One of the most interesting story lines on this year’s Big Brother has been Frankie Grande, the older brother of the oft-mentioned pop star Ariana Grande. Frankie at first glance seemed to be a classic Big Brother contestant, the big personality that is thrown in every season to create some kind of dynamic among the guests. As the season wore on he seemed to have a genuine interest in winning the game — for charity, he told his fellow house guests — and was particularly good at doing so until his Big Brother clock ran out last week.
Upon his eviction, he told The Hollywood Reporter what it means to be a “social media mogul.” As a reminder, that is how he defined his profession when he revealed his big secret earlier in the season. He told THR.
“It means that the things that I tweet and post on all of my various social media platforms are read and re-blogged a lot (and that was before I entered the house). For example, New York Magazine recently published that I was one of the top most influential tweeters in New York City.”
Indeed, in February 2014 New York Magazine published a list of New York’s most influential tweeters. The measurement was based not on mere followers, but the number of responses and retweets, specifically confined to the New York area. The list was originally compiled by PeerIndex and the soon-to-be darling of the Big Brother house was on it. Frankie James Grande clocked in at a very respectable number 38, beating out such personalities at L’il Kim, Bethenny Frankel, Rachel Maddow and Katie Couric.
As for Frankie and his Big Brother legacy, that remains to be seen. Big Brother Network questioned Frankie’s claim that upon his eviction he could control the jury and his warning to his fellow house guests that he would be reconnected with his millions of followers. Perhaps, blogger Matthew Boyer pointed out, Frankie did not realize that he would not have social media access while still in the jury house.
The Inquisitr previously reported that Frankie posted a video on his YouTube channel that declared his favorite show to be Survivor. Although in that video he claims to be a fan of reality television — also singling out America’s Next Top Model — he declines to mention Big Brother.
Now, it appears Frankie Grande attempted to get a spot on Survivor a few years ago, before CBS gave him the go-ahead to enter the Big Brother house. In a video uploaded in 2011, Frankie appears to pitch himself to Survivor producers. Here he is notably more tanned and brunette than we would later see on Big Brother and even gets his housekeeper to vouch for him.
The winner of this year’s Big Brother will be announced next Wednesday, September 24 on CBS.
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