The tension and excitement continues to build as Big Brother 18 is set to kick off in less than two weeks. As anticipation heightens, rumors have spread across the internet, on social media, throughout a bevy of articles, and numerous blog posts that this season will feature a return of coaches, a group that will be made up of popular past house guests who can offer their wisdom to rookie players.
This coach twist took place on Big Brother 14 when season 10 winner Dan Gheesling; competition beast Janelle Pierzina, who was a fierce cast member in both Big Brother 6 and 7; fan favorite Britney Haynes, who took fourth place in Big Brother 12; and one half of “Chill Town,” Mike “Boogie” Malin, who was eighth in Big Brother 2 and won Big Brother 7, entered the Big Brother house and took new players under their wings, coaching them to make it as far as possible in the game. It should be noted that the other half of “Chill Town” was the man considered by some to be one of the best players, if not the best player, in Big Brother history, Dr. Will Kirby.
In the coaches season of Big Brother, Boogie was extremely successful in his endeavor, although he didn’t make it to the end. Nevertheless, his mentee, Ian Terry, took the win, even as he sat in the final two with another strong player and former winner, Dan.
No doubt the coaches’ season was quite popular and was a novel twist at the time for Big Brother. Thus, it’s no surprise that rumors about another coach season have been rampant.
On Thursday, Reality Blurred reported that it had confirmed coaches were going to return to Big Brother in season 18 and that they would include the aforementioned winner of Big Brother 14, Ian Terry, season 16 winner Derrick Levasseur, and two house guests who were part of last year’s Season 17 game, Audrey Middleton, who took 14th place, and famed poker player Vanessa Rousso, who almost made it to top two, but was edged out by winner Steve Moses, thus she came in third.
At least one of these rumored Big Brother coaches has taken to Twitter to refute the notion about his participation in Season 18.
Season 14 winner Ian initially posted a message around noon Friday that read, “‘Vacationing in Greece’ is the new ‘(actually) vacationing in Greece,’ so to speak.”
"Vacationing in Greece" is the new "(actually) vacationing in Greece", so to speak. #BB18— Ian Terry (@TulaneTerry) June 10, 2016
This sparked more conversation about a coaches season, as many a house guest has joked about being indisposed or being away on vacation when they’ve actually been sequestered away getting ready to enter the Big Brother house. Thus, Ian’s initial post fueled the fire and further rumors spread about him acting as a coach in Season 18.
Nevertheless, late Friday afternoon, Ian, possibly seeing the fervor his first post caused, decided to set the record straight and again took to his Twitter page.
“The ‘Big Brother 18’ rumor mill is in full swing. Not sure where the information in the ‘realityblurred’ article came from, but I can confirm the rumors regarding my participation are, unfortunately, not true.”
There are still those who will probably surmise that Ian is just trying to throw fans off regarding the new season and that he in fact will actually be entering the house. However, at this point in time, the entering house guests are thought to be in sequester – likely even the coaches – therefore, it is unlikely Ian would be given the opportunity to have access to social media.
But, until the new cast is revealed on Monday, nothing is certain.
A quick peek at Audrey’s Twitter page, another rumored coach, indicates she hasn’t posted a Tweet in quite some time, but she did post a photo on Instagram just a week ago.
As far as Derrick, nothing is really happening on his Twitter page, but just two weeks ago he posted an adorable photo of him and his baby. In addition, Derrick is working on a new television series on Discovery ID, so between the baby and the new show, he probably doesn’t have three months to allot to Big Brother coaching.
Vanessa appears to have participated in the World Series of Poker this past week, so it doesn’t look like she’ll be a coach either. On Tuesday she tweeted, “Playing the $1500 six max @WSOP #poker event Wednesday! Till then, hanging w @MelProceOuellet and the dogs!”
Again, the Big Brother 18 cast reveal, which will be hosted by Jeff Schroeder on CBS All Access live feeds, will trounce any false rumors and confirm those that are true.
According to Big Brother Network, the reveal begins Monday morning at 8 a.m. Pacific Time.
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