Joshua "Josh" Martinez is the winner of Big Brother 19 (US).
He was best known for his friendship with Christmas Abbott, banging pots and pans through the house while singing circus music, calling people "meatballs", his loud Diary Room confessionals, and getting into arguments with several houseguests. At the first HoH competition, he took the golden apple, which granted him immunity for the week, because he believed he was a target. He then proceeded to lash out at Megan Lowder and call her a snake. He got into several heated arguments with Cody Nickson, Jessica Graf, Kevin Schlehuber, Elena Davies, and Mark Jansen. The altercations combined with his emotional outbursts made him a target early on, but he eventually got his foot in the door and started working with Paul Abrahamian and Christmas. For the most part, he was loyal to Paul and did what he wanted, but eventually, he realized Paul was making everyone else do his dirty work, and he saw how dominant Paul's game was. He then began using his goodbye messages to expose Paul's lies and, ultimately, thwarted his attempts to shift all blame onto him and Christmas. During the final weeks of the game, he contemplated turning on Paul several times, especially after winning the Final 5 HOH, but never actually did it. When he won the final HoH, he made a risky decision to take Paul to the final 2, believing that the jury disliked Paul more than either himself or Christmas. His risky decision paid off, and he was awarded the win in a 5-4 vote.
|Josh Martinez Biography|
Retrieved from CBS.com 
Player History - Big Brother 19
|Week 1||Temptation||Sat Out|
|Hit The Road||Saved|
|HOH Part 1||Immunity|
|HOH Part 2||Ineligible|
|Week 4||House Challenge||Not Picked|
|Temptation||Sat Out as HOH|
|Week 7||HOH||Previous HOH|
|Week 12||HOH Part 1||Loss|
|HOH Part 2||Win|
|HOH Part 3||Win|
|Week 4||Have-Not Extension|
|Week 10||Have/Have-Not Phase Over|
Den of Temptation History
|Week 4||Den of Temptation Phase Over|
|Week||Position||Voted for||With Majority?|
|1||Saved By Apple||Christmas Abbott||No|
|4||House Challenger||Paul Abrahamian||Yes|
|POV Holder||Kevin Schlehuber||No|
|11||HOH||Alex Ow||Yes (Tiebreaker)|
|12||HOH||Christmas Abbott||Sole Vote|
|Original Nominees||Post-Veto Nominees||Intended Target|
Post Big Brother
- He returned for Celebrity Big Brother 1 (US) along with fellow winners Ian Terry, Derrick Levasseur, and Nicole Franzel to explain how to win the game.
- On December 5, 2017, Josh appeared on The Taran Show to talk about his family and his life pre and post Big Brother 19 (US).
- Josh attended the premiere of Big Brother 20 (US).
- Josh appeared on an episode of Big Brother 20 (US) along with Derrick Levasseur, Paul Abrahamian, Britney Haynes, Daniele Donato and Dominic Briones (offscreen) to celebrate Nicole Franzel and Victor Arroyo's engagement.
- Josh attended Nicole Franzel and Victor Arroyo's wedding on February 16, 2021.
- Josh competed on The Challenge: War of the Worlds alongside Liz, Julia, Da'Vonne, Natalie, Paulie, Morgan, and Celebrity Big Brother 18 (UK) winner Stephen Bear. He ended up losing the Opening Challenge alongside Liz and they got eliminated in Episode 1. However, fellow Prospect/Rookie Alan Valdez broke his arm, so Josh was brought back into the game and was paired with Amanda Garcia as his Veteran partner, and they ended up getting eliminated in Episode 7.
- Josh competed on The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2 alongside Paulie, Bear and Big Brother 18 (UK) contestant Kayleigh Morris. He was placed on Team USA. He ended up getting eliminated in Episode 13.
- Josh competed on The Challenge: Total Madness alongside Bear, Kaycee, Fessy, Bayleigh, Swaggy C, and HaAh HaGadol VIP 3 winner Asaf Goren. He ended up getting eliminated in Episode 14 alongside Aneesa Ferreira in a Double Elimination.
- Josh competed on The Challenge: Double Agents alongside Fessy, Kaycee, Amber, Celebrity Big Brother 2 (US) contestant Lolo Jones and Celebrity Big Brother 22 (UK) contestant Gabby Allen. After everyone was instructed to freely choose anyone of the opposite gender to be their partner at the start of the game, he and Kam Williams chose each other. In Episode 2, Kyle Christie won his Elimination and Infiltrated Kam and Josh's partnership, stealing Kam from Josh, leaving him as a Rogue Agent. In return, Josh got to immediately choose a new partner from the female Rogue Agents, and chose Kyle's former partner Nany González. He ended up getting eliminated in Episode 12 alongside Devin Walker-Molaghan in a Double Elimination, leaving Nany as a Rogue Agent.
- Josh is tied with fellow BB19 houseguest Mark Jansen, BB11 houseguest Michele Noonan, BB15 houseguests Helen Kim and Elissa Slater, BB18 houseguest Corey Brooks, and BB20 houseguest Scottie Salton for the most weeks spent as a Have-Not in a single season with four.
- He holds the record of most weeks spent as a Have-Not in terms of winners.
- Josh is the third Hispanic-American houseguest to make it to the final 2, following Ivette Corredero and Natalie Martinez. He is the first one to win.
- Josh is the first, and currently only, minority male winner and the second minority winner of Big Brother US overall, following Jun Song. They would be followed by Kaycee Clark and Tamar Braxton.
- Josh's first and last votes in BB19 were both for Christmas Abbott.
- Josh confirmed that he was set to compete on Big Brother 22 (US), going through quarantine and sequester, but was ultimately cut at the last minute due to a false positive COVID-19 test. He later confirmed in a February 2021 interview that he did receive a positive test result two days before he was supposed to move into the house and was thus cut from the cast. He was replaced by Memphis Garrett and went onto compete on The Challenge: Double Agents instead after fully healing.
- Armstrong, Taran (5 December 2017). The Taran Show 21 - Josh Martinez. Rob Has A Website. Retrieved on 18 April 2018.
- BB Family photo from the premiere!. Reddit (27 June 2018). Retrieved on 27 June 2018.
- Josh's The Challenge Wiki Page
Over The Top
|Big Brother 19 (US) Houseguests|