“I looked into the blacks of his eyes”? Big Brother 10

I’m not planning to blog as much Big Brother 10 from the USA as much as I do the Australian and UK versions, I swear.

For a start, the USAn version is populated much more by fifth-rate Hollywood wannabes. In some ways, it’s more fake – the soap-opera set, the dreadful narration and commentary. In other ways, it’s more real. The manoeuvring and politicking is up front and encouraged, not banned. In the Australian and UK versions, housemates are disciplined for discussing nominations. In the American version, they are encouraged to campaign.

The nomination setup is also quite different. In the USAn version, a competition is held each week for “Head of Household”, and that person doesn’t just get a nice bedroom, they get the power to make the two nominations. Later, a “Power of Veto” contest is held, and the winner of that has the right to veto one nomination if they so choose. If a nomination is vetoed, the HOH must then choose another housemate to take the place of the saved one.

Housemates are evicted by a vote of the housemates, not of the public. Public voting is limited to special events and twists.

I actually rather like this format. If Big Brother Australia is taken up by another channel, I’d be interested to see them adopting something like it, just to see how it goes down in the Australian environment. If nothing else, it’s refreshing to see housemates not constantly accusing others of “playing the game”, and not lying about their own motives.

But that’s not really my point. I mainly just wanted to blog what was, for me, a WTF moment in the opening episode. Has anyone ever heard the term “the blacks of his eyes” before?

Description: In the USAn Big Brother 10, white guys Dan and Brian decide to bring black guy Ollie into their alliance. In the confessional afterwards, Dan says that he trusted Ollie after “looking into the blacks of his eyes”.



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2 replies

  1. My top theory right now: hypercorrection – he caught himself about to say “the whites of his eyes”, got perturbed, and changed course midstream. But I’m open to other theories, including “People speak gibberish when they’re nervous”.

  2. Mm, that’s interesting. The version in the recaps at the beginning of Episode Two have been re-edited – now, he says “I looked in his eyes” in a voiceover of the scene, then cuts to his face in confessional (along with a clear audio cut), and he says “and I knew, he was good for his word”.

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