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|Loyalties= [[Keesha Smith]]<br>[[Renny Martyn]]<br>[[Memphis Garrett]]<br>[[Brian Hart]]<br>[[Steven Daigle]]
 
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'''Daniel "Dan" Robert Gheesling''' was the winner of ''[[Big Brother 10 (US)]]'' and later returned for ''[[Big Brother 14 (US)]]''.
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'''Daniel "Dan" Robert Gheesling''' was the winner of ''[[Big Brother 10 (US)]]'' and the runner-up of ''[[Big Brother 14 (US)]]''.
   
Dan started in [[Big Brother 10]]. When his close ally [[Brian Hart]] was evicted in week 1, Dan appeared to be on the outs, but he managed to get off the others' radar by giving them the perception that he was not a threat. During week 4, he was voted by the viewers to be [[America's Player]] for the week, both he and [[Memphis Garrett]] formed [[The Renegades]], and he ultimately cast the deciding vote against [[Jessie Godderz]], resulting in his elimination. Both he and Memphis stayed in control for the rest of the game and made it to the final 2 where Dan would win in a unanimous 7-0 vote. With his unanimous victory, he became the first of two winners, and only US winner to win in a unanimous vote, and play a [[Perfect Game]] (Not receiving any eviction votes, and getting every [[jury]] vote).
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Dan started in [[Big Brother 10 (US)|''Big Brother 10'']]. When his close ally [[Brian Hart]] became evicted in Week 1, Dan appeared to be on the outs, but he managed to get off the others' radar by giving them the perception that he was not a threat by throwing early competitions. During Week 4, he was voted by the viewers to be [[America's Player]] for the week, both he and [[Memphis Garrett]] formed [[The Renegades]], and he successfully completed the America's player task by casting the deciding vote against [[Jessie Godderz]], resulting in his elimination. Both he and Memphis stayed in control for the rest of the game and made it to the Final Two where Dan would win in a unanimous 7-0 vote. With his consistent victory, he became the first of three winners, and only US winner to succeed in a unanimous vote, and play a [[Perfect Game]] (Not receiving any eviction votes, and getting all [[jury]] votes). Dan is further remembered for his bold moves such as convincing [[Bryan Ollie|Bryan Ollie]] to throw an HOH competition to him, only to betray him and get his ally [[Michelle Costa]] evicted.
   
He returned in [[Big Brother 14]] as a [[Coach]], but he along with the other coaches returned to the game at the end of week 3. He was known for making one of the best strategic moves in Big Brother history by hosting his own funeral which resulted in him getting vetoed off the block when he was the target, convincing his teammate [[Danielle Murphree]] to use the [[Power of Veto]] on him at the final 4 which enabled him to blindside her [[Showmance]] [[Shane Meaney]], controlling the game, outlasting the other coaches, not receiving any eviction votes against him again, and reaching the final 2 a second time. However, his cutthroat game-play cost him the win against [[Ian Terry]] in a 6-1 vote.
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He returned in [[Big Brother 14 (US)|''Big Brother 14'']] as a [[Coach]], but he along with the other coaches returned to the game at the end of Week 3. He was known for making one of the best strategic moves in Big Brother history by hosting his own funeral which resulted in him getting vetoed off the block when he was the target. He managed to convince his teammate [[Danielle Murphree]] to use the [[Power of Veto]] on him at the Final 4 which enabled him to blindside her [[Showmance]] [[Shane Meaney]]. Other highlights of his game include controlling the second half of the game, outlasting the other coaches, not having any eviction votes against him, and reaching the final 2 a second time. However, his cutthroat game-play cost him the win against [[Ian Terry]] in a 6-1 vote.
   
In two appearances, he finished 1st and 2nd, which is the best result in two appearances in the history of the game. He is the first player and only winner to make it to the final 2 twice. Due to all this, he is widely regarded as one of the best players of all time along with [[Will Kirby]].
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In two appearances, he finished 1st and 2nd, which is the best result in two appearances in the history of the game. He is the first player and only winner to make it to the Final Two twice. Due to all this, he became widely regarded as one of the best players of all time along with [[Will Kirby]]. Since his performance in BB14, there have been several debates on who the greatest Big Brother player is between himself and Dr. Will.
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
''Retrieved from CBS.com'' 
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''Retrieved from CBS.com''
   
 
===Big Brother 10===
 
===Big Brother 10===
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He is conservative and not a fan of liberals. He doesn't think that America would have been ready for a female president and if Hillary Clinton had won the presidency, he would have moved out of the country. He describes vegans as weird tree-huggers and believes that religion is important and that it helps to establish basic values. He thinks it becomes more important as you get older.
 
He is conservative and not a fan of liberals. He doesn't think that America would have been ready for a female president and if Hillary Clinton had won the presidency, he would have moved out of the country. He describes vegans as weird tree-huggers and believes that religion is important and that it helps to establish basic values. He thinks it becomes more important as you get older.
   
His ideal romantic partner will be caring, hot, have dark hair and skin and be exotic looking. He prefers someone who is not into parties. He likes to eat sushi, turkey cutlets, Mediterranean food, and Cheez-Its. He enjoys alternative and rap music and also likes to listen to Frank Sinatra. His favorite movies include "The Godfather," "Good Will Hunting" and "The Karate Kid, Parts I and II". He likes the color black and thinks he wears it well. His favorite activities include running, coaching football, and going out with friends.
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His ideal romantic partner will be caring, hot, have dark hair and skin and be exotic looking. He prefers someone who is not into parties. He likes to eat sushi, turkey cutlets, Mediterranean food, and Cheez-Its. He enjoys alternative and rap music and also likes to listen to Frank Sinatra. His favorite movies include "The Godfather," "Good Will Hunting" and "The Karate Kid, Parts I and II." He likes the color black and thinks he wears it well. His favorite activities include running, coaching football, and going out with friends.
   
 
He once worked as a college football coach and claims he was the youngest person to do so. He also enjoys watching football. He thinks tattoos are trashy and that piercings are for freaks.
 
He once worked as a college football coach and claims he was the youngest person to do so. He also enjoys watching football. He thinks tattoos are trashy and that piercings are for freaks.
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| rowspan="3" style="text-align:center; background-color:#CCCCCC; width:30%" | '''Week 1'''
 
| style="background-color:#9966CC; width:40%" | '''HOH'''
 
| style="background-color:#9966CC; width:40%" | '''HOH'''
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| style="background-color:#CC6666; width:30%" | '''Not Chosen'''
 
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| style="background-color:#6699CC;" | '''Food'''
 
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| style="background-color:#CC6666;" | '''Loss'''
 
| style="background-color:#CC6666;" | '''Loss'''
 
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| rowspan="5" style="text-align:center; background-color:#CCCCCC;" | '''Week 9'''
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| rowspan="6" style="text-align:center; background-color:#CCCCCC;" | '''Week 9'''
 
| style="background-color:#9966CC;" | '''HOH'''
 
| style="background-color:#9966CC;" | '''HOH'''
 
| style="background-color:#9966cc;" | '''Win'''
 
| style="background-color:#9966cc;" | '''Win'''
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| style="background-color:#6699CC;" | '''Luxury'''
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| style="background-color:#6699CC;" | '''Win'''
 
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*Note: As he was America's Player during Week 4, the public controlled Dan's vote.
   
 
===HOH History===
 
===HOH History===
 
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{| style="width: 18em; border: 1px solid #000000; text-align:center;"
 
! style="background-color:#ccc;" |
 
! style="background-color:#ccc;" |
! style="background-color:#ccc;" colspan="2" | Original Nominees
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! colspan="2" style="background-color:#ccc;" | Original Nominees
! style="background-color:#ccc;" colspan="2" | Post-Veto Nominees
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! colspan="2" style="background-color:#ccc;" | Post-Veto Nominees
 
! style="background-color:#ccc;" | Intended Target
 
! style="background-color:#ccc;" | Intended Target
 
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| style="text-align:center; background-color:#CCCCCC;" | '''Week&nbsp;7'''
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| style="text-align:center; background-color:#CCCCCC;" | '''Week 7'''
| {{WhichBoxSmallSquare|Square-Bb10 jerry.jpg|Jerry McDonald|Jerry|666666}}
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| {{WhichBoxSmallSquare|Square-Bb10 jerry.jpg|Jerry MacDonald|Jerry|666666}}
 
| {{WhichBoxSmallSquare|Square-Bb10_memphis.jpg|Memphis Garrett|Memphis|666666}}
 
| {{WhichBoxSmallSquare|Square-Bb10_memphis.jpg|Memphis Garrett|Memphis|666666}}
| {{WhichBoxSmallSquare|Square-Bb10 jerry.jpg|Jerry McDonald|Jerry|666666}}
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| {{WhichBoxSmallSquare|Square-Bb10 jerry.jpg|Jerry MacDonald|Jerry|666666}}
| {{WhichBoxSmallSquare|Square-Bb10 michelle.jpg|Michelle Costa|Michelle|666666|Evicted&nbsp;}}
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| {{WhichBoxSmallSquare|Square-Bb10 michelle.jpg|Michelle Costa|Michelle|666666|Evicted}}
 
| {{WhichBoxSmallSquare|Square-Bb10 michelle.jpg|Michelle Costa|Michelle|666666}}
 
| {{WhichBoxSmallSquare|Square-Bb10 michelle.jpg|Michelle Costa|Michelle|666666}}
 
|-
 
|-
| style="text-align:center; background-color:#CCCCCC;" | '''Week&nbsp;9'''
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| style="text-align:center; background-color:#CCCCCC;" | '''Week 9'''
| {{WhichBoxSmallSquare|Square-Bb10 jerry.jpg|Jerry McDonald|Jerry|666666}}
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| {{WhichBoxSmallSquare|Square-Bb10 jerry.jpg|Jerry MacDonald|Jerry|666666}}
 
| {{WhichBoxSmallSquare|Square-Bb10_memphis.jpg|Memphis Garrett|Memphis|666666}}
 
| {{WhichBoxSmallSquare|Square-Bb10_memphis.jpg|Memphis Garrett|Memphis|666666}}
| {{WhichBoxSmallSquare|Square-Bb10 jerry.jpg|Jerry McDonald|Jerry|666666}}
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| {{WhichBoxSmallSquare|Square-Bb10 jerry.jpg|Jerry MacDonald|Jerry|666666}}
| {{WhichBoxSmallSquare|Square-Bb10 keesha.jpg|Keesha Smith|Keesha|666666|Evicted&nbsp;}}
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| {{WhichBoxSmallSquare|Square-Bb10 keesha.jpg|Keesha Smith|Keesha|666666|Evicted}}
 
| {{WhichBoxSmallSquare|Square-Bb10 keesha.jpg|Keesha Smith|Keesha|666666}}
 
| {{WhichBoxSmallSquare|Square-Bb10 keesha.jpg|Keesha Smith|Keesha|666666}}
 
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|-
 
| style="Background-color:#CCCCCC;" | '''Day 71'''
 
| style="Background-color:#CCCCCC;" | '''Day 71'''
| {{WhichBoxSmallSquare|Square-Bb10 jerry.jpg|Jerry McDonald|Jerry|666666|Evicted&nbsp;}}
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| {{WhichBoxSmallSquare|Square-Bb10 jerry.jpg|Jerry MacDonald|Jerry|666666|Evicted}}
 
| {{WhichBoxSmallSquare|Square-Bb10_memphis.jpg|Memphis Garrett|Memphis|666666}}
 
| {{WhichBoxSmallSquare|Square-Bb10_memphis.jpg|Memphis Garrett|Memphis|666666}}
 
| colspan="2" | '''N/A'''
 
| colspan="2" | '''N/A'''
| {{WhichBoxSmallSquare|Square-Bb10 jerry.jpg|Jerry McDonald|Jerry|666666}}
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| {{WhichBoxSmallSquare|Square-Bb10 jerry.jpg|Jerry MacDonald|Jerry|666666}}
 
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| style="text-align:center; background-color:#CCCCCC;" |'''Week 10'''
 
| style="text-align:center; background-color:#CCCCCC;" |'''Week 10'''
 
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===Voting History===
 
===Voting History===
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! With Majority?
 
! With Majority?
 
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|-
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| style="background-color:#CCCCCC;" | 1
| rowspan=2 {{v|coach|''Coach''}}
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| rowspan="3" {{v|coach|''Coach''}}
| [[Jodi Rollins|Jodi&nbsp;Rollins]]
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| [[Jodi Rollins|Jodi Rollins]]
 
| Sole Vote
 
| Sole Vote
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| –
 
| –
 
 
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| style="background-color:#CCCCCC;" | 2
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| colspan="2" style="background-color:#C0C0C0;" | ''Ineligible''
| –
 
| –
 
 
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| style="background-color:#CCCCCC;" | 3
 
| style="background-color:#CCCCCC;" | 3
| {{v|coach|''Coach''}}
 
 
| [[Coach|Reset]]
 
| [[Coach|Reset]]
 
| Yes
 
| Yes
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! colspan="2" style="background-color:#ccc;" | Original Nominees
 
! colspan="2" style="background-color:#ccc;" | Original Nominees
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! colspan="3" style="background-color:#ccc;" | Intended Target
 
! colspan="3" style="background-color:#ccc;" | Intended Target
 
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| style="text-align:center; background-color:#CCCCCC;" | '''Week&nbsp;8'''
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| style="text-align:center; background-color:#CCCCCC;" | '''Week 8'''
 
| {{WhichBoxSmallSquare|IanBB14.jpg|Ian Terry|Ian|666666}}
 
| {{WhichBoxSmallSquare|IanBB14.jpg|Ian Terry|Ian|666666}}
 
| {{WhichBoxSmallSquare|JoeBB14.jpg|Joe Arvin|Joe|666666}}
 
| {{WhichBoxSmallSquare|JoeBB14.jpg|Joe Arvin|Joe|666666}}
 
| {{WhichBoxSmallSquare|DanielleBB14.jpg|Danielle Murphree|Danielle|666666}}
 
| {{WhichBoxSmallSquare|DanielleBB14.jpg|Danielle Murphree|Danielle|666666}}
| {{WhichBoxSmallSquare|JoeBB14.jpg|Joe Arvin|Joe|666666|Evicted&nbsp;}}
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| {{WhichBoxSmallSquare|JoeBB14.jpg|Joe Arvin|Joe|666666|Evicted}}
 
| {{WhichBoxSmallSquare|IanBB14.jpg|Ian Terry|Ian|666666}}
 
| {{WhichBoxSmallSquare|IanBB14.jpg|Ian Terry|Ian|666666}}
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| '''THEN'''
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| {{WhichBoxSmallSquare|JoeBB14.jpg|Joe Arvin|Joe|666666}}
 
|}
 
|}
   
 
==Post Big Brother==
 
==Post Big Brother==
*On February 14th, 2016, Dan announced that he and his wife are expecting their first baby. The baby is due to come in July 2016. His wife eventually gave birth to their son, Desmond Daniel Gheesling.
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* Dan married Chelsea Niemiec on July 2nd, 2011. [[Memphis Garrett]] served as a Groomsmen. [[Angie Swindell]] and [[Jerry MacDonald]] also attended the ceremony.<ref>{{Cite web|url=http://toofab.com/2011/07/07/big-brother-winner-dan-gheesling-gets-married-chelsea-niemiec-photos/|title=EXCLUSIVE: 'Big Brother' Winner Gets Married -- See the Photos!|work=Too Fab|first=Too Fab Staff|date=7 July 2011|accessdate=25 October 2018}}</ref>
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* On February 14th, 2016, Dan announced that he and Chelsea are expecting their first baby. His wife eventually gave birth to their son, Desmond Daniel Gheesling on July 3rd, 2016.<ref>https://twitter.com/dangheesling/status/749581783935684608?lang=en</ref>
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* On March 13th, 2018, Chelsea gave birth to her and Dan's second son, Miles Glen Gheesling.<ref>{{Cite web|url=https://people.com/babies/big-brother-alum-dan-gheesling-welcomes-second-son/|title=Big Brother Winner Dan Gheesling Welcomes Second Son with Wife Chelsea: 'We Are Very Happy!'|work=People|last=Mizoguchi|first=Karen|date=13 March 2018|accessdate=25 October 2018}}</ref>
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* Dan continued his career in [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVHtlynIkgJxxXrisVUZlYQ Youtube], then later on, on [https://www.twitch.tv/dangheesling Twitch].
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*On June 15th, 2019, Dan appeared on ''[http://robhasawebsite.com/shows/reality-tv-rhapups/taran-armstrong-show/ The Taran Show]'' to talk about his gameplay, his Twitch career, and being a father.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://robhasawebsite.com/taran-show-55-dan-gheesling/|title=Taran Show 55 | Dan Gheesling|publisher=Rob Has A Website|last=Armstrong|first=Taran|date=15 June 2019|accessdate=18 June 2019}}</ref>
   
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
* Dan is one of two winners to receive all jury votes. He also had no eviction votes cast against him throughout the entire game, meaning he and [[Kevin Martin]] played a "[[Perfect Game|perfect game]]."
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* Dan's game in season 10 was regarded by many as similar to [[Big Brother 2 (US)|''Big Brother 2'']] winner [[Will Kirby]]'s game.
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* All three times Dan was [[Head of Household]] in Season 10, the pre-veto nominees were Jerry and Memphis.
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* Dan is the first houseguest to win 2 POVs in a single season and went on to win the entire game.
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* Dan is the first winner to receive every jury vote. He was followed by [[Kevin Martin]] in ''[[Big Brother Canada 5]]'', [[Tamar Braxton]] in ''[[Celebrity Big Brother 2 (US)]]'' and [[Dane Rupert]] in ''[[Big Brother Canada 7]]''
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** Dan is the first winner to play a [[Perfect Game]]. He was followed by Kevin Martin and Dane Rupert.
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* Dan is the only returnee on ''Big Brother 14'' to win a [[Head of Household]] competition.
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* In ''Big Brother 14'', Dan was the only Coach to outlast all their players.
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* Dan holds the record for voting with the majority more than any other contestant: he voted with the majority a total of 17 times, only voting with the minority once. That was the very first vote he ever cast, as Dan voted to keep [[Brian Hart|Brian]], his alliance member to stay in the game.
 
* Dan is the first player in Big Brother history to make it to the finale both times he played, followed by [[Paul Abrahamian]].
 
* Dan is the first player in Big Brother history to make it to the finale both times he played, followed by [[Paul Abrahamian]].
* Dan is the second HouseGuest to play Big Brother twice and not be evicted, following [[Dick Donato]]. However, because Dick walked during Week 1 of Season 13 for personal reasons, Dan (and Paul) are currently the only [[Returning Players|Returning HouseGuests]] who have lasted throughout the entire game without being evicted.
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** Coincidentally, during their second respective finales, they both repeated the outfits they wore the first time.
*Dan holds the record for voting with the majority more than any other contestant: he voted with the majority a total of 17 times, only voting with the minority once. That was his very first vote he ever cast, as Dan voted to keep [[Brian Hart|Brian]], his alliance member to stay in the game. 
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* Dan is the second houseguest to play ''Big Brother'' twice and not be evicted, following [[Dick Donato]]. However, because Dick walked during Week 1 of Season 13 for personal reasons, Dan (and Paul) are currently the only [[Returning Players|Returning houseguests]] who have lasted throughout the entire game without being evicted.
*Dan is the first contestant on the American version of Big Brother to go on in another Big Brother house (BBCAN1) besides that of the American show, this was also later done by Big Brother 13 winner Rachel Reilly who went into the BBCAN2 house.
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* Dan is the first contestant on the American version of ''Big Brother'' to go on in another ''Big Brother'' house (BBCAN1) besides that of the American show, this was also later done by [[Rachel Reilly]] who went into the BBCAN2 house.
*All 3 times Dan won HOH in Big Brother 10, the pre-veto nominees were Jerry and Memphis.
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* Dan is the only returnee never to receive an eviction vote against them over the course of their career.
*In Big Brother 14, Dan was the only Coach to outlast all his players.
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* [[Big Brother 16 (US)|''Big Brother 16'']] winner [[Derrick Levasseur]] and [[Big Brother 17 (US)|''Big Brother 17'']] contestant [[Vanessa Rousso]] became compared to Dan.
*Dan is the only returnee from Big Brother 14 to win HOH.
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* Dan shares the most Jury Votes in the US out of both of his seasons with [[Paul Abrahamian]], with both having a total of 8 Jury Votes, Dan having seven his first time and one his second, and Paul getting four votes both times.
*Dan is the only returnee to never receive a vote against them in their original and returning seasons.
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** In single season stats, they lose this status to [[Lisa Donahue]] and [[Tamar Braxton]], who each got 9 votes to win across one season.
*Dan is the first houseguest to win 2 POVs in a single season and went on to win the entire game.
 
*Dan's game in season 10 was regarded by many as similar to Big Brother 2 winner [[Will Kirby]]'s game.
 
*[[Big Brother 16]] winner [[Derrick Levasseur]] and [[Big Brother 17]] contestant [[Vanessa Rousso]] were compared to Dan.
 
   
 
==References==
 
==References==
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[[Category:Winners]]
 
[[Category:Season 14 (US) Contestants]]
 
[[Category:Season 14 (US) Contestants]]
[[Category:Runner-Ups]]
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[[Category:Runners-Up]]

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Daniel "Dan" Robert Gheesling was the winner of Big Brother 10 (US) and the runner-up of Big Brother 14 (US).

Dan started in Big Brother 10. When his close ally Brian Hart became evicted in Week 1, Dan appeared to be on the outs, but he managed to get off the others' radar by giving them the perception that he was not a threat by throwing early competitions. During Week 4, he was voted by the viewers to be America's Player for the week, both he and Memphis Garrett formed The Renegades, and he successfully completed the America's player task by casting the deciding vote against Jessie Godderz, resulting in his elimination. Both he and Memphis stayed in control for the rest of the game and made it to the Final Two where Dan would win in a unanimous 7-0 vote. With his consistent victory, he became the first of three winners, and only US winner to succeed in a unanimous vote, and play a Perfect Game (Not receiving any eviction votes, and getting all jury votes). Dan is further remembered for his bold moves such as convincing Bryan Ollie to throw an HOH competition to him, only to betray him and get his ally Michelle Costa evicted.

He returned in Big Brother 14 as a Coach, but he along with the other coaches returned to the game at the end of Week 3. He was known for making one of the best strategic moves in Big Brother history by hosting his own funeral which resulted in him getting vetoed off the block when he was the target. He managed to convince his teammate Danielle Murphree to use the Power of Veto on him at the Final 4 which enabled him to blindside her Showmance Shane Meaney. Other highlights of his game include controlling the second half of the game, outlasting the other coaches, not having any eviction votes against him, and reaching the final 2 a second time. However, his cutthroat game-play cost him the win against Ian Terry in a 6-1 vote.

In two appearances, he finished 1st and 2nd, which is the best result in two appearances in the history of the game. He is the first player and only winner to make it to the Final Two twice. Due to all this, he became widely regarded as one of the best players of all time along with Will Kirby. Since his performance in BB14, there have been several debates on who the greatest Big Brother player is between himself and Dr. Will.

BiographyEdit

Retrieved from CBS.com

Big Brother 10Edit

Dan attended Michigan State University and earned a Master's Degree in Kinesiology. He is currently working as a teacher in an all-boys Catholic school.

He is conservative and not a fan of liberals. He doesn't think that America would have been ready for a female president and if Hillary Clinton had won the presidency, he would have moved out of the country. He describes vegans as weird tree-huggers and believes that religion is important and that it helps to establish basic values. He thinks it becomes more important as you get older.

His ideal romantic partner will be caring, hot, have dark hair and skin and be exotic looking. He prefers someone who is not into parties. He likes to eat sushi, turkey cutlets, Mediterranean food, and Cheez-Its. He enjoys alternative and rap music and also likes to listen to Frank Sinatra. His favorite movies include "The Godfather," "Good Will Hunting" and "The Karate Kid, Parts I and II." He likes the color black and thinks he wears it well. His favorite activities include running, coaching football, and going out with friends.

He once worked as a college football coach and claims he was the youngest person to do so. He also enjoys watching football. He thinks tattoos are trashy and that piercings are for freaks.

His birth date is September 1, 1983.[1]

Big Brother 14Edit

Dan Gheesling, often referred to as the nicest winner in the history of the show, was the first Houseguest to win by a unanimous vote. The BIG BROTHER: SEASON 10 Jury crowned him the winner over Memphis by a vote of 7-0. No stranger to mentoring, this teacher and high school football coach is back to lead his team to victory. According to Dan, “I’m back to coach a team to do the exact same thing that I did which is win a half million dollars!” Since we last saw Dan on BIG BROTHER, he has been very busy. He coached his football team to a state championship, got married and penned two books with a third on the way. After coaching his team to victory this summer, the Michigan native is looking forward to being considered the “best player to ever play this game.”[2]

Player History - Big Brother 10Edit

Competition HistoryEdit

Week 1 HOH Not Chosen
Food Win
POV Not Picked
Week 2 HOH Loss
Food Win
POV Loss
Week 3 HOH Loss
Food Win
POV Not Picked
Week 4 HOH Loss
POV Not Picked
Week 5 HOH Loss
Food Win
POV Not Picked
Week 6 HOH Loss
Food Win
POV Win
Week 7 HOH Win
POV Loss
HOH Previous HOH
POV Win
Week 8 HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 9 HOH Win
Luxury Win
POV Loss
HOH Part 1 Win
HOH Part 2 Unable to Play
HOH Part 3 Win

Voting HistoryEdit

Week Position Voted for With Majority?
1 Renny Martyn No
2 Nominated
3 Angie Swindell Yes
4 Jessie Godderz Yes
5 Libra Thompson Yes
6 POV Holder April Dowling Yes
7 HOH
POV Holder Bryan Ollie Yes
8 Vetoed Renny Martyn Yes
9 HOH
HOH Jerry MacDonald Sole Vote
Finale Winner
  • Note: As he was America's Player during Week 4, the public controlled Dan's vote.

HOH HistoryEdit

Original Nominees Post-Veto Nominees Intended Target
Week 7
Square-Bb10 michelle
 Evicted
Michelle
Week 9
Square-Bb10 keesha
 Evicted
Keesha
Day 71
Square-Bb10 jerry
 Evicted
Jerry
N/A

Player History - Big Brother 14Edit

Competition HistoryEdit

Week 1 HOH/HTR Coach
Coaches Competition Loss
POV Coach
Week 2 HOH Coach
Coaches Competition Loss
POV Coach
Week 3 HOH Coach
Coaches Competition Loss
POV Coach
Week 4 HOH Loss
POV Not Picked
Week 5 HOH Loss
Have/Have-Not Have
POV Not Picked
Week 6 HOH Loss
POV Not Picked
HOH Loss
POV Not Picked
Week 7 HOH Loss
GBOV Loss
POV Loss
Week 8 HOH Loss
POV Win
HOH Win
POV Loss
Week 9 HOH Previous HOH
POV Loss
HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 10 HOH Part 1 Win
HOH Part 2 Unable to Play
HOH Part 3 Loss

Have/Have-Not HistoryEdit

Week 1 Coach Phase
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4 Have
Week 5 Have
Week 6 Have
Week 7 Have-Not
Week 8 Have/Have-Not Phase Over
Week 9
Week 10


Voting HistoryEdit

Week Position Voted for With Majority?
1 Coach Jodi Rollins Sole Vote
2 Ineligible
3 Reset Yes
4 Janelle Pierzina Yes
5 Wil Heuser Yes
6 Mike Malin Yes
Ashley Iocco Yes
7 Vetoed Britney Haynes Yes
8 POV Holder Frank Eudy Yes
HOH
9 Jenn Arroyo Yes
Vetoed Shane Meaney Sole Vote
10 Nominated
Finale Runner-Up

HOH HistoryEdit

Original Nominees Post-Veto Nominees Intended Target
Week 8
JoeBB14
 Evicted
Joe
THEN

Post Big BrotherEdit

  • Dan married Chelsea Niemiec on July 2nd, 2011. Memphis Garrett served as a Groomsmen. Angie Swindell and Jerry MacDonald also attended the ceremony.[3]
  • On February 14th, 2016, Dan announced that he and Chelsea are expecting their first baby. His wife eventually gave birth to their son, Desmond Daniel Gheesling on July 3rd, 2016.[4]
  • On March 13th, 2018, Chelsea gave birth to her and Dan's second son, Miles Glen Gheesling.[5]
  • Dan continued his career in Youtube, then later on, on Twitch.
  • On June 15th, 2019, Dan appeared on The Taran Show to talk about his gameplay, his Twitch career, and being a father.[6]

TriviaEdit

  • Dan's game in season 10 was regarded by many as similar to Big Brother 2 winner Will Kirby's game.
  • All three times Dan was Head of Household in Season 10, the pre-veto nominees were Jerry and Memphis.
  • Dan is the first houseguest to win 2 POVs in a single season and went on to win the entire game.
  • Dan is the first winner to receive every jury vote. He was followed by Kevin Martin in Big Brother Canada 5, Tamar Braxton in Celebrity Big Brother 2 (US) and Dane Rupert in Big Brother Canada 7
    • Dan is the first winner to play a Perfect Game. He was followed by Kevin Martin and Dane Rupert.
  • Dan is the only returnee on Big Brother 14 to win a Head of Household competition.
  • In Big Brother 14, Dan was the only Coach to outlast all their players.
  • Dan holds the record for voting with the majority more than any other contestant: he voted with the majority a total of 17 times, only voting with the minority once. That was the very first vote he ever cast, as Dan voted to keep Brian, his alliance member to stay in the game.
  • Dan is the first player in Big Brother history to make it to the finale both times he played, followed by Paul Abrahamian.
    • Coincidentally, during their second respective finales, they both repeated the outfits they wore the first time.
  • Dan is the second houseguest to play Big Brother twice and not be evicted, following Dick Donato. However, because Dick walked during Week 1 of Season 13 for personal reasons, Dan (and Paul) are currently the only Returning houseguests who have lasted throughout the entire game without being evicted.
  • Dan is the first contestant on the American version of Big Brother to go on in another Big Brother house (BBCAN1) besides that of the American show, this was also later done by Rachel Reilly who went into the BBCAN2 house.
  • Dan is the only returnee never to receive an eviction vote against them over the course of their career.
  • Big Brother 16 winner Derrick Levasseur and Big Brother 17 contestant Vanessa Rousso became compared to Dan.
  • Dan shares the most Jury Votes in the US out of both of his seasons with Paul Abrahamian, with both having a total of 8 Jury Votes, Dan having seven his first time and one his second, and Paul getting four votes both times.
    • In single season stats, they lose this status to Lisa Donahue and Tamar Braxton, who each got 9 votes to win across one season.

ReferencesEdit

Preceded by
Season 9
BB9Small Adam
Adam Jasinski
Winner
Season 10
BB10 Dan Small
Dan Gheesling
Succeeded by
Season 11
BB11 Jordan Small
Jordan Lloyd
Big Brother 10 House Guests
Square-Bb10-dan1
Dan
Square-Bb10 memphis
Square-Bb10 jerry
Square-Bb10 keesha
Square-Bb10 renny
Square-Bb10 bryan-ollie
Square-Bb10 michelle
Square-Bb10 april
Square-Bb10 libra
Square-Bb10 jessie
Square-Bb10 angie
Square-Bb10 steven-daigle
Square-Brian Hart
Winner
Runner-Up
Evicted
Jury
Big Brother 14 House Guests
IanBB14
DanBB14
Dan
DanielleBB14
ShaneBB14
JennBB14
JoeBB14
FrankBB14
BrineyBB14
AshleyBB14
MikeBB14
WilBB14
JanelleBB14
JoJoBB14
WillieBB14
KaraBB14
JodiBB14
Winner
Runner-Up
Jury
Evicted
Expelled
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