August 12, 2006 02:31 PM by Joe Blackmon
Big Brother fans were in an uproar on Thursday night when several technical malfunctions potentially altered the outcome of the Big Brother head of household competition. Reality TV Magazine reported on some of the obvious technical malfunctions and posed the question of if there would be a do over for the HOH competition. The comment section of the article we ran was flooded with Big Brother fans demanding a redo of the HOH competition. Meanwhile on the live feeds, Howie Gordon continued his protest over the fact that his button didn’t work the first time he hit it.
CBS and Big Brother producers apparently were listening to the protests from fans and the houseguests and in an unprecedented move decided to redo the HOH competition. The official CBS explanation was “During last night’s live broadcast of Big Brother: All-Stars, a technical malfunction occurred with the buzz-in device during the Head of Household competition. Therefore, the initial results of the HOH competition, in which Erika was named the winner, were deemed invalid. The HOH competition was replayed last night and broadcast live for subscribers of the Big Brother online 24/7 feed and will be shown during the Sunday, August 13 broadcast.”
Unfortunately, the Big Brother HOH competition redo is generating almost as much controversy as the initial technical malfunctions. While the majority of fans seemed to be in agreement that the technical malfunctions created an unfair HOH competition, there has been disagreement over the way that the Big Brother HOH redo was done. Some fans have argued that because Chicken George, Marcellas Reynolds, and Janelle Pierzina appeared to eliminated fairly and were not victims of a technical malfunction in the first HOH that they should not have been allowed to compete in the second HOH. However, CBS and Big Brother producers chose to allow all houseguests to compete in the second HOH competition. Another question posed by some fans is why not have two HOH’s like was done earlier in the season. That way Erika could have shared the HOH with whoever won the second HOH, and it would have likely created for some interesting drama.
In sympathy to CBS and Big Brother producers, whether or not Chicken George, Marcellas, and Janelle should have been allowed to compete is a tough call. If technical malfunctions were occurring, it’s possible that producers were unsure of whether Chicken George and Marcellas might have also been affected. Even though Janelle answered her question incorrectly so she wasn’t affected by a slow or non-working button, she was still in the competition when Mike Boogie’s obvious button malfunction occurred.
Even though the winner of the second HOH has been revealed on various Internet sites and in CBS’ own press release on the redo, we wanted to give a Big Brother spoiler warning to stop reading now if you do not want to know who won. The outcome of the second HOH is part of what is generating even more controversy over the redo. Fan speculation has been that CBS and Big Brother producers would like to keep Janelle in the game since she is a very popular player. With Erika as HOH, it would have been very likely that she would have nominated and targeted Janelle for eviction. However, Janelle won the second HOH competition.