to the lesbian team, consisting of Carol and Brandy, only to have Brandy snap back at her. “I don’t want to hear sorry from you. You purposely whacked us,” said Brandy. Caite however handled the situation well, replying, “I’m the one standing here and not you.” This didn’t exactly come as a surprise because even in their post show interview, Brandy and Carol continue to hold a grudge.
Another controversy from the finale came when the Pious brothers cut in line, in front of the cowboys, at the airport. A number of fans feel this was a dirty move. Fortunately, it didn’t seem to matter, as the brothers were able to move up to first class during their flight to San Fran, thus putting them in first place.
TELL US – WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE FINALE? DID THE BROTHERS PLAY DIRTY?
TVGuide.com:How far behind Dan and Jordan were you?
Michael: I feel we were 10 minutes behind. I spoke to Daniel after. He had a horrendous cab ride as we did. He reacted a little differently to his cab ride. It felt like forever and watching it again, it felt like forever. I want to say 10 — 20 minutes tops. We finished [the Roadblock] right after them. … [The Roadbloack] was just looking for a needle in the haystack. At one point, I was taking everything out of the case and leaving them out, but I was told you couldn’t do that. You had to put them all back.
TVGuide.com: Why didn’t you do pork dumplings?
Louie: There were prior episodes from prior seasons where you had to order the food in that language, so I was worried about that. I think Mike and I brought that up. We decided not to risk it. … But looking at it now, it looked kind of easy. … [When we saw Dan and Jordan were still at the Roadblock,] we were very motivated. I was pumped to see them still there, still searching. I was like, “We can do this. We’ve got this.”
TVGuide.com: Why were you willing to work with them at the beginning of the leg?
Michael: When the brothers came back to get us, I was ecstatic. Louie had more of a feeling that he wanted to leave them and go on our own. We work better alone, but I wanted our competition with us. … It would’ve worked had we gotten a little bit more of a break. We’re not going to sit and whine about it afterward. It’s the game. Louie: My whole thing with Dan and Jordan being with us was that I drilled them with a million questions before searching the area [for the Garden Bridge], and one of them was, “Did you use the translation service?” Dan said, “Yes, I did.” But they didn’t have any answer of where it was or what it was. When we found, maybe an hour later, a taxi and asked for the translation phone, the [translator] was like, “Yes, it’s a bridge. You have to drive there by taxi.” … That’s when I got really mad.
TVGuide.com: Did you ever think about ditching them?
Louie: I was kind of excited in the cab ride when we were in front, and they got stuck at the light and we lost them. I thought they were going to get lost. I was kind of pumped at that point, but obviously that didn’t happen. It is what it is. I get a lot of phone calls: “Oh, the brothers really used you guys.” I said, “No, they played the game.” TVGuide.com: You U-Turned Joe and Heidi, and he’s still not over it, judging from the Elimination Station videos.
Michael: He needs to get over it. I’ll be honest with you. That was the only time on the show that the edit wasn’t 100 percent because I had to talk Louie into U-Turning them. I had my heart set on Joe and Heidi from the beginning. It was 50 percent business, 50 percent “I couldn’t stomach ‘em.” One of his [passport stamps] was China. I thought, “There’s a possibility we could go to China,” so do I want to bring somebody who speaks Mandarin to Asia? No way! Then there’s the whole thing on the bus — he was a negative factor. Other people didn’t like him. He was mean to Daniel and Jordan. He needs to get over it. Joe is hung up on Joe. Louie: Every single Elimination Station video, he’s out of control. People are posting, “Give it up. Let it go, Joe.” C’mon! He was negative all the time and he was like a Mr. Know-It-All. He’d make comments on the bus about everyone, and me and Mike are sitting right in front of him. Like, “Dude, we’re right here.”
TVGuide.com: What did you say to each other at the finish?
Michael: We talked about it a little bit. I said it’s part of the game. Jet and Cord said to me, at the final four, I think, “Mike, if a U-Turn comes up and we get there first, we’re U-Turning you.” I laughed. I said, “I think that’s a compliment.” If they or anyone else U-Turned us, I would say, “Great move.” It is what it is. We thought Carol and Brandy were a threat — not physically — but because they were world travelers. They were in decent shape, but everywhere we went, they were like, “Oh, I know somebody from Singapore, I know somebody from here who speaks French, who speaks Spanish.”
TELL US – WHO DO YOU THINK WILL WIN OUT OF THE 3 REMAINING TEAMS?