The Big Brother 19 season is officially wrapped up and Josh pulled out a victory over Paul by a vote of 5-4. There has been a lot of talk of a bitter jury and I flat out reject that. The only juror member that was even bitter was Cody, who said in the house that he would never vote for Paul. I have the feeling that if Paul was the only person left Cody would have tried to find a way not to vote for him. For the other four that voted Josh over Paul, what I believe it finally came down to is that they thought he overplayed the game. Yes, Paul dominated from the get go. But he was a veteran, that finished second last season, so that was to be expected. In the end, he tried to so hard to keep blood off his hands that he wouldn't even clue people in his goodbye messages and continued the lie right through the finale. Even when they played the video of Josh telling the evictees in his goodbye messages of the final three deal with him, Christmas, and Paul (after the vote had already been cast), Paul continued the lie.
For a reason I still cannot fathom Cody won America's Favorite Player. I honestly believe this was a "protest" vote against Paul and Josh. It has to be that because Cody was just a horrible person from the beginning of the season and had absolutely no redeemable characteristics.
Anyways, on to the rankings of every house mate this season.
17. Megan Lowder
We never got to see exactly what Megan's game plan was for this season. Before the season, she said she was looking to form an alliance and get in a showmance. However, she self evicted from the house before the live feeds ever began. I know that in the first show, Josh called her out for being a lying snake because everyone thought she was lying about calling Alex a derogatory Asian term (thanks to Jessica). What actually happened was that Megan referred to her as Pow-pow in reference to another BB player. Alex even said in DR that she loved Pow-pow. She reportedly self-evicted because of her PTSD from her military service. Sadly we will never find out that full truth of what happened.
16. Cody Nickson
Yes I realize that I have a jury member ranked below non-jury evictees but Cody is not only just a horrible person but was an absolutely horrible game player. He won the first HOH of the season and immediately destroyed his own team by attempting to back door Paul and then when he was not able to do that attempting to back door Christmas, with absolutely no input from his team. After his HOH reign was over he self appointed himself to the Have-Not room in order not to have to deal with anyone in the house. He was evicted that week but eventually fought his way back into the house before becoming the first juror. In the pre-season Cody said he wanted to win the first HOH (he did) and that he could not lie. I questioned in that in my preview and I was proven correct. Cody lied throughout his time in this house, including throwing Mark (his only friend in the house outside of Jessica) under the bus for something he did not actually do.
15. Cameron Heard
We did not get to see Cameron on the live feeds either as he became a member of the first evicted class on the first night of the show. What we do know of him is that he would literally try anything to stay in the house, including doing a strip tease. We do not exactly know what the house guests decided to oust Cameron but it may have had something to do with his Big Brother fandom.
14. Jillian Parker
Jillian was so convinced that Christmas was going to be evicted over her she did not even bother to campaign. That is always a mistake. One of the golden rules in the Big Brother house is that if you feel comfortable while on the block you should immediately know something is wrong. But her bigger crime was how much trash she talked about the other house guests. It felt like she was trying to revive the "mean girls" trio from Big Brother 18 but solo. Because she decided not to campaign for herself and instead talk trash she was completely blind sided on eviction night. It was funny that the one person she was sure voted for her to stay was Kevin, he voted to evict her. In the pre-season I said that if she could play a good social game she could make it far in the game. Unfortunately, for her, she played a horrible social game.
13. Jessica Graf
If Jessica would have played her own game instead of Cody's game there is a chance she could have made it far into the game and potentially top 3. In the time when Cody was first evicted she was a very social player and liked to goof around with the other house guests. She was also a formidable physical game player. Unfortunately, with Cody in the game her inner bully came out and she was confrontational with every one in the house. She literally threw away money for a guy she knew for only a couple of weeks. Obviously my call that she would struggle in the comps was wrong, but I absolutely called her getting into a showmance to be her downfall as she did not even get into the jury.
12. Ramses Soto
Ramses downfall was twofold, teaming up with the wrong side of the house and pissing off Paul. The week before his eviction he competed in the POV. Everyone had agreed to throw the POV to Paul (one of my largest complaints of the season), but Ramses for some reason decided to go rogue and attempt to win the POV. He was abiding by the golden rule of never feeling too comfortable but there were two larger targets on the block than him, so it was unenforced error. His other smaller issue was that he was trying to play Ian's game from BB14. In that season, Ian seemed to be everywhere and overheard a lot of conversations and no one was ever the wiser. Ramses tried his but overplayed his sneakiness and got busted almost every time. I said in the preseason that I felt like he would try to play both sides of the house. He did. I also said his personality may save him. It did not.
11. Dominique Cooper
Dominique was evicted because of a lie Cody(who could not lie) told Paul before he went out of the house. Cody told Paul that Mark and Dominique were in on the plan to evict Paul (she was not) and that was all Paul needed to target Dom. She called Paul out for being a snake for being behind putting her on the block. Essentially she was evicted due to a lie and a misunderstanding. I thought she had a chance to make it far into the game if not for her emotions. She was able to keep her emotions in check except for the week she was evicted, but that was not actually a deciding factor of her being evicted.
10. Raven Walton
Raven was one of my early favorites as I thought her social game would serve her big throughout the game. However, as the game went on and Raven somehow had every known disease on the planet it began to wear on me. I cannot imagine how it wore on people that were with her 24/7 in the house. Raven's social game consisted of her playing house with Matt (a comment I stole from Mark) and being present for SOME conversations about evictions. She tried to claim in the jury house that she had been a puppet master in the house for Paul, but could not explain why she was in the jury house and not still in the game with Paul. I felt because she was a dancer and dance teacher that this would help her in comps. I was wrong, by a lot. She did not win a single comp this season and really did not come close. In one comp she was one of four people left in an endurance comp and she attempted to make deals for her to win HOH. No one took the deal. The only reason she lasted as long as she did was because she was not a target. She was horrible at comps on top of that so she floated her way almost to the final 5.
9. Matthew Clines
Matt had a similar run to Raven this season. He was more content to play house with Raven and eat copious amounts of cereal. He won no comps and floated his way to the Top 7. The only time we saw any emotion from him this season was the week before he was evicted when he got angry at Jason for not using the POV as promised and then in the jury house when Mark was criticizing Raven for believing she had been a puppet master. In the preseason I said that Matt would be more a peace maker and crack a lot of jokes. He did exactly that, but because he floated through the season, even if he had not been connected to Raven I do not see him making it much farther than he did.
8. Elena Davies
Yet another house guest who threw her game away for a showmance, Elena was early on tied to both Christmas and Paul and could have potentially made it to the final three (instead of Josh) if she had not thrown in with Mark. Because she did she ended up aligned with Cody and Jessica for a week and was excluded with the actual plans for the eviction. She got her feelings hurt and struck out at Christmas and Paul instead of owing up to her mistake. This marked her for eviction and was out after Jessica and Cody were gone. She did try to distance herself from Mark but she was already marked. About the only thing she offered to the house (she won no comps) was continually forgetting about ALL the cameras in the house and disrobing in front of them. I actually called Elena's showmance destroying her game in the preseason. She was an emotional player but it did not affect her game, her showmance did.
7. Kevin Schlehuber
Kevin was basically the dad of the house. He did not win any comps (though he should have won the second to last HOH that Josh won) and he had a terrible social game. But because of his age and his stories everyone in the house loved him. He floated his way to the Top 4 before being sent to the jury. He made it much farther into this game than I thought he would but his history and stories did help him stay in the game much longer than he should have. He became the ultimate pawn towards the end of the season being on the block for the last month of every eviction.
6. Mark Jansen
Mark's showmance to Elena did not cost him in this game, his alliance to Cody did. Even though Cody through Mark under the bus several times throughout the season Mark mostly stayed loyal to him. Mark said several times through the season that when he was younger he was fatter and he was bullied a lot. Saying this he went on to state that he was very perceptive to bullying. However, loyalty seemed to blind him to certain types of bullying. He called out the house's supposed bullying of Cody and Jessica, but apparently had no issue with he duo continually bullying other players in the game, including Josh. If you truly want to be a defender of those that are bullied who have to defend all that are bullied even if it puts a strain on a friendship. I mostly missed how I saw Mark this season, outside of the constantly working out part. He did not actually strike out but was able to get into a showmance with Elena. He did not form any alliances, but whoever was HOH in a given week he would align with them that week. That was another cause of him being evicted. Mark did not win any HOHs, but he did win POV twice, and one two of the three temptation comps which guaranteed safety for those two weeks.
5. Jason Dent
Jason was a victim of one of the biggest blindsides in recent BB history. He had no idea it was coming and neither did his ride or die, Alex. Jason had been competitive all season, but when he needed it the most he was unable to save himself from eviction. The reason he was evicted had more to do with getting out power players than anything he actually done. I predicted in the pre-season that he would either get clipped earlier or make it far into the game because he would either get overwhelmed or flourish. I was actually right on most accounts. He got very overwhelmed in the early stages of the game but it was his alliance with Alex that got him through the early portions of the game. One of his issues was way overthinking what was going on from week-t0-week. Eventually Jason calmed down and became a comp beast. Jason won 2 HOHs (in three weeks) and 3 POVs towards the end of the game.
4. Christmas Abbott
Christmas should never have made it to the final 3. Not because of her attitude or game play but because she broke her foot (with an assist from Jason) in the first week of the season. Her attitude at times could get very salty but she became one of my favorite players because she kept persevering throughout the season. It could have been very easy for her to give up after she broke her foot but she did not and that alone should be admired. I do believe that Josh and Paul made the right decision (for their game) to send Christmas out before final 2 because I know she would have beat Paul head to head and would have a good chance to beat Josh head to head as well. Because of her 1st week injury my pre-season prediction for her was out the window.
3. Alex Ow
Alex absolutely surprised me this season. She went in planning to fly under the radar and be a non-threat. She ended up doing everything but. She was a formidable comp player and killed it on endurance comps. She honestly should have made it to the top 3 but instead stayed loyal to Paul. Paul convinced her that he had nothing to do with Jason being evicted (it was not only his idea but played out in a tie exactly the way he planned) and she ended up taking out Raven as Paul planned. I think if she had kept her senses and went after Paul they could have evicted him during the double eviction. She won 3 HOHs and 1 POV.
2. Paul Abrahamian
When you look at just the numbers when it comes to HOH and POV wins Paul's season was incredible. When you throw in the a good portion of those wins were thrown to him, it becomes less spectacular. The one thing Paul had going for him is that he was a part of every eviction, and one could even say that he was the de facto HOH in almost every week. If Paul had focused on that he probably could have won the game. However, the way he played where he would not even let his allies know that they were about to evicted cost him the game. He overplayed the game and several of the jurors saw that. Mark and Elena, who became deciding votes both said this in jury that if Paul had not tried as hard as he to keep his hands clean he would have won going away. Paul won 3 HOHs and 5 POVs.
1. Josh Martinez
In the preseason I thought Josh would be out early (potentially one of the first three out) if he could not keep himself in check. I was almost correct as he tried to self-evict in Week 1 and he constantly pushed into explosions. What saved him is Paul found a use for him. Whenever he wanted to play head games against people in the house he would just have Josh do it. This got him not only into the Final Two but ultimately as the winner. Christmas took him under her wing and attempted to help him keep his emotions in check. However, towards the end when Josh finally realized what game Paul was playing, Christmas rejected him at every turn. This may have to do with the fact that Christmas fell for Paul and did not want to push him out of the game. Josh did, towards the end of the game, what he needed to do. This included winning the final HOH where he evicted Christmas. Josh won 3 HOHs for the season.
So that is a wrap on the Big Brother 19 season. There will be a special Celebrity Big Brother (probably sometime around the Winter Olympics) but at this point I do not know if I will cover it. I have been watching Big Brother since season 10 (yes I have to admit I missed the best Big Brothers) and I have no problem saying that this was the best Big Brother I have seen. It is also one of the highest rated Big Brother in several seasons.