Natalie Negrotti seemingly came out of nowhere in the Big Brother 18 game. She started out under the radar and then made a big move when she contributed to the demise of Paulie Calafiore’s game. Now, armed with a sweet Head of Household win and a showmance with James Huling, Natalie Negrotti is one of the most dangerous players in the Big Brother house.
Of course, the big question is, is Natalie using James just to further her game? James Huling is putty in Negrotti’s hands, and it does seem as though he would have her back all the way until the end, possibly forfeiting his chances to win the $500,000 grand prize. On Big Brother 17, James had a season-long crush on fellow houseguest Meg Maley, and it went nowhere.
And now, ousted Big Brother houseguest Da’Vonne Rogers told Us Weekly that she doesn’t think Natalie and James are the real deal.
“I think they will be really good friends after the show but a couple? I don’t think [they will last],Da’Vonne told Us. “I think this is going to be a situation where James gets hurt again.”
Before she entered the Big Brother house, Negrotti told Entertainment Tonight that she was totally up for a showmance as long as her man does a few key things.
“My guy needs to be by my side, wanting me to win, rooting for me, and just giving me back massages,” Natalie told ET. “If that doesn’t happen, then I don’t really want a showmance.”
While her relationship with Huling gives her a strong ally, on her CBS Q&A, Negrotti revealed that her biggest challenge in the Big Brother game would be to live in a house full of men.
“I have never lived with a man in my house, not even my own father!” Natalie said.
But Natalie also had another game plan.
“I’m super-girly and athletic, and will fake everyone out with my kindness,” Negrotti said.
“I’ll act very innocent, stay low-key for the first week, and won’t win the first challenge. Then, I will start showing I’m a powerful force not to be messed with. I will have an alliance with only three women because women suck at this game and I was an NFL cheerleader for the New York Jets and know how to deal with large groups of women. I will also add men to our alliance, since everyone will want to be in an alliance with me.”
Natalie Negrotti was very instrumental in helping to take frontrunner Paulie Calafiore out of the game.
Paulie even told TV Guide that one of his biggest mistakes was to let Negrotti stay in the BB house as long as he did, especially when she got so close to Huling.
“Hindsight will always be 20/20,” Calafiore told TV Guide. “At the time, I didn’t understand how deeply she had her hooks into James.”
Of course, diehard Big Brother fans know that James wasn’t Natalie’s only showmance this season. Calafiore accused her of flirting with all of the guys in the house, and early on, before the live feeds were turned on for viewers, Natalie Negrotti had a short-lived romance with Victor Arroyo. Victor even took Natalie out to dinner via a mock-up restaurant in the Big Brother backyard, with Corey Brooks as their waiter!
According to Big Brother Access, Natalie was later caught on the live feeds saying she regretted getting involved with Victor. Negrotti told Nicole Franzel that she wished she hadn’t shared a bed with Victor from the beginning because he wasn’t her type. Natalie Negrotti previously said she doesn’t like guys with abs and that she always avoids dating hot guys.
James is the complete opposite of Victor, but fans are divided on whether or not Natalie is using him for game or if she really wants to have a romance with him.
Still, Big Brother host Julie Chen did say that she thinks Jatalie could have potential.
“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,” Chen told ET.
Only time will tell if Natalie Negrotti will find real life romance with James, or if she’ll take the $500,000 check and run.
Take a look at the video below for more on Natalie Negrotti’s showmance with James.
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