Elissa Reilly Slater was evicted from the Big Brother 15 house last night, effectively ending her chance to win half a million dollars, but she kept her morality and dignity intact and that, to me, is more precious than Big Brother blood money, and as far as I’m concerned the real, true, and only winner of BB15 is Elissa even though the show runs for another two weeks.
From the start of the show, Elissa was marked. Her horrible sister Rachel was a previous winner, and professional whiner, and there are few Rachel Reilly fans in the Big Brother world. Elissa was tagged by the other houseguests as being favored by the producers — and she was, just because of her shared bloodline with a previous winner — and it didn’t help that Elissa, a doppelgänger of her sister, denied being Rachel’s sister when asked. A lie from the clean start can never really take you to the dirty end in victory.
That said, Elissa, a premier athlete of a Yoga instructor, bided her time and played the game as well as she could all alone. She tried to make alliances. She wanted to team up. Nobody would have her. Nobody listened to her insight or wisdom. She was written off as a sibling airhead by everyone in the house — even her supposed “friend” Helen — who dictated to Elissa without ever hearing her.
Even though Elissa was emotionally abused by everyone in the Big Brother house, she still fought on until her untimely end.
One daily ritual was her Yoga routine. It was a magnificent experience watching her commune with her spirit and honing her profound inner strength.
You’re looking at screenshots from Elissa’s final Yoga session performed at 1pm in the house yesterday. It was her best session to date. Perhaps she knew she was inevitably on her way out.
What the other houseguests failed to realize about Elissa was that she was awkward in the company of others, and that made her suspicious in their cruel eyes, but that shyness didn’t mean she was stupid of flakey or deserving of all the nasty names claimed against her.
Yes, Elissa has a successful business.
Yes, she has a killer body and a kind heart.
Yes, she recently married a rich man.
Why begrudge her the facts of her life?
The other houseguests used her loves against her as evidenced in this video clip of the disgusting Gina Marie questioning the Race of the father of Elissa’s eight-year-old son:
Gina Marie is a foul-mouthed troll from Staten Island who earned, and deserved, being fired from her day job outside the Big Brother house.
Even when bullied by gross Amanda for four straight days — Elissa kept her composure and always remained kind and gracious:
I cannot imagine Amanda will have a gracious life outside the Big Brother house.
While the other houseguests slept away the day, Elissa would rise early in the morning and perform her Yoga routine.
Now that Elissa is out of the Big Brother house, she can go back to her good life as the true winner of Big Brother 15. She survived a punishing and abusive ordeal, and yet she didn’t give up who she was or lower her beliefs for money.