Sam Smith explains why he didn’t use the ‘Big Brother’ Veto: ‘I don’t want to create ripples’

Despite giving it their all in “Big Brother’s” latest Veto competition, nominated houseguests Kemi Fakunle and Jessica Milagros both came up short. It turns out that Sam Smith is a master at stacking frogs, with his score easily trouncing the others during Wednesday’s episode. Even though Kemi and Jessica pleaded their case to try to get Sam to use the Veto, in the end he did what was best for his own game. “I have decided not to use the Power of Veto,” Sam declared at the Veto ceremony. “Kemi and Jess, I love you guys. But right now I don’t want to create ripples in this awesome ‘Big Brother’ pool, so I wanna do what’s best for the HOH, what he’s decided, and keep noms the same. This Veto meeting is adjourned.”

It was a truly emotional week for Sam as he learned via a note in the Diary Room that his grandfather had died. The rest of the house came together to comfort Sam in his time of need, with Sam later stating that his grandfather’s death made him remember why he was playing “Big Brother” in the first place. “It made me once again realize that I am in this game for me and my family, and me and my family only,” Sam announced. “It even more pushes me to make sure that I make a great decision with using or not using this Veto. I need to figure out how I can get to the end for that 500K.”

This marks the second Veto in a row that Sam won, although last week he actually used the power to remove Cliff Hogg from the chopping block. That resulted in then-HOH Christie Murphy putting Ovi Kabir up as a replacement nominee and the house voting unanimously to evict him. This week, whoever the house votes out will join Ovi and David Alexander at Camp Comeback for a chance at returning to the game.

Current Head of Household Jack Matthews was ecstatic that Sam kept the nominations the same, proclaiming, “Sam decided not to use the Veto this week, which is huge. The plan is still on schedule for Gr8ful. Even though Sam didn’t even know he was helping us out, everything’s pretty much smooth sailing at this point and I’ve loved my HOH reign.” This makes it two weeks in a row that Gr8ful determined who went home. Will their domination continue next week?

As for the two nominees, Jessica whined, “So I’m still on the block and that really sucks. But I’m gonna keep on talking to people, create great relationships, clear my name [and] just rally to get all the votes that I need to stay here this week.” And Kemi teased, “I was really hoping that Sam would use the Veto on me — we had a nice talk last night — but I’m scrappy. I’m staying in the game. You’re not gonna see me in a Camp Comeback outfit. It doesn’t even fit my style.”

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