“Big Brother” fans were absolutely shocked to hear Julie Chen announce that Josh Martinez was the Season 19 winner during Thursday night’s live finale on CBS. Paul Abrahamian, the Season 18 runner-up to Nicole Franzel, had returned to dominate the entire house with a cunning social game all summer and was the odds-on favorite to win. But a recent Gold Derby poll showed that 59% of our readers were hoping Paul would lose. Now that Josh has officially been named the Season 19 champ, do you believe the right person won? Vote in our poll and give us your thoughts on one of the most surprising finales in “Big Brother” history down in the comments section.
For months viewers have been complaining about the clear and easy path the houseguests had made to lead Paul to victory. So when Josh won the final Head of Household competition, the audience at home (along with the jury) was floored to hear him evict his closest ally, Christmas Abbott. Josh felt he had so many enemies in the jury that the only person they could possibly dislike more was Paul.
It seemed as though Josh had made one of the most foolish moves in “Big Brother” history. How could he possibly think he could defeat the puppet master who had not only won the most competitions, but orchestrated nearly every eviction? But the answer was made loud and clear by juror Elena Davies, who chastised Paul for his poor jury management. Paul had angered just enough jurors to tip the scale 5-4 in favor of Josh. For the second year in a row, Paul lost $500,000 by one vote.
Alex Ow, Jason Dent, Mark Jansen and Cody Nickson joined Elena in voting for Josh. Kevin Schlehuber, Raven Walton, Matt Clines and Christmas remained loyal to Paul and tossed their votes his way. What had become one of the most predictable seasons of “Big Brother” ever had one of the least predictable finales. So, do you believe the right person won? Vote now!