Big Brother 17 Unleashes 3 Twists On Houseguests

Last night on the Big Brother 17 premiere host Julie Chen announced that there’d be not one, not two, but three adventurous twists awaiting the new Big Brother cast this summer. Fans old and new are likely to recognize what we’ve seen so far, but more is around the corner.

Big Brother Takeover Twist on BB17
Big Brother Takeover Twist on BB17 – Source: CBS

Only two of the season’s three twists were truly revealed as the third, a “BB Takeover,” will be an ongoing mystery all summer, but what about the other two? Both the Twin Twist and Battle of the Block are recycled ideas in a season that’s going to have a lot going on.

The Big Brother Twin Twist comes to us from Big Brother 5 when Natalie Carroll and Adria Klein took turns playing the game one at a time while switching off in the Diary Room. They’d have just a few moments to swap clothing and share the latest updates on what was going on in the house. The entering twin was playing practically blind on events and conversations over the past few days. Luckily for them they pulled it off and both entered the game as individual players later on in the season.

Big Brother 17 has yet to confirm, but I strongly believe this season’s twins will be Liz Nolan and her sister Julia. We’ve put together some pics and a poll where you can share your thoughts on their chances, but right now this doesn’t look like it could be as easy for these two. During Big Brother 5 no one had ever heard of this idea, but now in BB17 we’ve got super fans who will know this has been done and could be on to them quickly.

The second twist is the return of the Battle of the Block which the show described as a “fan favorite.” Hmm. Sure, the twist added another level of complexity and gave us something fun to discuss on Fridays, but come on, this twist makes it overly difficult for players to navigate and holds them back for typical strategy. I highly doubt we’ll get the butting Heads of Household (combo’d phrase there) the production thought we might last season.

Two HGs will win HoH then they’ll each nominate two players giving us four total noms. Those four noms will face off as paired competitors with the winning duo dethroning their nominator. The dethroned HoH is eligible for renom following the Veto comp. This twist didn’t last all season last year, but close to it so we could have this one for awhile.

The third twist is the yet to be disclosed “BB Takeover” where a new random twist will be thrown in each week. HGs don’t know if it’s just one week in duration for that twist or if they’ll start to stack up, but I’m guessing it’s the former.

A special guest will arrive each week with that news and Grodner has promised it’ll be either a celebrity or a familiar face. We were also promised two special guests for premiere week and didn’t get any last night so watch for those two during the second night of the premiere.

What do you think of all these Big Brother twists? This is about as far away from “just play the game” as we can get, but is that a good thing? Could so many twists keep viewers and players on their toes or is it just too much? Share your thoughts!


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