There was no friendship at the Big Brother 18 finale.
In the closest final vote in five seasons, and the first ever 5-4 decision since the jury was expand to nine members, Nicole Franzel edged out the breakout star of the season Paul Abrahamian.
Despite being on the block six times, winning two veto competitions and running away with the final four challenges to secure his spot in the final two, the player who dubbed himself “Your Boy” couldn’t overcome what he believed to be a bitter jury as he told Entertainment Weekly’s Dalton Ross.
“I was a little bit shocked. I don’t know what more I could have done. The most in-house competition wins of the season, cleaning house towards the end of the game, really winning every single competition, and being up against two people who have played the game before,” Paul told Dalton Ross following the jury’s shocking decision to award Nicole the $500,000 prize. “I thought it was a no-brainer, but clearly the jury was a little bit pissed, let’s put it that way.”
Paul could have taken James to the end, instead opting to evict him at the final three. Some might argue Paul would’ve won the game had he done so, but hindsight is always 20-20.
After all, Paul was confident he could beat both of the two-time competitors in the final two.
“I honestly thought I could beat both of them by either a 7-2 or 6-3 vote. But seeing as how it ended with Nicole – especially with the enemies she had in the house – I knew James created less enemies in the house and Nicole had a little bit more heat on her, so I thought it would be my best move to take her,” Paul told Dalton Ross when asked if he took the right person to the end. “But clearly seeing how that turned out, I think it would have been the same way with James. I think there was just a slight distaste for how crazy I was.”
Paul might have been a little crazy. There’s moment after moment that corroborates that claim. But crazy isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The muffin man wouldn’t have happened if Paul weren’t a little crazy. The same can be said about the rise and fall of our good friend Pablo the Pelican.
“I know the second you guys walked through those doors, you said he’s the loud and crazy one,” Paul said in his speech to the jury on finale night.
After rattling off his accomplishments from the season, which included finding the Paris Room first and the round-trip ticket, winning his way to the end after his closest ally Victor was clipped and splitting up the biggest power couple house of Corey and Nicole at the final four, Paul finished his final plea in typical fashion.
“What I’m proud of the most is I accomplished this by staying true to my crazy self and not having to change a single thing about me,” he began. “My cards were shown this entire game because I had nothing to hide, and I told you guys I’d break some rules, but there’s one rule I’ll never break. And that’s rule number one – friendship.”
“Crap that was good,” Nicole mumbles before she started her final speech.
It was the proverbial mic drop for your boy. All the while one contestant, Da’Vonne, could not have been more animated or excited.
In the end Paul got votes from James, Victor, Michelle and Bridgette.
Nicole received five votes, with them coming from Corey, Natalie, Paulie, Zakiyah and most shockingly Da’Vonne.
With a 4-4 deadlock and one vote – Da’Vonne’s – left to read, I thought he had done it. Your boy had done the impossible. There was no vote I was more certain about Paul receiving (besides Victor’s of course) than Da’Vonne.
And then in a matter of seconds, the mood went from friendship to pissed as Julie Chen pulled the final key from the box with “Nicole” written on it.