Rhys' Opening Statement
Thank you hosts for casting me for my first Big Brother game. Thanks for the great cast for making it a good game. Been such a great summer , and I feel like this was a suitable end to this season. So best of luck to Jenna. Onto my speech.
Big Brother is a social game , so therefore my main priority in the game was to focus on genuine connections. Which I think , and i hope I have actually managed to make. I knew that the first few boots of any org generally has had a bad social game. So I managed to stay of the block the first few weeks and had a solid standing within the house. My social game allowed me to form two close allies , in Audrey & Ella. Both of which helped my game, as I was able to trust them early on , and talk about the game. Throughout the early game , a few alliances got leaked and they could’ve put a target onto my back. I took this knowledge to just strengthen bonds between people to avoid nomination and a target on my back , until sides were more clear.
When I went to the temple , I found immunity. This was a great safety net for my game. It meant I was able to make moves with a plan to fall back on in case i was targeted the following week. So I was put on the block next to Ella, this was the week after finding immunity. I could've used my immunity this week , however , I had my penalty vote. Which I felt like if I kept it any longer It would've made me an easier target. I was sure I had the votes to stay that week , so I kept hold of my immunity. Thus Ella went home . I still had immunity , and my penalty vote was gone. ( Which if I hadn’t , I would’ve been evicted on the double eviction).
During my HOH , I knew I wanted to target Evan , he had a strong physical game winning the most challenges. Because of Evan’s good performance in competitions, I needed every person who was good at competitions. So I nominated Nathan, guaranteeing that he would play in the veto as well as promising he would be safe. Ultimately we fell short , Evan won the veto and I couldn't let my HOH be a waste. So I had to nominate either Alissa or Jenna. Both of which I knew would be close to Evan. I decided Alissa, knowing she could be quite influential, as she could be very persuasive. This week I also built trust alongside Nathan, strengthening one of the weaker relationships I had in the house. As well as building trust alongside Claire , by telling her I had the Immunity.
The following week I was nominated , as Jenna approached me asking If I had immunity. Knowing , that with Miguel gone to the temple last week , he could know that I might of found immunity. So I thought it was best to tell the truth now , so I wouldn't find myself in any trouble later on for being caught in a lie. This helped build trust as I was able to tell the truth. She nominated me to flush out my immunity. So obviously , I didn't want to let this happen. I wanted to hold onto my immunity as long as I could. So I went hard on the Veto and managed to win.
Next week , I didn't do too much. Although with Audrey I managed to find out Miguel had an advantage. As Me and Audrey compared notes. There was only three chests with notes, when i visited the temple. I managed to guess one chest to open it. When Audrey went , there was only one chest with notes on it(the same amount of clues when I had went there) and two opened. So that meant claire or miguel had an advantage. However , it had to be Miguel , because if Claire had it , there would’ve been an extra clue. So with this information we decided it would be best for Audrey to put Miguel next to Evan on the block.
The Double eviction , went horrible for me. My immunity had just ended. I flopped in both challenges. So I had to do my best in order to sway two people to my side. I easily got Miguel to keep me. So I talked to Claire next , and got a somewhat torn up answer. I figured it wasn't a good sign , and tried to talk to Jenna, assuming at worst it would tie. So Jenna made a deal with me , asking if I would keep her safe next week. I happily agreed , knowing that I was likely to win HOH over the other two. Thus Jenna broke the tie to keep me safe.
The next week , is when i realised , that no one would take me to the end given the choice. So I made a final 4 deal with Jenna , realising out of the remaining 3 , she would be most likely to take me. Jenna ended up being safe, and we never had to test the final two we made.
So to summarize I should get your vote because, I was actively social in this game , making connections. I was aware of what was happening , and knew when i was safe. I won competitions when I needed too. I made moves when i could, and I was always thinking ahead.