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You know what Julie Chen says: Expect the unexpected. But this is 2020, so Big Brother All-Stars played the exact opposite of what many of us Big Brother fans would like: It was expected. After Nicole Franzel and Cody Calafiore were on the committee – the big alliance that dominated the house for most of the season – they were in the last three along with Enzo Palumbo (who was basically also part of the committee). And the winner was who many of us had predicted it would be weeks back.

At the beginning of the week, the last three house guests played part one of the last three Head of Household competitions. In the well-known long-distance competition, Palumbo fell out first, and Franzel was able to hold out longer than Calafiore. That meant Palumbo and Calafiore had to face each other next.

Nicole Franzel, Cody Califiore, Enzo Palumbo and Big Brother All Stars

For the second competition, the house guests had to walk over a balance beam at certain intervals and swing huge pigs in order to take three photos with no pigs visible. It turned out to be quite complicated for Palumbo, who took more than 30 minutes to complete, as opposed to Calafiore, who did it in just over four minutes. Palumbo didn’t handle his loss well and tried to convince Franzel that neither of them could win against Calafiore.

But it doesn’t matter: Calafiore defeated Nicole in the last live competition – by just one point. In a flashback of season 16, Calafiore had to pick the last person to be evicted from the All-Stars house. Both Franzel and Palumbo pleaded for their cases, saying they were his number two all season. But with tears in his eyes, Calafiore drove Franzel away. Franzel was full of tears himself and told Chen in her Exit interview that she didn’t see it coming at all, but she applauded Calafiore’s game and said she had no grudges.

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Franzel joined the other eight members of the jury so they could grill the last two house guests. Calafiore had a big resume this season, and he went on to boast: he won four HOHs, four vetos, and scored a more aggressive game than his first season. Palumbo, on the other hand, said he used Calafiore “as a weapon” by manipulating him with his social play – “and I have won some competitions,” he added. He could tell no one was aiming at him, but Calafiore pointed out that he wasn’t brought onto the block until that evening.

But it seemed that most of the jurors had their opinions before hearing the answers to the questions or the speeches of the last two. Cody Calafiore has been named the season’s winner – and joins Dan Gheesling as the only other winner chosen unanimously. And the winners don’t stop there: Da’Vonne was named America’s Favorite House Guest.

And that’s a wrap for Big Brother All-Stars. As with anything in 2020, we can always hope for a better year next!

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