Those who've won at the game of "Big Brother" usually can't say they didn't tell a fib or two along the road to victory. Seems to go with the territory. However, when there's a clear distinction between the more or less honest players and the consistently deceitful, this is when "Big Brother" can be a most absorbing contest to follow.
Such was the case in season 6. A line in the sand was drawn between the "Sovereign alliance" and the somewhat ironically named "Friendship Alliance" (later dubbed the "nerd-herd"). When the Sovereigns evicted the nerd-herd's leader (a pushy type "A" dictator named "Cappy"), the nerd-herders then eliminated the Sovereign's leader, an Iraqi-American named Kayzar. However, when asked which player they would like to see return to the game, viewers voted overwhelmingly to bring back Kayzar. Then in the next Head Of Household competition, nerd-herder Jennifer tearfully swore on her life that she'd nominate someone outside of Kayzar's alliance..if he let her be HOH. Kayzar agreed, and then, in one of the most under-handed double-crosses in the history of "Big Brother", Jennifer put Kayzar up for eviction, and with the help of her alliance, evicted the player that America had voted for in droves to return to the game. Amazingly, the nerd-herders would later scratch their heads in puzzlement over why viewers didn't seem to like them.
With Kayzar out, a particular Sovereign member next on their list, and another HOH victory expected for the nerd-herders, things looked pretty rosy for this bunch. But, they were soon to learn who it was they were dealing with.
At first glance, Janelle Pierzina seemed like just another pretty blonde, probably hoping to jump-start a career in show business through a stint on a reality show. Therefore, nothing special. Well, the truth is: one underestimates this girl at their own peril. For though the nerd-herders now had her in their sights, Janelle was not about to go gentle into that good eviction. Already a veteran of the hot-seat, Janelle refused to bow to those who'd put her there, and fearlessly mocked them as if she hadn't a care in the world. The most hilarious example was when sister sovereignist Rachel entered and Janelle commented, "Rachel, you're so beautiful," before spotting nerd-herder Maggie and casually added "Maggie, you're such a b*tch."
It was at the most crucial moment in the game, both for her and her alliance, that Janelle would heroically win the next Head of Household competition, and when host Julie Chen asked Janelle who she wished to nominate for eviction, Janelle playfully feigned a moment of deep deliberation before naming the deceitful Jennifer, and then Maggie, the new nerd-herd leader, with Jennifer eventually receiving her well-deserved eviction. The war was on.
Back and forth the struggle raged. When Janelle wasn't HOH, she was winning veto competitions that kept her from being evicted. In time, the Sovereignists were whittled away until Janelle stood alone. But once again winning for herself a life-saving veto, she triumphantly forced the "friendship alliance" to evict one of their own. Indeed, every attempt by the nerd-herd to eliminate this blonde thorn in their sides failed...that is, until one crucial 11th hour competition didn't go her way, and "Jedi-Janie" became the last evictee. Maggie would win the $500,000.
Then the "All Star" seventh season rolled around giving Janelle another shot at that top prize, and initially, things went very well for Janie and her "Season 6 Alliance". They dominated in the first few weeks, sending home with impressive speed such past "BB" vets as Jase and even better, the icky Alison.
However, thanks in part to some bad quarterbacking by fellow returnee Kayzar and also a certain whiny little mole working within their ranks, the season 6 alliance began to lose power. Soon Janelle found herself in a familiar position: standing alone against a house determined to evict her.
She could never fully depend on the support of her "pals" (the absurdly conceited, extremely oily dermatologist, Will and his servile life-partner, Mike), so Janelle, in yet another impressive display of pluck, athleticism and brains, astonished her competitors as well as elated home viewers by winning numerous competitions to retain her place in the house. Her streak just remarkable, and though she'd come so far and fought so hard, in the end, sadly another late-day challenge didn't go her way and Janelle was evicted just shy of the final two. It was so disheartening to see it happen to her again.
In the final analysis though, money comes and goes, but Janelle may have achieved something much more enduring. For now she's become something of a legend, but not just for winning more challenges than any player in the game's history. When she slapped the smugness off the face of "Chilltown" by evicting Will, the so-called "puppet master" from the house, she also reminded us that this girl is nobody to mess with. Indeed, in the estimation of many, Janelle Pierzina has retained for herself the distinction of being the most astonishing competitor in the history of reality TV.
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