James Zinkand was a houseguest on Big Brother 9.

After he was successfully backdoored during Week 4 by a vote of 5-1, James was voted back into the game only minutes after leaving the house. He was the first male player since Kaysar Ridha to be voted back into the game. However, like Amy Crews, James was voted back in by his fellow houseguests. The vote was between him and fellow houseguest Alex Coladonato (whose identity was a mystery to the other houseguests).

James became a huge threat upon his return, winning one Head of Household competition and three consecutive Power of Veto competitions. He was finally evicted in Week 8 by a unanimous 3-0 vote, placing 6th and becoming the fourth member of the Jury. James won the $25,000 America's Choice Jury Prize at the end of the season.

James's "soulmate" in the game's twist was Chelsia Hart. Although they were attracted to each other early in the game, they eventually had a falling-out.


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Riding Bicycle around the World
Sarasota, FL

James, a high school graduate, is currently on a mission to ride his bicycle halfway around the world with no money in his pocket. He has also lived in Buenos Aires where he dressed mannequins for a living.

He describes himself as insane and crazy and has a few very different personalities, depending on his mood. He grew up in a broken home and had to learn to be different to get the attention he needed from others. He was the "freak" in high school who wore costumes to school when it wasn't Halloween. He is close with his mom and has one sister, both recently divorced.

His favorite movie is "Fight Club" and his favorite music is by The Clash. James has seven tattoos. He is currently single, but was engaged to an older woman at one point. His birth date is November 21, 1986.[1]

Player History - Big Brother 9

Competition History

Week 1 Power Couple Loss
Co-HOH Loss
Co-POV Not Picked
Week 2 Co-HOH Win
Food Loss
Co-POV Loss
Week 3 Co-HOH Previous Co-HOH
Food Win
Co-POV Not Picked
Week 4 HOH Loss
Food Win
POV Not Picked
Week 5 HOH Win
Week 6 HOH Previous HOH
Luxury Loss
Week 7 HOH Loss
Food Loss
Week 8 HOH Loss
Food Win
POV Loss

Voting History

Week Position Voted for With Majority?
1 Ineligible
Jen Diturno &
Parker Somerville
2 Co-HOH
3 Allison Nichols &
Ryan Quicksall
Allison Nichols Yes
4 Post-POV Nominee
5 Evicted
HOH/POV Matt McDonald Yes (Tiebreaker)
6 Used POV on Self Chelsia Hart Yes
7 Used POV on Self Sharon Obermueller No
8 Post-POV Nominee
Finale Jury Member Adam Jasinski Yes

HOH History

Original Nominees Post-Veto Nominees Intended Target
Week 2 (Co-HoH with Chelsia) &
Alex Coladonato
Amanda Hansen
& &
Week 5
Matt McDonald

Post Big Brother

  • Since Big Brother, James has gotten married. [2]


  • James is tied with Shane Meaney, Frank Eudy, Ashleigh Wood, Kevin Martin, Kaela Grant, Kaycee Clark and Rohan Kapoor for winning the most consecutive Power of Veto competitions with three in a row, sometimes referred to as the Three-peat Veto.
    • He was the first HouseGuest to accomplish this feat.
  • James was the second HouseGuest in Big Brother history (Adria Klein being the first) to win Head of Household, win the Power of Veto, and cast a tiebreaker vote all in the same week. He would later be followed by Nicole Franzel from Big Brother 18.
    • He is the only male HouseGuest to accomplish this.
  • James is tied with John McGuire, Victor Arroyo and Cliff Hogg III for least amount of days spent evicted before re-entering the house, with all four players re-entering after being evicted earlier in the same day.
    • However, James and Cliff were brought back before the live show ended, whereas John re-entered 3 minutes after the live show ended, and Victor re-entered 40 minutes after the live show ended.
  • James is the first contestant in Big Brother history to be evicted and win HOH on the same night, followed by Cliff.
  • James was the first male HouseGuest to win multiple HoHs and PoVs in a single season.
  • James was the first male HouseGuest to veto one of his own nominations.
  • James was the first HouseGuest to win HOH twice in Big Brother 9.
  • James was the first male recipient of the Fan Favorite Award.
  • During the jury phase, James was either HOH or nominated.
  • Both times James was evicted, it was as a replacement nominee.
  • James is the only juror to win HOH multiple times.
  • James is the only Big Brother 9 houseguest to cast a vote against his partner.
  • James is the first contestant to have the same exact birthday (November 21, 1986) as a future contestant.
    • Although Adria Klein and Natalie Carroll are the first contestants to share the same birthday, they are twins, therefore automatically share the same birthday and don't count.


Preceded by
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Janelle Pierzina
Season 8
Replaced by America's Player
America's Favorite Houseguest
Season 9
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James Zinkand
Succeeded by
Season 10
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Keesha Smith
Big Brother 9 (US) Houseguests
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