Julie Chen has some definite opinions on how she’d like to see the Big Brother game played. The longtime host of the CBS reality competition says she has a favorite twist—and a not so favorite one. In addition, Chen revealed that she would like to see one of Big Brother’s all-time biggest superstar players make a return to the CBS summertime house.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Julie Chen admitted that some of the twists on the show don’t work. Chen pointed to the short-lived celebrity “takeover” twist last season, which fizzled out after three weeks.
“It didn’t work,” Julie told ET. “It’s like, ‘Well, how are you taking over? Are you really taking over? Are you just taking over one game, which is like one little angle of this moment in the Big Brother house?’ The good news is, we try things, and when they don’t work, we cut our losses.”
Chen had a much more favorable opinion of this year’s “BB Roadkill” twist, which ended last week. The twist allowed for a secret competition winner to anonymously put a third nominee on the block for eviction.
“I loved that twist this year,” Julie said of Roadkill. “Having a secret winner who can secretly nominate a third houseguest for eviction? There was a lot of paranoia, a lot of misleads… You could be on the block and suddenly have power to decide who’s gonna sit up there next to you. It added a really good dynamic to the game.”
Chen also likes the Big Brother twists that involve ex-lovers, as well as the “twin twist” which has been used a couple of times. But Julie thinks the “exes” twist would be even better if everyone in the house had to play against an ex-boyfriend or girlfriend.
Julie Chen also has her own ideas for a Big Brother twist that she thinks would really rock the house.
“I think they should do a season where they throw in a bunch of young, hot, single people,” Chen told ET. “And after everyone’s posturing and posing, then you throw in those people’s mothers and then their game is over.”
That would definitely squash the showmances!
Julie Chen has been vocal about the fact that she would like to see another all-stars season come into play. Last year, Julie told ET she has been pushing for a Big Brother “all-stars” season that features all of the reality show’s past winners.
“It’s the cream of the crop,” Julie said last summer. “It’s the winner from each season to compete. So, it’s the ‘Winner’s Circle.’ And I’m talking back to season one, Eddie [McGee]. I mean all the way back!”
Still, there’s one other BB superstar that Julie would love to see get another chance to take home the $500,000 grand prize.
“I would like to see Janelle Pierzina get another shot,” Chen revealed. “She’s one of the best players we’ve had, and she’s a fan favorite. She played it honestly, openly. She didn’t suck up to people she didn’t like. She won competitions fair and square. I think she deserves a win and another chance.”
Julie Chen’s personal favorite has already had three chances to take home the Big Brother prize. Janelle competed in Season 6 of the show, then returned as a player in the inaugural All-Stars season in 2006. Janelle also returned as a coach in Season 14. She never won the grand prize, but fans voted her “America’s Choice” during All-Stars, gifting her with a $25,000 prize on finale night.
While Julie Chen would like to see Janelle Pierzina back in the game, it would take some negotiating. Last year, Pierzina told the Hollywood Reporter that she’s a mom to three young children now, so she probably wouldn’t be able to sign on for a full season of the show.
“I’m pretty busy,” Janelle told THR. “I got three kids, so probably not. If it was just for a just a day though to upset the houseguests I would do it…I feel like I’ve proven myself enough. But if I had a say in who I was cast with I would do it. I would want to play with huge targets like Rachel Reilly, Dan, Dr. Will [Kirby], Derrick Levasseur, ‘Evel’ Dick Donato, Jeff Schroeder, Frank Eudy and Amanda [Zuckerman].”
Take notes, Chenbot!
Incidentally, Julie Chen may have a chance to pitch her Big Brother ideas sooner rather than later. The 19th season of the show will debut just days after Season 18 wraps in September. The new season will air on CBS All Access, and Chen has confirmed that she will be the host of the streaming version of the show.
Take a look at the video below to see Julie Chen talking about her favorite Big Brother twists.
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