Here's exactly how an HOH could find him/herself evicted in the same week this year.
The big twists for #BB16, as you now know, include two Heads of Household (HOH) competitions and then two sets of two eviction nominees. Frankie and Caleb each won HOH (as CBS aired on the Wednesday and Thursday shows, respectively). As live feeders later learned, Frankie put Brittany and Victoria on the block, and then Caleb nominated Donny and Paola.
A new-for-#BB16 competition called the Battle of the Block took place entirely before the feeds went live for the first time this season. The Battle is between the two pairs of nominees. The winning pair is removed from the block (no longer up for eviction), and the HOH who nominated the losing pair is dethroned.
Not that they'd have shown the Battle itself on the live feeds, necessarily; CBS plans to air it during Sunday episodes. But live feeders figured out overnight from house guest conversations that Brittany and Victoria won the first-ever Battle of the Block competition. That means four things:
- Brittany and Victoria are safe from eviction this week.
- Since Frankie's nominees won the comp, Frankie is no longer HOH.
- Caleb is the reigning HOH until Thursday, so he's safe from eviction too.
- Donny or Paola might be evicted -- unless the Power of Veto competition changes a nominee.
Power of Veto (POV) competitions always include the HOH, the nominees, and for most of the season, additional house guests who get into the comp based on a random drawing of chips.
This season's first POV competitors will include Caleb (HOH) plus Donny and Paola (the nominees who are still on the block) and those whose names were drawn ... which are Victoria, Cody, and Zach.
Frankie was dethroned as HOH and was not selected for the POV comp, so he has no control over his destiny this week.
If Donny or Paola wins POV, obviously he or she will save him/herself. If Victoria, Cody, or Zach wins, one of them could also choose to save either Donny or Paola. Then HOH Caleb will have to nominate somebody new.
Since Frankie isn't even competing for POV, he's not safe and could be nominated. And that, newbies, is how a house guest can go from HOH to eviction all within the same week. Twisted, eh?
Who is most likely to win POV? Do you think Caleb would put Frankie on the block in a potentially history-making move? Who is most likely to be the first one evicted? Hit me up at @uselesstraffic or share your thoughts in the comments below.
Readers objkshn and kaycee14 pointed out that my post originally read "Since Frankie's nominees lost the comp, Frankie is no longer HOH" and that it needed to be corrected to read "Since Frankie's nominees won the comp". The correction has been made, and my thanks to both of you.
I had mistakenly thought that if the HOH's nominees lose the Battle of the Block, the HOH who nominated them would be dethroned. But now it makes more sense: Why would nominees want to protect the person who put them on the block in the first place?
Instead, nominees are motivated to win this comp as a way of sticking it to their HOH -- and possibly even helping to set him or her up for eviction the same week.