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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

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Age: 23
Hometown: Miami, FL
Current City: Homestead, FL
Occupation: Hair Care Sales
Three Adjectives: Ambitious, courageous and passionate
Favorite Activities: I enjoy playing sports, going to the gym, reading, hiking, traveling, meeting new people, being an adrenaline junkie and having new experiences.
What do you think will be the most difficult part about living inside the Big Brother house?
The hardest part of living in the house will be being away from my family and not hearing from them. We are so close and my siblings are my best friends, so it will be really hard not having contact with them. However, they know that I'm living a dream and playing for them.
Which past Big Brother cast member did you like most?
"Evel" Dick Donato from Season 8 is hands down my favorite Houseguest. He always spoke his mind, was an a-hole when he needed to be, didn't care what others thought of him, and, even though he didn't have a good relationship with his daughter, he always defended her, which is kind of the dynamic with my family. Overall he was himself, spoke his mind, and did not give a sh*t about being on anyone's good side. I see a lot of his gameplay in the way I'll play.
Do you have a strategy for winning the game?
I have a huge strategy to playing the game and it's simple: lie, cheat, and manipulate. Lie and deceive all these meatballs (aka losers) into doing what I want as I win comps and make them think we're best friends. Also, find that one Houseguest I can completely trust and make it all the way to Final 2.
My life's motto is… Play hard, work hard, and live your life the way you want. Always work for what you want, but enjoy your life and live life to the fullest. Never care about anyone's opinion, as long as you're living your life.
What would you take into the house, and why?
- My cell phone because I could stay connected with the world
- My mom because she could cook and clean for me
- My brother or sister because we would raise hell together
Fun facts about yourself:
- Crazy
- Adventurous
- Down for new experiences
- I'm an adrenaline junkie

Player History - Big Brother 19

Competition History

Week 1 Temptation Sat Out
Hit The Road Saved
HOH Part 1 Immunity
HOH Part 2 Ineligible
POV Not Picked
Week 2 HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 3 HOH Loss
POV Not Picked
Week 4 House Challenge Not Picked
HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 5 HOH Loss
Temptation Sat Out
POV Not Picked
Week 6 HOH Win
Temptation Sat Out as HOH
POV Loss
Week 7 HOH Previous HOH
Temptation Survived
POV Not Picked
HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 8 HOH Loss
POV Not Picked
Week 9 HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 10 HOH Loss
POV Not Picked
HOH Loss
Week 11 HOH Win
POV Loss
HOH Previous HOH
POV Loss
Week 12 HOH Part 1 Loss
HOH Part 2 Win
HOH Part 3 Win

Have/Have-Not History

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

Den of Temptation History

Week 1 Loss
Week 2 Loss
Week 3 Loss
Week 4 Den of Temptation Phase Over
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
Week 11
Week 12

Voting History

Week Position Voted for With Majority?
1 Saved By Apple Christmas Abbott No
Immune Jillian Parker Yes
2 Vetoed Cody Nickson Yes
3 Dominique Cooper Yes
4 House Challenger Paul Abrahamian Yes
5 No voting
7 Cody Nickson Yes
Elena Davies Yes
8 Mark Jansen Yes
9 Matthew Clines Yes
10 Jason Dent Yes
POV Holder Kevin Schlehuber No
11 HOH Alex Ow Yes (Tiebreaker)
12 HOH Christmas Abbott Sole Vote
Finale Winner

HOH History

Original Nominees Post-Veto Nominees Intended Target
Week 6
Jessica Graf
Jessica Graf
Week 11
Alex Ow
Week 12
Christmas Abbott

Post Big Brother


Josh's Cast Photo for The Challenge: Double Agents


  • 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.[10] He was replaced by Memphis Garrett and went onto compete on The Challenge: Double Agents instead after fully healing.


Preceded by
Season 18
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Nicole Franzel
Over The Top
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Morgan Willett
Season 19
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Josh Martinez
Succeeded by
Season 20
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Kaycee Clark
Big Brother 19 (US) Houseguests
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