February 6, 2008 - Preseason
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And their kiddie beds are all ready for them
Our worst fears have come true, Hamsterwatchers: not only is it a herd of 20-something actormodels, but the dreaded twist this time is "soulmates" - gag
It sounds like a cross between the (ex)lovers of BB4 and the secret pairs of BB6, with a little "Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match" thrown in.. but first impressions look like they took BB8's cast and got out the cookie cutter
Ah well, first impressions are just so much slop derived from over-posed photos and bios dreamed up by the PR department, making it easy to be catty.. easy and fun
One good thing: it looks like maybe they're bringing pets back! Along with a deer head on the wall, it looks like they've got rodents this time - hamsters, perhaps? Complete with a little wheel, appropriately
So without further ado, here they are, and in their new sidebar format - yes, I know it's not on the side anymore, but it's what it is.. the physical sidebar will have other uses this season
Daily ratings will commence when we've got something to rate (i.e. feeds) on February 12.. bio info is from the newly launched CBS BB9 site - opinions and quick rushes to judgment are mine, as always.. old BB8 links on this page will be modernized soon including the links to links for all the other BB sites
Oops, they did it again. Enough with the damn twists, already - nobody likes them except their creators. Not to mention the formula casting - how's about some regular, ordinary people who really are 'from all walks of life' (and all ages) one of these years? Oh well, it's too late now so we might as well try to get used to this 'soulmates' problem as long as we have a few days to digest it. Teasers say each pair of soulmates must sleep together, compete together, and they 'could be' evicted together.. with 16 hamsters on a 14 hamster schedule, it's looking like we might have another pre-ordained eviction order that includes a couple double evictions. BTW you'll note a new title for this crew this season: it's not right for me to blame everything on the editors: after all, they're just doing what they're told. It's time I go after the people who are responsible for all this.
29 - single
Birthday April 30
Public relations manager
Del Ray Beach, FL 'via Cherry Hill, NJ'
I guess that 'via' stuck in there means he's going to have a Joisey accent? He's 29 and has a master's degree - what's he doing here? Oh, it's in fashion design. His bio sounds like BB 6/7 Howie when he's talking about himself.
Adam Jasinski linkage:
24 - single
Birthday August 16
DJ entertainment company owner
Staten Island, NY
He's a wedding singer spinner, and he's probably going to tawk funny too. He's working on his 2nd master's degree - again, what's he doing here? His dad died in 9/11 and 'Alex has dedicated his life to making his dad proud.' Umm..
Alex Coladonato linkage:
MySpace - another MySpace - DJ site
28 - single
Birthday July 24
Pharmaceutical sales rep
A drug pusher like BB6 April, but she's a college grad and has volunteered for Mother Theresa. She claims 'guys usually like her, women usually hate her' - that's usually either untrue or it means she'll be out before jury. She looks sweet & perky - not the fireworks type.
Allison Nichols linkage:
23 - single
Birthday August 17
She comes from the land of BB3 Lori, BB 6/7 Janelle and BB8 Nick, and she loves to cook: that's usually good for some longevity. She texts her friends a 'motivational quote of the day' - we could have a Bible thumper here.
21 - single
Birthday November 9
Cedar Falls, IA
German student by day and wild child at night? She's got tats, piercings, and likes Tool & Marilyn Manson. She is probably either really sweet or really bitchy - I don't see any in-between here.
Chelsia Hart linkage:
23 - single
Birthday May 15
A Marine turned electrician, he's a jock and a 'regular churchgoer'. He looks like the guy we're all surrounded by in high school yearbooks, but we can't remember his name.
21 - single
Birthday November 21
Riding bicycle around world
Yep, that's what his job's listed as.. if he sticks, he's going to be late to Peru. The pink mohawk may be gone by the time the feeds start, but the flamboyance probably won't be.
James Zinkand linkage:
MySpace - Facebook - world bike ride (site closed)
26 - single
Birthday October 18
She & Ryan are MySpace friends so if CBS is going to pretend they're matchmaking soulmates from strangers, well, let's just cry foul. (If they're secret pairs, we'll cry rerun!) She gave up special ed teaching for pouring shots, and she likes to shop and tan - who woulda guessed?
Jen Diturno linkage:
MySpace (pic with Ryan)
25 - single
Birthday June 3
Advertising media buyer
I don't understand that H at the end of his name, but I guess I don't have to. He's gay and most of his CBS bio revolves around that. He's also afraid of snakes.. I wonder if that includes the human in-the-grass variety.
Joshuah Welch linkage:
23 - single
Birthday April 7
Another Eastern accent for us (Bawston this time), he sounds like he'd like to have BB2/7 Dr. Will's fanbase: 'America will love me.' We'll see about that. He was on 'Couples Fear Factor' and lost.
Matt McDonald linkage:
28 - single
Birthday November 7
She's been Miss Hawaiian Tropic so she probably knows BB8 Jen. She'd like to open a 'mermaid art store' - yep, that sounds like Jen. She totes a Bible around and answered an 'Early Show' question about bikinis etc. that 'God created the human body'.. ooookay. She could always work as a Maggie Gyllenhaal lookalike if the 'bikini barista' thing doesn't work out.
Natalie Cunial linkage:
MySpace - cached MySpace - 2001 Hawaiian Tropic
29 - single
Birthday September 16
Los Angeles, CA
He's a college dropout but at least he's honest about saying he lives in LA - half the others probably do too. He's gay and a jock, and he plays dodgeball, kickball, and 'ding dong ditch'. He tried actormodeling but gave that up like his degree because of 'phony' people.. and he came here?
Neil Garcia linkage:
26 - single
Birthday April 6
The Air Force didn't go so well so he became a celebrity stalker. He says he is 'inappropriate, unpredictable and authentic' and lists 'laughing at other people's expense' as a hobby. This guy sounds like the spark of entertainment we so desperately need. He could also be the resident pottymouth: he got the only 'Early Show' bleep.
Parker Somerville linkage:
MySpace - TMZ
27 - single
Birthday September 16
Student, competitive, basketball, 'ideal romantic partner' descriptions, etc etc. He's a MySpace friend and/or soulmate of Jen's. I keep seeing BB1/BB7 Chicken George here but his description sounds like he'll be wallpaper rather than bathroom rocket blaster-offer.
Ryan Quicksall linkage:
MySpace (pic with Jen)
23 - single
Birthday June 24
'Loud, dramatic, and over the top' - oh, goodie. She also lists tanning as an activity. She's from BB8 Jessica & Carol's neck of the woods, and although we can hope for a Jessica type, she seems a lot like Carol.
45 - single
Birthday April 12
Mom, former model
Reseda, CA 'via Memphis, TN'
45 seems a bit old to be anyone's soulmate on this list, unless they aren't using the word in a romantic way? I don't get it. She yells and cries and has a temper: good news for us! She was 1983 Penthouse Pet of the Year and lived a 'Girls Next Door' life with Bob Guccione for 10 years.. 'nuff said.
Sheila Kennedy linkage:
official site - MySpace - IMDb - Scott Baio is 45 and Single - Wikipedia: Penthouse Pets
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