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Chris Chalker, Student Life Editor

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Big Brother, CBS’ hit reality TV game show aired its 19th season last summer, the hook for audiences was that this was the “summer of temptation.” It was later announced that this would be followed by the first ever season of Celebrity Big Brother in the US, obviously with the celebrities as the hook for viewers. The Celebrity version started airing in February and due to the limitations in availability of the celebrities and the number of them in the house (usually 14-17) was cut down to just 11, the length was cut from the usual three months to just 26 days. The cash prize for winning (normally $500,000) was also cut, being just $250,000.

So who are the 11 houseguests battling it out to win? We have Chuck Liddell, James Maslow, Omarosa Manigault, Ross Mathews, Brandi Glanville, Ariadna Gutierrez, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Metta World Peace, Shannon Elizabeth, Keisha Knight Pulliam, and Mark McGrath.

Week 1

After an endurance HOH, Shannon Elizabeth beats James Marlow and wins the title of Head of Household. But shortly after this, the houseguests are told that they each need to grab a “celebrity gift bag” from the table nearby. Inside one of these gift bags is the HOH Recast power and the holder gets to claim the title of HOH. The recast power is used and Keisha Knight Pulliam is the recast HOH. Keisha nominates James Maslow and Chuck Liddell for eviction. Chuck is later evicted by a vote of 7 to 1. Due to this strange season, all evicted houseguests serve as jury members unlike past seasons where they get to go home. Chuck has placed 11th and is the first member of the jury.

Week 2

Ross Mathews won HOH and he nominates Omarosa Manigault and Keisha Knight Pulliam. Keisha asks that the houseguests evict her and she is evicted by a vote of 7 to 0. Keisha asked to be evicted due to personal reasons. Keisha places 10th and is now the second member of the jury.

Ariadna Gutierrez wins the golf themed HOH and she nominates James Maslow and Mark McGrath. James Maslow wins the veto and removes himself from the block and Shannon Elizabeth is nominated and backdoored by a vote of 5 to 1. Shannon is the third juror and has placed 9th.

Week 3

Omarosa Manigault wins HOH and nominates Brandi Glanville and Ross Mathews for eviction. America voted on the power of veto that would be won and voted on the “VIP Veto”. The VIP Veto allows the holder to use the veto twice. If the holder opts to use it twice, a replacement nominee is named before the veto is used again instead of after like it would be in the case of any other veto. Ross Mathews won the Power of Veto and removed himself and also opted not to use the power of veto again. Metta World Peace, who has had a very low drive to play the game so far, asks to be nominated so he can go home and see his family. Metta gets his wish and he is evicted in a unanimous 5 to 0 vote. Metta placed 8th and is the fourth member of the jury.

In the second eviction of Week 3, Mark McGrath wins the title of HOH in a 3 round competition after fellow ally James Maslow and him decide James needs to compete next week for the title of HOH. Brandi Glanville accuses Mark and James of making a plan to let Mark win HOH. Mark nominates Brandi Glanville (no surprise here) and Ariadna Gutierrez for eviction. Ariadna wins the POV and removes herself from the block. Markl nominates Marissa Jaret Winokur as the replacement nominee and Brandi is evicted by a vote of 3 to 1. Brandi placed 7th and is the fifth member of the jury.

In the third eviction of Week 3, Omarosa wins HOH again and she targets Ross Mathews, nominating him and his ally, Marissa Jaret Winokur for eviction. Ross, once again, wins the veto and saves himself. Omarosa nominates James Maslow in Ross’ place and James is evicted by a vote of 2 to 1. James places 6th and becomes the sixth member of the jury.

Week 4

Starting off Week 4, Ross Mathews wins HOH and nominates Ariadna Gutierrez and Omarosa Manigault for eviction. Ross also manages to win the veto and he leaves the nominees the same. Omarosa Manigault is evicted by a 2 to 0 vote, placing 5th and becoming the seventh member of the jury. We are now down to the final 4 houseguests of the season.

Now at the finale, this HOH is very important as whoever manages to win this Head of Household will evict two of the remaining four houseguests. Marissa Jaret Winokur wins this HOH and evicts Ariadna Gutierrez, placing 4th and becoming the eight member of the jury, and Mark McGrath, who places 3rd and is the ninth and final member of the jury.

Finale

Now in the final 2, Ross and Marissa sit before the jury made up of their fellow houseguests who have been evicted. Whichever of the two receives the most votes will win the game.

Chuck Liddell has voted for Marissa Jaret Winokur

Keisha Knight Pulliam has voted for Marissa Jaret Winokur

Shannon Elizabeth has voted for Marissa Jaret Winokur

Metta World Peace has voted for Ross Mathews

Brandi Glanville has voted for Ross Mathews

James Maslow has voted for Marissa Jaret Winokur

Omarosa Manigault has voted for Marissa Jaret Winokur

Ariadna Gutierrez has voted for Marissa Jaret Winokur

Mark McGrath has voted for Ross Mathews

By a vote of 6 to 3, Marissa Jaret Winokur has won Celebrity Big Brother. This marks the third televised season in a row where, in my opinion, a more deserving houseguest was beaten by someone who didn’t deserve to win the game.

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