Vanessa Rousso
Houseguest Profile
Born February 5, 1983 (1983-02-05) (age 35)
Hometown Las Vegas, Nevada
Occupation Professional poker player
Season History
Big Brother 17
Status Jury Member
Place 3rd
Votes Against 1
Alliances The Sixth Sense
Scamper Squad
Students of Sound
Three's Company
Loyalties Julia Nolan
Liz Nolan
Shelli Poole
Steve Moses
HoH Wins 4 (Weeks 3, 5, 10, 12)
Times Nominated 3 (Week 7, Day 89, & Week 13)
Vetos Wins 3 (Weeks 4, 9, & Day 89)
BOTB Wins 0
Days 98
Other Prizes Meet Frankie and Ariana Grande
Social Media
Twitter vanessarousso
Instagram vanessarousso
Facebook VanessaRoussoOfficial

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 many deals and won several competitions within the house to get her to finale night.

She finished in 3rd place, becoming 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 most excellent HouseGuests in Big Brother history. She ranks up there with certain Big Brother Legends such as Will KirbyDan 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

Competition History

Week 1 HOH Sat Out 1
BOTB Ineligible
POV Not Picked
Week 2 HOH Loss
BOTB Ineligible
POV Not Picked
Week 3 HOH Win
BOTB Survived
POV Loss
Luxury Loss
Week 4 HOH Previous HOH
BOTB Ineligible
Week 5 HOH Win
BOTB Survived
POV Loss
Week 6 HOH Previous HOH
POV Loss
Week 7 HOH Loss
POV Loss
HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 8 HOH Loss
POV Not Picked
Week 9 HOH Loss
Week 10 HOH Win
POV Loss
HOH Previous HOH
POV Not Picked
Week 11 HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 12 HOH/Luxury Win
POV Loss
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.

Have/Have-Not History

Week 1 Have-Not
Week 2 Have
Week 3 Have
Week 4 Have
Week 5 Have
Week 6 Have
Week 7 Have
Week 8 Have-Not
Week 9 Have
Week 10 Have
Week 11 Have/Have-Not Phase Over
Week 12
Week 13

Voting History

Week Position Voted for With Majority?
1 Immune Jace Agolli Yes
2 Da'Vonne Rogers Yes
4 POV Holder Audrey Middleton Yes
6 Clay Honeycutt Yes
7 Post-POV Nominee
Jackie Ibarra Yes
8 Becky Burgess Yes
9 POV Holder John McGuire Yes
10 HOH
James Huling Yes
11 Julia Nolan Yes
12 HOH Austin Matelson Yes (Tiebreaker)
Used POV on Self John McGuire Sole Vote
13 Nominated
Finale Jury Member Liz Nolan No

HOH History

Original Nominees Post-Veto Nominees Intended Target
Week 3
BB17 Jeff
Week 5
BB17 Jason
Week 10
BB17 Meg
Week 12
BB17 Austin


  • Vanessa is the first HouseGuest in Big Brother 17 to win an HoH and a PoV.
  • She, 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 from Aaryn Gries' eviction of 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. James Huling followed her.
    • She is the only female to win PoV multiple times in Big Brother 17. She won the second most PoV's in that season with 3, behind John McGuire who has 4.
  • Vanessa won the most competitions in Big Brother 17 with seven wins. She won 4 HoHs and 3 PoVs.
    • Counting Battle of the Block competitions Steve Moses also won 7 competitions in BB17 (1 BoB, 2 PoVs, and 4 HoHs), however, BoB wins are widely not regarded as competition wins.
  • Vanessa ties 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 an 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 ten different houseguests in a single season.
    • Vanessa nominated every single male houseguest in BB17 during her reigns as HOH, except for Jace Agolli.
    • Besides Jace, the only other people she didn't nominate were Da'Vonne, Audrey, Shelli, Jackie, and Liz.
  • 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 original targets were always James, Austin (during week 5) or John.
    • Her new targets Jeff, Jason, and Austin (during week 12) respectively were evicted though.
  • 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).

Big Brother 17 House Guests
BB17Small Steve
BB17Small Liz
BB17Small Vanessa
BB17Small John
BB17Small Austin
BB17Small Julia
BB17Small James
BB17Small Meg
BB17Small Becky
BB17Small Jackie
BB17Small Shelli
BB17Small Clay
BB17Small Jason
BB17Small Audrey
BB17Small Jeff
BB17Small Da'Vonne
BB17Small Jace