'Big Brother 16': Nicole Franzel on Her Biggest Mistake and No. 1 Target

The third jury member (and self-proclaimed superfan) explains to THR why her game fell short
Nicole Franzel on 'Big Brother 16'

[WARNING: Spoilers from Thursday’s live eviction episode of Big Brother.]

There’s a first time for everything.

Big Brother evicted Nicole Franzel, the 22-year-old recent nursing school graduate from small-town Michigan, a houseguest who started the week in the ultimate power position (Head of Household) only to be evicted by the end of it — the first time the CBS reality series has pulled that off. The odds weren’t in Franzel’s favor. After losing her closest ally, Hayden Voss, in last week’s action-packed double eviction following alliance betrayals, Franzel blindly trusted HOH Christine Brecht to follow through with their pact not to backdoor the other. It didn’t matter. With the threat of a returning jury member looming, the Detonators opted to keep the numbers on their side, evicting Franzel by a unanimous 6-0 vote Thursday.

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 returning to the game next week, questions will only be centered on conversations, alliances and events they were privy to. In her exit interview for THR, Franzel answers 10 questions, including her biggest regrets and No. 1 target.

When you and Christine were co-HOHs at the start of the week, you both promised that you wouldn’t backdoor the other. What do you think changed?

I think that she wanted me out of the house from the start so once she found an excuse to use, she utilized it.

Would you have put Christine on the block had you stayed HOH?

I honestly don’t think I would have. Worst-case scenario, I would have put up Victoria if Frankie won the veto.

What do you think contributed to The Rationale alliance falling apart?


How serious were you about working with Zach and why do you think it didn’t happen?

I wasn’t serious about working with Zach. I could never trust him and he’s not serious about anything.

What was one move or decision you would do differently?

Not telling Cody about information Christine and I discussed.

How would you change your strategy knowing what you know now?

I would keep my mouth shut a lot more.

Was there anything you could have done or said to extend your stay inside the house?

I definitely think there are things that I could have said that could have possibly saved me, but I wouldn’t have been happy with myself if I made up stuff. Plus, I was sitting next to Donny, who is one of my favorite people in the house.

Julie hinted that there’s a chance you may be able to return to the game. Who would be your target if you re-entered the house?


Who do you think is in the best/worst position in the house and why?

Best position: Derrick. Everybody loves him; he’s made a deal with everyone in the house. Worst position: Donny because he’s the odd man out.

How serious are you about continuing a romance with Hayden after the game is over?

Not serious. I mean it is a big deal that he was the fifth person I kissed in my life but I don’t know how possible it would be …

Big Brother next airs 8 p.m. Sunday on CBS.

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