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Frank James Michael "Frankie" Grande Marchione was a finalist on Celebrity Big Brother 18 (UK) and Big Brother: Reindeer Games. He originally competed on Big Brother 16 (US).

Frankie is the brother of singer and actress Ariana Grande. For weeks Frankie hid this from his fellow cast members, but when his back was against the wall, he revealed his relationship to the singer as an attempt to win them back, to mixed responses. After winning the first HOH competition of the season, Frankie established a relationship with co-HOH Caleb Reynolds that eventually led to the creation of the Bomb Squad, an eight-person alliance. After the leader of the alliance, Devin Shepherd, was evicted in Week 3, Frankie joined a new alliance called The Detonators which consisted of four other original Bomb Squad members. When the BB Rewind Twist was introduced in Week 11, Frankie was adamant about pressing it, unknowingly nullifying his HOH and POV wins. He was evicted in the rewind week, after failing to win the same competitions, by a 2-0 vote, placing 5th and becoming the 7th member of the jury.

Frankie later competed on the eighteenth celebrity season of the United Kingdom version of Big Brother. Frankie took part in many weekly tasks like judging a talent show, winning a shopping task, and bringing a little bit of Hollywood to Borehamwood, just to name a few. On Day 30, he left the house in sixth place.


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Age: 31
Hometown: Boca Raton, Fla.
Current City: New York, N.Y.
Occupation: YouTube Personality
Three adjectives that describe you: Sparkly, charismatic and unreserved.
Favorite Activities: Biking, swimming, twerking, doing impersonations and making funny videos with my friends!
What do you think will be the most difficult part about living inside the Big Brother house: Being disconnected. I think I would love it for a week or even two, but eventually, I would start to go into Twitter withdrawal.
Do you have a strategy for winning Big Brother?: I am going to be the happy likable person that everyone wants to keep around in the beginning, but I will be good at competitions. I will use the HOH's that I win to make everyone want to be on my side.
Which past Big Brother cast member did you like most: I love Britney; she was likable, aggressive, manipulative and entertaining.
What are you afraid of: Spiders, ever since one almost killed me. I am totally fine with insects though because I studied entomology in college.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of: Helping a student. One of my students came out to me and admitted that he was thinking about taking his life until he met me. He called me his angel who showed him the path to life.
Finish this sentence: My life’s motto is… Shine bright like a Frankie.
What would you take into the house and why: 1. Ariana's music, because she is my best friend and inspires me to keep working and persevering. Also, I LOVE HER MUSIC! 2. My Kindle with all of the Harry Potter books loaded on it. 3. An endless supply of grande double dirty iced soy chai lattes in venti cups with extra ice.
What would you do if Big Brother made you famous: Exactly what I am doing, but hopefully on an even bigger scale with worldwide reach, bigger shows, and bigger tours.

Frankie is a former Broadway actor who is now a popular YouTube sensation [1] with over 175,000 subscribers and nearly 10,000,000 views. His sister is the multi-platinum selling pop singer Ariana Grande.[2]

Age: 33
Twitter: @FrankieJGrande
Home town: New York City
Host of Style Code Live, Broadway star, YouTube sensation and brother of Ariana Grande
What are you looking forward to most about Celebrity Big Brother and why? What I'm looking forward to the most is having some fun with my peers. The world has turned into such a terrible place of late. I'm looking forward to escaping it and just having fun in the House!
What type of person would you not want to live with and why? I have difficulty living with people who are homophobic and can't see past that in order to get to know me. Ignorance I can deal with, but when someone is fundamentally against it, it is hard to be around. I have been known to convert a hater with those beliefs into a follower, so you never know what may happen in the House!
Describe yourself in three words? Bright, sparkly, firecracker

Player History - Big Brother 16 (US)[]

Competition History[]

Week 1 HOH Win
BOTB Dethroned
POV Not Picked
Week 2 HOH Loss
BOTB Ineligible
POV Not Picked
Week 3 HOH Loss
BOTB Ineligible
POV Not Picked
Week 4 HOH Win
BOTB Dethroned
POV Not Picked
Week 5 HOH Win
BOTB Survived
POV Loss
Week 6 HOH Previous HOH
BOTB Ineligible
POV Not Picked
HOH Loss
POV Not Picked
Week 7 HOH Loss
POV Not Picked
Week 8 HOH Win
BOTB Survived
Week 9 HOH Previous HOH
POV Loss
Week 10 HOH Loss
POV Not Picked
HOH Loss
Week 11* HOH Win
Week 12 HOH Loss
Luxury Loss
POV Loss
  • Note: In Week 11, Frankie's HOH and POV wins were nullified due to the BB Rewind Twist being activated.

Have/Have-Not History[]

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

Voting History[]

Week Position Voted for With Majority?
1 Dethroned HOH Joey Van Pelt Yes
2 Paola Shea Yes
3 Devin Shepherd Yes
4 Dethroned HOH Brittany Martinez Yes
6 Jocasta Odom Yes
Hayden Voss Yes
7 BOTB Winner Nicole Franzel Yes
9 Donny Thompson Yes
10 Nicole Franzel Yes
POV Holder Christine Brecht Yes
12 Nominated
Finale Jury Member Derrick Levasseur Yes

HOH History[]

Original Nominees Post-Veto Nominees Intended Target
Week 1
Dethroned OR
Week 4
Dethroned OR
Week 5
Amber Borzotra
Week 8
Zach Rance
Week 11
  • Week 11 ended with a twist called "BB Rewind" where the HOH and Veto competitions were replayed, thus undoing Frankie's wins for both, along with his nominees.

Player's History - Celebrity Big Brother 18[]

Task History[]

Day 3 Game of Phones Win
Day 5 Talent Show Judge
Day 6 Shopping Task 1 Win
Day 7 Shopping Task 2 Win
Day 8 Hollywood to Borehamwood Win
Day 11 Protect Large Balloon Not Chosen
Day 12 Talent Agency Not Chosen
Day 13 Nerve Win
Day 14 Big Risk Win
Day 16 Shopping Task 3 Win
Day 18 Back to School Win
Day 21 Shopping Task 4 Win
Day 23 One-Upping Win
Day 24 Elves vs Reindeer Win
Day 28 Award Categories Win

Nominations History[]

Day Nominated Nominated By Final Position
3 Ineligible
4 James Whale
Grant Bovey
Marnie Simpson
9 Stephen Bear
10 Lewis Bloor
Marnie Simpson
13 Ineligible
16 Chloe Khan Ineligible
17 Lewis Bloor
Marnie Simpson
20 James Whale
Lewis Bloor
Marnie Simpson
25 Marnie Simpson
Katie Waissel
Stephen Bear
Katie Waissel
Samantha Fox
30 No Nominations Sixth Place

Player History - Big Brother: Reindeer Games[]

Competition History[]

Episode 1 Naughty & Nice Loss
Jingle Bell Brawl Win
Santa's Showdown Ineligible
Episode 2 Naughty & Nice Loss
Jingle Bell Brawl Loss
Santa's Showdown Safe
Episode 3 Naughty & Nice Loss
Jingle Bell Brawl Loss
Santa's Showdown Win
Episode 4 Naughty & Nice Win
Jingle Bell Brawl Win
Santa's Showdown Ineligible
Episode 5 Naughty & Nice Loss
Jingle Bell Brawl Loss
Jingle Bell Brawl Win
Santa's Showdown Ineligible
Episode 6 Naughty & Nice Loss
Reindeer Games Part 1 Ineligible
Reindeer Games Part 2 Co-Third Place

Status History[]

Episode Position Punished
1 Jingle Bell
2 Nominated
3 Nominated Xavier Prather
4 Nice List/
Co-Jingle Bell
Nicole Franzel &
Xavier Prather
5 Co-Jingle Bell
Finale Second Bracket
Co-Third Place -

Nominations History[]

Original Nominees Intended Target
Episode 1
Cameron Hardin
Episode 4
(with Taylor)
Josh Martinez
Nicole Franzel
Episode 5
(with Taylor)
Britney Haynes

Post Big Brother[]

Ian Frankie Contestant's Row

Ian and Frankie with their respective partners at Contestant's Row


Frankie as "Frankini" in Henry Danger and Danger Force, and cartoonized in The Adventures of Kid Danger

Candy Crush Frankie Caleb

Caleb & Frankie's Promo Photo for Candy Crush

BB25 Time Laser

The Big Brother 25 BB Break-In.

Reindeer Multiverse

Unleashing Big Brother: Reindeer Games

  • Frankie and Zach Rance had a brief relationship for some time after Big Brother 16, which Zach revealed in December 2020 when he came out as bisexual.[3][4]
  • Frankie appeared in the audience during the first live eviction episode of Big Brother 17, when evicted houseguest Jace Agolli gave him a shoutout as he saw him in the front row. He later appeared at the Final 5 to take Liz Nolan and Vanessa Rousso on a trip to see his sister perform as a prize for winning a Luxury Competition
  • Since his appearance on Big Brother, Frankie has made appearances on various TV shows. Most notably, being a judge on Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew.[5]
    • Frankie has a recurring role on Nickelodeon sitcom Henry Danger as supervillain "Frankini". He maintains the role in its two spin-off series: cartoon series The Adventures of Kid Danger and sequel series Danger Force. He has appeared in six episodes across the three shows, starting in September 2017 to as recently as March 2020.[6]
  • Frankie competed on the Big Brother Primetime Special of The Price is Right that aired on May 24, 2016.[7] Despite being one of the first four teams called, Frankie and his partner, Amy were unable to play a pricing game.[8]
  • Frankie is a host on Style Code Live, a web series on[9]
  • Frankie competed on the Big Brother team on the CBS game show Candy Crush that airs on July 9, 2017.[10] with his teammate and fellow BB16 houseguest Caleb Reynolds competed against Big Brother 18 houseguests Da'Vonne Rogers and Paul Abrahamian.
  • On May 24, 2018, Frankie would be a guest on the 10th episode of Season 10 of RuPaul's Drag Race in which he was paired up and put in drag by Eureka, and given the drag name "Eufreaka."
  • Frankie appeared in Big Brother 19 as part of the BB Comics Revengers.
  • Frankie appeared as a guest host for Off the Block (the Big Brother 20 after show) Episode 6, alongside Marissa Jaret Winokur to make up for Ross Mathews' absence.
    • However, a few days after being uploaded, the video was taken down for unknown reasons.
  • On March 3, 2023, Frankie would appear as a guest on the 10th episode of Season 15 of RuPaul's Drag Race to be apart of the main challenge.
    • During this episode he would reference his time on Big Brother, stating "This should have been a challenge on Big Brother, I would have won."
  • Frankie was interviewed for the Big Brother: 25th Anniversary Celebration ahead of Big Brother 25.
  • Frankie, Danielle Reyes and Britney Haynes appeared in the Big Brother 25 premiere, "breaking into" the new house in an attempt to change their fate from prior seasons, but when it backfired they accidentally unleashed the twist of the season onto the new houseguests.
    • The three later appeared in the season finale where they again broke into the new house, this time introducing Big Brother: Reindeer Games.


  • Frankie is technically tied with Demetres Giannistsos and Dane Rupert for the record for the most Head of Household competition wins with 5 wins. However, he was dethroned twice in Week 1 and 4 so officially he has 3 permanent HOH wins.
  • Frankie is the first houseguest to win HOH two weeks in a row, excluding Final 4 and 3. He would be followed by Sheldon Jean, Tiffany Mitchell and Jag Bains.
  • Frankie is the third person to win HOH and POV in the same week twice, following Danielle Murphree and Andy Herren. He would be followed by Paul Abrahamian and Cody Calafiore.
  • Frankie co-founded the largest alliance in Big Brother history, the Bomb Squad, alongside Caleb Reynolds. Only two members of the alliance did not make the Jury.
    • Ironically, in a live chat Frankie said a year later it was better to have a small alliance than a large one.
  • Frankie won the most competitions in Big Brother 16, having won 9 (8 if his BotB win isn't included).
    • He would also tie Janelle Pierzina and Michael Bruner for the most competitions won in a single season with 9 wins each (5 HoHs, 3 PoVs and 1 BotB). Though technically without his dethroned HoHs and the BotB, Frankie would have six competition wins (3 HoHs and 3 PoVs).
  • Frankie is the third HouseGuest (and second male overall) to win at least 3 HOHs and 3 POVs in a single season. Janelle Pierzina and Frank Eudy are the first houseguests to do this respectively (and later Cody Calafiore, Vanessa Rousso and Paul Abrahamian).
  • Frankie is the first openly gay HouseGuest to win the first HOH. He was later followed by Jason Roy from Big Brother 17.
  • Frankie is the first houseguest to win a BOB alone while their partner tried to throw it. Donny Thompson and Liz Nolan later accomplished this feat.
  • Frankie is the first Big Brother contestant to be a TV judge as he is currently judging America's Best Dance Crew, the second being Vanessa Rousso who judged on Bank of Hollywood prior to competing on Big Brother.
  • Frankie is the first US houseguest to appear on another country's version of the show officially. He would be followed by Omarosa Manigault and Ariadna Gutiérrez.
  • Frankie along with George Allen Boswell, Nikki Grahame, Tim Dormer, Brandi Glanville Omarosa Manigault and Ariadna Gutiérrez are the only houseguests to compete in different seasons of the show with different voting systems, primarily the North American systems versus the international systems.
    • Due to Reindeer Games not having voting, instead being more competition based, all three of Frankie's seasons featured different formats, despite two of them being part of the same franchise.
  • All three times Frankie competed, he was nominated twice.
  • Frankie was the only person to win multiple competitions in a single episode during Big Brother: Reindeer Games, winning both the Naughty & Nice Challenge and the Jingle Bell Brawl in Episode 4.
    • He and Taylor Hale were also the first and only people to win multiple Jingle Bell Brawls, with 3 total each, 2 of them shared with each other.
  • Frankie was the only finalist on Reindeer Games not to be a previous winner.


Big Brother 16 (US) Houseguests
Celebrity Big Brother 18 Housemates
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Ricky CBB18 Small
Renee CBB18 Small
Marnie CBB18 Small
Aubrey CBB18 Small
Frankie CBB18 Small
Samantha CBB18 Small
Katie CBB18 Small
James CBB18 Small
Lewis CBB18 Small
Heavy D CBB18 Small
Chloe CBB18 Small
Saira CBB18 Small
Grant CBB18 Small
Biggins CBB18 Small
Big Brother: Reindeer Games Houseguests
Reindeer Small Nicole
Reindeer Small Taylor
Reindeer Small Frankie
Reindeer Small Xavier
Reindeer Small Britney
Reindeer Small Josh
Reindeer Small Danielle
Reindeer Small Cody
Reindeer Small Cameron
Reindeer Small Derek
Reindeer Small Jordan
Reindeer Small Tiffany
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