The family of Conway native Spencer Clawson said it was not surprised he will be a part of the 15th season of CBS’s hit show, "Big Brother."
"He’s never been a boring child," Donna Clawson said of her 31-year-old son, Spencer.
Spencer will be one of 16 "houseguests" on the new season of "Big Brother," which premieres at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
The show follows the lives of the houseguests who live together in the "Big Brother" house for three months. According to CBS’s website, the house features 65 cameras and 98 microphones that record the houseguests’ every move. Each week, a houseguest is voted out of the house, with the last contestant earning the grand prize of $500,000.
Spencer, a conductor for Union Pacific, was announced as a houseguest Thursday, but has been in Los Angeles since June 15 when show officials came to Conway to pick him up, his family said.
Spencer’s family, parents, Ed and Donna Clawson; older brother Chuck Clawson and his wife, Helen, with sons, Case and Sam; and younger brother Grant and his wife, Jessica, with daughter, Emory, said he has been a fan of the show since season 6, and being a part of it will be like a "dream come true" for him.
"This is his Super Bowl," Chuck said.
Since his departure, the family has had no contact with Spencer, which will continue for the duration of his time on the show.
Spencer’s father, Faulkner County Circuit Judge Ed Clawson said the only means of communicating with Spencer is through a producer who has been assigned to the family.
"When they got (Spencer), they took his cell phone, his charger and even his watch," Donna said.
While not having direct contact with Spencer will be difficult, Ed says the family is excited for him to have this opportunity.
"He had been planning on this, and working on this for months," Spencer’s father said. "When they finally said he was in it, we were just all excited. This is something he’s wanted to do."
For Spencer’s family, it’s no surprise he was picked, and all expect him to win.
"I have no doubt that he’s going to win," Spencer’s sister-in-law, Helen, wife of older brother Chuck, said.
"He’s very mentally strong," Spencer’s other sister-in-law, Jessica, wife of younger brother Grant, said.
Spencer’s family said his personality, which combines his mental toughness with humor, an ability to talk and relate to anyone and the determination to do what is necessary to win, including eating an old, pickled jar of quail eggs and drinking the juice to win a $100 bet from his brothers, according to his father, is what will make him successful on the show.
"Spencer’s personality is his biggest asset," younger brother, Grant, said. "It gets him in jams and out of jams."
If Spencer navigates his way through the 13-week long show, Ed says the family plans on being in Los Angeles for the show’s finale Sept. 19.
After Wednesday night’s two-hour premiere, "Big Brother" will air three nights a week on CBS, Conway Corporation channel 11 and 502.
Beginning June 30, "Big Brother" will air Sundays from 7 to 8 p.m., and beginning July 2, the show will air Tuesdays from 8 to 9 p.m. Both airings will be taped broadcasts. Each Wednesday, beginning July 3, the show will air a live eviction hosted by Julie Chen from 7 to 8 p.m., according to the CBS website.
"Big Brother After Dark" will air nightly beginning Wednesday from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Conway Corporation channel 177. CBS also offers a 24-hour live feed of the house that can be accessed from a computer, tablet or smartphone, which will begin airing Wednesday. The live feed can be purchased on CBS’s website for $26.99 for the entire season, or for $9.99 a month.
The Clawson family said all members have purchased the 24-hour live feed, and will take turns watching the "After Dark" show.
A weekly watch party will be held Wednesdays, starting June 26, at The Draft, located at 2235 Dave Ward Drive, which the entire Clawson family will attend.
The watch party is open to all, and family said it encourages anyone to come. The party begins at 7 p.m., but the family said for those interested to come early.
The 15th season of "Big Brother" has some new twists, including the creation of a weekly "Big Brother MVP" that will be decided by viewers.
A news release from CBS said the MVP will be given certain powers that will be revealed in the show’s premiere Wednesday.
The Clawson family said it has voted for Spencer each day since Thursday, and said it encourages fellow Conway residents and all Arkansans to do the same.
Viewers are allowed to vote a maximum of 10 times a day on CBS’s website for who they think was that week’s MVP.
The Clawson family has also started a Facebook page for Spencer, titled "Spencer Clawson Big Brother 15." As of Tuesday afternoon, the page had 774 likes.
"We’re really hopeful that (Spencer) will have a lot of support," Chuck said. "Historically, Arkansans have done well on reality show competitions, obviously Kris Allen.
"There have also been a couple of Arkansans in previous seasons of ‘Big Brother,’ who have done well… So we’re just hopeful people continue to support (Spencer)."
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