Nicole Anthony was the second houseguest to be evicted on Big Brother All-Stars this season. We got a chance to chat with Nicole following her eviction to discuss how she misjudged the situation with Janelle and Kaysar, what she thinks of the alliance of six that sent her home and who she is rooting for.
At what point did you realize that you were wrong – that Janelle and Kaysar actually had your back?
Oh gosh, I would have to say that it was sometime on Wednesday. I was in the Key Room and Janelle came in and said, “Do you want to chat?” I thought, “Yeah, let’s do it! Let’s call the whole house in here and hash it out.” But I didn’t respond that way. I responded with “Yeah, let’s chat through some things.” I had a genuine down to earth conversation [with her]and that’s when I realized that, “Wow, I thought incorrectly.” I thought they were offering me up and didn’t care or that they weren’t fighting for me [to stay]. I apologized to her and to Kaysar. I told them what I had said [to the others]and owned it. I was wrong. I’m still apologizing. I’m rooting for them. I feel bad.
It’s good that you got the chance to make peace with them before leaving. What made you distrust them? Did someone get in your head?
The thing about Big Brother is that you get one little thought and it just snowballs. I always felt that anybody could be duping you at any point and time because you have to think that way. I also had Kevin telling me, “She’s a spider, she’s a snake. She’s gonna lure you in. I see it happening.” Da’Vonne would say, “Be careful with that one. I don’t know what she’s thinking.”
So, that was always in my mind. Then when I was nominated by Memphis, who I thought had a final three with Janelle and Kaysar because they told me that they’d go chat with him and tell him not to put me up. I was like “What’s happening here? I thought you guys were with him. Why am I being nominated?” It just started snowballing from there. I thought they were using me. “Get rid of her! Don’t get rid of us.” I thought it was all “Lure her in just to throw her out to sea.”
Why do you think that Memphis chose to put you up?
Memphis is in an alliance with a lot of people. I think he wants to keep [things]cordial and good with Janelle and Kaysar. He thinks that if he gets rid of one [of them], the other one will come out to get him. As strong as he is, I think he is playing timid. It is smart to keep good with everybody. I was essentially all that was left [to put up]. Christmas was safe and saved Ian with the Safety Suite.
If I’m going to be honest, I think that a lot of is that by putting David and I up – we’re from the most recent season. This [season]is very about proving yourself. He’s thinking, “Meh, they were just on the last season and didn’t prove themselves. Let’s just get rid of them.”
How did you feel when Julie showed you the alliance of the six – Dani, Nicole F., Christmas, Tyler, Cody, and Memphis? Did you have an idea that at least some of them were working together? What was it like seeing all six of them on that screen?
I shouldn’t say no. I thought that Tyler, Cody, Dani and Nicole F. were together. So that’s four. I knew that Cody was weirdly close to Memphis and I knew that Memphis talked to Nicole F., Dani and Christmas more so than he ever did talk to me the whole time that I was there. That was odd to me. Even when I asked Memphis about being the tie breaker, he said “Oh, we’ll see what happens.” Why would he say that to me? I knew that something was off with him but I never had the clarity to really fully see it.
The same with Christmas. She was giving such pushback about her vote. About an hour before the live show, I knew that something was off about her. I couldn’t place why she wouldn’t give me her vote. I knew about the four of them, but I am shocked that Memphis and Christmas are part of it.
When I saw that screen and saw all of them, I said to myself, “Wow, I didn’t stand a chance.” This game has a lot of competitions and a lot of those people would beat me in the comps. I was sitting there going, “I had no chance!”
Why do you think Janelle and Kaysar have this huge target on their back despite not winning HOH or Veto so far this season?
They are strong individuals. People fear confidence. It doesn’t matter whether you are in power or not in power. If you walk around with your shoulders and head held high, people fear it. Janelle and Kaysar are two of those forces. They’re not going to take any crap from anybody. If you put them up, they are going to fight. They’ll get that adrenaline and win it. Even if you evict one, the other one will still come after you. People fear those who will fight back. And they will, because they are strong.
Tyler has won HOH this week. What advice would you give to Kaysar and Janelle to make sure they are safe?
Oh my gosh… I pray that they win the Power of Veto. I can see Tyler putting them both up and it hurts my heart. I’m hoping that they can go to him and make some sort of side deal and maybe pivot him towards someone else. The thing that stinks is that the “somebody else” could be someone else that I was aligned with. I don’t want to see David on the block again. I don’t want to see Kevin on the block again either. That’s very scary as well. Hopefully they can somehow maneuver it. Unfortunately, if Tyler’s HOH, I see them going up and it’s really sad.
You’re such a fan of the show. What was it like going back inside the house with these legendary players? Was there someone you were excited to play with?
Yes! I’m weird, I went into it like, “I can’t wait to meet these people and make friends for life.” Maybe that’s me being naïve. I was excited to see people like Josh or Paul, people I consider friends in the real world. But that goes out of the window once you walk in. It’s like “I know you guys, but we’re playing a game. Are we together? Are we not together?” I just wanted to meet people but at the same time, I was scared of all of them because I’m not the biggest comp beast. It’s like this weird bittersweet, “Hi! Please don’t beat me.”
Other than Memphis putting you up, was there anyone who you may have been excited to see but ended up being disappointed with?
This may not come out that well, but I’d say Ian because I really thought we were similar. We’re both quirky and awkward. Social situations freak us out. He and I were Have Nots in week one and didn’t really connect. If I got him alone in a room, he didn’t want to talk to me. So, I’m a little discouraged with that. I wouldn’t say disappointed. I’m just discouraged.
Christmas is also somebody that I can’t really peg. One minute she’s supportive and giving motivational advice and the next minute it’s like she’s like jabbing you. She’s somebody that I couldn’t maneuver, so I’m a little discouraged about that as well.
What’s the dynamic in the house with All-Stars vs a regular season?
The newbies are very vocal about who they like and don’t like. But with All-Stars, people hold their cards so close. It was so quiet all the time because nobody wanted to be seen with anybody. Everybody was whispering and didn’t want to be too loud or in a big group. It was just a very quiet house, which was extremely different than last year.
Any prediction as to who will be the first houseguest to actually make a wave or do something against the HOH?
I worry about Bayleigh. When I was about to leave, she was very high-strung. Nicole F. approached her and said “Janelle is coming after me and you’re associated with Janelle. Are you coming after me?” Baylaigh said that what happened to me was now happening to her. She seemed to be unravelling a bit. I fear that if she doesn’t calm herself, she could explode. I’d feel bad if that happened.
Are you looking forward to watching anything specific from your time in the house?
I don’t know! It depends on what how I came across this season. [Laughs] If people tell me “Oh you were so funny and likeable!” Then, I would like to see it. If people tell me, “Girl, you failed miserably.” Then, I don’t want to see any of it! If nothing else, I will keep up with the season – who is HOH, who are the noms and then who went home. I’ll reach out to the person who went home. I don’t know [yet]if I’ll watch the show. I won’t touch the live feeds. I still have anxieties that I need to work through.
If you could pick just one, who are you rooting for?
I am picking Kevin!
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