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Paul Raffi Abrahamian was the runner-up of both Big Brother 18 (US) and Big Brother 19 (US).

In Big Brother 18, Paul was initially very vocal about getting the returning players out, forming an alliance to go against them. However, after their ally, Jozea, was blindsided, they started building trust with the other HouseGuests and began working with the returning players. Victor Arroyo; another ally of Paul was evicted in week 2. They then formed an alliance with Paulie. Paul and Paulie worked together until Paul realized that it was best to evict him. Once Victor returned to the game, he and Paul created the Sitting Ducks alliance. The two friends fought together until they were both nominated Week 12. Paul managed to survive eviction while Victor was evicted. Paul was considered a very aggressive player, being unafraid to make big moves, willing to confront others, and having a hand in numerous evictions. Paul was known for being able to talk their way out of many situations and for playing a great social and strategic game. However, they received criticism for insulting other HouseGuests, making many jury members lose respect for their gameplay.

They were a competition threat, winning 3 HoHs and 3 PoVs, thus making them the seventh male HouseGuest to win six competitions in a season. After Victor's eviction, Paul managed to win the last 2 HoHs and final PoV. After winning the final HOH, they infamously chose to evict James and take Nicole to the Final Two. However, this move was fatal as Nicole won the game by a vote of 5 to 4, thus leaving Paul as the runner-up.

Their decision to evict James has been deemed a huge mistake by the viewers and some of the jurors because they could have easily won against James.

Paul later returned for Big Brother 19 and changed their gameplay completely. Instead of focusing on competitions, Paul had turned their attention to being more skilled at being manipulative. When they entered the house Week 1 after Kevin Schlehuber took the $25,000 temptation, they were given immunity and was tasked with giving others friendship bracelets, protecting them from being evicted. Paul used this chance to gain some allies and had originally wanted to work with Cody Nickson's alliance of showmances. After being nominated by Cody in an attempt to backdoor them, their Pendant of Protection saved them for three weeks, which they also used to their advantage. Paul played a very strategic and aggresive game, controlling and manipulating their allies, and being responsible for almost all the nominations and evictions. They dominated in competitons; winning 3 HoH's and 5 PoV's, tying Janelle Pierzina and Danielle Donato for winning the most PoV's in a single season. They managed not to touch the block until the final 3 where they were put on the block by default after failing to win the final HoH, which was won by their ally Josh Martinez. When Josh won the final HoH, he brought Paul to the final 2, being seen as easier to beat over Christmas Abbott, making them the second houseguest in Big Brother history after Dan Gheesling to make it to the final 2 twice. However, Paul was criticized for unnecessarily backstabbing their allies, overplaying the game, needlessly bullying the other houseguests, and not owning their game during the jury Q&A. All this cost them the win once again, as they lost to Josh by a 5-4 vote, becoming the runner-up for the second time in a row.

Along with Danielle Reyes and Dan, Paul is considered to be another victim of a bitter jury; despite what majority of viewers perceived as a stronger game than the actual winner.

Paul has won the most competitions in Big Brother history with 14 wins over their two seasons. Due to this and making final 2 twice, Paul has been seen as one of the greatest players in recent years, comparing them to Big Brother legends Derrick Levasseur and Vanessa Rousso.

Biography

Paul's pronouns are now "they/them/theirs", but these bios were taken when they still used "he/him/his" pronouns, so they will remain unchanged.
Retrieved from CBS.com
Age: 23
Hometown: Tarzana, CA
Current city: Tarzana, CA
Occupation: Clothing designer
Three adjectives that describe you: Honest, spontaneous, and energetic.
Favorite activities: I love to play music, so a jam session is always good. I love going to shows and concerts for the crowd surfing, mosh pits, stage diving, [and] all the fun stuff.
Traveling, hiking and sightseeing are definitely solid activities. I enjoy the outdoors, like the woods and mountains. I'm a thrill seeker, so [I like] essentially anything that can fuel that. I do enjoy a good night out with friends at a fun speakeasy bar in L.A., like Davey Wayne's and No Vacancy.
My life’s motto is... To live my life in such a fulfilling way that when I'm on my deathbed, there's nothing left for me to experience.

Player History - Big Brother 18

Competition History

Week 1 Immunity Loss
HTR Part 1 Loss
HTR Part 2 Win
HTR Part 3/HOH Ineligible
Roadkill Loss
POV Win
Week 2 HOH Loss
Roadkill Loss
POV Loss
Week 3 HOH Loss
Roadkill Loss
POV Loss
Week 4 HOH Loss
Roadkill Loss
POV Loss
Week 5 HOH Loss
POV Not Picked
Week 6 HOH Win
POV Loss
Week 7 HOH Previous HOH
POV Not Picked
HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 8 HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 9 Luxury Win
Luxury Loss
Have/Have-Not Have
HOH Advantage Loss
HOH Loss
POV Win
Week 10 HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 11 HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 12 HOH Loss
POV Loss
HOH Win
POV Win
Week 13 HOH Part 1 Win
HOH Part 2 Unable to Play
HOH Part 3 Win

Have/Have-Not History

Week 1 Have-Not
Week 2 Have-Not
Week 3 Have
Week 4 Have
Week 5 Have
Week 6 Have
Week 7 Have
Week 8 Have
Week 9 Have
Week 10 Have
Week 11 Have
Week 12 Have/Have-Not Phase Over
Week 13

Carepackage History

Week 1 Twist Not Active
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6 Loss
Week 7 Loss
Week 8 Loss
Week 9 Loss
Week 10 Loss
Week 11 Care Package Phase Over
Week 12
Week 13

Voting History

Week Position Voted for With Majority?
1 HTR Winner Ineligible
Used POV on Self Paulie Calafiore No
2 Vetoed Bronte D'Acquisto No
3 Nominated
4 Tiffany Rousso Yes
5 Frank Eudy Yes
6 HOH
7 Ineligible
Bridgette Dunning Yes
8 Paulie Calafiore Yes
9 Used POV on Self Corey Brooks No
10 Nominated
11 Natalie Negrotti Yes
12 Nominated
HOH/POV
13 HOH James Huling Sole Vote
Finale Runner-Up

HOH History

Original Nominees Post-Veto Nominees Intended Target
Week 6
Da'Vonne Rogers
 Evicted
Da'Vonne
OR
Day 90
Corey Brooks
 Evicted
Corey
Week 13
James Huling
 Evicted
James
N/A

Player History - Big Brother 19

Competition History

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

Have/Have-Not History

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

Den of Temptation History

Week 1 Win
Week 2 Ineligible
Week 3
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 Immune Ineligible
Saved by Pendant
of Protection
Jillian Parker Yes
2 HOH/POV
3 Pendant
of Protection
Dominique Cooper Yes
4 House Challenger Alex Ow No
Ramses Soto Yes
5 HOH/POV
6 Jessica Graf Yes
7 Cody Nickson Yes
Elena Davies Yes
8 Immune Mark Jansen Yes
9 Matthew Clines Yes
10 POV Holder Kevin Schlehuber No
Raven Walton Yes
11 POV Holder Kevin Schlehuber No
HOH/POV
12 Nominated
Finale Runner-Up

HOH History

Original Nominees Post-Veto Nominees Intended Target
Week 2
Ramses Soto
 Cursed
Ramses
Cody Nickson
 Evicted
Cody
Ramses Soto
 Cursed
Ramses
Week 5
Jason Dent
 Temptation
Jason
Temptation
Nominee
Vetoed
Day 84
Kevin Schlehuber
 Evicted
Kevin
  • In Week 5, the Temptation Nominee was Vetoed and not replaced, so Paul's HOH ended with two nominees after starting with three.
  • Week 5 ended with a twist called "Halting Hex," thus undoing Paul's nominations.

Post Big Brother

Paul & Da'Vonne's Promo Photo for Candy Crush

Trivia

  • Paul is the first person in Big Brother 18 to be vetoed twice in a row (Weeks 1 and 2). They won the Power of Veto and used it on themself in Week 1. In Week 2, Paulie used the Veto on them.
  • They are one of five HouseGuests, with the others being Nicole Nilson Schaffrich, Porsche Briggs, Steve Moses, and Jason Roy, to be nominated in the first week and reach the Final 2.
    • They did this twice.
  • Paul is the second HouseGuest to be nominated every week in the first three weeks. The other HouseGuest is John McGuire from Big Brother 17.
  • Paul is the third HouseGuest to win the POV twice in Big Brother 18, following Paulie Calafiore and Corey Brooks (and later Nicole Franzel) respectively.
  • Paul is the seventh HouseGuest in the history of Big Brother to have the Power of Veto used on them three times. The other HouseGuests were Alison Irwin (Season 4), James Rhine (Season 6), Janelle Pierzina (Season 7), Jen Johnson (Season 8), McCrae Olson (Season 15), and John McGuire (Season 17), respectively. They were followed by fellow (Season 19) HouseGuest Jason Dent.
    • Coincidentally, they are the second HouseGuest (and the first male), after Alison, to have the Veto used on them three times and make the Final Two.
    • Ironically, they both became the runners-up of their seasons.
  • Paul is tied with Erika Landin from Big Brother All-Stars for the record for the most nominations in a season by a member of the Final Two with six.
  • Paul won the most competitions for a houseguest in Big Brother 18, having won six competitions.
  • Paul was the most nominated houseguest in Big Brother 18 with a total of six nominations.
  • Paul was the second HouseGuest to win HOH three times in Big Brother 18, following Victor.
  • Paul was the sixth HouseGuest in Big Brother 18 to win Head of Household and the Power of Veto within the same week. Paulie, Bridgette, Corey, Victor, and Nicole accomplished this as well.
  • Paul is tied with Paulie and Corey for the most PoV competitions won in Big Brother 18, with 3 wins each.
  • Paul is the sixth person in the history of the show to win at least 3 HoHs and 3 PoVs in a single season, and they have done it twice.
  • Paul is also tied with Frank Eudy, Shane Meaney, Ian Terry, Frankie Grande, Cody Calafiore, and Steve Moses for the second most competitions won by a male in a single season (6).
    • They then beat that record their second time around, as they won 8 competitions on Big Brother 19.
  • Every time a female won HoH in Big Brother 18, Paul was nominated.
    • Likewise, every time Paul was HoH, they always nominated at least one female when possible. (During their HoH reigns on Days 90 & 99, only one female was left in the house, meaning they were forced to nominate one male each time.)
  • They are one of nine final HOHs who didn't end up winning the game. The other eight are Nicole Schaffrich, Alison Irwin, Ivette Corredero, Ryan Quicksall, Cody Calafiore, Gary Levy, Godfrey Mangwiza, and Kelsey Faith.
  • Paul is the first male to lose to a female in the Final Two in the American version. From that point, every US season (BBOTT and Celebrity seasons included) with a male-female final two after that has ended with the male losing against the female, up until Big Brother 21 (US).
  • Paul holds the record for the most votes to win for a runner-up with four (twice).
  • If Paul had voted to evict Nicole instead of James, they would've received votes from every jury member except Natalie and Michelle.
    • If the Jury would have been the original seven person Jury in either of their seasons (thus removing Da'Vonne, Zakiyah, Cody and Elena from their respective Juries) and the same votes took place, Paul would have won both Big Brother 18 and Big Brother 19 over Nicole and Josh in a 4–3 vote each.
  • Paul is the first HouseGuest to participate in a Battle Back Competition without having been evicted before playing, as they were chosen to be the House Challenger, and if they had won, that would have prevented the Battle Back Champion from re-entering.
    • Ironically, their biggest ally won the Battle Back on their first season, while their biggest enemy won it on their second.
  • Paul is the first HouseGuest in Big Brother 19 to win HoH and PoV in the same week.
    • They are also the first HouseGuest to win HoH & the PoV twice in that season.
  • Paul is the fourth houseguest to win HoH and PoV in the same week more than once, following Danielle Murphree, Andy Herren, & Frankie Grande. They were followed by Cody Calafiore.
    • They are the second person, following Frankie, to win the second PoV before the final competition.
    • Paul is the first person to win HOH & POV in the same week three times.
  • Paul is one of ten HouseGuests that have played in back-to-back seasons (the others being Janelle Pierzina, Howie Gordon, James Rhine, Kaysar Ridha, Jessie Godderz, Brendon Villegas, Rachel Reilly, Da'Vonne Rogers, and James Huling).
  • Paul was the last HouseGuest to have be put on the block during BB19, getting nominated by default for losing the Final HoH in Week 12, however they were nominated during Week 1, but technically was never on the block because of the Pendant of Protection.
  • Paul is the first HouseGuest in the history of the show to win five competitions across two seasons.
  • Paul has the third most time spent in the BBUS house at 191 days, second to Janelle Pierzina's 200 and Nicole Franzel's 255.
  • Following Alex, Paul is the second person to win HOH on Big Brother 19 three times.
  • Paul is the third HouseGuest to play Big Brother twice and not be evicted, following Dick Donato and Dan Gheesling. However, because Dick walked during Week 1 of Season 13 for personal reasons, Dan and Paul are currently the only Returning HouseGuests who have lasted throughout the entire game without being evicted.
  • Paul is the second houseguest after Dan to exit the house on finale night twice.
  • Paul is one of four people (Janelle Pierzina, Kaysar Ridha, and James Rhine) to receive the same placement two seasons in a row (2nd place).
    • Paul is the first HouseGuest to make it to Final 2 twice and not win once. They are also the first HouseGuest to lose with the same amount of votes, as it was a 5-4 vote each time.
    • Ironically, they were wearing the exact same outfit at both of their finales.
  • Paul is tied with Janelle Pierzina, Daniele Donato and Kaycee Clark for most Power of Vetoes won in a single season, winning 5 PoVs during BB19.
  • Paul shares the most Jury Votes in the US out of both of their seasons with Dan Gheesling, with both having a total of 8 Jury Votes, Dan having seven his first time and one his second, and Paul getting four votes both times.
    • In single season stats, they lose this status to Lisa Donahue and Tamar Braxton, who each got 9 votes to win across one season.
  • Despite Pendant of Protection cancelling out their Week 1 nomination on BB19, Paul is technically one of the few houseguests to avoid being on the block all season, only touching the block by default after failing to win the Final HOH, alongisde Danielle Reyes, Jason Guy, Jillian MacLaughlin, Derrick Levasseur, Anthony Douglas, Enzo Palumbo in Big Brother 22 (US) and Cody Calafiore in Big Brother 22 (US).
  • Paul is the first person to win the Final POV twice. They would be followed by Cody C.
  • Janelle Pierzina, Dan Gheesling, Paul Abrahamian, Enzo Palumbo, Cody Calafiore and Nicole Franzel are the only people to make it to the Final Three twice. Excluding Janelle, all of them made it to finale night twice as well.

References

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