Breakout Big Brother stars of the 2010s: Big Brother 18

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With the 2010s soon to be in the rearview mirror, we decided to look back at Big Brother seasons of the past decade. Over the next several days, we will look at the most notable breakout player from each season (in our opinion) this decade. This will mean Big Brother 12 to Big Brother 21 with Over the Top and Celebrity versions included.

With the 2010s soon to be in the rearview mirror, we decided to look back at Big Brother seasons of the past decade. Over the next several days, we will look at the most notable breakout player from each season (in our opinion) this decade. This will mean Big Brother 12 to Big Brother 21 with Over the Top and Celebrity versions included.

First up today, we will be examining the breakout star of Big Brother 18. This season pitted 4 returning houseguests against 12 new players. As usual, we tried to avoid picking a returning player since they technically already had their breakout. There were a couple of interesting players in Big Brother 18. However, one player really stood out to us above the rest. That player is Paul Abrahamian.

Big Brother 18’s breakout star: Paul Abrahamian

Big Brother 18 pitted 4 returning players against 12 newbies. 2 of the newbies had ties to former houseguests. Paulie Calafiore is Cody Calafiore’s brother and Tiffany Rousso is Vanessa Rousso’s sister.

The houseguests were immediately divided into 4 teams with 1 returning player leading the way. After a school yard pick, the teams ended up like this: Frank Eudy (returning player), Michelle Meyer, Bridgette Dunning, and Paulie made up Category 4, Da’Vonne Rogers (returning player), Zakiyah Everette, Jozea Flores, and Paul made up Big Sister, James Huling (returning player), Natalie Negrotti, Victor Arroyo III, and Bronte D’Acquisto made up Team Unicorn, while Nicole Franzel (returning player), Corey Brooks, Tiffany Rousso, and Glenn Garcia made up The Freakazoids.

At each HOH competition, houseguests would compete as individuals. However, the person who won HOH that week, earned safety for their entire team. The lowest placing team were have-nots for the week. The teams lasted until week 4.

The BB Roadkill competition was also introduced this season. Each week, an RV would be placed in the backyard and houseguests would compete in a competition inside the RV. The winner would be allowed to name a 3rd nominee. This twist lasted until the end of week 4.

Paul started off Big Brother 18 on the wrong foot. As soon as the returnees came into the game, he immediately aligned with Jozea and Victor hoping to take out the returnees.

When Nicole’s team lost the first 2 parts of the HOH Competition, one of them was going to be eliminated in the 3rd part. Glenn lost the competition and became the 1st person evicted. However, The Freakazoids got to decide which of the 3 of them left would be the new HOH. They chose Nicole, to the dismay of the newbies who wanted a returnee out.

Nicole nominated Jozea and Paulie for eviction, with the intention of targeting Jozea. Frank won the roadkill competition and named Paul the 3rd nominee. Paul won the POV to save himself that week and Frank named Bridgette the replacement nominee. At the live eviction, Paul and Jozea were blindsided when Jozea was evicted 7-4-0.

After Jozea’s eviction, Paul began to work with the returnees and building trust with the other houseguests. In week 2, Paulie won HOH and nominated Bronte and Paul for eviction, with the intention of backdooring Victor. Victor won the roadkill competition and named Tiffany the 3rd nominee. Paulie won the POV that week and used it to save Paul. Victor was named the replacement nominee and evicted 9-1-0.

In week 3, Bridgette won HOH and nominated Paul alongside Tiffany for eviction, with the intention of targeting Tiffany. Frank won his 2nd roadkill competition and named Bridgette’s closest ally, Bronte the 3rd nominee. Bridgette also won the POV that week but chose not to use it. At the live eviction, Bronte was evicted 5-4-0 over Tiffany and Paul. Paul received no votes.

Paul was finally able to stay off the block in weeks 4 and 5. In week 4, he helped his ally Paulie evicted Tiffany. In week 5, Victor returned the house after winning the Battle Back Competition and formed the Sitting Ducks alliance with Paul. Paul also helped James evict Frank.

In week 6, Paul won his first HOH Competition of the season. Paul nominated Bridgette and Paulie for eviction, with the intention of evicting Bridgette or Da’Vonne. Paulie won the POV that week and used it to save himself from eviction. Paul named Da’Vonne the replacement nominee and she was evicted 6-2.

Paul was able to stay safe through week 7’s double eviction as well as week 8. During week 7, James received a care package from America that allowed him to block two eviction votes on the front end of the double. He chose to block Paul and Corey’s votes.

Paulie’s ally Zakiyah was blindsided in a 3-2 vote at the first live eviction as a result. On the back end of the double eviction, Paul helped take out Michelle. In week 8, Paul helped Victor blindside his former ally Paulie.

In week 9, Natalie won HOH. Michelle received a care package from America that made her Co-HOH. Natalie nominated Victor for eviction and Michelle nominated Paul. Paul won the POV to save himself that week and Michelle named Corey the replacement nominee. Victor was evicted for a 2nd time in a 2-1 vote. Paul was the lone vote to keep Victor.

In week 10, Victor won the Battle Back Competition again and re-entered the house. Nicole won HOH and nominated Michelle and Paul for eviction. Nicole also won the POV that week and chose not to use it. At the live eviction, the vote came back 2-2. Nicole broke the tie and chose to evict Michelle, saving Paul.

Paul was able to remain safe in week 11. During this time, Paul helped Victor evict Natalie.

Week 12 was a double eviction. In the front end of the double eviction, Corey won HOH and nominated Paul and Victor for eviction, with the intention of targeting Victor. Nicole won POV that round and chose not to use it. Victor was evicted 2-0.

Paul won HOH on the back end of the double eviction. He chose to nominate Corey and Nicole for eviction, with the intention of targeting Corey. Paul also won the POV that round and chose not to use it.  This meant James had the sole vote to evict that week. James chose to evict Corey.

At the final 3, Paul won the final HOH of the season. By default, James and Nicole were nominated for eviction. Paul decided to evict James, bringing Nicole with him to the final 2. On the final vote, Paul fell one vote short of victory as Nicole won Big Brother 18 in a 5-4 vote. Paul garnered votes from James, Victor, Michelle, and Bridgette. Many feel that Paul would have won had he taken James instead of Nicole.

While you could make an argument that Victor and Paulie deserve the nod as the breakout star of Big Brother 18, Paul’s game was lightyears better. It is really his jury management that was the problem. Not only this but he was a memorable character as well with his catchphrases. For this, Paul earns the nod as the breakout star of Big Brother 18.

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Who is your breakout star of Big Brother 18? Let us know in the comments!