Big Brother American Season 23: We Won (Contains Spoilers)

5 min readAug 10, 2021

I was so shocked by what happened during this week’s Veto Ceremony, I just had to come on here and share my thoughts with y’all.

I didn’t think Derek X had the balls to do it, but he did: he backdoored Christian. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the concept of “backdooring” someone, it means instead of nominating someone for eviction outright, you hope the veto gets used and you put the person on the block as a replacement nominee. This way the person isn’t guaranteed to play in the Veto Competition and take themselves off the block. As I’m sure you’ve gathered, “backdoors” are usually reserved for people who do really well in competitions.

So the plan was always to backdoor Christian, who is the biggest competition threat in the house, but I thought Derek X was going to chicken out because Christian’s argument for staying in the house is he’s a shield for Derek X and Derek X is a shield for him. Here’s why that argument fails: because Christian is such a comp beast, this past HOH competition in which he didn’t play is one of the few opportunities that will come along to evict him. Getting rid of Christian and making himself the biggest target in the house is well worth it for Derek X because he can’t beat Christian in the long run, not in competitions and not if they make it to the Final Two. Therefore, the benefit of Derek X losing his “shield” is greater than the value he would get from keeping it.

It’s looking like Christian will be leaving the house on Thursday, but if he doesn’t, everyone in that house except for Alyssa will regret it because none of them can beat Christian either.

Speaking of Alyssa, you know why Christian getting backdoored is HILARIOUS? Because when Christian was HOH last week, he considered nominating Derek X, but Alyssa convinced him not to by saying, “Why would you nominate Derek X? You want another guy to leave the house?” (Women currently outnumber the men in the house.) Alyssa’s biggest ally is on the block because of something she convinced him not to do. HYSTERICAL. Now had Christian put Derek X up next to Whitney, Derek X would probably have stayed, but at least Christian would feel like he deserved to be backdoored this week.

So The Cookout is still grilling and today my fave Tiffany mentioned an aspect of jury management I hadn’t thought of yet just like the brilliant strategist she is. She mentioned that the strong-minded pawns The Cookout is…


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