Victoria Rafaeli surprised many viewers by surviving the Big Brother 16 season all the way to the very end falling just shy of the Final Two. She credits that success in large part to being blessed with her partner Derrick and choices early in the game for who she’d align with.
Victoria walks away from the game as the season’s 3rd place HG, but may be more well known for having shredded Zach’s iconic pink hat. So what’s she got to say about that hat? Read on to find out.
Matthew Boyer – Big Brother Network (BBN): Going in to this season you told us you were a huge fan of Big Brother. How did your expectations match up to your experience?
Victoria Rafaeli: You do not know! As much as you think you know you have no idea. It is completely different living in this house and living with these people. Even watching the Feeds, it is completely different. You can not compare. You might say you’ll do something but when you are in the house you are not doing that. Your brain is everywhere.
BBN: You got right up next to the end, but didn’t make it to the Final Two. Coming that close, did it give you any hesitation in voting for Derrick?
Victoria: Not at all. Derrick has had my back since Day 1 until Day 97. He never burned me once and had my back. He’s an amazing person. I always told him, if it’s not me winning it better be him. I’m just so happy for him.
BBN: On that Final Two, you had a chance at the comps but didn’t win a seat. Instead you had to try and talk your way in to the Final Two. Tell me about your strategy there.
Victoria: Derrick and me had a Final Two the entire time, but he was telling me the Jury members stated while still in the house that if I were to make it to the F2 they were going to vote for me. They thought it was almost impossible for me because I was getting put up every week. So if I did they would vote for me. He did not want to hand me the $500K. Understandable, but I just tried to make him feel a little guilty but not too much. I tried to work my way in by saying he had played an amazing game and wouldn’t have to worry about it saying he’s going to win, not me.
BBN: Do you think if you had gotten there to F2 that you would have beaten either Derrick or Cody?
The Big Brother 16 finale is over and the Houseguests are now free to get back out in to the world. Without having to wait on Big Brother for a booze delivery it looks like everyone was ready to have a good time last night.
Lots of pictures have been shared since the BB16 HGs got together to party and I’ll keep adding more to this collection as we find them. It seems like the Jury and Finalist HGs didn’t get the chance to share many pics last night as their phones might not have been with them yet, but I’m already seeing more of them pop up online this morning.
Plenty of former HGs came out to show they’re support as this season’s cast returned to the outside world. I imagine they’re a pretty good support team for such a tough transition like that. Oh, and yes, that’s Shannon Elizabeth hanging out with the HGs last night. She’s a huge BB fan.
If you could buy one Houseguest a drink to celebrate, who would it be?
Jeff Schroeder’s interviews weren’t live this year like we’ve seen most recent seasons, so you’ll have to start rolling through them now to get caught up and hear what everyone has to say about their experience. It’s fun to catch everyone while they’re still hyped and running on the adrenaline of the big finale show. Watch them all in the videos below.
After the backyard work was done the HGs kept the party alive by heading out in to the Los Angeles night for some fun. I’ll be digging up photos of all their fun so check back for those later too to see what happened next.
Following the three rounds of the Final HoH we saw Cody take power and vote to evict Victoria. That left just two HGs in the race as they prepared to stand before the Jury.
The Jury deliberations are tough but now they’ve got what they need to know to cast their votes.
Big Brother 16 – Jury Votes:
- Jocasta: Cody
- Hayden: Derrick
- Zach: Derrick
- Donny: Cody
- Nicole: Derrick
- Christine: Derrick
- Frankie: Derrick
- That’s enough! Derrick wins!
- Caleb: Derrick
- Victoria: Derrick
The winner of Big Brother 16 is Derrick Levasseur by a vote of 7-2!
Derrick walks away having never been named as a nominee and with a total earnings of $575,000! Amazing amazing accomplishment. Congratulations to Derrick on a job very well done.
What do you think of Donny and Jocasta voting against Derrick as the two sole votes for Cody? I predicted both of them would, but I also thought we might see Christine lean in that direction as well but she did not. All the same, those votes weren’t enough and Derrick wins by a landslide. Congrats!
Update: Donny says in an interview that had promised Cody his vote earlier in the game so he stuck with the commitment and figured Derrick would win anyway. Jocasta says she had a similar promise.
While the main attraction was finding out who won Big Brother 16 there was a LOT of interest from fans to discover which of the HGs would get America’s Favorite Player.
The race for winning Big Brother’s Favorite Houseguest looked to be between Donny, Zach, and Frankie who received some major support from his family. Who would take home the title and the $25,000 check with it? Julie revealed the news at the very end of the Big Brother season finale on Wednesday.
Julie revealed there were over 10 million votes and the winner pulled in more than 5 million votes was:
Big Brother 16 America’s Favorite Player:
Joining Donny in the top bracket was Nicole and Zach, though we don’t know their order or % of votes earned. Wow! That’s a great group of Houseguests picked by viewers and all three should be very pleased with the honor.
What do you think of America’s vote? Did your fav get the win?
Tonight on Big Brother 16 the season finale reveals the last HoH of the summer and the Jury’s reveal of who won Big Brother! Stay tuned as cover it all starting at 9:30PM ET after the Survivor premiere.
Last week’s cliffhanger left us with Cody, Derrick, and Victoria preparing to enter the final Head of Household competition of the season. Endurance was up first with a mental and physical challenge not far behind. Both of those rounds are already over (spoilers) and now we await the third and deciding round held live during tonight’s finale.
Not only will we get a series of competitions but the season’s Houseguests return! We’ll see the first five HGs back together on stage along with the return of the Jury and their roundtable debate hosted by none other than the excellent Dr. Will Kirby.
Can Derrick win over the Jury with his masterful game play and best Cody or could we never find out and one of the guys flips on the Hitmen to take Victoria to the end? We’re about to find out!
Big Brother 16 Final HoH – Round 1:
Endurance competition with a hang gliding theme. Victoria is out first which means the Hitmen control this round’s win. As soon as Victoria drops the guys start debating what to do.
Derrick says he’s worried about beating Victoria in R2. Later this conversation comes up and COdy gets upset as we see in his DR here. Derrick hangs out awhile longer and then… drops.
- Cody wins Round 1
Cody will now move on to Round 3 while Derrick and Victoria must compete in Round 2.
Big Brother 16 Final HoH – Round 2 – “Ancient BBgypt”:
Much like last season, the competitors had to place face plates high on a wall while attached to a harness. First player to get the sequence correct will move on to Round 3.
Derrick completes in 15:29. Victoria finishes in 30:03.
- Derrick wins Round 2
Derrick and Cody will now face off in Round 3 of the Final Head of Household comp. “But first” it’s time to hear from the Jury at their Roundtable discussion with Dr. Will.
Big Brother 16 Jury Roundtable:
Nicole is being a champion for Derrick saying Cody hasn’t done much. Donny says Derrick betrayed allies (secretly referencing Team America, I’d guess) and Frankie agrees that Derrick used the death of their grandfathers to create a bond. Jocasta says Derrick fake prayed with her so she will not be giving him any “sugar.”