On Sunday's episode of "Big Brother," John McGuire bested challenge beasts Shelli Poole, Jackie Ibarra and Becky Burgess in the endurance comp to re-enter the game, banishing them back to the jury house for good. Now that we know these women will be part of the jury that determines the winner, let's try to analyze which of the remaining houseguests they're likely to vote for. Hurry – make your "Big Brother" predictions now for a chance to win our $100 Amazon gift certificate. It’s fun and easy, so get started by scrolling down to predict who will be evicted next.
Had Shelli re-entered the game, she would have likely targeted James Huling (for sending Clay Honeycutt home pre-jury) and Vanessa Rousso (for throwing her under the bus while they were nominated together), but does that mean she wouldn't vote for either to win the game? Shelli proved herself to be both a physical threat and a strategic player, clearly valuing aggressive gameplay over floater mentality. On a personal level, Shelli is probably rooting for Johnny Mac to win, but if Vanessa makes it to the Final 2 I can see Shelli respecting her game and voting her the winner.
Flying way below the radar for the first third of the game, Jackie's impact on the house seems minimal. She left the house on the first double eviction night, surprisingly at the hands of Steve Moses by way of Vanessa's manipulation. Unlike Shelli, Jackie strikes me as a vindictive jury member, so I'd say she's unlikely to vote for either of those two. In a perfect world, Jackie would want to vote her allies James or Meg Maley the winner, but in the scenario where it's two members of the Austwins in the finale, Liz's well-rounded strategy likely gets Jackie's vote.
While Becky is still likely to be remembered as the girl who survived being hit by a train, superfans might also remember her as the only houseguest brave enough to defy Vanessa. Not only did Becky openly target Vanessa, she also shut her down point blank, refusing to hear out her proposal for a deal. While Becky's sights were always set on evicting Vanessa, it's hard to imagine that, as an aggressive strategist herself, she wouldn't find her to be deserving of a win. But if allies James or Meg make the finals against her, Becky is likely to choose loyalty over respect.
In summary, of the houseguests left I think Vanessa is the most likely to have enough respect from these three jury members to get their votes — her biggest challengers being James, Meg and Johnny Mac who might get the votes based on personal connections. Austin Matelson, Steve and the twins have each played games detached from the current jury and are the least likely to get votes unless they're up against one another.
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