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Big Brother 8 (US)
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Season Run July 5, 2007 - September 18, 2007
House Guests 14
Days 81
Winner Dick Donato
Runner(s)-up Daniele Donato
Returnees Daniele Donato (BB13)
Dick Donato (BB13)
Cast
Big Brother 8 Cast
Opening Sequence
Big Brother 8 US Intro00:35

Big Brother 8 US Intro

Series Chronology
Previous Season Big Brother All-Stars
Next Season Big Brother 9

Big Brother 8 is the eighth season of Big Brother. The season was announced on February 1, 2007. Julie Chen returned for this season as host. Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan are executive producers. Arnold Shapiro stepped down as producer following last season's All-Stars edition, but serves as executive consultant on the show. Casting calls ran until May 5, 2007. A preview was shown on the The Early Show on July 5, 2007, the day of the premiere. The show aired three times a week; Sundays at 8pm, Tuesdays at 9pm, and Thursdays, which was broadcast live, at 8pm.

CBS's cable/satellite premium network Showtime Too carried a spin-off of the series called Big Brother: After Dark, which aired nightly from 12 midnight—3am. The show was live for the viewers on the East coast, however viewers on the West coast viewed it on a broadcast delay. This program featured all of the house activity happening between the local hours of 9pm-12 midnight in the House, and was edited only for slanderous statements and music copyrights.

Twists/Changes

  • Rivals: Unbeknownst to the 11 Houseguests initially entering the house, 3 other Houseguests entered prior and were secluded in the HOH room, watching the other houseguests closely. These 3 players had a tense connection with someone else among the 11. They were not allowed compete in the first HOH competition but choose the first HOH among the pairs that competed in the first HOH competition, and were given immunity.
  • America's Player: One houseguest; Eric Stein, played for the viewing public. The viewers voted and controlled his every game decision on which houseguest target, nominate, or evict. He was also given various other non-gameplay related secret tasks voted by the viewers.
    • America's Winner: As Eric Stein reached the jury portion of the game, his jury vote was also controlled by the viewers. The viewers voted on the houseguest that Eric should vote for and campaign to win the game.

Houseguests

BB8 Dick
 Winner 
 
Dick
BB8 Danielle
 Runner-Up 
 
Daniele
BB8 Zach
 Jury: Dick 
 
Zach
BB8 Jameka
 Jury: Daniele 
 
Jameka
BB8 Eric
 Jury: Dick 
 
Eric
BB8 Jessica
 Jury: Dick 
 
Jessica
BB8 Amber
 Jury: Dick 
 
Amber
BB8 Jen
 Jury: Daniele 
 
Jen
BB8 Dustin
 Jury: Dick 
 
Dustin
BB8 Kail
 Evicted 
 
Kail
BB8 Nick
 Evicted 
 
Nick
BB8 Mike
 Evicted 
 
Mike
BB8 Joe
 Evicted 
 
Joe
BB8 Carol
 Evicted 
 
Carol

Voting History

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11
Day 63 Day 69 Day 76 Finale
Penalty Vote Jen
Dick Immune
Carol
    Nick Eric   Jen Amber Jessica   Vetoed
Jameka
Zach Winner
Daniele Carol Vetoed
Joe
Mike Nick   Vetoed
Dustin
  Amber Jessica Eric     Runner-Up
Zach Carol Joe Kail Kail Eric Dustin Jen     Eric    
 
Dick
Jameka Carol Joe Mike Nick Kail Dick   Zach     Rep  
 
Daniele
Eric Carol Joe Kail Kail Rep Dustin Jen Amber Jameka    
 
Dick
Jessica Immune
Carol
Joe Mike Nick Kail   Jen      
 
Dick
Amber   Joe Mike Nick Kail Dick Vetoed
Jen
   
 
Dick
Jen Amber   Vetoed
Mike
Vetoed
Nick
Vetoed
Eric
Dustin Rep  
 
Daniele
Dustin Immune
Carol
Joe Mike   Kail Rep  
 
Dick
Kail   Dick        
 
Nick Carol Joe Mike Rep  
 
Mike Carol Joe Rep  
 
Joe Carol Rep  
 
Carol    
 
Key:  Nominated   Rep: Replacement Nominee   POV Holder   HOH   America's Vote   Jury Member   Evicted 
  • Note: Eric was America's Player, thus; the public controlled his votes, including his Jury vote.


Game History

Week 1

Kail
 HOH 
 
Kail
Daniele1
 POV 
 
Daniele
Amber
 Nominee 
1 Vote
 
 
Amber
Carol
 Evicted 
10 Votes
 
 
Carol

Kail Harbick and Eric Stein were the winners of the first HOH competition. The eleven houseguests then learned that three of the houseguests, the nemesiss, could not be nominated in the first week, as they did not compete for the title of HOH. They also learned that those three would pick who became the first HOH, Eric or Kail. The group decided that since Kail had been the one to ride the mushroom, she should have HOH. She nominated Amber Siyavus and Carol Journey for eviction, after her alliance of Zach Swerdzewski, Nick Starcevic and Mike Dutz gave her the idea. The decision was based on the fact that Amber and Carol were the first team eliminated from the HOH competition. Daniele Donato was the winner of the first POV competition. She chose to leave the nominations intact. Carol was evicted by a vote of 10 to 1.

Week 2

Jen l
 HOH 
 
Jen
Daniele1
 Pre-Veto Nominee 
POV 
 
 
Daniele
Dick8
 Nominee 
1 Vote
 
 
Dick
Big-brother-8-joe-barber-2
 Post-Veto Nominee 
Evicted 
9 Votes
 
 
Joe

Jen Johnson won the HOH competition "Majority Rules". She nominated Daniele Donato and Dick Donato for eviction, deeming them as the most negative people in the house. Daniele won the POV. Daniele used the Veto on herself, and Jen put Joe Barber up in her place. The original plan was to evict Joe. However, after Kail Harbick feard that Dick would discover her secret alliance, she tried to convince her fellow houseguests to evict Dick. Joe was evicted by a vote of 9 to 1; Kail's plan had failed.

Week 3

Dick8
 HOH 
 
Dick
Jen l
 Pre-Veto Nominee 
POV 
 
 
Jen
Kail
 Nominee 
2 Votes
 
 
Kail
Mike5
 Post-Veto Nominee 
Evicted 
7 Votes
 
 
Mike

Dick Donato won the HOH competition "Getting Schooled". He nominated Jen Johnson and Kail Harbick for eviction. During the Veto competition, houseguests would wear various costumes to distract the houseguests from the game. It was clear that Mike Dutz was purposely trying to distract Dick. After it came down to Dick and Jen, Dick stepped down and allowed Jen to win the Veto, as he had decided to put Mike up. Jen saved herself with the Power of Veto, and Mike became the replacement nominee. Mike was evicted by a vote of 7 to 2.

Week 4

Dustin
 HOH 
 
Dustin
Jameka
 POV 
 
Jameka
Jen l
 Pre-Veto Nominee 
 
Jen
Kail
 Nominee 
2 Votes
 
 
Kail
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 Post-Veto Nominee 
Evicted 
6 Votes
 
 
Nick

Dustin Erikstrup won the HOH competition "Eliminator". He nominated Jen Johnson and Kail Harbick for eviction, making it the second week in a row the duo were nominated together. While drawing for the Veto competition, Jen drew Jameka Cameron's name. Jameka, a strong Christian, felt that if her ball was pulled during the draw, she was meant to use the Power to save the person who had drawn her name. Jameka won the POV and chose to use it on Jen. Dustin nominated Nick Starcevic in her place, after Eric Stein had convinced everyone Nick had voted to evict Kail Harbick the week before. Nick was evicted by a vote of 6 to 2.

Week 5

Daniele1
 HOH 
 
Daniele
Jen l
 Pre-Veto Nominee 
 POV
 
 
Jen
Eric-stein
 Post-Veto Nominee 
3 Votes
 
 
Eric
Kail
 Evicted 
4 Votes
 
 
Kail

The houseguests competed in the endurance HOH competition, called "Times Up". After nearly two hours, Kail Harbick agreed to give Daniele Donato the title of HOH in return for her safety. Kail and Jen Johnson were nominated together for the third week in a row. Daniele confirmed to Kail that she was just a pawn, and she did, indeed have a backdoor plan in mind. Daniele felt that Eric Stein was the one responsible for casting the second vote against Kail, which everyone attributed to her best friend Nick Starcevic. Jen won the POV and used it to save herself. Daniele put Eric up, just as she had planned. Despite the Donato's wishes, however, their former allies turned on them, and Kail was evicted by a close vote of 4 to 3, receiving the votes of Jen, Dick and Zach.

Week 6

Jessica Hughbanks
 HOH 
 
Jessica
Daniele1
 Pre-Veto Nominee 
 
Daniele
Dick8
 POV 
Nominee 
2 Votes
 
 
Dick
Dustin
 Post-Veto Nominee 
Evicted 
4 Votes
 
 
Dustin

Jessica Hughbanks won the "Let's Make a Duel" HOH competition. She nominated Dick Donato and Daniele Donato for eviction. Dick won the POV. He chose to use the POV to save his daughter, Daniele. Jessica put Dustin Erikstrup up as a replacement nominee, as he had requested. Before the Veto ceremony, Dustin had asked Jessica to put him on the block as he wanted to survive the eviction over Dick. After Eric Stein learned America wanted Dustin out, he began campaigning for Dick to stay. Dustin was evicted by a vote of 4 to 2.

Week 7

Daniele1
 HOH 
POV 
 
 
Daniele
Amber
 Pre-Veto Nominee 
 
Amber
Jameka
 Nominee 
0 Votes
 
 
Jameka
Jen l
 Post-Veto Nominee 
Evicted 
 6 Votes
 
 
Jen

Daniele Donato won the "Strange Visitors" HOH competition. She nominated Amber Siyavus and Jameka Cameron for eviction. Daniele won the POV. She chose to change her nominations by removing Amber from the block and nominating Jen Johnson in her place. Jen was penalized for going against the slop restriction and was given a penalty eviction vote against her. Jen was evicted unanimously.

Week 8

Jessica Hughbanks
 HOH 
 
Jessica
Eric-stein
 POV 
 
Eric
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 Nominee 
1 Vote
 
 
Zach
Amber
 Evicted 
 3 Votes
 
 
Amber

Jessica Hughbanks won the HOH competition "Tanks For the Memories". Staying loyal to her alliance with the Donatos, she nominated Amber Siyavus and Zach Swerdzewski for eviction. Eric Stein won his first competition and the Veto Power for the week. He chose not to use the POV. Amber was evicted by a vote of 3 to 1.

Week 9

Round 1

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 HOH 
 
Zach
Daniele1
 POV 
 
Daniele
Jameka
 Nominee 
 1 Vote 
 
 
Jameka
Jessica Hughbanks
 Evicted 
 2 Votes
 
 
Jessica

Zach Swerdzewski won the HOH competition "Big Brother Tea Party". After making a deal with both Dick Donato and Daniele Donato, he nominated Jameka Cameron and Jessica Hughbanks for eviction. Daniele won her fourth POV of the season. She chose to keep the nominations intact. Dick and Daniele originally had an alliance with Jessica. However, after deciding to break up the "showmance", they decided to evict her. Jessica was evicted by a vote of 2 to 1.

Round 2

Dick8
 HOH 
 
Dick
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 POV 
 
Zach
Jameka
 Nominee 
0 Votes
 
 
Jameka
Eric-stein
 Evicted 
2 Votes
 
 
Eric

After Jessica Hughbanks's eviction, the houseguests learned it would be a double eviction night. Dick Donato won the HOH competition "Before or After". He immediately had to pick his nominees, and chose Eric Stein and Jameka Cameron. Zach Swerdzewski then went on to win the "Niagara Balls" Veto competition. He chose not to use the POV. During the second eviction of the night, the second half of the Eric and Jessica showmance was sent home by a vote of 2 to 0.

Week 10

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 HOH 
 
Zach
Dick8
 Pre-Veto Nominee 
 
Dick
Daniele1
 POV 
Nominee 
0 Votes 
 
 
Daniele
Jameka
 Post-Veto Nominee 
Evicted 
 1 Vote
 
 
Jameka

Zach Swerdzewski won the HOH competition "Picture This". After he won, him and Jameka Cameron agreed to try to evict Dick Donato or Daniele Donato, and the father-daughter duo were nominated for the third time. Daniele was the first to crack the code and won her fifth POV. This meant that Daniele is tied with Janelle Pierzina for the highest number of Veto's won in a single season. She chose to use the Power of Veto on her father instead of herself. Dick immediately cast the sole vote against Jameka Cameron, and she was subsequently evicted.

Week 11

Dick8
 HOH Pt. 2 Winner 
 HOH Pt. 3 Winner
Final HOH
 
 
Dick
Daniele1
 Nominee 
 0 Votes
 
 
Daniele
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 HOH Pt. 1 Winner 
Evicted 
 1 Vote
 
 
Zach

The final HOH competition is played out in three challenges, to give the remaining houseguests a fair shot at securing a place in the final two. During the first endurance HOH competition, Zach Swerdzewski won an endurance challenge. Days later, Dick Donato beat Daniele Donato in a memory recognition challenge, meaning Daniele was nominated. At the live HOH part 3 competition, Dick beat Zach in a personality guessing quiz, claiming the final HOH. He then chose to evict Zach.

Finale

Dick8
 Winner 
 5 Votes
 
 
Dick
Daniele1
 Runner-Up 
 2 Votes
 
 
Daniele

The Jury

Dustin
 Dick 
Dustin
Jen l
 Daniele 
Jen
Amber
 Dick 
Amber
Jessica Hughbanks
 Dick 
Jessica
Eric-stein
 Dick 
Eric
Jameka
 Daniele 
Jameka
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 Dick 
Zach

Notable Punishments

  • In the week 2 Power of Veto competition, many houseguests received punishments:
    • Amber had to choose someone to be handcuffed to for 24 hours; she chose Kail
    • Jen received a red unitard to wear for a week.
  • In the week 5 Veto competition, many houseguests received lots of punishments:
    • Jen, Zach, Daniele and Kail had to wear a bunny suit for 5 days.
    • Those 4, as well as Jameka, also had to dump manure on their head for 24 straight hours.
    • Kail and Jen had to eat slop for 30 days.
    • Jameka and Kail gave up her spot in 5 HoH competitions, although Kail was evicted before the next Hoh was played.
    • Jen gave up $250,000 of the grand prize if she would have won, however this was not the case.

Trivia

  • This is the first season to feature the America's Player twist.
  • This is currently the only season in which the Final 2 were not strangers prior to entering the house.
  • This is the first season to have a female evictee receive 10 votes.
  • This is the first season to have America vote for a winner.
  • This is the first season to have a houseguest receive a penalty vote.
  • This is the first season where females have won the first five Power of Veto competitions. Daniele (twice), Jameka, and Jen (twice) have all done this.
  • There was an alternate for the season named Samantha, who would've been cast if one of the other fourteen houseguests dropped out.
  • This is the third season in a row where females won more competitions than males. 14 out of 23 competitions (6 HOH's & 8 POV's).
    • Coincidentally, females also won 14 out of 24 (or 23) competitions in Big Brother All-Stars, even with the same amount of HoH and PoV wins.
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