Broadcasting Professional, Media Graduate, Writer, Blogger And Big Brother Alumnus
Hi I'm Matthew. I talk a lot and am rather candid. Being one of those once wholeheartedly keen media students, means I unsurprisingly question everything, over analyse things and lend mundane topics into in-depth discussions. I also tend to babble...
What I rant and vent over: celebrity culture, reality and other forms of downmarket television, sensationalised tabloid news stories, pop music and pop culture.
I also took part in Big Brother's fifteenth series in 2014. Unsurprisingly, I therefore blog on Big Brother.
My biggest guilty pleasure this series is Jayne. In the beginning she left no impression on me in the "other" house amongst the rest of them, but four weeks in and she has me. Although the main enjoyment that comes from her place in the house seems to mainly take place within the diary room, she genuinely does strike me as a sweet, sincere woman...
I've gone from loving Andy to loathing him, to not knowing how I feel about him. His agenda and intentions, seen enigmatic at times simply because he's smart and his thought process cannot be read by the majority of housemates, let alone viewers...
Two evictions down and the novelty of 'the amazing new series' has begun to wear off slightly. I'm still thoroughly enjoying things so far; however two weeks in we've lost I feel the two strongest characters yet and I'm questioning whether the entertainment will decline.
Like most first evictees, Marco, the uncontrollable wild child of Marco Pierre White was a key character during the first week. Despite being one of the most vulgar, unruly and infuriating housemates of all time, we've already lost one of the biggest characters this series.
Gone are the days where regular people from the marginalised walks of life enter the Elstree compound, as now <em>Big Brother </em>needs "somebodies" and established personalities that are used to performing on camera already. I completely get that in recent years, housemates have under-delivered by not showing anything reminiscent of their VT's, but isn't the principle of <em>Big Brother</em> to bring 'ordinary' civilians into the house?
This series has flown. Despite Big Brother's multiple attempts to reignite the series and keep things fresh, I feel hugely underwhelmed. With the final only days away, never in sixteen years have I felt as apathetic to any housemate line-up as I have Timebombs.
From the beginning, Danny proved popular with the viewers. Pitting oneself against the house villain always manages to be a strong tactic for winning favour with the public. I grew to respect Danny for standing up towards the bullies. However I feel he has let himself down massively ever since.
Helen was cancer to last year's <em>Big Brother</em> house and this year's series was equally affected. I can only feel sorry for the housemates who auditioned for this year's series, rather than last year's but ended up having to live with the corrupted, twisted, rotten woman.
Given the majority of originals are not that interesting, the storylines have fundamentally revolved around Brian, Helen and Nikki who have successfully stirred the plot, ruined the peaceful vibe and shown up all the original housemates as one-dimensional bores.
Whilst Marc remains the central character of the house, he sets the entire mood of the show. Regardless of the ongoing drama and notable personality clashes that exist interenally, most subsequent of Mark, the overall tone of the show is nearly spot on.
The modern Big Brother has no problem in making itself explicitly clear that they do not care about pleasing viewers ethically, showcasing 'nice' people and giving people a fair chance at winning a life changing sum of money. If you are cast as a housemate, the producers owe you nothing.
A week ago, I was enthused about this series of <em>Big Brother</em>. Feeling impressed with the line-up, launch night twist and use of this year's "Timebomb" theme, <em>Big Brother</em>'s week one stunts had me anticipating more fireworks and a great follow-through for its first few weeks.
Now that the first civilian series has aired since mine, I must admit how good it is to watch my favourite show again without any emotional strings attached. Five days into <em>Big Brother: Timebomb</em>, I'm feeling very excited about this series.
According to recent theory, the trend of taking "selfies" is actually linked to mental health conditions, with a focus on an individuals obsession with looks and image. Studies have revealed that the majority of teenagers who are image and body conscious, have a compulsion to repeatedly take and post selfies across social media sites.
On June 5th I emerged from the Big Brother eye like a deer in the headlights, wondering what on earth I was getting myself into by entering Britain's most infamous house. With a fear of the unknown, I nervously trembled down a stage with hundreds of strangers booing me and calling me every name under the sun as I embarked on the start of the most unforgettable month of my life.
And then there were six. Whether or not they are the right six, I cannot say I believe all the finalists are entirely deserving of their place in the final week of Big Brother, but it is a game at the end of the day and this series has been an odd one so far, that's for sure.
Last week Big Brother claimed the public had the power. Aside from a couple of very trivial decisions that made very little impact to the show, it was probably the most underwhelming power trip this series has yet seen.
Despite the fact I made my short but sweet return to the house on Tuesday to effectively stir things up within an eventful 60 seconds, this week proved to be a little more interesting than previous since my departure.
The romance between Mark and Christopher seems to have fizzled out slightly over the last few days. Unknown to myself and others if sparks will fly in the next few weeks; I stand by earlier statement that I don't believe it is genuine, therefore would not be surprised if any recent flames do burn out entirely...
20/07/2014 20:33 BST
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