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Big Brother 3: Why Amy Lostby David Bloomberg -- 08/03/2002
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Amy has been a study in contradictions. First she wanted to do things her way, the others be damned. Then she wanted to get in with them. Then she didn't like them. Then she wanted to do things her way. Then she was upset because it was obvious she would be voted out unanimously. Phew. I don't know about you, but my head is spinning.
Along the way, Amy managed to piss off just about everybody at one time or another. She angered Chiara by moving in on her man, Roddy, and by treating her like trash. I don't care if a woman does once jokingly refer to herself as a "whore," constantly calling her "Chi-whore-a" when you think she's not around will catch up to you - if not immediately, then certainly by the end if you last that long.
But Amy didn't have to worry about lasting that long. Several times over, people referred to her as a princess. And indeed that is what she acted like. She was on top, and her subjects - the serfs - were below her. She said she always gets what she wants. She admitted (too late) that she came into the house with her nose in the air.
None of these is a successful strategy for sticking around on any reality show (except maybe shows like The Real World, where they don't have planed votes) - especially Big Brother, where you are cooped up in very close quarters and people have no place to go to be away from you.
Now add in some other problems, like the drinking issue addressed previously by a recovering alcoholic (which was not really mentioned on TV, but was seen in live feeds), and you have a whole mess of reasons to want this person out.
Roddy nominated Amy for two reasons: First is that his inside-the-house girlfriend, Chiara, wanted Amy gone. The other is that Roddy himself had seen Amy's behavior and the way she treats other people, and was not happy about it. He later claimed that, since she had seen the error of her ways, he was sorry she was on the block. Baloney. Roddy is a smart guy, and he knows the evictees will see everything that has gone on once they get out. By "privately" confiding in Julie Chen or the Diary Room that he is sorry and she has gotten so much better, he sets the stage for the final two where he can still hope to get her vote if he should still be around.
The previous two votes were close. This one was unanimous. Roddy and Chiara were not the only ones who saw Amy's behavior as being detrimental to the house. Danielle said Amy was too into herself. Eric said Amy knows what her flaws are. But that wasn't the only reason. After all, Josh stuck around against Tonya, even though everybody knew what his personality flaws are.
Amy was also voted out due to strategy. Whether it's the two couples (Eric & Lisa, Roddy & Chiara) or the three guys (Eric, Roddy, Josh), they saw it as advantageous to get rid of a potential threat. For the couples, she was a threat because, well, she wasn't one of them. For the guys, same thing. And since she was up against Marcellas, another non-alliance member, the remaining few didn't have any reason to go against the grain. In fact, because it may have been obvious that Amy was somewhat under Josh's thumb, it was probably to the advantage of Danielle, Jason, and Gerry to get rid of Amy.
When faced with a decision that does not directly impact the alliance situation, as with this one, personality comes into play more than ever. Contrary to the first few days in the house, people like having Marcellas around. More and more, however, they became tired of Amy's attitude. That is why Amy lost.
David Bloomberg is the Editor of RealityNewsOnline, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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