Thursday night was a live eviction episode of Big Brother 19. Read on for spoilers to see where the Houseguests stand for the week.
Thursday night was a live eviction episode of Big Brother 19. However, Jessica used the Halting Hex and stopped the eviction from happening. After the non-eviction, Josh won HoH. The nomination ceremony will be shown on Sunday’s episode, but Josh has nominated Mark and Elena for eviction. But before I get to my predictions of the upcoming week, let me discuss the events of the previous week that led to Jessica using the Halting Hex.
HALTING HEX: Paul and his minions tried to convince Jessica to not use the Halting Hex. She briefly considered this after Cody hinted he was done with the game. Regardless what the TV edit hinted, Jessica would only have let Cody get evicted if Cody wanted to go home. She just wanted to have a backup plan in case. However, after their fight, Cody and Jessica made up, and Cody told her he wanted to stay. Cody is her closest ally in the house and will never go against her in the game. In addition, unbeknownst to Jessica and Cody, the house agreed they would have voted Jessica out instead of Cody if she didn’t use the Halting Hex. Although Cody was their original target, they wanted to prevent her from using the Hex the following week, and they also agree that Jessica is a better player than Cody. So, Jessica made the right decision to use the Halting Hex.
Nothing has really changed alliance-wise, and they likely won’t as long as Jessica and Cody are still in the game. Jessica and Cody have an unbreakable alliance and will always stand by each other. The whole house is against them with the exception of Mark. Elena is close to Jessica too, but she doesn’t want to be associated with her so she’s not a target as well. Mark and Elena are also on shaky ground since Elena wanted to distance herself from Mark, but it’s doubtful that they would ever target one another. As for Paul, he still has his minions that include Kevin, Christmas, Josh, Matt, Raven, Elena, Alex, and Jason. Elsewhere in the house, Alex and Jason are a duo, as are Matt and Raven. Josh seems to trust Christmas the most though, but it’s not clear who Christmas considers her closest ally. As for Kevin, he’s playing all sides of the house, but he seems closest to Jason and Paul.
Now onto the Power Rankings. Here are where the Houseguests stand in the house this upcoming week with Josh as the Head of Household.
WEEK 6 POWER RANKINGS
1. JOSH – He’s HoH, and he’s safe. The house targets are Jessica and Cody, but Josh has a different agenda in mind. He wants Elena to be evicted this week. He confided this plan first to Christmas, and she seemed open to the idea. When he let Paul in on this plan after the Temptation Competition, Paul immediately tried to shut it down. Josh still wants Elena gone and hopes the house will respect his wishes this week. It’s unlikely enough people will want to vote Elena out instead of Jessica, but Josh seems like he wants to stick to his guns. This week will show whether or not Josh can convince people to do what he wants.
2. CODY – Cody won the Temptation Competition, so he is safe this week. Cody would obviously be in the Bottom 2 of this ranking if he didn’t win safety for the week, especially with Josh as the HoH. Cody is still a huge target in the house and several Houseguests are gunning for him hard. Cody has Jessica and Mark on his side, but only Jessica will stand by him through and through. Cody will need to continue winning competitions to survive this game, but right now he’s safe.
3. CHRISTMAS – Josh seems to trust Christmas the most in the house. Early Friday morning, Christmas was the first to learn of Josh’s plan to get rid of Elena this week. She seemed on board with the idea, but it’s not entirely clear if she’s willing to listen to Josh more than Paul. Paul wants Christmas to use her Ring of Replacement temptation if Cody is picked to play in the Power of Veto competition. Christmas seems hesitant about using it when she’s not in jeopardy, so I guess we’ll see what she decides if Cody’s name does get drawn to play for the Veto.
4. PAUL – Fans were expecting this week to be a Paul HoH since Josh is one of his minions. However, Josh seems to be set on his goal to get Elena out. Paul tried to shut it down; he was adamant that Jessica needed to leave this week. However, Josh is not backing down on what he wants, and he wants Paul to see how dangerous of a player Elena is. Will Paul continue to try to force his agenda? It’s very likely, but will it be too much that it will turn Josh against him?
5. KEVIN – Kevin is in the best position in the house at the moment. He’s not a target for anyone, and he has good relationships with pretty much everyone too. He seems to trust Jason, Paul, and Alex the most, but he goes out of his way to be on Cody and Jessica’s good side in case either of them regain power again. Kevin will likely be in the game until the very end of the season.
6. JASON – These next few placements are interchangeable. Jason seems to have a good relationship with Josh, as well as several other Houseguests. No one is seeing him as a big threat, but he’s shown to be a good competitor since he’s already won a Veto. He has strong bonds with Alex and Kevin, and he’s someone that could continue to lie low and build relationships. Jason could be a dark horse to make it to the end of the game.
7. MATT – Matt calls himself a team player, but he pretty much just does whatever Paul wants. His social game is good, but he currently has shown no signs of a strategic or competitive game. However, don’t count out Matt since he could still go far in this game. Last season’s winner Nicole didn’t really start playing the game until near the end of the season, so it could be a similar story with Matt.
8. RAVEN – Raven is another one of Paul’s minions. Although she is in an obvious showmance with Matt, no one is currently looking to split them up at the moment. That’s likely due to everyone having their attention on Cody and Jessica at the moment, but no one sees Raven as a threat either. She could be dragged to the end of the game, but her chances at winning don’t seem to be great either.
9. ALEX – Alex is a competitor in challenges, and she has strong allegiances with Jason and Paul. However, she has a big enemy in the house: Jessica. If Jessica can somehow survive this week and win the next HoH, Alex will be in trouble (even though Jessica would rather target Paul first). That’s a hypothetical situation though, but Alex will soon be seen as a big threat down the line, even if Jessica and Cody are gone. She’s safe for now as she is blindly following Paul, but she’ll likely become a target later.
10. MARK – Mark is in danger this week. Depending how the Veto competition goes, Mark could be evicted on Thursday. It’s no secret that there is bad blood between Josh and Mark, but Josh wants Elena gone rather than Mark. But if Jessica wins the Power of Veto, then it will be just Mark and Elena on the block together, and the house might choose to vote him out instead of Elena. However, even if Mark survives this week, he’ll be losing a close ally in either Elena or Jessica.
11. ELENA – Elena is Josh’s target this week. He’s already made his agenda clear to some of the Houseguests, and he is not backing down. If the Power of Veto is used on Jessica this week, it’s likely Elena will be walking out the door on Thursday. However, if Elena and Jessica both remain on the block on Thursday, Elena could survive despite Josh wanting her out. It’ll be more of a tossup since Jessica has a lot of enemies in the house. Either Josh will get his way and Elena goes home, or the house ignores his wishes and votes Jessica out instead.
12. JESSICA – After Jessica and Cody lost the HoH competition, it was looking like they would most definitely be split up this week. However, Cody won the Temptation Challenge, so he is safe. Jessica, on the other hand, came in last place and is an automatic third nominee. This was actually what Jessica and Cody were hoping for since it would allow Jessica to play in the Veto competition and not get backdoored. However, the only way Jessica can ensure her safety is to win the Power of Veto. Regardless what Josh wants, he might not have the influence to get enough people to vote out Elena instead of Jessica. He might sway Christmas and Kevin, and Cody would obviously vote to keep Jessica too. Josh will need two more votes, and Alex and Paul desperately want Jessica out. So, it may not matter what Josh tells his fellow allies. If Jessica is on the block Thursday night, she’ll likely be gone. However, if Jessica does win the Power of Veto, then Jody will live to fight another week inside the Big Brother house.
So those are my thoughts on the house dynamics this week. Thanks for reading and feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.