Big Brother 18 has found its winner! After more than three drama-filled months (and an endless supply of twists), someone has walked out through the doors with a cool half million dollars. It’s a well-deserved victory for any player to achieve, especially since Big Brother is a long and grueling game. This season’s finale has ended with nothing but debate and…say it with me….drama!
At the top of the one hour and a half finale, three house guests were still sitting pretty in the house competing for the final two spots. Each had their pros and cons to win:
There are only two ways to get to the end: (1) Win the final Head of Household competition or (2) survive the final eviction. The final HOH challenge is a grueling three part challenge that whittles down the competitors to only one winner. The final round usually breaks down into three parts – endurance, mental, and then followed by A or B jury questions. Similar to past seasons, this year was no different.
The final part stayed tried-and-true with the jury questions, but the first two challenges felt like a breath of fresh air. Whoever came up with the cat endurance idea or the amusement park challenge needs to get a raise (like now!). Watching the Final 3 bounce around from one cat-themed area to the next – while dressed up AS cats – was a treat. The amusement park challenge, which looks to be a short challenge from the outside, must have been more grueling in practice. These are great new additions – we NEED more of these new ideas.
Paul ended up securing the final HOH, beating Nicole in the third round. James’ performance is still a questionable debate; he says that he tried his hardest. I wouldn’t be surprised if he gave up a little bit, believing that Paul AND Nicole would’ve taken him to the end. Once Paul won the final HOH, it seemed fairly obvious that he would win Big Brother 18 – the jury liked him better (based on their segment with Dr. Will), he won lots of challenges, and he seemed to have more friends in the jury. His choice of taking Nicole to the end instead of James felt pointless as the game already looked to be his. Until it wasn’t…
In a close 5-4 vote, Nicole SURPRISINGLY pulled out a victory over Paul. That’s not to say she didn’t deserve the win – she absolutely is just as deserving as Paul! It’s only more shocking based on the jury responses and their attitude towards HER.
Corey was an obvious vote for her to win, but the votes from Natalie, Paulie, Zakiyah and Da’Vonne surprised even me. It could be due to Paul’s negative attitude toward Natalie, Nicole’s friendship with Paulie, and/or her control over the men (which Da’Vonne pointed out during the jury segment) that secured her some votes…but that’s only speculation.
Either way, Nicole pulled out the win! Congratulations to her and for making Big Brother history – she is the first woman to win against a man in the final two. She deserves every bit of respect for winning the game, regardless if she played a quieter or sneakier game than Paul. Big Brother is a tough game; her moves, strategy and reputation with the jury secured her victory over Paul and James. If Paul was meant to win, he would’ve won. But the debate will live on until Big Brother 19, or even Big Brother: Over The Top.
Other musings from the finale:
Finale – 8/10
Overall Season Review – 7/10