Derek Xiao was a fan-favorite on “Big Brother 23.”
The 24-year-old startup founder bought the second-highest variety of votes for “America’s Favorite Player,” shedding to Tiffany Mitchell by an apparently small margin.
In a season of superfans (Mitchell, Azah Awasum, Alyssa Lopez, Brandon “Frenchie” French, and Hannah Chaddha have all talked extensively about being longtime followers of the show), Xiao was comparatively new to the sport. He might usually be seen asking the opposite gamers concerning the show’s historical past on the stay feeds.
While a visitor on “GIRL Let’s Agree to Disagree” (GLATD),Xiao revealed how he bought cast on the show. He and his buddies used to look at “Love Island” on CBS collectively. Whenever they turned it on early, they’d catch the final ten minutes or so of “Big Brother.”
“I used to be watching the show and I used to be like ‘I might win this shit straightforward.’ I used to be like, ‘that is only a recreation round getting folks to love you?'” Xiao mentioned.
How Xiao Got Cast on ‘Big Brother’
Xiao went to school with Isabella Wang, who appeared on “Big Brother 21.” One day, he noticed one thing about “Big Brother” casting on her Instagram story. On a whim, he despatched a message to the casting director, pretending to be an enormous fan of the show.
“I’ve by no means lied that arduous in my life,” Xiao admitted on GLATD. But it labored out as a result of the casting director bought again to him instantly, asking for a 60-second video of Xiao saying extra about himself. He went right down to his dad or mum’s basement carrying his now-famous speckled hoodie. “The lighting was trash,” Xiao mentioned of his audition video.
Within the span of an hour, Xiao was on a cellphone name with the casting director. Jessia Milagros, “Big Brother 21” alum and GLATD host, advised Xiao his casting expertise is not the norm. “It did not even daybreak on me how aggressive it was,” he mentioned.
Why Xiao Knew He’d Be Good on the Game
Watching these snippets of “Big Brother” earlier than “Love Island” got here on, Xiao thought he’d discovered the right recreation for him. Making buddies with folks from totally different backgrounds comes naturally to Xiao. On GLATD, he defined that his expertise rising up within the white suburbs of Maryland made him adept at becoming in regardless of the place he’s.
“I used to this point this woman again in school and after we had been courting, she would all the time inform me that I used to be a chameleon. And she would all the time say it in a foul approach. What she meant by that was like I would really like barely tailor who I used to be primarily based on who I’m speaking to,” he mentioned.
Although Xiao says his ex-girlfriend did not see this trait as a power, he knew it could serve him effectively on “Big Brother.”
“That’s what occurs after you get years of bullying, you simply get actually good at getting different folks to love you,” he mentioned with a smile.