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Derrick Levasseur is the winner of Big Brother 16.

He was a part of The DetonatorsTeam America, a final two alliance with Cody named The Hitmen, and a backup final two deal with Victoria Rafaeli. He was formerly a member of the Bomb SquadLos Tres Amigos, and The Rationale. Derrick made it all the way to the end without ever being nominated (although he was nominated by default when he failed to win the Final HOH which was won by his ally Cody) and won by a vote of 7-2 making him the first winner in Big Brother U.S history to accomplish this feat.

Derrick is considered by some to be one of the greatest players to ever play Big Brother, and is often compared to certain Big Brother legends such as Will Kirby, and Dan Gheesling.


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Age: 30
Hometown: Providence, R.I.
Current City: Providence, R.I.
Occupation: Police Officer - Sergeant
Three adjectives that describe you: Confident, methodical and ambitious.
Favorite Activities: I am a big fan of guns and enjoy modifying and shooting them; I get to use most of them at work. Also, I like to scuba dive.
What do you think will be the most difficult part about living inside the Big Brother house: Being away from my family for so long. Even though you are in the house with other people, you have to remember that they are trying to take $500,000 away from you and it will be tough to not have my family to release some of the tension.
Do you have a strategy for winning Big Brother?: My strategy involves three phases. First, attempt to find common interests with as many houseguests as I can, while developing a profile on them. Second, start using the facts I learned about the houseguests against them. Finally, if I’m able to win a few HOH's/POV's late in the game, I can make some moves that will determine the winner.
Which past Big Brother cast member did you like most: I love that Dan Gheesling was always using sports analogies to pump himself up because I'm the same way.
What are you afraid of: I am not a fan of heights.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of: I'm proud of my education and the accomplishments in my career as a police officer.
Finish this sentence: My life’s motto is… Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today - James Dean
What would you take into the house and why: A picture of my daughter as she is everything to me, my memory foam pillow since I need a good night sleep and a deck of cards.
What would you do if Big Brother made you famous: I would try and use it to make some positive changes. I would like to give back to my family and help out the kids of Central Falls. Also, I'm a huge animal lover. Sign me up for anything I can do to help reduce the number of puppy mills, kill shelters and helping animals get adopted.

Derrick attended college on a full ride baseball scholarship and got his master’s degree in Business Management. He’s been a Police Sergeant for 10 years after starting as an undercover officer when he was only 20 years old.[1]

Player History - Big Brother 16

Competition History

Week 1 HOH Loss
BOTB Ineligible
POV Not Picked
Week 2 HOH Loss
BOTB Ineligible
POV Loss
Week 3 HOH Win
BOTB Survived
POV Loss
Week 4 HOH Previous HOH
BOTB Ineligible
POV Not Picked
Week 5 HOH Loss
BOTB Ineligible
POV Not Picked
Week 6 HOH Loss
BOTB Ineligible
POV Not Picked
HOH Loss
POV Not Picked
Week 7 HOH Loss
BOTB Ineligible
POV Loss
Week 8 HOH Win
BOTB Dethroned
POV Not Picked
Week 9 HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 10 HOH Loss
POV Loss
POV Loss
Week 11 HOH Previous HOH
POV Loss
Week 12 HOH Previous HOH
Luxury Loss
POV Loss
POV Loss
Week 13 HOH Part 1 Loss
HOH Part 2 Win
HOH Part 3 Loss
  • Note: Although Derrick was not the outgoing HOH heading into Week 12, the houseguests all pushed the Rewind Button, undoing all of Week 11's events and resetting the week, meaning that Derrick was technically the outgoing HOH once again, barring him from playing in the HOH competition.

Have/Have-Not History

Week 1 Have
Week 2 Have-Not
Week 3 Have
Week 4 Have
Week 5 Have-Not
Week 6 Have
Week 7 Have
Week 8 Have
Week 9 Have
Week 10 Have-Not
Week 10 Have
Week 11 Have/Have-Not Phase Over
Week 12
Week 13

Voting History

Week Position Voted for With Majority?
1 Joey Van Pelt Yes
2 Paola Shea Yes
4 Brittany Martinez Yes
5 Amber Borzotra Yes
6 Jocasta Odom Yes
Hayden Voss Yes
7 Nicole Franzel Yes
8 Dethroned HOH Zach Rance Yes
9 Donny Thompson Yes
10 Nicole Franzel Yes
11 No Voting
12 Frankie Grande Yes
13 Nominated

HOH History

Original Nominees Post-Veto Nominees Intended Target
Week 3
Devin Shepherd
Week 8
Dethroned OR
Week 10
(Day 77)
Christine Brecht
Week 12
(Day 88)
Caleb Reynolds

Post Big Brother

Investigation Discovery

Derrick Levasseur BH

Derrick's Promo Photo for Breaking Homicide

  • Derrick participated in the Martin Sheen produced series Hard Evidence: OJ Is Innocent on Investigation Discovery, which aired in January 2017.[5]
  • Derrick later became host of his own crime investigation show, Breaking Homicide, on Investigation Discovery, which premiered in April 2018. The show was renewed for a second season, which premiered in June 2019.


  • While in the house, Derrick was informed his grandfather passed away on July 25, 2014.
  • Derrick is the first houseguest in Big Brother history to make it past Day 78 without ever being nominated, the second being Austin on BB17. The third and fourth are James and Nicole on BB18. The fifth is JC on BB20. The sixth and seventh are Holly and Tommy on BB21. The eighth and ninth are Enzo and Cody on BB22. The tenth and eleventh are Bowie Jane and Matt on BB25.
  • Derrick is one of ten houseguests to have reached the final 3 while never being nominated for eviction. The others are Danielle Reyes and Jason Guy from Big Brother 3 (US), Jillian MacLaughlin from Big Brother Canada 1, Anthony Douglas from Big Brother Canada 7, Enzo and Cody from Big Brother 22 (US), Tychon Carter-Newman from Big Brother Canada 9, Todrick Hall from Celebrity Big Brother 3 (US) and Bowie Jane from Big Brother 25 (US).
    • With the exception of Cody and Tychon, the rest of them were put on the block by default after they failed to win the Final HOH.
  • Derrick is one of three houseguests in Big Brother 16 to have never competed in a Battle of the Block competition, following Devin Shepherd and Joey Van Pelt.
  • Derrick was the last person in Big Brother 16 to be dethroned as HOH.
  • Derrick is technically the first winner in Big Brother history to win the game and never win a Power of Veto Competition after it's introduction in BB3. He was followed by Taylor Hale.
    • Since there was no POV in BB1 and BB2, if you include Eddie McGee and Will Kirby, then Derrick is the third winner to not win POV but win the game.
  • Before the prize money increased to $750,000 from Big Brother 23 (US) onwards, Derrick had accumulated the most money of any contestant, having earned $575,000.
    • Aside from the $500,000 winnings, he earned $20,000 from the Team America tasks, $5,000 in the "Sloppy the Snowman" HOH competition, and an additional $50,000 for winning Big Brother as a member of Team America.
  • Some people have also compared him to the winner of Survivor: Cagayan Tony Vlachos.
  • Derrick holds the record for the most rounds safe without ever being nominated or facing an eviction, with 15.
  • Derrick confirmed that he was set to compete on Big Brother 22 (US), but ultimately dropped out before quarantine and sequester due to his daughters not wanting him to leave.


Preceded by
Season 15
BB15Small Andy
Andy Herren
Season 16
Derrick Levasseur
Succeeded by
Season 17
BB17Small Steve
Steve Moses
Big Brother 16 (US) Houseguests