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Claire Rehfuss was a houseguest on Big Brother 23 (US).

On Night 1, Claire became the captain of the Queens. She quickly became a loyal ally to Tiffany Mitchell and also formed relationships with Derek Xiao and Hannah Chaddha. In Week 4, Claire won the Wildcard Competition and received immunity until Jury. However, once her immunity ended in Week 6, she was nominated and the target for Head of Household Kyland Young. Luckily for Claire, she was vetoed by Kyland when he decided to target Britini D’Angelo instead. She was nominated again in Week 7 but was spared when HOH Sarah Beth Steagall backdoored close ally Derek X. In Week 8, Tiffany won HOH but with the Coin of Destiny up for grabs, Tiffany’s alliance The Cookout decided to throw the High Rollers Room competition to Claire to increase the chances of one of them winning HOH the following week. Claire won the Coin of Destiny and dethroned Tiffany. She decided to leave Tiffany’s nominations the same, targeting Sarah Beth. Wanting to protect Claire, Tiffany won HOH the following week and targeted Alyssa Lopez. However things turned disastrous when Alyssa won the Power of Veto, leaving Claire as the only eligible non-Cookout member to be the replacement nominee. Tiffany decided to stick with her alliance, leading to an emotional moment between her and Claire where she told Claire she would be nominating her because she did not want to be responsible for any of the black houseguests going home, with Claire being upset but understanding. Claire was then nominated and evicted by a 4-1 vote during the first part of the first Double Eviction. She placed 8th and became the 4th member of the jury.

Biography

Claire Rehfuss Biography

Claire Rehfuss
Age: 25
Hometown: Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Current City: New York City
Occupation: AI Engineer

Three words that describe you: Clever, driven, and spunky.

Favorite activities: Reading novels (especially non-fiction or fantasy), playing my Nintendo Switch, and completing crosswords but I’ve also started constructing puzzles too! During quarantine, I also became passionate about going on long walks in Central Park to bird watch and doing Yoga in my tiny apartment.

Who are your favorite Houseguest duos? Those who became best friends in the Big Brother house or had a showmance?
Lisa and Danielle from BB3! After Lisa lost her showmance partner and then pulled one of the most CUTTHROAT moves we’ve ever seen—not voting him back in—they were able to link up, adapt, and run the game. Similarly, Allison and Jun who paired up at the end of BB4. Both women played such smart floater games, and while I couldn’t play that style of game, I respect how they evolved the game forward. Nowadays we rarely see strong, dynamic female duos which I definitely want to change!

What are you most excited about living inside the Big Brother house?
Just being about to live inside of the house that I watch 24/7 during the summer! I eat, sleep, and breathe the Live Feeds and obsess over the moves that players are making. I used to leave college frat parties if I got word that something big was going down on the Feeds, and now I get to be what’s happening on the Feeds! I’m excited to stir up drama and create chaos on the show that I love.

What do you think will be the most difficult part about living inside the Big Brother house?
Pretending to like talking about stuff like protein, intermittent fasting, or sports with the Alpha Bros that will be in there. I work in a male dominated industry where I often stick out like a sore thumb, so I’ve learned how to blend in and get along with a wide range of personalities. But appeasing fragile male egos is still very tedious!

What is your favorite past moment on Big Brother?
My personal favorite past moment isn’t really a moment, it was an experience. Watching Vanessa Rouso from Big Brother 17 play the game on the Live Feeds and show. It was my very first season and I was blown away by how Vanessa could get herself out of any situation when her back was up against the wall. I love it when someone is willing to take chances, make mistakes, and get messy!

What is your strategy for winning the game?
I’ll win with my intelligence, drive, and adaptability! I’ll sniff out the big threats quickly and navigate my way through the game by creating advantageous alliances. I believe I’ll thrive in a chaotic environment, something I learned from my childhood and from working in such a rapidly changing field, so I’ll try to cause disruptions and create entropy in the game whenever possible. Hopefully, people will underestimate me the first couple of weeks and give me time to build up relationships before I unleash my cut-throat game play.

I’m also going to try to get out the strong alpha dudes early, that way I don’t have as many challenge threats or egos that I have to tiptoe around. I’d love to have a strong, small team of women working with me. It’s a cliche that “women’s alliances don’t work in Big Brother,” but it’s only because of the women that are chosen to be a part of them. I’ve found women to be my most loyal friends and I have the ability to quickly read people so I’m confident I’ll find fellow black widows.

My life’s motto is…
“It’s better to have a bad story than no story!”

What would you take into the house and why?
-My e-book reader, so that I could distract myself.
-One of my stuffed animals, to remind me of home.
-A deck of cards because I love playing games and maybe I could finally teach myself magic tricks!


Fun facts about yourself:
-I was one of the first women to graduate with a Data Science Engineering degree from the University of Michigan.
-I’ve written code that’s been on satellites, used in national election campaigns, and by many of the top Fortune 500 companies.
-I competed in speed programming competitions in college and have placed in a 20,000 person Hackathon before!
-My last name means Deer Foot in German! Which is fitting because many family members (myself included) have two partially or totally webbed toes.[1]

Player History - Big Brother 23 (US)

Competition History

Week 1 HOH Part 1 Team Captain
HOH Part 2 Loss
HOH Part 3 Ineligible
Wildcard Not Selected
POV Not Picked
Week 2 HOH Loss
Wildcard On Immune Team
POV Loss
Week 3 HOH Loss
Wildcard Not Selected
POV Not Picked
Week 4 HOH Loss
Wildcard Win
POV Loss
Week 5 HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 6 HOH Loss
High Roller On the Board
POV Loss
POV Bet Loss
Week 7 HOH Loss
High Roller Ineligible
POV Loss
Week 8 HOH Loss
High Roller Win
HOH Coin Toss Win
POV Loss
Week 9 HOH Previous HOH
POV Not Picked
  • Claire was the Secret HOH in Week 8 after winning the High Roller Competition and calling the coin toss correctly, but to keep her reign a secret, she was required to play and throw the Week 9 HOH competition.

Have/Have-Not History

Week 1 Have
Week 2 Have
Week 3 Have-Not
Week 4 Have
Week 5 Have
Week 6 Have
Week 7 Have
Week 8 Have
Week 9 Have-Not

BB Bucks History

Beg. Bal Gain/Loss End Bal.
Week 1 Twist Not Active
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6 0 +50 -50 =0
Week 7 0 +100 -0 =100
Week 8 100 +100 =200
200 +50 -250 =0
Week 9 BB Bucks Phase Over
  • After the conclusion of the Week 8 Head of Household competition, all houseguests randomly chose an envelope to open after receiving their weekly payment from America. In addition to the 100 BB Bucks from America, the envelope granted Claire 50 BB Bucks.

Voting History

Week Position Voted for With Majority?
1 Travis Long Yes
2 Team Immunity Frenchie French Yes
3 Brent Champagne Yes
4 Wildcard Whitney Williams Yes
5 Immune Christian Birkenberger Yes
6 Vetoed Britini D'Angelo Yes
7 Nominated
8 Secret HOH
9 Post-POV Nominee
Finale Jury Member Xavier Prather Yes

HOH History

Original Nominees Post-Veto Nominees Intended Target
Week 8
(Secret)
Xavier Prather
 Punishment
Xavier
Sarah Beth Steagall
 Evicted
Sarah Beth
Punishment
Nominee
Vetoed
  • In Week 8, the Punishment Nominee was Vetoed and not replaced, so Claire's Secret HOH ended with two nominees after starting with three.

Post Big Brother

  • Claire and fellow BB23 houseguest Derek Xiao revealed about 2 weeks after the season finale that they were dating, having pursued their connection while in the Jury House.[2]

Trivia

  • Claire is the only Team Captain to make it to the jury phase on Big Brother 23 (US).
  • Claire always voted with the majority, and is the highest placing Big Brother 23 HouseGuest to do so.
  • Claire is the only jury Member to not win a Head of Household or Power of Veto Competition, though won the Coin of Destiny which essentially made her the HOH.
  • Claire was a replacement houseguest for Christie Valdiserri who was slated to be on Big Brother 23 (US), but got dropped from the cast due to testing positive for COVID-19.

References

Big Brother 23 (US) House Guests
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