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.