|Birth Date||February 5, 1983|
|Hometown||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Occupation||Professional poker player|
|Season||Big Brother 17|
|Alliances|| The Sixth Sense|
Students of Sound
|Loyalties|| Julia Nolan|
|HOH Wins||4 (Weeks 3, 5, 10, 12)|
|Times Nominated||3 (Week 7, Day 89, & Week 13)|
|Veto Wins||3 (Weeks 4, 9, & Day 89)|
|Other Prizes||Meet Frankie and Ariana Grande|
Vanessa Rousso was a HouseGuest on Big Brother 17. Vanessa is known for being the founder of The Sixth Sense alliance, manipulating people to do her bidding within the game, and playing a strategic and aggressive game. For a majority of the season, she controlled the game, and was responsible for 11 of the 15 evictions her season. She made countless deals and won several competitions within the house to get her to finale night.
She finished in 3rd place, being evicted by the sole vote of her ally, Steve Moses, who went on to win the game. According to most of the jurors, had Vanessa made it to the Final Two, she would have had the votes to win over either Steve or Liz.
Due to her competition prowess, strategic maneuvering, and constant manipulation, she is considered one of the greatest HouseGuests in Big Brother history. She ranks up there with certain Big Brother Legends such as Will Kirby, Dan Gheesling and Derrick Levasseur
Vanessa was born on February 5th, 1983. She is the No. 4 female poker player in the world when it comes to online and live tournaments. She's been a pro for the past 10 years and has won $4.5 Million dollars since she began. She's a tomboy who has always been extremely competitive, whether it's playing lacrosse in high school or beating men and women all over the world at the poker table. Being in a male-dominated industry, Vanessa isn't easily intimidated and is used to keeping her emotions in check, which will help her keep her eye on the prize. She's perfected the art of bluffing and knows that she can manipulate her Houseguests however she sees fit while living in the Big Brother house.
Player History - Big Brother 17
|Week 1||HOH||Sat Out 1|
|Week 4||HOH||Previous HOH|
|Week 6||HOH||Previous HOH|
|Week 13||HOH Part 1||Win|
|HOH Part 2||Unable To Play|
|HOH Part 3||Loss|
Note: 1 Vanessa volunteered to sit out of the first HOH competition as only seven spots were available.
|Week 11||Have/Have-Not Phase Over|
|Week||Position||Voted for||With Majority?|
|4||POV Holder||Audrey Middleton||Yes|
|9||POV Holder||John McGuire||Yes|
|12||HOH||Austin Matelson||Yes (Tiebreaker)|
|Used POV on Self||John McGuire||Sole Vote|
|Finale||Jury Member||Liz Nolan||No|
|Original Nominees||Post-Veto Nominees||Intended Target|
- Vanessa is the first HouseGuest in Big Brother 17 to win an HoH and a PoV.
- She, along with Steve Moses and Liz Nolan, have spent the second most amount of consecutive days in the Big Brother house, with 98 days.
- Vanessa's HOH reign in Week 3 is the first time a female HOH evicted a male houseguest since Aaryn Gries evicted Judd Daugherty in Big Brother 15, over 25 evictions ago.
- Vanessa is the first female in Big Brother 17 to win the Power of Veto.
- Vanessa is also the first HouseGuest in Big Brother 17 to win PoV and not be a nominee
- Vanessa is the only HouseGuest in Big Brother 17 to have used the Veto on someone else (Jason Roy).
- Vanessa is the second Big Brother contestant to be a judge on a TV show, Bank of Hollywood, the first being Frankie Grande who is currently judging America's Best Dance Crew.
- Unlike Frankie, Vanessa became a TV judge before appearing on Big Brother.
- She is the third houseguest to win the PoV twice in Big Brother 17 following John McGuire and Steve Moses. She was followed by James Huling.
- Vanessa won the most competitions in Big Brother 17 with 7 wins. She won 4 HoH's and 3 PoV's.
- Vanessa is tied with Daniele Donato for the second most competitions won in a season in Big Brother history with 7 (4 HoHs and 3 PoVs), with the two of them being bested by Janelle Pierzina who has 9.
- She is the second woman in the history of Big Brother to win at least 3 HOHs and 3 POVs in one season following Janelle Pierzina.
- Vanessa holds the record for the most competitions won in a single season by a LGBTQ+ houseguest in Big Brother history. She won a total of 7 competitions.
- Jason Roy holds the record with 8, but his wins were spread over two seasons.
- Vanessa was the second houseguest to win and remain HOH twice, following Shelli.
- She is (partially) responsible for every eviction except for Jace's and Jackie's eviction.
- Vanessa holds the record for nominating the most amount of houseguests during her HOH reigns. She nominated 10 different houseguests in a single season.
- Vanessa is the sixth woman to ever win 3 HoH's following Nakomis Dedmon, Janelle Pierzina, Rachel Reilly, Aaryn Gries & Nicole Franzel respectively (and later Liz Nolan and Big Brother 19's Alex Ow).
- In all of her HOH reigns, all of her original targets were not evicted.
- Her sister Tiffany won the second season of Sequester which is produced by Audrey Middleton.
- Vanessa's sister Tiffany was a houseguest on Big Brother 18.
- Had Vanessa made it to the final 2, she would have beaten both Steve Moses and Liz Nolan according to the jurors.
- Every time Vanessa won a PoV Competition, she would always win the next HOH Competition (except the finale night).
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