This past weekend I had the opportunity to work with the amazing Reality Rush crew. I had worked with Justin and Pete many times before, but this time was different because we were in Seattle. I was super excited when I found out that we would be working on Mercer Island, which is basically the Hamptons of Seattle. I had never worked a “Big Brother” event before, so I wasn’t too sure what to expect but knew that it would be fun because the boys were there and they always bring good energy.
We were told that it was the hottest weekend of the year for Seattle. I honestly expected some rain, only because that’s how we all know Seattle to be, but we must’ve brought the sunny CA weather because it was hot, hot, hot. By the time I arrived Saturday morning all the players were amped up and ready to go. Pete and Justin had been prepping them since Thursday evening. I could tell this was going to be an exciting game!
There was much to do and prepare for during the course of the 2 days I was there. Justin and Pete had come up with such interesting and exciting games for the gang to play. I watched each player(s) sadly be dismissed after each elimination. They were all super competitive and still wanted to be a part of such an explosive game. Once Sunday rolled around, the final elimination took place late afternoon, it was super intense and I loved every minute of it.
I wanted to give viewers/ readers/ fans an idea of what it’s like to work with Reality Rush. So, during the course of the weekend I took some behind the scenes photos for your viewing pleasure. Here is my weekend with the Reality Rush in pictures!
Thanks again to Reality Rush, to the houseguests and Michelle for feeding us and thank you so much to Mercer Island and Seattle for being so incredibly beautiful!
This past weekend Reality Rush headed to Seattle, Washington to throw a 30th Birthday Party for Big Brother, superfan Caitlin Keller. On Friday night 13 of Caitlin’s family members and friends gathered at her Mercer Island home to begin their battle to win EVICTION!
The game kicked off with a series of challenges to crown duo HOH’s Lindsay Berger and Ryan Stanbery. The houseguests spent the night making their cases to the HOH’s on why they should stay and who should be nominated and first thing Saturday morning Chris Sanderson and Matt Godofsky were on the block. In the end, Chris was sent packing and the reality of the game settled in for the rest of the contestants.
Throughout the rest of the day contestants faced off in HOH and POV competitions and had to adjust to new twists in the game. In the second round, former HOH and Big Brother superfan Lindsay was backdoored for being too much of a threat and one by one friends of the birthday girl were evicted out of the house including Shauna Gamoran, Ryan Stanbery, Kristina Sanderson, Darci Abramson and Adam Copley.
At the end of night two, the former evicted houseguests fought to return to the game and Ryan was victorious vowing not to make the same mistakes and with co-HOH Courtney Keller The two of them nominated Caitlin Keller and Sara Was for eviction. During the POV competition HOH Ryan let his nominee Sara win. Sara removed herself on the Block and co-HOHs Ryan and Courntey nominated Nick Keller in an effort to backdoor the patriarch of the family.
Before the eviction ceremony, Caitlin made a huge move and used a secret power in the game to save herself and dad from the block. In shock, cousin Carly Burns and boyfriend Kevin Cook were placed on the block and scrambled to save themselves before the vote where Kevin was sent packing.
As the numbers got smaller, the female members of the Keller family took out the remaining male friends in the group one by one including Matt and Ryan. The final five consisted of 4 family members and 1 non-family member, Sara. Birthday girl, Caitlin, who won zero competitions on day 1 went into beast mode and won 3 HOHs and 3 POVs. Caitlin had a huge hand in getting her cousins Carly, sister Courtney and father Nick out of the game and chose to sit next to friend Sara in the final 2.
During the final Eviction Ceremony where Caitlin and Sara fought for why they should win the game, it was clear both had completely different strategies. On one hand Caitlin played the villain, making big moves, backstabbing alliance members when she felt their allegiance was no longer true, and dominating in the challenges. Sara, on the other hand, played more of a social game based on building friendships and being honest.
When it came time to vote, the Jury was split on who should win so much so that it was a tie 5-5 vote! Before the votes were cast, as the winner of the final HOH challenge Caitlin had the secret power to eliminate 1 vote in the case of a tie. She chose to eliminate Ryan Stanbery’s vote. When it was revealed who Ryan voted for, Caitlin eliminated a vote for herself and Sara became the winner of EVICTION by a 5-4 vote sending shock waves through the entire house.
Congratulations to Sara Was, Caitlin Keller and all the Houseguests on a great game!
This past weekend Reality Rush headed to Afton State Park, Minnesota to run OUTLAST for huge Survivor fan, Mitch Meyer‘s 30th Birthday Party. After sunset on Friday night, 10 friends and strangers arrived to a torch lit tribal council where they were divided into 2 tribes. What each tribe didn’t know was later that night they would compete in their first immunity challenge sending one tribe to bed safe and the other worried about being first voted off in the morning.
As the game began it was clear this group of Survivor fans and first-timers were all gamers! The first tribal council delivered the first of many blindsides to come with Alex Sawka shocked he was sent packing. At the second tribal council Collin Meyer played a hidden immunity idol (he found 5 minutes before) negating 4 votes for him, leaving his sole vote to blindside Survivor fan Dan Young.
As the game continued the tribes competed in physical and mental challenges, shifted alliances and had to adapt to twists in the game. After the tribes merged, an alliance between Mitch Meyer, Perek Lundquist, Kevin Martin, and Jason Shanks formed to take out brothers Jamison Beek, Geoffrey Beek and brother-in-law Jake Fischer but what they didn’t know was Jami and Geo both had hidden idols and successfully played them blindsiding, as they said, “the head of the snake” birthday boy Mitch.
With a 3 vs 3 alliance and the threat of a tie vote ahead, Perek decided to vote out former ally Kevin at the next tribal council with Jami, Geo and Jake. It seemed like the “brothers alliance” that everyone was targeting from the start was going to walk to the finals until the final 4 when Jami decided to blindside his brother Geo with Jake to bring the two of them and Jason to the final 3.
After 24 hours of intense strategy, challenges and blindsides the jury of 7 asked tough questions to the final 3. In the end, after attending every tribal council but 1, constantly puppet-mastering votes and delivering blindside after blindside Jamison Beek won by a 5-2-0 vote against Jason Shanks and Jake Fischer. Congratulations to all the contestants and thanks for an amazing season!
The web series @SummerBreak wanted to pull out all the stops for their season finale episode, so they contacted Reality Rush a few weeks ago to help them run a scavenger hunt at Venice Beach.
@SummerBreak follows the lives of a group of recent high school graduates on their last summer vacation before they head off to college. It’s very unique in that it airs in real time over social media — Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. The kids all have Twitter accounts, and they tweet and post photos all summer long. They are also followed by cameras, and their day-to-day experiences are edited into short webisodes which are posted to the @SummerBreak YouTube Channel. The slogan for the series, “Real Kids. Real Life. Real Time.” sums it up pretty well.
After a summer of fun experiences including scuba diving, surfing and trips to San Francisco and Catalina, the @SummerBreak team contacted us to plan a Venice Beach scavenger hunt for the cast. A big part of it was to incorporate a LIVE social media component, where they needed their fans’ help to complete a few of the tasks.
We planned a scavenger hunt that takes elements of both URBAN HUNT and THE RACE, and also required the @SummerBreak kids to have their Twitter followers retweet clues and get their fans to send in photos to complete tasks.
The hunt turned out great — you can see it on the Season Finale of @SummerBreak (below) — it takes up 14 minutes of the 24 minute season finale!
Over MLK Jr weekend fourteen friends and strangers traveled to Palm Springs, CA to play Reality Rush’s ultimate game of strategy, EVICTION! Based on TV’s Big Brother. Although it was their first time playing, they easily could have been pegged as an All-Star cast of hardcore gamers!
The game kicked off with duo HOH winners Michael Hundgen and Brett Pugliese being forced to each nominate a player individually after living in separate houses. Michael nominated Marco Franzitta and Brett chose Big Brother super fan Patrick McDonald. Both nominees immediately put it all on the line – calling out alliances, exposing secret strategy and fighting to the end to stay in. Ultimately, Marco was the first evicted, but helped set the tone for an intense game.
Throughout the weekend the Houseguests continued to battle for power in the game. From the start, the women dominated the challenges with multiple wins from Jamie Watkins and Brianne Trosie. Two “alliances” and friend groups were targeted throughout the first day leading to the eviction of Brett Pugliese, Amy Graves, Joey Tague, Brett Bynane and Max Follmer.
After Michael Hundgen became the last casualty of the first day, the Houseguests were surprised when the first seven evicted players returned for a chance to get back in the game. Lasting over an hour in an endurance challenge, first evicted player Marco Franzitta returned to the game to turn the house upside down. When a majority of the house pressured HOH Brianne Trosie to nominate Marco for eviction, she shockingly targeted Patrick McDonald putting the house in a frenzy.
As players kept getting evicted, a secret girls’ alliance that formed in the beginning of the game between Jamie Watkins, Brianne Trosie and Jenna Loomer constantly dominated the game. At one point Jamie used the POV to save Jenna and later Brianne used a secret power to save Jamie and herself from the block. Combined they won 7 HOHs (out of 12) and 4 POVs all while keeping their alliance completely undetected. Ultimately it was Mat Herman who broke them up by getting powerhouse Jamie Watkins evicted in between the evictions of allies Adam Reider and Joanna Collins.
After more than 30 mental and physical challenges, bold moves, blindsides and secret alliances, the coveted Final Four players included returnee Marco Franzitta, Mat Herman, Brianne Trosie and Jenna Loomer. In the end Jenna won the final HOH taking ally Brianne to the finals and earning the power to eliminate a jury vote in the case of a tie. The finalists both deserved it causing a 6-6 tie vote with the Jury and ultimately Jenna’s decision to eliminate Mat’s vote secured her a close 6-5 victory.
Congratulations to Jenna Loomer and all of the Houseguests for such a well-played game!
|Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Round 5||Round 6||Round 7||Round 8||Round 9||Round 10||Round 11||Round 12||Finals|
(Uses Coup d'état*)
|Joanna||Patrick||Brett P||Nominated||Brett B||Max||Brianne||Adam||HOH*||Jamie||Evicted
|Key||Head Of Household||Nominee||Power of Veto Winner||Original Nominee (saved by POV)||Evicted|
*Round 1: The first HOH had dual winners (Mike & Brett P), who each nominated one player each.
*Round 4: In a twist, the HOH had do nominate three players for eviction, and the top two vote getters were eliminated from the game.
*Round 7: The first 6 eliminated players competed in a challenge to return to the game in Round 7. Marco beat all of the other evicted players and rejoined the game.
*Round 8: Brianne found the Coup d'état, a power hidden in the house from the beginning of the game. This power allowed her to replace the two nominees on the block right before the final vote of the around. Brianne chose to remove herself and Jamie from the block, and put up replacement nominees Adam and Mat.
*Final Vote: As the final HOH, Jenna got to choose one player's vote to eliminate from the final jury in the event of a tie (prior to revealing the votes). The final vote was 6-6, a tie, but she chose to eliminate Mat's vote for Brianne, giving her the win.
Photos are also available on Facebook.
Dan Gheesling, winner of Big Brother 10 and runner-up on this year’s Big Brother 14 is one of the most popular BB houseguests of all time, and we were honored to have him play in our EVICTION: Celebrity Edition a few weeks ago.
Dan posted an extensive recap / review of the weekend on his website, entitled Playing Big Brother One More Time…Reality Rush Style, and it’s a glowing review of his experience in our version of Big Brother.
We wanted to share a portion from Dan’s article…but if you have the time, be sure to read the whole thing for yourself!
Dan Gheesling’s “EVICTION” review
“The Reality Rush team pulled off an amazing feat with their version of Big Brother. They create an experience for you that is literally as close to the real game (I use the term real loosely because Eviction was real) as humanly possible.
“Production wise the Reality Rush team of Justin (our Julie Chen) and Pete (our Allison/Rich/Heath) were spot on with everything. Every challenge was planned out to a T and on schedule.
“All of ceremonies were on point so much so that physically, my heart would beat abnormally while they were taking place. I felt like I was back in the house. Heck, even when Justin would wake us up, I felt like we were back in the actual Big Brother house waiting for something huge to happen.
“The whole operation was top notch and I am still baffled as to how they pulled the entire thing off so flawlessly.”
~ Dan Gheesling, Big Brother winner
Dan also posted a short home video of a few of the Power of Veto, Eviction and Nomination ceremonies.
In this clip, pop star Lance Bass (of N’Sync) uses the Power of Veto to save himself. Actress Jamie Lynn-Sigler (“The Sopranos”), who is also nominated, can not speak to defend herself, because of a punishment she received in a previous challenge.
Next, we see the Eviction ceremony where Jamie-Lynn Sigler is evicted.
Following, we see the next nomination ceremony, where Dan (the new Head of Household) makes his nomination speech…saying he’s after a “rat” within the alliance.
Intense stuff! You can see how seriously contestants in Reality Rush events take the game!
Dan is running a caption contest for his fans to subtitle this cast photo from the game, and the winner gets his famous red “Renegade Headband” that he wore in the Big Brother house.
Of the finalists, our favorite is this one, which pokes fun at Dan’s cutthroat strategy from Big Brother 14:
“Raise your hands if Dan promised you Final 2! (Dan: “Whoops”).” -@SueMe_DC
Thanks Dan for all of the kind words about Reality Rush! We’re flattered, and glad that we were able to impress a former Big Brother star so much.