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Secret Story 7 All-Stars - Battle Royale

Placement 8/18 ▲
Popularity 13.32%
HoH(s) held 2
PoV(s) held 1
Challenge(s) Won 6
Faced Evictions 5
Vote(s) Against 7
Day(s) Lasted 79

Marco-S5
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Secret Story 5 - The Antechamber

Placement 10/15
Popularity 5.00%
HoH(s) held 0
PoV(s) held 0
Challenge(s) Won 0
Faced Evictions 2
Vote(s) Against 6
Day(s) Lasted 30

Statistics of Marco
Seasons competed 2
Average Popularity 11.10%
Total HoHs 2
Total PoVs 1
Total Challenges 6
Total Nominations 7
Total Votes 13
Total Days 109

Marco is a two time Secret Story player appearing on the fifth and later seventh season of Secret Story. Known for uncovering who the Saboteur was in his first season, his intelligent deduction unfortunately ended up painting a target on his back and eventually evicted as the Saboteur caught up to Marco's discovery and sent Marco home instead.

Secret Story 7 All-Stars - Battle Royale Edit

Marco was one of the 18 returning All-Stars in Secret Story 7 All-Stars - Battle Royale.

Marco's Voting History
Week Marco's
Status
Marco's
Vote
Votes against
Marco
Week 1 Nominated Mikey none
Week 2 BotB Winner
(with Johnny)
Brian n/a
Week 3 Nominated Lucky David
Week 4 Immune Lucas n/a
Week 5 BotB Winner
(with Brian)
Isaac n/a
Week 6 Safe David n/a
Week 7 De-throned
Nominated
Gavin Isaac
Week 8 De-throned
Nominated
Ahad Ahad,
Isaac
Week 9 Veto Holder
saved himself
Sam n/a
Week 10 BotB Winner
(with Cinderella)
Brian n/a
Week 11 Nominated Isaac Ash, Blaine,
CJ, Isaac
EVICTED
(Day 79)
Jury
Vote
CINDERELLA

Confessionals Edit

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WEEK 1

Coming into Secret Story a second time, especially returning in an All-Star season, is an amazing privilege. I knew I was a long shot at returning, because I was evicted so early in my first season, I only barely made the jury. If I hadn’t pegged Will as the Saboteur straight away, I probably wouldn't have this second chance to prove myself at all. Playing again, I’m going to keep all the people who wanted to play again but never got the chance to in mind, to remind myself why I’m here and why I’m playing and to not squander this opportunity.

For my second chance, I know I definitely need to work on my social game. My social game the first time was crap, I don’t think I had a single ally other than Danny, who walked anyway, and Ali, who had good intentions but was a complete flop. I didn’t cause chaos or stir the pot like Reid or John, and I think I got along relatively well with everyone in my first cast. My real mistake was just not forming strong enough bonds or strong enough alliances. I should have done what Reid, Will and Mikey had done; they formed the Accused Alliance since Day 1 and it kept them strong all the way up to the Final Four.

The last few ORGs I’ve been in didn’t go well for me. There was just so much negativity and tension and they just drained the fun out of it for me, to the point where I almost considered stopping ORGs for good. But I like to look back on Secret Story with fond memories. Even though I didn’t last long, it was one of the best hosted and most fun ORGs I’ve been in and I’d remember my excitement to wake up early in the morning to check up on what had happened in the house. And so, coming into Secret Story All-Stars, I want to rewrite my story and be a better player and to just have a much better experience than I did last time, and frankly, a better game than the last few that I’ve played.

Since I was on the nose with my Saboteur suspect last season, I’d like to try again and see if I can correctly predict who it’ll be this season. It’d be hilarious if I got it right again.

And in addition, I want to call it here and now that my theory for the whole Battle Royale-concept of this season is that since we’re split into Old and New School, I believe whoever wins HoH can only nominate people from the other side on the block. That’s my hunch.

–Marco



I’m back in the house! grin emoticon And I see I’m the lowest placing All-Star to return tongue emoticon I thought there’d be more 10th placers or worse but I guess I’m the only one. Damn. While all the winners and runners-up have a lot to live up to, people like me who didn’t do so well their first time have a lot to try and prove. So coming into my second season, I probably have one of the more mellow reputations – which could work to my advantage. I mean, why evict me? I’m no threat, take out the big boys like Blaine and Gavin. Unfortunately, the start of my second chance clashes with me heading out to sea on a cruise, which means limited wifi, which means limited communication, which could mean trouble. But I’m going to have to deal with it and hope things work out. I’ll just have to ham it up with and kiss up to whoever the Old School HoH is.

And now, onto the cast. tongue emoticon I literally only know one person from Old-School and it’s CJ aka Chris. Chris and Lucky from New School were both part of my very first ORG and I actually voted for CJ to win his first ORG. So I think my relationship with CJ is okay. Other than him, I know no one else from Old School. I recognize a few mangatars, like Lukas’ and Brian (we have two Luk(c)as(s)? That’ll be confusing.) New School’s a much better story. Of course I know my Antechamber mates Mikey and Ella. Well, I wouldn't really call them ‘mates’ – both of them voted to evict me. But I’m willing to look past that because I want to actually have an alliance this time around. I think Ella’s sweet enough and we could work together now better than we did our first season. Mikey, though, I don’t know. I reached out to him but just like in Antechamber he’s been keeping silent. As for the 4.1 returnees, I’ve played with Gavin a couple times before, if you can call him being evacuated and quitting ‘playing’. He seems like a decent guy though we don’t really know each other. I’ve never spoken to Blaine and Patryk but I was around when the former was crowned and I know he was the first ever Saboteur (scribbles in notebook) and that Patryk was a huge goat. And interestingly enough, I know Patryk and Ella have played together before. I’m not sure if there’s a relationship between the two but I’m watching out for it. And as for the Heaven & Hell returnees, I’ve never spoken to Dallas, I don’t think. I get the feeling I should know him from somewhere but I don’t. I know Lucky, of course, from my first ORG with CJ and I think we have a good relationship, I’ve voted for him to come back in Retribution a couple times. And of course Johnny, my last remaining ally in my cursed season Svalbard on the Main ORG. Hands down, that’s an ally right there. So I have Ella, and Johnny, and potentially Lucky and CJ. But since there is a Battle of the Block twist (I predicted that the HoH could only nominate someone from the opposite side, but not the double HoH twist) I’m afraid whoever becomes HoH on the Old School side will nominate New Schoolers with weaker challenge performance. So I have to watch out. Me being on a cruise could hurt me, but I’m going to trust in my friends and my allies this time to keep me safe for the first eviction.

–Marco



My strategy going into this season is to be more social and more strategic (obviously). Since I flopped socially my first time through, nominated twice as pawns, this time I’m going to rely on sincerity and flattery. You get a compliment, and you get a compliment! Everyone gets a compliment! grin emoticon Emoticons everywhere! That’s about the gist of it. tongue emoticon Since CJ is my only connection to the Old Schoolers, I’m trying to get something on the side working with him. Not an official alliance, but an agreement of sorts. I don’t nominate him (not that I’ll ever become HoH, look at the challenge beasts I’m playing with) and in return he doesn’t nominate me (which is a one-sided deal because I know he’s good in challenges and is more likely to become HoH than I am). And I’m also trying to get a big alliance going with Ella, including Mikey, Johnny and Lucky; which are three people I’m totally solid with, great news! grin emoticon So far things look good! I have a potential great alliance with my allies Ella and Johnny and hopefully Lucky too, and the New Schoolers all seem great! If we keep a good momentum we could slay the oldtimers! It is a little intimidating, playing with players of this high a caliber, so I’ll have to stay on my toes. :3

–Marco



Of course CJ doesn't get HoH, gfdi. It would have been so much easier if he'd won HoH I wouldn't have to scramble and kiss up to him to try and stay safe cos I know he wouldn't have nominated me. Now it's time to kiss up to Ash, who I've only just met. And good grief, people are saying this is the best cast ever but these guys and their high school clique is getting on my nerves

–Marco



Hm. What a surprise. If there's one thing I know about war, it's that war never changes.

–Marco



Lol Mikey OP

I hope he crushes the other two lol I already forgot their names

This all could have been avoided if CJ won HoH lol rip

Worst case scenario I'll make a desperate plea to save me like "I'm the lowest placing player I was evicted early Mikey made it to f4 pls save me etc

–Marco



Time to try and make a deduction as to who the TWO saboteurs are...so at least if I am evicted first, I might have something close to an achievement. I know from my list of preferred roles that Investigator, Spy and Doctor have been taken among the New Schoolers. Ella told me she was a spy and I believe her. Whoever the Saboteur is will most likely disguise his or herself as a Townie. The easy way to find out who the Sab is is to just ask people what their roles are and out all the 'Townies' as most liable suspects, or look out for any repeated roles. BUT, I learned my mistake from last time. If I go around playing Sherlock Holmes, once the real Saboteur catches wind of it, I'm a goner. Then again, I am already on the block this week. Speaking of which, I'm not surprised. I try my best to make connections with people but seeing as how everyone else is acting like they're a bunch of partygoers at a college party with their Truth or Dare games and their obsession with poop, I didn't think I'd fit in easily. I'm like a fish out of water. All of this could have been avoided if CJ won. CJ wouldn't have nominated me. My ideal HoH lost by just one spot! Just like in SS5, when all the people who didn't talk to me would get HoH, and all those who I felt close to miss it by 'that much'. As the lowest placing All Star here at 10th place I really don't want to be first out. I don't have a reputation to uphold like the previous winners or fan favorites in the cast but I am a dark horse and I wanted to have a much better second chance than I did the first time, to last longer than I did the last time. That's my best argument right now. I'm no threat, I'm the least threatening person here, take pity on me and let me have a more fun experience than I did my first time. I guess if I had to be on the block, going up against Mikey isn't the worst thing that could have happened. He doesn't seem to be very social this time around; if I'd been up against someone with natural charisma like Gavin or Ella, I'd be screwed. That being said, I did get evicted over a certain Mr. Reid Thompson so what do I know.

Anyway, there are two ex-Saboteurs here, Blaine and Dallas. I don't think either of them are Saboteurs again. One of them may have decided to do it for laughs but I think they probably wouldn't cos it'd be too obvious. Since Old School have never experienced the presence of a Saboteur, I'm betting the higher their score is the more likely one of them would have signed on to be a Saboteur. That being said I'm crossing Lukas, David and Brian off the list. Lukas and Brian seem too serious to be Saboteurs. While David seems like the kind of guy who'd be willing to try it out, his score seems too low for it to happen. The other Lucas and Ahad also don't seem like the Saboteur type and Isaac I don't know well enough yet. Which means it would be Sam, Ash or CJ. Either I've successfully narrowed down my list of Old School suspects or I'm way off track. I guess I'll only know when I read this confessional back after the season is over and the Saboteurs are outed. I can see any one of those three choosing to be the Saboteur. They all seem daring enough to try it, I just don't know which of them would do it.

And as for New School, if I take Blaine and Dallas out of the equation, I know it isn't Ella, I doubt it'd be Mikey, it sure as hell ain't me and I highly doubt it's Patryk either, then the Saboteur would be among Gavin, Johnny and Lucky. Johnny's score is the lowest so it ain't him either. I can see either Lucky or Gavin choosing it. Gavin was framed as the Saboteur in his season, almost sorta like Ella. He might choose to be Saboteur this time for laughs. And Lucky is a previous winner, and he played in the most recent season. He's already won so he could be daring enough to do it. But there is still a strong possibility an ex-Saboteur chooses to be one again, meaning Dallas is also a strong suspect cos he has the highest score.

  • gets up and pushes panel in the wall aside, revealing hidden whiteboard, where pictures of the house guests are tacked up and lines are drawn in marker interconnecting them*

I've upgraded from a flowchart to a whiteboard this time. *uncaps marker* So if I cross out Ella, Mikey and Patryk...noting Blaine and Dallas' history...Lucky's winner status...Johnny's low score...

  • circles Ash's, Sam's and CJ's faces*

I can't wait to get evicted first so all this detective work goes to waste.

YOUR BOK SHERLOCK IS BACK

–Marco



Also I know I said I disliked the whole high school clique thing but mm mm I love me some drama and a little Brian vs Dallas action is just what the doctor ordered.

–Marco



So I visited Ash last night as the Lookout and it looks like Ahad, Brian, Isaac, Lucas and Mikey all paid her a visit too. Wow, popular girl. I’d visited her because I thought the Saboteur might target her but when the actual Saboteurs targeted Brian and David, they’re probably being smart going after quieter targets. In Week 1 alone, the list of suspects have been greatly lessened based on the people who visited Ash and the list of Accused. Among the Old-Schoolers, the Saboteur isn’t Isaac, Ahad or Brian. That’s a third of the suspects off the list. *adjusts notes on whiteboard* I would cross David off too, but after Will scared himself two seasons ago, I know getting scared by the Saboteur isn’t good enough proof that he is to be exonerated of suspicion. And among the New-Schoolers, the Saboteur isn’t Johnny, Lucas or Mikey; again a third of the suspects gone, more than that if I include myself.

Which means that for the Old-Schoolers, the Saboteur can only be Ash, CJ, David (if him being scared is another Will Craig move), the Luc(k)as(es) and Sam. And for the New-Schoolers, the Saboteur can only be Ella (doubt it), Patryk (doubt that too), Blaine (Ex-Saboteur), Dallas (also Ex-Saboteur + highest score), Gavin (framed in first season) and Lucky (ex-winner).

I need to choose who to visit carefully, if I can catch the Saboteur in the act or at least greatly narrow down my list of suspects, it would be a huge advantage in the game, one that could actually make me more of a contender to win. That is, if I don’t get evicted, of course. I was unable to participate in the Battle of the Block and I think Mikey’s a little pissed at me because if I had, we might both be safe. But at least this veto seems okay. It’s a challenge involving words, which is my specialty. Hopefully my score will be high enough for me to win my first challenge and my first veto in two seasons! It would make up for my rough start to the All-Star season by winning my first challenge. Fingers crossed…again. If I do survive this week, I think I’d be better off in the following weeks. I’d like to go a week without fearing the nominations, you know tongue emoticon Living with the stress of possibly going home is demoralizing. I don’t want to be the first All-Star out, not when I have so much more I want to do, so much more I want to improve on regarding my gameplay. I’ve been trying to talk more with my fellow houseguests, and hopefully it’s working.

–Marco



I’m really disappointed…I thought I could win my first challenge. This veto was practically handed to me on a silver platter, if it was an ordinary flash game I wouldn't have stood a chance but I know it wasn’t impossible for me to win this and yet I still came up short. Luck really isn’t on my side. Oh well. I have to hand it to Dallas though, he’s having a very eventful first week. This means that now I am definitely on the block, and will have to plead my case against Mikey and one more person. Ash tells me she’s going to replace Dallas with Patryk. Patryk’s cool in my book and he himself said he would’ve saved me over Mikey, but if he has to go so I can stay I’mma let it happen. I’ve been trying to be a lot more social with the others, so hopefully they keep me over the other two

–Marco



There are benefits to keeping either one. I feell ike Mikey seems a little out of place this time. I dunno, he just seems different. On the other hand, Patryk and I have talked a bit, he said he'd be willing to keep me over Mikey. But hopefully I survive of course. But yeah, I'll probably vote Mikey since Patryk is down for that so that's already two votes against one.

–Marco



I just had a very 'Keith doesn't know Tasha's name' moment where I was campaigning for people to save me and Brian didn't even know I was on the block colonthree emoticon I know Johnny and Ella have my back (hopefully) and a lot of the Old Schoolers - specifically Ash, Blaine and Isaac - have told me the target is Mikey. Whereas some New Schoolers; like Dallas; aren't too keen on keeping me because I'm not good in challenges, which would compromise all the New Schoolers if I fail at Battle of the Block whenever I'm nominated. Dallas kinda figured out I sent the same 'save me' campaign message too so that's awkward colonthree emoticon but in my defense I really need to campaign with everyone as quickly as possible. Dallas made me promise that I would always vote to save him in future if he talks with others and goes around trying to convince the New Schoolers to save me. So I guess I got kinda pushed into that deal a bit but I'm desperate and desperate people do desperate things. I'd say anything to convince people to let me stay. It kinda stings but I know Old School should be voting Mikey and since Patyrk, Ella and Johnny are hopefully also voting him with me, I'd be safe. I have to admit, it would be awesome if I could beat Mikey. He did vote to evict me my first time through and he made it to F4 whereas I got stuck at F10 and might not have even made jury if not for the jury expansion. So I would low key be really glad to get him voted out over me. When I was evicted my first time over Reid, I was so sure I was safe and so confident I never even prepared a goodbye message cos I was so shell shocked and blindsided. If I do get evicted, though I think it's unlikely, then good luck to Ella, and Johnny, and all the people who ere nice to me and voted to keep me. If I stay, then I have to form an alliance, and fast, to keep my ass safe in future like the Accused did. At any rate, I'm keeping my fingers crossed. This is a cutthroat game and I'm hanging on for dear life

–Marco



A lot of people have been telling me I'm the only nominee who's spoken to them and because of that they won't vote to evict me. Is Mikey really ignoring a lot of people? Wow, I guess maybe my social game's not as bad as I thought if I can rely on it to save me so that's reassuring. People have also assured me I am safe this week, and it feels wonderful to hear that!

–Marco



WEEK 2

YASS I’m still here grin emoticon I figured I would cos I was told by multiple people – in their words – that I was ‘100% safe’. I’m incredibly grateful to still be here, to still get to have this experience and my second chance and hopefully do better and last longer than I did my first season. I’m not out of the running yet. I’m not dumb, I know the Old-Schoolers probably kept me cos I suck at challenges, I’m not a threat and I would be an asset to them in BotB than Mr. ‘I almost won BotB by myself and certainly didn’t make myself a target by doing that’ Mikey, and probably cos I spoke to and campaigned with most of them whereas Mikey, for whatever reason, didn’t. I’m pretty sure the Old-Schoolers have an alliance, and I’d be stupid not to assume there isn’t a crossover alliance between both Schools. If you ask me, there might be a High School Clique alliance consisting of Ash, Dallas, Isaac, CJ, Blaine and all the Truth or Dare peeps. It’s just an assumption but seeing as this general group of people are always talking and socializing the most, it’s natural to assume they’re together. If that is the case, however, a good portion of the houseguests are alienated, like me, and Johnny, and Lucky, and maybe Patryk. At any rate, I only want my own alliance with Ella and Johnny, but perhaps pulling Lucky and Patryk in might not be such a bad idea. It’s funny cos now that Lucky is HoH, Ash, who I’ve actually been talking to a lot more now, said he kind of freaked her out. Haha I didn’t know Lucky had such an influence as this silent, almost intimidating strategist. Now that Lucky is the HoH, he approached me and said that because he kept me safe this week, he wants me to accuse Brian, because he plans on nominating Brian and wants Brian to suffer the penalty of being accused so he wouldn't win BotB and consequently Lucky wouldn't end up dethroned and nominated by default. This is where it gets tricky. I get Lucky’s reasoning, he wants me – and however many New-Schoolers he approached – to accuse Brian so the latter would suffer a 50% penalty in BotB, thus increasing the New-Schoolers’ chances as a whole of winning BotB and being safe this week. While that would benefit all of us, I know that I am terrible in physical challenges, and I’m no social butterfly. I recognize my strengths and weaknesses. The only way I can be seen as a legitimate threat and contender in this game, and to stand a good chance of having an actual resume, would be to do well strategically; and sniffing out the Saboteur, or potentially BOTH Saboteurs, would be a HUGE notch on my resume. The age-old ‘I vs. We’ dilemma – do I continue playing Sherlock Holmes on the off chance that I accuse the right person and add to my Correct Points or do I accuse Brian, who is definitely not the Saboteur, to only slightly increase his chances of losing BotB and increase our chances of all New-Schoolers being immune from eviction this week? And who should I visit this week? To nab the Saboteur, I gotta think like a Saboteur, and if I were the Saboteur, who would I be most likely to scare?

–Marco



Unsurprisingly, when I ask Ella who she likes the most, she says Isaac, CJ and Ash. The Truth or Dare people. The Truth or Dare alliance! Secret Story 8: Truth or Dare - Heaven & Hell 2.0!

–Marco



I woke up this morning to two pieces of incredibly bad news. Gotta say, I really don’t like this twist. *throws whiteboard into aquarium* Sigh…I really enjoyed the additions of Salem and the Saboteur and to just take that all away so quickly…now it’s just back to regular BB. Finding out who the Saboteur was would’ve been such a great move, one that would definitely have given me an advantage. But with it gone, I think this actually hurts me. Can you really imagine a scenario where I beat, say, for instance, Blaine? Or Ash? Or Dallas? There are so many All-Stars here, we have challenge beasts and popular players, people with natural charisma or an affinity for flash games. Me? The only thing I had going for me was possibly finding out who the Saboteur was. Now, I don’t even have that anymore. My chances in this game just got even worse because now I’ve got to go up against people with mad social skills and physical ability, and I’ll never be seen as anything great standing next to them. I want to start an alliance, but Ella is constantly on the fence because for whatever reason she thinks starting an alliance is a wrong move. Either that, or maybe she’s already in an alliance herself and doesn’t want to include me. I know there are alliances out there, and I want and need to be a part of one. I can’t just float around forever, I’m sick and tired of being a floater. If Ella doesn’t want to start an alliance, maybe Johnny will be more welcome to the idea. Anyway…the second piece of bad news is that I’m nominated again. Literally all three nominees from last week are again nominated this week. What with the whole BotB twist where the HoH will be dethroned and made the third nominee by default, these people are all too scared about becoming default nominees and so they’re nominating players who are weak in challenges. It’s ridiculous – and frustrating. At this rate, all the challenge beasts in the game are going to last really deep because no one will have the guts to try and target them. Which means us weaker challenge performers are left to try and get out of this mess by ourselves. I hate this. I genuinely hate this because it just gives people like me and Brian and Lukas crap and gives all those popular, charismatic challenge-beast types a free pass. I don’t care if people tell me I’m safe, I don’t enjoy being nominated twice in a row. It’s stressful, it’s demoralizing and I can’t breathe easy until the results are out and I know for sure I am safe. Nothing is ever set in stone, just cause people assure me I’m safe doesn’t make it true

–Marco



I won BotB! *flexes virtual muscles* It was against Brian and Lukas so maybe that isn’t really something to boast about (shade fully intended) but all the same, I feel on top of the world

–Marco



Rant time: I am actively trying to get conversations going with some people but the replies I get make it seem like the other person isn't even bothered. I'm throwing you a bone by starting a conversation, handing you a topic you could easily elaborate on and prompt further discussion. It's your responsibility to continue that. A blunt one-word answer is basically just code for 'I'm not interested in talking to you'. It's a slap to the face. I'm not naming names, but come on. Granted some people have been really nice and actually show an interest in getting to talk to one another so that's good.

–Marco



Finally an alliance!...sort of. I'm quite sure Gavin's right when he says Old School has one big mass chat, so ours is long overdue. It astounds me to hear that there are still people in this game who haven't had conversations, like Gavin and Lukas or Gavin and Sam. If Gavin's not lying, and there's no reason for him not to, then...what the hell are you people doing? We're two weeks into the game, how have you not even spoken to some people? Anyway, apparently everyone except Gavin and me wants to get rid of Brian. So...wait what? According to them, without Brian, we're going to 'steamroll' the Old School. Those are their words, not mine. Which means...wait, WHAT? Are we talking about the same Brian here? Another Brian didn't secretly enter the house and replace him or something? How in any way, shape or form is Brian a threat? I honestly like him more than the other two; but that's not saying much to be fair; so maybe I'm biased. But this is Brian we're talking about. If the argument is that Brian has been consistently better in challenges than Lukas and Sam, I'm not seeing it. Better thank Lukas? Yes. Easily. Better than Sam? Brian didn't even submit for the second HoH. And how are they to know that Sam hasn't been throwing the HoHs because of the BotB twist? I can't see a scenario where I beat, say, Sam in BotB unless it's like a typing competition or something. I'm like, oh yeah Ill do whatever's best for New School, blah blah. But this is my second chance. I'm doing whatever's best for me. I know a lost cause when I see one though. Something tells me Brian's screwed.

–Marco



To kind of prove my point about Brian vs. Sam, here's a throwback to Brian's first confessional.

"Uh. I dont know how i am a threat since I barely submit anything LMAO" - Brian

And here's some from Sam.

"I'm trying to guilt trip Lucas into using the POV on me", "I'm just doing it to stir the pot" and "I'm a boy who gets what he wants."

Well, Brian, I tried to save you.

–Marco



Thank you Gavin, at least someone agrees with me. He's right in saying Sam is better than Brian socially and strategically. Dallas and Lucky are dead set on getting rid of Brian though. And now Gavin's trying something incredibly risky. Gavin wants to go against New School and try to get the votes against Sam. I'm on board with the plan, as I told him, cos Gavin's a smart player. But Old School wants Lukas gone according to Isaac, and New School wants Brian gone. As far as I know, no one is bringing Sam up as an option. It's too risky to try and save Brian over Lukas. The whole reason me and Gavin want to save Brian is in favor of getting rid of a bigger threat like Sam. To get rid of Lukas not only causes us to lose the weakest challenge performer on the Old School side, but it also keeps Sam in and pisses off all the New Schoolers like Dallas and Lucky who believe the target is Brian.

–Marco



WEEK 3

So I voted Brian, albeit unwillingly, because I thought Lucky and Dallas had gotten all the New Schoolers to do the same and I thought going against them would be futile. But I am really glad Brian stayed. He at least bothered to campaign with me, the other two never said a word. So final verdict: I'm happy Brian's still in the game. And now, by having voted him, I can tell Lucky and Dallas I stuck with them. Maybe they'll trust me more, and I won't have to feel Lucky's wrath. On the other hand, I'm a little annoyed so many people voted Lukas, including Gavin, and left me out to dry. Gavin claims the only people he trusts right now are me, Isaac and David. Apparently he and Isaac are surprisingly close. I'm more surprised he didn't put Blaine on that list. Or maybe he left him out on purpose. Well, in other news, I finally got my wish. My ideal HoH CJ won. The ultimate irony would be if he nominated me right now.

–Marco



So CJ wants to backdoor Lucky. I guess Mauritius is a thing of the past. He says Lucky is a huge strategic threat and he's going to need to nominate a pawn to get Lucky out of the game. So of course when I hear the word 'pawn' I start getting Harry Potter-style flashback visions to Ezekiel putting me up and Reid watching as I get my ass sent home because of the Accused. CJ is putting Patryk up as one pawn. I love Patryk but he doesn't have a very good social game. And of course that gets me worried about who the second pawn is going to be. Ash and Johnny said they haven't heard my name come up and that I'm not on anyone's radar. Which is good! I'm focusing a lot on this ORG and I think I'm doing better than I did my first time. Hopefully it lasts. Dallas - who is becoming a threat for HoH - is making a bold move in wanting to target someone who isn't Brian. He's going after David (for having numerous f2 deals) and Sam (for saying absolutely nothing at all to him). This is good, I guess, if they don't win BotB cos I would be pleased to not see Brian and me up for once. We've both been nominated twice in a row now. I'm really hoping there won't be a third consecutive week, especially since I consider CJ an ally and put my faith in him. Even if it improves my resume, it's demoralizing. CJ agrees with me that I do have the smallest reputation among everyone here and that it would be unwise to go to the jury stage with hardcore strategists and challenge beasts. I'm doing my best to come up with good arguments to stay off the block. I feel on point this season. Time to go to work.

–Marco



I'm actually trying for the record of most noms in consecutive weeks, so this is fine. *throws dart at picture of Old School contestants* It's fineeee. At any rate, Brian was first to wish me luck. Good on him for finally getting a week to breathe easy! There's just something about being nominated together for however many times we were that bonds people. I think everyone else is so used to seeing me nominated, they were probably just like "Oh? He's nominated again? Ok, whatever, that's old news.

–Marco



Ella sent some long heartfelt message to Gavin, telling him he was safe. And the way she phrased it makes me worry that if it comes down to it, she'll want to keep Gavin over me. This is one of the four people who wanted to keep Reid in over me so maybe I shouldn't be surprised but it still stings. Anyway, CJ's master plan to get rid of Lucky is going into action. But Gavin wants no part of it. He wants us to win BotB and dethrone CJ. And I'm fine with that. I wanted to work with CJ, but he went against me so fuck it. I agree that Lucky is a threat and needs to go, but I will not risk my own safety for CJ to put a shiny new notch in his resume. Instead, I'm taking that notch and putting it on my own damn resume.

–Marco



You see, New School? THIS IS WHY WE SHOULD HAVE TARGETED SAM AND NOT BRIAN, YOU NINCOMPOOPS! YOU REALLY THINK BRIAN WAS GOING TO GET 2851?

–Marco



This is why we should have taken Sam out last week. A huge social, strategic and physical threat ripe for taking out, with no veto or BotB to save him and what does everyone do? They target Lukas! Lukas, who can’t win a competition to save his life! And now the New Schoolers’ mistake in not listening to me and Gavin, by taking out Lukas over Sam, is coming back to haunt us – and who pays the price? Me and Gavin. CJ is putting his plan to backdoor Lucky into action, and it seems everyone’s on board with it – Ella, Ash, Gavin, etc. I’d be surprised if Lucky hasn’t already caught wind of it from someone since it seems a lot of people are in on it. If there’s one piece of good news from this week, it’s that the veto is a Nancy Drew minigame. I’ve played this game before, albeit really briefly, so I know what to expect. But I’m going up against Dallas, CJ, Patryk…all these challenge beasts. I’m like a little kid going into a boxing match with five John Cenas.

–Marco



So CJ has rallied his army and is all set to enact his devious plan to backdoor Lucky. Those who are in on it, like Ella and CJ, have been expressing their excitement on getting ready to make their ‘big move’. If you ask me, it’s easy for them to be excited because they don’t have to worry about their own fate. They’re not the ones potentially going home if Lucky manages to wiggle his way out of this. It’s all easy for them to be excited about a big move because all they’re doing is voting, they’re not risking their own necks for this move to succeed. I guess there are perks to constantly being nominated. If I keep surviving, that’s more power to me on my resume. And I’m going to need that to have a compelling jury speech if I make it to the end, going up against these ‘Stars’. Besides, the path to the end for me is looking rockier than it’s ever been. To be honest, apart from the challenge beasts like Dallas and CJ, I’m actually not doing too bad on some of these challenges, which is a surprise because I’m usually awful. I really need this to boost my morale because I’ve had to stress over my fate and go through these challenges to try and lock down my fate in this game three evictions in a row whereas others have been sipping tea and chilling without fear of nomination. For an All-Star season, it must be real easy to thrust little old me as the perfect pawn for all these big shots to push around. Just another piece to sacrifice on their giant chessboards. You know the saying ‘sweet as sugar’? I’m bitter as vinegar rn, because I highly doubt my social game is at fault here. I’ve been doing my best to consistently speak with everyone and given the number of people in this house, and considering how certain people *cough cough* have been flat out ignoring others, I know I’m not the worst in that regard. I’m only going up again and again, week after week, because I ain’t part of their clique, and because of my pitiful reputation as a 10th placer. Well, I don’t stand for it. If all goes according to plan and Lucky goes home this time, the fourth HoH better not nominate me

–Marco



I want to thank everyone who nominated me this season for inadvertently pushing me and Brian together and gaining me an ally. If not for me and Brian constantly being up, we probably NEVER would have bonded. But our bond is as strong as our forbidden love for one another

–Marco



WEEK 4

That’s two evictions faced and survived. Just like my first season, I already have the most amount of faced evictions out of the whole cast. [sigh] Anyway, after what happened last week, when CJ hung me out to dry so he could enact his master plan and make his ‘big move’, now he is no longer my ideal HoH. No, my ideal Old School HoH would probably be Brian, because we’re Nomination Buddies. So of course Brian just barely misses out on HoH, and to Ahad, who nominated me before. I am the unluckiest person left in this cast. It’s like I said, my reputation is both a blessing and a curse. I just want to make the jury, because it would be such an accomplishment. If I get nominated a fourth time…I don’t even know what I’ll do. I’ll probably just sit there and fume. And fantasize about brutally stabbing everyone in the household and showering in their blood and doing the waltz over their mangled, brutally butchered bodies, laughing maniacally and humming ‘Ode to Joy’ while eating several powdered doughnuts. JUST KIDDING. I don’t have any doughnuts.

–Marco



Apparently, Lucas and Sam tried to trick Patryk into not doing BotB. Which was a dirty trick if you ask me. There's gonna be a little Telltale Games' style notification popping up, like, "Everyone will remember that." Or at least, I will. Anyway, it's so nice to finally breathe easy this week.

–Marco



For this vote, Johnny is worried about Ahad because the latter has nominated him throughout his reign as HoH. But Ella and Blaine’s plan is to split up the Lucas and Sam duo. Since they’re both from the same SS season, in which they went to the finals together, and are currently both in Survivor: Retribution AND both tried to trick Patryk into not doing BotB, it’s smart to assume they’re working together and are a tight pair. And tight pairs are always very dangerous, they need to be broken up sooner or later

–Marco



Now that 4 weeks have gone by, I have officially beaten my record from my first season of amount of weeks survived. \o/ I call that an improvement, now I just need to survive past 10th place to be the first person in the cast to improve on his last season. Anyway, Lucas went home. Neither he nor Sam bothered to campaign with me, which is why I voted for him. At least Ahad bothered to talk to me.

–Marco



WEEK 5

Looks like this is the Secret Story equivalent of a tribe swap. And it is not looking good because all the challenge beasts like CJ and Patryk and Ahad are on the other team.

–Marco



*at Ahad* You're dead to me...

–Marco



I have to remember to keep my cool. No matter how much I want to start stabbing Ahad with a kitchen knife I've gotta suck up to him and play nice and keep my emotions in check. I'll just smile and pretend like I don't care and then fantasize about their brutal murder in my sleep.

–Marco



but someone has to go up' my ass. Basically you're saying if you've got to let someone go, you'd rather have it be me. Mmhmm. Even after Ahad came to me with his tail between his legs, asking me to save him last week. Like, seriously, these people are barely giving me a chance. Literally every single conversation I've had with every member of the cast has been initiated by me. Every single one of them, except Ash, and sometimes Ella. It's always me coming up to them, saying "Hi," "What's up," "What's going on," blah blah blah. Whatever.

–Marco



Thankfully word challenges like the latest BotB, however tedious, is something I'm relatively good at. My week status -cum- voting history for my 2nd season is soooo pretty and colorful. \0/ Anyway, according to Ash, who made me swear not to tell anyone, Ella made Blaine and Patryk throw BotB because she wanted Ahad out. Ahad's easily become the biggest challenge threat out here, next to Dallas, so this comes as no surprise, and he's dead to me anyway so I don't care. Now that he's won veto though, a third nominee has to be named. Ella wants the OG New School alliance to stay strong and pick off the Old School stragglers. For whatever reason, details still unclear, either David or CJ started some rumor that Ella was targeting Ash and that in turn started an altercation between the two women. This only seemed to ensure that Ella will not nominate Ash, which means that an Old School male on Team A is probably the next target and that's either CJ or Isaac. I think Ella and the others were leaning towards CJ, because Blaine was saying he's a 'villainous player' and that Dallas hasn't even spoken to CJ the whole game. [Seriously, we're on Week 5. How the hell are there ppl who still haven't talked? Kind of hypocritical considering I'm the quietest person I know IRL but we are in a game and it astounds me that some of my fellow cast mates could be ignoring each other for so long, i.e Dallas with CJ, Ash with Patryk, the Lucas(es) with everyone etc.] At any rate, though the target seemed to be CJ, I suggested Isaac instead because I've spoken with CJ more. Even though CJ nominated me, I at least know I could work with him in the future. I know nothing of where me and Isaac stand, so I would rather see him go over CJ. We'll see if it works out.

–Marco



Ever since Week 1, after she nominated me, me and Ash have actually been having daily conversations, to the point where I feel honestly closest to her than anyone else in the cast, even if there’s no way in hell I want to sit next to her in the F2. I mean, who would expect Marco and Ash to be working together? So when Ash told me that she heard about Isaac wanting to target her, it was the perfect setup to try and backdoor Isaac. Between CJ and Isaac leaving, of course I’d rather Isaac go because I don’t really trust him. (Speaking of which, I told CJ that I’d convinced Ella to replaced Ahad with Isaac instead of him. I don’t think CJ believed me, but it was the truth.) The vote tonight is between Isaac and Patryk. Patryk’s honestly his own worst enemy at this point. The main reason people want to get rid of Patryk is because he hasn’t been very social with them. And that is precisely why I want to keep Patryk. He’s a meat shield. He’ll be someone I can sacrifice if it comes down to me and him. Whereas with Isaac, he’ll be someone I’ll have to fight tooth and nail with if it comes down to one of us going. With Isaac, there are people who share my sentiments and are willing to get rid of him – like Brian [who straight-up admitted he didn’t like Isaac (#SAVAGE)] and Dallas [who wants to stay New School Strong like I do]. And then there are others who don’t want to get rid of Isaac, like Ella and Johnny, because, simply put, they like him and he easily has a much better social game. The way I see it, Isaac poses a much bigger threat to my game than Patryk does, and that’s why I’m campaigning to get him out. Also, I want us to stay New School Strong. Isaac has made a lot of friends in the game, and I do not fancy my chances going up against him later on, which is why I really wanted for people to make a move and take out a social threat. But now people are deciding to take the easy route and take out Patryk instead. In spite of nominating Isaac as Ahad’s replacement and telling me she wanted to backdoor him because he was playing multiple angles, Ella has changed her mind and is now also considering getting rid of Patryk, and to further complicate matters, after the two of them had a long heartfelt talk, Isaac and Ash have also made up and now she’s not voting for him either even after he admitted to targeting her. I give the guy credit; Isaac sensed he was in danger and managed to reel both ladies back in. As far as I know, Ella, Johnny, Ash, Isaac and David are voting Patryk; Patryk, Brian, Dallas, Blaine, CJ and I might be voting Isaac. As for Gavin…surprisingly enough, Gavin told me he wanted to take out Blaine. If he really does want to go down that path, I highly doubt he’s going to be successful because he hasn’t done any campaigning against Blaine yet as far as I know of and I haven’t heard Blaine’s name brought up once, so it’s unlikely Gavin’s plan will work, which means it’s back to either Isaac or Patryk. I love everyone on this cast, like, no one rubs me the wrong way or anything. And Isaac’s a great guy. But I want to make a risky move. As a famous bear once said, this is a cutthroat game. I don’t always want to go with the majority and take the safe option to not piss people off because it could have greater ramifications in the unseen future. What if later one day, I’m going to have to go up on the block against Isaac, and because I didn’t take the shot I needed to, to get rid of him earlier, I end up being the one going home over Isaac? I have to think and plan for the future. I want to try and make the best moves for my game, even if my conscience speaks out against it. Patryk and I have a relatively good relationship, whereas me and Isaac haven’t really talked that much. And even though Isaac has pled his case and is swearing loyalty to me if I save him, I know desperate people say desperate things and I don’t doubt he’s made similar promises to other people. I made a whole load of false promises too on one of my 3271 times up on the block, so I know how he feels. Ash showed me the conversation with her and Isaac where they kind of threw shade on Johnny and Patryk’s social game. So I took that conversation and showed it to Johnny in the hopes of turning him against Isaac. This vote is really shaky and I have no idea who’s going home, Isaac or Patryk.

–Marco



Did I literally just say no one in the cast rubbed me the wrong way? Well, barely hours after writing that confessional, that has now completely changed. Ahad asked me who I was voting, and when he said he was voting Patryk, of course I couldn't tell him I was voting Isaac. Why would I tell him the truth? Ahad and I don't have any allegiance or even the semblance of a relationship in the first place, literally all our conversations have been initiated by me and he hasn't put in any effort to get to know me AND he's very happily hung me out to dry as his easy pawn in all his nominations. What, was he expecting me to send him gift cards? I only reciprocate trust when it's given in return, and he hasn't done anything for me this whole game. And then he calls me shady for lying. Like, excuse me, the two times I asked him if he was nominating me, he'd say he 'doesn't think so', and then he nominates me. And when I call him out on HIS lies? He says that he didn't say no 100%, so it's okay. That has got to be the lamest retort I've ever heard. If someone asks me if the sky is blue, how about I say, "hm, I don't think so". "Are you human?" "I don't think so." "Is your name Marco?" "I don't think so." It wasn't 100% no, people. It wasn't 100% no! Impeccable logic! If he was dead to me before, he's twice as dead to me now. I want him gone. Knowing my luck in this game, I'll probably regret this but I'd rather make a failed attempt at getting someone out than have a safe trip to the jury.

–Marco



WEEK 6

Thank goodness CJ won HoH and not Ahad. What a relief. CJ promised he wouldn't nominate me this time, so I am so happy he is HoH. He told me he was gonna nominate Gavin and Johnny though, which does not make me happy, because they're both my allies of a sort and we have a good relationship.

–Marco



As for the plan to backdoor Isaac…it came close but no cigar. The plan didn’t go according to…well, to plan, and Patryk is now gone.

–Marco



It looks like the majority tonight is voting against David. Poor David was one of the lowest placing people in his first season – which I can relate to. He was also the most recent victim of the Ahad treatment (i.e dethroned HoH) AND he just went through surgery and it looks like he’s also going to come off unlucky in this vote. To be honest, he probably made a mistake nominating Blaine and Dallas. Maybe not so much Blaine, but Dallas? David nominated one of the strongest challenge beasts of this season instead of trying to backdoor him, and in his nomination speech, said something along the lines of ‘tit for tat’. Did he not consider the ramifications of such a move and how Dallas would retaliate, especially considering the very strong possibility of being dethroned and becoming a default nominee? David’s always been very nice to me and so if he were up against, say, Sam or Ahad, I would definitely save him. Unfortunately for him, he is up against Gavin and Johnny, two people who I consider my allies, of a sort. Johnny has stuck with me the whole way through this season, and he was my last remaining ally on Svalbard when we were both trying desperately to stay alive on a sinking ship. And Gavin has been a lot more trusting of me ever since I took his side in the campaign against Sam during Lukas’ voteoff. That being said, I am always worried when certain people never have their names come up for possible eviction, like Blaine last week, or in this case, Gavin. Because I worry if I go up against someone like them in the future, it’ll be me going home since everyone is so averse to the idea of getting rid of social, likeable players such as Gavin, and Blaine, and Isaac, and so on and so forth. That’s why I pushed so hard to get Isaac out last week. Not just in this game, but also in real life, I’ve always been slightly resentful of the popular guys and the likeable people, etc. Gavin is a very sociable player, and he is playing strategically this season. He wanted to backdoor Sam during the Lukas vote, he wanted to backdoor Blaine in the Patryk vote, etc. He has been very open with me, regarding his desire to be more strategic. And I do have this subconscious desire to go against the majority of the house when it comes to voting, because I often worry that these votes are getting too easy. Instead of others making a big move and taking out Sam in Week 2, they went the easy route and took out Lukas. Instead of making a big move and taking out Isaac last week, they again went the easy route and took out Patryk. It feels more and more like the power players are knocking off the stragglers and paving their path to the half a million. And that worries me. Still…Gavin is my ally and a friend. Just like Johnny, and Ella, and Ash, and CJ. It’s too early to backstab the people who I need by my side. Sometimes maybe it’s best to just take the easy route for now, and plot more deviously later

–Marco



WEEK 7

My first HoH!!! Granted, my only competition was Ella, but it’s still a victory and I’ll gladly take it. I’m already doing and improving much better than my first season in terms of challenge wins. Now that I have the power to actually do something in the game, my intended target for this eviction is Ahad. He was an ass to me, he’s shady, he’s nominated me twice and he’s a physical threat…and I cannot nominate him. No way. If I put him up on the block he’s just going to destroy BotB and I’m going to be dethroned and I don’t want to go out like David did, for trying to make a move in a season where everyone’s taking the easy way out, and having to pay the ultimate price for it. So, I’m going to backdoor Ahad instead, and unlike Ella with Isaac, I’m not going to get cold feet halfway through and back out of it. Ahad is my backdoor target. But for HoH, I still need to nominate two people, and my options are Isaac, CJ, Blaine and Dallas. I’m not going to put Dallas up because, like Ahad, he would destroy me in BotB and we have a deal to look out for each other, and I’m going to milk that ‘deal’ for all its worth. I am most likely going to nominate Isaac because he is not a challenge beast like CJ and Dallas and Ahad, and if Ahad somehow manages to weasel his way out of being backdoored, perhaps by winning veto if he’s randomly selected for it, then my next option for eviction would be Isaac, thus ensuring that whether or not Ahad wins veto, I will always still have one of my intended targets on the block. Isaac is a social threat. When he was up on the block during Patryk’s voteout, he had all these people to back him up when his neck was on the line and he survived by the skin of his teeth, even when I was rallying people to try and get him out. So even though my intended target for this week is Ahad, I wouldn't be too disappointed to see Isaac go instead if Ahad manages to survive. That means I still need to pick one more nominee. I was hoping to put Blaine up, because he’s not as good in challenges as CJ, and CJ is my ally, after all. But I don’t want to force Blaine into it because it could backfire very easily and turn Blaine against me should he survive. Still, I want my nominees to throw this challenge so I can stay off the block and Ahad can go on as a replacement. Given Blaine’s reluctance, I was considering CJ, because CJ used me to get rid of Lucky. So he owes me for that. What better way for him to repay me than for him to do for me what I did for him? I went up on the block and risked my neck so he could get rid of his target in Lucky, but would he do the same for me to get rid of my target in Ahad? I don’t know. Those are admittedly two very different situations, because CJ is a much bigger threat than I am and so he has a lot more to risk going up as a pawn than I did when he put me up to get Lucky out. And if CJ chooses not to throw the challenge, I would’ve made a huge mistake putting him up because he could probably singlehandedly destroy BotB with or without Isaac helping him. This is the problem with Team A having too many challenge beasts. We're never going to win BotB! We have people like Brian and Johnny and Gavin and I, going up against goliaths like Dallas and Ahad and CJ and Ash. Literally almost all the challenge dominators went to their team; it's like a bunch of peasant farmers trying to take down Frankenstein, we're heavily outmatched and the odds are stacked heavily in their favor. Either way, I don't intend to go home with my only crime being trying to play the game and make a move. Keeping your head down and laying low is an easy way of getting to the jury, but I know I need to work on my resume if I want to have a shot at winning this. Ahad caught wind of me trying to get Blaine to throw the challenge. I don't know or care how he found out but it spells bad news. My desire to get rid of him is increasing by the day. Blaine hasn't been happy with me putting him up either, which is understandable, and Isaac has ignored me ever since he got those 5 votes when Patryk left the game. I don't think it's that crazy an assumption to assume that one, or two, or all three of them might come after me. But I have my allies too to protect me, like Ash and Ella and Gavin and Johnny. What worries me is that Gavin and Johnny are up on the block with me. Someone from Team B is going to leave the game and I like everyone on my team...well except Sam who I don't really care for much. There is zero chance of Ella being replacement nominee so most likely Brian will go up if me, Gavin or Johnny wins veto.

–Marco



Ahad came to rub it in my face that he knew I was trying to backdoor him. I don’t get what goes on in this guy’s head. I’ve already lost BotB as expected and am fighting for my life, yet again. Is he really that much of an asshole that he can’t resist getting off his high horse and coming up to me to rub salt in my wounds and kick me when I’m down? Not only is he basically ensuring that he completely eradicates any chance of him getting my jury vote, he’s also revealing to me that one of the people whom I’d told about my plans to backdoor him was untrustworthy and had passed that information along to him. So, really, all he did was screw himself over twice because he couldn’t resist the temptation to be arrogant. It’s like he actually wants to have enemies in this game.

–Marco



So, my apparent new BFF Ash was adamantly against using the veto on me. *sharpens cleaver menacingly* Forget the whiteboards and flow charts, murderous blades are where it's at. Obviously I don't want to stay on the block. David's eviction was a warning to others. Being the dethroned HoH and leaving because of it is a dangerous possibility and one of the worst ways to go. If just one or two votes go awry, the whole plan could unravel. And another reason I don't want to stay on the block is because I really don't want to vote out either Gavin or Johnny. I was pushing for Ash to put up Sam instead so I could survive without having to backstab one of my friends and she just blatantly admitted she was aligned with him. Oo er. And now I feel guilty cos Sam was the first to tell me he wasn't voting me. But I have a better relationship with both Gavin and Johnny, and having to choose one over the other sucks big time. So I'm pissed off that I'm going to lose an ally tonight regardless. Gavin lasted longer than Johnny in his first season, and he is undoubtedly more strategic than the latter. Gavin told me he wants to make moves, like backdooring Blaine, which I am all for since Blaine is probably not too pleased with me. While Gavin's desire to play the game more aggressively than Johnny does intimidate me, he is also, in a sense, my strategy-buddy. I feel comfortable talking strategy with him because we have similar ideas. If I want to make a move in future I could probably count on Gavin being more helpful than Johnny. Ash is pushing to get Gavin out because she's concerned that he'll become too big a threat through his numerous connections and allies. In CJ's words: "It's only a matter of time before he becomes untouchable with the number of allies he'd have later in the game." That's a pretty good way of summing up Gavin, but it's also a good way of describing Ash, and Ella. Point being, he's not the only one left in the game with a lot of allies. I know CJ, Ash and Sam are voting for Gavin. Ella is voting Johnny, because she's one of Gavin's many allies that CJ mentioned. And for me? I expect to get votes from Isaac and Ahad, unless Ash convinces them to go with the majority. I don't care if I get votes from those two as long as it's not enough to send me home

–Marco



This is my second chance attempting the Hold The Rope challenge in Secret Story and I improved on my original timing so hopefully now I will have redemption

–Marco



WEEK 8

It breaks my heart to have to evict Gavin. I'm not happy to do it but I had no choice. Johnny was my ally too and I had a much higher chance of beating Johnny than I ever would've had with Gavin. Gavin's eviction is probably the one I am most upset about so far. If anything, this is giving me more motivation to get the people who I DON'T like out of the house instead of losing the people who I do. Anyway, I knew I was going to redeem myself on Hold The Role. This is my second HoH in a row so yayy. Hopefully jury starts now because in one week's time I'll have matched my previous placement and in two weeks' time, I'll have outlasted it.

–Marco



Prepare yourself for another one of Marco’s longwinded confessionals, quite possibly my longest one yet. I love writing and typing them so here you go. My whole dilemma in deciding my nominations was that I was trying to find people who would throw the challenge so I could execute my plan in getting Ahad out. But everyone I spoke to refused to do it, even CJ – ironic, considering he himself proposed I throw the challenge back in Week 3 so he could get rid of Lucky. I said ‘no’ to him back then and understandably, he said ‘no’ to me here as well. So I don’t blame the people I asked for not willing to throw the challenge; I probably wouldn't either. Blaine and Patryk threw the challenge when Ella was HoH and she turned right around and backstabbed them, sending Patryk home over Isaac. So I knew the chances of anyone ever throwing BotB ever again was slim. I approached Sam and he said that he would be willing to throw BotB to help me get rid of Ahad. I’m not sure if he’s telling the truth or just saying what I want to hear because he did nominate Johnny and Brian, two of the weakest challenge performers in the game, to compete in BotB alongside me. If he does live up to his word and throw the challenge, he would’ve put his own neck on the line and played a crucial part in helping me get rid of Ahad, and I would definitely respect his game a lot more after that. That is, IF he’s telling the truth. At any rate, I already knew Isaac was going to be one nomination – an easy choice because we never really talk much and I’m quite sure he knows I voted for him against Patryk – and I was having trouble deciding the second nom. I asked a lot of people if they’d be willing to throw the challenge to help me take out Ahad and they all refused. I think some of them, like Ella, really have nothing to worry about at all if they do throw it. I swear, Ella’s name has not come up at all in this entire game as someone to get rid of. Even back in Antechamber, she only went home because she was falsely accused of being the Saboteur. Her natural charisma is her biggest attribute in this game because no one is going to target her until it’s too late. But anyway…since no one would throw the challenge, I put up Blaine. Reason being that everyone on the cast is either A) a challenge beast (Ahad) or B) my friend/ally (Ella, Johnny, Brian) or C) both (Ash, CJ, Dallas). The only people who don’t fit into either category are probably Isaac, Blaine and Sam, hence the nominations. When I was asking around for nomination suggestions, the most common names that people suggested I put up were Brian and Johnny. But I absolutely refused to. I am very familiar with Brian and Johnny’s plight in which they were consistently nominated numerous times and I know how dreary and tiresome that could be. Admittedly, if I had nominated them, the plan to backdoor Ahad would be a lot easier because Brian and Johnny are, after all, the easiest people to put up on BotB. But I wasn’t going to take the easy route, like Sam did, and like so many other HoHs before him. It’s like, if I’m always going to nominate Brian and Johnny just to stay off the block, I might as well not even win HoH since I’m not thinking for myself, I’m just taking the default option, it’s a waste of a win because everyone else would’ve done the same. But they are my allies and I believe they would fight for me to the end, so I will protect them. And, let’s face it, my ideal Final 3 would be me, Brian and Johnny. Because I feel I would have the strongest chance of winning going up against the two of them out of all my allies. For example, Ash has been nice to me but she’ll destroy me in the end, no contest. Like Ella, she has a lot of natural charisma and a lot of friends, so no way anyone wants her in the finals and I know she knows that too. Speaking of Ella, the latter has a lot of friends as well, including me. She could probably beat me too but it’d be a lot closer than with Ash. CJ, I like him too but he is also a threat. He took out Lucky but he hasn’t done very much else since then. Looking back on that move, he backdoored Lucky with such ease. Like, his plan pulled through without a hitch. But now that I want to backdoor Ahad, obstacle after obstacle is in my way, either losing BotB, Ahad finding out, etc etc. But back on the topic of CJ, I know he has friends in Isaac and Blaine and Ash so he’s a threat on my radar too. Point being, out of all my allies left in the game, Johnny and Brian are the two I would love to be next to at the end most of all. I love Ash, CJ, Ella…Dallas…but they are strong players. I love them all, but I’d hate to sit next to any of them. Since we’re on the topic of the CJ-Isaac-Blaine-Ash clique, I know that that group is a dangerous combination. One needs only to look at the main chat to see where everyone’s friendships lie. It’s always CJ, Isaac, Ash and Blaine talking back and forth about sex because they’re a bunch of a horny beasts, and occasionally Sam joins in, sometimes Dallas pops up with a poop emoticon, and Ella as well and then there’s me, Johnny and Brian in the background. If one of those main four makes it to the end, he or she may get the other 3’s votes because it’s evident that those four are like, the best of chums in the game or something. So, considering my ideal Final 3 would be to go to the end with Johnny and Brian, I decided it’s finally time to stop waiting for an alliance to approach me, take a page out of Reid’s playbook and make an official alliance myself with the pair of them. Me, Johnny and Brian are now the ‘Flops’. It’s not as catchy as the ‘Accused’ but I know other players have to have alliances, there is no way there aren’t other official alliances in the game. So I figured, I need to have one of my own as well, one that I’d be willing to stay loyal to most of all. If this week goes my way, hopefully, we’ll win BotB – which would honestly be a ‘David defeats Goliath’ moment – Ahad doesn’t win veto and he gets backdoored successfully, potentially becoming the first jury member [lowkey if jury doesn’t start now, people will be seriously pissed]. A physical threat would be out of the game, and I’d be able to have at least that one notch on my resume and I can say that when things in the game didn’t work my way, I put in the effort and made the moves I needed to in order to put my plans into action. And if unfortunately Ahad is selected for and manages to win veto, then I wouldn't mind seeing either Isaac or Blaine go. Isaac regaining Ash’s favor after she found out he had plotted against her literally hours before the votes were tallied…that took skill. I give him full credit for that move because it was impressive. Him managing to turn the votes away from him at the last second and back against Patryk will always scare me about his caliber as a player. It is also another example of these ‘All-Stars’ letting another big threat stay in the game for whatever reason. And Blaine was a former winner and a former successful Saboteur, hailed as one of the best. They’re both social powerhouses, with a lot of allies, and I’d be fine with either one going not because I dislike them but because I think they’d both be threats to my game in their own way. This is my ‘2nd chance’ in essence and I wanted to redeem myself after the fiasco that was my performance in SS5. I’ve tried being more social and I think to an extent I have achieved that. I hardly spoke to my castmates back in Antechamber but I’ve tried having daily conversations with majority of the cast this season. And I want to be a factor in this game, not to just be along for the ride. The other players can continue to take the easy route, taking out stragglers and weaker players and always making the easy vote like evicting Lukas and Patryk instead of Sam and Isaac when they had the chance. When I wanted to make moves, like taking out Sam and Isaac, they took out Lukas and Patryk. And yet when CJ wanted Lucky out, when Ash wanted Gavin out, both their plans worked perfectly, and it infuriates me. These people are perfectly content to let the opportunity to take out strong players slip by, opting instead to make the easy vote even when there are bigger fish to fry.

–Marco



If this works, it’ll feel so good. Ahad kinda reminds me of Tung from my first season. A lot of physical prowess but not enough social gameplay. This backdooring has been a long time coming, so, I’d like to take a second and ‘marinate’ in it.

–Marco



WEEK 9

Finally! What a beautiful moment it was to see Ahad go. Finally I can say I did something in this game. Even though Sam was the one who put him up, everyone in the house knows I was actively trying to get him out and I pushed for him to go, suggesting his elimination to multiple people weeks in advance. In my book, I call this a success. And the ironic thing is, Ahad brought this on himself. I never would have wanted to target him if he hadn't blown up at me all those weeks ago, accusing me of being shady, arguing with me, nominating me multiple times and being arrogant towards me. So this...is tit for tat. Karma's a bitch and he got his just desserts. It's funny he chose the Bitter Betty route when he left and singled me (and Ella) out. It's like he's trying to play the victim and make out like I'm the one antagonizing him, even though he himself was the reason he screwed his game up AND he was the one actively starting and encouraging the enmity between us. I never approached him to start a fight; he was the instigator of both altercations. With him gone it feels like a huge weight is off my shoulders. It doesn't bother me that he's the first juror. Gavin and David deserved the spot on the jury more than he did but it is what it is. It's funny how closely this is paralleling the first time I played. I got rid of a physical threat with weak social gameplay who had gotten on my bad side (Ahad and Tung) and made him the 1st juror in 11th place. It's eerily similar to how things went down in Antechamber. The bad news is, after I got rid of Tung last time, I was promptly voted off and became the 2nd juror in 10th place. The person who leaves this week is also going to become 2nd juror, 10th place. So...I'm hoping history doesn't repeat itself. If I survive this week, I will be the first person on this cast to have outlasted and improved his original placement. On top of the double HoHs and multiple survived noms, it would really enhance my second chance story, and I need it to be compelling if I'm going to have a stronger case in the finals. Anyway, before the HoH ceremony, Ash told me that Isaac had hit an impossibly high score, so I knew the chances were high that Isaac would win and put me up. I think, combined, me, Johnny and Brian have over ten nominations by now. Ella doesn't even have one. It's ridiculous. What's even more ridiculous is who Johnny put up. First of all, I wanted to say I was pleased that he went the unconventional route, putting up two power players instead of taking the easy way out like so many pussies -cough- I mean, people - have done before him. But on the other hand, part of me is also flabbergasted. He put up CJ? CJ and Ash? Granted, Flappy Bird is apparently Ash's kryptonite but him putting up CJ is more worrying. Doesn't he know CJ stands for Challenge Juggernaut? If it's the three of us (me, Johnny and Brian) up again, I don't even know what to say anymore. I've tried sucking up, fantasizing about brutally stabbing everyone, ACTUALLY brutally stabbing everyone and then waking up to find out it was a dream right as I was doing the hokey pokey with someone's severed hand, in a living room absolutely coated with blood and gore and mushy flesh all over the walls and floor, laughing and dancing and drenched in someone's organs and tissue fluid...*pant* Where was I? What I'm trying to say is, at this point, me, Johnny and Brian have become the dynamic trio. I still want both of them with me at F3 because I have the highest chance of winning up against either of them. So we need to survive this eviction. With Ahad gone, my new target is Isaac. He was never my target until I proposed Ella replace Ahad with Isaac in order to protect CJ. Then I wanted to take him out over Patryk to get rid of a threat but he worked his magic on Ash and Ella and things spiraled downward from there. So yeah, I'd like Isaac gone next because he's a threat. And if not Isaac...CJ suggested Sam. Like Isaac and Patryk, I wanted Sam out over Lukas, based on him being a threat (again). But of course I was thwarted by these peoples' incompetence in spotting actual threats and letting them survive on the block time and time again. Getting rid of Ahad was my idea but Sam may have stolen a bit of the limelight when he put Ahad up instead, meaning he gets credit for the move. So it makes sense strategically to get rid of Sam. That's my thought process for the coming weeks.

–Marco



YASS @ Veto! I didn’t fancy my chances going up against Johnny and Brian – because they’re the group goats right now – and I’m glad that I stopped history from repeating itself. By avoiding the position of 10th place 2nd juror I’m the first person on the cast to improve on his original placement, so, that really boosted my self-esteem. It feels nice to know that I’m redeeming myself from my first time playing. And to think I was once worried I’d be the first one out. Now that we’re at the jury stage, I expect people to play a little more cutthroat. Indeed, almost everyone I’ve spoken to has discussed targeting one person or another. Ash and CJ want Sam out, Ella wants Dallas out, Dallas wants Brian out, Sam wants me out – and hold the phone on that. This week is coming down to either Brian or Sam going home. Since Brian and Johnny are my main alliance and the crew I plan on bringing to the final 3 with me, my first inclination is obviously to vote Sam. But there are perks to keeping Sam over Brian. For one thing, Brian is not a good person to have as a BotB partner compared to Sam. If I go up on BotB again and with the likes of Brian to help me, I’m pretty screwed. He’s not good in challenges, and that could drag me down. And – this is how Dallas described him – Brian is the ‘group goat’ right now. Everyone wants to bring him to the end and sit next to him so they can beat him – meaning it actually makes sense to get rid of him now to get rid of someone else’s option as a goat. At least, that was Dallas’ argument. I want Brian by my side because he and I have bonded over our early nominations, and I do want him with me in the end. And if, say for example, it’s me, Ash and Brian in the end, or me, Ella and Brian, I think I could convince the other person to keep me over Brian with the argument of making it a closer competition and because of our stronger relationships. So I’m taking my chances with Brian because he is my ally and because in spite of the risks of keeping a goat in the game at this stage, I think the risks of keeping a legitimate threat in Sam in are much higher. And besides – according to Ash and CJ, not only did Sam want to get me out over Ahad last week, apparently he was lying about the advantage he won in the auction. Sam trusted Ash enough to tell her about it, and she responded by telling me and CJ and who knows who else about it in turn. Whether this is true or not…who knows? What does worry me is that once again the house is following Ash and CJ’s bidding. The ‘Core Four’ as I dub them in this house right now is Ash, CJ, Isaac and Blaine. Bringing this up to my alliance, Brian doesn’t see it. But when it’s always the same four people talking and chatting and laughing and having fun in the main chat, it’s a pretty safe bet that they’re a tight group. And no joke – it is almost ALWAYS this four making the most conversation. Occasionally, Dallas joins in every now and then and Ella comes along sometimes. Johnny and Brian hardly say anything. But that’s about it. It is always those four making the most noise. Now that there are less people in the house, it’s more obvious to see who talks the most, and these four are always talking about one thing or another. It’s always these four playing Truth or Dare, always these four talking about sex and other dumb things horny teenagers talk about, etc. Those four will have to cannibalize each other eventually but I don’t like letting that group stay in the game any longer than they have to because the longer we let the ‘Core Four’ stay in power, the more dangerous they become. Ash already has one notch in her belt by getting rid of Gavin; CJ has one in his belt after backdooring Lucky, and now they’re both spearheading the movement to get rid of Sam. I want to break the ‘Core Four’ up because they’ve been in control of this house for too long and the longer they stay, the bigger their resumes become. Blaine himself said a few weeks back that the All-Star season had invited a ‘group of friends’ back – his words, not mine. Once Sam goes, I need to make sure Ella and Dallas are on board for taking out one of those four because all four of them are big threats and they’ve got to go. I would feel bad, because I have grown close to Ash and CJ, but Sam was close to Ash as well and she has no problem backdooring him now because he’s a threat, so I guess if she has no problem with backstabbing, I shouldn’t either.

–Marco



WEEK 10

Sam sent me a rlly sweet message after he left, telling me I could flip the game and go against CJ and Ash if I wanted to. He was understandably upset about leaving but I appreciated the sentiment all the same. And he did have a point. I have considered turning against CJ and Ash for a while, because while I'm really close to them and like them both as people, they are also both big threats and they're obviously very close to Isaac and Blaine (see case study: Main Chat) - who, while I do not dislike to Ahad's extent, I am not as close to. This week is the only week we have majority in 5-4 against the core four but the bad news is: 1) two members of the Core Four are the HoH, 2) Ella and Dallas may not be willing to help me, Johnny and Brian (Flops) go against the Core Four. It makes me feel guilty about plotting against CJ and Ash, especially since CJ was literally just telling me about how he wanted to keep his allies safe no matter the threat. He can't bring all his allies to the end though...and neither can I. And if I had to choose which of my allies I'd want to sit next to, neither CJ nor Ash would be a part of that list. And I have to confess a secret desire of seeing either CJ or Ash go just cause neither of them have had to stress over nominations yet. As someone who's always been on the block, that does tend to generate deep-seated feelings of resentment. It would be a big move to get rid of a big threat like them, and a particularly juicy one at that this early in the jury stage. I'm sure Sam would love it. I'm thinking, if Blaine nominates me and CJ nominates Brian and Johnny, then if I win BotB and usurp Blaine, we all rally the votes against Blaine, and if Johnny and Brian win BotB (which would be a miracle at this point) then we (sigh </3) vote CJ. Me, Johnny and Brian practically live on the block right now. We'll have gone up about a dozen times as compared to others who have had a clean slate because of natural charisma or an inclination towards flash games. What the others don't seem to take into consideration is how something like that - constantly going up on the block with the same two people - easily pushes the three of us closer together and makes our alliance all the more plausible. But I'd much rather evict Blaine than CJ because I'd be getting rid of an opponent rather than an ally. Every single person in the dubbed Core Four is a threat in some way - Ash and Blaine were former winners, Ash is very charismatic, Isaac was able to save himself in the nick of time during Patryk's vote off, CJ is a Challenge Juggernaut and got rid of Lucky, etc. So I am adamant that one of those four must go and even though I know CJ and Ash are the ones in control and Sam would love to see one of those two leave first, I'd rather take out either Isaac or Blaine before them and I think Sam would like to see that either way; it really depends on the outcome of BotB. And to pull off a move like that, I'd need the help of Ella and Dallas cos the core four isn't turning on each other yet. It won't be easy though. I know Ella likes a lot of the Core Four, so it'll be tough to convince her it's time to make this move. And Dallas...I don't know where his head's at. He did express a desire to take out some power players but if he decides they'd be good meat shields...anything could happen. Shame is that Brian doesn't want to talk strategy at all. Like, not at all. Every time I discuss strategy he goes 'mmmm' or 'mhmm'. Like its low key getting on my nerves.

–Marxo



I was under the impression Ash and CJ were really tight with Isaac and Blaine, but I keep getting conflicting statements from Dallas and Ella. The good news is, they both want to split up the Ash/CJ duo. But both of them claim that Isaac isn't loyal to Ash/CJ, and that for whatever reason, Brian is. I'm not really seeing it. I mean, I've hardly seen any interaction between Ash and Brian so far, whereas Isaac and Ash are always talking and playing Truth or Dare and whatnot and of course there was the whole thing with Ash changing her mind at the literal last second and saving Isaac during the Patryk vote. But who knows? Isaac did express a desire to get rid of Ash several weeks back and so I guess we're banking on that. I don't want to have to work with Isaac on this but it's like, whatever works. Ella formed a voting bloc with me, Dallas and Johnny, with the intention of voting off a big threat in CJ and splitting up the Ash/CJ duo that's running the house if Blaine's noms lose BotB...or voting off Blaine if CJ's noms lose veto and still getting rid of a threat either way. If Ella and Dallas are right about Brian being in Ash's pocket, I'll have to be careful about what I say around him. But I trust Brian and I think I could sway his votes because he doesn't seem to be playing the game at all. I could be underestimating him but that's just my overall impression at this point.

–Marco



I can't believe I've been in the Secret Story Mansion for 71 days....it feels surreal. With both Blaine and CJ off the block, Plan B is either Isaac or Brian. Ash and CJ wants to take out Isaac; Ella and Dallas want to take out Brian. They believe Brian is Ash's dog (Ella's words, not mine). I still don't believe Ash and Brian are a thing but I was wrong about the Core Four not wanting to turn on each other so what do I know. I'm still aligned with Brian and Johnny as the Flops, and so I'd want to get rid of Isaac because we're rivals in a sense (not as bad as Ahad) and because I believe he's a threat. But the Rebellion voting bloc wants to keep him and it does worry me that voting him will once again add to Ash and CJ's resume. There is also the worry that Brian is the Abi of the season in that because everyone wants to sit next to him, he's be the kind of person you'd get evicted over by someone who wants him in the f2 with them. And speaking of Ash, she and I have been arguing a lot. I don't feel as close to her as I used to, which is good cos I'm going to have to get rid of her eventually and I'd rather distance myself now to avoid too large a consequence later on from bridge-burning. So who do I go with? Take out a legitimate threat in Isaac, add to Ash and CJ's resume and hope that Brian is loyal to me? Or take out a goat in Brian, lose a weak challenge performer and keep a threat and enemy in Isaac who would probably continue to nominate me?

–Marco



WEEK 11

In a twist of fate, I worked with a rival in Isaac to get rid of an ally in Brian. …Does that make sense? It sounds confusing even to me. Isaac was grateful I helped him though…maybe that repaired our relationship a little bit since he knows I saved him and yet his supposed friends Ash, CJ and Blaine all tried to get him out. Me and Johnny basically controlled who would go home that vote. If we voted Isaac, he would’ve gone, and if we voted Brian, Brian would’ve gone. We were the swing votes that round and in hindsight, I think we made the right decision. Isaac knows that in spite of me targeting him earlier in the game, I helped save him this round, whereas the people he had called his friends campaigned to get him out. Hopefully that ensures he’s firmly on our side in taking down the Ash-CJ-Blaine trio. It’s a shame because I liked Brian. I considered him an ally and a friend ever since we were both nominated multiple times and it sucks that it had to come down to this. And even though I denied it, Isaac’s constant sex talk was getting on my nerves. The truth is, CJ and Ash wanted Isaac out on the basis of him being a threat. It’s like I’ve always been saying, to get the threats out of the game as quickly as possible. But the thing is, while Isaac is easily a bigger threat than Brian – who would’ve been the best person to sit next to in the end, both Ash and CJ are bigger threats than Isaac. And I need Isaac to help me and the Rebellion take them both down. The Flops have officially folded and the Rebellion is here to stay. Me, Johnny, Isaac, Ella and Dallas are now hopefully on the movement to take out Ash and CJ, the two biggest power players left in the game. Dallas wants me and Johnny to throw BotB for him to dethrone Blaine, with the goal of backdooring either Ash or CJ. No one would help me throw BotB to get rid of Ahad, which I’m still not pleased about, so unlike all of them, I am, actually, willing to throw this challenge. I have faith in the Rebellion and hopefully we can make a big move this week. I’d personally rather see Ash go over CJ. Reason being, CJ is a bigger challenge threat and hence a bigger meat shield. I don’t necessarily want to sit next to Ella or Dallas in the end, and so my strategy is that I’m hoping CJ will stay over Ash and if he wins HoH, he could send one of those two home and I can stand back and look as innocent as possible.

–Marco



Three things can happen this week. 1) Best Case Scenario is that we win BotB and Ash and CJ go on the block, with one of them getting evicted. 2) We lose BotB but dethrone Blaine, win veto and get him evicted instead. 3) Worst Case Scenario - We lose BotB AND Veto and Isaac will have to go. Ironic as it sounds, Blaine nominated Ash and CJ to PROTECT them. It sounds crazy that he'd do that, especially considering it puts him at high risk of going home, but in the long term he could carry his allies further in the game.

–Marco



I'm annoyed that Johnny didn't even attempt the challenge. I mean, it didn't matter, there was no way he was getting 14k points on his own, but still, he could've at least showed that he had tried. This isn't a one-time thing either, he's abstained from and flopped in many a challenge. I keep telling him that he shouldn't just roll over and give up on the game but he keeps insisting that he's a goat, he's a pawn etc. Either he thinks that it's a good strategy to play up the 'goat' card - which it isn't cos that kind of strategy gets you to the f2 but with zero votes - or he's genuinely given up on his game. Regardless of his real motivation, I need to protect Johnny at all costs because he's my ideal f2. Meanwhile, challenge threats like CJ and Dallas do still pose a concern to me, and social ones like Ash and Ella too. It was really obvious that both Blaine and Dallas threw their respective challenges; Blaine to get Ash and CJ off the block, Dallas to get them on. How noble of Blaine to risk a 5-1 chance of going home just to save Ash and CJ. *rolls eyes* If he wants to save them so much, he can gladly take their place and go home.

–Marco



“I thought now that Blaine’s won veto, the target would be Isaac, but according to Ella, the Ash/CJ/Blaine trio are targeting me, and Isaac, who obviously just wants to stay safe, may flip back to them to take me out because it’d keep him safe. Isaac is on the bottom of either alliance right now. Ash/CJ/Blaine have tried to take him out, me/Ella/Dallas/Johnny have also tried to take him out. He is targeted whichever way he swings. Of course I don’t want to go home. I believe I’ve redeemed myself from my first season and I am satisfied with the way I’ve played my game but there’s still a long way more to go and I don’t want the journey to end now, I wouldn't be at peace with that. So I’m going to try and make sure the votes are stacked against Isaac. I went to Isaac and lied that I was voting Johnny, I told him how he should repay the favor since I’d saved him last week and pretended like we were both going to take out Johnny because we still wanted to go ahead with our plan to take out Ash/CJ/Blaine and Johnny would be the least helpful in challenges. Since Isaac was nearly evicted by the ACB trio, I pitched the argument that we shouldn’t add to their resume. The thing is, that works both ways, cos weak players like Johnny can be used to help us throw BotB. And Isaac did point out that Johnny was everyone’s perfect f2 goat now that Brian was gone, which is true. I know he is still talking with ACB and hopefully Isaac will go home this round and the Rebellion can continue with our plan to overthrow ACB. But who knows? It could be my time to go, or maybe Ella fed me faulty information. It’s just like I used to say; I’m fighting to the bitter end.

–Marco



JURY SPEECH

Alright, let’s get started. First off, I want to congratulate the three of you for making this a New-School Final 3, thus securing our status as the dominant school, clearly *wink*. I also like the fact that among us Antechamber returnees, the three of us are spread out evenly with one player eliminated pre-jury, one player on the jury and one as a finalist. Because I notice cute little details like that. I guess the same can be said of the Heaven & Hell returnees as well.

For my vote this season, I am choosing to focus more on social gameplay. I feel like one of the underlying themes of this season has been arrogance and humility. Certain people have, in my opinion, been rather condescending and arrogant throughout this game, and have not treated the minorities in the game with equal respect. I think the title of ‘All-Star’ has gotten to certain peoples’ heads. And that will all factor into my vote tonight. Blaine: I remember that when I first introduced myself to you, I told you how excited I was to get to play with you, because when I first signed up for Secret Story, your season was coming to a close and from the outside looking in, seeing you succeed as a Saboteur in a unanimous jury vote was thrilling. It was like getting to play with a celebrity. But throughout this season, the first word that comes to mind looking at your gameplay is disappointing.

I don’t think I’ve seen any particularly remarkable strategy or social gameplay come from you. I don’t even think you made a big move at all throughout your time here. Even if you flipped on Ash and CJ late into the game, it’s a case of too little too late, because for majority of this game, you were perceived as nothing more than Ash and CJ’s third number. And it’s not just me. Others think you were too quiet, and made very little moves in the game, if any.

Almost all the big moves in the game that I know of (Lucky, Gavin, Ahad, Sam etc) were spearheaded by Ash and CJ in one way or another. Did you orchestrate any major moves on your own? As far as I know, you didn’t do anything in this game. And coming from a former winner…that’s twice as disappointing than it would be coming from someone else. My expectations of your gameplay were a lot higher so to see you come out and do nothing noteworthy in terms of strategy was a letdown. I never heard anyone say, ‘Blaine is a strategic threat’ or ‘Blaine wants XXX gone’ or ‘I was talking with Blaine and he wanted to…’. As a matter of fact, the one time I heard someone mention your name for eviction was when both Ash and CJ were immune. Being the loyal of soldier of two bigger power players/meat shields could admittedly be a good tactic for getting yourself to the finals, but it’s not, in my opinion, a good strategy for winning. So I’m not impressed.

I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt. Maybe you did make moves. But if you were making moves, then your mistake would be not showing that side of your gameplay to me. Because from where I’m standing, from what I’ve seen of your game, you’ve done nothing but exist in the game as Ash and CJ’s third vote for majority of the season. “Perception is reality.” Maybe that’s because you made so little effort to connect with me on a personal level, because I know close to nothing of your strategy, if you even had any.

On the day I was going home, you told me to sell you my pitch if I wanted your vote to stay and I did, and you told me I made a good case. But you still sent me home (unless you didn’t – which would be really embarrassing. I haven’t actually asked the other jurors yet, I’m just assuming you voted against me. If you didn’t vote against me then just ignore this part.) and it honestly just stings that you would give me false hope into thinking that you were going to keep me in the game and then voting me out anyway. I mean, we’re not playing Survivor, you don’t need to throw me off your scent in case I have an idol. Literally, I cannot do anything to stop the votes coming my way if you’ve already made the decision to send me home so why make me think I’m not going home if you know you have all the power in your hands anyway?

So now, I want you to sell me YOUR pitch, because honestly, it’s not looking good for you from my point of view. You held the power to save me when I was evicted, you made me squirm and plead my case with you and you still sent me home. Now the roles have been reversed, so tell me why I should use my power to give you a million dollars.

But as I said, I do want to focus more on social gameplay. So we’ll move on from your lack of any strategy to some of the things you said during this season that I’ve made note of.

[Exhibit A]

At one point in the game, when Marish was asking why we were all so boring and not cutthroat enough, you said that he had ‘invited a group of friends’ onto the season. Did that not strike you as a very privileged thing to say? That just doesn’t sit right with me because it makes it sound like you had it easy in the game because you always had friends on the season who would protect you, friends who you knew before this game and could count on to get you to the jury stage, unlike someone like me, who had to meet new people and form new relationships all from scratch (except for the occasional few people, most of the cast were strangers).

[Exhibit B]

Another thing you said during the game that aggravated me was that pretty early on in the season you complained that you felt it was boring for you. And the thing is, you said this when I was up on the block, fighting for my life in BotB and veto again for, like, the fifth time or something. Did that not strike you as an incredibly insensitive thing to say? Other people would offer comfort, words of encouragement, light-hearted jokes about the nature of it all – you just moaned and whined about how you were having it easy.

I would describe that as akin to a scenario where a rich man with a large belly complains about how full he is after finishing his fifth serving of pie right in front of a group of starving, homeless people. I’m desperately trying to stay in the game, slogging over menial challenges and constantly messaging and chatting with people, in a bid to try and survive against all odds – it’d be the third consecutive time, I haven’t had a break from challenge after challenge and I’m bitter as fuck from going up over and over and over again – and you come along and say you feel the game has been boring for you because you’ve been having the luxury of taking it easy, without having to stress over evictions, without having to slog over challenges late at night, without having to do anything, anything at all, because your position and your safety in the game hasn’t been compromised.

I don’t blame you for feeling bored. It’s a perfectly acceptable human reaction to have. That’s not the problem here. The problem here is: Even if you did feel like it was boring for you because you weren’t targeted in the early stages and never had to fight for your life yet, why on Earth did you think it was a good idea to say it out loud? Did you not realize it would annoy those who were not having it as easy as you were? Uttering the slightest wrong word or phrase could have devastating ramifications in the future. At that point, it sounded very much like you were taking your safety in the game for granted, and to the minorities in the game, to the people who felt jilted by the ‘power players’ in the game in that they were always going up as pawns to be pushed around (i.e me, Johnny and Brian) it just seems very insulting. All this comes together to make it seem like you didn’t really care about the feelings of or tried to connect with anyone else around you, other than your main few friends. Have you even said a word to Brian this whole game, or to Johnny?

[Exhibit C]

And when it comes down to your social game…allow me to point out that every single conversation we’ve had this season has been initiated by me. The only time it’s been the other way round was when I was HoH – and even then, during my first reign as HoH I had to approach you first about backdooring Ahad. So…that doesn’t sit well with me either. You were focused too much on playing this game with your ‘friends’ and too little on playing it with everyone else.

Dallas: Well, the good news, Dallas, is that I don’t really have anything bad to say about you. To be honest, I don’t really have anything to say about you at all. Even though we were both on the same side, we never really bonded much other than the occasional conversation. But at the very least, you’re a decent guy, you bothered to talk to me every once in a while, and you never really pissed anyone off. All good points to consider if you’re looking to get jury votes (I’m helping you out here). The only thing stopping me from voting for you to win is the fact that you never really seemed to care very much about the game. Maybe it’s just my perception of you but could you perhaps tell me what winning this game means to you, why you want to win and what you’ve done throughout this game to reach this point? Elaborate as much as possible and be as eloquent as you can. Really sell me on why you want to be the winner of Secret Story 7 and make me feel as comfortable as possible to vote for you. My vote is yours to win or lose at this point.

Ella: The good news, Ella, is that you never burned any bridges with me, so I’m not going to say anything bad about you either (unless you did vote against me – though I highly doubt it – which would be an incredible blindside). I’m not going to spend too much time talking about you because you’re no doubt going to come under a lot of fire from a couple other jurors. So I won’t ask you any questions, and instead, I will be watching your answers to other jurors’ questions. What I want to see from you is honest answers, rational explanations, and integrity. Right now for me it is between you and Dallas and if you slip up, I will vote for him to win. Right, that’s all for me. I have no idea how to end this jury speech so I’m just going to be random and orange monkey eagle out of here.

–Marco



Secret Story 5 - The Antechamber Edit

Marco was one of the contestants from the fifth season of the Secret Story ORG, Secret Story 5 - The Antechamber.

Marco's Voting History
Week Marco's
Status
Marco's
Vote
Votes against
Marco
Week 1 Safe Wayne n/a
Week 2 Nominated Not eligible Nicholas,
Reid
Week 3 Safe Tung n/a
Week 4 Nominated Not eligible Cinderella, Mikey,
Nicholas, Will
EVICTED
(Day 30)
Jury
Vote
WILL

Confessionals Edit

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WEEK 1

Danny won HoH, which is GREAT news for me because he’s my ally, which means I shouldn’t be nominated this week, and therefore I should be safe from the dreadful title of first evictee. On the other hand, I’m now a Townie in the Red Room. It’s a nice room, but that penalty is anything but nice. This also means that Lookout and Investigator were taken by one of the 8 people who had a higher score than me. I won’t be able to get any information on the Saboteur’s identity with my role, so based off of guesswork alone, I’d wager that Will might be the Saboteur. Just because he got the highest score, so that means the Jail was his first choice and if he willingly wanted to enter the Antechamber, it seems possible he might also want to be the Saboteur. It’s just my guess, I have no real proof. Alright, that’s enough of the Diary Room for now. Cozy as it is, I’m gonna go relax in the hot tub for a while.

–Marco



WEEK 2

Tung is a hypocrite. I spoke to everyone in the game; he never continued the conversation. Kinda sucks that he nominated me, but I 100% saw it coming. We were both Asian teens, we could have worked together, but clearly he doesn't want to. If I ever become HoH, he and Sparky can enjoy their new positions on the chopping block. Now I have to focus on veto. The challenge seems to have something to do with words. I still have that 10% penalty but I'm not giving up. I don't intend to be evicted pre-jury, no way in hell. I'm fighting to the bitter end.

–Marco



Since you're so hungry for confessionals, Marish :P I just had the veto snatched from my grasp like Nicholas. That accursed Red Room...I'm not giving up though. I fought like hell in that challenge and it still wasn't enough. If Tung replaces Mihai with someone unpopular at the moment, like John or Reid, I might still have a chance at staying. It all depends on where the chips fall.

–Marco



Thankfully, Tung replaced Mihai with Sparky. I may still have a chance to stay in the game. A lot of people are pissed at Sparky. Ella wasted no time in telling me she was voting him, I know I have Danny's vote too, and even Mikey says that it's a very high chance of Sparky going home next instead of me. Right now I feel great but nothing's set in stone yet, so I'm not celebrating until I see him properly evicted tomorrow."

–Marco



Time for a little late night confessional, since tomorrow may or may not be my last day. If it is, I would be devastated but I'd know I went out fighting. If it isn't, which is what most people are reassuring me, I'll be back here to celebrate. :) Here's to hoping I wake up to good news tomorrow morning.

–Marco



WEEK 3

I could not be more elated to have survived my first eviction :) And Sparky went home, which I'm okay with. I don't have anything against the guy, but he did throw my name out to Danny when the latter was HoH, so he had to go. Speaking of Danny, I'm incredibly disappointed to hear he could be walking. He's the only person I feel like I can genuinely trust. However, him leaving does increase the chances of me making the jury stage of the game, since there are only six spots for pre-jury boots, which is what I dread the most. The Diamond Power of Veto worries me, as does the threat of the Antechamber. It adds a whole new layer to the accusations, and definitely spices up the game.

–Marco



I hope Mikey nominates Tung. I'm still narrowing down the list of roles to try and figure out who could be the saboteur.

–Marco



With personal feelings out of this, I would still vote the same way. Based purely on strategy, Mikey’s right – Tung is a physical threat. With two comp wins under his belt, he’s got the most amount of comp wins out of all the current players. Evicting him now, with no veto to save him, would definitely increase my odds, and the odds of everyone else, of winning comps in the future. Fingers crossed that Tung doesn’t use the Diamond Power of Veto, if he has found it in the Antechamber, and if he does, I hope he doesn’t put me up as a replacement.

–Marco



Also --> me tryna work out the Saboteur’s identity be like: 1) The Lookout [Mikey] 2) The Investigator [Tung or Reid] 3) The Townie [me and three others] 4) The Sheriff [Will? – was scared] 5) The Consort [Sparky] 6) The Spy [Tung or Reid] 7) The Doctor [Mihai?] 8) The Bodyguard [???] 9) The Mayor [Danny] 10) The Saboteur [???] I got, like, a flow chart hidden underneath my mattress in the Red Room, with pictures of the housemates, possible roles written underneath their little faces and lines interconnecting them like I’m some conspiracy theorist.

–Marco



WEEK 4

Still trying to guess who the Saboteur is. I’ve narrowed it down to Andrew, Ezekiel, Ali and Nicholas. Unless someone was lying to me about their role, the Saboteur should be one of these four. Mihai tells me he suspects Andrew, but honestly I suspect Ezekiel more. Too bad neither of us are HoH. I think getting rid of the Saboteur should be everyone’s first priority or whoever it is will be a force to be reckoned with later on in the game.

–Marco



I've been discussing with Mihai and Will...my main suspects for Saboteur are Andrew and Ezekiel. It's still just hunches based on the available roles and possible choices...I have nothing solid yet. If Ella really is the Sheriff, she could force one of them into the line-up, but there's no guarantee she'll do it.

–Marco



I am so sure Ezekiel is the saboteur right now; I have the strongest gut feeling...I know you know who it is Marish and I've either hit the nail on the head or I'm being played HARD.

–Marco



Does no one here care about the Saboteur?

–Marco



Nominated again – because Ezekiel and I 'haven't got the chance to connect'. Well, Ezekiel, it takes two hands to clap. The only reason I'm up on the block again is because people who don't want to talk to me become HoH. And it sucks, because I am actively trying to nab this Saboteur. I think it's obvious that me being new to the ORG community is the biggest reason why I've been nominated for the second time, it's none of that nonsense about not having a 'chance to connect'. You’d think that not having as big a reputation as Ali or Reid might benefit me but it’s also a disadvantage. People don’t know me so obviously I’m an easy pawn. Maybe Ezekiel did the right thing nominating me though, because though he doesn’t know it, if I ever become HoH, I would've nominated him. I'm really confident that he's the Saboteur. Andrew's just gotten scared, and Nicholas is also a proven Townie. Unless Will or Andrew scared themselves, that leaves Ezekiel and Ali as the top two suspects for Saboteur, and because Ezekiel told Mihai that 'catching the Saboteur wasn't his top priority' , I'm really suspicious of him. Thankfully, he nominated me against Reid. It's another Sparky situation, me against the unpopular guy. I'm quite sure I could probably survive eviction against Reid given that a good number of the houseguests don't like him, but if Reid wins the veto, then I may go home, which would suck because I may have discovered who the Saboteur is and I might never get to use that knowledge to my advantage.

–Marco



To the surprise of no one, Ezekiel chooses not to use the Veto. I have confidence that I will survive this eviction. Unless Reid whips out the Diamond Veto, he should become the 2nd juror. I'm not finished with this game yet, not while the Saboteur's still out there. There are really only three suspects left and Ezekiel is the most suspicious out of them.

–Marco



Ezekiel is reassuring me that I'm just a pawn and he promises me that Reid will go home. It still irks me that there are people in the house who haven't faced a single eviction whereas this is my second. *flips hair*

–Marco



JURY SPEECH

Hey guys, it’s been a really long time since I’ve been in this game. Since I was evicted so early, I know close to nothing about you guys’ strategies, what you’ve done in the game, what’s happened in the house, etcetera. So my jury vote is completely up in the air, and it’s up to you guys to put in the effort to grab it by impressing me with your answers.

I’ll start with Nicholas. I’m frankly surprised you made it this far, considering you had two strikes early on in the season and came close to getting kicked out because of it. Starting off this game, you already knew Andrew in real life and everyone in the house knew that you guys were good friends.

Q1) Do you think that gave you a bit of an unfair advantage in the game, that you would have a real-life friend in the game you knew you could trust, unlike the rest of the players? And did you ever consider getting rid of Andrew, or were you planning on taking him to the Final Two?

Q2) I’m quite sure the other jurors will also ask this question, but I’m going to ask it all the same: why in the world did you evict Reid over Will? I feel like, if an outsider were to watch the season without knowing what was going on inside the house and among the jury, it would be easy to assume Will would be the biggest threat to win the season considering he was the Saboteur and had also decimated in several challenges. So it surprises me that you would evict Reid (it was a good decision, because though outsiders may not know it, a good portion of the jury actually said they would have voted for Reid to win). Can you explain to me your thought process as to why you chose to evict Reid over Will?

Moving on to Will. First, I want to commend you for scaring yourself as the Saboteur in Week 3. I had you pegged as the Saboteur since Week 1 but was forced to change my suspect after you got scared. So, you did a good job throwing people off your scent, and even getting Ella evicted instead of you.

Secondly, you were also definitely a very strong physical threat in the game. People who were not naturally gifted didn’t stand a chance going up against you in flash games. So, it kind of felt like poetic justice to me, that the final HoH challenge would not be a flash game, but instead would test you guys on how well you knew the jury instead. And that was a challenge that you lost. Honestly, that says a lot to me.

Q1) Did you vote to evict me? I want to know this because I remember one of the last things I said to you before I was evicted was telling you I trusted you. I trusted and liked you enough to share my suspicions and info with you about who I thought the Saboteur was. It’ll feel a bit like a knife to the gut if you just turned around and stabbed me in the back like that. I just want some honesty, you know, cause I want to have some closure to my eviction after the endless questions I’ve had since that day about what I did wrong.

Q2) This is probably another question that other jurors will ask, but I’ll ask anyway: if you had won HoH, who would you have evicted – Reid or Nicholas? Explain why.

Lastly, the main determining factor for my vote is a question to you both.

I was told I was nominated as a pawn because I ‘hadn’t connected’ with certain people. And honestly, that sucks. I don’t believe I was that bad socially. I am incredibly shy in real life, like, it’s almost a problem. I put myself out of my comfort zone, I tried to talk and make connections with a lot of you, because I wanted to be a part of this game, and so to be nominated TWICE so early on, on the basis of being a pawn…let me just say it sucks.

In all honesty, I’m quite sure me being new to the ORG community is the main reason why that happened, because I highly doubt I was the quietest person in the house. And it sucks that no matter how much I slogged over the challenges, and no matter how much effort and time I had invested in and spent working on strategies, trying to figure out who the Saboteur could be, I was still going to have my time cut short anyway because I was the new guy, the easy pawn.

So, since that’s the kind of mentality that got me voted out, that’s the kind of mentality I’m going to adopt as a juror. I want you guys to tell me why I should vote for you on a personal level. I don’t want to hear about the amazing strategies you used throughout the season, because apparently, all the strategy in the world is useless without having ‘made connections’.

Don’t say “You should vote for me because I did this, and I did that”. I want your answer to be personal, to address me and say why I, as a juror, should give either of you my vote.

Congratulations on making it to Final Two, and thanks Marish for the amazing season (even though I was out so early) this was genuinely a lot of fun while it lasted.

–Marco



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