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Brenchel, a common example of a showmance.

A Showmance (a portmanteau of the words show and romance) is a type of relationship formed in the Big Brother house. These involve two House Guests involved in a romantic and flirtatuous relationship, usually for entertainment purposes. However, many reality shows involve showmances. Some of the most memorable showmances are Brendon and Rachel (Seasons 12 and 13) (Brenchel), Jeff and Jordan (Seasons 11 and 13) (JeJo), McCrae and Amanda (Season 15) (McCranda), & Jessica and Cody (Season 19) (Jody).

Showmance(s) by Seasons

This list only shows showmances in the season they originated in, as some seasons have had both showmance partners return, where the showmance then continued, such as Jeff and Jordan from BB11, and Brendon and Rachel from BB12, who all returned for BB13, where they continued their showmances. However if one person returned and had a showmance with different people in their original seasons than in their second seasons, it will be counted, such as Mike "Boogie" and Dr. Will showmancing Krista and Shannon during BB2 and Erika and Janelle during BB7. The same applies for if one person has a showmance with multiple people in the same season, such as Jessie having a showmance with both Natalie and Lydia during BB11.

Big Brother (U.S.)


Male Female Showmance Name
2 Mike Malin Krista Stegall Unknown
Will Kirby Shannon Dragoo
3 Roddy Mancuso Chiara Jude Berti
Eric Ouellette Lisa Donahue
4 Nathan Marlow Alison Irwin
David Lane Amanda Craig
Justin Giovinco Dana Varela
5 Drew Daniel Diane Henry
Jase Wirey Holly King
6 Michael Donnellan Janelle Pierzina
James Rhine Sarah Hrejsa
7 Will Kirby Janelle Pierzina
Mike Malin Erika Landin
8 Eric Stein Jessica Hughbanks
Nick Starcevic Daniele Donato
9 James Zinkand Chelsia Hart
Matt McDonald Natalie Cunial
Ryan Quicksall Jen Diturno
10 Bryan Ollie April Dowling
Jessie Godderz Michelle Costa
11 Jessie Godderz Natalie Martinez
Jessie Godderz Lydia Tavera
Jeff Schroeder Jordan Lloyd Jeff + Jordan = JeJo
12 Brendon Villegas Rachel Reilly Brendon + Rachel = Brenchel
Hayden Moss Kristen Bitting Unknown
13 Dominic Briones Daniele Donato Dominic + Daniele = Dominele
14 Shane Meaney Danielle Murphree Shane + Danielle = Shanielle I
Ian Terry Ashley Iocco Unknown
Frank Eudy Ashley Iocco
15 David Girton Aaryn Gries
Jeremy McGuire Kaitlin Barnaby
McCrae Olson Amanda Zuckerman McCrae + Amanda = McCranda
Judd Daugherty Jessie Kowalski Unknown
Judd Daugherty Aaryn Gries
Howard Overby Candice Stewart
16 Hayden Voss Nicole Franzel Hayden + Nicole = Haycole
Male Male Showmance Name
Frankie Grande Zach Rance Zach + Frankie = Zankie
17 Male Female Showmance Name
Clay Honeycutt Shelli Poole Clay + Shelli = Clelli
Austin Matelson Liz Nolan Liz + Austin = Liztin
18 Victor Arroyo Natalie Negrotti Unknown
Corey Brooks Nicole Franzel Nicole + Corey = Nicorey
Paulie Calafiore Zakiyah Everette Zakiyah + Paulie = Zaulie
James Huling Natalie Negrotti James + Natalie = Jatalie
OTT Shane Chapman Danielle Lickey Shane + Danielle = Shanielle II
19 Cody Nickson Jessica Graf Jessica + Cody = Jody
Matthew Clines Raven Walton Matthew + Raven = Maven
Mark Jansen Elena Davies Mark + Elena = Marlena
20 Chris Williams Bayleigh Dayton Swaggy C + Bayleigh = Swayleigh
Faysal Shafaat Haleigh Broucher Faysal + Haleigh = Fayleigh
Tyler Crispen Angela Rummans Tyler + Angela = Tangela
21 Jackson Michie Kathryn Dunn Unknown
Nick Maccarone Isabella Wang Nick + Isabella = Nisa
Jack Matthews Analyse Talavera Jack + Analyse - Janalyse
Jackson Michie Holly Allen Jackson + Holly = Jolly
David Alexander Kathryn Dunn Kathryn + David = Kavid
Nick Maccarone Kathryn Dunn Unknown
23 Christian Birkenberger Alyssa Lopez Christian + Alyssa = ChrisAlyss
Derek Xiao Hannah Chaddha Derek + Dannah = Dannah
Male Male Showmance Name
Derek Frazier Kyland Young Kyland + Derek = Kyrek
Male Female Showmance Name
Kyland Young Tiffany Mitchell Tiffany + Kyland = Tiland

Big Brother Canada


Season Male Female Showmance Name
1 Alec Beall Topaz Brady Unknown
Thomas Plant Liza Stinton
Emmett Blois Jillian MacLaughlin
Peter Brown Liza Stinton
2 Andrew Gordon Allison White
Jon Pardy Neda Kalantar Jon + Neda = Jeda
3 Jordan Parhar Sindy Nguyen Unknown
Kevin Martin Pilar Nemer
Zach Oleynik Ashleigh Wood
Female Female
Sarah Hanlon Willow MacDonald
4 Male Female
Jared Kesler Kelsey Faith
Ramsey Aburaneh Maddy Pavle
Nick Paquette Maddy Pavle
5 Demetres Giannistsos Ika Wong Demetres + Ika = Demika
Dillon Carman Emily Hawkin Dillon + Emily = Demily
Male Male Showmance Name
Kevin Martin William Laprise Desbiens Unknown
6 Male Female Showmance Name
Derek Kesseler Kaela Grant Derek + Kaela = Daela
Jesse Larson Paras Atashnak Jesse + Paras = Jaras
William Kenny Veronica Doherty Unknown
7 Adam Pike Samantha Picco Samantha + Adam = Sadam
Dane Rupert Estefania Hoyos Dane + Estefania = Daneste
8 Jamar Lee Minh-Ly Nguyen-Cao Unknown
Micheal Stubley Madeline Di Nunzio
9 Jedson Tavernier Beth Bieda
Tychon Carter-Newman Beth Bieda
Kyle Moore Austin Dookwah


Season Male Female Showmance Name
CBB1 Kevin Lapierre Camille Felton Unknown
Claude Bégin Lysandre Nadeau


  • The most common number of showmances per season is two.
  • Big Brother 15 and 21 have the most showmances with six.
  • Big Brother 13, 16, and OTT are tied for the season with the least showmances, all having only one.
  • Jessie Godderz is the first person to have two showmances at once. He would later be followed by Ashley Iocco (BB14), and Judd Daugherty (BB15).
  • Jessie Godderz and Kathryn Dunn hold the record for most showmances ever with three; Jessie one in his original season and two in his second season, while Kathryn had three in one season.
  • Frankie & Zach are the first ever same-sex male showmance in Big Brother history. Sarah & Willow are the first ever same-sex female showmance in Big Brother history.
  • Nick Maccarone & Kathryn Dunn are the first showmance to form in the Jury House. They were aptly named the first ever Jurymance.
  • Jeff & Jordan and Brendon & Rachel all returned to Big Brother 13 as duos.
  • Big Brother 7 and Big Brother 21 are the only times a showmance sat in the Final Two together. Both times it happened, the man in the showmance won against the woman with 6 votes to win.
  • James & Sarah are the first showmance to have known each other prior to entering the house. They are followed by Ryan & Jen.
  • The first showmance to get engaged after leaving the house was Mike Malin & Krista Stegall, who got engaged during the Big Brother 2 finale, however they broke up before Mike returned for Big Brother 7.
    • Kevin Martin & Pilar Nemer are the first Big Brother Canada showmance to get engaged, and eventually married, after leaving the house.
  • In order, Brendon & RachelDani & Dominic, Jeff & Jordan, Jessica & Cody, Bayleigh & Swaggy C, Nicole & Victor and Kevin & Pilar are the showmances that have married after leaving the Big Brother House.
    • Coincidentally, the first three showmances to get married and have children are the only showmances that were on Big Brother 13.
    • Brendon & Rachel were also the first showmance to then have a baby after leaving the Big Brother House. Jeff & Jordan, Dani & Dominic, Cody & Jessica and Nicole & Victor have all followed in order. As of July 2021, all couples excluding Dani & Dominic and Nicole & Victor have a second child together.
      • Swaggy & Bayleigh became the first showmance to conceive a baby during their time in the Big Brother house, but unfortunately Bayleigh miscarried while in Jury.
    • Tyler & Angela and Christmas & Memphis are currently engaged to be married.
    • Jeff & Jordan and Nicole & Victor all got engaged in the Big Brother house seasons after they played, while Swaggy & Bayleigh got engaged during their season's finale.
    • In Big Brother 22, the house featured a showmance room, containing pillows with the names of all showmances still together at the time: the five couples who were already married at that time, plus Nicole & Victor, who were engaged at the time, and Tyler & Angela, who were dating at the time.