It seems like the summer has flown by. When Big Brother‘s 18th season started, the house was filled with twelve new Houseguests and four surprise returnees. Early on the veterans vowed to work together while the rest of the house solidified their resolve to take out the vets because … they already had their chance. It made perfect sense then the curveball was thrown: each vet was a team captain, so there would be four teams of four people, and whoever on the team won an HoH competition secured the team’s safety for the week. Which meant the newbies HAD to work with their vet to secure their spot in the house for another week.
Alliances came and went — The 8-Pack, the Fatal Five, the Spy Girls, The Executives, Team PP — and one showmance went completely kaput when Paulie voted out the ONE person who actually had his back … which quickly came back to bite him on the ass. We had the BB Roadkill competition which added a third nominee to the block, we had the BattleBack which brought one of the first five evictees back into the game, and we had an HoH competition that also brought one jury member back into the game.
And now that all the dust as settled, we’re left with a final six made up of two showmances and one bromance. As of last week, the two showmances were in a Final Four alliance, hoping to bring a couple to the Final Two for the first time in BB history. But with James’ actions exposed to his alliance members Corey and Nicole, a new Final Four was formed that sent Big Meech packing last week … despite her best actions to warn everyone that Paul was a bigger threat than she. And she was absolutely correct, but there is an even bigger threat to everyone’s game. But of the six remaining Houseguests, who should ultimately take home the prize?
Natalie is one of the two players least deserving to get to the Final Two or win. Yes, she was a part of the Spy Girls alliance, but she, Bronte and Bridgette really screwed up when they rejected the idea of an all-girl alliance at the top of the season. The house was full of strong guys and the girls should have stuck together. Instead, she attached herself to James, romance developed, and they’ve worked together to bounce from alliance to alliance all season. Plus she has won some comps, but even when she was HoH (or co-HoH with Michelle) she still relied on James to make her decision about a nominee. Not a total floater, but enough of one to not deserve the big prize.
Corey has basically been a puppy dog following around whatever alliance that wooed him. He’s been part of The Executives alliance and The 8-Pack, but his strongest alliance has been with Nicole … but is this a real showmance or just for show (he’s told Victor that he’ll have no interest in Nicole outside the house)? Corey pretty much votes however he’s told to vote which means he hasn’t made many big moves. He’s won three PoV comps and one HoH, so he’s not a total floater but it’s how he’s made his decisions by committee that really makes him undeserving of the award.
One of the two remaining vets, Nicole came into the game this season with a mission — not to make the same mistakes she did two years ago. Play smart, no showmance. And then she almost immediately fell for Corey. But she and the other three vets worked very well together at first, forming The 8-Pack alliance, brilliantly using Paulie as a pawn for their first eviction (and never admitting Paulie to the group until one of their own was evicted). She’s won two H0Hes and one PoV, and she’s played a pretty good game. Even waffling on alliances has kept her and her boy toy safe, but she’s probably the worst liar in BB history. Maybe the other Houseguests don’t see it since they’re around her every day, but on television it’s quite clear when she’s trying to cover up something she’s confronted with. She’s had a hand in getting out most of her strongest competition, but breaking a tie vote last week and keeping Paul over Michelle may be her undoing. If she does make it to the finals with Corey, then she should be the winner, and not just by default.
Playing two seasons back-to-back, James is a stealth player this season. He’s won only one HoH competition and memorably threw a Veto comp to get one of his own team members evicted. He’s been a part of several alliances, generally voting however the wind was blowing so as to not get any blood on his hands. The biggest move he’s made came when he was awarded America’s Care Package and was given the chance to cancel out two eviction votes, going against his all-guy alliance and taking out Paulie’s showmance Zakiyah. Other than that, he’s laid pretty low but he’s still had a hand in manipulating players and votes all season, keeping the spotlight off of his showmance with Natalie very successfully. But without any bold moves for everyone to see, can he sell a jury on what he’s done undercover and does that make him deserving of a win?
Your Boy Paul started out the season as one of the most annoying players of the season due to his alliance with Victor and Jozea. Luckily for him, Jozea was even more annoying and put a huge target on his back, making him the second evictee of the season (but the first by a vote). Paul very quickly changed his ways, became part of The 8-Pack and The Executives, working really hard at manipulating votes to take out those who were a threat to him while making the others think it was their own idea. His weakness has been in comps, winning one HoH and two PoVs … but many of them he didn’t want to win so it’s hard to judge his performance in those areas. He was close to winning this week’s HoH because he needs to keep his new final four alliance with Nicole and Corey solid, and lucky for him his bromance partner Victor pulled out another win. That’s friendship. If Paul were to make it to the finals, he is definitely worthy of the win. But if he’s sitting next to …
… well, he’ll have to settle for second place. Victor has been a beast all season. He successfully survived his association with Jozea. Unfortunately, even winning the first BB Roadkill comp could not save him as he was the third evicted Houseguest of the season. Thanks to the BattleBack competition, he successfully beat Jozea, Bronte and Tiffany to re-enter the house, let bygones be bygones, made a strong alliance with Paul while keeping all options open with others who wanted to work with him. After returning, he won two HoHes and one PoV, but found himself on the block again, and met Julie Chen for a second time. But, another twist gave him and the other four jury members a chance to return, and Victor sealed his competition beast status by beating the other four and returned to the house for an historic second time, solidifying a Final Four alliance with Nicole and Corey, and winning another HoH competition this week, putting the James/Natalie showmance on the block. Besides his unprecedented second and third chances of playing the game — in the same season — Victor has proven himself to be imminently likable and very loyal. He’s played the game hard, without stepping on too many toes, and strategically and if he can make it to the finals, no matter who sits next to him, the jury should award Victor the $500,000.
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