Big Brother Canada‘s first double eviction of the season led to the biggest shock yet when the reigning queen Neda Kalantar was swiftly deposed within an hour of her immunity expiring.
Following Emily Hawkin’s eviction at the start of the dramatic hour, new Head of Household Sindy Nguyen put Dillon Carman and Jackie McCurrach in the hot seat. However, things turn a sudden turn when Jackie pulled out a win in the Power of Veto competition. “I saw Ika [Wong] speaking to Sindy and immediately I knew what it was,” Neda tells The TV Junkies. “I pulled Sindy aside and the way she was talking to me, I knew she was going to put me up. She did her fake crying act and then when we were in the pantry it got really heated.”
When all was said and done, Neda was evicted 7-1 and walked out of the house in tears. This was the first eviction she was eligible to be sent home for, thanks to the fact that Canada had voted for her to win immunity from week one, all the day to the jury. Even when the twist was revealed to viewers, host Arisa Cox described it as either a blessing or a curse, and now Neda has felt the brunt of it.
“For the first week or I thought it was amazing because I had never expected Canada to vote for me,” she says. “I went in with such a big target on my back, and this just made it so much bigger, and gave people an exact timeframe for when they could vote me out of the game.”
Much like Neda, Emily knew she was going to be the first to go home in the double eviction, thanks to an awkward confrontation with her alliance members. When asked if she was safe, no one could answer her directly. “I think that was the first indication that I was going home,” says Emily. “I would talk to people over the coming days and I would ask them if I had their vote. They all said yes, but their eyes were saying no. I knew they were lying to me.”
The starkest difference in their evictions was the massive amount of applause heard when the audience realized Neda would be walking out the door. When asked about it, Neda says she first heard it the week prior, when she was eliminated from an HoH competition. “We only heard applause when I got it wrong, so from there it started really bothering me,” she says. “That’s why in that last week I lost a little bit of motivation. I knew people were going to be against me, but when you hear it yourself it’s kind of hard to deal with.
“When I heard the applause again it was when they announced my immunity was up, and that was the only sound we were getting in the house. It was 100 per cent getting used against me by the house, like, ‘look, Canada doesn’t like her, let’s get her out of the house.’ That just made it so much easier for Sindy.”
So what does fellow evictee Emily feel about it?
“I’m pretty fired up about it, I’m pretty happy,” says Emily, when asked about Neda’s eviction. “It’s a good thing. She was getting too comfortable. She was the mastermind, if you will. If they didn’t get her out then, they might not have gotten a chance to.”
Neda doesn’t entirely agree. “I think Ika made a smart game move for herself,” she says. “Sindy made a very stupid move, but she made a big move for television, which is all she really wanted, I think. She wasn’t really thinking strategically.”
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Big Brother Canada airs at a special time Wednesday night at 10 p.m. ET, following a two-hour episode of Survivor, then returns at its regular Thursday night time at 8 p.m. ET.
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