Big Brother 10 premiered July 13, 2008 on the CBS network with the finale ending on September 16, 2008.
Big Brother 10 was the second season during the same year due to the 2007-08 Writers Guild of America strike. The season was advertised as “Back to the Basics” in terms of both the production team and CBS. Getting back to the basics CBS brought back the format of the live audiences for the live eviction Thursday episodes (Not featured since BB1), and they chose 13 strangers to enter the big brother house.
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Prior to the airing of the premiere, the first CBS commercials revealed 7 of the house guests and the remaining 6 were revealed on July 8th when the official website was unveiled. The commercials hyped this seasons cast to be very diverse in background and age.
Week 1 – Upon entering the big brother house, the house guests voted for each other on first impressions and Jerry received four votes making him the first Head of Household (HOH). As the HOH Jerry was tasked with nominating 2 house guests for eviction; he nominated Renny & Jessie. In the Power of Veto competition Jessie won the POV and used it to save himself. Jerry then nominated a replacement nominee, Brian. During the first food competition called “Buggin Out” Jessie, Angie, Steve, Renny, Memphis, Dan and Michelle all won food for the week. There was also a bonus prize (1969 Chevy Camaro) during the food competition which Memphis won. In the power of veto competition called “Sweet Dreams, Honey” the house guests had to go into the backyard where there was a giant bed covered in pillows and a pool full of honey. The house guest needed to rip open the pillows and match the colour of their pyjamas to find teddy bears. They then had to jump into the pool of honey and put the teddy bears in jars. The first house guest to find and put all 5 teddy bears in their jar was Jessie. Brian was the first house guest evicted from the big brother house by a vote of 9-1.
Week 2 – In this week’s HOH competition called “Majority Rules” the house guests had to answer questions about which house guest they thought would adhere to specific situations. The house guests needed to answer how they thought the majority would answer, where the minority from each round was eliminated. At the end of all eight questions there was a tie between Steven, Ollie, Jessie, and Libra. During the tie breaking round, Jessie’s answer was the closest and won the HOH title. During the weeks food competition called “Stop Your Wining!” was won by Angie, Jessie, Ollie, Dan, and Steven. The weeks Power of Veto competition was called “License to Veto” had to guess big brother phrases on license plates. Michelle won this competition by correctly identifying the most names of states that made up the phrases.
Week 3 – On day 19, Jessie, Memphis, Angie and Michelle were in the backyard when a plane flew overhead pulling a banner. None of them could make out what the banner said, but Jessie chose to make up a lie and told the others that the banner said “Libra is a liar. Love, Steven.” This incident caused a stir in the house creating arguments and Jerry calling Memphis a “Womanizer.” Memphis took huge offense to this comment. Julie Chen told the viewing public that the banner had nothing to do with Big Brother but did not specify what it actually said. On day 22, the house guest felt the effects of a 5.4 magnitude earthquake where there was luckily no damage or injury to the house or house guests. Some of the house guests actually thought that big brother caused the earthquake. For the HOH competition called “Alien Abduction” over the previous few days holographic images of aliens appeared in the mirrors and various items were stolen from the big brother house. During the HOH competition the house guest had to guess which room the items were taken from. Keesha correctly answered the most questions and won the competition. The food competition for the week was named “BB Valley High Socks Hop” where they won various foods. During the Power of Veto competition called “The Garden of Veto” the house guests had to plant themselves in a huge flower box where they were hit with water on their forehead. The house guest to remain in the flower box closest to an hour without going over by guessing was Keesha.
Week 4 – On day 24, Dan was offered the opportunity to be America’s Player for the chance to win $20,000, which he accepted the task. During the HOH endurance competition called “Living on the Edge” the house guests had to stand on the ledge of a building while it shook. April outlasted all the other house guests for a total of 2 hours and 48 minutes. For the power of veto competition called “Slap Shot” the house guests shot at a goal like in hockey. As each house guest was eliminated they picked a prize and the last house guests with the best score got to pick the prize of their choice. Jerry won the power of veto, Libra won a trip to Hawaii, Jessie won letters from home, April won $10,000, Memphix won a slop pass, and Michelle won the red unitard for a week. During this week Jessie was evicted by a vote of 4-3.
Week 5 – The eviction of Jessie started a fight between Libra and April, where April called Libra a “bitch” for voting out Jessie when she had sworn on her children that she wouldn’t. Jerry got involved in the fight and told Libra that she was a dummy and that she was going out the door. Michelle and Jerry told Libra that she would burn in hell for voting to evict Jessie. During the HOH competition called “Rude Awakening” the house guests were asked true/false questions about the annoying wake up calls they had received over the loud speaker the night prior. Michelle won this HOH competition. In the food competition called “In the News” where Renny and Keesha won food for Sunday and Tuesday, Michelle won a feast for all of the house guests. In the power of veto competition called “Cry me a Veto” the house guests had to dice onion to fill a box, where the house guest (Jerry) with the heaviest box would win. April and Memphis also won mystery prizes, 5 designer outfits for April and Memphis won the punishment of wearing an onion necklace for 24 hours.
Week 6 – In the head of household competition called “Diary Room Confessionals” Renny won by correctly answering the most questions right in a row. During the food competition Jerry and Ollie were put on slop for the week including Memphis but he used his slop pass. Renny nominated Jerry and April for eviction. In the power of veto competition called “Haunted Yard” Dan won and decided not to use it and as a result April was evicted by a vote of 4-1.
Week 7 – In the head of household “King of the Jungle” Dan won and nominated Memphis and Jerry for eviction. During the power of veto competition called “One Giant Leap” Memphis won and used the veto on himself. Dan then nominated Michelle as the replacement nominee. During a surprise Fast Forward / Double Eviction Michelle was evicted and Keesha won the HOH competition. Keesha then nominated Ollie and Jerry for eviction. Dan then won the power of veto competition and chose not to use it to save Ollie or Jerry. As a result Ollie was evicted by a vote of 3-0.
Week 8 – In the head of household competition called “Days go By” Jerry won and nominated Keesha and Dan for eviction. In the power of veto competition called “Rock a Bye Veto” Memphis won and chose to use it to save Dan. Jerry then nominated Renny as the replacement nominee. As a result, Renny was evicted by a vote of 2-0.
Week 9 – In the head of household competition called “Freeze Frame” Dan won. During the power of veto competition called “Stair way to Veto” Memphis won and used it on himself which resulted in Keesha automatically being nominated as she was the only possible replacement nominee. During part 1 of the 3 part HOH competition Dan won and automatically advanced to part 3. In part 2 of the 3 part HOH competition Memphis won against Jerry. In the final part 3 of 3 Dan won and chose to evict Jerry.
3 Part HOH Competition:
- HOH Part 1 Dan, Memphis & Jerry competed: Dan won.
- HOH Part 2 Jerry & Memphis competed: Memphis won.
- HOH Part 3 Dan & Memphis competed: Dan won.
Big Brother Finale :
- Dan then won Big Brother 10 by a vote of 7-0, winning the grand prize of $500,000.
- Memphis won the runner up prize of $50,000.
- Keesha was chosen by America as America’s Favourite Player, and was awarded the $25,000 prize.