Posted: 5:43 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013
By Gina Carbone
Minnesota pizza delivery boy McCrae Olson, 24, was the first Head of Household on Big Brother 15. He immediately made a (now defunct) alliance called the Moving Company, and got into a (now unfortunately not defunct) showmance with resident bully/Evel Dick-wannabe, Amanda Zuckerman.
As we enter Week 10, McCrae and Amanda — aka McCranda — are running the house. Since McCrae is actually likable, which is more than can be said of Amanda, could he ride this power duo into the finals and win?
McCranda successfully eliminated fellow power player Helen Kim and created what was a strong 3AM alliance with competition queen Aaryn Gries and house spy Andy Herren. But despite looking almost bulletproof, when Elissa Slater won Week 9 HoH, she put up McCrae and Aaryn. Amanda saved her man with the Power of Veto, so now one of the As (probably Aaryn) is leaving on Thursday, August 29. That will mark the end of 3AM.
Andy has already formed a new final four alliance with Spencer Clawson, GinaMarie Zimmerman, and Judd Daugherty. Judd wants to target McCrae as soon as possible, since McCrae is a bigger threat than Amanda, who has alienated so many people in the house. (But she could still win. Never forget that.) But others seem to want to get rid of this week's HoH, Elissa. That would certainly be a goal of both McCrae and Amanda, even if they don't win HoH. If others can do that dirty work for them, that's even more to their advantage.
McCrae has yet to win a challenge since getting both HoH and POV on Week 1. But — despite his "I smoke all the time!" claims — he may just be holding back so he seems less threatening. If his tush was on the line, he might actually start working. Even when Elissa put him on the block on Week 9, he was never the target. It was always going to be either Aaryn or, if she could be backdoored, Amanda. He's yet to really be tested.
Yes, being partnered with Amanda has tarnished McCrae’s reputation a bit, but he is the (much) more sensible and likable of the two. He often tries to cool her down and remind her not to anger the people who will soon become jury members. If Amanda and McCrae magically find themselves in the final two, he might get the win … although some people might credit Amanda for being so manipulative and making it work. If McCrae gets to the end next to someone else — like Spencer or GM — he has a better shot at winning and could probably make the arguments to prove it.
What do you think? Will the pizza boy slice up a win?
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