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James Huling was a houseguest on Big Brother 17 and Big Brother 18.

In BB17, James was known for pranking and scaring of houseguests particularly Julia Nolan, unrequited crush on Meg Maley, being a part of the ill-fated Goblins alliance, and going back on his deal with Shelli Poole to protect her and Clay Honeycutt if she threw the HoH competition to him during week 6. He was also a competiton threat, winning 2 HoHs, 2 PoVs, and 2 BoBs. He was eventually the last Goblin standing and ultimately voted out during the second half of the second Double Eviction in a unanimous 4-0 vote, placing 7th and becoming the fifth member of the jury. On finale night, he won the America's Favorite Houseguest award.

He returned for BB18. He was apart of the 8-Pack alliance which controlled the first two weeks. He formed a bond/relationship Natalie Negrotti. In week 7, he won America's Care Package which gave him the power to cancel the eviction votes of two HouseGuests. He used it at the next eviction ceremony to cancel Corey Brooks and Paul Abrahamian's votes which was the key into blindsiding Paulie Calafiore's Showmance Zakiyah Everette. In week 9, he was positioned as the swing vote, and he ultimately cast the deciding vote against Victor Arroyo. However, this backfired as Victor managed to return to the house, and his friend/ally Nicole Franzel turned on him. His allies Michelle Meyer and Natalie were eliminated at the next two eviction ceremonies respectively. Fortunately, his luck changed after Natalie's eviction as Nicole and her showmance Corey worked with him to finally get Victor out of the house. After Victor's elimination, James decided to work with Paul to split up Corey and Nicole. He ended up casting the sole vote to evict Corey. He ultimately finished in 3rd place after Paul infamously evicted him and took Nicole to the final 2, thus making him the 9th and final member of the jury.

On finale night, James was revealed to be the top three to win America's Favorite Houseguest along with Natalie and Victor, but he ultimately lost to Victor.

Biography

Retrieved from CBS.com

Age: 31
Hometown: Sumter, South Carolina
Current City: Wichita Falls, Texas
Occupation: Retail associate
Three adjectives that describe you: Fun, unique, and diverse.
Favorite Activities: Anything fun: hiking, horseback riding, mudding, skeet shooting, fishing, camping, hanging out with friends, and riding the rivers at night catching some monsters.
What do you think will be the most difficult part about living inside the Big Brother house: Leaving everyone behind, but I’ve always been on-the-go through the military, so I guess it won’t be too bad.
Which past Big Brother cast member did you like most: I have to say Zack Attack and Victoria because they both seem like they are loyal.
What are you afraid of: I’d have to say I’m afraid of sharks and anything that is in the water that can hurt me. I hate spiders, too. They just look really weird.
Finish this sentence: My life’s motto is… Yolo, ball out till you fall out, no regrets!
What would you take into the house and why: Cell phone, of course, because it’s my best friend, LOL! Also, my cat Gizmo, because he is awesome, and my Taylor Swift cut out.

James spent the first part of his life being raised in a boys’ home in South Carolina after his mother passed away from cancer and his father was unable to care for him. In his early teens, he was adopted by a Caucasian family and has called them mom and dad since. James loves his southern roots and served six years in the armed forces.[1]

Age: 32
Hometown: Sumter, SC
Current city: Wichita Falls, TX
Occupation: Staff recruiter
Three adjectives that describe you: Cool, calm, and a being a social tough guy.
Favorite activities: Boating, jet skiing, hunting, camping, going to the beach, and traveling.
What do you think will be the most difficult part about living inside the Big Brother house? Being away from family, friends, and my cat, Gizmo.
Which past Big Brother cast member did you like most? Derrick Levasseur from Season 16 because he never touched the Block.
Do you have a strategy for winning the game? Yes! To be tough guy and let my social game do what I do best—get along with everyone and be a fun, cool, and understanding person.
My life's motto is... You only live once, [so] live, laugh, and love.

What would you take into the house, and why? Flushable baby wipes because a clean bottom is a happy bottom, a notepad so I can write notes, and my favorite jacket to keep me warm.[2]

Player History - Big Brother 17

Competition History

Week 1 HOH Win
BOTB Survived
POV Loss
Week 2 HOH Previous HOH
BOTB Ineligible
POV Not Picked
Week 3 HOH Loss
BOTB Loss
POV Loss
Luxury Ineligible
Week 4 HOH Loss
BOTB Win
POV Loss
Week 5 HOH Loss
BOTB Win
POV Not Picked
Week 6 HOH Win
POV Win
Week 7 HOH Previous HOH
POV Not Picked
HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 8 HOH Loss
POV Not Picked
Week 9 HOH Loss
POV Not Picked
Week 10 HOH Loss
POV Win
HOH Loss
POV Loss

Have/Have-Not History

Week 1 Have
Week 2 Have-Not
Week 3 Have
Week 4 Have
Week 5 Have
Week 6 Have
Week 7 Have-Not
Week 8 Have
Week 9 Have
Week 10 Have-Not

Voting History

Week Position Voted for With Majority?
1 HOH
2 Da'Vonne Rogers Yes
3 Nominated
4 BOTB Winner Audrey Middleton Yes
5 BOTB Winner Becky Burgess No
6 HOH/POV
7 Shelli Poole Yes
Jackie Ibarra Yes
8 Becky Burgess Yes
9 John McGuire Yes
10 Used POV on Self Julia Nolan No
Nominated
Finale Jury Member Steve Moses Yes

HOH History

Original Nominees Post-Veto Nominees Intended Target
Week 1
BB17 Jace
 Evicted
Jace
Week 6
BB17 Clay
 Evicted
Clay
OR

Player History - Big Brother 18

Competition History

Week 1 Immunity Win
HTR Part 1 Ineligible
HTR Part 2 Ineligible
HTR Part 3/HOH Ineligible
Roadkill Loss
POV Not Picked
Week 2 HOH Loss
Roadkill Loss
POV Not Picked
Week 3 HOH Loss
Roadkill Loss
POV Not Picked
Week 4 HOH Loss
Roadkill Loss
POV Not Picked
Week 5 HOH Win
POV Loss
Week 6 HOH Previous HOH
POV Not Picked
Week 7 HOH Loss
POV Loss
HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 8 HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 9 Luxury Win
Luxury Loss
Have/Have-Not Have-Not
HOH Advantage Loss
HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 10 HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 11 HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 12 HOH Loss
POV Loss
HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 13 HOH Part 1 Loss
HOH Part 2 Loss
HOH Part 3 Unable to Play

Have/Have-Not History

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

Carepackage History

Week 1 Twist Not Active
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6 Loss
Week 7 Win
Week 8 Ineligible
Week 9
Week 10
Week 11 Care Package Phase Over
Week 12

Voting History

Week Position Voted for With Majority?
1 Immune Ineligible
Immune Jozea Flores Yes
2 Victor Arroyo Yes
3 Tiffany Rousso No
4 Tiffany Rousso Yes
5 HOH
6 Da'Vonne Rogers Yes
7 Zakiyah Everette Yes
Bridgette Dunning Yes
8 Paulie Calafiore Yes
9 Victor Arroyo Yes
10 Paul Abrahamian No
11 Nominated
12 Victor Arroyo Yes
Corey Brooks Sole Vote
13 Nominated
Finale Jury Member Paul Abrahamian No

HOH History

Original Nominees Post-Veto Nominees Intended Target
Week 5
Frank Small 2016
 Evicted
Frank

Post Big Brother

  • On April 27th, 2017, fellow houseguest and former girlfriend Natalie filed legal action against him for allegedly making troll accounts against her, releasing private photos of her, and posting false information about her on social media.[3]

Trivia

  • James is the first Non-white HouseGuest) to win America's Favorite Player. He would later be followed by Victor Arroyo from Big Brother 18.
    • He is also the second person named James to win the prize.
  • James is the first Asian-American HouseGuest to win two Head of Household competitions since Jee Choe in Big Brother 4.
  • Although he resides in Texas, James is the second HouseGuest since Marvin Latimer to be born in South Carolina.
  • James is the first male to win HOH twice in Big Brother 17.
  • James is the first person in Big Brother 17 to win HOH and POV in the same week. He would later be followed by Liz .
    • They were the only houseguests to accomplish this.
  • He is the first HouseGuest to win HOH, POV, and BOB in Big Brother 17.
  • He is the first HouseGuest to not use the POV in Big Brother 17.
  • James holds the record for the most competitions won by an Asian-American in Big Brother history with 6 competitions (2 HOHs, 2 POVs, and 2 BOTBs).
    • If one doesn't count in the Battle of the Block as a competition, he still has the most competition wins with 4 competitions in total.
  • James was the fourth HouseGuest to win the POV multiple times in Big Brother 17 following John, Steve, and Vanessa.
  • James is one of ten HouseGuests that have played in back-to-back seasons (the others being Janelle Pierzina, Howie Gordon, James Rhine, Kaysar Ridha, Jessie Godderz, Brendon Villegas, Rachel Reilly, Da'Vonne Rogers, and Paul Abrahamian).
  • James was the last male to be nominated in Big Brother 18, being first put on the block on Day 80.
  • James is the third/fourth HouseGuest to make it past Day 78 without ever being nominated. The other houseguests are Derrick Levasseur, Austin Matelson and Nicole Franzel. They would be followed by JC Mounduix.
  • James is the only returner in Big Brother 18 to remain their previous general placement, placing as a jury member in both Big Brother 17 and 18.
  • James is the only returning HouseGuest in Big Brother 17 to make the jury stage in that initial season.
  • If James had made final 2 in Big Brother 18, he would only receive votes from Natalie and Michelle .
  • James is tied with Janelle Pierzina for the second most days spent in the US house total with 177 days.

References

Big Brother 17 House Guests
BB17Small Steve
BB17Small Liz
BB17Small Vanessa
BB17Small John
BB17Small Austin
BB17Small Julia
BB17Small James
James
BB17Small Meg
BB17Small Becky
BB17Small Jackie
BB17Small Shelli
BB17Small Clay
BB17Small Jason
BB17Small Audrey
BB17Small Jeff
BB17Small Da'Vonne
BB17Small Jace
Winner
Runner-Up
Jury
Evicted
Big Brother 18 House Guests
Nicole Small 2016
Paul Small 2016
James Small 2016
James
Corey Small 2016
Victor Small 2016
Natalie Small 2016
Michelle Small 2016
Paulie Small 2016
Bridgette Small 2016
Zakiyah Small 2016
DaVonne Small 2016
Frank Small 2016
Tiffany Small 2016
Bronte Small 2016
Jozea Small 2016
Glenn Small 2016
Winner
Runner-Up
Jury
Evicted
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