‘Celebrity Big Brother’ episode 8 recap: Who held on longest in basketball-themed Head of Household comp? [UPDATING LIVE]

Sunday night on “Celebrity Big Brother” the fourth Head of Household competition played out after starting live during Thursday’s two-hour eviction episode. The basketball-themed challenge was a battle of endurance as the remaining players (not counting outgoing HOH Ariadna Gutierrez) had to sit against a wall and hold on for dear life as they were tilted forward. Which houseguest won the coveted Head of Household key and which two people did they nominate for eviction?

Below, check out our minute-by-minute “Celebrity Big Brother” recap of Season 1, Episode 8 to find out what happened Sunday, February 18. Then be sure to sound off in the comments section about your favorite houseguest, who annoys you the most and who you think can go the distance to join the “Big Brother” winners list. Keep refreshing/reloading this page as we’ll be updating live.

7:59 p.m. – “Previously, on ‘Big Brother’!” In Thursday’s seventh episode Ariadna led the charge to send home superfan Shannon Elizabeth. The votes to oust the physical and mental threat were almost unanimous, save for one wayward vote by Brandi Glanville. Was there method to Brandi’s madness, or did she drink too much champagne prior to voting? Hopefully we find out tonight!

8:15 p.m. – With the HOH on the line, Omarosa knows the house is looking for a new target. She doesn’t want that  target to be”Lady O.” If James Maslow doesn’t have to win, he’d rather not. He wants to hang on long enough to not make it look obvious he threw the competition. Metta World Peace is the first to drop, proving size is a problem in this endurance competition. Ross Matthews is next to fall, followed by Mark McGrath, and Marissa Jaret Winokur, Which houseguest will prevail?

8:25 p.m. – With just Omarosa, Brandi and James remaining, the winner will clearly have an impact on the game. Eventually Brandi loses her strength and falls next. At that point, Omarosa attempts to strike a deal with James. Omarosa tells James she will keep him safe if he drops, and he does. James considered the fact that he has no friends in the game, so is actually happy about Omarosa’s plea. Omarosa is ready to shake up the house. The rest of the houseguests are terrified about what she will do.

8:30 p.m. – Ross is terrified that Omarosa is HOH, and with good reason. Omarosa is well aware that Ross is a power player in this game. Meanwhile, the house seems to have figured out that Brandi was the only competitor to vote in Shannon’s favor last week. Brandi admitted she voted to keep Shannon, and the others told her they were shocked to hear her decision. Her alliance has lost trust in her.

8:35 p.m. – Ariadna, Marissa and Ross feel betrayed by Brandi’s vote to keep Shannon in the house. Will this ruin their alliance? Brandi is in tears by the thought of it. Even though everyone is pretty upset with Brandi, they need to keep her on their side so she doesn’t team up with Omarosa. When they approach Brandi to confront her, she seems annoyed. She immediately bursts into tears and promises to vote with the group next time.

8:45 p.m. – Omarosa had decided Ross is her target. He put her on the block and he is part of a very strong alliance, but she’s not sure who to put up next to him. Brandi confesses to Omarosa that she was the one vote for Shannon.  Will Omarosa spin it to her advantage? Omarosa calls everyone to the living room for an announcement: Metta arrives in his underwear because he’s feeling his own physique. But Omarosa is all about business. The game is about to be shaken up: America will twist up the next Power of Veto. The contestants will find out how prior to Monday’s POV. How will the twist impact the game? Omarosa confides in Mark, asking for his commitment. If she doesn’t put her on the block, he will keep her safe next week, if he’s in control. Next, Omarosa needs James and Metta on her side. Metta needs little convincing to evict Ross. But James is a tougher sell. Omarosa’s ideal final four is herself, James, Metta and Mark. James seems sold. Booyah!

8:55 p.m. – Omarosa admits to campaigning for Hillary Clinton at one point. She felt used and abused by her campaign and said she wasn’t the only one. It was no surprise she agreed to work for another campaign moving forward. But back to the game, who will Omarosa nominate next to Ross? She wants to seal a final four deal with Brandi, Ariadna, Marissa and herself. Omarosa notices that Ariadna and Marissa are quick to throw Brandi under the bus, opening up her options for who else to put on the block.

8:59 p.m. – Omarosa announces it is time for the nomination ceremony. She has nominated: Ross and Brandi. She nominated Ross because he nominated her. She nominated Brandi because of the decision she made to vote for Shannon. Not only did she go against the house, but she went against her closest ally, Ariadna.

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