Right now, Amanda Zuckerman is just one of several contestants on the 15th season of CBS’ “Big Brother,” having her every move caught on camera for a chance to win $250,000, various other prizes, and at least 15 minutes of reality show fame.
But soon, “she’s gonna be America’s favorite, I’m sure,” her mother, Boca Raton Realtor Marilyn Zuckerman, confirms. “They’re going to want to keep her around.”
Amanda Zuckerman, 28, who is a partner in her mother’s realty business, is just the latest in what seems like a never-ending parade of Palm Beach County residents on TV reality shows.
She was introduced to America on the season premiere of “Big Brother” as an outspoken, “hilarious” competitor whose listening skills have made her a confidante among some of the other house guests. The show, which seals 16 people in a house and records them as they scheme, form alliances and take part in silly competitions, airs each Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday.
As of today, Amanda Zuckerman, a graduate of New York’s prestigious American Musical and Dramatic Academy, was seemingly safe from elimination until next week, having been awarded a giant golden key that symbolizes her continued residence in the house. (Since the show is done live, Amanda can’t talk to the media while she is still in competition.)
Her mother says that the entire family has been fans of “Big Brother” for years, and that her daughter went through a series of interviews during the past few months. They found out she had been cast about two weeks before the premiere. They broke the news while filming the then-hopeful contestent showing a house as part of her real estate agent gig.
“They wanted to get her straightening up a room, and said ‘Move that pillow over here,’ and she did. Then — bingo-bango! There was the gold house key!” Marilyn Zuckerman says. “She screamed, everyone started screaming, and then within two hours she was gone. It was exciting and scary. She had to give up her cell phone, close down her Facebook page and shut down her email. She’s completely cut off from the rest of the world.”
That’s the last time that Zuckerman has spoken with her daughter, although she’s able to keep up with her on TV and on CBS.com’s live feed, which shows the contestants doing whatever they do, 24 hours a day. Besides that, mother and daughter won’t see each other until Amanda’s kicked off the show. And her mother doesn’t think that’s going to be anytime soon.
“Based on the (most recent) episode she was showing her personality. She’s extremely funny and I think that America is going to enjoy watching her antics and comments,” she says.
During Sunday night’s episode, Amanda nodded her way through an extremely aggravating conversation with a co-housemate named Jessie, who blathered on about how choosing between cute guys in the house made her feel like the lovelorn Bella in the “Twilight” movies. Amanda was later interviewed one-on-one that the experience was like being at a Justin Bieber concert.
Later, Amanda was seen calmly dropping Jessie’s name to McCrae, the contestant named Head of Household and responsible for nominating two of the three housemates up for elimination each week. A few scenes later, bingo-bango, as Marilyn Zuckerman might say, Jessie was on the chopping block. Obviously, Amanda’s got some skills, and her mom believes they’re going to carry her far.
“So far, so good,” she says.