By John Powell – GlobalTV.com
There will be no celebratory toasts with a bit of the bubbly for houseguest Brent Champagne. He didn’t win the Big Brother game and he didn’t make the jury. Brent blames that on the houseguests stereotyping him as a competitive threat from the moment he entered the Big Brother house.
John Powell: You mentioned that you believe there was a target on you from the very first day. Why do you think that was?
Brent Champagne: “I have a strong personality and sometimes my confidence can become intimidating or overwhelming. I was declared a threat because of the way I look. Going into the house I didn’t want to be so forward or direct with people but I had no choice because I had to say and do whatever I could to keep myself out of the crosshairs and that worked. I was able to make it by another week but unfortunately in a world of stereotyping, I was stereotyped as a competitive threat. As far as my confidence goes, in the normal world people admire or envy that. This guy understands his flaws and his strengths. I think that was one of the reasons why people wanted me out so, so badly.”
John Powell: Obviously the house was trying to pull off a blindside with the vote this week. Were you surprised at all?
Brent Champagne: “I was not surprised. It was a definite possibility that crossed my mind. I was hoping for the best but preparing for the worst. My confidence going into the week was more of the laws of attraction, putting out positive energy. You could see my reaction and my temperament after the fact. I was not surprised. I was not shocked. I knew that I had a target on my back. The game is known for betrayal, deceit and deception. I mean, no hard feelings. It is a game. I would have done the same thing if I was in their shoes.”
“As far as any type of vote that should have been in my favour, even if they thought about it I don’t think they would have because it’s better to go with the group than against it. I think it was just safer for everyone’s game to unanimously come to a decision and I’m flattered.”
John Powell: Even your allies like Alyssa and Christian voted against you after saying they had your back. What do you think about them falling in line with what the house wanted?
Brent Champagne: “I am not surprised at all because Xavier put me up for a reason and used that pawn narrative. I was just sitting there watching him try to come up with a reason. As far as the loyalty goes I’m not shocked that Christian obviously wanted to abide by whatever Xavier said. Alyssa has a big leg up on Christian and Christian is going to do whatever she says. When I asked Alyssa if she would use the veto she said she wouldn’t because she wouldn’t go against Xavier. I knew for a fact that Christian was going to follow her lead and sure enough when I asked him if he would use the veto he said the exact same thing. It would make no sense for them to stick their necks out for someone who was not associated with their team.”
John Powell: We saw Xavier explaining his reasoning to you before he nominated you and it was clear you weren’t buying what he was selling and expressed your opposition to being used as a pawn.
Brent Champagne: “It was one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard in my life. We just made an alliance. Alyssa came to me and said her team wants to work with my team. We aligned and then I had to tell Xavier that if he put me up it would damage all this stuff we just built.”
John Powell: Hannah’s goodbye message was really over the top and rude, especially since you had no beef or bad blood with her in the house. What do you think about what she said and did in that message?
Brent Champagne: “So, Hannah and I, we’re friends. We have a good foundation laid. We also did have conflicting perspectives on some topics and we had a lot of in-depth intellectual conversations, which I enjoyed. I’m sure she did as well. Unfortunately, she mistook my confidence for arrogance in the house and called me arrogant in front of other people, people who have actually gone on record as saying that it’s more confidence than arrogance with me. I really don’t take her message to heart because I do know that she was confused as far as what arrogance really is compared to being either cocky or confident. Yeah, there’s a fine line between the two. Do I take her message personally? Absolutely not because I did the same exact thing in my Diary Room sessions. It’s part of the show.”
John Powell: If you would have stayed in the game who would you have wanted to target?
Brent Champagne: “A very question, John. It would have been Xavier and Christian all the way. I would have looked Xavier in the eyes as a nominated him and I would have been like…I’m going to do exactly what you couldn’t do and that is look you in the eyes, the windows of your soul as a man and tell you, you are my target. Then, I would look over to Christian and say I can’t risk him getting houseguest choice. I can’t risk that again. That would have been it more or less in a perfect world.”