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Taylor Mackenzie Dickens Hale is the winner of Big Brother 24 (US) and the runner-up of Big Brother: Reindeer Games.

An underdog at the start of the game who almost got evicted from Week 1 because of the numerous lies and negative perception mostly started by Paloma Aguilar, Taylor eventually gained footing in the game because of her superb social skills, competition wins both by herself and her alliance The Leftovers, and targets being prioritized over her whenever she was on the nomination block for eviction. While she lost some of her allies along the way, her great social game, persistence and Head of Household wins allowed her to reach the finale. She was also able to win back many of the people who bullied her with her kindness, which would help her with jury votes. On finale night, she gave a speech that cumulated her entire story with the resilience she had to bounce back from many adversities. She was then crowned the winner with a landslide vote of 8-1. It was later revealed that Taylor also won America's Favorite Houseguest, making her the first ever Black woman to win a civilian Big Brother (US) season and the first houseguest to both win the game and AFH award in the same season.

Returning for Reindeer Games, Taylor started in a good spot, being aligned with Xavier Prather, Danielle Reyes, and Josh Martinez. Despite keeping out of most danger by never competing in Santa's Showdown and displaying well-versed strategy, Taylor would still have a several rivalries along the way such as Cody Calafiore and Frankie Grande. After making it to the Reindeer Games, she would defeat Frankie in the semifinals to advance to the Final 2 before losing to Nicole Franzel, resulting in Taylor finishing as the runner-up of the season.

Biography[]

Taylor Hale Biography

Retrieved from Parade.com
Age: 27
Hometown/Current City: West Bloomfield, Mich.
Occupation: Personal stylist

What’s the best advice you received before coming out to play?
The best advice I received was from my mom, who does not know much about the game. But she told me to let them think I'm stupid. (Laughs.) I've got a pageant background. I work in the beauty industry. I know a lot of people are going to assume that all I have is beauty. But there's a lot more underneath me. I'm a lot more cunning than people expect me to be. So I'll let them think that I'm stupid, and then I'll slit their throats on the back end.

What do you think people will perceive you as?
I think people will perceive me as someone who's only here for a showmance. You've got the hair, you've got the makeup, some pretty tight dresses, I won't lie. (Laughs.) But I'm here to play a hardcore game. Coming from the beauty industry, I'm here to prove that women have a lot more to offer than just what's on the outside. And you can use your wit, your cutting, your charm to get you very far in this game. I plan on leaving with that $750K at the very end of this.

What types of players would you least want in your alliance?
In my alliance, personally, the people that I would least want are the people who are not good at strategizing. I'm very good at using wit and charm to get far. I will admit strategy is not going to be my strength here. So as long as I'm not the one coming up with a strategy. We've seen serious strategists are the ones that end up getting taken out first when an alliance comes down to voting on itself. I want to be the one that's in that group with them. But I don't want to have to be doing the hard work when it comes to strategizing.

What’s something the other houseguests may dislike about you?
I'm very optimistic, and I think that's gonna go on a lot of people's nerves. I won't say I'm a bubbly person, but I am very outgoing. And I know that typically those people are the ones that have some trouble sticking it out in the long run in the game. The houseguests might not really like that I have all this big personality. So I might have to work on tamping it down so I can get really far in the game.

On eviction night, would you rather flip the votes against the house to help your individual game, or go with the house to help your overall alliance?
I think it depends at what point in the game. If we're talking early on, I think I wouldn't be afraid of flipping the vote in the house. Because I want everybody in the house to understand that we're really here to play a hardcore game. I'm not here to sit and coast all the way to the end. I want to do some hardcore work on the back end to really keep people on their toes. But as we get closer to the jury, I want to make sure that the people who are in my alliance are going to be there with me until the very end, so that I have the votes on that jury that are going to give me the cash in the end.[1]

Player History - Big Brother 24 (US)[]

Taylor had a very rocky start to the game as she was immediately targeted by almost everyone in the house, due to the multiple lies spun about her and the initial negative perception of her. This was mostly started by Paloma Aguilar. She was then made the replacement nominee and target by Head of Household Daniel Durston when his original target Michael Bruner won the Power of Veto. Her fate was almost sealed, but she was given a reprieve when the Backstage Twist that week was cancelled and saved Taylor, since Paloma, who was one of the holders of the Backstage Passes and was therefore eligible for eviction, walked off the house. In week 2, she was again nominated by Jasmine Davis as Taylor was the original target. After Pooch Pucciarelli volunteered to be nominated as a pawn, most of the females started to look at Taylor as an asset to take out the men. In addition, Jasmine and her Girls Girls alliance saw an opportunity to take out a physical threat in Pooch and lead the charge to evict him instead, sending him home in a unanimous vote.

Week 3 was a game-changing week for Taylor as the Festie Bestie twist was unleashed and several incidents happened that turned the tide to her favor. While she was the backdoor target by Matt Turner, this later changed to the leader of the Girls Girls, Ameerah Jones, as a new plan was concocted instead as the outsiders realized that Taylor was actually innocent of many accusations thrown by members of the house after Daniel and Nicole were involved in a fight with Taylor. With Kyle Capener receiving intel from Alyssa Snider that a secret alliance was formed weeks before and Joseph Abdin deducing that Ameerah and her alliance were behind Pooch's eviction, a new dominant alliance called The Leftovers, which included Taylor, was formed. The Leftovers were then able to successfully evict Ameerah. and eventually picked off many of her enemies inside the house. This gave Taylor better positioning and social capital inside the house after every eviction.

At the start of the jury phase in Week 6, Taylor won the Head of Household competition and she initially targeted outsider Terrance Higgins. However, this proved to be a tumultuous HoH reign as her Leftovers allies tried to target Indy Santos instead for being deemed as a bigger threat and a better competitor than Terrance, resulting to Indy's eviction of that week.

While she lost her closest allies in Joseph Abdin, Michael Bruner and Brittany Hoopes in the subsequent weeks, she was able to maintain great relationships with the remaining HouseGuests, most notably with Monte Taylor who then started a string of both HoH and Power of Veto competition wins that also saved Taylor in the weeks he was in power.

Taylor also won the final 4 HoH competition, granting her a spot in the finale night. The final HoH of the season, Monte, decided to take her to the final two over his closest ally in Matt Turner as he thought Turner had a better gameplay and a jury threat over Taylor. However, Taylor gave a strong articulation of her journey during her speech and provided solid answers to the questions by the jury where she highlighted her perseverance, persistence and genuine social connections. This eventually garnered huge respect among the jury members who then decided to give her a historic landslide win of 8-1, with only Turner voting for Monte.

Competition History[]

Week 1 HOH Part 1 Loss
HOH Part 2 Ineligible
POV Not Picked
Week 2 HOH Part 1 Win
HOH Part 2 Loss
POV Loss
Week 3 HOH Loss
Co-POV Loss
Week 4 HOH Part 1 Loss
HOH Part 2 Ineligible
Co-POV Not Picked
Week 5 HOH Loss
Co-POV Not Picked
Week 6 HOH Win
POV Loss
Week 7 HOH Previous HOH
POV Loss
POV Ineligible
Week 8 HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 9 HOH Loss
POV Loss
HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 10 HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 11 HOH Win
POV Loss
Week 12 HOH Part 1 Loss
HOH Part 2 Loss
HOH Part 3 Unable To Play

Have/Have-Not History[]

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

Voting History[]

Week Position Voted for With Majority?
1 Post-POV Nominee Nominations Void
2 Nominated
3 Ameerah Jones Yes
4 Post-POV Nominee
5 Daniel Durston Yes
6 HOH
7 Jasmine Davis Yes
8 Nominated
9 Terrance Higgins Yes
Michael Bruner Yes
10 Post-POV Nominee
11 HOH
12 Nominated
Finale Winner

HOH History[]

Original Nominees Post-Veto Nominees Intended Target
Week 6
Indy Santos
 Evicted
Indy
THEN THEN
Week 11
Brittany Hoopes
 Evicted
Brittany

Player History - Big Brother: Reindeer Games[]

Competition History[]

Episode 1 Naughty & Nice Loss
Jingle Bell Brawl Loss
Santa's Showdown Ineligible
Episode 2 Naughty & Nice Punished
Jingle Bell Brawl Win
Santa's Showdown Ineligible
Episode 3 Naughty & Nice Win
Jingle Bell Brawl Loss
Santa's Showdown Ineligible
Episode 4 Naughty & Nice Loss
Jingle Bell Brawl Win
Santa's Showdown Ineligible
Episode 5 Naughty & Nice Loss
Jingle Bell Brawl Win
Jingle Bell Brawl Ineligible
Santa's Showdown Ineligible
Episode 6 Naughty & Nice Loss
Reindeer Games Part 1 Ineligible
Reindeer Games Part 2 Win
Reindeer Games Part 3 Runner-Up

Status History[]

Episode Position Punished
1
2 Naughty List/
Co-Jingle Bell
3 Nice List Josh Martinez
4 Co-Jingle Bell
5 Co-Jingle Bell
Finale Second Bracket
Runner-Up

Nominations History[]

Original Nominees Intended Target
Episode 2
Cody Calafiore
 Eliminated
Cody
Episode 4
(with Frankie)
Josh Martinez
 Frankie
Eliminated
Josh
Episode 5
(with Frankie)
Britney Haynes
 Eliminated
Britney
THEN

Post Big Brother[]

  • During the run of Big Brother 24, Taylor was nominated for and ended up winning E! News' Reality TV Scoop Award for "Favorite Reality Star".[2]
  • In November 2022, Taylor confirmed she was dating fellow Season 24 houseguest Joseph Abdin.[3] On April 19, 2023, the couple announced their split but stated they would “support one another as best friends”.
  • In March 2023, Taylor was featured on Paramount+'s Twitter banner.[4][5]
  • Taylor was interviewed for the Big Brother: 25th Anniversary Celebration ahead of Big Brother 25.
  • Taylor returned in Big Brother 25 to discuss the season during Week 14's eviction episode.

Trivia[]

  • Taylor is the first African-American houseguest to win The Wall competition on the civilian version of Big Brother (US).
  • Taylor is the only female on Big Brother 24 (US) to win multiple HOH competitions.
  • Taylor and Jasmine Davis were the only females to win an HOH competition on Big Brother 24.
  • Taylor always voted with the majority while in the house.
  • Taylor is the first African-American female to win a civilian season of Big Brother (US).
  • Taylor is the first person to win with an 8-1 jury vote.
  • Taylor has the most votes to win Big Brother in a civilian season against a male Houseguest out of all female winners, with 8 votes.
  • Taylor is the first person to win both the game and America's Favorite Houseguest.
    • Because of this, Taylor has won the most money out of any Big Brother player ever, winning a grand total of $800,000.
  • Following Da'Vonne Rogers and Tiffany Mitchell, Taylor is the third consecutive African-American woman to win America's Favorite Houseguest. Including Nicole Anthony, she is the fourth consecutive woman overall.
  • Following Maggie Ausburn, Taylor is the second person to lose both parts of the Final Head of Household competition and still go on to win the game.
  • Taylor has the most nominations within a single season for a winner, with 6. She has also faced eviction the most times of any winner, also with 6.
  • Following Steve Moses, Taylor is the second person to win after being nominated in Week 1.
    • Including Big Brother Canada, she is the third, following Kevin Jacobs.
    • As Steve was vetoed off the block, Taylor is the first to win after facing eviction Week 1.
      • Including Big Brother Canada, she is the second, following Kevin once again.
  • Following Derrick Levasseur from Big Brother 16 (US), Taylor is the second person to win the game without winning any Power of Veto competitions.
    • Including Big Brother Canada, she is the fourth, following Jillian and Paras Atashnak.
    • She is the first female in the US version to accomplish this.
  • Taylor is tied with Maggie Ausburn from Big Brother 6 (US) and Jun Song from Big Brother 4 (US) with the least amount of competition wins among all female winners, with 2 wins each.
  • Taylor became the first black woman to win the game on the 20th anniversary of when Danielle Reyes, the first black woman and black houseguest overall to make it to the Final Two, lost to Lisa Donahue in Big Brother 3 (US). Danielle only received one jury vote, while Taylor received all but one jury vote. Coincidentally, Danielle is Taylor's favorite player.
  • Taylor is the first female to win the final 4 HOH and go on to win the game.
  • Following Dan Gheesling, Nicole Franzel and Xavier Prather, Taylor is the fourth winner to come from Michigan.
  • Taylor is the first Houseguest to win the game and never be a Have-Not.
  • Both times Taylor was Head of Household, her original target was a man, but the evicted houseguest was a woman.
  • Taylor was the only person to avoid nomination and Santa's Showdown in Big Brother: Reindeer Games.
  • Taylor and Frankie Grande were the first and only people to win multiple Jingle Bell Brawls, with 3 total each, 2 of them shared with each other.
  • Janelle Pierzina, Dan Gheesling, Paul Abrahamian, Enzo Palumbo, Cody Calafiore, Nicole Franzel, Xavier Prather, Taylor and Anthony Douglas are the only people to make it to the Final Three twice. Excluding Janelle, all of them made it to finale night twice as well.
  • Taylor is the first former winner to lose to a fellow former winner.
    • She is one of three winners to finish as a losing finalist in their subsequent season, alongside Dan Gheesling and Xavier Prather.
    • She is the second former winner to be a runner-up in a subsequent attempt of playing Big Brother, after Dan Gheesling.

References[]

Preceded by
Season 23
BB23 Xavier Small
Xavier Prather
Winner
Season 24
US24 Small Taylor
Taylor Hale
Succeeded by
Season 25
US25 Small Jag
Jag Bains
Preceded by
Season 23
BB23 Tiffany Small
Tiffany Mitchell
America's Favorite Houseguest
Season 24
US24 Small Taylor
Taylor Hale
Succeeded by
Season 25
US25 Small Cameron
Cameron Hardin
Big Brother 24 (US) Houseguests
US24 Small Taylor
Taylor
US24 Small Monte
US24 Small Turner
US24 Small Brittany
US24 Small Alyssa
US24 Small Michael
US24 Small Terrance
US24 Small Kyle
US24 Small Joseph
US24 Small Jasmine
US24 Small Indy
US24 Small Daniel
US24 Small Nicole
US24 Small Ameerah
US24 Small Pooch
US24 Small Paloma
Winner
Runner-Up
Jury
Evicted
Walked
Big Brother: Reindeer Games Houseguests
Reindeer Small Nicole
Reindeer Small Taylor
Taylor
Reindeer Small Frankie
Reindeer Small Xavier
Reindeer Small Britney
Reindeer Small Josh
Reindeer Small Danielle
Reindeer Small Cody
Reindeer Small Cameron
Reindeer Small Derek
Reindeer Small Jordan
Reindeer Small Tiffany
Winner
Runner-Up
Finalist
Eliminated
Elf Ambassadors
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