Since CBS won’t allow us to talk to the evicted Big Brother houseguests until after the finale, we decided to check in with Janelle Pierzina, the 27-year-old Miami waitress turned budding entrepreneur who became the hostess with the mostest this week in the POV competition. Pierzina — busy doing BB appearances while making plans to open a doggy day care center in Minnesota — talked to EW.com about her favorite players, her pick to win the $500,000, and how she made Dick’s summer by (inexplicably) flirting with him.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Big Brother has really defined who you are. Do you mind that?
JANELLE PIERZINA: No! I think it’s fun. Hosting the competition was so much fun for me.
A lot of fans would love to see you host the show.
Oh God. That would be fun, but I don’t know if I would be as good as Julie Chen. She is a part of Big Brother.
Have you been watching the show this summer?
Oh yeah, I haven’t missed an episode. I’m really enjoying the drama this season, and I love the fact the alliances are already changing. If they stay together during the whole game it can get boring. I love that everyone is playing the game really hard this year.
Who are your favorite players?
My favorites are Daniele, Dick, and Zach. Daniele is playing the game the best, she’s good at strategy and at the competitions. I like Dick because he has a unique strategy to intimidate people. I think he’s great for the show and so funny. I’m rooting for Zach because everyone was so mean to him.
Who are your least favorite players?
Just Eric. He is gross. It’s not a showmance he’s having with Jessica, it’s a gross-mance. The nipple rings are absolutely disgusting and his eyebrows are always moving up and down! He’s just a nervous, twitching freak.
What did you think of Jen?
I didn’t like her at first but she grew on me. She was really positive in the house. She took a lot of crap from Dick and that’s when she won me over. I know how it feels to be picked on in the house. It sucks. I just felt bad for her when he poured tea on her and all the nasty stuff they still say about her. It’s not fair since she’s not in the house anymore.
I never remember people really picking on you.
The Nerd Herd didn’t have the balls to say it to my face but they did it behind my back.
Did you ever think Dick should be kicked out for his behavior toward Jen?
No, I don’t think he should have been kicked out. In other Big Brothers in other countries, the behavior has been much worse. The only rule is that you can’t physically hurt someone. He hasn’t broken any rules. I don’t think its acceptable. But he’s there to intimidate people. That’s strategy.
You made his day by flirting with him during Tuesday’s POV competition. Why did you do that?
I am a big fan of his and Dani’s. They were so excited to see someone other than each other. He was so charming, loves to flirt. I don’t mind flirting back. He’s actually very charismatic. I thought he was so sweet.
How does he look up close?
He looks a lot better. Eric looks even smaller in person. Daniele is just gorgeous. She has really nice skin.
NEXT PAGE: Janelle’s thoughts on that ”moron” Eric, and her pick to win
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Did you hear Eric say those things about you? [On the broadcast, Eric disparaged Janelle before she emerged from the curtain.]
JANELLE PIERZINA: Yes, I did. He said a lot more than what they showed. He was calling me names and stuff and saying I was nasty. I can tell an insincere apology and that was the most insincere apology. I just didn’t want to be around him.
Did Eric make a mistake for not exercising the POV last week?
Eric is a moron for not using the POV. Now Jessica is gone. What an idiot.
Do you think these people are truly heinous in real life?
I think the house amplifies any sort of personality trait that people find annoying. If you are an emotional person, you’re going to be an absolute wreck in there. There’s a lot more pressure and stress in the BB house than in everyday life.
So you don’t think Amber is as anti-Semitic outside the house as she was in the house?
Oh man. I saw [the YouTube video of Amber talking about New York Jews]. I don’t know what she was thinking, talking about that, and where she gets that kind of view. Some people are just small-minded and haven’t had big life experiences.
What do you think of the America’s Player twist?
I think it’s great. I vote constantly. I vote 10 times on the computer and I text message on two phones!
What’s your prediction?
I think Daniele has a good chance of making it. But I also think Jameka is going to make it pretty far. I think she’ll be in final two.
Do you think Jameka could beat Dick or Daniele in the final two?
I think it would be a lot easier to beat Dick. If Dani continues winning competitions, they’re gonna have to vote for a good player in the end unless they really want to make it personal. I think Jameka would have a harder time beating Daniele in the final two.
What if Dick asks you out after the show?
I’ve already told him I have a boyfriend. He asked me if I was engaged and I said no, and he said, ”Oh good, there’s hope for me.” I’ve been with my boyfriend for over a year. I think Dick is really charming and attractive in other ways, but I’m not going to go out on a date with him.