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Nominees are the people targeted for eviction. It is the responsibility of the Head of Household to choose houseguests to nominate for eviction.

North America

The Nomination Ceremony

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Matt Hoffman from Big Brother 12 (US) draws a key

The Head of Household selects two houseguests to nominate for eviction. The exceptions to this rule arrived during Big Brother 15 (US), Big Brother 16 (US), Big Brother 17 (US), Big Brother 18 (US), Big Brother: Over The Top, Big Brother 19 (US), Celebrity Big Brother 2 (US), Big Brother Canada 7, and Big Brother 21 (US) where two different kinds of twists required three/four nominees each week, with still only one person leaving each week. Each HOH still nominates only two houseguests in those situations. The HOH places the keys of the players who are safe into the Nomination Box, a circular device with numbered key slots. The keys of those who are nominated are placed in a smaller box located in the HOH suite. The HOH pulls the first key, revealing that that person is safe. The HOH spins the Lazy Susan to the owner of the key, who then puts it around his or her neck, and pulls the subsequent key. This proceeds until there are no more keys in the box, with two players left without keys being nominated. The HOH stands up and explains the reasoning behind his or her nominations. At this point, the HOH calls the ceremony adjourned and the houseguests return their keys to the Memory Wall. The Nomination Ceremony takes place at the kitchen table. The Ceremony occurs each week until the Final Three, at which point both houseguests who lost the final HOH are automatically nominated.

The twists that allowed for a third or fourth nominee include:

  • Most Valuable Player - In Big Brother 15 (US), America voted for one houseguest to become MVP, where they would secretly nominate a third houseguest for eviction, alongside the HOH's two initial nominees. They control the renom if their initial nominee is saved by the Power of Veto.
  • America's Nominee - In Big Brother 15 (US) and Over The Top, America voted for one houseguest to go on the block as a third nominee, alongside the HOH's two initial nominees. Whoever had the second (or third depending on the POV results) votes after the initial vote automatically became the replacement in BB15, while in BBOTT if the nominee was Vetoed, there would be no replacement.
  • Battle of the Block - In Big Brother 16 (US) and 17 (US), two HOHs would be crowned each week, and they would each nominate two houseguests for eviction. Those nominated pairs would compete in the Battle of the Block, where one pair wins safety, dethroning the HOH that nominated them, leaving one HOH and two nominees to continue the week as normal.
  • Roadkill Competition - In Big Brother 18 (US), houseguests would compete in the Roadkill Competition, where the winner would secretly nominate a third houseguest for eviction, alongside the HOH's two initial nominees. They control the renom if their initial nominee is saved by the POV.
  • Hit The Road - During the premiere of Big Brother 19 (US), there was no HOH or POV in play. After half of the house was granted immunity, the remaining half competed for safety, with the losing three being nominated for eviction. They then voted on whether they would like to hold another competition or have a regular eviction vote between the three, and they chose to do a vote.
  • Den of Temptation Curse - Also in Big Brother 19 (US), one houseguest would receive a curse from the Den of Temptation in the first week. They would have to nominate themselves as a third nominee, alongside the HOH's two initial nominees, at one of the next three nomination ceremonies, but if the POV was used to save them, there would be no replacement.
  • Temptation Competition - Once again in Big Brother 19 (US), houseguests chose whether or not they would compete in the Temptation Competition each week. The winner would be granted immunity, while the loser goes on the block as a third nominee, alongside the HOH's two initial nominees. If the POV was used to save them, there would be no replacement.
  • Power Pair - In Celebrity Big Brother 2 (US), the houseguests competed in a Power Pair competition. The winning pair would then be eligible to play in the HOH, but the while the winner becomes HOH, the loser automatically becomes a third nominee alongside the HOH's two initial nominees. While not officially confirmed, it was assumed that if the Veto was used on the third nominee there would be no replacement, as that was the precedent set in BBOTT and BB19.
  • Secret Assassin - In Big Brother Canada 7, one houseguest would complete a task to become the Secret Assassin. This person would then secretly nominate a third houseguest for eviction, alongside the HOH's two Post-POV nominees. This twist took place after the POV had already been played, so there was no chance for a renomination.
  • America's Field Trip - In Big Brother 21 (US), America voted for three houseguests they want to see compete in a competition. The winner would be granted immunity, while the runner-up gets a punishment, and the loser goes on the block as a third nominee, alongside the HOH's two initial nominees. If the POV was used to save them, there would be no replacement.

During Double Eviction and "Fast Forward" weeks, the HOH simply names the nominees.

For Big Brother Canada, nominations take place in the lounge area instead of the dining table, and instead of the nomination box, a combined memory/nomination board is used. A rectangular key card is used instead of a key. They also introduced the Triple Eviction, which also ended with three nominees on the block, but with two people leaving and one surviving. Nominations were made similarly to Double Evictions, with the HOH simply naming them in the moment.

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Big Brother 16 (US) Nomination Box

The traditional key pulling Nomination Ceremony was discarded completely for Big Brother 16 onwards, as well as Big Brother Canada 3 onwards. For BB16 onwards, the Head of Household put the keys of the nominees of their choice in the new nomination boxes. The HoH would twist their keys and the photos of their nominees appear on the Memory Wall screen. This format was used throughout, during both the 2 HoH twist and when the game reverted to the regular format. In Big Brother Canada 3 onwards, the HoH would enter the Big Brother vault and input the nomination on a touch screen computer. Once this was done, the HoH makes their way to the lounge area and will stand in front of the houseguests. The HoH will then either pull a lever or insert a card (depending on the season) to reveal the first nominee's picture that will appear on the TV screen. The HoH will then pull another lever or insert another card to reveal the second nominee's picture that will appear on the TV screen.

During Big Brother: Over The Top, the Nomination Ceremony was replaced by the Safety Ceremony, where instead of naming the two nominees directly, the HOH names everyone who is safe, leaving only the two nominees unnamed.

The Nomination Speech

Each version of Big Brother has their own speech, but the most well-known one is the Big Brother U.S. speech.

"This is the nomination ceremony. It is my responsibility as the Head of Household to nominate two people for eviction. In my nomination box are the keys of the houseguests I am nominating for eviction, I will turn two keys to lock in my nominations and their faces will appear on the memory wall. The first houseguest I have nominated is (Turn's Key) (Face Appears), The second Houseguest I have nominated is (Turns Key) (Face Appears), I have nominated you (HG #1 Name) and you (HG #2 Name). (HG #1 Name) (Reason as to why you nominated them), (HG #2 Name) (Reason as to why you nominated them). This Nomination Ceremony is adjourned/complete." - Big Brother 16 onwards

HOH 1: This is the nomination ceremony. It is our responsibility as the Heads of Household to each nominate two people for eviction. Based off a random draw, I will reveal my nominations first. The first houseguest I have nominated is (Turn's Key) (Face Appears), The second Houseguest I have nominated is (Turns Key) (Face Appears), I have nominated you (HG #1 Name) and you (HG #2 Name). (HG #1 Name) (Reason as to why you nominated them), (HG #2 Name) (Reason as to why you nominated them). HOH 2: The first houseguest I have nominated is (Turn's Key) (Face Appears), The second Houseguest I have nominated is (Turns Key) (Face Appears), I have nominated you (HG #1 Name) and you (HG #2 Name). (HG #1 Name) (Reason as to why you nominated them), (HG #2 Name) (Reason as to why you nominated them) This Nomination Ceremony is adjourned/complete." - Big Brother 16 to Big Brother 17 (Battle of the Block Variant)

"This is the nomination ceremony. It is my duty as Head of Household to nominate two people for eviction. I will pull the first key/keycard, that person is safe. That person will pull the next key/keycard, so on and so forth. (Pulls Key/Keycard) (Safe Houseguest's Name), you are safe. (Repeated Until The Two Nominees Remain)  I have nominated you (HG #1 Name) and you (HG #2 Name). (HG #1 Name) (Reason as to why you nominated them), (HG #2 Name) (Reason as to why you nominated them). This Nomination Ceremony is adjourned/complete." - Big Brother 2 to Big Brother Canada 2

Nomination Block

The Nomination Block is the chairs in the Living Room where the Nominees sit on Eviction Night and during the Power of Veto ceremony. Once the Nomination Ceremony is over, the houseguests without keys are considered on Nomination Block.

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The Nomination Block is surrounded by couches on either side and has a head-on view of the television used to communicate with host Julie Chen (or Arisa Cox for the Canadian edition). Houseguests on Nomination Block are ineligible to vote.

The Backdoor

It is a popular strategy to place two houseguests in an opposing alliance to the Head of Household on Nomination Block. However, because both nominees get to play in the Veto, a popular strategy called "backdooring" places two "pawns" or "decoy nominations" on the block. The HOH does not want either of the nominees to go home. Instead, they are merely used as placeholders until after the Veto. This prevents a strong competitor from playing in the Veto, thus saving themselves. Instead, the Veto is guaranteed to be used and the HOH selects their true target as the replacement, thus leaving them defenseless. This strategy was created in Big Brother 5 (US) by Nakomis Dedmon, then called her "Six Finger Plan", a nod at the fact that all six Veto players were in on the plan to backdoor Jase Wirey. The plan was successful and an enraged Jase was evicted without the chance to defend himself. A rule change to prevent the backdoor was implemented during Big Brother All-Stars (US), making the players in the POV competition randomly selected, meaning there is always a chance for everyone to play in the competition, greatly reducing the odds of a successful backdoor.

Australia and Philippines

Nomination Points

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Yong from PBB7 gives his nomination points.

In Big Brother Australia and Pinoy Big Brother, the nomination ceremony revolves around nomination points.

Every week, the housemates will be given nomination points; 5 points for the Australian version while 3 points for the Philippine version and they have to distribute those points to the two housemates they wanted to nominate. The housemates must give valid reasons, be it for strategic or personal reasons, which will be accepted by Big Brother. The housemates who received the top three highest points will be nominees of the week, as a result, the number of nominees each week may vary. The public will then vote for who they wanted to stay, the housemate with the lowest save votes will be evicted.

International

On many different editions of Big Brother internationally, all houseguests get to nominate two fellow houseguests for eviction. Depending on the week or events, the 2-4 people with the most nominations are nominated for eviction, and the public gets to vote 1 of the nominated houseguests to be evicted. The houseguest with the most votes by the public will be evicted. However, unlike the Australian and the Philippine versions, the international process does not use nomination point system, instead, they just choose two housemates they want to nominate.

Trivia

  • The only time all 13 slots of the nomination box was used was week 1 on Big Brother 15 (US) before its retirement in Big Brother 16 (US).
  • Victoria Rafaeli holds the record for the most nominations in one season in Big Brother history, being nominated 10 times in Big Brother 16 (US).
    • Janelle Pierzina holds the record for most nominations in Big Brother history with 12 total.
  • Ramses Soto is the first person to successfully nominate themselves for eviction, via a twist. The first people to attempt to nominate themselves were Nick & Phil Paquette, without a twist. Lolo Jones almost got herself nominated when she was taking too long to name a second nominee during the Double Eviction.
  • Danielle Reyes, Jason Guy (both from Big Brother 3 (US)), Derrick Levasseur (from Big Brother 16 (US)), Jillian MacLaughlin (Big Brother Canada 1) and Anthony Douglas (Big Brother Canada 7) are the only houseguests to never be nominated for eviction.
    • However, all five of them were put on the block by default after failing to win the Final HOH.
      • Paul Abrahamian technically also accomplished this feat during Big Brother 19 (US). He received his first nomination in Week 1 but was spared from the block due to the Pendant of Protection, and did not actually go on the block until he lost the Final HOH.
    • Of the five (six including Paul), only Jason was evicted as a result, while only Derrick and Jillian won their respective seasons.
  • Derrick Levasseur (from BB16), Austin Matelson (from BB17), James HulingNicole Franzel (both from BB18), JC Mounduix (from BB20) and Tommy Bracco (from BB21) are the only houseguests to make it past Day 78 without ever being nominated.
  • From Big Brother 15 (US) (with the exception of Big Brother 20 (US)) onwards, there has been a twist that allowed for there to be at least three or four people nominated before the Veto competition. Similar twists also appeared in Big Brother: Over The Top, Celebrity Big Brother 2 (US) and Big Brother Canada 7.
    • Starting from Big Brother: Over The Top, if there was a third nominee active and they were Vetoed, there would be no replacement nominee, leaving only the HOH's original nominations on the block. This has only happened thrice, in BBOTT, 19 and 21.
      • The reason being that the initial nomination was not done directly by a houseguest, but rather by America or a competition. When America took over the MVP twist in BB15, a replacement nominee was still made based on the data from the initial public vote to keep up the illusion that a current houseguest was the MVP.
    • No one has ever won HOH and MVP/Roadkill in the same week, meaning no one has ever made all three nominations themselves.
    • Coincidentally, whenever there were three nominees on the block during eviction night, at least one nominee survived with no votes against them every single time. Meaning the vote was either #-#-0 or #-0-0. This has happened throughout every season with three nominees.
      • BB19's first eviction is the first, and currently only, eviction to have all three nominees receive at least one vote against them. BB19 is also the only season to have had multiple separate twists that allow for a third nominee in one season. However, all were based upon the season's Temptation theme.

References

Types of Nomination Process
Ordinary ProcessPositiveFace to Face RankingNomination CompetitionAutomatic NominationPublic's Nominee
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