Trivia / Big Brother

  • Channel Hop:
    • The UK version from Channel 4 to Channel 5.
    • The Canadian version move from Slice to Global between season 2 and 3, though the Side Show is still on Slice.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Chima from Big Brother 11 was nicknamed "Hirochima" after her explosion(s).
    • Julie Chen has been nicknamed "Chenbot". House guests have actually called her "Chenbot" a few times, and CBS even has videos of Big Brother up on YouTube with "Chenbot" in the keywords, so they're well aware of this.
      • The origin of the nickname "Chenbot" is because Julie Chen has been able to say certain lines (mostly "but first") in the exact same way each time, even making the same movements as she looks towards the camera or stands up from a bench. You can see a Montage from season 6.
    • Gretel Killeen was named Gretski by housemate Blair in season one, and continued to be called Gretski by fans for the remainder of her hosting stint.
    • Victoria from BB16 has been called Queen Victoria, partially out of irony due to her inability to win competitions, but also due to her self-assured personality and being the only girl left by Final 5. Other fans will jokingly call her anything but her actual name, like Velma, Vacuum, or Vuvuzela, in reference to how forgettable she was.
    • The "Chop Shop" alliance from BBCan3 has been dubbed the "Flop Shop" by many fans, who consider it doomed from the start: Zach is a mole, the two girls (Willow and Ashleigh) are more interested in working with the other girls, and the three other guys are generally disliked due to being boisterous brusiers.
  • Old Shame: The producers like to treat unpopular seasons like this. So far Seasons 9, 13, and 15, generally regarded to be the "worst" 3 seasons, are the only ones not to have any houseguests compete again on a later season, suggesting the producers try to stay away from them when casting for returning players.
    • Big Brother's first season might as well have never existed; ever since Season 2 changed the entire format, season one has never been mentioned or referenced, with the exception of George's appearance in Season 7, aka the "All-Stars" edition.
    • On the US version, the houseguests were given access to alcohol in the first two seasons. Season 2 was where it became evident that the booze put people's lives in danger when Justin's terrifying actions after getting drunk led the producers to practically wipe away the presence of alcoholic beverages on the show.
  • Romance on the Set: Being in a house with nothing but the same people again and again can made sparks fly
    • US
      • Lisa and Eric in Season 3, though it did not last long
      • Eric and Jesicca in Season 8, though they have now broken up
      • Nick with Daniele and Jen in Season 8, in the show and after the show respectively.
      • Jeff and Jordan in Season 11, who tied the knot in 2014 and are expecting a child.
      • Brendan and Rachel in Season 12, they tied the knot during 2012 and had their first child in 2016.
      • Danielle and Dominic in Season 13, they tied the knot during 2013, to the surprise of many.
      • Shelli and Clay are this in Season 17. In the first episode alone they have romantic thoughts of one another.
    • UK
      • Chantelle and Preston in Celebrity Big Brother 4, who were wed just months after the season and divorced 10 months later. which resulted in a rather awkward reunion when they met each other again in Ultimate Big Brother.
    • Canada
      • Emmett and Jillian in season 1.
      • Jon and Neda (Season 2) are revealed to be dating after their season ended. They have since broken up, though.
  • Stunt Casting: Seems to have become more common in recent years. Every season since Season 14 has had at least 1 houseguest who is either quasi-famous in the outside world or related to a previous contestant.
    • Season 14 had Jenn, bassist for the heavy metal band Kittie and Willie, brother of famous Survivor villain Russell Hantz.
    • Season 15 had Elissa, sister of (in)famous BB12 and BB13 houseguest Rachel Reilly.
    • Season 16 had Frankie, brother of Ariana Grande and self-proclaimed social media mogul.
    • Season 17 had Vanessa, the No.4 female poker player in the poker player in the world who had won $4.5 million throughout her career as of Season 17 as well as former Amazing Race contestants Jeff & Jackie.
    • Season 18 had Tiffany, sister of BB17's Vanessa and Paulie, brother of BB16's Cody.
    • Season 19 had Christmas, an athlete and fitness blogger with 420K Instagram followers prior to entering the house.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • In BB5 US, Nakomis and Cowboy's father was initially chosen for casting, which he declined. During the interview, he revealed that both of them never knew their existence, thus the second part of the DNA twist is born.
    • In BB6 US, Ivette's girlfriend was intended to be her partner, but was replaced with her friend, Beau.
      • Also, Dick and Daniele (both from BB8) made it to the finals in BB6 casting, but was not chosen.
    • In BB7 US, Bunky, Dana, Ivette, Lisa, Michael "Cowboy", and Monica were candidates to come back into the house, but lost both the public vote & the producer's vote.
    • In BB8 US, Jessica's nemesis was originally a rival from a dance team.
    • In BB11 US, Jessica (BB8, Popular), Micheal "Cowboy" (BB5, Offbeats) and Brian (BB10, Brains) are candidates to come back into the house, but their cliques lost the HOH competition to Jessie (BB10, Brawns)
    • In BB12 US, a fourteenth houseguest named Paola had been cast, but left during sequester and was not replaced. Also, the Saboteur twist could have gone on for much longer if Annie hadn't been evicted Week 1.
    • In BB13 US, a cast video of someone named "Jason" was actually filmed but for some reason, he was dropped during sequester.
    • In BB14 US, an early trailer showing some contestants showed someone named Mike but for some reason, was replaced with Joe for reasons unexplained. One Steve Limit , maybe?
    • It is suggested that the "Takeover" twist from BB17 US was supposed to go on for longer than three weeks, but ended early either because the celebrities they had planned to takeover cancelled or the producers felt the season was strong enough to stand on its own without the need of a twist.
      • Also, Rachel from BB12 and BB13 US was supposed to be one of the coaches, but as she declined to become married, Britney replaced her.
    • In GH17 (Spain), one of the season's novelties was "The Club", a secret room in which chosen contestants would get counseling from previous winners on how to win the competition, and get other privileges such as watching the other participants' nominations. Along with "The Club" came "The Counterclub", in which the early eliminated contestants would live with former contestants in hopes to get repechaged. When Pablo was the first contestant to enter "The Counterclub", Mayte Galdeano's over-the-top demeanor drove him so nervous that he requested to leave, so "The Counterclub" was quickly shut down for good. Host Jordi González commented on this on air:
    Jordi González: We promised a bombshell and we delivered, so much that it went off too early.
  • Why Fandom Can't Have Nice Things: Thanks to people making huge efforts to slant the game in their favour in the first season, they put in limitations on how the audience can affect the game. In particular, people have botted the site so that Ronnie and later Jeff or Jordan would get the Coup de'Tat in season 11 (which also helped instigate Chima's infamous meltdown later that same season). CBS put in restrictions on how many votes can go, and then later on randomized the positions on the site so that if you clicked the same place twice, you wouldn't click on the same houseguest you clicked on previously. In BB16's America's Vote, you have to have an account with the site and can only vote ten times.

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