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"Big Brother" is the reality show critics love to hate. But for passionate fans of the unscripted CBS soap opera, summer would be a bummer without it. That includes TVWeek editors Michele Greppi and Josef Adalian, who’ve decided to chronicle their “Brother”-ly love via regular blog postings. From the first HOH competition to the last "But first…" to fall from the lips of the Chenbot, they’ll be serving up their unfiltered take on life inside TV’s most dysfunctional house of horrors.

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Predictions: Who Will Be Left Standing at the End

July 24, 2008 10:57 AM

Cast of Big Brother 10

ONE BIG HAPPY FAMILY The initial team of contestants on this season's "Big Brother 10."

Previously on, “Oh, Brother!” Joe asked Michele to predict the final four contestants on this year’s “Big Brother.”

Michele Greppi: I’m not as old as Jerry and won’t be prodded into making any final four predictions at this point of the game, when fissures and cliques are just beginning to solidify.

I think Jerry’s confrontation with Libra was more real and justified than you seem to believe. It also helped to out Libra as the houseguest many don’t want to be in the jury house with.

In conversation on “BBAD” last night in Keesha’s HOH room, it was painfully clear that even her alliance wouldn’t mind seeing her go now—until she knocked on the door and joined the game talk. At that point, the target talk focused on Angie.


When they were joined by Memphis, Keesha told him she’s gunning for Angie, his not-quite-secret ally, and wants him to keep that on the down-low. Can’t wait to see how long those lips stay zipped.

Michelle and Jessie also are in this alliance and, Jessie, as we know, thinks he can own the competitions. In the context of a discussion about endurance competitions, Jessie this week sneered at Jerry’s regular chores at home, which include sitting for five hours on a riding lawn mower. Jessie made clear he disdains—my long word, not his—anyone who could sit in one place for that long, but said he could if competition required.

As for Renny, she and Jerry are likely to survive mostly because bigger juicier targets are about to start presenting themselves like a baseball pitching machine—and because the house can’t produce another amateur hour for “BBAD” viewers without her endless supply of feathers, wigs, hats and age-inapproprate tops.

Whereas Angie, Memphis and the dearly departed Steven used tin foil, plastic wrap and found objects to turn themselves into superhumans who waged mock combat in the backyard. Memphis kept roaring to the “BBAD” audience: “Are you entertained?”

I was.

It was way more fun than watching Michelle polish Jessie’s nails.

Joe Adalian: Of course, it’s foolish to make predictions this early in the game. But that doesn’t stop the political punditocracy from electing our next president a month before the New Hampshire primary. Why shouldn’t we “Brother” pundits—“Brundits”?—do the same?

So here goes, my final four predictions—almost guaranteed to be proven wrong as soon as Wednesday:

RENNY: She’s survived Jessie’s temper tantrum. As long as she lays low and keeps ‘em laughin’, she’s a threat to nobody.

LIBRA: I think she’s smart enough to outwit and outlast most of these loons. And yes, I know I’m mixing my reality show metaphors.

OLLIE: Either he or April will stab one another in the heart to advance themselves in the game. Given how quickly Ollie shed his pants, and his preacher’s son morals, I’m betting a little betrayal won’t be hard.

ANGIE: I kinda think she could win it all. She’s got brainpower and a bit of brawn. And if the women are smart, they’ll realize they’ve already set themselves up to do well by eliminating two men in a row. If they vote out one more dude, they’ll be in a good position to win it all.

OK, that’s all for me for now. I’m off to Comic-Con, a convention filled with hard-core fans who spend endless hours discussing TV and film characters, parsing minute details as if they were manna from Heaven. I just can’t imagine being so obsessive.

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