Your 'Big Brother 5' winner - Drew Daniels. (Photo courtesy of CBS)
All that was missing during the finale of "Big Brother 5" was The Horsemen Alliance saddling up and riding off into the sunset.
Horsemen members and "Big Brother 5" finalists Drew Daniels, the 22-year-old, recent Miami University graduate from Ohio and Michael 'Cowboy' Ellis, the 23-year-old, security guard from Oklahoma, set their friendship aside as the jury of evicted houseguests voted on the winner of the CBS summer reality show series on Tuesday night's finale.
By a vote of four to three, Drew was awarded the $500,000 U.S. and was crowned the "Big Brother 5" champ while Michael took home second place and $50,000 U.S. Natalie and Adria, the Okins twins, stuck together yet again and cast their votes for Michael as did his half-sister Jennifer whom Michael evicted from the game. Everyone else, including his spurned sweetheart in the house, Diane Henry, cast their ballots for Drew.
For the most part, Drew was portrayed as a more competitive, risk-taking player during the finale and Michael as an under-the-radar contestant who rode other people's coat-tails to the finals.
"I am so overjoyed right now, I don't even know what to say. I am at a loss for words," Drew told "Big Brother 5" host Julie Chen as he stepped out of the house after almost three months of isolation. "Thanks to the jury people who voted for me. Thanks to all these guys (the jury), they are all awesome. I am sorry if I stepped on any of your toes. We all had a great time. I am just so pumped and so stoked to be here right now."
What comes as a disappointment to many fans is that on the 24/7 live 'Big Brother' Internet feeds last week, Drew admitted to Michael that an agent from a twin casting agency made him aware of the opportunity to be on "Big Brother 5". He surmised then that he probably owes the agent 10 per cent of his winnings. Die-hard fans of the series have complained that the current producers hire too many amateur models and actors who have agents under their employ to be on the series while thousands of "everyday" people apply each year. The twin casting agency is rumoured to also be responsible for Diane Henry and the Okins twins appearing on "Big Brother 5". Diane, a part-time model who has appeared in photo spread in Maxim Magazine, has a twin sister. The Okins twins were part of a DNA twist on the series in which both switched in and out of the game/house for five weeks undetected.
When Chen asked Michael what he would do with the prize money he won, Michael was as straight shooting as always.
"Well, honestly, pay a few bills," said Michael as his fiancee April and her son Chason welcomed him. Absent from the reunion was Michael and Jennifer's father. Through a twist on the series engineered by the producers, Michael and Jennifer learned they were long lost half-brother and sister.
In a segment recorded last weekend, Drew and Michael faced stinging questions from the jury over a closed-circuit television link-up before the actual vote.
Marvin Latimer, the 36-year-old, mortician from South Carolina, stole the show by lobbing incendiary inquires at the two finalists. During the reunion show, Marvin admitted that he had nothing against either Drew or Michael despite the tone of his questions.
"Early in the game I distinctly remember you saying Diane was a trailer chick and you wouldn't have anything to do with her outside of the game and you were more into Lori. Do you think it is okay to emotionally use and abuse somebody to further yourself in the game?," Marvin asked Drew.
"To be honest, Marvin, I don't remember saying that. I did not use or abuse Diane. I will admit that I said Lori was an attractive woman. I know for a fact that after the show is over with I am totally looking forward to hanging out with Diane and I hope she can put game and personal issues aside and not hold that against me," answered Drew.
Marvin then set his sights on Michael.
"You tried to vote me out three out of four times I was on the block. Is that because you are a racist liar or a lying racist?," Marvin said.
"You know what? In a way, I was hoping you would throw a racism question towards me and I have been thinking about this. I am not a racist. The three of the four times I voted, for one, you were going up against Savage (Scott) and Jase. To me, I made agreements with them before I made agreements with you. That last time I voted because you were up against my sister. Again, I have got two wonderful black nephews and I love every type of race. I am not racist," said Michael in response.
Throughout the series, fans have wondered if lovebirds Drew and Diane had real feelings for each other or were just using their bond to further themselves in the game. During the interrogation period, Diane complained to Drew that his goodbye message to her didn't seem all that genuine.
"I want you to know, Diane, that I've liked you and we seem to have hit it off since the beginning and I feel like I have feelings for you," said Drew. "I tried to make that goodbye as heart-felt as I could. I am sorry if mine wasn't as heart-felt as you wanted it to be but it was from the heart and to be honest, I can't wait to see you after this is over with. Hopefully, you still feel the same way about me."
With the questions concluded, Drew and Michael made their pleas to the jury as to why they felt they were deserving of first place.
"I think I should win "Big Brother 5" because I feel that the first day I walked through that front door I played this game being myself. I am sorry Marvin you might think I might be racist and I am not for no means," said Michael who also apologized to Jennifer for voting her out.
"I think you should pick me for the $500,000. I have played this game to the best of my ability. I have been in situations where I had to take risks and make strategic decisions. I made a decision that broke my heart and I respect whatever you guys do. The decision is in your hands and I just know if I was in your shoes I would be evaluating us on how we played this game, personal stuff aside," said Drew as he addressed the jury.
Though the season is over, 'Big Brother' fans can still catch more of their favourite houseguests as the 'House Calls' Internet talk show hosted by former 'Big Brother 3' houseguest Marcellas Reynolds and Gretchen Massey (an on-air host on Infinity Radio's KLSX Los Angeles) will air a town hall discussion with all the "Big Brother 5" houseguests on CBS.com at 2:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday afternoon. CBS.com is also accepting applications for those who would like to try out for a spot on 'Big Brother 6'.