The landmark 20th season of “Big Brother” kicked off Wednesday night on CBS, with perennial host Julie Chen introducing the audience to 16 all-new houseguests. Among the players is cyber security engineer Brett Robinson, who’s the early frontrunner to win the $500,000 grand prize according to Gold Derby’s racetrack odds. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. There are still 90+ days of competing, backstabbing and slop-eating to enjoy in this season’s high tech house. So how did the two-hour season premiere play out?
Below, check out our minute-by-minute “Big Brother” recap of Season 20, Episode 1 to find out what happened Wednesday, June 27. Then be sure to sound off in the comments section about your favorite houseguests, who annoys you the most, and who you think will ultimately join the “Big Brother” winners list. Keep refreshing/reloading this live blog for the most recent updates.
7:59 p.m. – “Previously, on ‘Big Brother’!” The first-ever “Celebrity Big Brother” aired this winter, with the hands-down best player Ross Mathews losing out to Marissa Jaret Winokur in a shocking finale. That installment followed last summer’s “BB19” when Paul Abrahamian was robbed at the finish line by Josh Martinez. Two seasons in a row the deserving finalist lost out because of bitter juries, so our fingers are crossed that the “BB20” houseguests come into the game having learned a vitally important lesson in jury management. Let’s find out!
8:03 p.m. – Julie announced that houseguests from each and every season of “Big Brother” is in the house to help celebrate the 20th season. Three epic competitions will put two houseguests’ games in jeopardy and give one houseguest a brand new game-changing power. #ButFirst, let’s meet the houseguests!
8:05 p.m. – Sam Bledsoe is a Southerner from Virginia and professional welder. As a woman in a male-dominated industry, she’s comfortable holding her own. She lives in a camper in her mom’s yard and has a strategy of walking into the house “guns blazing.” That rarely works out for anyone. Good luck Sam!
8:06 p.m. – Tyler Crispen is a beach lifeguard in South Carolina. He pretty much fits every stereotype you can imagine when thinking of a lifeguard. The long, blond hair and beach bod is a prototype we seem to get nearly every season. He thinks his ability to perform under intense situations will transfer to the “Big Brother” house, but his biggest weakness is his brain.
8:08 p.m. – Bayleigh Dayton‘s claim to fame is that she was the first African-American Miss Missouri USA. She also won Miss Congeniality at the Miss USA competition, which may mean she knows how to work well with others. She’s currently a flight attendant and comfortable catering to cranky, annoying people.
8:10 p.m. – Steve Arienta is a 40-year old retired undercover detective. He’s currently a college professor who is tough as nails during the day, but enjoys a bubble bath at night. He’s doing this for his family, but at 13 years older than the average age of everyone in the house, he may have some serious trouble. Let’s face it, Steve is totally screwed.
8:11 p.m. – Kaitlyn Herman is a certified life coach. That’s a profession I’ve always been baffled by, I hope she explains more. She enjoys meditating and working with crystals and essential oils. She seems like a hippie and is convinced her spirit guides will lead her to winning the game.
8:12 p.m. – Winston Hines sells medical devices and is a big believer in the second amendment. He loves shooting it up in the gun range and is the proud owner of a conceal and carry license. He is just one of those guys that feels more safe going to a movie theater with a gun on his hip. Aside from that disturbing factoid, Winston is definitely going to be catching eyes from the ladies in the house and I predict he will quickly fall into the season’s most “Eeeewww”-worthy showmance.
8:13 p.m. – Angela Rummans is a fitness model and an avid athlete. She’s been to the Olympic trials and is ready to kick everyone’s butts in the physical competitions. She’s highly competitive and based on her confidence and outspoken nature, I’m guessing she will immediately clash with other houseguests.
8:15 p.m. – JC Mounduix is a professional dancer and loves hitting the gym. He’s short, gay and has a Spanish accent so he’s fully prepared to be discriminated against. He’s taught himself to have a positive attitude and he thinks his life experiences will help him in the “Big Brother House.”
8:20 p.m. – The first set of houseguests is allowed through the doors. Sam is already proving to be one of the more entertaining Diary Room contributors, as she drools over the sexy men in the house. Steve is lying about his profession, unwilling to let anyone know he is a former detective. That’s no surprise as it would put an immediate target on his back. Meanwhile, Kaitlyn is calling on her spirit guides to lead her to victory.
8:25 p.m. – Time to meet the rest of the houseguests! Rachel Swindler is a Las Vegas performer and is 100% a hustler. She has mastered the art of flirtation and manipulation and I love her so much more now that I’ve seen this segment. I think she’s a threat!
8:26 p.m. – Chris “Swaggy C” Williams is a former college basketball player and now works as a day trader. He’s called Swaggy C because he looks fly no matter what. When he’s not day trading, he works as a babysitter in the suburbs. Swaggy says he’ll do whatever it takes to win the game, but at this point I feel like he’s willing to do whatever it takes to be famous. I’ll believe he’s got game when I see it.
8:27 p.m. – Angie “Rockstar” Lantry is a flashy dresser and wears her personality on her sleeve, literally. She’s the mother of three children and seems like a great person, but she has no chance in this game. I predict tears by episode 2.
8:29 p.m. – Brett Robinson considers himself a “bro” and does “bro stuff.” Oh brother! He may look all brawn, but he’s a cybersecurity engineer. He doesn’t like hanging out with the nerds he works with because he prefers to be alone playing video games. This guy has potential to really piss people off. He’s definitely arrogant.
8:30 p.m. – Kaycee Clark is a professional female football player. She’s got a big personality and seems like a lot of fun. She’s a “Big Brother” superfan and watches the show regularly as a bonding experience with her dad.
8:31 p.m. – Scottie Salton is a self-described dweeb. He’s 26, never been kissed and has never had a girlfriend. He’s a huge gamer and his ability to think strategically will serve him well in the house. What will shock people in the house is that Scottie is actually so athletic that he won “Best Athlete” in high school. Look out for Scottie!
8:33 p.m. – Haleigh Broucher is a country girl who is comfortable getting down and dirty with farm chores. She’s also studying psychology and is fully prepared to flirt, smile and use her Southern charm whenever it may benefit her. She plans to fly under the radar until it’s time to sneak up on everyone and steal the half million dollars.
8:35 p.m. – Faysal Shafaat is a substitute teacher and football coach. He had a successful college football career and is describes himself as a “proud Muslim.” Faysal looks like he’s got his head on his shoulders and I expect him to have a solid game.
8:37 p.m. – Now that all the houseguests are in the house, it’s time for them to introduce themselves. Of course there are the obvious lies about occupations and “Ooos” and “Ahhhs” over all the sexiest competitors. It’s great to hear them all finally speak because I admittedly judged most of them by their photos before ever listening them speak. JC in particular seems so much more fun than I had predicted. Steve is seriously creeping certain houseguests out with his heavy staredowns, which will likely lead to trouble in the first week. First impressions are all that matter today! Kaitlyn is totally batty and I love it.
8:45 p.m. – Moments into the game and Scottie has already confessed to everyone that he’s never been kissed. As the women were all clamoring to become his first, Julie interrupted and called everyone to the living room. She tells them technology has taken over the world and this season it is taking over the game with “high-tech twists,” “upgraded powers and punishments,” and the most “techtacular” competitions ever.
8:50 p.m. – For their first competition of the season, the houseguests head out to the backyard and hop in the “BB Supercomputer.” The winner of this competition will have the power to keep eight houseguests safe. That’s huge! Not only is it a tremendous advantage, but would also immediately put a target on their back. Eight bitter houseguests on Week 1? No thanks, I’d throw this comp and suck up to the winner.
8:59 p.m. – The BB Supercomputer “crashed” and sent eight houseguests to one secret location, and the other eight to another. Group one is in the “trash folder” and are seeking out hidden folders in order to escape. The one person who doesn’t find a folder will be penalized with a punishment that could hinder their game. Tyler was the first player to escape, followed by Bayleigh, Brett, Rachel, Angela, JC and Winston. Kaycee will be receiving the punishment. Angela received the special folder titled “Escape and Play” and will face off in the final competition tonight.
9:05 p.m. – The second group of eight is now competing in a different competition. They must solve a puzzle that spells “Houseguest.” The same rules apply – the last to finish the competition will receive a punishment. The winner will compete in the final competition against Angela. Swaggy C came out on top followed by Scottie, Steve, Faysal, Kaitlyn, Rockstar and Haleigh. Sam will receive the punishment.
9:15 p.m. – Bayleigh is letting Swaggy C know that he needs to keep a low profile because he’s coming on too strong. Swaggy appreciated the advice and now the two plan to look out for each other. Swaggy then walks into another room and gives himself a pep talk. His plan is to win every competition he can in Week 1 and then lay low after that. For now: Death stares to everybody!
9:25 p.m. – Swaggy and Angela decide to chat privately in the pantry. Swaggy would like them to promise each other safety regardless of who wins the final competition. Angela said the only way to keep her hands clean would be to save anyone who was on her original team. In the diary room, Swaggy bashes Angela for telling him to his face she would not keep him safe. Now he plans to crush her.
9:30 p.m. – It is time for the final competition! The game is simple. Angela and Swaggy are both standing on elevated surf boards. The last one standing wins the ability to keep eight players safe. Of course obstacles begin flying towards them to make things more difficult. Swaggy starts complaining he can’t swim. What that has to do with surfing over a mat on the ground is beyond me. He’s a little dramatic. He’s never going to last in this game. Eventually, Angela does fall though so Swaggy C will survive this week.
9:32 p.m. – Swaggy C is told that he can not hand pick eight players. At the beginning of the episode, the houseguests entered the house in groups of four. Swaggy will have to pick two of those groups to keep safe. Sam and Kaycee are still missing. What is their punishment?
9:40 p.m. – Swaggy is keeping himself, Rachel, Rockstar and Brett safe. But which other group will he take? He promised Angela in the pantry that he would keep her safe, but he also feels loyal to Bayleigh. Bayleigh wants him to keep her, but realizes asking him to save her entire group is a bit much. Haleigh tried to convince Swaggy to save the entire group of eight he was originally standing with before entering the house. But Angela and her group are telling him the stand-up thing to do would be to save them. Swaggy is conflicted.
9:42 p.m. – Swaggy keeps referring to himself in the third person and it’s starting to annoy me. Kaycee finally emerges in a rainbow unitard. Sam is still missing.
9:50 p.m. – Kaycee finds out that she was infected with the “Pinwheel of Doom.” Next, a robot enters the room and it turns out to be Sam. But it’s not Sam in a robot suit, it’s literally a robot and only her voice is coming from it. Hilarious!
9:52 p.m. – Julie calls the houseguests to the living room. Kaycee is told she has to wear her unitard until the next live eviction. Also, whenever her pinwheel begins to spin, she must stay in whichever room she is in until it stops spinning. Whenever Sam hears “robot offline” she has to go to the Diary Room and will emerge as a human. When she hears “robot online” she must return and go back into the house as a robot.
9:59 p.m. – It’s time for Swaggy C to make his decision. He has to think about his long term game and determine who he wants on his side this summer. Swaggy has chosen to save Group 4: Rockstar, Brett, Rachel and himself. He has also chosen to save Group 3: Scottie, Haleigh, Kaycee and Faysal. Swaggy has some damage control to do!
My takeaways from tonight: Rachel is my new pick to win it all. Sam and JC are so much fun! And Swaggy is going to cause a ton of drama this year.
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