McCrae John Olson was a HouseGuest on Big Brother 15. After winning the first Head of Household and Power of Veto of the season, McCrae focused on laying low while his showmance, Amanda, dictated the house. While she was evicted during the first half of the second Double Eviction, McCrae managed to survive two more evictions by winning HoH during the second half of the second double eviction, and the PoV the following week. He was eventually blindsided by The Exterminators at the end of Week 11, and was evicted by the sole vote of GinaMarie. He placed 4th and became the eighth jury member.


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Name: McCrae Olson
Age: 23
Hometown: Oak Grove, Minn.
Occupation: Pizza Delivery Boy
Marital Status: Single
Three adjectives that describe you: Funny, observant and calculating.
Favorite Activities: I love playing ice-hockey out on the ponds. I also love reading comics and playing video games. Typical boy stuff.
What do you think will be the most difficult part about living inside the “Big Brother” house? Just having my own privacy. It’s going to be tough having cameras on you 24/7 and trying to find a little peace in there.
Strategy for winning “Big Brother:” My strategy is to play like James from Big Brother 6. Play smart when you need to, play physical when you need to and lay low.
Which past “Big Brother” cast member did you like most or least? My favorite player is of course Will Kirby. The way that man played the game is like watching the most beautiful ballet ever. It just seems like his mind was built for this game. There is something so beautiful about it.
What are you afraid of? Mice and ventriloquist dummies.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Right now I am working on this cartoon that I created and wrote. I am so proud of it.
Finish this sentence: My life’s motto is…Don’t take life too seriously…have a little fun with it.
What would you take into the house and why? A book, pen, and paper. A book because I love reading and it’s going to be tough not reading anything in the house, and pen/paper because then I could write scripts, skits and draw to entertain myself.
What would you do if “Big Brother” made you famous? I would use that fame to tell better stories through the video medium.[1]

Player History - Big Brother 15

Competition History

Week 1 HOH Win
Have/Have-Not Sat Out as HOH
Week 2 HOH Previous HOH
POV Not Picked
Week 3 HOH Loss
Have/Have-Not Have-Not
POV Not Picked
Week 4 HOH Loss
Have/Have-Not Have
POV Loss
Week 5 HOH Loss
Have/Have-Not Have
POV Not Picked
Week 6 HOH Loss
POV Not Picked
HOH Loss
POV Not Picked
Week 7 HOH Loss
POV Not Picked
Week 8 HOH Loss
Have/Have-Not Have
POV Not Picked
Week 9 HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 10 HOH Loss
Luxury Loss
POV Loss
Week 11 HOH Previous HOH
HOH Loss
POV Loss

Have/Have-Not History

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

MVP History

Week 1 Loss
Week 2 Loss
Week 3 Loss
Week 4 Ineligible
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7 MVP Phase Over
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
Week 11

Voting History

Week Position Voted For With Majority?
2 Nick Uhas Yes
3 Jeremy McGuire Yes
4 Kaitlin Barnaby Yes
5 Howard Overby Yes
6 Candice Stewart Yes
Judd Daugherty Yes
7 Jessie Kowalski Yes
8 Helen Kim Yes
9 Vetoed Aaryn Gries Yes
10 Used POV on Self Spencer Clawson No
11 Used POV on Self Judd Daugherty Yes
Finale Jury Member Andy Herren Yes

HOH History

Original Nominees Post-Veto Nominees Intended Target
Week 1
David Girton
David Girton
Week 10
(Day 77)
Elissa Slater

Post Big Brother


  • He was the first Head of Household and Power of Veto holder of Big Brother 15.
  • He is the first male to win both the first HOH and POV. McCrae is the fourth houseguest overall to achieve this feat, following Rachel Plencner in Big Brother 6, Janelle Pierzina in All-Stars, and Rachel Reilly in Big Brother 13.
    • McCrae is the only person to win both competitions by himself and not share any of the power.
  • McCrae went nine weeks between winning individual competitions, the longest such span in Big Brother history.
  • McCrae is tied with Aaryn Gries and Andy Herren for most competitions won in Big Brother 15 at five competitions. He won 2 HoHs and 3 PoVs.
  • McCrae was the first male HouseGuest to win HoH twice in Big Brother 15.
  • He was the second (and first male) HouseGuest to win PoV twice in Big Brother 15 following Elissa Slater.
  • Both times McCrae was HOH, he put up Elissa.


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