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Rachel Eileen Villegas (née Reilly) is the winner of Big Brother 13 (US). She first appeared on Big Brother 12 (US).

In Big Brother 12 (US), Rachel caused significant drama for her overbearing personality, which led to her getting into verbal fights with her fellow houseguests. When she was nominated against her only ally/showmance Brendon Villegas in Week 5, she was evicted unanimously for being seen as the more significant threat of the duo. She placed 9th and was the first member of the jury. She would cast her jury vote for Lane Elenburg, feeling he had played the best social game.

She returned to the game in Big Brother 13 (US) as part of the dynamic duo twist, being partnered with her then fiancé, now husband, Brendon Villegas. When Brendon was evicted in Week 6, Rachel was in the house for the first time ever without him, and could play the game with less distraction, instead focusing on strategy. Rachel also dominated in competitions; winning 4 Head of Household and 2 Power of Veto competitions. Rachel would ultimately win the game over Porsche Briggs in a close 4-3 jury vote.

Despite her constant irritation to other houseguests and viewers often due to her grating laugh and frequent crying, she and Brendon ("Brenchel") developed a huge fan base. Due to her competition prowess, she is considered one of the greatest physical players in the show's history, having won every endurance competition she has competed in.


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Big Brother 12[]

Name: Rachel Reilly
Age: 26
Current Residence: Las Vegas, Nev.
Occupation: Chemistry Graduate Student/VIP Cocktail Waitress
Three adjectives that describe you: Bubbly, effervescent and adventurous
Favorite activities: Painting, working out, doing anything outdoors, watching movies with friends, playing with my dog, getting dressed up and going on dates.
What do you think will be the most difficult part about living inside the Big Brother house: Having your entire life televised
Strategy for winning Big Brother: I would hustle like I do at work when I get men to buy me champagne.
What types of people would you NOT choose to live with you in the house: Negative people - those who don't see the beauty in life and don't understand how fortunate we are to be alive.
A recurring theme on Big Brother is "expect the unexpected." How would you handle "the unexpected:" I would welcome it - I'm always expecting the unexpected. My life in Vegas is like a show; I welcome the spice of life. Bring it on!
Which past Big Brother cast member did you like most or least: I like Laura the most because she stuck up for what she believed.
What are you afraid of: I hate spiders!!!!!!
Finish this sentence: "My life's motto is:" Try everything out the world has to offer and always keep a smile on your face. Make the world a better place.
Is there anything else you want the fans to know about yourself: I have so many facets to my personality. I'm a model, a cocktail server, a chemist, a student, a charity head... I have life experiences to share.[1]

Player History - Big Brother 12[]

Competition History[]

Week 1 HOH Loss
Have/Have-Not Have-Not
POV Loss
Week 2 HOH Win
Have/Have-Not Win
POV Loss
Week 3 HOH Previous HOH
POV Loss
Week 4 HOH Win
Luxury Win
POV Loss
Week 5 HOH Previous HOH
POV Loss

Have/Have-Not History[]

Week 1 Have-Not
Week 2 Have
Week 3 Have
Week 4 Have
Week 5 Have

Voting History[]

Week Position Voted for With Majority?
1 Nominated
3 Andrew Gordon Yes
5 Nominated
Finale Jury Member Lane Elenburg No

HOH History[]

Original Nominees Post-Veto Nominees Intended Target
Week 2
Monet Stunson
Week 4
Kristen Bitting

Player History - Big Brother 13[]

Competition History[]

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

Have/Have-Not History[]

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

Voting History[]

Week Position Voted for With Majority?
2 Cassi Colvin Yes
4 Vetoed Jordan Lloyd No
5 Nominated
6 Shelly Moore No
7 Daniele Briones Yes
8 Used POV on Self Shelly Moore Yes
9 HOH Kalia Booker Yes (Tiebreaker)
Post-POV Nominee
10 HOH Adam Poch Sole Vote
Finale Winner

HOH History[]

Original Nominees Post-Veto Nominees Intended Target
Week 1
Keith Henderson
Week 3
Dominic Briones
Week 9
Kalia Booker
Week 10
Adam Poch

Post Big Brother[]

Other Big Brother Apperances[]

  • Rachel has appeared in Big Brother 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, OTT, CBB 1, 20 and 25.
    • She was a contestant on seasons Big Brother 12 (US) and Big Brother 13 (US). Also, after her eviction in season 12, she returned to the house for 24 hours in a "Jury Fury" twist.
    • She appeared as a punishment by Pandora's Box for Ian Terry in Big Brother 14 (US).
    • She was seen handing the key to her sister and contestant Elissa Slater on Big Brother 15 (US).
    • She appeared as a guest commentator on Big Brother 16 (US). She also was a part of the big brother media day game.
    • On Big Brother 17 (US), she and Brendon announced her pregnancy.
    • On Big Brother 18 (US), she was in a segment showing her newborn baby, Adora.
    • She returned in Big Brother: Over The Top to host the Double Eviction Head of Household competition.
    • She returned to sing a musical number in the premiere HOH competition of Celebrity Big Brother 1 (US) alongside former houseguests Cody Nickson, Jessica Graf, Jessie Godderz, Jodi Rollins, and Paul Abrahamian.[2]
    • She returned to host the fourth Power of Veto competition of Big Brother 20 (US).
    • Although she didn't physically appear, she and Jeff Schroeder recorded audio clips for Big Brother 25 (US)'s Week 5 "BB Odd Couples" HOH competition.
  • Rachel was called to compete on Big Brother 22 (US), but due to her second pregnancy she was unable to participate. It is rumored that production denied her request to let her compete and have her sister Elissa Slater do the competitions as her proxy, similar to Nick & Phil Paquette of Big Brother Canada 4, but this has not been confirmed by production or either Reilly sister.
  • Rachel appeared on Big Brother Canada 11 to give advice to the Week 9 HOH Ty McDonald, before eventually getting to meet with the other three remaining houseguests as well.
  • Rachel and Brendon were interviewed for the Big Brother: 25th Anniversary Celebration ahead of Big Brother 25 (US).

Personal Life[]

Rachel Traitors

Rachel's cast photo for The Traitors

The Amazing Race[]


Rachel & Elissa's cast photo for The Amazing Race 31

  • In late 2011, Rachel & Brendon competed on the twentieth season of The Amazing Race as an engaged couple and ultimately finished in third place.[12]
  • In late 2013, Rachel & Brendon competed on the second All-Stars season of The Amazing Race as a team of newlyweds. Brendon & Rachel won three legs and became the first team to make it to the final leg twice. However, Brendon & Rachel finished the race in third place again.[13]
  • During the summer of 2018,  Rachel competed alongside her sister Elissa Slater on the thirty-first season of The Amazing Race alongside fellow Big Brother (U.S.), Survivor, and The Amazing Race contestants in a special "Reality Clash" season.[14][15] This would be Rachel's third time competing on The Amazing Race and her first time doing it without Brendon. Former Big Brother players Janelle Pierzina & Britney Haynes, and Nicole Franzel & Victor Arroyo also competed on the season. Rachel & Elissa were eliminated from the Race in 7th Place. Rachel managed to set the record for most legs ran by a woman with 32 legs ran across all three of her seasons.



  2. Celebrity Big Brother - The First-Ever Head Of Household Is Crowned On Celebrity Big Brother. CBS Big Brother (7 February 2018). Retrieved on 22 February 2018.
  3. Gomez, Patrick (9 September 2012). Big Brother's Brendon Villegas & Rachel Reilly Are Married. People.
  4. Bloom, Mike (25 April 2016). Survivor, Big Brother And Amazing Race Take Over The Price Is Right: See The Photos. Parade.
  6. peoplestaff225 (16 April 2016). Brendon Villegas and Rachel Reilly Name Daughter Adora Borealis - See Her First Photo!. People.
  8. Dehnart, Andy (26 June 2018). Celebrity Fear Factor air date and cast, including Survivor, Big Brother, Bachelor alum. Retrieved on 26 June 2018.
  9. Slater, Georgia (10 May 2020). Big Brother Alums Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas Expecting Second Child: 'Beyond Excited'. Retrieved on 10 May 2020.
  10. Cooper, Mariah (15 November 2020). Big Brother's Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas Reveal Baby No. 2's Name. Retrieved on 21 November 2020.
  12. Brendon & Rachel. The Amazing Race Wiki (1 January 2012).
  13. Brendon & Rachel. The Amazing Race Wiki (1 January 2012).
  14. Martin Holmes (Martin Holmes). "[1]” 10 June 2018, 12:30 PM. Tweet. Retrieved 11 June 2018
Preceded by
Season 12
BB12 Hayden Small
Hayden Moss
Season 13
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Rachel Reilly
Succeeded by
Season 14
Ian Terry
Big Brother 12 (US) Houseguests
Square-Hayden Moss
Square-Lane Elenburg
Square-Enzo Palumbo
Square-Britney Haynes
Square-Brendon Villegas
Square-Matt Hoffman
Square-Kathy Hillis
Square-Rachel Reilly
Square-Kristen Bitting
Square-Andrew Gordon
Square-Monet Stunson
Square-Annie Whittington
Big Brother 13 (US) Houseguests
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Porsche13 Small
Adam13 Small
Jordan13 Small
Kalia13 Small
Shelley13 Small
Jeff13 Small
Daniele13 Small
Brendon13 Small
Lawon13 Small
Dominic13 Small
Cassi13 Small
Keith13 Small
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