Melissa Michelle "Shelli" Poole was a houseguest on Big Brother 17. Shelli, along with the rest of The Sixth Sense alliance, ran the house for the first half of the game, dismantling the season's original power alliance, The Goblins.

In Week 6, she and her showmance, Clay, were nominated against each other when The Goblins returned to power. While Shelli survived the eviction, she then became nominated for the second time in a row during Week 7. The votes were initially set to evict Vanessa, her closest remaining ally, but Vanessa managed to flip the house, and Shelli became eliminated during the first half of the first Double Eviction by an 8-0 vote. She placed 11th, and was the first member of the jury.


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Age: 33
Hometown: Marietta, Georgia
Current City: Atlanta
Occupation: Interior designer
Three adjectives that describe you: Outgoing, loyal, and energetic.
Favorite Activities: Shopping! Decorating. Wine and dinner with friends. I'm a workaholic, so I'm out working a lot. I do love TV. I am also a jewelry designer, so I spend a lot of time making handmade jewelry and selling it on Etsy:
What do you think will be the most difficult part about living inside the Big Brother house: Seclusion! And not knowing who to trust.
Which past Big Brother cast member did you like most: Cody was so hot. Derrick was my very favorite. I also liked Brendan and Rachel, and obviously Jeff and Jordan!
What are you afraid of: Sharks and alligators.
Finish this sentence: My life’s motto is… Be happy, have fun. Seriously.
What would you take into the house and why: My dog! He is my love and everyone would love him! I’d also want a camera to capture our moments and an iPod so we could have dance parties.

Shelli is a fraternal twin and the middle of five children, so she's been fighting for attention since a young age. Shelli has been in relationships for as far back as she can remember and got married when she was 28 years old. After just a year, Shelli divorced her husband only to hop right back into a relationship with a childhood friend. Last summer, she was watching Big Brother and told her boyfriend at the time she wanted to apply. He mocked her, and that was enough for Shelli to push her dreams aside. Shelli is now single, living on her own as a successful career woman, and stopping at nothing to fulfill her dream of entering the Big Brother house. This Atlanta native is a right mix of southern charm and city grit. At 33 years old, Shelli is finally doing what she wants to do, so don’t get in her way.[1]

Player History - Big Brother 17

Competition History

Week 1 HOH Loss
BOTB Ineligible
POV Not Picked
Week 2 HOH Win
BOTB Survived
POV Loss
Week 3 HOH Previous HOH
BOTB Ineligible
POV Loss
Luxury Ineligible
Week 4 HOH Win
BOTB Survived
POV Loss
Week 5 HOH Previous HOH
BOTB Ineligible
POV Loss
Week 6 HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 7 HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 8 Evicted
Week 9
Week 10 Re-Enter/HOH Loss

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

Voting History

Week Position Voted for With Majority?
1 Jace Agolli Yes
3 Jeff Weldon Yes
5 Jason Roy Yes
6 Nominated
7 Nominated
Finale Jury Member Steve Moses Yes

HOH History

Original Nominees Post-Veto Nominees Intended Target
Week 2
Da'Vonne Rogers
Week 4
Audrey Middleton

Post Big Brother


  • Shelli is the oldest houseguest on Big Brother 17.
    • Being 33 during the competition, Shelli is the youngest cast member to be the oldest of their season.
  • Shelli is the first houseguest in Big Brother 17 to win multiple HOH competitions.
    • She is also the first houseguest in Big Brother 17 to remain HOH multiple times.
  • Both times Shelli was HOH, she nominated John McGuire as a pawn.
  • Shelli always voted with the majority.
  • In both of her HOH reigns, Shelli targeted and evicted both of her Day 1 alliance members Da'Vonne and Audrey Middleton.
    • She is also the only one from that alliance to make it to the jury stage.
    • Ironically, Shelli, and her Day 1 alliance were also the first three females to be evicted from Big Brother 17.
  • Shelli had a twin but was not part of the Twin Twist.
  • Shelli, along with Clay, Da’Vonne, Jeff, and Vanessa (until finale night) always voted with the majority.
  • Shelli's votes to evict went to HouseGuests whose names started with the letter J.
  • Shelli is the only Jury member in Big Brother 17 who always voted with the majority.
  • Shelli's birth name was Audrey Caroline, but because her parents did not like that name, they changed it to Melissa Michelle.
  • She is the only member of the Sixth Sense alliance to not vote for Liz Nolan.
  • She is the second person to complete a punishment they had to do 2,400 times in 24 hours, the first being Brittany Martinez.
  • Shelli is the lowest placing houseguest in Big Brother US history with multiple HoH wins. She finished in 11th place. Other houseguests that won two or more HoHs finished in at least 9th place or higher.


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