Ever since the "Big Brother" houseguests booted out first-ever transgender contestant Audrey Middleton, the show has been teetering on the boring side. Without this outrageous personality to keep things lively, will Season 17 be considered one of the worst? Scroll down to see my three reasons why Audrey must return to the show, and then make your "Big Brother" predictions for a chance to win our $100 Amazon gift certificate.
She betrayed anyone
In a season where so many houseguests swore allegiances early on, don't forget that Audrey was in a number of alliances and betrayed all of them. First she proved herself untrustworthy to her initial alliance by adding a number of players to it during the middle of the night, then she backstabbed Da'Vonne by telling Vanessa she was gunning for her, then she talked down to Clay when he was trying to befriend her.
She was a wild card
Remember Week 1's live eviction when she voted to evict Jackie instead of the house's choice of Jace? That was crazy (and we still never got a proper explanation for it). And do you recall in the season premiere when she compared herself to TV serial killer Dexter Morgan? These are the kinds of jaw-dropping surprises we lost when Audrey was sent packing in Week 4.
She wasn't playing for the money
While many contestants take pride in the fact that they're playing "Big Brother" to better their families' lives with the $500,000 grand prize, it's clear Audrey was playing for a different reason. As 2015 is the year of the transgender, it seems wrong that she was evicted so early in the game. That's why CBS needs to bring her back as soon as possible. Audrey, we miss you!
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Photo: Audrey Middleton. Credit: Sonja Flemming/CBS