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Jagateshwar "Jag" Bains is the winner of Big Brother 25 (US).

Early on, Jag would grow close with first Head of Household Reilly Smedley prior to her eviction in Week 2. Left alongside Matt Klotz and Blue Kim as the remnants of her alliance, Jag's early rocky strategic decisions would continue to put him at risk, especially without gaining any new allies, leading to his unanimous eviction in Week 4. However, Matt would use the BB Power of Invincibility on him, saving Jag directly after. Jag would continue to fumble with his inaccurate reads in the coming days, and was almost evicted again the following week prior to a vote flip initiated by Izzy Gleicher taking hold.

Being seen as less of a threat, Jag would float by easily into the jury phase with help from his partnership with Matt. When Cameron Hardin was evicted in Week 10, all previous physical threats were eliminated, allowing Jag's previously mid-to-upper pack competition performances to transform him into a competition beast. He would win both HOH (due to the Secret HOH twist) and at least one Power of Veto in two consecutive weeks, and his new Mafia alliance with Matt and Bowie Jane Ball would continue to keep him safe, as the alliance would win every HOH onward. Effortlessly making it into the final 3 by helping to evict all opponents of the alliance, he would win Parts 2 and 3 of the Final HOH competition and used his sole vote to evict Bowie Jane.

In the final 2 with Matt, Jag would own his strategy in an eloquent speech and received respect for his perceived stronger game, winning the season by a jury vote of 5-2.


Jag Bains Biography

Retrieved from
Age: 25
Hometown: Omak, WA
Occupation: Truck Company Owner

Jag is the first Sikh houseguest to compete on Big Brother.

How does it feel to be on the 25th season of Big Brother?
I've actually been thinking about this so much. The 25th season, that's insane, the silver anniversary for Big Brother, and for me to be part of that season. Also, making history as the first Sikh Punjabi houseguest on the show is so incredible. It's so humbling. I mean, you can tell my excitement through this already. It's my dream, so it's everything I could have imagined. And it's the perfect season for it as well. Representing my Sikh community is so important to me. I wear a turban. This is how I represent myself every day. So to come to the show, be who I am, represent not only myself, but my family, my people, my community, it means the world to me.

What twists do you think are happening in Big Brother 25?
Look, this is what keeps me up at night. I'm trying to figure out what Big Brother's gonna do for season 25. And I feel like every season just gets crazier and crazier with twists. So honestly, I think this season, they're going to bring back all the fan favorite craziest twists, because it's what I would do if I was behind the scenes as a producer. And probably even more stuff, like new things that we can't imagine. So I have no clue. I'm excited. But I also feel like throwing up at the same time trying to think of it.

Why did you decide you wanted to play Big Brother?
I mean, there's so many different reasons. I'm a huge fan., so I genuinely would enjoy playing the game, or I think I would from the outside; it seems so much fun. You see people that actually form genuine friendships with each other. I'm super competitive. I love any sports, board games, anything that has a competitive edge to it. And Big Brother's literally one huge competition. Being the first Sikh Punjabi on the show is huge for me. And then also, let's not forget, we're playing for money here. So I'm really just trying to make it all the way to the end and get that 750k as well. So there's so many reasons, it's like, "Well, why not go apply for the show?"

What are your thoughts on Julie Chen Moonves as a host?
So you can't think of Big Brother without thinking of Julie Chen Moonves. She's an icon. She's been there every season, and it wouldn't be complete without her.

What is your strategy going into the game?
Here's the thing. I feel like, at the end of the day, this is a game. Houseguests knows it's a game. So we're gonna get blood on our hands. And I'm willing to do what it takes to go to the end. I want to do is as much as I can, keep myself safe, and have some close allies that I can take with me to the end so it's not a lone wolf game that I'm going to play, I'm not going to make it to the end that way. So as much as I can be loyal to my closest allies, that's how I build trust. I think it's good for jury management to stay loyal to some folks. But obviously, there's going to be lying, there's going to be deception, there's going to be backdooring. All of that is natural for a game of Big Brother, and it's something that I've just come to terms with.

I'm not afraid to get blood on my hands. I usually have this personality as the jokester. I'm just super social with other people. I've got charisma and stuff. I want people to think that I'm airheaded or don't really know what's going on. But really, I'm a secret genius. And I want to keep that under wraps so people don't know, and they don't think that's smart to get me out. But once they're out, it's going to be too late. And once they realized that I was playing everything behind the scenes, they'll only have Julie Chen Moonves to talk to.

How much will you hide about yourself during your time in the house?
I'm not gonna tell them my occupation either. So I'm an entrepreneur, I own a gas truck company. I also do real estate, and I'm a realtor. I feel like some of those professions are easy to pin as cutthroat or super driven, or might have some negative connotations that might paint a target on my back. But I'm going to tell everyone that I'm a substitute teacher and a Special Olympics coach, which is true. It's just a partial truth because I don't want to share everything else that I do.

What is your reaction to Big Brother 25 playing out into the fall?
I'm just imagining my family and friends are going to be out there for Halloween, and I'm going to be in here fighting for my life, probably wearing a really stupid costume for Halloween and trying to win the veto or something. I just can't stop imagining me in Halloween in the Big Brother house and what Big Brother's going to do. Halloween is also my favorite holiday. So I'm just super excited for that specifically in the fall.

Why will you win Big Brother 25?
I'm gonna win Big Brother because I'm charismatic. I like to bring people in towards me, I think they'll be able to trust me, and they'll want to take me to the end with them.[1]

Player History - Big Brother 25 (US)[]

Competition History[]

Week 1 Nomination Safe
HOH Loss
POV Not Picked
Week 2 HOH Loss
POV Not Picked
Week 3 HOH Loss
Week 4 HOH Loss
POV Loss
Invincibility Loss
Week 5 HOH Loss
POV Not Picked
Week 6 HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 7 HOH Loss
HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 8 Re-Entry Part 1 Ineligible
Re-Entry Part 2 Ineligible
Week 9 HOH Loss
POV Not Picked
Week 10 HOH Loss
Week 11 HOH Win
Luxury Win
POV Unable to Play
Week 12 HOH Win
HOH Previous HOH
POV Loss
Week 13 HOH Loss
Luxury Loss
Week 14 HOH Loss
HOH Part 1 Loss
HOH Part 2 Win
HOH Part 3 Win
  • Note: Although Jag was the outgoing HOH heading into Week 12, it was an Invisible HOH reign, meaning that he was able to play in the next HOH competition in order to preserve his secret.

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/Have-Not Phase Over
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
Week 11
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14

Voting History[]

Week Position Voted for With Majority?
1 Kirsten Elwin Yes
2 Immune Reilly Smedley Yes
3 Used POV on Self Hisam Goueli Yes
4 Nominated
5 Post-POV Nominee
6 Izzy Gleicher Yes
7 POV Holder Cameron Hardin Yes
Jared Fields Yes
8 No Voting
9 Mecole Hayes Yes
10 POV Holder Cameron Hardin Yes
11 Secret HOH/POV
America Lopez Yes
13 POV Holder Cirie Fields Yes
14 POV Holder Felicia Cannon Sole Vote
HOH Bowie Jane Ball Sole Vote
Finale Winner

HOH History[]

Original Nominees Post-Veto Nominees Intended Target
Week 11
Cory Wurtenberger
Week 12
Blue Kim
Day 100
Bowie Jane Ball
Bowie Jane

Post Big Brother[]


  • Jag is the first Sikh-Punjabi contestant to compete on Big Brother US, and by the extension, the first Sikh-Punjabi winner as well.
    • This makes him the third Asian-American winner, following Jun Song and Kaycee Clark, but overall the first Asian male to win.
  • Jag is the first Previously Evicted Contestant to win the game.
    • He is also the first one to make it past the final four after returning.
  • Jag is the first Previously Evicted Contestant to re-enter the game through a twist without going through a vote or competition first.
    • Sharon Obermueller re-entered the game without a vote or competition, but she came back as a replacement instead of via a twist.
  • Excluding people who have won the Final 4 HOH and Final 3 HOH back to back, Jag is the fourth houseguest overall, to win HOH two weeks in a row, following Frankie Grande, Sheldon Jean, and Tiffany Mitchell.
    • Jag is the first one from the US franchise not to be dethroned their first week of HOH.
  • Jag holds the record for most Power of Veto competitions won in a single season, at 7, breaking the previous record of 6 set by Michael Bruner in Big Brother 24 (US).
  • Jag holds the record for most competition wins in a single season, at 10, breaking the previous record of 9 set by Michael and Janelle Pierzina in Big Brother 7 (US).
  • Jag is the first houseguest to win by a 5-2 vote since Jordan Lloyd in Big Brother 11 (US).
  • Jag has the most eviction votes cast against of any American winner.
  • Jag is currently the youngest finalist and winner by date of birth.
  • Jag is the first man to become an Invisible HOH, and by extension, to be the winner of a Big Brother season.
  • Jag always voted with the majority.


Preceded by
Season 24
US24 Small Taylor
Taylor Hale
Season 25
US25 Small Jag
Jag Bains
Succeeded by
Reindeer Games
Reindeer Small Nicole
Nicole Franzel
Season 26
Big Brother 25 (US) Houseguests
US25 Small Jag
US25 Small Matt
US25 Small Bowie Jane
US25 Small Felicia
US25 Small Cirie
US25 Small America
US25 Small Blue
US25 Small Cory
US25 Small Cameron
US25 Small Mecole
US25 Small Jared
US25 Small Izzy
US25 Small Red
US25 Small Hisam
US25 Small Reilly
US25 Small Kirsten
US25 Small Luke