Tonight on Big Brother 18’s special Battle Back episode the first five evictees will return to the BB backyard and face off in four separate competitions. We now have our first look at what’s ahead.

Update: We have spoiler results for tonight’s comp. Find out who won Battle Back!

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There’s been much speculation as to how and when these comps would be held along with just what they’d use to compete. Now there’s at least a little less guessing after a new CBS promo reveals how the first two evictees will face off.

Glenn and Jozea will be competing in the Berry Balanced competition from Week 2. The new commercial shows Glenn running out in a cloud of smoke and Jozea falling off the familiar log.

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These two views sparked speculation that Jozea lost (you see him falling) and Glenn was victorious (you seem him cheering), but I’m not convinced those are as revealing as some fans are inferring.

During the original run of Berry Balanced, if you fell you were out, but that was a team event. Maybe you’re out if you fall here too, but with no backups it wouldn’t be unreasonable to just be sent back to the other side if you tripped. Maybe Jozea does lose, but I don’t think CBS would show us that upfront actively happening in the promo.

For Glenn’s jogging cheer, that reminds me more of the football team coming out on to the field. I think that’s his grand entrance to the arena. Of course that’s just more guessing from me and it could be completely wrong on both Jozea and Glenn.

So what are the rest of the comps going to be? Well, the Berry Balanced comp was the HoH comp after Jozea was evicted, so it’d be new to both players. What if they tried to cascade down the line like that? Then Round 1’s winner and Victor would face off in that tennis ball bouncing comp and Round 2’s winner with Bronte would do a true/false comp, and… Ehh, see that doesn’t really work.

It would have been neat to use the latest HoH comp if they had done all physical activities, but I don’t think they could do the T/F one as easily. Now if they had done this then the players could have been sneaking in to the backyard each week and using the same set up after the main HGs finished their comp run. It did originally sound like the Battle Back comps would be held each week rather than holding back and doing all four at once, but I’d be surprised if they used this approach.

Maybe everyone is going to face off in a round of Berry Balanced redux. It looks like it’s a recreation of the original and very similar but slight differences including new layout of the palm branches when compared against the original comp’s photos. We can see behind Jozea that the ball collector is a modified version of the first Berry Balanced. There’s space for just twenty balls instead of forty and the other boxes to collect balls have been removed.

That’s also a big set up so if they got that all done I’d be surprised if it got one use and then had to go do the next build up and tear down. Maybe we’ll see all four compete in this competition later tonight with the special Big Brother show at 8/7c.

How do you think the Battle Back comps will play out and who do you want to win his or her way back?

Update: Now we’ve got an extended scene from CBS showing Glenn and Jozea in action. Like I suspected the smokey entrance was Glenn coming on to the playing field and if you fall you’re not out, just back to the start for that attempt.

In the clip we also get to see Glenn go for the “poison berry” but does that give you a big boost of points or knock out your enemy’s collection of berries so far? We’ll find out tonight!


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