Teen housemate Rhys Eugenio has been evicted from the Pinoy Big Brother Otso house after losing a do-or-die challenge against two other housemates.
The 17-year-old Filipino-American lost to Karina Bautista and Seth Fedelin in the episode aired last night, January 2. The two beat Rhys in completing a grueling maze where they had to fill transfer water from a pool to a tall container. They had to use a spoon, and they had to walk through tires on the ground to get the water.
The episode ended with Kuya (Big Brother) telling Rhys to leave the house quietly while his former co-housemates are sleeping. Kuya said he is not allowed to say goodbye.
It has not yet been mentioned where Rhys will end up after his eviction, but eagle-eyed fans have already posted on Twitter that Rhys was already seen in Camp Star Hunt's livestream, even before tonight's episode.
Many PBB fans are not happy with how the eviction turned out. In fact, the hashtag #JusticeforRhys is now trending on Twitter.
A BAD CHOICE.
The reason why Rhys, Seth and Karina needed to face the challenge was because of a bad decision that they made in the past week.
In this previous episode, Kuya asked all the housemates if they want to battle in the Big Jump challenge, where the winner will automatically be added to the Big Four.
Because the housemates were made to believe that only two of them can join the Big Jump challenge, Rhys, Seth, Karina and now ex-housemate Missy decided to step back to give others a chance to win.
Kuya was disappointed by the decision of the four, and he made his displeasure be known by ignoring these housemates for some time. He told them that he did not like that they did not fight for their dreams.
This snub affected the foursome, and it in fact contributed to Missy's voluntary exit in last Sunday's episode.
But Kuya would not let the issue pass even if Missy already sacrificed herself. He reminded Rhys, Seth and Karina that they still needed to prove that they want to stay in the PBB house.
In the episode aired last night, January 1, the three had to do the same Big Jump challenge that Jelay had won. The three had to successfully make 8 balls pass through a section of the wire maze so that they would not face eviction.
Rhys was able to finish by passing three balls first, so he guided Seth to pass three, too. They failed the challenge, however, because Karina failed to pass any balls.
Because of this loss, the three had to do the do-or-die challenge in tonight's episode.
RHYS GETS ZERO.
Before the challenge started, Kuya allowed the rest of the housemates to give advantages to the challengers. He allowed Reign, Lie, Jelay, and Kaori to add a glass of water to any container.
Three housemates--Kaori, Lie and Reign--chose to pour their glasses of water into Karina's container. Jelay chose to pour hers into Seth's.
House player Gabby then chose to add his glass onto Karina's container. Rhys looked disappointed with this decision, since Gabby was his close friend from Camp Star Hunt.
Because no one poured water onto Rhys's container, he started the challenge with a massive handicap, and he was not able to catch up.
This unfairness is one of the complaints of netizens who have been tweeting using the hashtag #JusticeforRhys.
Others point out that he should have been exempted from do-or-die challenge because he finished last night's challenge ahead of Seth and Karina.
Some have even criticized the alleged favoritism and uneven format of ABS-CBN's reality show.