One year ago, Derrick Levasseur won Season 16 of "Big Brother" after absolutely dominating the game for 97 days. As the current season nears its end, we sat down with Derrick to chat about how he pulled off the win and what he thinks of the current group of houseguests. After watching our video webchat below, go and make your "Big Brother" predictions 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.
"It has sunk in for the most part," Derrick admits about his victory. "But there are moments when I'm watching the episodes and watching the houseguests talk about the possibility of winning this show and winning the money, and realizing that I just did that last year. It is surreal."
"My strategic game was to go in there and try to figure out people as fast as I could. That's it. It's about reading people. That's what I do every day," Derrick tells Denton Davidson, who won our "Big Brother" contest last year by answering the most questions correct throughout the season. "And like you said, there were some people in there who really did like themselves and I played into that weakness of theirs."
As for the current season, Derrick addresses the similarities between his game play and a certain emotional houseguest. "As far as the comparison to me and Vanessa Rousso, she definitely is more vocal and more emotional and wears her feelings on her sleeve a little bit more. But it's working for this season. And one thing I don't think anyone will argue with is that every season's different. And depending on the characters in the house, sometimes it just works."
Also in our chat, Derrick reveals what he thinks of Frankie Grande both in and out of the house, which longshot houseguest could actually win this season, what the infamous "Big Brother" slop really tastes like and so much more. Scroll down to watch our entire Q&A.
Check out the overall Season 17 leaderboard to the right. Currently our #1 "Big Brother" predictor is Frederic Lam with overall 89% accuracy and 205,251 points, but there are still many weeks left to play in our contest and be eligible to win our weekly and overall season prizes. See our contest rules.
Making your predictions is fun and easy. Just log into your Gold Derby account, or you can register for a free account via Facebook, Twitter or Google. In our "Big Brother" predictions center, you get to answer the following questions for the rest of the week:
Who will win the Veto competition?
Will the Veto be played?
Which houseguest will be evicted?
Who will win 'Big Brother'?
After logging in, click on the "Predictions" button found at the top-right of every page. That will bring you to a list of every event currently being predicted at Gold Derby — everything from the Emmys and Oscars to "The Amazing Race" and "Survivor."
Click on any box and then scroll down to start making your predictions. For each TV show, cast your votes on several different questions relating to the upcoming episode. If you click on the "Big Brother" button, you'll see something like this:
To vote for who you think will be eliminated next, drag your chosen contestant over from the left to the right. Every time someone logs their predictions, the racetrack odds of the contestants are automatically updated.
If the majority of users think Liz will go home, that means she'll have the best odds and will go to the front of the pack. Conversely, the contestants who don't receive many predictions have the worst odds and will go to the bottom of the pile.
Remember that coming out on top doesn't just mean answering that week's questions correctly. You also have to use your three big bets (500 points and two of 200 points) strategically to score the most game points. If you bet on a longshot who pulls off an upset, you can really rack up the points, so don't take them for granted.
Average Gold Derby users just like YOU often turn out to be our smartest prognosticators, so it's important that you give us your predictions. You can continue to update and change your predictions throughout the week, just click "Save Predictions" when you've settled on your choice.
Get started by making your prediction as to which houseguest will be eliminated next. And be sure to sound off on the current season of "Big Brother" in Gold Derby's reality TV forum.
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