In The Balance is a recurring Power of Veto and Head of Household competition.


"In the Balance" is a competition of skill:

  1. Each houseguest is given a mobile-like setup consisting of multiple rods hanging from each other by strings. Each houseguest also has a number of objects with different weights.
  2. The goal of this competition is to hang all of the objects on the mobile. However, they must be balanced properly or the mobile may tip.
  3. The first houseguest to get their mobile properly set up without anything touching the ground, and then hit a button will win this competition.


This was first used as a Power of Veto competition on Big Brother 15 (US). In honor of former houseguest Britney Haynes' pregnancy, it had a baby theme, with the houseguests attempting to hang stuffed animals from a baby's mobile. It was won by Jeremy McGuire.

It was again used as a Power of Veto competition on Big Brother 16 (US), this time with a space theme. The goal was to hang a number of different planets to create a planetary display. It was won by Devin Shepherd.

The next time this competition was used was on Big Brother 19 (US), this time as a Head of Household competition. Rather than the entire house participating, only one member from each of the two teams that won the previous part of the HoH competition competed: Paul Abrahamian, and Cody Nickson. In keeping with the "Garden of Eden" theme used throughout this week, the two had to hang apples from a tree. In the end, Cody narrowly beat out Paul to win Head of Household.

It returned as a Power of Veto competition on Big Brother 21 (US), with an underwater theme. The goal was to hang up all of their sea creature stuffed animals onto the mobile, and Jackson Michie managed to win.

List of the In The Balance Competitions

Season Week Competition Variant Name Variant Winner
15 2 Power of Veto "In the Balance"
Jeremy McGuire
16 "Big Brother Galaxy"
Devin Shepherd
19 1 Head of Household "Hangs in the Balance"
Cody Nickson
21 8 Power of Veto "Coral Grief"
Jackson Michie


  • The first three winners of this competition went home as the 3rd evictee, ranking 14th place.
    • However, Cody returned to the game after his eviction so he was no longer in 14th place.
  • So far, this competition has only been won by men.
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