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Big Brother 15

Big Brother 15 is the fifteenth season of the American reality television series Big Brother. The season premiered on CBS on June 26, 2013 and will conclude in September 18, 2013 the same year. It has been billed as the longest season to date, and is going to last for a total of 90 days. This season is also set to feature sixteen HouseGuests, tying it for the most HouseGuests to compete in a single season. Unlike the previous two seasons, all of the competing HouseGuests are new to the series.

The premise of the series remained largely unchanged from previous editions of the series, in which a group of contestants, known as "HouseGuests," compete to win the series by voting each other off and being the last HouseGuest remaining. One HouseGuest, known as the Head of Household, must nominate two of their fellow HouseGuests for eviction. The winner of the Power of Veto can remove one of the nominees from the block, forcing the HoH to nominate another HouseGuest. The HouseGuests then vote to evict one of the nominees, and the HouseGuest with the most votes is evicted. When only two HouseGuests remained, the last seven evicted HouseGuests, known as the Jury of Seven, would decide which of them would win the $500,000 prize. A HouseGuest can be expelled from the show for breaking rules, such as discussing nominations when not permitted. This season introduced the "M.V.P." twist, in which viewers would select one HouseGuest each week to earn a special power. Another twist to this season saw the Head of Household nominating three HouseGuests for eviction each week, a change from the standard two nominations. Though the number of nominations increased, only of the nominees would be evicted each week.

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On Day 1, the original sixteen HouseGuests entered the house. Howard, Jeremy, and Spencer quickly formed an alliance, while Jeremy also formed an alliance with David and Jessie minutes later. The HouseGuests were later called to the living room, and learned that there would be a total of three nominations each week, though it was confirmed that the Head of Household would only nominate two of these nominees for eviction. Following this, HouseGuests competed in the "Popsicle Factory" Head of Household competition. For this competition, the HouseGuests were required to hang onto a fake Popsicle suspended in the air while being sprayed with colored water; the last HouseGuest remaining would be the first Head of Household. McCrae was the winner. During the competition, Jeremy won a Never-Not pass, meaning he was not eligible to become a Have-Not during his time in the game. Upon returning inside, the HouseGuests learned of the M.V.P. twist, in which the viewers would vote to give one HouseGuest a special power each week this power was selecting the third nominee. The winner of this power could choose to share it with their fellow HouseGuests or leave it a secret.


Following these events, Howard, Jeremy, McCrae, Nick, and Spencer formed the "Moving Company" alliance. On Day 5, McCrae chose to nominate Candice and Jessie for eviction. Despite this, McCrae and his alliance hoped to backdoor Elissa, fearing her due to her relation to Rachel. Elissa later became the first "Big Brother M.V.P." of the season. On Day 7, Elissa chose to nominate David for eviction. When picking players for the Power of Veto competition, Elissa and Howard were selected to compete; GinaMarie was selected to host. That night, HouseGuests competed in the spelling based Power of Veto competition. McCrae was the winner.  On Day 9, McCrae chose to use the Power of Veto to remove Candice from the block, and chose to nominate Elissa in her place. Despite this, a plan was set in motion by Amanda, McCrae, Andy, Judd, Spencer, Helen, and Howard to keep Elissa in the game and evict David.  


On Day 13, the plan came to fruition and David was evicted over Elissa and Jessie in a vote of 7𤂾.


Following the eviction, the remaining houseguests began the second HoH competition, "Big Brother BBQ". The houseguests were put into teams of two. The winning team would then pick which one of them would become the new HoH. Jeremy and Aaryn's team won, and Jeremy gave the HoH to Aaryn.  She immediately had to choose four HouseGuests to be the Have-Nots for the week, and chose Andy, Candice, Elissa, and Helen.


On Day 15, Aaryn chose to nominate Elissa and Helen for eviction, with Elissa being her main target. Elissa later learned that she had been selected to be the "M.V.P." for the second week in a row. On Day 16, Elissa chose to nominate Jeremy for eviction.[86] When picking players for the Power of Veto competition, Amanda and Nick were selected to compete; GinaMarie was selected to host. That night, HouseGuests competed to win the Power of Veto. Jeremy was the winner of the Power of Veto. On Day 18, Jeremy chose to use the Power of Veto to remove himself from the block, with Elissa nominating Nick in his place. After Nick's nomination, Helen rallied the votes for Elissa to stay again and the Moving Company alliance subsequently imploded, with McCrae and Spencer turning their backs on Nick and join the campaign to keep Elissa. On Day 21, Nick became the second HouseGuest evicted from the Big Brother house in a vote of 7 to 4.

After Nick's eviction, the HouseGuests competed in the "Overnight Delivery" Head of Household competition where the HouseGuests had to answer true or false questions about an overnight delivery to the house. After two tie-breakers, Helen became the third Head of Household.

Nick's eviction led to the end of the Moving Company alliance, and the four remaining members later informed the other HouseGuests of their alliance. These events led to many arguments in the house involving Aaryn, Kaitlin, Candice, Jessie, Judd, and Amanda, and led to further controversy over Aaryn's actions. On Day 22, HouseGuests competed in the second Have-Not competition of the season. Amanda, Jessie, Judd, and McCrae were the losing team, thus became the Have-Nots for the week.  Helen later decided she wanted to see Jeremy be evicted, and decided that she should backdoor him. That night, she chose to nominate Aaryn and Kaitlin for eviction. Elissa learned later that night that she had been named "M.V.P." for the third week in a row. On Day 23, Elissa chose to nominate Spencer for eviction. When picking players for the Power of Veto competition, GinaMarie and Candice were selected to compete; Judd was selected to host. That night, HouseGuests competed in the Power of Veto competition. Kaitlin was the winner of the Power of Veto.  Jeremy was nominated in his place.  

On Day 25, Kaitlin chose to use the Power of Veto to remove herself from the block, with Jeremy being nominated in her place. On Day 28, Jeremy was evicted from the house by a near unanimous 9-1 vote, with only Kaitlin voting for him to stay.  Following Jeremy's eviction, the houseguests competed in the "Big Brother Royalty" Head of Household competition. For this competition, houseguests were required to identify which houseguest best matched a description based on voting by America. Judd was the winner of this competition after answering a tiebreaker question. On Day 29, the houseguests competed in the Have-Not competition. The team of Andy, Candice, Jessie, and Spencer were the Have-Nots for the week. 

Much like the previous week, Amanda continued to campaign for Howard to be nominated and evicted, though Judd feared a girls alliance was in the house and opted to keep Howard safe. That same night, Judd chose to nominate Aaryn and Kaitlin for eviction. Following this, GinaMarie, Howard, Judd, Kaitlin, and Spencer formed a new alliance in an attempt to go against Amanda, Elissa, Helen, and McCrae, who they felt were running the house. On Day 30, it was revealed that Elissa had been nominated for eviction by the viewers. When picking play ers for the Power of Veto competition, Helen and McCrae were selected to compete for the Power of Veto; Andy was selected to host. That same day, HouseGuests competed in the "Big Brother Election" Power of Veto competition. For this competition, HouseGuests dug through mud to find envelopes filled with "votes", and votes that were higher in value required HouseGuests to take punishments in exchange for points. The HouseGuest with the most points would be the winner. Elissa was the winner of the Power of Veto, while McCrae won a $5,000 prize. Helen, as a punishment, was required to be in bed early each night, while Judd had twenty-four hours in solitary confinement while being woken up by an alarm clock every nine minutes. Elissa, as part of another punishment, gave up the right to participate in the following Power of Veto competition. On Day 32, Elissa chose to use the Power of Veto to remove herself from the block, with GinaMarie being nominated in her place. Though a plan was made to evict Kaitlin from the house, Elissa later informed Kaitlin of this and attempted to turn the house against Aaryn. Her attempts backfired, however, and led to a huge confrontation between Elissa and several other HouseGuests. On Day 35, Kaitlin became the fourth HouseGuest and the first woman to be evicted from the house, receiving the first unanimous vote of the season, 9-0-0.

Following Kaitlin's eviction, HouseGuests competed in the "Roulette Me Win" Head of Household competition. For this competition, HouseGuests took turns rolling a ball down a slanted strip where it would land on a spinning Roulette wheel; the HouseGuest whose ball landed in the highest number would be the new Head of Household. Aaryn was the winner, making her the first HouseGuest this season to win Head of Household twice. Following her win, Amanda, Helen, and McCrae attempted to convince Aaryn to nominate Howard and Spencer for eviction due to a deal the four of them had made the previous week. Due to this, Aaryn, Amanda, Andy, GinaMarie, Helen, Jessie, Judd, and McCrae formed an alliance to ensure the eviction of one of the two men. On Day 36, HouseGuests competed in their fourth Have-Not competition of the season. This resulted in Amanda, Candice, GinaMarie, and Judd being the Have-Nots for the week. That same night, Aaryn chose to nominate Howard and Spencer for eviction. The third nominee was revealed to be Amanda, who was the eligible HouseGuest with the most amount of votes by viewers. Spencer won the Power of Veto and chose to use it on himself. Aaryn subsequently nominated Candice in his place. On Day 42, Howard was evicted by a vote of 7-1.


Following Howard's eviction, GinaMarie won the "Bull in a China Shop" endurance Head of Household competition. The next day, she nominated Candice and Jessie for eviction. The next day, Amanda was chosen by the MVP (America) to be the third nominee. The Power of Veto competiton was played that same day with Jessie coming out on top to win the Veto. That inturn forced GinaMarie to nominate a replacement nominee, she ultimately chose Spencer to take Jessie's place.


Following Howard's eviction, GinaMarie won the "Bull in a China Shop" endurance Head of Household competition. The next day, she nominated Candice and Jessie for eviction. The next day, Amanda was chosen by the MVP (America) to be the third nominee. The Power of Veto competiton was played that same day with Jessie coming out on top to win the Veto. That inturn forced GinaMarie to nominate a replacement nominee, she ultimately chose Spencer to take Jessie's place. On Day 49, Candice was evicted in a unanimous vote, and became the first jury member. Following her eviction, the double eviction episode continued. Aaryn won the "Before or After" HOH competition, giving her her third win of the season. She then nominated Spencer and Jessie. It was also revealed that this week was the end of the MVP twist, and the game would resume as it had in previous seasons. In the veto competition, Spencer, Jessie, Andy, Aaryn, and Amanda competed. Aaryn won the veto, and in a shocking move, went against the original plan to remove Spencer and evict Jessie, and saved Jessie, and back-doored Judd. In a, once again, unanimous vote, Judd was evicted, who then became the second member of the jury.


Following Candice's and Judd's evictions, the remaining nine HouseGuests competed in another Head of Household competition later that night, in which Andy won. Andy was also tasked with picking four HouseGuests as Have-Nots for the week and chose Aaryn, Elissa, GinaMarie, and Helen. The next day, Jessie and Spencer were nominated for their second consecutive round of eviction. Elissa, Amanda, and Helen were picked to play in the veto the next day. Andy won the power of veto competition.  


On Day 56, in yet another unanimous vote, Jessie was evicted and became the third jury member. Following Jessie's eviction, Aaryn won her fourth HOH of the season in the "Way Off Broadway" HOH competition. Later that day, Julie Chen revealed that one of the four jury members would be coming back on the next weeks eviction night.  Aaryn then chose to nominate Elissa and Helen, with Elissa being her target. On Day 58, Elissa went on to win her second veto competition of the season.  Elissa used the veto on herself and Aaryn nominated Spencer in her place.  On Day 63, Helen was evicted by a vote of 4-1, with Elissa being the only one to vote against Spencer.


Shortly after Helen's eviction, the remaining HouseGuests and first four jurors competed in the "Off the Wall" competition, which doubled as a returning and HoH competition. The HouseGuests and jurors were to stand on platforms and catch balls thrown at them without falling off. The first player to catch 10 balls or last to remain standing would be the new HoH, and the first juror to do so would return to the game. Judd was the last juror left standing, and returned to the game as a HouseGuest. Elissa was the first HouseGuest to catch 10 balls and became HoH.  

On Day 64, Elissa nominated Aaryn and McCrae for eviction. On Day 65, Amanda, GinaMarie, and Judd were selected to play in the Veto competition. Amanda won the Veto competition, her first individual competition win of the season. On Day 67, Amanda used the power of veto to save McCrae, causing Elissa to name Andy the replacement nominee. On Day 70, Aaryn was evicted by a vote of 5-0.


Following Aaryn's eviction, the remaining HouseGuests began the "Big Hopportunity" competition. The HouseGuests were to hop to a wall made from chicken wire. There, each HouseGuest navigated their egg them through a maze formed by the letters "HoH" to a hole at the far side. They then had to hop back down and drop the egg in their basket. GinaMarie was the first HouseGuest with a dozen eggs and won the HoH. On the live show, Julie Chen also announced that the HouseGuests will compete in a special competition, and a live double eviction during Week 10. 


On Day 71, GinaMarie chose to nominate Amanda and McCrae for eviction. On Day 72, Spencer, Andy, and Elissa were selected to play in the Veto competition. McCrae won the Veto competition. 

On Day 74, McCrae used the Veto on himself and Spencer was once again named the replacement nominee. On Day 77, Amanda was evicted in a 3-2 vote after GinaMarie was forced to break the tie. Because this was also a double eviction week, the remaining HouseGuests went straight into the Head of Household competition, which McCrae won. McCrae (unaware that Andy was the one who had double crossed him and Amanda) nominated Elissa and GinaMarie shortly after. After Judd won the Power of Veto, he decided not to use it and Elissa was evicted in a unanimous 3-0 vote.

Following Elissa's eviction, the HouseGuests competed in the following Head of Household competition, which Spencer won. He nominated GinaMarie and McCrae. On Day 79, McCrae won the POV, his third POV win of the season. On Day 81, McCrae used the Veto on himself and Spencer was forced to name Judd as the replacement nominee. On Day 82, Judd was evicted from the house for a second time in a 2-0 vote.

After the eviction, Andy won his second HOH of the season in the "Before or After" HOH competition. On Day 83, he nominated McCrae and Spencer for eviction. That same day, the HouseGuests competed in the final veto competition of the season, titled "Fly on the Wall." Andy won the Power of Veto. On Day 84, Andy decided not to use the Power of Veto. Immediately following the Veto ceremony, GinaMarie, with the sole vote to evict, chooses to evict McCrae from the game.

Following McCrae's eviction, the final three participated in the first part of the final HOH competition, with GinaMarie being the victor. On Day 86, Spencer and Andy competed in part two of the final HOH competition, which Andy won. This means that GinaMarie and Andy will face off in part three of the competition, which will occur live on finale night.

Controversy & criticism

During the first week of live feeds, several of the Big Brother 15 HouseGuests sparked controversy due to various bigoted remarks.  Aaryn Gries has been the main source of the controversy, making numerous racist and homophobic remarks directed at several of the HouseGuests. Gries was caught stating that Andy Herren would become the M.V.P. because "everybody loves the queers", as well as making numerous jokes towards African-American houseguest Candice Stewart regarding her race, at one point stating she wasn't visible in the dark because of her skin tone. In an attack launched against Asian-American houseguest Helen Kim, Gries stated that Kim should "shut up and make some rice." 32-year-old GinaMarie Zimmerman directed further racist comments at Kim, stating that "somebody should smack her" in order to "make her eyes straight". In addition, Zimmerman was caught by live feed viewers referring to welfare insurance as 搉***** insurance" multiple times to fellow HouseGuests Andy Herren and Nick Uhas. Several other Big Brother 15 HouseGuests, such as Kaitlin Barnaby, Spencer Clawson, Jeremy McGuire and David Girton were also caught making similarly homophobic, racist or misogynistic remarks within the house.

These comments led to a negative reaction from viewers, with over 8,000 people signing the petition to demand that Gries be expelled from the Big Brother 15 house. Former HouseGuest Ragan Fox also reprimanded Gries for her comments. On the controversy, CBS stated "Big Brother is a reality show about watching a group of people who have no privacy 24/7 and seeing every moment of their lives. At times, the HouseGuests reveal prejudices and other beliefs that we do not condone. We certainly find the statements made by several of the HouseGuests on the live Internet feed to be offensive. Any views or opinions expressed in personal commentary by a HouseGuest appearing on Big Brother, either on any live feed from the house or during the broadcast, are those of the individual(s) speaking and do not represent the views or opinions of CBS or the producers of the program." It was later speculated that the HouseGuests had been warned about these comments. Following these revelations, it was reported that Gries had been dropped by two modeling agencies and Zimmerman was fired from her job as a pageant coordinator.

On Day 13 after Aaryn and Jeremy won HoH, many fans argued that the pair had cheated through out the competition without being punished and demanded the HoH would be redone. Production have so far not done anything about the claims.



Big Brother 15 was officially announced on September 19, 2012 shortly before the finale of the previous season. It was confirmed that Executive Producer Allison Grodner would return to the series, as would Rich Meehan for Fly on the Wall Entertainment. It was later announced that Big Brother 15 would last for a total of 100 days, making it the longest edition of the series to date. Casting for the season began shortly afterwards, with open casting calls being held in states such as Florida, California, West Virgina, and Maine, among others. Online applications were also available, with the online deadline being May 11, 2013. Semi-finalists for the casting process were informed in May and June of 2013. Robyn Kass of Kassting Inc. was responsible for casting as with various previous seasons. This season was the first to feature a completely new cast since the twelfth season in 2010. Despite statements made earlier by host Julie Chen stating that there would be more HouseGuests than ever before, it was later confirmed that the season would feature a total of sixteen HouseGuests. The sixteen HouseGuests were revealed on June 20, 2013. It was later revealed that HouseGuest Elissa Slater was the sister of former HouseGuest Rachel Reilly.

The season continued to feature a wide variety of fan interactivity, with Rob Gelick, the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Digital Platforms for CBS Interactive Entertainment, stating "We抮e building on Big Brother's major strides in interactivity including primetime reality TV抯 first live Twitter vote by bringing the show抯 die-hard fans even more opportunities to impact components of the show and interact with this season抯 HouseGuests. Fans will have the most immersive, 360-degree Big Brother experience ever, across every possible screen, including social media integrations." On April 4, 2013 it was announced that the live feeds would be hosted by the official CBS website. This made it the first time that SuperPass had not hosted the live feeds since the first season. It was later confirmed that the spin-off series Big Brother: After Dark would begin airing on TVGN, the first time since the show's debut. Big Brother: After Dark is slated to premiere the same night as the main series. Changes to the weekly airing schedule of the series were also made, though it still remained on air for three nights a week. The twist for the season was revealed by CBS on June 19, 2013 when it was confirmed that three HouseGuests would be nominated per week. It was also revealed that fan would vote each week for one HouseGuest to be the M.V.P. of the week, earning a special power. On this twist, Grodner stated "The Big Brother MVP will force the houseguests to rethink their strategies. With America rewarding good game play, it doesn抰 pay to be a floater this summer."


The format remained largely unchanged from previous seasons. HouseGuests were sequestered in the Big Brother House with no contact to or from the outside world. Each week, the HouseGuests took part in several compulsory challenges that determine who will win food, luxuries, and power in the House. The winner of the weekly Head of Household competition was immune from nominations and nominated two fellow HouseGuests for eviction. After a HouseGuest became Head of Household, he or she was ineligible to take part in the next Head of Household competition. HouseGuests also took part in Have vs. Have-Not competitions in which they were divided into either the "Haves" or the "Have Nots" depending on their performance in the competitions. HouseGuests that become "Have Nots" for the week had to eat "Big Brother slop" and a weekly food restriction (chosen by the viewing public), take cold showers, and sleep on uncomfortable beds in a room with constant fluorescent lighting. The winner of the Power of Veto competition won the right to save one of the nominated HouseGuests from eviction. If the Veto winner exercised the power, the Head of Household then nominated another HouseGuest for eviction.

On eviction night, all HouseGuests except for the Head of Household and the three nominees voted to evict one of the three nominees. This compulsory vote was conducted in the privacy of the Diary Room by the host Julie Chen. In the event of a tie, the Head of Household cast the deciding vote, announcing it in front of the other HouseGuests. Unlike other versions of Big Brother, the HouseGuests may discuss the nomination and eviction process openly and freely. The nominee with the greater number of votes will be evicted from the House on the live Thursday broadcast, exiting to an adjacent studio to be interviewed by Chen. HouseGuests may voluntarily leave the House at any time and those who break the rules may be expelled from the house by Big Brother. The final seven HouseGuests evicted during the season will vote for the winner on the season finale. These "Jury Members" will be sequestered in a separate house and will not be allowed to watch the show except for competitions and ceremonies that include all of the remaining HouseGuests. The jury members will not be shown any Diary Room interviews or any footage that may include strategy or details regarding nominations.


This season will feature 16 houseguests. On June 20th this season contestants were announced.

Name Age Occupation Hometown
Aaryn Gries 22 College student San Marcos, Texas Preseason Interview
Amanda Zuckerman 28 Real estate agent Boynton Beach, Florida Preseason Interview
Andy Herren 26 Professor Chicago, Illinois Preseason Interview
Candice Stewart 29 Pediatric speech therapist Houston, Texas Preseason Interview
David Girton 25 Lifeguard San Diego, California Preseason Interview
Elissa Slater 27 Nutritionist Kannapolis, North Carolina
GinaMarie Zimmerman 32 Pageant coordinator Staten Island, New York Preseason Interview
Helen Kim 37 Political consultant Chicago, Illinois
Howard Overby 29 Youth counselor Hattiesburg, Mississippi Preseason Interview
Jeremy McGuire 23 Boat shop associate Katy, Texas Preseason Interview
Jessie Kowalski 25 Unemployed San Antonio, Texas Preseason Interview
Judd Daughtery 26 Property appraiser Etowah, Tennessee Preseason Interview
Kaitlin Barnaby 23 Bartender Minneapolis, Minnesota
McCrae Olson 23 Pizza delivery boy Oak Grove, Minnesota Preseason Interview
Nick Uhas 28 Entrepreneur New York, New York Preseason Interview
Spencer Clawson 31 Railroad conductor Conway, Arkansas Preseason Interview

* Contestant's age at the start of the season.



Fan groups on Yahoo for each contestant are available by clicking the links below:


Aaryn Gries  Amanda Zuckerman  Andy Herren  Candice Stewart  David Girton  Elissa Slater  GinaMarie Zimmerman


Helen Kim  Howard Overby  Jeremy McGuire  Jessie Kowalski  Judd Daughtery  Kaitlin Barnaby  McCrae Olson


Nick Uhas  Spencer Clawson



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