The Coup d'Etat (pronounced koo-day-tah) is a power given to a houseguest. Its first appearance in Big Brother was as a prize in Big Brother All Stars. The power appeared once again in Big Brother 11; the holder of the power was chosen by America. The holder of the Coup d'Etat has the power to overthrow the Head of Household's nominations. They are also able to name their own replacement nominees. However, they may not choose the current HOH or POV Holder.
It shares similarities to the Diamond Power of Veto. However, the holder can remove two nominees and replace them with two other House Guests (minus the HOH and POV Holder), as opposed to the Diamond Power of Veto, which can only remove one nominee and replace them with another.
Coup d'Etat HoldersEdit
Mike "Boogie" MalinEdit
During Week 6 of Big Brother All Stars, the houseguests were told by Julie Chen that they would be competing for a "mystery power". Throughout the following week, the houseguests were given various clues to a common Big Brother phrase. Mike "Boogie" Malin was the first houseguest to correctly guess the phrase. Mike was given three weeks to use the power before it would expire. However, he chose not to use the power in the first two weeks and became the HOH in the third week, so he never used it.
Shortly after Casey Turner's eviction, it was announced to the house that America would be selecting one houseguest to receive a special power. Jeff Schroeder was chosen by America to receive the power. He was given two weeks to use the power if he chose to and at the end of the two weeks it would expire. During the first week Jeff chose not to use the Coup d'Etat power. The following week Jeff used the power to overthrow Chima Simone's nominations (Russell Kairouz & Lydia Tavera). As Chima was the HOH and Kevin Campbell was the POV Holder, they were immune from being nominated. Jeff nominated Natalie Martinez and Jessie Godderz for eviction. Neither Jeff nor Chima were allowed to vote and as a result Jessie was evicted by a vote of 3-2. Due to the Coup d'Etat power being used, all of the houseguests were able to compete to win the next HOH competition.