I don't have much for blogging in general, and I have even less time for Big Brother 2 Croatia updates. This season is in almost every sense much more disappointing than the first one, despite having unpredictable finale.
On Friday Tatjana Čehić (Tatjana Cehic) was evicted, this with clear 81 % of votes and without RTL Televizija artificially creating suspense with 50-50 percentage numbers in previous daily shows.
That left very predictable set of finalists. Three male veterans and self-appointed "Finalists" - Matko Okmažić (Matko Okmazic), Hamdija Seferović (Hamdija Seferovic) and Ivan Grgec - are spending the last week together with Daca Bosančić (Daca Bosancic), the only female contestant.
While the finalists were predictable, the actual winner is not.
On paper, Matko appears to be clear favourite, with 1.5:1 odds given by bet shops. Matko enjoys support by right-wing and conservative sections by Croatian public. It is believed that the recent arrest of Ante Gotovina, which had sparked new wave of Croatian nationalism, will help Matko whose far right credentials were validated in the series of incidents in House.
Last week also saw series of conspiracy theories about Matko being already picked as a winner by RTL Televizija production team. Some conspiracy theories claim that he had befriended production team members when they had been guests in his parent's restaurant. Some claim that production team members made huge bets on Matko as winner in the very beginning of the show.
On the other hand, the percentages aired by RTL Televizija point to very even race between all four candidates. 24 sata in its latest issue claims that Ivan was in the lead with 32 % of votes.
Most of on-line surveys, however, point to Daca with 60-75 %. At least, this was the case before the last week. This time, just like in the last week of last year's show, some on-line surveys became the target for vote stuffing operation.
Daca's chances for victory, however, were inadvertently boosted by RTL Televizija's announcement few weeks ago. Production team first said that Daca or any contestant who had entered in the middle of show, was not eligible for grand prize; instead they could have won only the amount proportional to their stay in House. In case of Daca it is 550,000 HRK.
This sparked another set of conspiracy theories, this time accusing RTL Televizija of pushing Daca as favourite in order to save money. RTL Televizija answered to this by stating 1 million HRK will be paid to contestants- if Daca wins her share, the rest will be evenly distributed among other three finalists.
In other words, if Daca wins, none of the finalists leaves House empty-handed. This will not be the case if Hamdija, Ivan or Matko win.
So, any fan of Hamdija, Ivan (or even Matko) have good reasons to give at least few votes for Daca just in case.
It remains to be seen whether this reasoning is beyond intellectual capabilities of an average Croatian.