America has spoken! Thursday night’s live episode of “Big Brother 16” marked the end of the road for fan favorite Donny Thompson, when the 42-year-old North Carolina groundskeeper was sent packing via a unanimous vote by the other houseguests. But the episode also revealed the surprising results of an audience vote that could indicate that viewers are tiring of the antics of a certain player.
Before Thompson’s eviction, Team America -- an audience created side alliance that included Thompson and fellow contestants Derrick Levasseur and Frankie Grande -- was challenged to come up with a make-your-own mission that would “impress” viewers. If they succeeded, they would each be awarded $5000. With Thompson on the chopping block, he tried to persuade his fellow Team Americans to pull off a mission to keep the team together. But Grande thought it would hurt his own game and instead came up with a plan to perform a “Big Brother” play. During the live show, host Julie Chen revealed that America overwhelmingly disapproved of the houseguests’ silly play, meaning Team America lost out on the prize money.
While Grande looked shocked that America hadn’t been dying to see him dress in drag and mimic ousted houseguests, the direct audience diss was very telling. And if America has any say in the matter, the brother of pop star Ariana Grande could even be in trouble going forward. Bustle previously revealed that Grande tried to use his social media pull to encourage viewers to vote “yes” to his mission idea. He even promised to follow voters back on Twitter. But America clearly didn’t take the bait. The look on Grande’s face when Chen announced that his mission was an epic fail was priceless.
Thompson's turn on Team America is now done, but America still has a vote for the annual America’s Choice prize, which awards the most popular player $25,000. Grande, who boasts a huge YouTube following as well as a sister who has millions of followers, was previously a shoe-in for the cash. But this recent audience vote proves he’s definitely not America’s darling.
In his exit interview with Julie Chen, Thompson said he felt “a little let down” by Team America. The popular player also said of his untimely ousting: “Likability is not that good in this game.”
The next episode of “Big Brother” airs on Sunday, Aug. 31 at 8 p.m. on CBS.