After a long, dramatic, teary, and all-over-the-place summer, we are finally down to the Final 3 houseguests of Big Brother 17.


Big Brother 17 Final 3: Liz, Steve and Vanessa

We’ve got Vanessa, the millionaire poker player who has cried her way to the end; Liz, the other half of a twin sisterhood and showmance that had her path to the end literally cleared for her; and Steve, the token nerd superfan who managed to get all the way there without his mom or his trombone.

So which of those three played the best game? And which of those three deserve to win Big Brother 17? Are those two people the same? Let’s pick apart the Big Brother 17 final three one by one and see if we can answer those questions. Let’s do this alphabetically:

Liz Nolan


Liz came into the game with her sister Julia as part of the twin twist. While she and Julia weren’t identical enough to pull off the twist for long (that pesky tooth), they did manage to stay for most of the game. Was it game prowess that helped keep such huge targets in the game? Well, that’s up for debate. But I’m going to go ahead and say no.

I believe Liz made it to the end because she aligned with the right people and she got lucky that more people didn’t see her and her twin sister as a threat. These kinds of things tend to happen when recruits outnumber fans of the show.

Aligning with the most powerful people in the house and faking that showmance with Austin (that later turned into the real deal) were some of Liz’s best moves in the game. But Liz’s best quality was her loyalty. She never betrayed a member of her alliance, and every time she had to nominate someone for eviction, she stayed true to her allies. That deserves some respect.

Liz’s competition record (3 HOHs and 1 veto) are also pretty impressive for a contestant not many people expected to do well in the game. Liz’s strategy wasn’t the greatest as she turned to Vanessa and Austin a lot on what to do, but her social game is outstanding compared to the other two people in the final three.

Does Liz deserve to win Big Brother 17? Yes. I think the fact that Liz outlasted so many people despite playing with a twin and being in a showmance is reason enough to consider voting for her in the end.

Can Liz win Big Brother 17? This I’m not sure of. I think Liz could beat Steve, but not Vanessa. But it’s always so hard to tell what a jury will do. But I do think there’s a chance with James, Meg, Jackie, Austin and Julia sitting on that jury.


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