Steve Moses was crowned the winner of Big Brother 17 last night when he managed to best his biggest competitor, Vanessa Rousso, in a three-round competition and move on to face a Jury who sided in his favor.
Now with the season behind him and a half-million dollars in his pocket we got to talk with Steve about the experience, what he thought of the Jury vote, and what were his best and worst moves in a Big Brother summer that all came down to one last question.
Big Brother Network: Tell us about your reaction to Vanessa voting for Liz instead of you at F2.
Steve Moses: I was actually really surprised. If Vanessa had burned me, she would have had my vote one million percent. I acknowledged she’s a brilliant player, arguably the best female player that Big Brother has ever seen. She’s really, really good, but that’s the same reason I couldn’t take her.
But her vote, I mean, I was surprised with her vote. She made a promise with Liz and wanted to keep it. Why that trumps my promise? I’m not sure, but that’s her Jury vote and she’s allowed to do what she wants with it. If she thinks Liz better represented the season then that’s how she should vote.
BBN: When did you realize that Vanessa had to go and you couldn’t get to F2 with her?
Steve: The moment for me was when Austin was HoH and he should have put up James and Meg, but Vanessa was nervous about me being loyal to Johnny Mac over her so Vanessa got Austin to flip and put up me and Johnny Mac instead. I realized that’s just how powerful manipulator and influencer she was and charismatic she is.
BBN: If you had kept Vanessa, how do you think that vote count would have turned out?
Steve: I have no idea. My speech would have been very different. The only way I could have beat Vanessa would have been pandering to a bitter Jury. I would have talked about character, ethics, and how I maintained my morality. It’s funny because I had no intention of playing this game with morals or ethics but that’s the only way I could beat Vanessa.
BBN: Do you feel like you played the game with morality, ethics, integrity, etc?
Steve: Integrity and morality have no place in the Big Brother house. If you’re trying to prove what a good character you have, a reality show is not the place to do it. I came here to play a game.
BBN: You talked about your F2 deal with Vanessa in the DR and feeling confident you were her only F2. How do you feel finding out there might have been some more out there?
Steve: Kudos to her for getting me. She played a great game. She got me. It was the same thing Derrick did last year, but I knew I couldn’t take her. I guess Derrick had Cody more wrapped around his finger than Vanessa had me wrapped around hers.
It’s another piece of evidence on why Vanessa was such a great player and why I couldn’t take her to the end.
BBN: Let’s talk about the Final 4 Veto competition. We watched you worry over your decision to throw that competition. Did you really throw that and did Vanessa convince you to do it?
Steve: That had nothing to do with Vanessa. That was my own decision. I spent a lot of time questioning if that was the right decision. I even lied to Vanessa and said I didn’t throw it.
The reason I made that decision was because I was so worried that by winning both the F4 HoH and F4 Veto that makes me such a huge target and just asks for people to not take me to F2 if they’re the final HoH. I was afraid that’d put me in a must-win F3 situation with the final HoH. I didn’t want to do that.