“Big Brother” is back, baby! This summer’s camp-themed house is the setting for all of the action as 16 all-new houseguests will try to outlast the others to win the $500,000 grand prize. Season 21 also welcomes back perennial host Julie Chen Moonves for the next 90-ish days of competition. In tonight’s hour-long premiere, viewers were introduced to this season’s competitors as they entered the house for the first time. Who stood out to you as ones to watch for the rest of the season?
Below, check out our minute-by-minute “Big Brother” recap of Season 21, Episode 1 to find out what happened Tuesday, June 25 at 8/7c. Then be sure to sound off in the comments section about your favorite houseguests on CBS’s reality TV show, 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.
8:00 p.m. — “Previously on ‘Big Brother’!” Superfans are still licking their wounds over last summer’s upset victory for Kaycee Clark over presumed front-runner Tyler Crispen. While Tyler took home the title of America’s Favorite Houseguest, many viewers believed he should have won the big prize and that Kaycee only prevailed because of a bitter jury. Our fingers are crossed that this season of “Big Brother” doesn’t end on a similar sour note. Let’s go!
8:05 p.m. – Julie welcomes audiences back for a two-night “Big Brother” premiere event. She clues us in that upon entry into the house, the twists will already start coming. One houseguest will immediately be given an unprecedented power that will put everyone’s game in jeopardy. Julie also promises twists and turns that nobody has seen before. It’s time to get to know the houseguests!
8:10 p.m. – First up is Jackson Michie, a 24-year old country boy raised in Nashville. He is a self-identified mama’s boy but hates the term redneck. He considers himself a superfan and he may be one to keep your eye on for the grand prize. Next up is Nicole Anthony, a 24-year old preschool teacher from New York. She’s still a kid at heart and considers herself socially awkward, which makes romance difficult. Then we have Tommy Bracco, a 28-year old Broadway dancer who looks ready to bring plenty of energy into the house. His credits include “Newsies” and “Pretty Woman,” but he doesn’t want everyone in the house to know that he’s also a “Big Brother” superfan.
8:15 p.m. – Kathryn Dunn, aka “Kat,” is a stereotypical blond Texas beauty with big hair and big personality. She’s a 29-year old beauty queen and a former Dallas Mavericks dancer who clearly wants to be a celebrity. Ovi Kabir is a 22-year old college student from east Tennessee. His parents are immigrants from Bangladesh and he’s hoping to be an inspiration to young kids watching who may look like him. Kemi Fekunle is a 25-year old Brooklyn native who calls herself a reformed mean girl. She’s about to bring the drama! Next is Holly Allen, a 31-year old wine safari guide from Los Angeles. Despite her Cali-girl looks, Holly grew up in Wyoming and learned to ride a horse before she could walk. She says her country strength is going to bring her straight to the $500k. And now, everyone take a deep breath before feasting your eyes on Aquaman, excuse me, Jack Matthews, a 28-year old fitness trainer from Tampa. Clearly the houseguests and TV fans alike will be ogling Jack all summer, so let’s hope he’s actually a good player as well.
8:20 p.m. – Julie tells the first eight contestants that they’re about to live and breathe “Big Brother” for the next 99 days. Tommy, Jack, Kathryn and Nicole are the first to head inside the house. They begin with a quick group hug, which will probably the last time they like each other this much. Tommy is already swooning over Jack before the other four houseguests join them inside. Kathryn says she’s in heat and already has a crush on Jackson. Meanwhile, Jackson forms a quick Tennessee bond with Omi – and on first glance, they could be quite the power duo. As they settle in, eight more houseguests prepare to join them.
8:25 p.m. – Christie Murphy is a 28-year old boutique owner from New York. She recently broke up with a significantly older woman and is ready to live the single life this summer. She’s been watching “Big Brother” since she was 16 years old and already sees herself as the winner. Sam Smith is a 31-year old truck driver from Pennsylvania who is motivated to leave his family purely for the money. Isabella Wang is a 22-year old student from Los Angeles who grew up in a conservative Chinese household. Her mother is slightly mortified that her daughter is going to be on reality TV, but Isabella is ready put on a show and prove she can be something other than a doctor…like a celebrity! Nick Maccarone is a 27-year old self-described obnoxious, outgoing child’s mental health therapist. It looks like this guy’s got two sides to his personality which could benefit him in the house. He’s ready to screw with peoples’ minds!
8:30 p.m. – Jessica Milagros is a 30-year old plus-sized model from Chicago who is excited to represent the big girls. She wants to prove that size isn’t important and she’s ready to win this game. Next there’s Cliff Hogg III, a 54-year old engineer from Texas. Cliff will have an instant uphill climb in this house since he’s about twice the age of most of the other houseguests. Analyse Talavera is a 22-year old soccer star and self-described superfan. She expects others to underestimate her based on her looks, but she’s ready to prove she’s not to be messed with. Finally, David Alexander is a 29-year old photographer from Atlanta who recently dropped a lot of weight and is ready to prove himself as an athlete in those physical competitions. Let’s get these players in the house!
8:35 p.m. – Cliff is no novice to “Big Brother” and he knows that as the oldest player he will have a target on his back. He hopes to lay low and just skate by the first three weeks. Meanwhile, Jackson and Jack fall in love almost instantly and can’t wait to hit the weights together. The season’s first bromance is ON! As soon as Christie walks in, Tommy is beside himself because she dated someone in his family for seven years! He’s going to play it off like they’ve never met and hope she does the same. He doesn’t want this target on his back. Christie can’t decide if her relationship with Tommy is wonderful or terrible for her game.
8:37 p.m. – The houseguests are introducing themselves and can’t wait to impress each other with all of their impressive qualities and outgoing personalities. Analyse is looking like a meal to Jackson, who may be ready to trade in his boy Jack for this soccer beauty. Unfortunately for Jackson, the women all seem to be gravitating to Jack for now and he’ll have to wait his turn to be noticed. Isabella seems to be the first player to be mentally “in the game” and she’s already figuring out who she may or may not trust. I like this kind of player, so I hope she doesn’t overdo it too quickly!
8:40 p.m. – Julie calls everyone into the living room and tells them they’re about to get their first twist. For the first time ever, they’ll be electing a camp director. That director will have unprecedented powers. They’ll be safe the first week, will have a significant impact on the HOH competition, and could single-handedly ruin someone’s game. The houseguests begin discussing if anyone wants to campaign for it, but most players seem terrified. But not Cliff! As the oldest in the house, Cliff wants the first week of protection and offers himself up. David throws his name in the hat as well, caring only about the week of safety. Jessica also nominates herself and is quickly followed by Jackson, who gives the least enthusiastic speech possible. Who will be voted camp director?
8:45 p.m. – Players are slowly breaking up into groups and discussing who they should vote for. It looks like nobody wants to go out on their own and vote against the house. Both Jessica and Jackson seem to be serious about winning. Jessica has a group of girls and Tommy on her side, so Jackson goes after help from his dreamy bro Jack. Nicole is swayed from Jessica to Jack’s side because she’s scared of what he would do to her if she went against him. Based on Jackson’s pitch, I’d not only vote against him winning camp director, I would vote him out of the house first! He’s going hard. Isabella is learning that the momentum is shifting from Jessica to Jackson and she refuses to be in the minority because it could lead to lines drawn in the sand for alliances.
8:55 p.m. – One at a time each player goes to the back yard and votes for camp director. Julie will reveal the results, beginning with the players with the least amount of votes. A majority of the house had zero votes and get blasted in goop. Jack, Jackson, Jessica and Nick were the only four players to get votes. With one vote each, Jack and Nick were the next to be eliminated. As expected, this comes down to Jackson vs. Jessica. Jessica received four votes, but Jackson received 10 and will become the first camp director! Jessica is pissed and wants to know who lied to her.
8:59 p.m. – Jackson has just been elected the first camp director of “Big Brother.” He will be safe at the first live eviction, but first he must banish four houseguests. They will then compete for a chance to get back in the house. Three will return, but one’s game will end before the first vote even takes place. Who will Jackson choose? That’s a lot of blood about to be on his hands. Welcome to Season 21!
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