It is never fun to be the first person eliminated from a reality show, but Ashlea Evans, the numero uno evictee from Season 6 of Big Brother, is dealing with it quite well. (Hey, at least she gets to eat real food now and not just peanut butter and jelly.) Thanks to host Julie Chen's revelation about the "Summer of Secrets" pairings, Ashlea knows that her hidden alliance with Janelle gave her at least one vote, but TVGuide.com didn't have the heart to break it to the 22-year-old Floridian that her guess who the second vote came from was so wrong — it was James, not her pal Howie.
TVGuide.com: Are you bummed to be evicted?
Ashlea Evans: Yeah, definitely, but at the same time I'm much happier to be the first than be toward the last and not make it, so I won't have to deal with the PB&J the whole time.
TVGuide.com: Were you surprised when Julie told you after eviction that there were other partnerships?
Ashlea: Yes and no. I was kind of kicking myself in the butt because before I had actually gone on the show, I told Janelle, "I guarantee you there's gonna be other people." She was like, "No, I asked and they said it was just us. We're the twist and that's it." Then when I actually got into it and Janelle started to suspect one of the other pairs, I actually didn't believe it because she'd convinced me so well!
TVGuide.com: So now are you trying to figure it out?
Ashlea: I didn't even sleep [the] night [after the eviction]. I think Michael actually figured us out when we were getting ready for the live eviction. Michael kept looking at us and pointing back and forth.
TVGuide.com: Were you upset at all that the vote came down 9 to 2?
Ashlea: Oh no, not at all, because I knew Eric was campaigning against sending me actually. I was actually happy that Howie had voted for me, that there was another person that hadn't been influenced.
TVGuide.com: Is that why you thought Howie would be going to be on the block the following week?
Ashlea: Yeah, hopefully he won't, because he's so entertaining. Howie's like our TV; if you get rid of him you have no more TV privileges.
TVGuide.com: But is Howie like that all the time?
Ashlea: All the time — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, that is Howie. That's why I love him to death, because I think it's genuinely him, he wasn't putting on an act.
TVGuide.com: Still, doesn't that get on your nerves?
Ashlea: Of course it does, but it's just him and it really wasn't that bad. There are times it gets annoying and you just tell him, "Howie, shut up."
TVGuide.com: Is there anyone that you just couldn't get along with?
Ashlea: At first I got along with Ivette, but afterwards I couldn't stand her.
TVGuide.com: So you're not going to be exchanging holiday cards or anything?
Ashlea: Not at all — I'll be forwarding all my junk mail to her house!
TVGuide.com: What did you think of the guys when you first got to the house?
Ashlea: I got gypped. You usually only see one or two cute girls on the show, so Janelle and I were like, "Oh, we got this covered. We're all the cute girls they need." Then we start walking out and were like, "Whoa. That's not fair!" So yeah, the guys were all very cute. They just weren't my type.
TVGuide.com: Who besides Janelle would you like to see win?
Ashlea: Howie. I'd like to see him buy himself a new car besides his ‘91 Lexus. If Janelle doesn't get it, I hope Howie does. Then at least he can, I don't know, buy himself a new pair of shorts, because he has the same pair every weekend.
TVGuide.com: We only got to see about three hours of your time in the house, so obviously there's a lot that we missed. Was there something that you wish they had shown?
Ashlea: A couple nights [before I got evicted] we were all sitting outside having a conversation and there was a wasp that flew by my ear and all I heard was the buzzing. I threw my cereal bowl, ran across the lawn into the hammock and completely flipped. Beau was on the other side of the lawn about to pee himself. It was hilarious, I just went flying!