Big Brother Executive producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan took our memory back on how the return of season 18 runner-up Paul Abrahamian came to be.
When The Hollywood Reporter spent an afternoon inside the walls of the Big Brother house ahead of its season 19 premiere, everything was revealed. And the spotting of season 18 runner-up Paul Abrahamian was included. (A heads-up for Paul’s fans: he was well relaxed in the cozy lounge with some of his fellow houseguests surrounding him seeming eager to find out how to play this game.)
However, Paul Abrahamian entering the house on the season 19 premiere may be a shock to most, it’s not the biggest surprise. Longtime Big Brother site, Hamster Watch, was the first to leak this as a possibility.
Paul entered into what host Julie Chen called, “the summer of temptation,” and with him strutting back through the doors it was clear that he was there to take someone else place. As part of the “Big Brother Swap” Abrahamian was able to grant eight other houseguests safety with his signature bracelets.
After that, the houseguests chose to face a vote in this summer’s very first eviction instead of fighting it out in a competition. It was quite Unfortunate for the Illinois native, Cameron Heard, he was shown the front door and didn’t get to stick around to play the game with the “friendship” loving, bearded fan-favorite. That also means he likely won’t ever see this season’s next twist, the Den of Temptation.
Joined by executive producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan, The Hollywood Reporter entered the house’s secret room for a close-up look behind the scenes of the new season. On the other side of the door were the now 16 houseguests, including Abrahamian, who were at one point screaming and making dinner with a stench that made its way all the way up to the control room.
For the contestants, they have no idea this room exists. Grodner and Meehan made the room to resemble the rooms in the movie “Harry Potter”. It’s currently on the other side of where season 18’s phone booth was. This season, there’s a door in that place and while the houseguests are aware of the door, they don’t know what’s behind it.
Every week America will have to vote someone into the secret room. There they will be given a temptation that appears on a pedestal in the center of it. The pedestal’s theme will change week-to-week hinting at what the temptation is, but it’s up to the houseguests to figure that out. Executive producers Meehan and Grodner say that it will remain anonymous similar to the road kill twist last year and they also say that the new room allows them to have more space for future seasons.