Every year Big Brother pulls a shenanigan to surprise houseguests to throw their game off. People say, “Oh well, that’s what they signed up for.” Is it really? Most reality show producers don’t care about human emotions and mental anguish. Before applying for Big Brother, you should know and understand a few things.
What You Should Know Before Applying For Big Brother: Being Watched All The Time
Everyone knows that Big Brother has cameras all over the house, but have you really thought about it. The world knowing that you snore and fart in your sleep. The world watching you in the bathroom. What if your towel falls? Yep, you nakedness captured and posted on websites for all perverts to see. Some people think that would be cool or they don’t care. The truth is – it’s creepy.
What You Should Know Before Applying For Big Brother: Details of Your Life Are Exposed
Contestants on Big Brother get to know each other by exposing what they do for a living, talking about friends and family, where they live, and other intimate details of their lives. In a world where identity theft is running rampant, this might not be such a smart thing. You also have to consider stalkers. Janelle told her BB7 All Star housemates about a woman who trashes her every chance she gets on the Internet. Janelle also received letters in the mail from this woman.
What You Should Know Before Applying For Big Brother: God Knows Who Your Housemates Will Be
Lets face it, people are nuts. The more outrageous their behavior is on the audition tape the more likely they will be put on television. Big Brother has removed people from the game because their behavior was erratic. Do you remember Justin from BB2? He was expelled within a week because he held a knife to Krista’s throat. What about Scott from BB4? They pulled him out of the game because he started throwing chairs in the kitchen. Do you really want to be isolated in a house with a potential psycho for the chance to win $500,000?
What You Should Know Before Applying For Big Brother: Expect the Unexpected Because it Will Definitely Happen
The X-Factor shocked the original eight houseguests in season 4. Big Brother 4 was called the X-Factor because ex-boyfriends or ex-girlfriends of the original eight houseguests were brought into the house without their knowledge. Neither party knew that their ex would be on the show. Houseguest exposed the fact that they were asked to list three people they use to date on the application. They did not expect producers to use the information to put more people on the show. Are you okay with being on a show that will drag your dirty laundry out in public?
What You Should Know Before Applying For Big Brother: It’s Not Just a Game
Over the years you hear the contestants reminding themselves that Big Brother is a game. Emotions run high in the Big Brother house, especially when the show’s producers put personal situations into the show criteria. I’ve already talked about the X-Factor season. Lets take a look at Project DNA. Big Brother 5 was Project DNA, which means houseguests family ties were exposed. Two of the houseguest found out that they were brother and sister on show. Nakomis and Michael (Cowboy) had the same father. Do you really want to be around a bunch of strangers when you’re introduced to your long lost brother or sister?
Natalie and Andrea were twins who were switching places every few days. Now the twin switching wasn’t a violation of ethics, but things got personal when the twins were allowed in the game at the same time. The houseguest did not appreciate the double mint twins taking over the house and they both got evicted for it.
Diane and Drew from Big Brother 5 is another example of Big Brother not just being a game. Diane fell for Drew. He was part of the Four Horseman alliance. Diane was a part of another alliance. They came together as romantic soul mates and allies. Not being able to compete with Drew’s good looks and butterfly kisses, Diane’s friends and allies dropped like flies. Cowboy, Drew, and Diane were the only three left in the game. When it was time for Drew to choose between his girlfriend and his best friend, Drew chose to evict his girlfriend. Diane left the house crushed and humiliated. From a strategic standpoint, Drew made the right call because Diane would have won it all. From a personal stand point it was sickening to watch.
Another example was when Chilltown put operation double date into action on Big Brother All Stars (BB7). Will flirted with Janelle and Mike hopped in the bed with Erika. When the women finally figured out that Chilltown was using them to further themselves in the game, they were humiliated because the whole world watched it happen.
What You Should Know Before Applying For Big Brother: Boredom
Julie Chen interviewed Big Brother 2 cast member Shannon Dragoo after she was evicted from the house. Shannon said that there was a lot of down time in the Big Brother house. It doesn’t look that way because every time viewers see the houseguests they are in the pool, in the hot tub, or playing backgammon.
What You Should Know Before Applying For Big Brother: Food
There are times that Big Brother will make you compete for food. This is done for entertainment purposes and to screw with the mental stability of the houseguests. Houseguest who lost the food competition would be subjected to a peanut butter and jelly diet for at least a week in the early years of Big Brother. In season 7, the show found a new way to torment houseguests who lost the food competition. It’s called Slop. Slop is made of plain oatmeal, water, curds, and grits. Do you really want to eat slop for a week or more?
What You Should Know Before Applying For Big Brother: You’ll Probably Have to Quit Your Job
Economists say that the recession ended in June 2009. However, the job market is still suffering. Do you really want to give up a steady job to win a one-time payment of $500,000?
Only one person can win the $500,000 and only one person can win $50,000. Five hundred thousand dollars can go a long way if you don’t have a lot of debt, but what about fifty thousand dollars? It will last you a year and a half at the most. The job market is still tight. Most employers won’t appreciate you leaving the job just to go on a reality show. So, they might not hire you back when the show ends.
Unless you have four months of vacation time packed away, you need to think hard about going on Big Brother.
Don’t get me wrong. I have enjoyed watching Big Brother in the past, but I wouldn’t apply for the show unless I was desperately unemployed already.
What You Should Know Before Applying For Big Brother: Bottom Line
Viewers can tell when the houseguests get thrown a curb ball from left field. Past houseguests have been extremely hurt by the things that happened in the house. So remember these “need to know facts” before you fill out an application and send an audition tape.