Big Brother 16: How Final HoH Competition Rounds Work

Big Brother is in its homestretch as the Final Three Houseguests look ahead to the season finale next Wednesday, but before they get there we’ve got a few more competitions. Here’s how those will work.

Big Brother 16 - Final 3 HGs
Big Brother 16 – Final 3 HGs prepare for the last competitions

The Final HoH round of the season is unique in that there are three individual competitions without any sort of nominations or Power of Veto involved. Those two elements are retired for the season. The three competition rounds typically follow a pattern which we can reliably expect again this season.

Round 1 of the Final HoH is an endurance competition where all three HGs face off. The winner of Round 1 is guaranteed a seat in the third round competition and sits out the second round.

This season’s endurance portion actually took place last night following the live eviction show. Cody, Derrick, and Victoria held on to mock hang gliders while standing with their backs against the infamous “Wall” as it did its best to toss them to the ground and out of the race. Check out our full recap of the competition which was available to watch on the Live Feed and find out who won Round 1.

Round 2 of the competitions features the two losing HGs from the first round. Typically we see a physical based memory challenge where the competitors must recall the season’s events in a certain sequence. The physical element could be climbing like last season or even underwater as in other past seasons (don’t throw your goggles off and away!).

The winner of the second competition secures the other seat in the third and final HoH round. He or she will then face off against the first round’s winner in a potentially high-stakes competition.

Round 3 will be an “A or B” duel featuring video commentary from the Jurors where the HGs compete to rack up the most points in series of questions. You’ll hear something like Zach say “the biggest Froot Loop dingus this season was…” Julie will then offer two options: “A for Nicole or B for Pao Pao.”

Whoever pulls off the win here becomes the Final HoH of the season and casts the sole vote to evict either of the other two HGs. Whoever is evicted is sent out to Julie and will join the Jury as the F2 prepare to give one last speech and await the Jurors’ decision.

Friday night we will see the first round play out on a special episode at 8/7c on CBS. The second round will be held soon inside the Big Brother house and we’ll have your spoilers on that. We will see that next competition as part of Wednesday’s finale show. The third round will be live so we won’t know the final HoH or the F2 until the moment it happens.

We’re almost to the very end of BB16! I hope you’ve been enjoying the season and hanging out with us this summer. It’s been a blast discussing it with everyone so thank you for joining us again this year.


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  1. We appreciate all your work, Matt (and Branden too and all the other people who I’m sure help with this site). You make keeping up with the show a lot more enjoyable!!!

  2. Thanks for everything you do Matt…You made this seasons BB16 MORE bearable to say the least. Maybe BB17 will be BETTER,

  3. To all of the writers and commentators here: Thank you for the most entertaining part of BB16!

    Matt, Branden, Adam and Judd: All of you do a bang up job! TYVM!!

  4. Not to sound like a broken record, but I have to echo everyone else’s comments. Thank you for writing all these updates every year so we can follow along. I’ve been visiting this website and reading the spoilers for a while now, but this is the first season I’ve jumped in and commented. it has been a blast. Thanks for providing this service for all the way-too-addicted fans.

  5. I guess I am sounding like a broken record but it has been great this year on BBN. First think I do in the mornings is turn the computer on, the TV and while the DVR is playing BBAD I read any updates you or Branden have posted. I get my life back next week, yeah. Enjoyed Adam and Judd’s articles too. Really enjoyed sharing thoughts with all the other BB fans. Maybe a commenter will apply and make the cut for next year and we have somebody to root for.

  6. Well, everyone’s already said it but this is always the most entertaining part of every Big Brother season, so thanks!!!!

  7. Matt congrats and thanks for putting this site up and updating us all the time.It was a great season to watch ( not many agree) but watching BB US for the first time it feels so refreshed to me compared to which I’ve seen here in Brazil.

  8. Thank you both for your hard work. It’s been fun reading your blogs and keeping up with the season. Looking forward to the finale but then a very long year until BB17 comes back.

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