‘Celebrity Big Brother 3’ episode 11 recap: Was Carson or Lamar (or someone else) evicted? [UPDATING LIVE BLOG]

Heading into the fifth live episode of “Celebrity Big Brother,” new Head of Household Todd Bridges had just nominated Carson Kressley (his true target) and Lamar Odom (just a pawn) for eviction. But with the Veto competition still on the line, Carson and Cynthia Bailey knew that if Cynthia won, she could remove Carson from the block, thereby forcing Todd to put up one member of the power couple — Miesha Tate and Todrick Hall — as a replacement nominee. So did the Veto get played? And who ended up being evicted from the house and chatting with Julie Chen Moonves?

Below, read our minute-by-minute “Celebrity Big Brother” recap of Season 3, Episode 11 to find out what happened Friday, February 18 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Then be sure to sound off in the comments section about your favorite “CBB” houseguests on CBS’s reality TV show, who annoys you the most and who you think will ultimately join the “Big Brother” winners list.

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8:00 p.m. – “Previously on ‘Celebrity Big Brother 3’!” In the 10th episode, Todd won his first competition of the season thanks to his impressive taste buds. Carson and Cynthia had made a deal with Miesha and Todrick to keep each other safe for the week, but that deal ended up being pointless because of Todd’s HOH victory. Todd ended up nominating Carson for eviction, but instead of also putting up Cynthia, he decided to put Lamar on the block as a pawn. Who will go home tonight?

8:06 p.m. – After the nominations, Lamar was looking to win the Veto to take himself off the block, while Carson was more interested in Cynthia winning so that she could pull him down and be ineligible as his replacement. That move would save them both and force Todd to nominate one of his closest allies. Todd said he left Cynthia off block in the hopes that he could call in a favor in the future.

8:09 p.m. – Carson and Cynthia congratulated themselves on a game played with “integrity,” shocked that they weren’t nominated together. They attempted to figure out “the reason,” but couldn’t come up with any idea as to why Todd wouldn’t have forced them to face the block against each other.

8:17 p.m. – One of the benefits of Lamar and Todrick being tied together in their mascot costumes was the quality time they got to spend together. In one conversation, Lamar opened up to Todrick about the tragedies of his life and all the inspiring advice he can provide others because of it. Todrick told him how inspiring he is, which seemed to touch Lamar very deeply.

8:21 p.m. – For the Veto challenge, in which all six players competed, they had to follow the path of a digital veto medallion as it was shuffled inside of identical objects. After six rounds, Miesha and Todrick were both at five correct for the lead. Todd was behind them with four, but in the seventh and final round  he chose to same answer as Miesha which allowed her to win the Veto.

8:38 p.m. – With the Veto in Miesha’s hands, Todd expected that the nominations will remain the same.  Lamar figured that as long as he remains on the block next to Carson that he won’t need to worry about getting evicted. In order to give Cynthia the best chance at moving forward possible, Carson suggested to Lamar that once he’s out of the house that he join up with Cynthia so that they can work together against the rest of the house. Lamar was worried about teaming up with her at the last minute, only to have to cut her right before the finale.

8:40 p.m. – During the Veto comp, Miesha was bothered with Lamar because he was speaking during the comp and it was throwing her concentration off. Later, she sounded off to other members of the house about how irritated she is with Lamar in general. Cynthia picked up on it, going back to Carson as it being a possible in-road to make with Miesha maybe sending Lamar home instead of Carson.

8:50 p.m. – Ahead of the ceremony, Cynthia and Carson were still worried about why Todd didn’t put her up. They figured that it was a ploy to get Cynthia on Todd’s side and they could use that against him, optioning a deal to Miesha and Todrick that they take out Todd’s person, Lamar, instead.

8:53 p.m. – The first part of their plan involved convincing Miesha to not use the Veto, leaving Lamar on the block. Cynthia went to Miesha to see if she already had a final four with the guys, which she said yes. Carson replied that she should keep the nominations the same, which she agreed to. From there, the plan was to keep their cool all week as to not ruffle feathers so that they could eventually move to the second part of the plan which was to fully turn Miesha against Lamar.

8:56 p.m.  – At the Veto meeting, Miesha lived up to her promise to keep the nominations the same out of “respect for the HOH.”

9:02 p.m. – Superfan Jerry O’Connell stopped by to chat with Julie about the antics of this season. He explained that he has watched the show since the very beginning, but he especially loves the Celebrity version because he knows many of the houseguests personally. Answering one of Julie’s questions, Jerry said that it’s surprising him how much of the game Todrick has tried to control. Jerry said the biggest move of the game was last week when Shanna Moakler was evicted. About the houseguests he said Carson is sticking to his game plan, Cynthia didn’t have her heart in the game at the start, Miesha is clearly an alpha type personality, Todd seemed to be floating until he won HOH, and he loves Lamar and is pulling for him to win.

9:15 p.m. – Miesha pulled Todrick aside to discuss the threat that Todd is becoming. They thought that next week it might be a good idea to target Todd because he’s more likely to win future comps than with Lamar or Cynthia. Later, Todrick had a chat with Carson and Cynthia where Carson asked Todrick to live up to their initial words that they’d look out for each other. In return he promised that they wouldn’t come after him next week and would support him in a vote to win the game. Todrick’s point was that Carson is going to be really tough to sit next to at the end though. Todrick went to Miesha with the conversation because in order to vote Lamar out he would need her approval.

9:25 p.m. – Before the vote, Carson thanked everyone and reiterated that he’s always going to be himself in the game. Lamar used his time to say hello to his kids and hoped that the rest of the cast will be in his life after the show. When it came to the vote, Miesha voted for Carson, Cynthia voted for Lamar, and Todrick cast the deciding vote against Carson.

9:34 p.m. – Post-eviction, Carson was happy to have made so many friends in the house and so now he was feeling “a lot of emotions.” He told Julie that Todrick’s bond with Miesha was too strong to get in between this week. Julie really wanted to know from Carson why he chose “words over actions” in his decision to target Shanna instead of Miesha. He explained that it turned out they couldn’t have trusted Shanna, but he nows admits that the smarter decision would have been to get Miesha out when they had the chance.

9:46 p.m. – As a treat to the final five, Julie surprised the houseguests with special messages from home. We heard from Todd’s mom and the rest of his family, Todrick’s mom, Cynthia’s husband, Lamar’s friend Metta World Peace, and Miesha’s family.

9:57 p.m. – Leading up to Wednesday’s finale, Julie said that the audience would get to vote for America’s Favorite Houseguest for the opportunity to award one of the players with the $25,000 prize.

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