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Big Brother: Julie Chen on who has the best chance of winning

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Each week, host Julie Chen will answer a few questions about the latest events on Big Brother.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Let’s start with Austin’s eviction. That was easily the biggest blindside of the season. Tell us about the mood of shoeless Austin after he came out of the house.

JULIE CHEN: I’ve never seen someone almost refuse to leave the house like Austin did.  He sat there in utter disbelief and almost seemed like he was not going to leave. He was trying to get Vanessa to undo her vote. That being said, he pulled it together and was a good interview — honest and calm. Gotta give him credit for that. He was poised.  

Vanessa had all the power after she won P.O.V. Do you think she made the right move in ousting Johnny Mac?

Vanessa absolutely did the right thing in ousting Johnny Mac. He said himself he would not have honored their final two agreement. In addition, she probably couldn’t beat him in a final two situation. Too many people on the jury like him more than her.  

Of all the people in the jury house, who among them do you think played the best game and could have won with a break or two?

James and Becky both had the backbone needed to make the right moves and could have won had they gotten a break or two but both had weaknesses. James didn’t play hard when he didn’t have to and Becky got drunk with power when she had it and had no long game. Shelli was a good player too but her showmance cost her the game. She had a target on her back because of it.  

I have to guess that both Vanessa and Steve are looking to bring Liz to the finals. Of the three finalists, who do you think has the best chance of winning Big Brother?

Vanessa has the best chance and certainly played the hardest. But Steve played his own game in a way we’ve never seen before. If they are the final two, it’s hard to say how the jury will vote. Emotionally? Or logically? Perhaps both and it could come down to Liz being the swing vote. That is, if Liz doesn’t make it herself to the final two…which she could if she wins the final HOH.  

For more Big Brother access and intel, follow Dalton on Twitter @DaltonRoss.

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