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Steven Russell "Steve" Moses is the winner of Big Brother 17 (US).

Steve was a covert member of the Scamper Squad who also fostered a side alliance called Rockstars with John. While The Sixth Sense was still alive, Vanessa decided to bring Steve into a side alliance with Austin and the twins (which eventually became the Scamper Squad). Steve was able to use this collaboration to further himself in the game. For most of the game he was under the radar and followed people, mainly Vanessa, but that was part of his strategy. However, Steve secretly wanted to evict Vanessa, fearing he could not beat her, but could not do so until the Austwins alliance was broken up. Steve targeted the trio during his Week 11 HOH, culminating in Julia's eviction. He played more aggressively at the end of the game, winning three out of the last four HOHs and being the sole vote to evict Vanessa at Final 3. After making it to the Final Two, the Jury accused him of floating throughout the game. However, Steve argued that he did not float because of his under-the-radar gameplay, and he made moves that benefited him throughout the game. He compared his own choices to Liz's, as she followed Austin and Vanessa throughout her time in the Big Brother house. This comparison enabled him to win Big Brother by a vote of 6–3, along with evicting Vanessa. Steve was also able to earn several competitions throughout his stay in the Big Brother house and eventually became the sixth male HouseGuest in the history of the show to win six competitions (4 HoHs and 2 PoVs).

His love for his 'mommy', the running joke (from the Austwins and Vanessa) that he is 'sneaky,' and his seemingly one-sided rivalry with Becky were major parts of his storyline. He was known to the feeders for pacing by himself for hours at night after everyone else had gone to sleep, and talking back to the cameras.


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Age: 22
Hometown: Gouverneur, New York
Current City: Gouverneur, New York
Occupation: College student
Three adjectives that describe you: Brilliant, innocent, and deep.
Favorite Activities: I love listening to, playing, mixing, and recording music. Some of my happiest moments here are when I'm playing in trombone choir and we make this solid wall of sound after building up lots of tension over the course of the piece. I get these goosebumps down my spine that I don't get from anything except for music. Music, when played right, can be a really deep and fulfilling emotional adventure.
What do you think will be the most difficult part about living inside the Big Brother house: The most difficult part would be dealing with stupid people who choose to completely disregard the consequences of their actions. It's much harder to reason with people who are too nearsighted to even try to think strategically and be in the position where I have to deal with them will be a struggle. At the same time, I'm super-nervous about dealing with people like this and can compare myself to my dad. When he was my age, he was drafted into the Vietnam War. If my dad can handle that, I can handle the Big Brother house.
Which past Big Brother cast member did you like most: My all-time favorite houseguest is Danielle Reyes from Season 3 and All-Stars. Not only is she a mom in real life, but we also got to see her act like a loving and caring mom in the house through her relationship with Jason. I loved it when her claws came out when anyone even thought about trying to touch Jason. She was a strong and proud woman who was very confident and made big moves when necessary. She is responsible for one of the most memorable moves in history getting Marcellas to not save himself with the first golden PoV. All of these qualities reminded me of my own mom. For these same reasons, Helen Kim from Season 15 is a close second favorite.
What are you afraid of: My engineering background has made me afraid of heights. Now that I've seen how tall buildings and the like are designed, I know what absolute crap the design process is. I've studied too many cases of building failure (with hopes of learning from the mistake) that were caused by one tiny little detail.
Finish this sentence: My life’s motto is… A quote that I found on Facebook. It was the basis for my graduation speech and also part of my inspiration to leave Cornell for Fredonia: "Go ahead, take chances. Tell the truth. Date someone totally wrong for you. Say no. Spend all your cash. Get to know someone random. Be random. Say I love you. Sing out loud. Laugh at stupid jokes. Cry. Apologize. Tell someone how much they mean to you. Tell a jerk what you think. Laugh until your stomach hurts. Live life. Regret nothing."
What would you take into the house and why: First would be a notebook and a pencil. There are always competitions towards the end of every season that test your memory of the season up to that point, so I'm going to have to memorize as much as I can about every competition and ceremony as I go. I would love to have a notebook so I would have a way to document everything as it happened to help me in those last few competitions. Second would be Coco, my teddy bear. Unlike most college males, I still have not given up sleeping with my teddy bear. If I make it into the house, it will be, by far, the longest I have ever gone without sleeping with him since I was 10. Finally, my trombone. I'm sure I will be experiencing a wide range of emotions in the house, and I would love to have a means of making music to get it all out.

Often compared to Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory, Steve is a genius who learned early on how to kiss up to his high-school teachers and manipulate them into giving him top recommendations for Cornell, the Ivy League university where he ended up studying Mechanical Engineering. He may be a 22-year-old virgin who doesn't drink or smoke, but that doesn't stop Steve from being the wildest and loudest guy in his fraternity. At the age of 18, he taught a Cornell Engineering class and was only one year older than his students. This master of disguise and manipulation's strategy is to play the "childlike, less intelligent young virgin who sleeps with his teddy bear.”[1]

Player History - Big Brother 17[]

Competition History[]

Week 1 HOH Loss
Week 2 HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 3 HOH Loss
BOTB Ineligible
POV Not Picked
Luxury Ineligible
Week 4 HOH Loss
BOTB Ineligible
POV Not Picked
Week 5 HOH Loss
BOTB Ineligible
POV Not Picked
Week 6 HOH Loss
POV Not Picked
Week 7 HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 8 HOH Previous HOH
POV Loss
Week 9 HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 10 HOH Loss
POV Not Picked
HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 11 HOH Win
POV Loss
Week 12 HOH/Luxury Previous HOH
POV Loss
POV Loss
Week 13 HOH Part 1 Loss
HOH Part 2 Win
HOH Part 3 Win

Have/Have-Not History[]

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

Voting History[]

Week Position Voted for With Majority?
1 Used POV on Self Jace Agolli Yes
2 BOTB Winner Da'Vonne Rogers Yes
3 James Huling No
4 Audrey Middleton Yes
5 Jason Roy Yes
6 Clay Honeycutt Yes
7 Used POV on Self Shelli Poole Yes
8 Becky Burgess Yes
9 Nominated
10 Meg Maley Yes
James Huling Yes
11 HOH
12 Nominated
13 HOH Vanessa Rousso Sole Vote
Finale Winner

HOH History[]

Original Nominees Post-Veto Nominees Intended Target
Day 57
Jackie Ibarra
Week 11
Julia Nolan
Day 89
John McGuire
Week 13
Vanessa Rousso

Post Big Brother[]


  • Steve was the youngest HouseGuest on Big Brother 17.
  • Steve was the first HouseGuest on Big Brother 17 to be a Have-Not more than once.
  • Steve is the second houseguest to win the POV twice in Big Brother 17, following John McGuire.
    • Coincidentally, both had won when they were nominated.
    • Steve is the fifth houseguest to win 4 HOHs and go on to the win the game following Drew Daniel, Hayden Moss, Rachel Reilly, and Ian Terry.
  • Steve holds the record for the second most competitions won by a male winner in a season with 7 (4 HoHs, 2 PoVs, and 1 BoB), being surpassed by Jackson Michie's 9.
    • However, between HOH and POV wins, he is tied with Rachel Reilly and Ian Terry for the third most competitions won in a season by a winner with 6, behind Jackson's 8 and Kaycee Clark's 7.
      • Coincidentally, Steve, Rachel, and Ian have each won 4 HoHs and 2 PoVs in their seasons.
  • Steve was the last male standing in Big Brother 17.
  • Steve is the second houseguest to win the first POV and win the game. The first was Rachel Reilly.
  • Steve is the first winner to win 2 PoVs as a nominee.
  • Steve, along with Rachel Reilly and Morgan Willett, holds the record for being the most nominated winner in Big Brother history, with five nominations. He was eventually surpassed by Big Brother 24's Taylor Hale.
  • Both HouseGuests and viewers would often compare Steve to Big Brother 14 winner Ian Terry.
  • Throughout the season, he was shown to dislike Becky. However, since the season ended, he had said that he liked and respected Becky, but did not appreciate that she never talked game with him, constantly compared him to Ian Terry, and nominated him twice.
  • Steve is tied with Vanessa Rousso for the most competitions won in Big Brother 17 with 7.
    • Without the Battle of the Block, Steve would have the second most wins with 6.
  • Steve is one of eight HouseGuests to be nominated during the first week and make it to the Final Two. The others are Nicole Nilson Schaffrich, Ryan Quicksall, Porsche Briggs, Paul Abrahamian (twice), fellow BB17 houseguest Jason Roy, and Taylor Hale.
    • He and Taylor are the only ones who went on to win the game.
      • Unlike Nicole and Porsche, Steve did not remain on the block and won the game.
        • Paul and Jason did not remain on the block (either time for Paul), but they finished as the runners-up.
  • Steve is the fourth consecutive male to win Big Brother US, the longest gender streak in the franchise’s history. This streak was first met by Dan Gheesling before Steve matched it.


Preceded by
Season 16
Derrick Levasseur
Season 17
BB17Small Steve
Steve Moses
Succeeded by
Season 18
Nicole Small 2016
Nicole Franzel
Big Brother 17 (US) Houseguests
BB17Small Steve
BB17Small Liz
BB17Small Vanessa
BB17Small John
BB17Small Austin
BB17Small Julia
BB17Small James
BB17Small Meg
BB17Small Becky
BB17Small Jackie
BB17Small Shelli
BB17Small Clay
BB17Small Jason
BB17Small Audrey
BB17Small Jeff
BB17Small Da'Vonne
BB17Small Jace