*Amanda Posted February 2 Author Share Posted February 2 7. Gary Levy Season 1, 2nd Place & Season 5, 13th Place 7.80 @Alex95 - 3/15 @*Chris - 4/15 @Solaris - 10/15 IDF - 10/15 @Steven_ - 12/15 PUBLIC RANKINGS @PandorasBox - 3/15 @Erestor - 6/15 @jarmon - 8/15 @*Amanda - 9/15 @*Diana - 10/15 @*Wallace - 11/15 @taylorkat - 12/15 ALEX Quote Gary Levy "AND EVERY SINGLE GIRL AND BOY AND GIRLY BOY IN CANADA WHO DIDN'T THINK YOU'RE A WINNER YOU CAN BE A WINNER!" Gary is an icon and a legend. Getting Gary to the end was one of my main objectives as he's been close pretty close to the end during the past few rankdowns. Gary is a trailblazer and I believe one of the most important reality stars of our times. Unapologetically queer, but always himself and never afraid to play the game. Gary is the reason Big Brother Canada is still thriving to this day. He invented the franchise and became the fan favorite overnight. If you love BBCAN and are happy it's about to go on to it's 11th season, you have Gary to thank for that. There are three parts to his story I'd say. The first half of BBCAN1, the second half of BBCAN1, and BBCAN5. So we'll start at the beginning. I don't think even the producers realized they struck gold when they cast Gary Levy on the inaugural season of Big Brother Canada. They figured he'd be a fun guy, maybe he'd cause some drama, he'll probably deliver a few fun lines, and then he'll be gone in a month at most. And all of us watching the first few weeks of BBCAN1 thought the same thing . Of course Gary was enjoyable. He bffed up with the fun underdogs like Suzette & Danielle and f*cking hated Tom's guts. But you could definitely see a gamer inside of him. He formed a close friendship with Topaz and used her stronger social game to become closer to the people in power, which was important for him to survive Tom's HOH week. Gary 100% should have been evicted that week (and well he would've been saved by Chevrolet days later, we don't have twists carrying his ass to the end yet) but he survived! And then he went on to win the following HOH and be the one responsible for taking Tom out of the house . By that point of course I'm stanning . Gary seemed like he was finding his footing in the game for a minute there, forming a final four alliance with Topaz, Alec, and Peter. Unfortunately Alec & Peter were idiots and not loyal to them, so they got backstabbed on Topaz's HOH and Gary found himself evicted shortly after. Gary's certainly not a Big Brother legend at this point, but he's a really fun character and a fan favorite. He played a solid game, but it's his personality that won Canada over. The fashion shows, the alter egos, the dramatics, the flirtmance with Emmett. And who can forget Gary's iconic slop meltdown. I say "MY LIFE IS GOURMET" more than I'd care to admit. But because BBCAN is BBCAN, a random twist is thrown in there where someone gets to return to the game at the final five . Canada gets to choose between Gary, Topaz, Alec, and AJ and really there's no competition there . Gary returns in a cakewalk. We got to see the fun Gary during the first half of this game, now it's time for Gary to turn his game up a notch to get that coin! And he does! He wins the final five veto to save himself and convinces Emmett to make the idiotic move of evicting Talla over him at the final four. As unfair as it may be that Gary got to return to the game this late, at least he's dominating and proving why he deserves to be there. I think the finale is what makes Gary a Big Brother legend. Where he ferociously wins the final HOH and backstabs Emmett, taking Jillian to him with the final two for the easy win. Gary played with his heart all season and this time, he played with his head. And it will be an easy win, right? Jillian backstabbed everyone in the jury house, Peter & Alec have a four-person alliance in the jury to give Gary the win, and Gary gave one of the greatest most emotional final pleas in Big Brother history. I quoted it at the top of the writeup, but I think Gary's speech is legit inspiring and gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it. Unfortunately we all know what happens. Topaz is 150% secure, but she puts the wrong key in the box and instead Jillian is crowned the winner. I'm okay with this since I also love Jillian and I'm not crazy about Gary winning after buybacking his way into the final five, but it's still devastating to see Gary lose this way. However, if you didn't think Gary was a Big Brother legend before the flopped vote, you surely do now. Gary is propelled into instant BBCAN fame. He gets a gig on the sideshow with Peter. Multiple gay men are cast after him hoping to recreate the Gary experience (spoiler alert it always fails). And of course, he gets a spot on the BBCAN5 cast with the other legendary returning players (and Dallas lol). Gary's certainly got his work cut out for him though. He's not really entrenched in the BBCAN cult so he doesn't have those relationships going for him. And there's some drama between him and Neda and a dress they both wanted to wear on a sideshow episode. It's certainly not gonna be easy for Gary this time around. And unfortunately, luck doesn't work out in his favor and he only lasts a month. However, it's a very fun month! I think it's a great example though of why we all love Gary in the first place. "Oh honey, you don't know who the villain is until you watch the show" Goosebumps! That line delivery right in the midst of Neda's free fall with the audience. So shrewd, so perceptive, so chilly, and also f*cking funny. Gary knows reality television and he knows this game. Gary may not have been in the main clique on the show, but he still had the flawless audience read. He knew Ika was the fan favorite and Neda, despite winning the audience vote, was hated by Canada. I think we saw a more mature side to Gary this season. I mean he was still Glitter Gary. He sat around talking shit about the other houseguests and spilled the tea with Ika and Cassandra. But I feel like he relied a lot less on the gimmicks and the characters this time around the first time around. He let his own winsome personality take the lead, and it made me fall in love with him even more. Gary was immediately dragged into the drama the first week during the iconic Mark & Demetres split vote. When the lie about Cassandra trying to flip the vote got out, Gary took center stage to end Cass' entire life for trying to flip on him. Luckily things fixed itself when Mark revealed it was a lie and Cass & Gary got on the same page and successfully saved Demetres. Unfortunately, Gary could never really find his footing. It was pretty evident how self-interested he was this time around. While he was too trusting in BBCAN1, he kept his walls up in BBCAN5 and no one could really come in. Gary is so naturally charming and charismatic it should've been easy for him to make allies. But between his perceived threat level and his lack of pregaming, he just couldn't gain any ground. It's kind of ironic that he got twistscrewed considering how much he benefitted from twists the first time around. BBCAN5 is an amazing season of television, with the caveat that backwards week was a mistake and should never happen again. It was a twist designed to give the majority alliance all the power. Despite Demetres winning HOH, meaning Gary should be safe, he had no choice but to go with the house and evict Gary, especially since Dre was a much more viable ally for Ika & Dem at the time. If it was a normal week, we likely would have seen Jackie, Dillon, and Emily in danger. Gary survives and we might've had a completely different season on our hands. Despite only lasting a short month, we had a full season worth of moments from Gary. Like I said, the rivalry with Neda is what dreams are made of. From the dress to the slop vote to the iconic quote about her being the villain I referenced above. I could literally watch an entire season of Gary, Ika, and Cass sitting around the table, late at night, making tea & spilling tea. And who could forget the scene where Gary does Ika's eyebrows for her?! Gary is such an important houseguest to me. He is a proud queer black man boldly living his life for the whole world to see. Gary would never change a single thing about himself even if his existence makes people like Tom uncomfortable. BBUS casting of gay men has been pitiful these past few years. Big D, JC, Tommy, Ramses, Jozea, etc. It's just really demoralizing to watch. It's nice that one of BBCAN's most legendary players is an underrepresented group that can finally watch tv and someone to look up to. That's Gary's impact! That's why he's a legend! CHRIS Quote Gary Extraordinary, one of my all-time favourite houseguest ! As a houseguest on the first ever season of Big Brother Canada, Gary was a target from early on by Jillian and her alliance - I mean, of course, they would target two of the minority during the 2nd week of the season. But luckily, Glitter Gary pulled a win in the POV and he was taken off the bloc which led to a pretty blonde to be the replacement and being eliminated. Once again, Gary was once again on the bloc but Suzette's behaviour led to Tom, the HOH, taking off Gary from the bloc to nominate Suzette which meant that Gary was going to lose a friend but Canada came through for our king . After being a target for most of the season, Gary finally won the HOH where he targeted Liza - funnily enough, they are friend now - and Tom who ended up going home #bless. He managed to survived all the way until the jury where he became a member of the jury, and came back shortly after #iconic. As soon as he got back into the house, he had a target on his back but he was able to win the POV to save his fabulous self from the block. Despite the awful twist of bringing back jury members late in the game, Gary found himself in the finale by winning the most important HOH and choosing Jillian over Emmett. Gary should have won but Topaz, one of his friend in the house, f'ed up and gave Jillian the win - a deserving winner but Gary >>>>>> Jillian. Ready for a redemption, Gary was invited to part take in the 5th season of Big Brother Canada where he joined the like of Ika, Cassandra, Kevin, Neda, Sindy, Bruno and Dallas. He quickly formed a friendship with Queen Ika and Queen Cassandra. Unfortunately, he was a target in the house from early on due to his effort in trying to save Queen Cassandra from eviction. Unfortunately, Gary fell victim to the backward twist where he was the target of the Core Six despite him being closely aligned to some of them - kinda still bitter over Gary being evicted the way that he was. Anyway, Gary Glitter is easily one of the most entertaining houseguest to have appeared on Big Brother and he deserves his spot in the Top 20 & hopefully doing well in this final ranking! SOLA Quote Gary Levy Iconic Big Brother Canadian houseguest is a two-time player, who debuting in the inaugural season and in the half all-star season (Season 5). Gary was a breath of fresh air when he first appeared, as he was someone we hadn’t seen on the American season. Canada loved watching him play. He found himself on the outs early on in season 1 and was nominated by Jillian in week two. He played a strong social game but was evicted in eighth place. Gary got to spend time with the jury as they compared notes on the season. He was voted back into the house when four houseguests were remaining to take the number up to five. He latched onto Jemmett and was able to convince them to take him to the Top 3. It was there that he won his second head of household and was able to vote Emmett out. This should have been seen as a game winning move, and he had most of the juries support. However, Topaz accidently voted for Jillian to win the season. I wonder if he has ever forgiven her for the 90k mistake. His fan favorite status was enough to have host an after show for two seasons I believe with Peter. It also got him entry into the Big Brother Canada Season 5 house. He immediately bonded with Ika and Cassandra. Who could blame him? The guy has incredible taste. However, his longevity in season 5 was much shorter then the first time. He was evicted in week four, when the rules changed, and the houseguests were voting for who they wanted nominated. With six votes, he was nominated next to Dre. After Neda didn’t save him with the power of veto, he was evicted by Demetress, who was also one of his closest allies at the time. He would not get to be part of the jury this time. Gary was my first ever BB Can favorite, but he still falls at #10. PANDORASBOX Quote 3. Gary - one of the best bbmen ever? AMANDA Quote While Jillian was my favorite of season 1, I still have a lot of love and appreciation for Gary and what he brought to the season. He was far and away the fan favorite of the season, and it's easy to see why. Gary is a big personality who's easy to root for. Gary's friendship with Topaz is great. Gary gives us his ICONIC slop meltdown. Gary managing to survive Tom's HOH week thanks to the friendship he has with Topaz and her connections to those in power, and then win the next HOH and use it to evict Tom is amazing. Gary's meltdown after being placed on slop for the first time is iconic. Sadly, Gary gets evicted soon after this. But this is fortunately not the last we see of Gary. Gary gets voted back into the house at final 5, and then manages to make the final 3. And he wins the final HOH, evicting Emmett and setting himself to win over Jillian who has so much blood on her hands. He also delivers an incredible jury performance and final plea. And yet...Jillian wins. Gary's BFF Topaz accidentaly casts her "150% Secure" vote for Jillian instead. Truly one of the most iconic Big Brother moments ever. And you know what, I'm happy Jillian won. Top 5 is way too late to do a buyback LOL, but if Gary had won, I wouldn't have been that upset because Gary is amazing and gave such an inspirational final plea. Gary's fan favorite status gets him a spot on the side show and then eventually on season 5 when they bring 8 former houseguests back. And Gary is just as amazing this season. His rivalry with Neda is iconic and amazing. His friendship with Queens Ika and Cassandra is amazing. Gary eventually gets twist-screwed with one of the worst twists ever in backwards week and ends up getting evicted after only a month, but Gary brought so much to the season in just that one month he was there. Gary helped contribute to making season 5 one of the best seasons. I think a #7 finish in an IDF rankdown and being the highest-ranked guy are great accomplishments for Gary's fans. STEVEN Quote GARY LEVY Glitter Gary is a fan favorite who almost won the first season of BBCAN, even though he was evicted many weeks before the finale. He got the second chance due to Canada voting him back in, and he had jurors rooting for him too. However, his closest friend Topaz made that infamous blunder that gave the win to Jillian. Anyway, I can't say Gary was one of my favorites throughout the first BBCAN season. He was too immature and seemed to be hamming it up for the camera. It was as if he wanted to be a big RTV personality than actually play the game. Nonetheless, I did like Gary better when he returned for BBCAN5. He was more mature and grounded, and I found him to be more rootable this time. He was evicted early though. Anyway, I don't mind Gary much these days, but I'd rather see other people win. So, that's why I'm ranking Gary low. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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