Warning! The following contains spoilers from the Big Brother All-Stars live feeds as of Sunday, August 16. Read at your own risk.
Another week of Big Brother All-Stars is just around the corner and, while the television crowd still hasn't seen the nominations, the live feeders know exactly who is on the block. To say the nominations set up an interesting storyline for the veto meeting is quite an understatement and, as always, I'm expecting the unexpected.
The nominations of David Alexander and Nicole Anthony rocked the house, especially after the disrespectful tone of Head of Household Memphis Garrett. Promises were made ahead of the veto competition to make moves whether he liked it or not. Will they actually play out? Here's what I know so far on who won the competition and the odds that the veto will be used.
And The Winner Is...
After a long wait for the competition to be played, the feeds returned, and it was revealed the Mr. HOH himself, Memphis Garrett, secured the veto. The veto competition was said to be one that relied on upper arm strength and, given the arms of Memphis, it's not surprising to hear he got the win.
Nicole Anthony and David Alexander remain on the block, though there are several things at play here that could factor into whether or not they stay. Here are some of the plans in play at the moment and where I think Memphis will ultimately land in his decision to use the Power of Veto.
Janelle And Kaysar Want Memphis To Backdoor Someone
Memphis Garrett has told his alliance he's looking to stay on fan-favorite Janelle Pierzina and Kaysar Ridha's good side, which is why he went against the alliance when their original gameplan was to have them both on the block in week two. Janelle and Kaysar have used this to open up a dialogue and, even before the competition, they had been requesting a backdoor nomination to remove Nicole Franzel from the game.
Their plan is that Memphis would remove Nicole Anthony from the block (another player Janelle and Kaysar have in pocket) and then put up Nicole Franzel and get one of the two winners on Big Brother All-Stars out of the game. Janelle and Nicole F have quietly campaigned against each other since the game's start, so it's not surprising to hear the duo are hoping Memphis would blindside her with a nomination.
Memphis' Alliance Wants To Backdoor Janelle
To say Memphis Garrett's alliance was blindsided by his nominations was an understatement. Cody Calafiore and the gang felt Janelle Pierzina and Kaysar Ridha were the obvious power players on the other side of the house, and sending one home would ensure their power alliance had a better shot at running the house for a few more weeks. The nominations of Nicole Anthony and David Alexander did nothing big for their plans, and many in the group were exceptionally mad about how Memphis decided to insult both players in his nomination speech.
With that said, everyone within the alliance is playing nice and pretending to be unbothered by Memphis Garrett's decisions. My guess is that with Memphis' control of the veto, there will be one final push by the alliance to get him to backdoor Janelle Pierzina. The move would likely get him back in the good graces of his alliance, if that's something Memphis wants.
Will Memphis Garrett Use The Veto?
As of Sunday, August 16 early morning, it did not seem like Memphis Garrett would use the veto. Probably a smart move considering he angered both David Alexander and Nicole Anthony with his words at the time of nomination. To pull one down and backdoor an entirely different target would not be a wise move, as he'd end up having both people he pissed off still in the house.
With that said, Memphis Garrett is at risk of losing his alliance with his ignoring of their game plan and will have to tread carefully after his nomination speech angered a lot of the house. I wouldn't be too optimistic about him going alone with Janelle Pierzina and Kaysar Ridha's backdoor plan, but he may backdoor Janelle to appease his alliance.
Truthfully, Memphis Garrett's opening moves as Head of Household were unpredictable, so I can't say with 100% certainty what he will do. At the moment, he seems largely indifferent on who leaves the house, though I would wager it really depends on how people feel about Nicole Anthony. Nicole A is seen by the house as someone close to Janelle Pierzina, so keeping or sending her home could be seen as a compromise to appease whichever side of the house Memphis wants to cater to the most.
Keeping David Alexander could also save a bit of face for Memphis Garrett, who caught some flak for coming down a bit too hard him. Memphis had hoped David would make the week easy as he was made a Have Not for the first time and was put on the block, and therefore had a greater chance of blowing up and getting mad. David hasn't done that yet, but we still have a long way to go until Thursday's eviction!
There is one other option on the table but, for now, it's too early to say if it will be pursued. Both sides of the house have floated the idea of nominating Kevin Campbell after using the veto. Kevin promised the live feed viewers he would stir up some drama if he stayed in the house and, so far, he is doing his best to do that. The problem is this is Big Brother All-Stars, and his behavior so far has some wondering if it would be easy just to throw him back on the block and put that to an end. Too early to say if Memphis will entertain that idea, but as I mentioned earlier, I'd expect anything at this stage.
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