|Big Brother 17 (US)|
|Season Run|| June 24, 2015 -|
September 23, 2015
|Returnees|| Da'Vonne Rogers (BB18)|
James Huling (BB18)
Jason Roy (BBOTT)
|Previous Season||Big Brother 16|
|Next Season||Big Brother 18|
Big Brother 17 (also known as Big Brother: Takeover) is the seventeenth season of the popular American reality game show Big Brother. After 98 days, Steve Moses was crowned the winner over Liz Nolan in a 6–3 vote.
- The Battle of the Block returned as a "fan favorite" for its second season. For the first five weeks, two HOHs were crowned; each HOH nominated two HouseGuests for eviction. The nominated HouseGuests battled for safety in the Battle of the Block competition where the winning pair was safe and the HOH who nominated them was dethroned.
- A new twist called the BB Takeover unleashed a new twist each and every week. After the third week, however, it was canceled.
- A throwback to Big Brother 5's Project DNA, Big Brother 17 adopted part of the old twist: The Twin Twist. HouseGuest Liz Nolan has an identical twin, Julia Nolan. The two girls alternated shifts in the house, secretly switching places throughout the first 5 weeks. They survived the first five evictions playing as Liz, so both twins entered the game and played as individuals.
|Week 1||Week 2||Week 3||Week 4||Week 5||Week 6||Week 7||Week 8||Week 9||Week 10||Week 11||Week 12||Week 13|
|Day 50||Day 57||Day 71||Day 78||Day 89||Day 91||Day 98||Finale|
|Becky||Jace|| Ineligible||Jeff||Audrey||Clay||Meg|| ||Steve|
|Jackie|| Ineligible||James||Audrey||Jason||Clay||Shelli|| ||Steve|
|Jeff||Jace|| Ineligible||Rep|| |
|Key:||Immune||Nominated||Rep: Replacement Nominee||POV Holder||HOH||Jury Member||Evicted|
|Battle of the Block Winner||Dethroned HOH|
- Note: Audrey was given a penalty vote for eviction after eating normal food while on the mandatory Have-Not slop diet
- Note: John was evicted for part of Week 10 before winning his way back into the house.
For more information, see main article BB Takeover.
|1||Phil Keoghan||Two Additional Houseguests|
|The BB Fast Forward|
|2||Kathy Griffin||The Last Laugh|
|3||Rob Gronkowski||Gronk Party Week|
Though it was initially announced that the Takeover Twist would introduce a new twist every week, there were no additional Takeovers after Week 3. There was no official word addressing its absence from the game until August 11th, when Julie Chen discussed why the Takeover Twist was cancelled. The main reason was because of the Twin Twist and there being too much going on in the game.
- There were no Have-Nots during Week 3, Week 9, and after Week 10.
As the 17th season started, eight of the fourteen houseguests moved into the Big Brother house and alliances started to form. The first one consisted of Audrey, Shelli, and Da’Vonne. Another formed between Shelli and Clay. They played in the HOH competition, which James won. Da'Vonne chose to sit out. The next day the remaining six houseguests moved in and Phil Keoghan, the host of The Amazing Race brought out the first BB takeover of the Summer, with Jeff and Jackie moving in. They played in the second HOH competition of the Summer, with Jason being crowned HOH. Vanessa chose to sit out. As Da'Vonne and Vanessa were the ones who sat out, they got the BB Fast Forward, which would prevent them from being nominated or evicted this week. Each had to choose another houseguest to bring along with them and Da'Vonne brought Liz and Vanessa brought Austin. James nominated Jackie and Steve while Jason nominated Becky and John. The decisions were made based off the fact that Audrey and Da’Vonne wanted to backdoor Jace, so they needed pawns to be on the block. Becky and John won the Battle of the Block, taking themselves off the block and removing Jason from his HOH position. Steve won the Power of Veto and removed himself from the block. As a result, James nominated Jace as the replacement nominee for being one of the power players in the game and trying to form an alliance with Audrey, Austin, Da’Vonne, and James. At the eviction ceremony, Jace was evicted in a 12-1 vote, with one vote by Audrey against Jackie.
Soon after the eviction of Jace, seven of the remaining HouseGuests, other than the outgoing Head of Household, James, competed in the first HOH competition. Becky came out victorious and was crowned the first HOH of the week. Then, the second seven HouseGuests competed, and Shelli was crowned the second HOH of the week. At the nomination ceremony, Shelli nominated Da'Vonne and John, with John being the pawn, and Becky nominated Jason and Steve as pawns in a plan to backdoor Audrey. However, Shelli was gunning for Da'Vonne rather than Audrey. At the BOTB competition, John threw it, and Becky was dethroned as HOH as Jason and Steve won the BOTB comp. Then, the Power of Veto competition happened. Shelli, John, Da'Vonne, Meg, Steve, and Clay were chosen for the Veto, but John came out victorious. Rather than keeping the nominations the same as Clay and Shelli urged him to do, John used the Power of Veto to take himself off the block. Meg was chosen as the new pawn. Later, at the live eviction, Da'Vonne was evicted in a vote of 7-2, only receiving Jason's and Audrey's votes to stay.
Following Da'Vonne's eviction, the eligible houseguests competed in the Head of Household competition. Austin was crowned the first HoH, and Vanessa, James, and Liz competed in a tiebreaker. After the tiebreaker, Vanessa was crowned the second HoH. At the nomination ceremony, Austin nominated Meg and Jason, while Vanessa nominated James and John, with them having John promise to throw the Battle of the Block competition. Vanessa confirmed to the house that she was backdooring Audrey, however, her real plan was to backdoor Jeff, with only Audrey, Austin, Clay, Liz, Shelli, and Steve knowing that this was the real plan. After the BotB, Vanessa remained as the sole HoH. Vanessa, James, John, Austin, Audrey, and Shelli competed in the POV competition. John won the Power of Veto, winning the power to remove himself from the block. Vanessa, as HOH, nominated Jeff in hopes of him being the next evicted houseguest. In the end, Jeff was evicted in a vote of 7-4.
Following Jeff's eviction, the eligible houseguests competed in the Head of Household competition. The competition ended with Liz and Shelli being the only ones to get the correct answer on the third question making them both HOH's. At the nomination ceremony, Liz nominated James and Jackie, while Shelli nominated Jason and John, with them this time not telling John to throw the Battle of the Block competition. Shelli's original target was Jason due to Audrey lying to her about Jason coming after her, she then eventually found out Audrey lied to her about Jason and her target changed from Jason to Audrey. After the BotB, Shelli remained as the sole HoH once again. Shelli, Jason, John, Vanessa, Meg and James competed in the POV competition. Vanessa won the Power of Veto, deciding to remove Jason from the block. Shelli, as HOH, nominated Audrey without her showing up at the POV ceremony. Audrey was evicted 9-1 vote with 1 penalty vote against Audrey and Austin being the only one to evict John.
Following Audrey's eviction, the eligible houseguests competed in the Head of Household competition. Jackie was crowned the first HOH, and the competition ended with Vanessa being crowned the second HOH. Vanessa found out from Jason and Meg that Austin told them about the twins making Vanessa's target Austin. Vanessa pulled Jackie aside and agreed not to backdoor each other and let Jackie become sole HOH and backdoor Austin so Vanessa wouldn't get any blood on her hands. At the nomination ceremony, Jackie nominated James and Liz, while Vanessa nominated Clay and Becky, with them having James to throw the Battle of the Block competition. After the BotB the plan failed with Liz and James winning and dethroning Jackie making Vanessa the sole HOH once again. Vanessa, Clay, Becky, Shelli, John and Liz competed in the POV competiton and in the end Clay won the Power of Veto. After the POV competiton Vanessa wanted to talk with Austin about why he told Jason about the twins and after the conversation, Vanessa decided to give Austin a second chance if he would not reveal secrets to anyone again to which he agreed. At the POV ceremony, Clay removed himself from the block, Vanessa, as HOH, nominated Jason after Austin telling him about the twins and hoping he would be the next evicted houseguest. At the eviction ceremony Jason got voted out 7-2 with Meg and James the only people who voted to evict Becky. After that it was official that there was 5 evictions and Julia and Liz earned their right to enter their house on their own, and they did.
Following Jason's eviction, the Twin Twist was officially revealed and Julia entered the game, with Julia's picture replacing Jace's on the memory wall. In addition, the Battle of the Block twist had ended. The eligible houseguests then all made their way to the backyard, where they participated in an endurance Head of Household competition. The last three standing were Shelli, John, and James. Shell decided to make a deal with John and James, having them promise her and Clay safety. As a result, James was crowned the first solo Head of Household. Since James was aware of the the Sixth Sense alliance, he, Jackie, and Meg deemed it best for him to go back on his deal. So, James nominated Clay and Shelli. Both Clay and Shelli were blindsided and betrayed since Shelli had made the deal with James to not nominate them. Clelli scrambled to find answers and make a plan for one of them to come off the block with the veto. At the Power of Veto competition, James won the veto, now holding all of the power. Clelli tried to get Austin backdoored, which proved fruitless when James did not use the veto and Austin became aware of what they had done to try and get him nominated. In the end Clay was evicted by the first unanimous vote of the season by 9-0.
Following Clay's eviction, Julie announced that the remaining houseguests will be a part of the jury after their evictions. Then, the houseguests went out to compete in yet another endurance competition. In the end, Becky was crowned the new Head of Household. Since Becky had been riding the middle in recent weeks, she had to choose a side of the house. It became clear that she chose to align herself with James, Meg, and Jackie, since she planned her HoH reign with them. Together, they decided it would be best to nominate Shelli and Steve, with a plan to backdoor Vanessa. At the nomination ceremony, Becky went through with the plan to nominate Steve and Shelli. At this time, Shelli had known of the plan to backdoor Vanessa. Becky, Shelli, Steve, Austin, Meg, and Vanessa competed in the Veto competition. Steve won the Power of Veto, winning the ability to remove himself from the block. At the veto ceremony, Steve used the veto on himself and Becky blindsided Vanessa by naming her as the replacement nominee. However, Becky's allies decided to switch the target from Vanessa to Shelli at the last minute, getting support from Austin, Liz, and Julia as well. At the live eviction, Julie Chen annoucned that it was a double eviction night. By a vote of 8 to 0, Shelli was the first houeguest evicted in the night and became the first member of the jury.
Following Shelli's eviction, the houseguests competed in the Getting Loopy Head of Household competition. Steve ultimately won, and immediately nominated Meg and Jackie for eviction. At the veto competition, John won his third Power of Veto of the summer, allowing the two biggest targets for this double to be safe. At the live eviction, Jackie was the second houseguest evicted by a vote of 6 to 1 with Becky being the only one to evict Meg and became the second member of the jury.
Following Jackie's eviction, Liz won Head of Household. By this point, Liz, Julia, and Austin have lost their trust in former ally Vanessa. However, they decided to work with her this week, and let the other houseguests get her out in the following weeks, since she is one of the biggest targets in the house at this point. Liz ultimately decided to nominate Becky and John, with Becky as the week's target. At the power of veto competition, which was the anticipated OTEV competition, Liz won the veto, now holding all of the power. At the power of veto ceremony, Liz decided not to use the veto, leaving the nominations the same. At the live eviction, Becky was evicted by a unanimous 6 to 0 vote. That night, Julie announced that after the next eviction, the first four members of the jury will compete to return to the house.
Following Becky's eviction, the eligible houseguests competed in the "Ready, Set, Woah" Head of Household competition. In the end, Austin became the new HoH. He decided to nominate John and Steve, with an original plan of backdooring Vanessa. Zingbot made a surprise appearance in the Big Brother house and was looking for a fembot girlfriend in the power of veto competition, "Newly Zingle". At the power of veto competition, Vanessa won the veto, causing Austin to rethink his plan to backdoor Vanessa. In the end, Vanessa decided not to use the Veto, thus leaving the nominations the same. Meg and James had a tough decision, having to choose between Johnny Mac and Steve. In the end, John was evicted by a unanimous vote of 5-0. As John being the fourth juror, Julie announced that Shelli, Jackie, Becky, and John would return to the house to compete to get back in the game. In the end, John won his way back into the house.
Following John's re-entrance into the house, the eligible houseguests competed in the HoH competition, leaving Vanessa winning her 3rd HoH this season. Vanessa decided to stick with Austin's Angels and nominate the inseparable duo, Meg and James. The biggest threat out of the two - James - won the Power of Veto causing Vanessa to rethink her plans. With two groups of the house at Vanessa's disposal (Austin's Angels and the Vanessa, John, Steve alliance), she was forced to nominate someone out of one of the two groups. In the end, she chose Julia to be the replacement nominee, seeding doubt within Austin's Angels.
It was revealed to the Houseguests before Meg's eviction that it would be a double eviction. Liz won her 3rd HoH of the season and immediately nominated John as a pawn and James as a target. James was happy to be nominated as he knew his only chance was the Power of Veto competition. When Julia won the veto, she chose to honor her sister's nominations and decided to not use the veto. James was evicted 4 votes to 0 as he was the only person outside of any alliance.
Following James' eviction, the eligible houseguests competed in the HoH competition. In the end, Steve won his second HoH of the summer (first reign, he sent Jackie home). He decided to put up Austin and Liz, with Austin being the week's target. At the Veto competition, Austin won the veto, with the ability to remove himself off the block. At the veto ceremony, Steve decided to name Julia the replacement nominee, putting her up against her twin sister. At the eviction, the houseguests evicted Julia by a vote of 3 to zero.
Following Julia's eviction, the eligible houseguests competed in the “Under the Rainbow" HoH competition. In the end, Vanessa won her 4th HoH of the summer. Since Julia had just went to Jury, Vanessa decided to keep Liz off the block. Instead, she nominated John and Steve. After the veto competition, Johnny Mac had pulled off a win. So, at the veto ceremony, Vanessa decided to name Austin the replacement nominee (none knowing that this was round 1 of a special eviction). When the houseguests were surprised with the eviction, Liz voted to evict Steve, while John voted to evict Austin, causing Vanessa to be the final vote to break the tie. Austin and Liz were blindsided when Vanessa evicted Austin, making him a member of the jury.
Following Austin's eviction, the eligible houseguests competed in "What the Bleep!?" HoH competition. In the end, Steve won his 3rd HoH of the summer. He then later puts up Vanessa Rousso and John McGuire, targeting Vanessa to get John and him to the final 3. At the PoV competition, Vanessa wins her 3rd PoV. At the PoV meeting, Vanessa removes herself from the block, with Liz Nolan being the only replacement, goes up. Vanessa then stood and explained why she was doing what she was doing, before choosing to evict John from the Big Brother house, and he placed 4th, becoming the 8th member of the Jury.
After John's eviction, the final three competed in Part 1 of the final Head of Household competition, with Vanessa winning. Liz and Steve competed in Part 2 of the final Head of Household, with Steve winning. Steve won the final part of the Head of Household competition, "Jury Statements" and chose to evict Vanessa and take Liz to the final 2.
- In a Week 3 Luxury Competition, Meg Maley won a cruise to the Bahamas with the NFL's New England Patriots Tight End, Rob Gronkowski.
- After winning the Week 5 Battle of the Block, Liz Nolan and James Huling won a private meal from Outback Steakhouse. Vanessa Rousso also won the prize as she was the remaining HOH. Each one was allowed to bring someone else. Liz brought Austin Matelson, Vanessa brought Becky Burgess, and James brought Clay Honeycutt.
- Becky won $5,000 during the Week 6 Power of Veto competition.
- Clay won an Irish vacation during the Week 6 Power of Veto competition.
- Clay revealed on Your Reality Recaps the actual prize was money towards flying out to Ireland and he plans to go to Costa Rica instead.
- Becky won another $5,000 (bringing her total to $10,000), a Never-Not Pass, and the competition itself during the Week 7 Part 1 Head of Household competition.
- In the Week 12 Head of Household competition, Liz won a trip outside the house with a guest. She chose to take Vanessa. Big Brother 16 HouseGuest Frankie Grande took Liz and Vanessa to Ariana Grande's concert at the Staples Center.
- Due to Jason Roy and John McGuire losing the Week 4 Battle of the Block, and Liz Nolan being dethroned, they had to form a boy band known as the Whackstreet Boys and perform together any time their pager goes off, while wearing all white outfits for the entire week.
- The band they spoofed, the Backstreet Boys, tweeted about this and said "Hey Jason, Liz & John.. we're definitely fans of your moves! #whackstreetboys @CBSBigBrother #BB17."
- AJ McLean would later attend a taping of Big Brother and take a picture with Julie Chen.
- Whackstreet Boys which was spelt as "Wackstreet Boys" was originally used on Eminem's website as a diss to the Backstreet Boys around 1999.
- Audrey Middleton received a penalty vote for breaking the Have-Not food rule during Week 4.
- After the Week 6 Power of Veto competition, various HouseGuests received punishments:
- Shelli Poole had to win 2,400 battles with targets in 24 hours.
- Vanessa Rousso and Jackie Ibarra had to be chained by the ankle while dressed as a squire and a knight respectively for 24 hours. Vanessa must constantly buff Jackie's shield, while Jackie must always wear her helmet, unless she is using the bathroom, which is when Vanessa buffs the helmet instead of the shield. Once the punishment was over, Vanessa didn't have to wear the squire costume anymore, but Jackie must continue to wear the knight costume for the week, as it is now called the Knight in Shining Armortard.
- This is the first season that had a transgender woman, Audrey Middleton, competing.
- This season features the youngest cast in Big Brother history with an average age of 26.7, beating out the previous record-holder, Big Brother 6.
- With Julia Nolan entering the house after the Week 5 eviction, this season ties the record for the most HouseGuests with 17.
- The only other season with 17 houseguests is Big Brother 19.
- This season holds the record for having the most HouseGuests with the same first initial, with 7 HouseGuests' names beginning with the letter J (Jace, Jackie, James, Jason, Jeff, John, and Julia).
- This is the first season since Big Brother 14 to feature at least two HouseGuests who knew each other prior to entering the house and the first since Big Brother 9 to feature pre-existing relationships between brand new HouseGuests.
- This is the first season since Big Brother 6 to feature more female HouseGuests than male HouseGuests.
- Big Brother 17 ties the record with Big Brother 15 for the most amount of female jurors with six.
- Until Week 7, only three HouseGuests had been permanent HOHs (James, Shelli, and Vanessa).
- Every dethroned HOH was a different HouseGuest (Jason, Becky, Austin, Liz, and Jackie).
- This was the first time in Big Brother history that a duo from another television show entered the Big Brother house as official HouseGuests.
- This is the first season since Big Brother 13 to have more than one female in the Final Three.
- This is the first season to have two HouseGuests win four official HOH's.
- In this case, Steve and Vanessa have both won four HOHs.
- This is the first season where each HouseGuest in the Final Three won three or more HoHs.
- This the first season where more than five HouseGuests have won at least two or more HoH's. In this case, Shelli, Vanessa, James, Becky, Liz, Austin, and Steve all won two or more HoH's.
- This is very likely because of the Double HoH twist. However, only five of those HouseGuests have had multiples official HoH reigns (Shelli, Vanessa, James, Liz, and Steve) while the others were dethroned once in their multiple HoHs (Becky and Austin).
- Although Liz was dethroned once, she had two permanent HoHs.
- This season is tied with Big Brother 6, Big Brother 15, and Big Brother 16 for having the highest amount of cast members winning at least one major competition between HOHs and POVs. In this case, 12 out of the 17 HouseGuests won at least one competition.
- This is the fourth season where females won more HoHs than males. This occurred in Big Brother 6, Big Brother 13, and Big Brother 15 respectively. This would be followed by Big Brother: Over The Top.
- This is the fifth season to have females win four HOHs in a row (Weeks 2 to 5). The other times it happened were in Big Brother 5, Big Brother 8, Big Brother 10, and Big Brother 13 (and later Big Brother: Over The Top).
- This season holds the record for the most HoHs won by all females combined, which is 12.
- However, three of those were dethroned HOHs, so Big Brother 13 would have the highest amount officially.
- This season is tied for the most non-unanimous votes, with eight votes not being unanimous.
- Paulie Calafiore, Cody's brother, appeared in the "Catching up with the Hitmen" segment of the show. Paulie ended up being on Big Brother 18.
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