'Big Brother 16': Zach Rance on the Death of 'Zankie' and His Biggest Misstep
The third member of the jury talks to THR about the mistakes that cost him $500,000
[WARNING: Spoilers ahead from Thursday's live eviction episode of Big Brother.]
There was no saboteur on Big Brother, but for the remaining houseguests, it became an easy reason to vote out one of the most memorable personalities of the season.
Originator of the powerful Detonators alliance, 23-year-old unemployed Palm Beach, Fla. native Zach Rance, now the third member of the jury, was evicted with a 5-0 vote on Thursday. Rance blamed himself — more specifically his big mouth — for costing him the game, acknowledging that gave his alliance members and the rest of the house reason to target him week in and week out. It was a miracle he lasted this long after originally being targeted for eviction in Week 2.
Because the nine-person jury has now begun, evicted houseguests will be answering questions via email for The Hollywood Reporter following their evictions. With a juror back in the game (congrats "froot loop dingus" Nicole!), questions will only be centered on conversations, alliances and events to which they were privy. In his exit interview for THR, Rance answers 10 questions, including the death of "Zankie," why his mouth cost him $500,000 and why the Detonators wanted him out.
You acknowledged that your mouth ultimately cost you the game, which, in the past, has been an effective strategy for other houseguests. Why didn't it work for you?
I told people too much and I told them the truth. It made people not want to tell me stuff.
Had you volunteered to go up on the block opposite Donny at the start of the week instead of dealing with Skittle-Gate, do you think that could have benefited you?
Yes, because we would have won the competition, and we would have been safe for the week.
You were prepared for your eviction. Was there anything you could have done or said to extend your stay?
Nothing. Everyone wanted me gone, and neither of the girls were voting Cody out. Christine got a little too close to Cody, if you know what I mean…
What was the one move or decision you wish you could do over?
I wish I didn’t tell Victoria and Nicole my entire game.
You and Frankie were one of the strongest duos of the season when "Zankie" was at its best. What went wrong for your "best friend" to put you up on the block?
Our trust was broken and it couldn’t be fixed.
There were various moments where you could have teamed with other houseguests like Nicole and Donny. How serious were you about straying from the Detonators and should you have?
Never serious, because they had all the power. But looking back, it would not have been a bad move.
Immediately after your eviction, you weren't sure who you would target if you won HOH. Now that you've had some time to think, who would be at the top of your list?
What do you think will be Nicole's biggest obstacle now that she's re-entered the house?
Getting rid of the rest of the Detonators.
Who do you think is in the best/worst position in the house and why?
Best position: Derrick because he is extremely trustworthy. He has a very high Big Brother IQ. Worst position is Donny because everyone is coming for him.
Now that you're in the jury, which houseguest has your vote if you were to determine the winner today?
Derrick and Donny.
Big Brother next airs at 8 p.m. on Sunday on CBS.