Will HOH Jackie Ibarra shake up the ‘Big Brother’ house in Week 5?

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For the first time in three weeks we have an HOH — Jackie Ibarra — that isn't a member of the dominating Sixth Sense alliance, which I hope will provide us with something new this week. Floater Jackie dominated the HOH comp and will hopefully maintain the position through the BOB comp, but that depends on who she nominates. Read my analysis below of what may happen if Jackie stays HOH and then make your predictions in this week’s contest to win a $100 Amazon gift certificate.

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Who will Jackie nominate?
Based on Jackie's gameplay so far (what little of it we've actually seen, as hilariously remarked by "BB" fan favorite Britney Haynes Thursday night) we should assume that Jason, Becky, Meg and Steve are all safe from her gaze. That leaves stalwart nominee and BOB-thrower John McGuire, showmancers Shelli Poole and Clay Honeycutt, power twin Liz Nolan, the house's own Jekyll & Hyde Austin Matelson and floater James Huling as her options.

Who will Vanessa nominate?
Based on her cold feet in her last go-round as HOH, Vanessa Rousso is going to happily relinquish HOH duties to Jackie this week. In order for Vanessa to vacate her throne she'll have to nominate two houseguests that can and will win the BOB comp. Based on Sixth Sense strategy so far, it's likely that Vanessa nominates two people in on the plan to leave the dirty work to Jackie. Expect Clay to finally hear his name called at the ceremony, and my guess is they'll finally look to John to go up as a pawn again, but this time to help win the BOB rather than lose it.

Jackie's Target
Once Clay and John are off the table as BOB winners, Vanessa becomes a potential target for Jackie, but it's unlikely that Jackie goes against any word the two may promise during HOH negotiations to backdoor her. While taking out Vanessa would be the smartest move (in my opinion), Jackie will have her pick between Austin and Liz, each with certain advantages as potential evictees — Austin has made a lot of the power decisions in the last few weeks, and Liz only has one more eviction to avoid before her twin enters the house and doubles their power.

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