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'Big Brother' crowns Ian Terry fourteenth-season winner over Dan Gheesling


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 09/20/2012 

Big Brother crowned houseguest Ian Terry its fourteenth-season champion during Wednesday night's live finale broadcast of the CBS reality competition.

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Ian, a 21-year-old engineering student from Pittsburgh, PA who currently resides in New Orleans, LA, took home Big Brother 14's $500,000 grand prize on Day 75 via a landslide 6-1 jury vote over returning houseguest Dan Gheesling, a 28-year-old teacher and high school football coach who won the show's tenth season in 2008. For finishing in the runner-up spot, Dan received $50,000.

"This is easily the best moment of my entire life. I don't know how the hell I pulled it off, especially after the first week I had. But quack, quack! That's all I have to say!" Ian said after winning Big Brother.
 
Ian received jury votes from previously-evicted Big Brother houseguests Jenn Arroyo, Joe Arvin, Frank Eudy, Ashley Iocco, Shane Meaney, and returning houseguest Britney Haynes.

Danielle Murphree -- a 23-year-old nurse from Grant, AL who currently resides in Tuscaloosa, AL, who had been the third member of the season's final three houseguests -- was the only person to vote for Dan to win, saying her only reason for doing so was to finish playing the loyal game she had maintained throughout the entire season.
 
Ian and Dan became Big Brother's final two fourteenth-season houseguests after they competed in the third phase of the season's final Head of Household competition earlier in the live finale. 

Since she had failed to win either of the competition's first two phases, Danielle was not eligible to compete in the third and final phase. Dan, who had won the first phase because he had convinced both Ian and Danielle to throw it, squared off in the final heat against Ian, who had won the second phase of the challenge against Danielle fair and square.

Similar to the third part of prior seasons' final HoH competitions, Big Brother host Julie Chen read the beginning of a statement one of the season's first six jury members had made while they were in the jury house. Ian and Dan's goal was to guess which of two possible endings was correct. The houseguest with the most correct answers after the six statements were read would be crowned the final HoH and get to choose which other Final 3 houseguest would advance to the jury vote alongside him.

Both men proved to be good at guessing the proper statements, as Ian and Dan guessed the first two statements correctly. However, Ian pulled ahead and maintained a steady lead once he answered the next three statements correctly and Dan got them all wrong -- resulting in Ian winning the competition and being crowned the season's final HoH.

Ian -- who had previously made a Final 2 deal with Dan and worried Danielle was too likeable amongst the jury members -- then opted to evict Danielle.

"Guys, as you know, it makes me physically ill that I have to choose between two 'Quack Packers.' Danielle, you're the sweetest person I ever met in my life but I have to honor my commitment to Dan. So I vote to evict Danielle, sorry," Ian announced.

Danielle was shocked by her eviction and didn't know whether Dan really had her back the entire time or had deceived her along the way.

"[Ian] told me to my face he couldn't win against me, and he said he could win against Dan," Danielle told Julie in her post-eviction interview.

"He says that I have too many friends on the jury. I maybe [believe that], but I think it's a cowardly way to go out. I'm a little confused. I don't really know whether to believe Dan through the competition because he thought he could win maybe with my vote in his speech. I really don't know what to think."

The seven jury members then got to each ask either Ian or Dan one of the questions they had all previously agreed upon as a group. The questions ranged from moral and ethical issues this season to why they simply deserved to win Big Brother.

Afterward, Ian and Dan were each allowed to make a final statement, after which the jury members cast their votes for Big Brother's fourteenth-season champion.

Dan insisted he did everything he could to get himself to the end because he wasn't a physical threat to win competitions nor was he the most popular guy in the house like Britney or Shane Meaney. He apologized for potentially hurting or offending anyone by his series of lies but explained it was absolutely necessary for him to play a "ruthless" game considering his position and limitations.

Meanwhile, Ian argued he had played a respectable honest and loyal game in which he had made bold, strategic moves on his own for his own benefit. In addition to calling Dan out for his "disgusting" gameplay and consistent backstabbing, Ian backed his social and strategic game with his numerous HoH and Power of Veto victories in clutch situations.

After Ian's victory was announced near the end of the 90-minute broadcast, Julie also revealed Frank Eudy had won the season's "America's Favorite Houseguest" viewer vote and will receive its $25,000 prize.

(Photo credit CBS)


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