Julie Chen could give Chris Harrison a run for his money. Big Brother’s Chenbot has been almost as successful as The Bachelor host when it comes to marriages spawned from her CBS reality show. Chen has held court on Big Brother since 2000 and has watched several show alums, including fan favorites Jeff Schroeder and Jordan Lloyd and Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas, go on to tie the knot. On Big Brother, showmances are as much a part of the game as they are on the rose-filled ABC reality show.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Chen talked about this season’s showmances—there are a lot of them already— and revealed she thinks one couple has the potential to be the next Jeff and Jordan, the franchise’s all-time most adorable couple who just welcomed their first baby, a son named Lawson, last fall.
When asked about the Big Brother Season 19 showmances— Cody and Jessica, Matt and Raven, or Elena and Mark—Chen quickly wrote off the first couple, mainly because Cody seems to have his eye on someone else inside the Big Brother house. Julie said everyone in the house likes Alex Ow except for Jessica, because “Jessica sees that her BF Cody has a soft spot in his heart for her.”
“My guess?” Chen said.
“Cody is slowly falling in love with Alex. He seems to love her spunk, spirit, athleticism, and the way she is brutally honest and kind of ‘in-your-face!’ about it.”
— Big Brother (@CBSBigBrother) July 6, 2017
Julie Chen seems to think Cody and Jessica’s relationship in the Big Brother house is doomed, telling Entertainment Tonight she likens Season 19’s first Head of Household to the prom king who has now lost power. Chen doesn’t think Jessica will stick around but predicts she’ll keep the peace with her BB showmance.
While she doesn’t have high hopes for Cody and Jessica, Julie Chen pointed out a major cute couple alert.
“Maven all the way!” Julie said.
“My pick is Matt and Raven because they have yet to kiss and it’s been more than two weeks! They’re just flirting and getting to know each other and seeming to truly like each other’s company. They seem to be building a foundation. Is this the season 19 version of Jeff and Jordan? Maybe? Not as boy and girl next door, but their slow lead-up showmance runs parallel and I like it!”
— Big Brother (@CBSBigBrother) July 7, 2017
Interestingly, both Matt Clines and Raven Walton went into the Big Brother house with an open heart but said they weren’t “looking” for a showmance. Just ahead of the Big Brother season, Matt told The Hollywood Reporter a showmance would have to be “strategic” in terms of what he was looking for in the game.
“I’m definitely not closing it off though,” Cline said.
“I’m sure Big Brother has chosen some very intelligent, cool and good looking girls. I can’t say I’m not excited to see that! I’m not shutting any doors.”
Raven also talked about whether she would be up for a showmance or not, admitting she wasn’t “going to say yes or no” and planned to “just go in there open-minded.”
While Julie Chen has her eye on this season’s potential Big Brother lovebirds, the longtime host of the CBS reality show hasn’t always been on the mark when it comes to the show’s romances.
Last year, Chen told Entertainment Tonight she thought Big Brother 18 houseguests James Huling and Natalie Negrotti had the potential for a real romance outside of the CBS summertime house. While Julie considered “Jatalie” to be more of a flirtatious friendship, at the time she said, “I think the one flirt-mance that has potential to be a real romance, and it might happen outside the house, is between James and Natalie.”
Julie Chen was way off on that one. While the Big Brother couple did try to make a go of it outside the house, their relationship ended on a very bad note. The two reality stars no longer speak—Negrotti allegedly threatened Huling with a defamation lawsuit— so the spot for the next Jeff and Jordan is still open.
Big Brother Season 19 airs Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays on CBS.
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