There’s a good chance you know of Ariana Grande, whether it’s because you watched Victorious or had someone in the family who did, you pay attention to pop culture and music (duh), you’ve heard the Mariah Carey comparisons, you identify her as the young looking girl with the ponytail, you read Yousicworld, or perhaps because of her brother, Frankie Grande, who is currently on Big Brother. The long running CBS summer reality show features F.Grande this season, who’s been competing with several other house guests for $500,000. The Grande brother entered the Big Brother house with secured support from many of his sister’s fans, or Arianators, who along with millions of other viewers, get to watch him three times a week (and beyond that if they have a subscription of the daily live feeds.)
Despite his vibrant personality, in recent weeks, the program has also captured a less welcoming side of F.Grande. In what seemed like a great idea because of the exposure that Big Brother gives both of the Grande siblings, is F.Grande’s portrayal likely to affect his sister’s fame?
Based on his Broadway background, an old audition tape for Survivor, and the fact that he is a YouTube personality, it isn’t hard to gather that F.Grande likes the spotlight. Reality shows are great ways to boost notoriety, especially when they are broadcast television (non-cable) like Big Brother. The series centers around a group of 10+ people living in a Californian large house for about 3 months while being monitored by cameras and microphones. Traditionally dubbed ‘house guests,’ the contestants participate in challenges as they try to avoid the weekly evictions. Alliances are always formed in the Big Brother house. Besides the Detonators and the fan voted Team America, F.Grande was formerly aligned as a duo with the controversially evicted Zach Rance. The ‘showmance’ pairing was called Zankie, which trended quite often on Twitter, and had its own fans. It was F.Grande conspiring to send Rance home that bothered viewers, mainly the Zankie supporters. Even those who didn’t care for Rance found it odd that F.Grande would pull such a move.
Besides the shocking ‘betrayal,’ the stage performer was also accused by more than one housemate, of being “sneaky” and “untrustworthy.” F.Grande’s reception from BB fans, at large, has not been very positive, whether it’s because of the aforementioned stints, rude comments (both on the aired episodes and live feeds) or because of how much he praises his famous sister. The latter addresses why the program has not only been beneficial, exposure wise, for F.Grande, but A.Grande too (a whole new audience has been introduced to her.)
He might not always appear so likable on the show. And honestly, it does sometimes leave you to wonder if his family is the same way, mainly A.Grande. But it’s important to keep in mind that this is just a show. Majority of us viewers don’t know F.Grande personally, and how much peace is involved in competition anyway, especially on a show like Big Brother? And do I need to point out the obvious: that although these are siblings, that does not mean their personalities are the same? If you are a true fan of Ms. Grande and/or you like her music, her brother’s televised behavior will not make a difference.
F.Grande’s intent for the cash prize if he wins, is to continue his charity work with buildOn, a nonprofit organization that facilitates after school programs and builds schools in developing countries. Something he’s confided in the other contestants. He also recently shared that he is indeed the sibling of a star, something his housemates are charmed by, regardless of the drama in the house.