8:45am PT by Brian Porreca
'Big Brother 18': Former Returning Evictees Talk All-Stars, Battle Back and Zing the Remaining Houseguests
Big Brother airs its first ever "Battle Back" episode on Friday. But first, before fans tune in to the redemption fueled twist, The Hollywood Reporter takes a stroll down memory lane.
Who can forget fan favorite and season 15 returning evictee Judd Daugherty? There's also the rock star dentist Johhny Mac from last season who although lost the "America's Favorite Houseguest" prize, won a second chance in the game. And of course you can't forget about Brendon Villegas who married his showmance Rachel Reilly and has now given birth to the first ever Big Brother baby, Adora Villegas. So what do these three have in common? They all had two chances in one season, to win $500,000. Read carefully to see what the three former returning evictees had to say about this season's newest twist.
Frank won "America's Favorite Houseguest" his season, but this time super fans hate him. Would you be wary of coming back with of the possibility of America hating you?
Villegas: Wary is a very light version of the truth! It's more like being scared to say the wrong thing. Frank is lacking self awareness this season. He was mentored by Mike Boogie [Malin] his season and that's a key component you have to realize that you had Mike Boogie last time helping his game play. Mike is a great social player, could you imagine him now helping Frank get back on track with his social game?
Daugherty: BB 15 is the plague (laughs). Just because of the controversy that surrounds our season I don't think they would ask anybody back. I could see them asking Elissa [Reilly Slater] back, but she's pregnant this summer. I don't know about other than her. For Frank it does look like he thought that him and Da'Vonne had enough where he could joke around, but I see her argument. She has a little girl that's going to see the show eventually. No matter how many people like you there's still haters and people pissed off at whatever you do. You can't think of the fans when you're in there you got to just play the game and think about the prize. I thought too much about that stuff because of my job and everything back home. If I knew I was going to be associated with the plague of 15 I would have gone HAM. Throwing stuff on people's beds and ripping that place apart.
McGuire: I didn't care if America liked me or hated me. It's awesome that they do like me, but if I was to play again I would play without regard for that. Hopefully they wouldn't hate me for some of the things Frank did. But there was definitely two sides to that story. Day was dishing it right back at him. Both of them were misbehaving a little bit! It's an over reaction on our part watching it.
Are the four returning players deserving of being back?
Daugherty: Da'Vonne, I was confused why they were bringing somebody that got voted out extremely early back. Amanda [Zuckerman] from my season should have come back over her. Who doesn't like a good villain? That's why I was really hoping to see Amanda on this season. I kept thinking she was lying to me when I would ask her and she's like, "No, I'm not!"
Villegas: I wasn't excited to see James back. I want to see people that want to play! Sometimes he's performing. Right now you see that with Paulie. Paulie is performing. James is playing the best game though by just doing nothing. James trying to hit on Natalie is his best move yet! She's super cute, you admire her because you don't think she's using James because she's so genuine unless she's acting she's doing amazing acting.
McGuire: There are one's who are good at game play and the ones that were entertaining. Game play, Frank did the best out of all of them. For entertainment, James brings the pranks and Da'Vonne gives a good diary room and Frank and Nicole are on the bottom of the list for that. [But] James is playing the best game. Doing the worst? I was going to say Frank, but I might switch to Da'Vonne right now. She's getting into trouble and stirring the pot when she doesn't need to.