1 minute. 30 seconds. 15 seconds. 10 seconds. 5 seconds. 4. 3. 2. Showtime! Julie did her intro for real, and the audience went crazy. The video then went to the recap, all of which we were able to watch on the TV screens behind Julie. Throughout the show, every time there was a video package showing, Julie would chat with a producer either in person or via the earpiece she wears, get her makeup touched up, or have a water break. Whenever there were commercials, excited audience guy would come on stage and ask us our thoughts on what we just saw or give out more t-shirts. After some videos and commercials, it was time for the live vote and eviction! During the voting, the stage crew brings out a huge board and places in front of Julie, just out of the camera’s view. The board has the three nominees’ faces on it, with an ongoing tally of how many votes they have received. After the voting and commercial break, Julie announced that Howard was evicted.

As he saying his “goodbyes,” the stage crew got rid of the board and brought out the interview chairs. The interview takes places on the left side of the stage, conveniently in front of me! Howard came out to a very huge crowd cheer, which surprised me because I had no idea he was so loved. I think a lot of the cheers from him came from anti-Amanda fans (and not necessarily Howard fans,) which was like 90% of the audience. I do want to mention that the stage manager and excited audience guy encouraged us to have natural reactions; they didn’t force us to applause or anything, but everyone did because we were all pumped. Julie did the interview with him, and he seemed like a genuinely nice guy. He smiled at audience members whenever he heard them shout “I love you Howard!” and when he learned that America as MVP put Amanda up for eviction. After his interview, he was led out the same door that audience members came from, and the stage was prepped for the HOH competition. Another large board was brought up on stage, and it had all of the houseguests' faces on it. It basically showed the status of each houseguest (whether they were still on the log, or whether they had fallen off,) and the order that they were standing in.

After Julie introduced the competition, there was about 5-10 minutes before the show ended. Excited audience guy thanked us for coming, and we were dismissed row by row. We were told to be super quiet because a show was filming outside, but I didn’t see anything to my disappointment. Before we left the studio, Julie asked to take a picture with the lady in front of me, who was an actress named Dania Ramirez. Apparently, Julie hooked her and her family up with tickets to the live show, which I suppose was nice of her. I figured out who the actress was only after I came back home and looked at Julie’s twitter account, since she posted the picture they took together.


Well, this part is short. We walked back to our cars and left the studios, happy to be a part of this awesome experience!

I hope I didn’t ramble too much and that you all were able to get a sense of what it’s like to be a part of the Big Brother studio audience. I really enjoyed the entire process, even if it sucked up about 5 hours of my day. Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I also hope that this puts aside the ridiculous rumors that this show was taped earlier with a CBS-employee-exclusive audience. Sigh. But regardless, hope you enjoyed the read! Please do ask any and all questions you may have!