Following Monday’s explosive Veto Ceremony we now have the final nominees for Big Brother 16 in Week 2. One of the two nominated players will be going home and after closely following the Feeds I’m ready to share where I believe the votes stand.

Derrick counts the votes on Big Brother 16

Derrick counts the votes on Big Brother 16 – Source: CBS

We’re just two days away from the next Big Brother eviction vote and this could be a much closer round of votes than we saw last week with the unanimous elimination of Joey Van Pelt. The gamble is bigger this week though as the current Head of Household, Devin Shepherd, has made a move that ends the Bomb Squad alliance as we know it and sets the target inside their ranks.

At this week’s Veto Ceremony Devin removed Brittany Martinez from the block and replaced her with Zach Rance as the renom. Devin’s original deal with Paola Shea to be saved if she threw the Battle of the Block was abandoned. In one fell swoop Devin betrayed his standing agreement with Paola and his entire alliance by targeting Zach.

The house immediately broke in to a panic and lines were drawn anew with the Bomb Squad dividing in to secret branches designed to appear as remaining members, but actively working against its more vocal members: Devin and Caleb Reynolds.

Zach wasted no time rallying support to stay in the house. He openly and vocally requested votes from many of the HGs who quickly agreed in return. But wait just a moment, those kinds of “oh sure I’ll vote for you to stay” are hardly reliable, so let’s dig deeper.

There will be twelve votes this week which gives Devin the opportunity to become the deciding vote in case of a tie. Zach does not want that to be the case as he would lose that vote and be evicted. As such, Zach needs seven solid votes to remain in the house this week. I believe he has them.

Last night I did a quick break down of the votes as they stood at that moment and here’s who I have in Zach’s column of support: Brittany, Cody, Christine, Derrick, Donny, Hayden, and Nicole. Why not Frankie? He spent the better part of yesterday campaigning for Zach’s eviction after the meeting ended. Zach out’d Frankie’s duplicity and Frankie is done with him. Even if we see them reteam I don’t believe either will fully trust the other.

Amber and Jocasta both promised Zach their support immediately after the meeting yesterday, but I don’t believe either of them will live up to it. Once Amber found out Zach out’d the Bomb Squad to Hayden she told Frankie she’d take back her vote. I expect her to vote with Caleb who has also had his ear bent by Frankie. Nicole agrees that Jocasta won’t ultimately support Zach, but she encouraged Zach to pursue it for appearances.

This morning Zach and Cody ran through the vote scenarios and came up with the very same list I shared last night and described above. They want to take it from 7-5 up to 10-2 by getting Frankie, Jocasta, and Victoria to come over to their side of the vote.

I do think that once Frankie sees he won’t get Zach out this week he’ll be inclined to shift his vote so he’s with the majority. Victoria is a toss up as told Derrick this morning that she now knows what Zach said about her (nasty, childish comments) and how he threw frisbees at her (as instructed to by Big Brother), which she also did. Derrick pointed out that she could either vote to keep someone who called her names (Zach) or someone known to throw comps who she could be paired with in another nomination and have to rely on in the Battle of the Block (Paola).

Amber’s vote is currently abandoned as they think she’ll vote in unison with Caleb who is unlikely to go against Devin. It’s worth noting that yesterday Caleb said he’d never trust Devin again after Devin went against the alliance. Zach and company hope Amber votes against him so she can see she was in the shrinking minority, panic, and rush to their side.

This will not be a calm or quiet week. Zach, Devin, and Paola will make sure of that. But if things hold then I strongly believe Zach will have the votes he needs and will “stay to slay the monster.” Now what do you think will happen in this week’s eviction? Cast your vote in our poll below and then share your thoughts!