What a week on “Big Brother“!
On Thursday night, bartender and go go dancer JoJo Spatafora became the third player evicted from the Big Brother 14 house after producers had earlier sent Willie Hantz packing for threatening the other houseguests. [Note: four total players are now gone—three voted off, Willie removed by producers for his misbehavior] But before the wannabe TV hostess (whose New York Italian style evoked “The Jersey Shore”) left the game, she appeared to be getting into a reality romance with her Big Brother co-star and team member Shane Meaney.
What was the truth about their relationship? And what made the other houseguests vote off JoJo instead of the other nominee, sweet-as-molasses nurse Danielle Murphree?
In this exclusive Xfinitytv exit interview, JoJo revealed how she really feels about Shane, why she stayed loyal to Willie, what kind of cocktail she’d mix for the house and what she’s doing next.
How did it feel being evicted from the Big Brother house? You actually seemed to take it pretty well.
Yeah [but] I didn’t take it that good when I was [first] nominated. I tried to keep my cool and keep calm and not lose control. After I didn’t win the veto [which would have kept her “safe”], I did want to cry but I told myself I didn’t want to let this get to me. I am stronger than that. The last day I woke up and I did cry in my bed a little bit but those tears were me fighting for what I wanted. I accepted that it is what it is and I tried to stay positive.
How much did you expect the elimination?
Like 90% expected it. It was pretty obvious when me and Shane were nominated. I think Shane was the main target but once he was nominated I knew it was going to be me. [Shane later won himself immunity and Danielle was nominated in his place]. Danielle isn’t a threat to anyone in this game, but I thought maybe I had a chance because [her coach] Dan [Gheesling] is a threat.
Would you do anything differently with your strategy if you had to do it over again?
Yeah. I would not have trusted Willie and listened to him. That is pretty much it, but I also wish I could have shown weakness in the first Head of Household and veto competitions but I had no choice but to fight for my life.
Producers pulled the plug on Willie after he got violent in the house. Why were you loyal to Willie?
Because we had the same coach and [on] the first week, we made an alliance. I knew he was a good competitor in the competitions. He sounded like he knew what he was talking about but I didn’t know he had that crazy side to him. He just played too hard too fast. I thought I had it made the first week. I was forced into an alliance with two strong male competitors but it back fired because Willie is a villain!
Do you think that sealed your fate in the game?
Yeah. It definitely had a huge part. It should have been him going out this week and I would have had a week to redeem myself with the house.
Speaking of the other players, you got cozy with Shane towards the end. Are you guys hooking up?
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No. He was my best friend in the house. We have a lot of similar characteristics. We love to laugh and joke around. It is very important to have people like that in the Big Brother house but no romantic feelings – at least on my end and I don’t think on his. We understand that it is a game. You can’t let feelings take over the game.
But do you think there’s any possibility you would date him after the season is over?
We will definitely be friends after the season ends. He is my type — but he is not. We will party and have fun. I could see us hanging out and if something happens it happens. If not it doesn’t. When you are in the house you can’t let romantic feelings get in your head. It is all just for fun and makes time pass quicker. We do joke about afterwards hooking up but who knows what will happen. We shall see…
You told host Julie Chen you’re rooting for Shane and also your mutual coach, Britney Haynes. Why do you think they can win? What do they both bring to the game?
I’m rooting for Britney because I love to see the underdog and she is competing against three extremely competitive coaches and two of them have won the game before. I’m rooting for Shane because he stayed loyal and true to his word since day one. Even though he knew that the whole house was going to vote against me he still gave me that one vote. He deserves it more than anyone else in there.
Other than Shane and Britney, who else will you miss of the other competitors and why?
I will miss Ashley [Iocco] and Jenn [Arroyo]. They are my East Coast girls. I will miss Ian [Terry], too. He is a sweetie. He is himself no matter what. You have to respect him for that.
Why does coach Mike “Boogie” Malin always get his way on the show?
I don’t know. You tell me! I wish I would have watched his season so I would have been more prepared. I can’t figure him out.
Did you take home any mementoes from the Big Brother house?
I took home my blue unitard from the fiesta veto competition.
What’s it like living there, really? What would fans of the show be surprised to know about the house itself?
It is really, really bright all the time except for at night when you are sleeping in a pitch black room. It is actually smaller than it looks on TV.
You’re a bartender. Are you going back to bartending?
I still will be bartending on the side but it is not my main job. I work in promotions and will continue that [and] possibly still continue go go dancing as well. I like to keep busy and do whatever comes my way.
If you had to mix up a cocktail specifically for the Big Brother house, what would it be and why?
I’d do a Goldschlager and sour mix. The gold because everyone is out for the money and Ian used to always say “comedy gold.” Sour is the opposite of sweet and let’s face it the house is not that sweet!
What else can we expect from JoJo?
Should I be an actress? Who knows? The possibilities are endless. I’m down for anything. I love the entertainment industry. I’d love to get into hosting.