Showmances and Big Brother go hand-in-hand. Some are worse than others. But relationships are common on reality shows. People bond when they have to spend so much time together. Host Julie Chen told Entertainment Tonight that the heart wants what the heart wants. She added that more marriages have come from showmances on Big Brother over the years than from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.
Our picks for BB’s worst showmances
Not all of the showmances ended in marriage or lasting relationships. Here are five of the worst showmances viewers have seen over the years.
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1. Roddy Mancuso and Chiara Berti (Big Brother 3)
Many long-term BB fans agree. The showmance between Roddy Mancuso and Chiara Berti is one of the worst. It was no doubt that Chiara had fallen in love with Roddy. However, he wasn’t that interested in her. Roddy flirted with others women in the house in front of Chiara. He ended the relationship before she was evicted. Chiara was hurt and embarrassed to have been dumped while millions of people around the world watched her on television.
2. Mike Malin and Erika Landin (Big Brother 7)
Mike Malin and Erika Landin knew each other before appearing on the show. Even so, Mike didn’t treat Erika with respect. His fake showmance was to help his game. It worked because he did win the $500,000 prize. After Erika was evicted, she was humiliated after seeing the nasty comments Mike had made about her.
3. Jessie Godderz had three showmances (Big Brother 11)
The buff Mr. Pectacular, Jessie Godderz, was involved in three showmances. He holds the record for having more showmances than any other contestant.
Jessie spent most of the time with Lydia Tavera even though he made out with Michelle Noonan and Natalie Martinez. It seemed that he was more into Natalie. However, he did not vote for her at the end of the show.
4. McCrae Olson and Amanda Zuckerman (Big Brother 15)
McCrae Olson and Amanda Zuckerman turned off a lot of fans by having sex everywhere they could throughout the house. They called themselves “McCranda.” The showmance lasted while they were on television, but they separated six months after their season ended. McCrae admitted he was only using Amanda to get ahead in the game.
McCrae put his game over love. He posted a letter detailing his regret and remorse for the way he treated Amanda. Besides being in a showmance on Big Brother, he was in a relationship back home.
5. Clay Honeycutt and Shelli Poole (Big Brother 17)
Clay Honeycutt and Shelli Poole were in a showmance only in theory. They weren’t very nice to each other. Shelli refused to kiss Clay on the air. They had a habit of fighting about little things. In the video below, they are seen fighting and yelling at each other. Shelli yelled at Clay for talking to her while she wasn’t wearing makeup.
In spite of the many fights on the show, they did continue their relationship for a short time after the season was over. However, they mutually ended the showmance and moved on without any hard feeling toward each other, according to what Shelli posted on Instagram.