The houseguests of Big Brother 19 are always performing. Whether they're lying to other houseguests or trying to entertain the viewers at home, everyone in the house is acting as a heightened version of themselves. In that sense, radio veteran Elena Davies has a huge advantage going into the house because she performs for audiences regularly. She could be a frontrunner for America's Favorite Houseguest of this coming season.
Although, Davies fully expects some fans to not jive with her personality. In her pre-show interview, she explained to Big Brother 14's Jeff Schroeder that she "has a really big personality." She also said, "A lot of times, people don't really appreciate me when they don't meet me. I'm a lot ... I would say I'm equal parts abrasive and charming."
Davies could be more interested in being America's Favorite Houseguest than being the final winner, actually. When asked about her favorite former houseguest, Elena mentioned previous America's Favorite James Huling from Big Brother 17 and Big Brother 18, saying that "he made it fun." She could be gearing up for a fun-first approach to summer in the Big Brother house, and if Davies happens to win along the way it'll be a spectacular bonus.
As an entertainer, Davies cut her teeth as a contributor on The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show based in Irving, Texas. She works on the show's weekly "Tinder Tuesdays" segments, talking about finding the best dating apps and how to succeed on those apps. Her morning show radio skills may help her keep the rest of the house entertain, but she could have ground to cover when it comes to working with others on forming a Big Brother strategy. Her current strategy, according to her CBS bio, is "forming alliances and manipulating other Houseguests." While those are both very important steps to succeeding at Big Brother, that strategy is like saying your strategy in a game of football is to earn points — it's not wrong, but it's not quite enough.
That's not to say that Davies taking a fun-first approach is a bad addition to BB19. In fact, some good-natured fun is incredibly helpful as the show goes on and the numbers within the house begin to dwindle. If she can keep her other houseguests having fun while she stays out of the drama, she could find herself floating to the end while still keeping audiences interested in her enough to award her the $25,000 prize for America's Favorite Houseguest. But given the choice between winner and America's Favorite, it looks like Elena might actually want to win more than anything.
When asked if she's rather win and be hated or lose and be loved, Elena quickly responded, "hate me." Entertainment may be in Elena's blood, but she seems willing to set that aside for $500,000 over the comparatively measly $25,000 for being America's Favorite. "It's an internal struggle," she said in her interview. "Because I want America to like me. I want to entertain American while I'm here trying to win money." If Davies can turn her real-world experience into Big Brother strengths, she may come out on top, not just with the consolation prize.