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'Big Brother 5' evicts Allegheny Township native

| Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004

Scott Long says he'd like the chance to compete on another reality show, even though his dreams didn't come true on "Big Brother 5."

Long, an Allegheny Township native and Shadyside resident, on Thursday was the fourth of the original 13 house guests to be voted off the CBS television show.

A member of the "Four Horsemen" -- an alliance formed with three other men on the show -- Long said Friday he thought he had secured enough votes to prevent his eviction.

"I expected Adria, a.k.a. Natalie, to help me out," Long said. "I was completely surprised. I expected it to be 4-3 in my favor."

Cast member Adria announced Thursday that her identical twin, Natalie, had been switching places with her and would become a permanent house guest alongside Adria.

Long said he thought from the beginning his chances of winning the $500,000 grand prize were slim because he posed too big of a threat to the other contestants.

"I was the biggest guy there, and I was the most intelligent," he said. "There was not too many brains in the house this year."

Even though it ended earlier than he wished, Long said he enjoyed the experience and wouldn't turn down another chance at reality television.

"I now want to play the character I am in real life," he said. "People don't see what you're really like. You're playing a game."

Long said he played a jock for "Big Brother," drawing on his experience as a basketball player at Kiski Area School District and a walk-on football player for the University of Pittsburgh.

Long also said he's made some lasting friendships, including with his fellow horsemen: Jase, Drew and Michael, or "Cowboy."

"Jase, Drew and I talked about moving to Los Angeles," Long said. "And I'll be at Cowboy's wedding in December.

"I've got a lot of loyalty to my friends."

After the show Thursday, Long said he finally got a chance to talk to his parents, who he hasn't been able to contact since "Big Brother" started in early July.

"I checked my voice mail for the first time in weeks last night," he said. "There were some pretty crazy messages."

Long said he'll be coming home to the Pittsburgh area this weekend, but will probably need to head back out to Hollywood for the show's finale.

He also hopes to pursue any acting or entertainment opportunities that come his way.

"I think I have a good shot at work out here."

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