Diary Room: Adam Poch’s Player Rankings: Big Brother 18 – Finale Week

Well, here we are – finale night… or should I say FINALLY the finale night. I have been saying all of Big Brother 18, that 90+ days is just too long. Although we did see a lot of action this season, and plenty of tears, fights, scheming, and backstabbing. Two revivals added unnecessary weeks where we could have been enjoying our summer doing something else. But then again, if you are reading this, then you are addicted to BB like I am, so,…

Adam Poch during Big Brother 13

Who would have thunk 99 days ago, that Paul, Nicole, and James would be in the final 3? if you can prove that they were your top 3 preseason picks, then I will give you 5 lbs of bacon… BUT FIRST – let’s take a walk down memory lane as I give each HG Bacon or Tofu based on their time in the BB house. Instead of top to bottom, I am going to go in order of eviction (final 3 in my predicted order):

Glenn Garcia- 2 strips of Tofu… so bummed we did not get to see more of Glenn as he was a preseason fav of mine. He had the potential to be the funny guy a la Enzo from BB12. He did have the chance to win one of 2 competitions to extend his game in the house, but came up short both times. Just think about this, if he beats Corey in the balancing coconut comp, there probably would not have been a Nicorey, and the other showmances would have stood out more. Damn you Glenn!!

Jozea Flores – Tofurkey of the Year! Yeah, we will always remember Jozea for one word MESSIAH! For people that do not like recruits on Big Brother, this is a perfect example of why we need them on Big Brother. They do not understand the concept of; It takes 90+ days to win Big Brother, it takes 1 day to lose it. In his case one word. As soon as he said it to Da’Vonne, he believed it, and he owned it. And then he walked out the door with it.

Victor… we’ll get to him.

Bronte D’Acquisto – 1 strip of Tofu – Unfortunatley – Bronte never really caught on to what was going on in the game, She had a cutesy little alliance with the Spy Girls, but other than coming up with names, they never put their plan into action until Bronte was gone. And that was only when they had a common enemy – Paulie. Wait, aren’t I supposed to talking about Bronte’s game? EXACTLY. (for the record, yes, she does look like Tori Spelling)

Tiffany Rousso – 3 strips of Tofu – in every preseason interview, Tiffany said she did not want to play emotional like her sister. That lasted, what? 3 days? She was smart & cunning like Vanessa, but her emotions took over. Her spats with Paulie, Frank, Da’Vonne were fun to watch, as was all the times groups would break up as soon as she came around. As fans, we loved the last minute flipping of the house to save her, in the hopes she would go after Frank, but that backfired as they teamed up. Didn’t matter anyway, she left the following week.

Frank Eudy – 1 strip of Bacon – as big of a target as Frank was on BB14, he had an even bigger one on him on BB18. For anyone that still wants to call him out on his inappropriate behavior, remember, as soon as he was confronted about it, he stopped & apologized, Unfortunately for him, it was too late as the damage was done. I think part of it was his competition prowess, but once he & Da’Vonne drew the line in the said, that was his last straw. Who knows just how close he came to convincing Michelle to use the Veto on him,

Da’Vonne Rogers – 2 strips of Bacon – similar to last season, Da’Vonne was not afraid to speak her mind. Unlike last season, people actually listened & supported her… for a little while. When the Frank/Da’Vonne beef was all said & done, her name was dragged through the mud as well, and she followed Frank out of the house. She did however make it to Jury. I could have done without the hair flipping.

Zakiyah Everette – 5 strips of Tofu – Zakiyah played such a non-game, that there were like 4 or 5 episodes in a row that she did not even appear in any diary room sessions. Not to mention she threw her game away for someone that did not even have the decency to remove her from the block when he had the chance.

Bridgette Dunning – 1 strip of Bacon – I didnt really know what to expect from Bridgette before the season started – and early on she seemed to just be there. She won the 3rd HoH and by then, she was all in with Frank. That would have been a great person to align with, except he was on his way to becoming Public Enemy #1. She completely let him take control of her HoH, and since he won Roadkill that week – he essentially made all 3 nominations.

Once Bridgette found out that he was responsible for one of her Spy Girls going home, did she jump ship and try to mend fences? NOPE! Once Frank left, she caught on to Paulie running the house and was instrumental in leading the charge to get him out. It’s just a shame that feisty side of her did not come out earlier.

Rankings continue on the next page…


Commenting Rules: Keep the conversation civil and on topic. If your comment does not add to the conversation, it will be removed. Debate intelligently. Insulting the author, Big Brother Network, or other commentators will result in comment removal and possible ban. Any comments with links or flagged words will go into moderation before approval. Anything we deem as spam will not be approved. Comments left in ALL-CAPS will be deleted regardless of content.


  1. I am so very glad this season is finally over. Ready for Survivor and watch people actually play the game to win. So very sick of Nicole – I’m for James and Paul final two – Paul for the win!

  2. So ready for Survivor!!! BB powers that be – No More Vets Please – unless it’s an all star cast and then PLEASE No More Nicole!!!

    • Ideal All-Stars 2 Cast:
      BB2: Will
      BB3: Danielle
      BB4: Jun
      BB6: Janelle
      BB8: Daniele
      BB10: Dan
      BB12: Rachel
      BB13: Kalia
      BB14: Ian
      BB16: Derrick, Zach
      BB17: Vanessa
      BB18: Paul, Victor

      • No Vanessa. And as much as I love Vic, I don’t think this is his forte, so I’d go with Paul. Zach is definitely entertaining, but from the game aspect, I’d love to see Derrick play after other’s have studied his game. He’d have a much more difficult time using the same strategy and I’d like to see what he is capable of when put in a complete different scenario and vulnerable state right off the bat.

      • I think he (Derrick) would have a harder time of it the second go around. He would have to come up with a very clever strategy (like Will did in season 7) to stick around long. I would love to see Janelle come back and finally win BB!! :) That is one woman who played hard. In fact, she outplayed most of the boys consistently and was eliminated 3rd in back to back seasons b/c she was the best player by far and everyone was afraid to take her to F2.

      • Oh most definitely. Don’t get me wrong…RR definitely improved her game from season 12 to 13, but her histrionics were tiresome, where Janelle was just an all out, gung-ho great player! She is one of my ALL-TIME faves!

      • Exactly K…she drove me nuts sometimes, but I had to admire her tenacity and her willingness to play BB with everything she had!!

      • You’ll need a bigger house to hold all those egos. And earmuffs to handle Zach and Paul in the same house. Personally I’d rather see Paul and Vic in TAR

      • Hahaha! Yes, I think egos are usually a problem in All Star casts, but if you’re clever (like Will) or a comp beast (like Janelle) it’s an exciting season of BB!

        I hope *crosses fingers* Vic and Paul get signed for TAR as well. They would be ab-so-lutely-A-may-zing!! ;)

      • I would love to see a “1st person voted out” each season cast. Can only think of Glenn now from this season. Who were all those other “out the door 1st” people? They should be given another chance!

      • Really? I thought Jun and Allison both played great games. They both knowingly played the twist to their advantage. The only way they failed was by not thinking about jury, but because they were there together it didn’t matter.

  3. Great summary Adam, you reminded me of some things I had forgotten. Your summary shows what an interesting trajectory Paul’s season has been and how he has learned and adapted over the course of it. The first night I thought that guy is so irritating, he won’t last and he ends up being one of my favorites. He has worked the hardest all season and been the most entertaining. Paul FTW!

    • Yeah – I am fine with Nicole or Paul winning because they played all season long. Too many people lay too low early – but it is effective. Should be a heck of a show tonight!

      • Extremely unfortunate and disheartening as well…. I simply cannot imagine the thought process behind voting for James for ANY reward this season. Last season, I actually loved him, but this season… I simply can’t give him my vote for anything. As a BB fan for over 11 seasons, it truly makes me wonder what the people (voting for James) look for in BB, b/c it obviously is not strategy, social game or comp wins; James has not had any of those this season.

  4. Thank you Adam! Very well written. You hit right on all their game play and lack of. I really like Nicole but would not be upset if Paul were to win. Just don’t want James in the F2. Thank you for all your work this year! Look forward to more!

  5. I definitely agree with Paul being an amazing player who realllyyyyy fought this whole season. His social game really propelled him from underdog and easy target to being connected with the top players in the game when necessary. I just don’t understand how he could possibly be seen on the same level as Nicole, when her game didn’t seem nearly as intentional as Paul’s. I really think that other people just happened to go after the targets she wanted out, with no convincing from her, it was sort of dumb luck. Which like you said, is a part of the Big Brother game, but I don’t see how her skill level could be compared to Paul.

    • I, for one, think Paul is a much bigger BB fan than he lets on. He knows too much about BBCAN and other things. That’s cool if he is downplaying it. – A much better secret than being an aspiring mathematician! Lol

      • I have noticed a few times during the season when he has been casually conversing with someone and brought up something that happened in a previous season. It just seemed to come to him naturally. I remember thinking more than once that this guy knows more than someone who has just watched a few episodes of BB while being cooped up waiting for the show to start.

    • I don’t know, she certainly seems to believe it was intentional based on her practice final 2 speeches. Obviously she can say whatever she wants and that doesn’t make it true, but I’m willing to give her the credit.

  6. Loved your summation of the season, Adam! Spot on and you brought up some terrific points about both Nicole’s game play as well as Paul’s. I also agree with you 100% about James…if he wins ANYTHING this season I will be dismally disappointed in either the viewers or one of the HG…

  7. Adam, thank you so much for your fun assessments each week. I usually agree with most if not all of them so that feels good. Sometimes you change my mind, too!

    I really want to see a Paul & Nicole Final 2 and want to see Vic win AFP!

    PS: I had Nicole as one of my picks Week1 (I was thinking a vet would win and I thought she was coming to play BB & would be one of the small group running the show and I believed her when she said she would not look for love here. I was “disappointed” by her play early on because I was feeling like she was (sigh) looking for love rather than playing. But she made her move and I’ve enjoyed her second half a lot.)

    By that same token, I had Paul pegged as going out early so what do I know? ;) Ha ha. But glad I was wrong about him. I enjoyed him & Vic most of the time. (Didn’t like Vic initially either but I saw the light.)

    Looking forward to next time, Adam! Take care! :)

  8. An excellent final assessment of this season’s cast, Adam. And despite all the ups and downs of the season, all the arguing back and forth between fans of who’s playing the best game, I think we can all agree that this was one dynamic cast and one that we will not soon forget.

    Thank you once again, Adam, for taking the time to share your thoughts with us week after week. It’s always so amazing when former Big Brother Houseguests chime in on the current cast, and it’s an added bonus when they interact with the fans, like you do. Hope your family is doing well, and I hope you have enjoyed the summer as much as we have!

  9. Spot on as always.

    And actually I can honestly tell you that during the intro videos, Paul was my immediate favorite to win, and he was again as soon as he went up as a pawn and got Paulie to use the veto on him (was that to backdoor Vic?) Obviously I can’t prove this but I think I am one of the few truly die hard Paul fans, and I voted for him in several of the early favorite hg polls.

    As for Nicole, my friend who introduced me to Big Brother had her as his pick to win all season long. So between the two of us we actually got 2/3 (and hopefully 2/2 if the final two goes as it should)

  10. Adam, thanks for another season of excellent entertainment….which was most appreciated THIS season! Seriously though, you always brought many a smile to my face, and Brother—you’ll never know how much I needed those.
    Have a great year…look forward to your wit and wisdom (?) next season. Take care, Man!

Comments are closed.