The "Houseband" was the first to go.
The lowest number of text votes from televiewers sent Jimson "Jim" Ortega packing his bags and heading out of Kuya’s house on the first eviction night of Pinoy Big Brother Double Up aired last Saturday, October 24.
"’Yung experience talaga, talagang sobra," said the housemate who hails from Spain.
"Siyempre, kakaiba ‘yun, Jim, kasi kasama mo ang asawa mo," said PBB Double UP host Toni before asking, "How is it different for you?"
"Mahirap din dahil sa unang task, nahirapan talaga kami, sobrang mahirap, pero okay lang, okay lahat sila," replied Jim.
The 25-year-old got 10.2 percent of the total number of televiewers’ text votes, compared to his co-nominees: "Sassy Vamp ng Cebu" Princess Manzon, who got 18.79 percent; "Conservative Pharmacist ng Tondo" Carol Batay, who received 24.16 percent; and "Boy Astig ng Mindoro" Jason Francisco, who garnered the highest number at 46.85 percent.
Jimson’s only son and his mom welcomed him as soon as he returned to the outside world. While carrying his son, who clung to him tightly, he was presented with a video that highlighted his special moments inside the house.
When given the chance to convey his final message to his wife and fellow housemate Kathleen "Kath" Lopena-Ortega, all Jim could utter was a short, straight-to-the-point, "I love you, honey."
Already in tears, Kath replied, "I love you, too."
During the revelation proper, Princess was the first housemate declared to be safe, followed by Carol, who couldn’t help but cry at the thought of having been nominated since last week. Loud rounds of applause reverberated inside the house as Jason’s extended stay was revealed.
As for evictee Jim, his constant arguing with Kath was highlighted as one probable reason for his possible exit before it finally became official. A fast farewell, coupled with one last kiss, was Jim’s reassurance to his wife that everything was going to be all right.
‘TAKFAN MO’ NAKED DANCE. Prior to the announcement of this Season’s first evictee, performances of the controversial weekly task, which all housemates prepared for in weeklong grueling rehearsals and emotional decisions, opened last Saturday’s episode.
House A’s presentation came first, and those in House B noticed that their neighbors opted to wear T-back (in reality, plaster covers and body paint modified the group’s outfits).
"Nabawasan ng 165 points ang inyong base points. Nakakuha kayo ng 185 points," Kuya proclaimed, to the delight of the winning group. "Sa tatlong magkakasunod na linggo ay mabubuhay kayo nang masagana!"
"I’m proud of my team. Sobrang relieved po ako na... I think my decision paid off because I worked it... a gamble for me, so masayang masaya po ako," Richard "Rica" Paras, who suggested what they would actually wear during the performance, thereby spelling success for their team.
Melissa "Melai" Cantiveros stated in her own comical style: "I’m so very happy po... We deserve to win!"
When they were shown their performance, it seemed that the House B housemates enjoyed what they did. However, this was not enough for them to win the challenge.
"Galing sa 100 base points, nakagawa kayo ng walumpu’t limang (85) pagkakamali that (of having their smileys seen too many times). Nabawasan kayo ng 1,230 points. Nakakuha kayo ng 1,130 points," Big Brother announced, to the dismay of the House B housemates. "Ikinalulungkot kong sabihin na sa susunod na linggo ay wala kayong budget."
"Nakakasama ng loob," exclaimed "Multilingual Hottie ng Japan" Yuri Okawa. "Nagtataka ako, pagkakita ko kay Rica kanina, katapat ko si Delio, pero nakita ko si Rica, sabi ko, ‘Bakit sila, may paint?’"
"Romantic Stud ng Samar" Bartolome Alberto "Tom" Mott remarked: "Kasi ‘yung sinasabi nila, yung paint. Hindi tayo nagtanong. Next time kung may question tayo o may suggestion, itanong natin para alam natin, para diretso na yung sagot, di ba?"
"Lagi na lang tayong ganyan, hindi n’yo ba napapansin? Lagi na lang nating sinasabi, ‘Ay, bakit yung kabilang group ganyan? Bakit ‘yung kabilang group ganyan?" Kath said. "Dapat ‘wag nating isipin na may ka-competition tayo, para hindi tayo kinakabahan, hindi tayo na-i-stress. Yung dito muna ang isipin natin bago yung sa kanila."
"Ang unang unang iniisip natin lagi is lagi tayong talo," Marielle "Mariel" Sorino observed. "Loser tayo, eh. Tapos, pangatlong week na matatalo pa rin tayo kaya gano’n."
"Hindi ako galit, pero masama ang loob ko," expressed a crying Yuri. "Hindi nila maintindihan kung bakit masama ang loob ko... ‘Yun na nga ang mahirap, eh di ka makapagsalita. ‘Di rin ako makapagsalita kasi nagagalit sila sa akin... Hindi ako naninisi, hindi ako galit, kasi nung sinabi kong masama ang loob ko, parang nag-react agad si Kath na parang galit, ‘di ba?"
Tom spoke of the lesson their team learned: "Sometimes ‘yung pinakamadaling way ay mas mahirap, and at the same time, kailangan magtiwala rin kami sa ‘yo, na hindi n’yo naman kami papabayaan, na hindi n’yo naman kami ipapahiya, hindi ka naman gagawa ng ano, na lahat ng ginagawa mo, di ba, may rason, that’s either for the betterment of one of us or the whole group."
During the episode, Toni checked on some of the housemates and asked their sentiments on the "takfan" challenge. She talked first to "Negosyante Prince ng Cebu" Paul Jake Castillo from House A.
"Nakita ko talaga yung determinasyon mo na manalo at pinili mo talaga mag-all the way. Bakit ba napaka-importante sa ‘yo ang magtagumpay sa inyong weekly task?
"Ayaw naming magutom at ayaw naming mag-sacrifice," Paul Jake replied.
"Maliban sa pagsasayaw ng fan dance, kahapon din ang unang pagkakataon na nakita mo ang lahat ng inyong mga kapitbahay. Meron bang housemate na nag-marka sa ‘yo?" Toni asked Cathy. The latter replied, "Ahhh... (laughs) Ang mga nagmarka? Siguro ‘yung mga lalaki kasi malaki ang katawan. But, feeling ko, mas cute pa rin yung mga lalaki rito."
Addressing all the House B housemates, Toni bombarded them with questions after questions: "Bakit ba gano’n, natalo kayong muli sa inyong weekly task? Ano ba ang nangyari? Sino ba ang dapat sisihin? Kulang ba sa teamwork?"
"Well, masaya naman po kami sa nangyari...," Patria answered, as Toni pointed out, "Oo, masaya nga kayo, pero hindi naman masaya si Kuya sa resulta ng weekly task, bakit kaya ganon?"
"Kasi po, the last minute po nag-change po ako nang bonggang bonggang bongga, pero sinuportahan naman po nila ako. Pero nung sumaya naman po kami, todong todong 200 percent po naman po yung binigay naming sayaw," continued Patria.
The female host then asked Hermes Eugene "Hermes" Bautista, "Ikaw ba, nalubos mo na ang maaaring huling sandali kapiling ang mga nominado d’yan sa bahay n’yo? Paano?"
Hermes responded, "Opo. Parang, kung last day man po nila, isa sa kanila, parang yung nag-enjoy po kami, magkakasama, mineyk sure naming na parang memorable talaga yung last day namin."
BIG SWAP. Before concluding the first eviction night, hosts Toni, Mariel Rodriguez and Bianca Gonzales announced upcoming exciting happening and twists in the show, including the second round of tension-filled nominations the following day and the upcoming Big Brother Swap with either Africa, India, Finland, Serbia or Spain.
Get more updates from Mariel Rodriguez on Uber, after Banana Split Daily Servings. The show continues with Pinoy Big Brother Double Up on Primetime Bida with Toni Gonzaga after Dahil May Isang Ikaw and live streaming with Bianca Gonzales in PBB Double UPlate after midnight on ABS-CBN.