Big Brother 4 (also called Big Brother 4: The X-Factor) was the fourth season of the American reality television series Big Brother. It aired on July 8, 2003, and ended on September 24, 2003, lasting 82 days. This season winner's was Jun Song, who beat her on-off ally Alison Irwin in the Final 2 by a 6-1 vote.
Major alliances of this season include the Elite Eight (Dana, Alison, Jack, Erika, David, Jun, Nathan & Scott), the Three Stooges (Justin, Jee, Robert) which extended to Jun to make the Dream Team, and the Girl Power group that Alison, Jun, and Erika formed near the end.
- Golden Power of Veto: Introduced in the previous season as the last veto competition of Big Brother 3, was the Golden Power of Veto, was now the mainstay veto for this, and future seasons.
- The X-Factor: While 8 Houseguests entered the house initially, they were told that 5 of the remaining Houseguests were ex-lovers with one of the 8.
- Power of Veto Played Before Nominations: In Weeks 7 and 8 the veto competition happened before the nominations ceremony was held.
- Diamond Power of Veto: The Diamond Power of Veto was introduced as the final veto power in the final 4. It allowed the holder to save a nominee from eviction and name the replacement.
- Sequestered Jury: A Jury of seven who would decide the outcome of the game. When there were nine players left in the game, the evictees formed the jury. The sequestered jury was introduced after many outcry among fans when Danielle Reyes lost Big Brother 3 arguably due to evicted houseguests seeing her diary room sessions.
|Week 1||Week 2||Week 3||Week 4||Week 5||Week 6||Week 7||Week 8||Week 9||Week 10||Week 11|
|Key:||Nominated||Rep: Replacement Nominee||POV Holder||HOH||DPOV: Diamond Power of Veto||Jury Member||Evicted||Expelled|
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|Big Brother 4 (US) Competition History|
|Week 1||"X Marks The Spot"||All houseguests would stand on top of one of two beams that were tilted downward. One by one each of the houseguests would answer a question based on what their fellow houseguests answered on a questionnaire before they entered the house. If no more than two houseguests fell off the beams, the houseguests would win food for the week.|
|"Shiny Heinie"||Houseguests must jump in a jelly pool and collect as much jelly as possible. They must then have the jelly removed by a fellow houseguest into a bucket. If there was enough jelly in the bucket for the bucket to drop and reveal the key, the houseguests would win a hot tub.|
|"Who's Ya Chum?||Each houseguest must partner up with another, one will be the sitter and the other be the kneeler. The sitter must sit on a lawnchair with fish chum over their head. The kneeler must hold their right knee on a button and their left knee in a square. If the button was released, the chum would fall and the team would be out. The final two would win and one of them would be the HOH.|
|"Spuds"||The houseguests would be divided up into six teams and would represent a food group. One houseguest would have to grab potatoes and throw them into a basket. If the total weight of the potatoes is within 25 pounds of their partner, they would win the food group for the house.||Breads|
|"Feeling Knotty"||Each houseguest is connected by a rope and must untie the knot connected the them in order to create enough slack to place a veto on the venter rod.|
|Week 2||"Majority Rules"||Julie will ask the houseguests a question, and each houseguest must answer in the majority of the fellow houseguests in order to stay in the game. The final one standing would go on to win Head of Household.|
|"Clash Of The Casseroles"||The houseguests were divided up into two different teams. Each team must determine the meat and the vegetable in their casserole, and place it on their team's side of the menu board. The first team will all correct answers will have food for the week, while the losers will be on PB&J.|
Alison, Erika, Jack, Justin & Jun
|“Duck Ball”||Each houseguests gets three duck throws. Ducks that land inside of the centre cylinder will be worth three points plus a bonus duck throw. Ducks landing on or hitting the veto symbol are worth two points. Ducks landing inside of the ring are worth one point. The houseguest with the most points after three rounds will win the Power of Veto.|
|Week 3||“Everything In 3s”||The houseguests were randomly divided in to three groups of three. Each group will be asked a question. The first person to buzz in and answer correctly will advance to the final round. The winner of each group will face off in a final round, and the first of those houseguests to answer two questions correctly will become the new HoH.|
|"Paratroopers"||One by one a capsule will be dropped from outside of the house that signifies a specific food item. If a houseguest were to catch the capsule, they would win that food for the week.||Various foods including Burger King every day for Lunch.|
|"Niagara Balls"||Balls will come flying down in to the backyard from above. The houseguests must collect only the green ones and fill their “V”. The first houseguest to collect 10 green balls will win the Power of Veto.|
|"Spin-O-Matic"||Houseguests must fill a champagne glass and place it on a tray before taking a seat on the Spin-O-Matic. The houseguest then must last 30 seconds spinning then grab the tray with the champagne glass and place it on the opposite table. The houseguest with the fastest time without spilling the glass will win a luxury intimate gourmet dinner.|
Alison (took Nathan)
|Week 4||"Around The Water Cooler"||Each houseguest has been given a water cooler jug with the same number of ping pong balls inside of it. On go, the houseguests will try to direct as many ping pong balls in to the cylinder below them. The houseguest who lands the most balls inside of their cylinder in one minute will become the new HoH.|
|"Laying Pipe"||The houseguests were divided up into two teams based on water temperature: Hot & Cold. Each team must connect pipes together in order to send water to a ramp for a duck to go down. The first team to connect all the pipes through the necessary holes and send the duck down the ramp would win food for the week.|
Jun & Nathan
|"Snake In The Grass"||There are four pictures of each houseguest in a row, as chosen by each of them in the diary room beforehand. In turn, each houseguest will go over to a square and lift up the grass. It will either reveal nothing, a single face, or multiple faces. When all four faces of a houseguest are uncovered, that houseguest will be eliminated. The last houseguest standing will win the Power of Veto.|
|Week 5||“Who Said It?”||Julie will read a statement from a questionnaire that the houseguests filled out prior to entering the house. The goal is to determine who gave that answer. The possible answers are the evicted houseguests, Amanda, Michelle, David and Dana, and the outgoing HoH, Alison. Answer correctly to stay in the game. Answer incorrectly and you will be eliminated. The last houseguest standing will become the new HoH.|
|"50 Ways To Cook A Houseguest"||The houseguests were divided up into four teams of two based on each meal/snacks for everyday of the week. Each team must complete a series of instructions which involved turning one houseguest into a meal. If the team finished their "Task" correctly and before the time ran out, they would win food for that meal. If all four tasks were completed in under ten minutes, they would win an outside bonus meal which turned out to be Subway.|
|"Foam Party"||Each of the houseguests has a letter hidden inside of a patch in their bathing suits. The houseguests must create a word using those letters. Each houseguest must remove their bathing suit and hang it on the clothesline to help spell out the word. If the houseguests complete the task in less than five minutes, the word will be their luxury.|
|“Quoridor”||The houseguests will square off in three matches of Quoridor. Everyone starts off on different sides of the playing area. The object is to be the first to get to the opposite side. When it’s your turn you can do one of two things: 1) move one spot forward, backward, left or right or 2) put up a fence anywhere on the board. You may never place a fence in such a way that you permanently prevent a houseguest from reaching the other side. The houseguests will be split in to two groups of four. The winners of those two matchups will face off in the finals.|
|Week 6||“Steel Cage Match”||Everyone must enter the largest of the three cages and face outward. The objective is to work through all three cages. The second cage can only hold four people and the third cage can only hold two. In order for the group to advance, two people must leave the cage. Sleeping is not permitted and your feet may not touch the ground beneath the cage. When the winners make it to the third cage, the person that stays in the cage the longest will become the new HOH.|
|“Clambake From Hell”||Each houseguest has been assigned one day of the week. Each houseguest has an exotic seafood dish in front of them. If they eat the dish in the time allotted, the entire house will win food for that day. If not, they will be eating peanut butter and jelly for that day. Once the dish is revealed, a houseguest must either eat it or trade it for the dish of the person to their left.||Food everyday but Saturday & Wednesday|
|“Video Veto”||There are five cameras and five televisions in the backyard. The houseguests were tasked with putting the Power of Veto winners in chronological order, making the first veto winner appear on monitor one and the most, the second veto winner appear on monitor two and so on. The houseguest to successfully complete the competition in the shortest amount of time will win the Power of Veto.|
|Week 7||“Black HoHle”||Each houseguest has been given a single ball. They will each take a turn rolling their ball down the lane. The object is to get their ball as close to the hole without falling in. The person to get their ball closest to the hole will become the new HoH.|
|"An Offer You Must Refuse"||Julie announced that for the first time ever, someone will compete to win the Power of Veto before they even know who is nominated. Also, whoever pursues the Power of Veto will inflict pain and suffering on their housemates. Julie had the houseguests go to separate rooms and told them that the winner will not be revealed until after the nominations.
Julie called each of the houseguests to the diary room and made them a series of offers for the Power of Veto.
|“Attack Of The Gnomes”||Gnomes were placed throughout the backyard. A few of the gnomes have hidden gold tickets. The houseguests must smash the gnomes to pieces to find them. However, some of the gnomes contain black tickets which will eliminate you from the competition. The first houseguest to find three gold tickets and buzz in will win the competition. The winner of the competition will get one McDonald’s meal per day with the houseguest of their choice.|
|“Fashion Fire Pit”||Each houseguest had to sacrifice an item of clothing at the suggestion of the others. Should everyone participate, they will receive a special reward. Seeing as everyone participated, the houseguests were given a 90 second shopping spree at the Big Brother Boutique. Whatever they could put on before time ran out would be theirs to keep.|
|Week 8||“Disappearing Act”||During the past week, several random items have gone missing from the Big Brother house. Julie will ask eight questions about the missing items. The first houseguest to buzz in and answer correctly will earn one point. Answer incorrectly and you will be eliminated. The houseguest with the most points after eight questions will become the new HoH.|
|“Big Brother Ball Room”||The houseguests will be working as a team to win food items for the week. The houseguests will jump in to the ball pit and win as many of the food items as they can by putting the balls in to the tube. The houseguests must put the balls in the tube in alphabetical order in order to win the respective food items. The houseguests will be given five minutes.||Certain Food Items|
|“Where’s Jun?”||The houseguests were informed that to win the Power of Veto they must be the first to name where Jun is and in what city. If more than one person guesses correctly, the person who rings in and answers first will win the Power of Veto. You only get one guess. If nobody guesses correctly, Jun will win the Power of Veto.|
|Week 9||“Dearly Departed”||Julie will read eight incomplete statements made by the current members of the jury. The houseguests must choose between two possible endings. Each correct answer is worth one point. The houseguest with the most points at the end of eight statements will become the new HoH.|
|“Mexotic Dinner”||Inside of the piñatas are various denominations of Mexican Pesos. Each houseguest will be responsible for busting open their own piñata. Once the contents hit the ground, the houseguests will have 10 seconds to collect as many Pesos as they can. If the houseguests fail to get more than 500 Pesos they will be eating peanut butter and jelly for the week. 600 Pesos or more will results in the usual food menu. 2,400 Pesos will earn the houseguests a luxury dinner from a four star restaurant each night, including tonight.||2,800 Pesos, food including a four star restaurant each night|
|“The Diamond Veto”||Each houseguest has a staircase leading up to a diamond. Each step represents a week in the Big Brother house. On each side of the step, the houseguests must place the names of the original nominees for that week. The step will light up after the correct names have been placed beside it. The first houseguest to successfully illuminate all eight steps and place two hands on the diamond will win the Diamond Power of Veto.|
|“Escape From Big Brother”||The houseguests have been locked up inside of the Big Brother house for 64 days. As prisoners, they must run the course to escape the walls. The houseguests must attach a ball and chain to their ankle, then make their way through the obstacle course. The two houseguests to do so in the fastest amount of time will be rewarded with a ride over Los Angeles in the Goodyear Blimp.|
Alison & Jun
|Week 10||“On The House”||Each of the houseguests had to climb on to the roof of their house, then slide their key into the nomination box. They are not allowed to sit or kneel on their house, nor are they allowed to sleep. The last houseguest standing without letting go of their key will win Part 1 of the Final HoH Competition and will advance to Part 3.|
|"Runaway Jury"||The houseguests found a box in the backyard. Inside of it was a mime. The mime eventually revealed a key that opened up the previously locked up bedroom. Once inside, the houseguests were told that two of them will win a private screening of “Runaway Jury”. The winner of the competition and their guest will also walk the red carpet in October at the film’s Hollywood premiere. Each of the houseguests has a supply of velcro balls with their own colour. The first houseguest to hit the mime three times and have the velcro balls stick to him will win the competition.|
|“Unexpected Relations”||In front of each of the houseguests are five “X’s”. Written on the diagonal lines of each X are questions. The houseguests also have the same series of faces. At the four corners of each X are hooks to put faces on. The first houseguest to place the four correct faces on each of the five X’s will win Part 2 of the Final HoH Competition and will advance to Part 3.|
|"Exact Match"||Julie will read a question posed to both Justin and Jee. Alison and and Jun must then answer how they think that their ex responded by using their yes or no paddle. Alison will try to match Justin’s answers and Jun will try to match Jee’s answers. Each correct answer is worth one point. The houseguest with the most points after eight questions will become the Final HoH.|
After the eight new houseguests moved into the house, they were informed that some houseguests would be joined by one of their exes. At the Head of Household competition, Nathan Marlow won. Before the "exes" had entered the house, the original eight houseguests formed an alliance. Honouring the alliance's wishes, Nathan nominated two exes for eviction; Amanda Craig and Jee Choe. At the Power of Veto competion, Dana Varela won the Golden Power of Veto. Dana chose to keep the nominations the same. Scott Weintraub was expelled from the house on Day 8 after going on a tirade due to his ex-girlfriend Amanda being in the house with him. Amanda was evicted unanimously.
Jee Choe was crowned the new Head of Household at the end of the competition. Jee and his alliance, Robert Roman and Justin Giovinco, decided to target Erika Landin for eviction. He decided to nominate Michelle Maradie as a pawn, alongside Erika. David won the Power of Veto but decided not to use it. Jee, Justin and Robert were all extremely confident that Erika would be the one to be evicted. However, when the vote was announced, it was revealed that they were wrong. Michelle was evicted by a vote of 6 to 2.
Dana Varela was crowned Head of Household after winning the "Everything in 3's" competition. Dana was originally a member of the Elite Eight alliance which formed on Day 1. However, she betrayed the alliance after she nominated two of its members, Alison Irwin and Jack Owens, Jr., for eviction. Dana exclaimed that she wanted Alison out of the house, as she thought she was "coming after" her. Shortly before the Veto competition, Nathan Marlow decided with Alison that if he were to win the Veto, he would use it to save her. At the Veto competition, Nathan was victorious. At the Veto ceremony, Nathan decided to remove Alison from the block. This angered Dana greatly; so, in retaliation, she decided to nominate Nathan's ally David Lane. David was evicted by a 5 to 2 vote.
At the Head of Household competition, Alison Irwin was victorious. Alison's alliance tried to convince her to nominate Justin Giovinco for eviction. However, later that day, Alison struck a deal with Justin. At the nomination ceremony, Alison nominated Dana Varela and Jun Song. Her reasoning for this was that she wanted her enemy Dana out of the house, and that Jun would be a vote to keep Dana in the house. Robert Roman won the Veto, but decided not to use it. Dana was evicted unanimously.
At the Head of Household competition, Justin Giovinco prevailed and was crowned the next Head of Household. Justin decided to nominate two members of the opposing alliance, Nathan Marlow and Jack Owens, Jr.. His aim was to evict Nathan from the house, as he perceived him to be the bigger threat. At the Veto competition, Robert Roman won his second Power of Veto in a row. He decided to leave the nominations intact and to not use the Veto. Nathan was evicted unanimously.
After the first endurance competition of the season, Erika Landin was crowned Head of Household. Erika planned to break up the Dream Team. She did so by nominating Justin Giovinco and Robert Roman for eviction. At the Power of Veto competition, Jun Song won her first major competition of the season. She decided not to use the Veto. Justin was evicted by a vote of 3 to 1.
At the Head of Household competition, Jee Choe was victorious for a second time. For the first time ever, the Veto competition was held before the nomination ceremony. At the Veto competition, Julie gave each of the houseguests dilemmas in the diary room. The houseguest that accepted one of the dilemmas would win the Power of Veto. All houseguests rejected the first two offers. However, Jee accepted his third offer which meant that he won the POV. This meant that all houseguests, except for himself, would have to eat only PB&J for one week. Jee decided to nominate Erika Landin and Jack Owens, Jr. for eviction. His plan was to break up the close relationship that they had formed with each other. However, his main objective was to evict Erika. Jack was evicted from the house.
At the Head of Household competition, Jun Song was victorious. Straight after Jun was crowned HOH, she was called to the diary room and told that she would be leaving the house to attend the MTV Music Video Awards. Once again, the Power of Veto competition occured before the nomination ceremony. The objective of the Veto competition, was to discover where Jun had gone. The houseguests were provided with clues to help them figure out where Jun was. If none of the houseguests correctly guessed where Jun was, then Jun would win the Veto. Alison Irwin guessed correctly and won the Power of Veto. After Jun returned to the house, she was told that Alison had won the POV. She decided to use this as a way to hide the fact that she and Alison had an alliance. So she nominated Alison and Jee Choe for eviction, knowing that Alison would save herself with the Veto. At the Veto ceremony, Alison removed herself from the chopping block. Jun chose Robert Roman as the replacement nominee. In the previous week, Jee angered many of the houseguests after he put the house on a PB&J. This ultimately resulted in Jee being evicted by a unanimous vote.
At the Head of Household competition, Robert Roman was victorious for the first time. At the nomination cermony, Robert revealed that he had decided to nominate both Alison Irwin and Jun Song for eviction. Though his main objective was to get Alison out of the house. Alison won the first and only Diamond Power of Veto of the season; this meant that she had sole power over who was evicted. At the live Veto ceremony, Alison decided to remove herself from the chopping block once again. This meant that Alison had to evict either Jun or Erika. Alison decided to remain loyal to her alliance with Jun and chose to evict Erika Landin.
The final Head of Household competition is played out in three challenges, to give the remaining houseguests a fair shot at securing a place in the final two. During the first endurance HOH competition, Alison Irwin won the challenge. Days later, Jun Song beat Robert Roman in the next challenge, meaning Robert was nominated. At the live HOH part 3 competition, Alison succesfully beat Jun in a personality guessing quiz, claiming the final HOH. She then chose to evict Robert.
- It was originally announced that there would only be four exes in the house. But after Brandon Showalter was ejected from sequester, a fifth couple was arranged with the addition of Jee Choe.
- This season featured the first act of sex between houseguests on the show when contestants Amanda Craig and David Lane had sex under the covers in the Head of Household room. The DVD that was released featured uncensored moments from the season that weren't allowed for broadcast, including this encounter.
- This was the first season to feature an uneven number of houseguests.
- This season, along with Big Brother 1, are currently the only two seasons to not feature an openly gay houseguest.
- This was the first season to feature houseguests that had formerly met each other prior to entering the House.
- This is the first season to feature two finalists with zero eviction votes cast against them.
- The three times the Power of Veto was used, they were used on Alison Irwin.
- This is the first season with an Asian-American winner (Jun).
- This is the second season in a row featuring two female finalists.
- This is the first season where males were evicted for four weeks in a row. This would happen again in Big Brother All-Stars.
- Like the returnees from Big Brother 5, no one who returned for Big Brother All-Stars was part of the jury, as Alison Irwin was evicted pre-jury and Erika Landin was a finalist.
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