Big Brother places contestants trapped together in a house and forces them to plot against and evict each other. With competitions to earn power and safety, the show is both a physical and mental challenge for its players.
This season was especially crazy in my opinion. There were a ton of twists and turns compared to other summers. There were two “Heads of Household” plotted against each other, which meant that there was an extra competition each week between the two sets of nominees. Ariana Grande’s big brother and Broadway actor, Frankie Grande, was in the cast, and our favorite showmance from season eleven, Jeff Schroeder and Jordan Lloyd, got engaged on the show! I would also like to mention that one of the best to ever play the game came out on top this season.
Here’s a look at the summer’s cast (in order of eviction):
Joey Van Pelt: This first-out was extremely annoying throughout her measly week in the house, so it’s no wonder that she was booted out fast. With a creepy alter ego (a man named Alex) and her attempt to start an all-girls alliance, she probably scared off the other house guests. Plus, her blue hair wasn’t exactly flattering.
Paola Shea: This New York DJ was kind of a flop of a player, and I’m surprised at she wasn't first out. She couldn’t win a competition if her life depended on it, and she had a nasty attitude with some other houseguests.
Devin Shepherd: This single dad and ex-baseball player quickly turned on the water works regarding his daughter, and unfortunately it came off canned and insincere. Plus, I think he played the game with about one brain cell considering his strategic moves.
Brittany Martinez: The recent divorcee complained more than your average toddler, and winning competitions was apparently not a part of her strategy. I do give her props for completing her soccer challenge, but other than that, she was a lackluster contestant.
Amber Borzotra: This curly-haired beauty’s game was unfortunately hindered by a school boy crush, and she was basically evicted because she didn’t reciprocate feelings. During her time in the house, she was fairly solid in competitions, but I wouldn’t say that she was a great game player by any means.
Jocasta Odom: This bow-tie-wearing pastor used religion to get her through the trials of the game, but I don’t think the man upstairs listened too much. It seemed that she was constantly sick in the house, and the amount of competitions she was able to win was extremely small.
Hayden Voss: One of the many annoying contestants this year, Hayden’s game was dominated by an attempt at a showmance and literally no alliances. What did he do that was really important? Hmmm… he made me laugh like once.
Zach Rance: Basically a crazy person, Zach spent most of his time wreaking havoc on his fellow housemates. With a loud voice and an even louder need for attention, Zach seemed to polarize fans. Either you love him or you hate him.
Donny Thompson: Everyone’s favorite country boy did not really win me over. I appreciate his kindness and sincerity, but honestly, I didn’t think he played the game all that well. He never won an HOH competition, though he did pull out some great POVs.
Nicole Franzel: This small-town girl found a showmance with Hayden despite her early concerns. She really did play a decent game, but I can’t really get passed how annoying she was while doing so. I will give her props for getting back in the house from the jury though.
Christine Brecht: So, this tattooed contestant basically cheated on her husband on national television and was repaid with a lovely boo when she was evicted. Hint, when you’re married, you shouldn’t cuddle with other men. I don’t even know what to say about her game because my opinion of her was so dominated by her social behavior.
Frankie Grande: Obviously my favorite this season, Mr. Grande brought life to a season that had some lackluster characters. He was a master at competitions, and he had a great social game for the bulk of the show. Sure, he made some mistakes and has a bit of an ego (which I actually find adorable), but I think he played his heart out this summer.
Caleb Reynolds: “Beast Mode Cowboy’s” ego is bigger than the Empire State Building, but I will admit that he did pull a clutch win out quite often. Having served the country in Iraq, you have to give the guy respect. I think what ended his game was his crazy sense of loyalty. Hey, Caleb! It’s a game!
Victoria Rafaeli: This second runner-up literally did nothing productive the entire season, yet for some reason, she seems to think she’s a Big Brother all-star. She focused mainly on fixing her hair and make-up rather than putting any effort into competitions or an effective social game.
Cody Calafiore: If you need a #ManCandyMonday in a couple days, you should probably check out this runner-up. The “Italian Stallion,” as he was affectionately called, has an infectious smile, and he actually performed extremely well throughout the show. Sure, he did lose the half a million dollars by five jury votes, but I think he deserved to go far in the game.
Derrick Levasseur: I’m sure you were dying of suspense to find out who this master player was, and here’s your answer. Derrick easily made everyone love him while he was totally pulling all the strings every week. For God’s sake, he was never nominated the entire season! I don’t know if that’s ever happened before.