Etowah’s Judd Daughtery has gone from underdog to top dog in the “Big Brother” house.
In June, the East Tennessee man entered the house of the CBS reality competition show with the strategy of playing dumb, being nice and not coming across as a threat to other players so they wouldn’t target him for eviction from the game.
So far, so good for Daughtery: He has generally charmed the other players, avoided conflict in a fight-prone season and kept himself off the chopping block. And the first three players voted out of the house have all been beefcake alpha males.
Daughtery, 26, has done well under the radar until last Thursday, when he won the weekly “Head of Household” competition. As a result, Daughtery was thrust into a power position and forced to nominate two players for possible eviction.
Sunday’s episode showed him celebrating the spoils of his victory – which included receiving a letter from his proud parents, Andy and Tana Daughtery of Englewood. He read the letter aloud and smiled when he got to a part that said, “Something this big doesn’t happen in McMinn County.”
But the stress of being the Head of Household, eventually wore down Daughtery as other players attempted to influence his nominations.
Amanda Zuckerman in particular was repeatedly shown pushing Daughtery to nominate Howard Overby, even though Overby has shown no indication he’s a threat to Daughtery’s game. Zuckerman became so aggressive that Daughtery commented, “Amanda’s really getting’ on my nerves right now.”
Hesitant to send a fourth straight man out of the house when all eight original women players are still in the game, Daughtery eventually nominated Aaryn Gries and her in-house ally Kaitlin Barnaby.
Gries, a model from Texas, has been the center of controversy all season for her racist and homophobic slurs and characterizations of other players as well as her combative and unrepentant demeanor. Her behavior has prompted two employers to fire her, which she won’t discover until she is out of the game.
In the nomination ceremony, Daughtery told Barnaby he expected she would be safe from elimination, and he called Gries a “Texas tornado” for her actions.
Afterward Gries said, “I have absolutely no idea what he’s talking about.”
The next episode of “Big Brother” airs at 8 p.m. Wednesday on WVLT.
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