Five will enter, but only one Houseguest will return from the Battle Back arena tonight on Big Brother 18. Who will emerge victorious and who will be sent back home?
Update: We have spoiler results for tonight’s comp. Find out who won Battle Back!
With each competition presented as a duel between the first five outgoing Houseguests we’ll see four separate competitions and our sneak peek of what they’ll face could give us a clue as to who is already back in the game.
Yes, I suspect the comps have already played out and the HG is back in the house. Feeds are down until after Friday night’s show so they’re looking to hide the results that we’d otherwise see. Now we’ve got to play catch up.
Our sneak peek from earlier revealed that at least the first round of the competition would feature the Berry Balanced HoH comp. You’ll remember the HGs had to traverse a series of balance beams and move balls from one side to the other. Originally it was forty balls, but now it looks to be twenty and that’s with just one player instead of a team.
Let’s do a cascading bracket to predict who I think could get back in the game with the Battle Back twist. Caveat: I’m basing these decisions on the premise that they will all be doing the Berry Balance comp.
Update: We’ve got a new, extended look at tonight’s Battle Back comp and now I’m pretty sure all four rounds will be competing in this same challenge. Video added at the bottom.
Round 1: Glenn Garcia vs Jozea Flores
Glenn has been waiting the longest for this opportunity after just barely being beaten by Corey during the season premiere. Corey’s no athletic slouch which really says a lot for Glenn so I think he won’t be easily beaten.
Neither Glenn nor Jozea participated in the Berry Balanced comp, but everyone beyond them has so by the time we get to round two everyone should be even in experience. Seems reasonable.
I’m going with Glenn over Jozea on this one. Glenn is very capable and I think he’ll make safer choices during the comp so I’m thinking he’ll beat out a more “jump first, think later” Jozea.
Round 2: Glenn vs Victor Arroyo
Victor did very well in the original comp. Had James not thrown the comp he might have been able to pull off the win. Victor will not be easy for Glenn to defeat so I’m going with Victor on this one.
Round 3: Victor vs Bronte D’Acquisto
This would be Victor’s third time playing this comp (including the original HoH comp) and he could be on a roll going in to his duel with Bronte. Bronte did well in the original comp too, but I think she’ll be up against too big a challenge here. I’ll give this one to Victor too.
Round 4: Victor vs Tiffany Rousso
This will be Victor’s third straight comp if he makes it here and we don’t know how much time they’ll have had in between. Tiffany will be fresh and ready to go. I went back and watched her last performance in this challenge and she did very well with Corey before intentionally stepping off to clear the path for him to complete the comp.
I think it’d be close, but what the heck, I’ll give it to Tiffany. She’ll have more of a fire still lit in her than all the rest considering she’s the most recent evictee and that could give her the edge. But if Victor wins then I won’t be surprised at all and I expect him to be a strong contender in this.
Now what if this isn’t going to be the Berry Balance for all of them and instead just round one? Glenn and Bronte are smart people so maybe they could beat out Victor in a mental comp, but what’s the one comp Victor won? A mental comp where he defeated what thirteen other HGs? Hmm, maybe Victor is the best overall contender to return. Whoever it is, we’ll find out soon!
Who do you think will win his or her way back in to the Big Brother 18 game? We’ll watch all four comps during tonight’s special Friday night episode at 8/7c and we’ll be here on the site doing a live recap as it happens. Hope you’ll join us back here at 8PM ET!
Update: New video added showing what looks to be the Battle Back arena for all four comps: