The Spelling Search is a recurring Power of Veto competition.


In this competition, houseguests look through an area for letters. One at a time, they must bring them back to their board. Once brought back to their board, they must spell a word out and try to achieve the longest, correctly spelled word, which will be revealed one at a time.

If there is a tie, the houseguest who did it the quickest will win.


The competition first appeared on Big Brother 11, during Week 1. Russell Kairouz won the competition, winning the first PoV of the season.

The competition reappeared on Big Brother 12, during Week 1 once again. Brendon Villegas won the competition, winning the first PoV of the season.

The following season, Big Brother 13, was the competition's next appearance. Brendon Villegas once again won the competition, winning his first PoV of that season.

On Big Brother 16, the houseguests competed in this competition, during the first week. Donny Thompson won the competition, winning his first ever PoV.

The competition reappeared on Big Brother 17, during Week 1. Steve Moses, eventual winner, won the competition, securing his first PoV win of the summer.

In its latest appearance, Big Brother 18, Paulie Calafiore won the competition, winning his first PoV of the summer.

List of Spelling Competitions

Season Week Name Variant Winner
11 1 Pop Goes the Veto!
Russell Kairouz
12 1 Cinco de Mayonnaise
Brendon Villegas
13 3 Hot Legs
Brendon Villegas
15 1 The American Baking Competition
McCrae Olson
16 1 Miami Lice
Donny Thompson
17 1 Nose-a-scotia
Steve Moses
18 2 Toe-Zarks
Paulie Calafiore


  • So far, this competition has been won only by men.
  • This competition is most commonly used during the first week.
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