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America's Favorite Houseguest (previously known as America's Favorite Juror) is an award given to the fan favorite during the finale of Big Brother seasons. The winner of the award receives $25,000 ($50,000 as of Big Brother 23 (US)). Viewers can vote online for whom they wish to win the award.

The America's Favorite Houseguest award was first introduced in Big Brother 7 (US). Originally, the prize was only limited to jury members in Big Brother 7 (US), Big Brother 9 (US), and Big Brother 10 (US), where it was called the America's Choice Jury Prize. Since Big Brother 11 (US), all houseguests have been eligible to win the prize (except those who have been expelled or walked from the game), and the name "Fan Favorite Award" was changed to "America's Favorite Houseguest". It was believed that the person who wins the season wasn't allowed to win AFHG but that was stated to be false in an interview with Allison Grodner[1], and later proven to be false when Taylor Hale took home both prizes for the first time on Big Brother 24 (US). The only people who are ineligible to win are those who walk or are expelled from the game. Anthony Scaramucci was a "Fake HouseGuest" in Celebrity Big Brother 2 (US) and was also ineligible to win.

Due to having twists such as America's Player and America's Winner, the vote was absent during Big Brother 8 (US) and Big Brother: Over the Top.

List of America's Favorite Houseguest Winners[]

Season Fan Favorite
Winner
Percentage Runner(s)-Up Prize
Big Brother 7 (US)
Janelle Pierzina
24.7%
Will Kirby
$25,000
Big Brother 9 (US)
James Zinkand
20.5%
Sheila Kennedy
Big Brother 10 (US)
Keesha Smith
25.8%
Jerry MacDonald
Big Brother 11 (US)
Jeff Schroeder
32.1%
Jordan Lloyd
Big Brother 12 (US)
Britney Haynes
24.8%
Enzo Palumbo
Big Brother 13 (US)
Jeff Schroeder
36.2%
Daniele Donato
Big Brother 14 (US)
Frank Eudy
21.6%
Ian Terry
Big Brother 15 (US)
Elissa Slater
29.6%
Judd Daugherty
Howard Overby
Big Brother 16 (US)
Donny Thompson
52.7%
Nicole Franzel
Zach Rance
Big Brother 17 (US)
James Huling
Undisclosed
John McGuire
Jason Roy
Big Brother 18 (US)
Victor Arroyo
James Huling
Natalie Negrotti
Big Brother 19 (US)
Cody Nickson
Kevin Schlehuber
Jason Dent
Celebrity Big Brother 1 (US)
Ross Mathews
James Maslow
Shannon Elizabeth
Big Brother 20 (US)
Tyler Crispen
Brett Robinson
Haleigh Broucher
Celebrity Big Brother 2 (US)
Tom Green
Undisclosed
Big Brother 21 (US)
Nicole Anthony
Cliff Hogg III
Tommy Bracco
Big Brother 22 (US)
Da'Vonne Rogers
Tyler Crispen
Big Brother 23 (US)
Tiffany Mitchell
Derek Xiao
$50,000
Celebrity Big Brother 3 (US)
Carson Kressley
Lamar Odom
Shanna Moakler
$25,000
Big Brother 24 (US)
Taylor Hale
Michael Bruner
Kyle Capener
$50,000
7-Day Cruise
Big Brother 25 (US)
Cameron Hardin
Matt Klotz
Cirie Fields
$50,000
Note: Runners-Up are listed by who placed higher in the game.

Trivia[]

  • If the International Big Brother format is in use instead of the American format, the fan favorite houseguests are most likely to be the winners of their respective season as the viewers have the right to vote for the winner in the international format.
  • Jeff Schroeder is the only player to win the award twice.
  • The award was not given in Big Brother 8 due to America's Player. It was not given in Big Brother: Over the Top due to America's Winner.
  • Up until Big Brother 19 (US), every HouseGuest that won the award has won three or more competitions between HOH's and POV's combined.
  • Victor Arroyo is the first houseguest who was evicted pre-jury to have received the award (although he later returned to the game and made it to the jury stage).
    • He is followed by Cody Nickson and Cameron Hardin, who also returned and made it to the jury. Cody also has the lowest placement for a winner, as he finished 11th on Big Brother 19.
      • Da'Vonne Rogers has the lowest placement for a female winner, finishing 10th on Big Brother 22. Also, she was evicted pre-jury on Big Brother 17, where she placed 16th.
    • Howard Overby and Jason Roy are the only permanently evicted pre-jury houseguests to be runners-up for the award.
  • Between Big Brother 18 and Big Brother 20, each winner of the award has gotten into a relationship with a fellow female houseguest during or after the show: Victor Arroyo and Nicole Franzel, Cody Nickson and Jessica Graf, Tyler Crispen and Angela Rummans
    • Victor and Nicole are married and have a son together.
    • Cody and Jessica are married and have three children together.
    • Tyler and Angela were engaged, but later broke up. 
  • James Zinkand is the first LGBT winner of the award, followed by Ross Mathews and Carson.
  • James Huling is the first POC winner of the award, followed by Victor Arroyo, Da'Vonne Rogers, Tiffany Mitchell and Taylor Hale.
    • Coincidentally, the former three played on Big Brother 18, with James and Da'Vonne also playing on Big Brother 17.
    • Howard Overby was the first POC runner-up. He was followed by Derek Xiao.
  • Taylor Hale has the highest placement for an AFP winner, winning Big Brother 24 (US) as well. She is the first person to win both the season and AFP.
  • Sheila Kennedy was the first known female runner-up for this award.
  • Before Taylor, Ian Terry, Jordan Lloyd, Ross Mathews and Tyler Crispen were the only finalists to also be finalists for this award.
    • Nicole Franzel, who won Big Brother 18, was the runner-up of the award in her original season on Big Brother 16, but not during 18.
    • Daniele Donato, who finished 2nd on Big Brother 8, was the runner-up for the award in her second season on Big Brother 13. During her original season, there was no award.
    • Ironically, Ian & Jordan had won their seasons and were the runners-up for the award, while Ross and Tyler were the runners-up of their seasons but the winners of the award.
  • Carson Kressley is the oldest houseguest to receive the award.
  • Big Brother 19 had the most votes for America's Favorite Houseguest, with over fifteen million.
  • The winner and both runners-up in Big Brother 18 were all minorities, with one of them being Asian-American (James Huling being Korean) and the other two being Hispanic-American (Victor Arroyo being Puerto Rican and Natalie Negrotti being Venezuelan).
    • Coincidentally, Natalie was in a showmance with both Victor and James at two separate points, making it the first and second time that a showmance has made it into the top three together.
  • Big Brother 21 (US) was the first season with the winner and both runners-up all made into final five, completed by Nicole Anthony in 3rd place, Cliff Hogg III in 4th place, and Tommy Bracco in 5th place.
  • There have been 11 male winners for the reward, and 8 female winners for the reward.

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