The inaugural season of Big Brother: Over the Top (BBOTT), the online version of the CBS hit reality show Big Brother, has been more entertaining than many expected it to be. The drama and division among houseguests have been palpable and the look and feel of the format have been compared to earlier seasons of Big Brother when it was a less glitzy production than it is now. Recent BBOTT evictee, Danielle Lickey has spoken out about this season, asserting she believes Shelby Stockton has played a better game than Jason Roy.
Danielle was one of the houseguests in this first BBOTT season but was evicted last week from the show. Unlike Big Brother proper, BBOTT has no jury, so when cast members are sent packing, they are going home for good and not to any sort of jury house.
While in the BBOTT house, Danielle became involved in a showmance with Shane Chapman, who was evicted from the game weeks ago. She was also part of a large alliance, dubbed the Late Night Jamboree (LNJ), helmed by return Big Brother 17 player, Jason.
Some of the cast members in the LNJ were not fans of Big Brother prior to being cast on the show, and therefore, were not as well prepared to play the game as others. Nevertheless, Danielle indicated to her fellow BBOTT houseguests she had watched Big Brother for years. Her physical prowess and knowledge of the game made her a strategic player, which simultaneously made her a definite threat to others in the house. Danielle acknowledged this in a TV Guide interview in which she said she demonstrated she is a challenge winner many times over in the house.
Danielle and her allies had their adversaries in the game in the form of the all-female alliance, the Ball Smashers. Shelby Stockton was part of that group and for a time it seemed the LNJ and the Ball Smashers would never see eye-to-eye.
On Wednesday, November 23, it appears Shelby will be evicted from the BBOTT game. Truly, her only hope of staying in the house this week was to win Monday’s Power of Veto (POV) challenge, as she has only one alliance member left in the game, Morgan Willett. Jason, who is nominated for eviction, won the POV and will inevitably remove himself from the block on Tuesday. As fate would have it, Shelby is the only person in the house who can currently replace him and she has more enemies than allies in the house.
Danielle spoke to the New York Daily News just days ago about her BBOTT game and what she thought about the other players still in the house. She acknowledged that a “little stunt” she and Jason pulled on the Ball Smashers hurt her credibility in the game and was probably the reason for her eviction. The “stunt” involved lying to the Ball Smashers regarding a fake final five deal that was unnecessary, as it had no strategic value, thus many saw the move as simply cruel.
When asked why she praised Shelby in her eviction speech, Danielle said she’s a “very competitive person” and “not a sore loser.” She stated that Shelby “bested” her and for that, she wanted to give Shelby “respect.” Danielle further noted that she does not respect the games of Morgan or Justin Duncan because she believes they are simply relying on being social, and are not winning competitions, and not strategizing at all.
Upon entering the BBOTT house, Shelby told her fellow houseguests she was a waitress, but in reality, she was keeping a secret from them. In fact, Shelby is a law school graduate and awaiting her bar exam results, which so far she has only revealed to two other cast members. Danielle noted that Shelby’s secret makes her “love” Shelby “as a player and as a person even more.” Danielle said, “I love it. I think it’s great that she was able to convince everyone that she’s just this waitress.”
Danielle was asked who she believes played the best game this season and she replied with, “If I take myself out of the game… I honestly have to give it to Shelby. She did play a very, very good game. I do respect her game. She’s won a lot of competitions, she made a lot of good strategic moves, and so I’d probably say she has played the best game.”
Despite this, Danielle is still rooting for Jason to win the BBOTT grand prize because he “eats, sleeps, and breathes ‘Big Brother.‘” She said, “I do think he played a very good game, but I do think Shelby’s game was better.”
Big Brother: Over the Top streams 24 hours a day, seven days a week on CBS All Access. Monday through Friday at 10 p.m. Eastern Time, the show streams a Weekday Replay of house events, however, the show’s regular schedule is as follows (it should be noted all times shown are Eastern).
10 p.m. – Final Weekly Safety Ceremony and Nomination Reveal
4 p.m. – Power of Veto Competition
4 p.m. – Power of Veto Meeting
10:30 p.m. – Live Diary Room Sessions
8 p.m. – Weekly Full Episode and Live Eviction
9 p.m. – Head of Household (HOH) Competition
Julie Chen Live Interviews with Houseguests and Recent Evictee
10:30 p.m. – Live Diary Room Sessions
10 p.m. – Safety Ceremony
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