Each week on Oprah's Big Give, a reality show in which contestants compete to out-give each other, judges Malaak Compton-Rock, Jamie Oliver and Tony Gonzales eliminate one person from the competition. But in a surprise twist during Episode 7, nobody was sent home. The Peetes talk with Malaak about what she thinks of the final three contestants and why the judges decided not to eliminate anyone in this round.
Malaak says the final three—Brandi, Cameron and Stephen—all have unique strengths and talents to offer. She says Brandi, who comes from a very poor economic background, knows the value of the little things—small gestures, words and actions that make a big impact. "[Brandi knows] how you can empower somebody by just a flower or feeling good for a day," Malaak says.
Stephen has been very successful in his professional life and has proven to be a major force in the competition, Malaak says. "He can raise a lot of money, he connects, he's smart, he's family-oriented," she says.
Cameron has evolved over the course of the competition from a big fundraiser to a genuine and caring do-gooder, Malaak says. "I started to feel and see with my own eyes that he really got the reason why giving is so important," she says. "It's a spiritual connection, and I feel like he made some huge emotional changes."
Malaak says all the judges felt that Brandi, Cameron and Stephen were all equally strong, despite their differences. "When it came down to it, we really couldn't choose," she says. In the final episode, the judges will be eliminating two of the three and crowning only one the winner!
Printed from Oprah.com on Thursday, December 5, 2013