It's summer, which means that the Big Brother season is in full swing, and fans are dying for all the information they can get about the show. From Clay and Shelli's enviable showmance to how to tell wins Liz and Julia Nolan apart, Big Brother 17 has already given everyone a lot to talk about. Unlike American Idol or The Voice, there's not a clear, objective set of skills that leads to winning the competition. The qualifications for Big Brother brilliance go beyond singing or dancing and is a lot more subtle, but they also raise an interesting question. How often does the first Head of Household win Big Brother ?
HOH competitions effect one's status in the house week-to-week, and the course of the competition towards the end. The first Head of Household competition is a strategic one, either your first chance to snatch control of the house, or something you have to lose in order to ensure you don't start out with a big target on your back. So, what does it take to win Big Brother? What are the trends over the past sixteen years? And, most importantly, is there a connection between who wins the first HOH challenge, and who wins the whole thing?
We cross-referenced the Head of Household winners charts and the overall winners to find the answer.
Season 3: Lisa
Season 3 winner Lisa Donahue won the first HoH challenge her season —"Wheel of First Impressions" — and became the first female winner of the American version of the show.
Season 12: Hayden
Season 12's winner, Hayden Moss, won a hot dog eating contest to become the first Head of Household in his season, and ended up being the winner of the whole game.
Season 13: Rachel
Chemistry Grad Student/VIP Cocktail Waitress Rachel Reilly won Big Brother, and her first HoH challenge. So, will James win the whole competition since he was the first HoH? Or will Jason win the whole game, since he was also first HoH before being dethroned after the Battle of the Block? We're not so sure. Three winners in 17 years is a substantial trend, but not enough to call a clear indicator. Everything's still up in the air, and we'll have to keep tuning in to find out.
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