|Big Brother 15 (US)|
|Season Run||June 26, 2013 - September 18, 2013|
|Previous Season||Big Brother 14|
|Next Season||Big Brother 16|
The season was met with much controversy when many of the HouseGuests made racist and homophobic remarks about other HouseGuests. The situation eventually became a storyline on the show, but much of it focused on Aaryn Gries, when in reality, she was not the only one engaging in the hateful behavior.
- For the first six weeks, there were three nominees each week instead of the usual two. This was the first time in series history since Season 1 that there were more than two nominees. The only exception was in Season 9, when four people were nominated due to being in pairs. Despite this, the pairs were nominated and evicted as one.
- Each week (including the very first week, when America voted before the premiere), viewers voted for the Most Valuable Player (MVP), the player whom they thought was playing the best game. The MVP anonymously named the third nominee. The MVP's nominee was revealed every week right before the Power of Veto competition. The MVP could choose whether to reveal their status to the other HouseGuests or not. This arrangement lasted for the first three weeks. For the following three weeks, America acted as the MVP.
- There were 16 all new HouseGuests. However, Elissa Slater is the sister of Rachel Reilly (Big Brother 12 HouseGuest and Big Brother 13 winner).
- For the first time in Big Brother history, the first four jurors competed against each another in a competition; the winner got to re-enter the house. Judd Daugherty was able to return to the house at the beginning of Week 9 after beating Candice Stewart, Jessie Kowalski, and Helen Kim in an endurance competition.
|Week 1||Week 2||Week 3||Week 4||Week 5||Week 6||Week 7||Week 8||Week 9||Week 10||Week 11||Week 12|
|Day 42||Day 49||Day 70||Day 77||Day 78||Day 82||Day 90||Finale|
|Key:||Nominated||Rep: Replacement Nominee||POV Holder||HOH||MVP||Jury Member||Evicted|
- Note: Judd was evicted for Weeks 7 & 8, before winning his way back into the house
- America played as the MVP during Weeks 4, 5, and 6.
- There were no more MVP nominees after Week 6.
- + signifies HOH for the week, thus earning automatic "Have" rights.
- Aaryn, as HOH, chose the Have-Nots for Week 2.
- There was no Have/Have-Not Competition during Week 6.
- Andy, as HOH, chose the Have-Nots for Week 7.
- There were no Have/Have-Not Competitions after Week 8.
On Day 1, the original sixteen HouseGuests entered the house. Shortly after introductions, Howard, Jeremy, and Spencer quickly formed the first alliance of the season. Jeremy also formed an alliance with David and Jessie minutes later. The HouseGuests were later called to the living room, and learned that there would be a total of three nominations each week, though it was confirmed that the Head of Household would only nominate two of these nominees for eviction. Following this news, HouseGuests competed in the "Popsicle Factory" Head of Household competition. For this competition, the HouseGuests hung onto a fake Popsicle suspended in the air while being sprayed with colored water; the last HouseGuest remaining would be the first Head of Household. McCrae was the winner. Jeremy accepted a "temptation" to leave the Head of Household competition, winning a "Never-Not pass" that guarantees he will never be a "Have-Not" while in the game. Nick, the last HouseGuest remaining in the competition with McCrae, made a deal with McCrae for safety in exchange for dropping out of the Head of Household competition; McCrae agreed to the deal. Returning inside, the HouseGuests learned of the M.V.P. twist, in which, each week, the viewers would vote to give one HouseGuest a special power of selecting the third nominee. The winner of this power could choose to share it with their fellow HouseGuests or leave it a secret.
Following these events, Howard, Jeremy, McCrae, Nick, and Spencer formed the "Moving Company" alliance. HouseGuests later split into three teams to compete in the "Cooler and the Gang" Have-Not competition. For this competition, HouseGuests were required to swim across the backyard and grab cans in an attempt to stack them in the shape of a pyramid; while a HouseGuest was doing this, their teammates were required to hold the cans up on a stand, and were required to start over if their pyramid fell. The team of Andy, Elissa, Helen, Howard, and Judd were the Have-Nots for the week. On Day 5, McCrae nominated Candice and Jessie for eviction, feeling as though they were the least liked people in the house. Despite this, McCrae and his alliance hoped to backdoor Elissa, fearing her due to her relation to Rachel Reilly. Elissa later became the first "Big Brother M.V.P." of the season. On Day 7, Elissa nominated David for eviction. When picking players for the Power of Veto competition, Elissa and Howard were selected to compete. That night, HouseGuests competed in the "Big Brother Baking Competition" Power of Veto competition. For this competition, HouseGuests were required to crawl through a pool of honey to get to various blueberries. HouseGuests had to pop the blueberries to find the letters inside, and then attempted to spell the biggest word with the letters they found; the HouseGuest with the longest, correctly spelled word would win the Power of Veto. McCrae was the winner of the Power of Veto. On Day 9, McCrae used the Power of Veto to remove Candice from the block, and chose to nominate Elissa in her place. Despite this, a plan was set in motion by Amanda, McCrae, Andy, Judd, Spencer, Helen, Nick, and Howard to keep Elissa in the game and evict David. On Day 13, David became the first HouseGuest to be evicted from the house when he received a total of seven eviction votes (7-5-0).
Following David's eviction, HouseGuests competed in the "Big Brother BBQ" Head of Household competition. For this competition, HouseGuests competed as partners to transfer barbecue sauce from one side of the backyard to the other in an attempt to fill up a bowl and retrieve a ball inside; the first duo to retrieve their ball would be the winners, and would decide which of the pair would be the Head of Household. Aaryn and Jeremy were the winning couple, choosing Aaryn the new Head of Household. She immediately had to choose four HouseGuests to be the Have-Nots for the week: Andy, Candice, Elissa, and Helen. On Day 15, Aaryn nominated Elissa and Helen for eviction, with Elissa being her main target. Elissa later learned that she had been selected to be the "M.V.P." for the second week in a row. On Day 16, Elissa nominated Jeremy for eviction. When picking players for the Power of Veto competition, Amanda and Nick were selected to compete; GinaMarie was selected to host. That night, HouseGuests competed in the "In the Balance" Power of Veto competition. Jeremy was the winner of the Power of Veto. On Day 18, Jeremy used Power of Veto on himself, with Elissa nominating Nick in his place. Following this, Amanda and Helen campaigned to save Elissa, opting rather to evict Nick. McCrae, upset with the Moving Company alliance for attempting to turn him against Amanda, later agreed keep Elissa in the house. On Day 21, the HouseGuests evicted Nick by a vote of 7-4-0.
Following Nick's eviction, HouseGuests competed in the "Overnight Delivery" Head of Household competition. For this competition, Julie Chen asked the HouseGuests true or false questions about "deliveries" that occurred in the backyard the previous night; when a HouseGuest answered incorrectly, they were eliminated from the competition, while the last HouseGuest remaining was the winner. Helen was the winner. Nick's eviction led to the end of the Moving Company alliance, and the four remaining members gradually informed the other HouseGuests of their Moving Company alliance. This, along with Nick's surprise eviction, led to numerous arguments in the house. On Day 22, HouseGuests competed in the "Scary Dairy" Have-Not competition. For this competition, HouseGuests threw buckets of sour milk to their teammates in an attempt to fill up a milk jug in the fastest time; the first two teams to complete the challenge would earn food for the week, while the losing team were the Have-Nots. Amanda, Jessie, Judd, and McCrae became the Have-Nots for the week. Helen later decided she wanted to see Jeremy be evicted, and decided that she should backdoor him. That night, she chose to nominate Aaryn and Kaitlin for eviction. Elissa learned later that night that she had been named "M.V.P." for the third week in a row. On Day 23, Elissa nominated Spencer for eviction. When picking players for the Power of Veto competition, GinaMarie and Candice were selected to compete; Judd was selected to host. That night, HouseGuests competed in the "Keeping Up with the Joneses" Power of Veto competition. For this competition, HouseGuests were required to jump on a trampoline to see an "art gallery" on the other side of a wall. They were then required to re-create the gallery on their own side of the wall, with the HouseGuest who finished in the quickest time winning the Power of Veto. Kaitlin won the Power of Veto. On Day 25, Kaitlin used the Power of Veto to remove herself from the block, with Jeremy being nominated in her place. Jeremy and Kaitlin attempted to turn the house against Aaryn, though this plan failed. On Day 28, Jeremy became the third HouseGuest to be evicted from the house when he received a total of nine eviction votes (9-1-0)
Following Jeremy's eviction, the HouseGuests competed in the "Big Brother Royalty" Head of Household competition. For this competition, HouseGuests were asked to determine which HouseGuest best fit a description based on how the viewers had voted in an online poll. A HouseGuest was eliminated for an incorrect answer, with the last HouseGuest remaining becoming the winner. Judd was the winner. In a twist this week, the viewers became the M.V.P. for the week and voted for the third nominee; the HouseGuests were not informed of this twist. On Day 29, HouseGuests competed in the "Funky Froyo" Have-Not competition. For this competition, HouseGuests were weighed before the start of the competition, and were then required to eat as much frozen yogurt as possible. The team that had gained the least amount of weight would become the Have-Nots for the week. The team of Andy, Candice, Jessie, and Spencer became the Have-Nots for the week.Much like the previous week, Amanda continued to campaign for Howard to be nominated and evicted, though Judd feared a girls alliance was in the house and opted to keep Howard safe. That same night, Judd nominated Aaryn and Kaitlin for eviction. Following this, GinaMarie, Howard, Judd, Kaitlin, and Spencer formed a new alliance in an attempt to go against Amanda, Elissa, Helen, and McCrae, who they felt were running the house. On Day 30, it was revealed that Elissa had been nominated for eviction by the viewers. When picking players for the Power of Veto competition, Helen and McCrae were selected to compete for the Power of Veto; Andy was selected to host. That same day, HouseGuests competed in the "Big Brother Election" Power of Veto competition. For this competition, HouseGuests dug through mud to find envelopes filled with "votes", and votes that were higher in value required HouseGuests to take punishments in exchange for points. The HouseGuest with the most points would be the winner. Elissa was the winner of the Power of Veto, while McCrae won a $5,000 prize. Helen, as a punishment, was required to be in bed early each night, while Judd had twenty-four hours in solitary confinement while being woken up by an alarm clock every nine minutes. Elissa, as part of another punishment, gave up the right to participate in the following Power of Veto competition. On Day 32, Elissa used the Power of Veto to remove herself from the block, with GinaMarie being nominated in her place. Though a plan was made to evict Kaitlin from the house, Elissa later informed Kaitlin of this and attempted to turn the house against Aaryn. Her attempts backfired, however, and led to a huge confrontation between Elissa and several other HouseGuests who soon lost their trust in her. On Day 35, Kaitlin became the fourth HouseGuest to be evicted from the house when she received nine eviction votes (9-0-0).
Following Kaitlin's eviction, HouseGuests competed in the "Roulette Me Win" Head of Household competition. For this competition, HouseGuests took turns rolling a ball down a slanted strip where it would land on a spinning Roulette wheel; the HouseGuest whose ball landed in the highest number would be the new Head of Household. Aaryn was the winner, making her the first HouseGuest this season to win Head of Household twice. Following her win, Amanda, Helen, and McCrae attempted to convince Aaryn to nominate Howard and Spencer for eviction due to a deal the four of them had made the previous week. Aaryn, Amanda, Andy, GinaMarie, Helen, Jessie, Judd, and McCrae formed an alliance to ensure the eviction of one of the two men. On Day 36, HouseGuests competed in the "Unexpectedly Unforgettable" Have-Not competition. Poppy Montgomery hosted the competition, in which HouseGuests had to place evidence on a desk only to have to put it back in the same position minutes later. The last team to correctly put their evidence in the original spot would be the Have-Nots for the week. The team of Amanda, Candice, GinaMarie, and Judd became the Have-Nots for the week. That same night, Aaryn nominated Howard and Spencer for eviction, with Howard being the target for the majority of the HouseGuests. On Day 37, it was revealed that the viewers had chosen to nominate Amanda for eviction. When picking players for the Power of Veto competition, Jessie and Candice were selected to compete for the Power of Veto; Helen was selected to host. That night, HouseGuests competed in the "Back In Time" Power of Veto competition. For this competition, HouseGuests had to solve a puzzle to form a dinosaur egg, with the first person to complete their puzzle winning the Power of Veto. Spencer won the Power of Veto. On Day 39, Spencer used the Power of Veto to remove himself from the block, with Candice being nominated in his place in an attempt to ensure Howard's eviction. Jessie and Candice, believing that Amanda and McCrae were in control of the game, attempted to get the votes to evict Amanda from the house, though this plan failed. As a result, Candice and Jessie became outcasts in the house, and became the targets for several HouseGuests. On Day 42, Howard became the fifth HouseGuest to be evicted from the house when he received a total of seven eviction votes (7-1-0).
Following Howard's eviction, HouseGuests competed in the "Bull in a China Shop" Head of Household competition. For this competition, HouseGuests had to walk on a rolling tube while holding on to a bull replica hanging on a rope; when a HouseGuest fell, their bull replica would crash into a china cabinet full of glass.The last HouseGuest remaining on the tube would be the winner. GinaMarie was the winner. Candice won a $5,000 prize, while Helen won a barbecue and invited Aaryn and Elissa to join her. Spencer received the punishment of having to speak using a bullhorn until after the nomination ceremony. GinaMarie and her allies decided to target Candice and Jessie for eviction, hoping to see Candice be evicted from the house. On Day 43, GinaMarie chose to nominate Candice and Jessie for eviction. On Day 44, it was revealed that Amanda had been selected as the third nominee for the second week in a row. When picking players for the Power of Veto competition, Judd and Spencer were selected to compete for the Power of Veto; Aaryn was selected to host. That same day, HouseGuests competed in the "Frog Darts" Power of Veto competition. For this competition, HouseGuests tossed stuffed frogs across a pond onto a set of lily pads; each individual pad was worth a certain amount of points, and the HouseGuest with the lowest score each round was eliminated. The HouseGuest eliminated from each round would select a prize, though this could be stolen by a HouseGuest eliminated in a future round. Jessie was the winner of the Power of Veto. During the competition, GinaMarie received the punishment of wearing a dog cone for twenty-four hours, Amanda had to get various rounds of spray tan done, and Candice had to wear a "Clownitard" for a week. Judd was the winner of the competition, but chose to take a $5,000 prize leaving Jessie with the Power of Veto. On Day 46, Jessie chose to use the Power of Veto to remove herself from the block, with Spencer being nominated in her place. On Day 49, the HouseGuests learned that it would be a Double Eviction, and that the M.V.P. twist had officially ended. They also learned that this season would feature nine Jury members, rather than seven. Candice then became the sixth HouseGuest to be evicted when she received seven eviction votes (7-0-0). She became the first member of the Jury of Nine.
For the next part of the Double Eviction, The HouseGuests then competed in the "Summer School" Head of Household competition. For this competition, HouseGuests had to determine whether there was less or more of an item than what Julie Chen told them. Aaryn was the winner. Following this, Aaryn chose to nominate Jessie and Spencer for eviction, with the plan of evicting Jessie. When picking players for the Power of Veto competition, Amanda, Andy, and Judd were selected to compete. The HouseGuests then competed in the "Nailed It" Power of Veto competition. For this competition, HouseGuests had to attempt to fit a set of nails into the correctly sized slots, with the HouseGuest to finish first winning the Power of Veto. Aaryn was the winner of the Power of Veto. Following this, a plan was set in motion to evict Judd from the house, resulting in Aaryn using the Power of Veto to remove Jessie from the block, with Judd being nominated in her place. Minutes later, Judd became the seventh HouseGuest to be evicted from the house when he received seven eviction votes. He became the second member of the jury.
Following Judd's eviction, the remaining nine HouseGuests competed in the "Cherry on Top" Head of Household competition. For this competition, HouseGuests were put into a tournament-style bracket. The object was to roll a ball down a curved banana and have it land on top of the ice cream sundae. The first HouseGuest to get the ball on the sundae, moved on to the next round. Andy was the winner. Andy was also tasked with picking four HouseGuests as Have-Nots for the week and chose Aaryn, Elissa, GinaMarie, and Helen. On Day 50, Jessie and Spencer were nominated for eviction. Elissa, Amanda, and Helen were picked to play in the veto competition, while McCrae was selected to host. That same day, HouseGuests competed in the "BBB Movie" Power of Veto competition. For this competition, HouseGuests were given a few minutes to study three movie sets. They were then asked questions about how many of a certain item there were in a set. If the HouseGuest was confident in their answer, they would "stay" for an attempt at winning a movie ticket. The housemate that was closest to the correct answer would receive a movie ticket, while the others were eliminated. If they were not confident they would "fold" and stay in the competition regardless of their answer. The first HouseGuest to obtain three movie tickets would be the winner. Andy was the winner. On Day 53, Andy chose not to use the Power of Veto. On Day 56, in a unanimous vote of 6-0, Jessie was evicted and became the third jury member.
Following Jessie's eviction, Aaryn won her fourth Head of Household of the season in the "Way Off Broadway" HoH competition. Later that day, Julie Chen revealed to the audience that one of the four jury members would be coming back on the next weeks eviction night. On Day 57, the HouseGuests competed in the Have-Not competition, "The Black Box". In this competition, the HouseGuests had to enter a big, pitch-black box with many crawl spaces and gags, find the key, and exit the black box and hit a button to stop the timer. Amanda, Elissa, GinaMarie, and Helen were the Have-Nots for the week. Aaryn then chose to nominate Elissa and Helen, with Helen being her target. Andy, GinaMarie, and Spencer were selected to play in the Veto competition. On Day 58, Elissa went on to win her second Veto competition of the season. Elissa used the Veto to remove her nomination, and Aaryn nominated Spencer in her stead. On Day 63, Helen was evicted by a vote of 4-1, with Elissa being the only one to vote for Spencer.
Shortly after Helen's eviction, the remaining HouseGuests and first four jurors competed in the "Off the Wall" competition, which functioned as both the HoH and re-entry competition. The HouseGuests and jurors were to stand on platforms and catch balls thrown at them without falling off. The first player overall to catch 10 balls or last to remain standing would be the new HoH, and the first juror to do so would return to the game. Judd was the last juror left standing and returned to the game as a HouseGuest, and Elissa was the first to catch 10 balls and became Head of Household. On Day 64, Elissa nominated Aaryn and McCrae for eviction. On Day 65, Amanda, GinaMarie, and Judd were selected to play in the Veto competition. Amanda won the Veto competition, her first individual competition win of the season. On Day 67, Amanda used the Power of Veto to save McCrae, causing Elissa to name Andy the replacement nominee. On Day 70, Aaryn was evicted by a vote of 5-0
Following Aaryn's eviction, the remaining HouseGuests began the "Big Hopportunity" competition. The HouseGuests were to hop to a wall made from chicken wire. There, each HouseGuest navigated their egg them through a maze formed by the letters "HoH" to a hole at the far side. They then had to hop back down and drop the egg in their basket. GinaMarie was the first HouseGuest with a dozen eggs and won the HoH. On the live show, Julie Chen also announced that the HouseGuests will compete in a special competition, and a live double eviction during Week 10. On Day 71, GinaMarie chose to nominate Amanda and McCrae for eviction. On Day 72, Spencer, Andy, and Elissa were selected to play in the Power of Veto competition. McCrae won the POV competition. On Day 74, McCrae used the Veto on himself and Spencer was once again named the replacement nominee. On Day 77, Amanda was evicted in a 3-2 vote after GinaMarie was forced to break the tie.
Since it was double eviction week, the remaining HouseGuests went straight into the Head of Household competition, which McCrae won. McCrae (unaware that Andy was the one who had double crossed him and Amanda) nominated Elissa and GinaMarie shortly after. After Judd won the Power of Veto, he decided not to use it and Elissa was evicted in a unanimous 3-0 vote.
Following Elissa's eviction, the HouseGuests competed in the following Head of Household competition, which Spencer won. He nominated GinaMarie and McCrae for eviction. On Day 79, McCrae won the Power of Veto, his 3rd POV win of the season. On Day 81, McCrae used the Veto on himself and Spencer chose to name Judd as the replacement nominee. On Day 82, Judd was evicted from the house for a second time in a 2-0 vote.
After Judd's 2nd eviction, Andy won his second HoH of the season in the "Before or After" HoH competition. On Day 83, he nominated McCrae and Spencer for eviction. That same day, the HouseGuests competed in the final Veto competition of the season, titled "Web of (F)Lies." Andy won the Power of Veto. On Day 84, Andy decided not to use the Power of Veto. Immediately following the Veto ceremony, GinaMarie, with the sole vote to evict, choose to evict McCrae from the game, leaving Spencer, GinaMarie, and Andy in the Final 3.
Following McCrae's eviction, the final three participated in the first part of the final HoH competition, "The Great E-skate," with GinaMarie being the victor. On Day 86, Spencer and Andy competed in part two of the final HoH competition, "Crab Grab," which Andy won. During the finale, Andy and GinaMarie faced off in the final part of the competition, "Jury Statements". Andy won the competition and, as final HoH, cast the sole vote to evict Spencer from the house.
After asking questions to the final two, the nine-person jury voted to crown the season's winner. Andy won in with a 7-2 vote, and Elissa won $25,000 as America's Favorite HouseGuest, with Judd and Howard gaining the next-highest amount of votes.
- Season 15 set a record of total days (90): beating Big Brother 1 by two days (88).
- This is also the first season to last 12 weeks.
- It is tied for the second-largest cast ever, 16, along with Big Brother 9, Big Brother 14, Big Brother 16 and Big Brother 18.
- Big Brother 17 holds the largest cast, with 17 HouseGuests.
- This is the first season to feature three nominees, and one of the only two seasons along with Big Brother 18 to do so.
- This is the first season to allow America to choose an MVP.
- This is the first season in two years not to have previous houseguests return; although, Elissa Slater is related to previous houseguest, Rachel Reilly.
- This season has sparked major racism, homophobia and misogyny controversies in Big Brother; usually performed by HouseGuests Aaryn Gries, GinaMarie Zimmerman, Amanda Zuckerman and Spencer Clawson.
- This is the first season to have the first three evictees be male.
- This season also had 5 females evicted in a row: the largest span of a single-gender elimination in Big Brother history.
- This is the first season in which America directly nominated a houseguest for eviction (Weeks 4, 5 & 6).
- This is the first time the Power of Veto was used seven times consecutively since the start of the season.
- This is also the first time the veto has been won by eight different people in a row.
- This is the second season to have 9 jury members (after Big Brother 2).
- This season currently holds the record for longest weeks (8) for the Have/Have-Not Phase.
- This record would later be broken in Big Brother 16 where it was held for 10 weeks.
- BB15 holds the record for the largest amount of female jurors in Big Brother history, with 6 female jurors.
- This season holds the record for most times the POV was used: it was used 11 times.
- This is the first season where the POV was won by 10 different houseguests.
- This season is the first since it's introduction in Big Brother 11 to not feature Pandora's Box.
- This is the first season since Big Brother 8 to have one male and one female in the final two.
- This breaks the six-season streak of having both Final 2 members be the same gender.
- This would later be followed in Big Brother 17 after one season being the same gender.
- This is the second consecutive season (and third overall) where both members of the Final 2 never received a vote against them the entire game.
- It is also the only time thus far where both members weren't of the same gender.
- Even though there were 3 nominees for the first 6 evictions, at least 1 nominee received 0 votes to evict each time. The same thing occurred later on in both Big Brother 18 and Big Brother: Over The Top.
- Jeremy McGuire won a Never Not Pass in the Week 1 Head of Household Competition.
- McCrae Olson won $5,000 in the Week 4 Power of Veto Competition.
- Week 6 HOH Prizes:
- Week 6 Veto Prizes:
- Judd Daugherty won an endurance competition against the other three jurors, which allowed him to return to the house in the Week 9 HOH Competition.
- Spencer Clawson won $10,000 in the Week 10 Luxury Competition
- Week 4 Veto Punishments:
- During the Week 6 HOH Competition, Spencer Clawson opened a box revealing a megaphone that he would be forced to talk with for 24 hours.
- Week 6 Veto Punishments:
- During the Week 10 HOH Competition, Spencer and Judd were the lowest scoring competitors and were forced to wear a chicken suit for 48 hours.
- After winning the Week 11 HOH Competition, Spencer had to hand out 3 punishments and a prize.
- McCrae and GinaMarie were tied at the wrist together via a "friendship bracelet" for the next 24 hours
- Judd had to do boot camp style (pushups, sit-ups, etc) workouts every time a whistle was blown for the next 24 hours.
- Andy played a mini-game where he could win up to $5000. He ended up winning $94.83.
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