updated 06/27/2013 AT 9:20 AM ET
•originally published 06/27/2013 AT 9:25 AM ET
“There are all kind of beautiful women in this house,” said Howard Overby, 29, who had already caught the eye of pageant coordinator GinaMarie Zimmerman, 32.
But before any “showmances” could percolate, the alliances began to form. Overby aligned with railroad conductor Spencer Clawson, 31, and boat shop associate Jeremy McGuire, 23 … but moments later, McGuire also joined an alliance with unemployed beauty Jessie Kowalski, 23, and lifeguard David Girton, 25.
“If nothing else, this is the best looking alliance in BB history,” Kowalski said in the diary room.
Meanwhile, other houseguests began to size up the competition after a Champagne toast and formal introductions.
“I thought people might think that I might be the dumbest person in the house. And then I met David and I thought maybe that’s not going to be,” said property appraiser Judd Daugherty, 26, after Girton’s lackluster introduction.
Then host Julie Chen announced that an unprecedented third nominee would be on the chopping block each week – but she stopped short of revealing how No. 3 would be picked.
“This is huge,” said entrepreneur Nick Uhas, 28. “Up until now it has been all smiles and popping Champagne bottles but now it is game on.”
And so the houseguests made their way to the backyard for the first Head of Household competition, which had them hanging on to “popsicles” for dear life.