Kaysar Ridha was a houseguest on Big Brother 6 (US), Big Brother 7 (US) and Big Brother 22 (US).

His secret partner in the Big Brother 6 House was Michael Donnellan. Kaysar is best known for his friendship with Janelle Pierzina and being the leader of the Sovereign Six alliance. Kaysar was evicted on Day 33 by a vote of 7 to 1, but after a fan vote, he returned to the game on Day 40 following Sarah Hrejsa's eviction. Ultimately he gave up his HOH to Jennifer Vasquez during an endurance competition after making a deal, only to find himself betrayed and evicted for a second time in a unanimous 7-0 vote finishing in 10th place.

He later returned for Big Brother 7, where his Sovereign Six alliance dominated for the first four weeks, but when Danielle Reyes won HoH in Week 5, his ally Janelle became the target. However, after Janelle won the Power of Veto and used it on herself, Kaysar was made the replacement nominee, and evicted in a 5 to 1 vote, placing 10th once again.

He returned for a third time for Big Brother 22 14 years later, where he reunited and retained his close friendship with Janelle. However, their reputations as being popular old school players isolated them in the house. When week 1 HoH Cody wanted to target him and Janelle, Kaysar successfully foiled Cody's plan when he won the first Safety Suite Competition, saving himself and Janelle for the week. He and Janelle survived week 2 after Memphis won HoH. However, in week 3 their luck finally ran out when they were nominated by HoH Tyler. During the previous week, Kaysar correctly guessed most of the members of the dominant Committee alliance and he and Janelle told Memphis about it, but were unaware that he was in the exact same alliance. Kaysar survived eviction, but was separated from Janelle when she was evicted, leaving Kaysar in the house for the first time without her. Kaysar came close to winning the following HoH, but lost the final round to Enzo, where he nominated Kaysar for being the house's obvious target. Kaysar was unable to win the PoV and his fate was essentially sealed. His hot-headed behaviour sent tremors to the rest of the houseguests as he was strongly disliked by Tyler, Enzo, and Kevin. He had a short-lived running-feuds with Dani and Nicole F, and a bigger one with Cody. Alongside Janelle, he got along with nobody except for Memphis, and was somewhat tolerated by Da'Vonne, Bayleigh, Ian and Christmas. After Kaysar made a memorable eviction speech by calling out Committee members, Cody, Nicole F, and Dani, Kaysar was evicted by a unanimous 10-0 vote, placing 13th and missing the jury phase of the game for the third consecutive time.


Kaysar Ridha Biography

Kaysar Ridha (born August 10, 1980), is a graphic designer from Irvine, California. He was the first Muslim contestant on the show.

Retrieved from CBS
Age: 39
Hometown: Irvine, California
Current city: Irvine, California
Occupation: Biotech executive
Previous season: Big Brother 6 and Big Brother 7. In Season 6, Kaysar was the first Houseguest voted back into the game by the viewers. He was also a member of the first All-Star season of Big Brother.
Three adjectives that describe you: Relentless, judicious, and witty.
Favorite activities: Spending time with the people I care about, using technology, product, and design to solve everyday problems.
Why do you want to play Big Brother again?
I'm obsessed with being better than I once was.
What do you think will be the most difficult part about living inside the Big Brother house?
Being away from my family. I have a lot of people that depend on me and I won't be there to look after them while I'm gone.
Which past Big Brother cast member did you like most and why?
Derrick Levasseur played a very respectable game. He was controlled and had the ability to tap into what motivated others in order to help himself. Often without them even knowing.
What is your strategy for winning the game?
Create large scale disruptions in power to uncover and destabilize existing alliances and plots.
How does this strategy differ from the last time you played?
My strategy hasn't changed but I'd like to think that my life experiences will help me stay a bit longer in the house this time around. Leaving early is embarrassing.
Have you changed/evolved since the last time you were on the show?
The first time you met me, I was an extreme introvert. Now, I'm well-adjusted and a fully-functional social introvert. So much better!
My life's motto is…
"Aut viam inveniam aut faciam." (Find the path or make it)
What would you take into the house and why?
-A phone to FaceTime my family.
-A computer so I can stay productive.
-Books so I can continue to grow as a person.
Fun facts about yourself:
-I was bullied most of my childhood starting in the third grade.
-I am an eternal optimist.
-I get angry when people don't believe in me. That anger fuels my drive to succeed.
-I don't believe in luck.
-I was told by my college counselor I wasn't likely to graduate.
-I never prepare and rehearse my speeches, talks, or presentations. I speak from the heart and forget all about it the next day.
-People usually underestimate me.
-I gravitate towards the underdog, the poor, and the disenfranchised.
-Solving problems and finding a way out gives me a lot of satisfaction.
-Elon Musk is my hero.
-I got into my career as a designer after I taught myself how to use Photoshop. I really wanted to find an outlet to express myself.
-I'm a first-generation immigrant from Iraq.
-People named their children Kaysar after watching me on Big Brother. I'd like to meet them one day because I've never met another person with my name.
-Another Kaysar appeared on Big Brother Brazil in 2018. I realized this only after getting messages from his fans in Portuguese. I find that to be a bit bizarre.[1]

Player History - Big Brother 6 (US)

Competition History

Week 1 Food Loss
HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 2 HOH Loss
Food Win
POV Not Chosen
Week 3 HOH Win
Food Loss
POV Loss
Week 4 HOH Previous HOH
Food Win
POV Loss
Luxury Unable to Play
Week 5 Evicted
Week 6 HOH Loss
POV Loss

Voting History

Week Position Voted for With Majority?
1 Nominated
2 Janelle Pierzina No
4 Nominated
5 Evicted
6 Post-POV Nominee

HOH History

Original Nominees Post-Veto Nominees Intended Target
Week 3
Eric Littmann

Player History - Big Brother 7 (US)

Competition History

Week 1 Co-HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 2 HOH Win
Food Sat Out as HOH
POV Loss
Week 3 HOH Previous HOH
Food Win
POV Loss
Week 4 HOH Loss
Food Win
POV Unable to Play
Luxury Loss
Week 5 HOH Loss
POV Not Picked

Voting History

Week Position Voted for With Majority?
1 Alison Irwin Yes
3 Jase Wirey Yes
4 Diane Henry Yes
5 Post-POV Nominee

HOH History

Original Nominees Post-Veto Nominees Intended Target
Week 2
Nakomis Dedmon

Player History - Big Brother 22 (US)

Competition History

Week 1 HOH Part 1 Loss
HOH Part 2 Ineligible
Safety Suite Win
POV Not Picked
Week 2 HOH Loss
Safety Suite Ineligible
POV Not Picked
Week 3 HOH Loss
Safety Suite Ineligible
POV Loss
Week 4 HOH Loss
POV Loss

Have/Have-Not History

Week 1 Have
Week 2 Have-Not
Week 3 Have
Week 4 Have

Voting History

Week Position Voted for With Majority?
1 Safety Suite Keesha Smith Yes
2 Nicole Anthony Yes
3 Nominated
4 Nominated

Post Big Brother


  • Kaysar was the first houseguest in Big Brother 6 to be evicted after their partner was evicted.
    • Kaysar and Michael were the only secret partner pairing in Big Brother 6 to not have at least one of its members reach the jury stage.
  • Kaysar was the first male to return to the competition after being previously evicted and the second overall following Amy Crews.
    • Kaysar is the only previously evicted houseguest to not finish in the jury upon his re-entry, as all other returners eventually made the jury stage or returned during the jury stage.
  • Kaysar was the first male to successfully backdoor someone.
  • Kaysar was the first ever victim of a revolving door (get evicted, come back later, then get re-evicted the following week). He would be followed by Brendon Villegas in Big Brother 13 and Scottie Salton in Big Brother 20.
  • Kaysar holds the record for the most number of eviction votes received in a single season with 14. He also holds the record for the most votes cast against any player with 19.
  • Kaysar is the only Big Brother 6 candidate to not reach the jury stage in All-Stars.
  • Kaysar and Jase Wirey are the first houseguests to return for a second season, despite being evicted before the jury phase. They were followed by Jessie Godderz, Da'Vonne Rogers, Jason Roy, Ika Wong, Dallas Cormier and David Alexander.
    • Kaysar, Jase, and Dallas are the only returning houseguests who were evicted pre-jury on both attempts.
    • Kaysar is the only three-time player to never reach the jury stage on any of their seasons.
  • Kaysar, along with Howie Gordon, James Rhine, and Janelle Pierzina are the first houseguests to compete in back-to-back seasons.
  • Kaysar is one of four people (Janelle Pierzina, James Rhine, and Paul Abrahamian) to receive the same placement two seasons in a row (10th place).
  • Kaysar was the last houseguest to be evicted pre-jury on his first two seasons.
  • Kaysar was the first houseguest to be evicted three times over his Big Brother career. He was followed by Brendon Villegas, Janelle Pierzina, Victor Arroyo, Da'Vonne Rogers and Nicole Franzel.
    • Janelle and Kaysar are the only players to be evicted four times.
  • Kaysar is the first person to be evicted on their birthday, with Nikki Grahame from Big Brother Canada 4 being the second and Sindy Nguyen from Big Brother Canada 5 being the third.
    • Kaysar is the only person to be evicted on their birthday twice.
  • Kaysar never voted with the majority on Big Brother 6.
    • However, he only voted with the majority on All-Stars.
  • Kaysar and his partner Michael are the only pair on season 6 not to have at least one member make it to the jury.
  • Kaysar is the first houseguest to never vote with the majority
  • Big Brother 22 is the only season where Kaysar never won HOH.
  • Kaysar has played on all three of his seasons with Janelle.
    • Janelle and Kaysar are the only houseguests to play on both All-Star seasons, Big Brother 7 and 22.
  • Kaysar is the only person on Big Brother 22 to never make it to the jury phase in his Big Brother career.


Big Brother 6 (US) Houseguests
Big Brother 7 (US) Houseguests
BB7 Mike.png
BB7 Erika.png
BB7 Janelle.png
BB7 Will.png
BB7 George.png
BB7 Danielle.png
BB7 James.png
BB7 Howie.png
BB7 Marcellas.png
BB7 Kaysar.png
BB7 Diane.png
BB7 Jase.png
BB7 Nakomis.png
BB7 Alison.png
Big Brother 22 (US) Houseguests
BB22 Small Cody.jpg
BB22 Small Enzo.jpg
BB22 Small Nicole F.jpg
BB22 Small Christmas.jpg
BB22 Small Memphis.jpg
BB22 Small Tyler.jpg
BB22 Small Dani.jpg
BB22 Small David.jpg
BB22 Small Kevin.jpg
BB22 Small Da'Vonne.jpg
BB22 Small Ian.jpg
BB22 Small Bayleigh.jpg
BB22 Small Kaysar.jpg
BB22 Small Janelle.jpg
BB22 Small Nicole A.jpg
BB22 Small Keesha.jpg
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.