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The Jury was introduced in Big Brother 2. The final seven evicted houseguests — not including the Final 2 — are members of The Jury. They vote for the winner of Big Brother. Up until Big Brother 4, all the evicted houseguests voted for the winner of Big Brother. The Jury became only the final seven evicted houseguests because, in Big Brother 3, Danielle Reyes lost the season because of her Diary Room confessions. Thus, The Jury and the Sequester House were born. From Big Brother 15 onwards, the jury has consisted of nine houseguests. However, Big Brother 25 switched back to a jury of seven as a twist. The only people who are ineligible to serve as jurors are those who walk or are expelled from the game, regardless of when they leave. It is also possible to walk or being expelled from the jury, but it has not yet happened. In the event of an even numbered jury (intentional or not), the viewing audience will receive one jury vote to fill the space and avoid or break any ties.

Looking at the spin -off seasons, Big Brother: Over The Top and Big Brother: Reindeer Games had no jury, being the first seasons since its introduction in season 2 to not feature a jury. BBOTT featured an audience vote to determine the winner entirely, just like Big Brother 1, while BBRG was entirely determined by competitions. All three seasons of Celebrity Big Brother (US) returned to the original jury format, where all evicted houseguests were jurors, and instead of being sequestered, they went back home and returned on finale night. Since all CBB seasons feature 11 houseguests and a Final 2, they always have a jury of nine, so long as no one walks or is expelled. Anthony Scaramucci was an additional "Fake HouseGuest" in Celebrity Big Brother 2 (US) and thus did not serve as a juror.

Big Brother Canada originally started with a jury of seven, but starting with Big Brother Canada 2 they began implementing twists or changing the jury format and size almost every season, to keep the format unpredictable for houseguests and the audience alike. Big Brother Canada 4 was the first season that planned to feature a traditional jury of nine, but had to add a public vote due to Ramsey Aburaneh walking from the game. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Big Brother Canada 8 was discontinued prematurely and no jury was formed nor was a winner crowned.

The Jury House[]

As of Big Brother 4, each member of the Jury lives the remainder of the game in total seclusion, arriving in an undisclosed location, usually a tropical and beautiful house. They have access to movies and games, a pool, and (depending on the location) a private beach. They are not allowed communication with the outside world so that their votes are not tainted by behind-the-scenes information, such as secret alliances or betrayals that they may not be aware of.

The Jury stays privy to house happenings in the form of a DVD brought along with the most recent evicted houseguest, showcasing competitions, and other group activities. Secret meetings, Diary Room sessions, and other happenings that do not include the entire group of remaining houseguests are not disclosed.

In Big Brother Canada 1, Big Brother 15 (US) through Big Brother 18, and Big Brother 20, the jury members got a chance to return to the game. Big Brother Canada had a public vote, while the U.S. seasons had a competition.

Jury Fury[]

On some occasions, jury members may be allowed to re-enter the house in order to wreak havoc, but not the game. In its first occurrence in Big Brother 12, juror Rachel Reilly — who was evicted in Week 5 — was unleashed upon the remaining houseguests for 24 hours when HOH Brendon Villegas opened Pandora's Box in Week 6. Brendon himself was treated to a spa day in the Jury House, while Rachel was in the Big Brother House tormenting the other seven, notably sparking an infamous fight with houseguest Ragan Fox.

In Big Brother 16, jurors Jocasta Odom, Hayden Voss, Zach Rance, Donny Thompson, Nicole Franzel, and Christine Brecht —who were all evicted between Weeks 6 and 10 — returned to the house in Week 12 to compete in a Luxury Competition, while the remaining five houseguests drafted between the six of them. The competition winner and the person who drafted them would each win $5,000, ultimately won by Hayden and his drafter, Victoria Rafaeli.

Voting[]

On finale night, each juror casts a vote for whom they would like to see be the winner of Big Brother. Each vote is one of the names of the Final 2 written on a key (or a chip for BBCan), which the juror places in the nomination box. In the same format as a Nomination Ceremony, the keys are removed one at a time, revealing the winner of the season.

Current Jury[]

These are the Jurors of Big Brother Canada 12 and who they cast their jury votes for; votes for the winner are in bold:

Canada12 Small Elijah Elijah Kazlauskas
Juror #1
9th Place (Day 41)
Voted for: Anthony Douglas
Canada12 Small Kayla Kayla Clennon
Juror #2
8th Place (Day 48)
Voted for: Bayleigh Pelham
Canada12 Small Avery Avery Martin
Juror #3
7th Place (Day 55)
Voted for: Bayleigh Pelham
Canada12 Small Tola Tola Eam
Juror #4
6th Place (Day 55)
Voted for: Bayleigh Pelham
Canada12 Small Victoria Victoria Woghiren
Juror #5
5th Place (Day 60)
Voted for: Bayleigh Pelham
Canada12 Small Todd Todd Clements
Juror #6
4th Place (Day 63)
Voted for: Bayleigh Pelham
Canada12 Small Lexus Lexus Jackson
Juror #7
3rd Place (Day 69)
Voted for: Bayleigh Pelham

Jury Configurations[]

Configurations
Finalists Jurors Votes
Counted
Occurrences Seasons
(US)
Seasons
(US Celeb)
Seasons
(Can)
Final Two 6 + Public Vote 7 3 Seasons 8, 11 N/A Season 2
Final Two 7 15 Seasons 4-7, 9-10, 12-14, 25 N/A Seasons 1, 6-7, 9, 12
Final Two 9 (2 cancelled) 1 Season 2 N/A
Final Two 8 + Public Tiebreaker 8* 1 N/A Season 3 N/A
Final Two 8 + Public Vote 9 2 N/A Season 4, 10
Final Two 9 14 Seasons 15-24 Seasons 1-2 Seasons 5, 11
Final Two 10 (1 cancelled) 1 N/A Season 3
Final Two 10 + Public Tiebreaker 10* 2 Season 3 N/A
Final Three Public Vote 2 Seasons 1, Over The Top N/A
Final Four Competition 1 Reindeer Games N/A
No Finale - Season Cancelled 1 N/A Season 8

Jury Vote Margins[]

Jury of Seven[]

Vote Count Occurrences Winners (US) Winners (Can)
4-3 5 Drew Daniel
Maggie Ausburn
Hayden Moss
Rachel Reilly
Jillian MacLaughlin
5-2 4 Will Kirby
Dick Donato
Jordan Lloyd
Jag Bains
N/A
6-1 8 Jun Song
Mike Malin
Adam Jasinski
Ian Terry
Jon Pardy
Paras Atashnak
Tychon Carter-Newman
Bayleigh Pelham
7-0 2 Dan Gheesling Dane Rupert

Jury of Nine[]

Vote Count Occurrences Winners (US) Winners (Can)
5-4 3 Nicole Franzel (18)
Josh Martinez
Kaycee Clark
N/A
6-3 3 (4) (Will Kirby)
Steve Moses
Marissa Jaret Winokur
Jackson Michie
N/A
7-2 4 Andy Herren
Derrick Levasseur
Sarah Hanlon
Nick & Phil Paquette
8-1 3 Taylor Hale Kevin Jacobs
Ty McDonald
9-0 4 Tamar Braxton
Cody Calafiore
Xavier Prather
Kevin Martin

Uncommon Sizes[]

Vote Count Occurrences Winners (US) Winners (Can)
7-1 1 Miesha Tate N/A
8-2 (1) N/A (Sarah Hanlon)
9-1 1 Lisa Donahue N/A
Public Vote 2 Eddie McGee
Morgan Willett
N/A
Competition 1 Nicole Franzel (RG) N/A
No Finale 1 N/A Big Brother Canada 8

Trivia[]

  • As of Big Brother 25 and Big Brother Canada 12, the most common jury size is seven jurors, with 15 occurrences. Including only the total number of jury votes as opposed to jury members, seven votes is still the most common, occurring 19 times.
    • Looking at Big Brother US only, nine jurors is the most common, with 10 occurrences, and 12 including celebrity seasons. Looking solely at votes, seven jury votes becomes the most common, with 13 occurrences in civilian seasons.
    • Looking at Big Brother Canada only, seven jurors is the most common, with 5 occurrences. Looking at solely votes, it's still seven votes with 6 occurrences.
  • As of Big Brother 25 and Big Brother Canada 12, the most common jury vote margin is a 6-1 vote in a Jury of Seven (with 8 occurrences), and tied between 7-2 and 9-0 in a Jury of Nine (with 4 occurrences each).
    • Looking at Big Brother US only, it's tied between 4-3, 5-2 and 6-1 in a Jury of Seven, and the aforementioned 7-2 and 9-0 tie in a Jury of Nine (with 4 occurrences each for all four).
      • If Big Brother 2's cancelled jury votes are included, then a 6-3 vote would join the tie in a Jury of Nine.
    • Looking at Big Brother Canada only, 6-1 remains most common in a Jury of Seven (with 3 occurrences), while having a tie between 7-2 and 8-1 in a Jury of Nine (with 2 occurrences each).
  • Big Brother 3 and Big Brother Canada 3 currently hold the record for the most jury members with 10, however, in the latter, the Final 3 must strip one of the Jurors of their Jury vote, dropping it down to 9.
    • Big Brother 2 would have also had 10 jurors if Justin Sebik had not been expelled.
  • In Big Brother 2, the final two were given the option to nullify two jury votes (one per finalist), making it the first and so far only time in Big Brother history that two jury votes were negated.
  • The six seasons in which the public has voted as a juror were Big Brother 3 (the public picked the winner in case of a tie), Big Brother 8 (as the public controlled Eric Stein's jury vote due to America's Player), Big Brother 11 (due to the ejection of Chima Simone, a would be jury member), Big Brother Canada 2 (where the 7th vote was given to Canada in a twist), Big Brother Canada 4 (due to Ramsey Aburaneh, a would be jury member, walking), Celebrity Big Brother 3 (the public picked a winner in case of a tie due to Chris Kattan, a would be jury member, walking) and Big Brother Canada 10 (where the 9th vote was given to Canada in a twist).
  • In Big Brother 15 (US) the format was changed back to a jury of nine because of the number of houseguests (16) that season and it has been used ever since. After the switch, Big Brother 25 reverted back to a jury of seven as a one-off twist.
    • It is unknown why the switch was made at that point and not sooner, as Big Brother 9 and Big Brother 14 both had 16 houseguests but still retained a jury of seven.
  • In the middle of the jury phase in Big Brother 7, the jurors had to evacuate and move to a different jury house from their first one due to a hurricane.
    • Also during this season, James Rhine, Danielle Reyes, George Allen Boswell and Will Kirby all escaped the Jury house during an outing and partied. Danielle and Will were also spotted at a karaoke bar and were rumored to be kicked off of the Jury, which was proven false, while James hinted that there were more escapes. These escapes have caused production to be much more strict with the Jury in future seasons and taking away outings.[1][2]
  • Sheryl Braxton was the first ever jury member in Big Brother history.
    • Dana Varela was the first jury member of a sequestered jury.
  • Marcellas Reynolds was the first person to serve on two different Juries, serving on the Jury in Big Brother 3 (US) and then becoming the first Juror on Big Brother 7 (US).
    • Although six players have played the game three or more times, no one has ever served as a jury member three times yet, as of Big Brother 22. However, Kaysar Ridha is the only person of those six to miss the jury stage on every attempt.
  • The first 5 seasons of Big Brother Canada all had different jury configurations.
  • Nick Maccarone and Kathryn Dunn are the first contestants to form a Showmance in Jury.
  • Lisa Donahue, Kevin Martin, Tamar Braxton, Cody Calafiore and Xavier Prather hold the record for most Jury votes received out of any finalist, with 9 each.
    • Lisa received 9 votes out of 10, while Kevin, Tamar, Cody and Xavier each received the votes of all 9 Jurors, with Kevin and Cody also winning with Perfect Games.
  • Dan Gheesling, Paul Abrahamian and Cody Calafiore are the only three houseguests to receive votes from two different Juries, due to making it to the Final 2 and getting votes to win twice. Paul is the only one to not win one of those seasons.
    • Cody received a total of 11 Jury votes over his two seasons, while Dan and Paul received a total of 8 during theirs.
  • Due to their opponents winning with unanimous votes, Memphis Garrett, Karen Singbeil, Ricky Williams, Anthony Douglas, Enzo Palumbo and Derek Frazier are tied for the fewest Jury votes received by a finalist, with 0.

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