Warning! The following contains spoilers from the Big Brother All-Stars live feeds as of Thursday, September 10. Read at your own risk!
It's officially jury season in Big Brother All-Stars, and anyone who leaves at this point will spend the rest of the game waiting to vote on who wins. With that in mind, sending friends over enemies out of the house will be crucial, and big game moves may be more important now than ever before.
Once again the main move for the rest of the house was to ensure the majority alliance didn't capture another win. With that said, there's definitely some shakiness in that alliance, and one of them winning didn't necessarily mean fans are in for another boring week. Let's get into who won, what they may do this week for nominations, and how this week may play out overall.
Dani Briones Won The HOH
After five weeks of waiting in the shadows and running gossip around the house, Dani Briones has won her first competition of Big Brother All-Stars. She looked like the first person who would drop as the credits rolled on the live episode, but Dani stayed in the game and managed to be the last woman standing on the infamous endurance wall competition.
To say Dani Briones won this competition at the right time is an understatement. People in the majority alliance have been quietly discussing knocking off one of their own before the numbers get much lower, and there was some heavy consensus that Dani would be the one to go. Fortunately for her, she's now safe this week and can make a big move of her own that she has been floating to houseguests.
How Will Dani Run Her HOH?
Dani Briones' HOH is going to be a tricky one because there is a safe option this week and a potentially terrible option for her in terms of nominations. The problem being the safe option looks like a really risky move at the moment, and the potentially terrible one is the easiest path. Knowing the majority alliance has opted for the easy path every week despite their talk of making major moves, I'm thinking this will be a rough week for Dani.
The safe play right now would be to put David Alexander on the block with Kevin Campbell. Dani would then tell the people she's closest to that her ultimate plan is to backdoor Tyler Crispen, but only if one of those two wins the veto competition. If that didn't happen, one of those two goes home, and no one in the majority alliance is all that upset.
The problem is that Dani doesn't know that David has a power that he can use to save himself from nomination after nominations are set. Dani would then have to nominate a third person ahead of the veto, and she wouldn't have a lot of non-controversial options. Putting up the observant Ian Terry would anger Nicole Franzel, nominating Da'Vonne Rogers would burn the newly-formed girls alliance, and nominating Tyler Crispen gives him a chance to win the veto and take himself down from the block.
The absolute nightmare scenario for Dani Briones is that she nominates a third person, and then one of those nominees wins the veto. This means Dani would need to find a fourth person to put up, and that three people she nominated would still be in the house. Dani would still have a bit of a safety net thanks to her power that allows her to play in the Head of Household competition again, but she'd almost absolutely have to win to guarantee she's not a target next week.
Conversely, if Dani Briones shoots from the hip and puts Tyler up on the block immediately, things may go much better for her. Unfortunately, that's like bad Big Brother Move 101. Taking a big shot at a target you're supposed to be aligned with without backdooring them is a big risk and one that gives the other houseguests more time to marinate and speculate on which cracks in the alliance they can exploit for their own game.
Plus, Dani would have to put Tyler next to someone who she knows her alliance will not vote out, which means she may need to nominate another person in her alliance. Long story short, I don't see her doing this at all, though she may wish she had when the week is done.
There is a third option where this is all avoided if Dani Briones doesn't nominate David Alexander because I truly believe the Big Brother All-Stars "rookie" will only use that power to save himself. The thing is, I really don't see any other options for Dani in terms of nominations that won't affect her in-house alliances besides Kevin Campbell. If she can somehow get Nicole Franzel's blessing to nominate Ian Terry, that's another potential easy out for her, but I think that's a real long shot now that Nicole is somewhat aware that Dani may be making deals behind her back.
I also don't see Da'Vonne Rogers as a nominee for Dani Briones this week because I do believe the women of this house see the writing on the wall (not literally). There are four of them left, and they need to stick together and take out as many men as possible to even the numbers out once again. I would be floored if Da'Vonne saw the block this week unless it was as a pawn and even then I'm not sure it'll happen. That doesn't mean Da'Vonne isn't fully believing that though, and with Bayleigh Dayton out of the house to talk her into sitting back and waiting to see what happens, she may play too hard and end up putting a target on her own back in the process.
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