The single 35-year-old geographic consultant and gay rodeo champion from Dallas, TX became the second houseguest evicted from Big Brother's tenth season during last night's live broadcast of the CBS reality show.
Steven was revealed to be evicted from the Big Brother house on Day 16 by a unanimous 9-0 vote after he was placed on the chopping block by the competition's second Head of Household Jessie Godderz, a single 22-year-old bodybuilder from Huntington Beach, CA.
Along with Steven, Jessie had nominated Dan Gheesling, a single 24-year-old Catholic high school teacher from Dearborn, MI, for eviction during Sunday night's Big Brother 10 broadcast. Both Steven and Dan had aligned themselves withBig Brother 10'sfirst evicted playerBrian Hart, causing them to find themselves on the block.
Dan's strategy while on the block was to portray himself as a "weak player," so he kept a low profile in the days following Brian's eviction. The same couldn't be said for Steven, who lobbied for his safety and tried to turn the house against Libra Thompson, a married 31-year-old human resources representative and mother of three from Spring, TX.
Despite Steven's best efforts, Michelle Costa, a single 28-year-old real estate agent from Cumberland, RI, won the Power of Veto competition during Tuesday night's broadcast.
Since she's in an alliance with Jessie; Robert "Memphis" Garrett, a single 25-year-old mixologist and party planner from Los Angeles, CA; and Angie Swindell, a single 29-year-old pharmaceutical sales representative from Orlando, FL, Michelle ultimately decided to keep the nominations the same.
"I was very elated," said Dan about Michelle's decision. "At this point, my plan to make sure that everyone thinks I'm a weak player has been very successful. Everyone wants Steven out of the house because he's such a huge physical threat."
Keesha Smith, a single 29-year-old Hooters waitress from Burbank, CA, had formed a friendship with Steven and didn't want him out of the house. However she had joined an alliance with Libra; April Dowling, a single 30-year-old finance manager from Higley, AZ; and Bryan Ollie, a single 27-year-old marketing sales representative from Bloomington, MN, at the onset of the competition and now felt committed to it despite wanting out.
However Steven decided to use Keesha's friendship, and he approached Keesha, April, Ollie and Libra as to why he's on the chopping block. Ollie explained it all went back to Steven's relationship with Brian.
"I just feel like I'm just under this cloud of Brian that won't go away," opined Steven.
Steven then explained that he didn't even vote to keep Brian and reminded the other houseguests that it was Dan who was the lone vote to keep Brian. While April, Libra and Keesha said Steven was the stronger competitor than Dan, Steven countered by claiming he could be a better ally for them than Dan.
"If you can give me a chance, I can be on your side," Steven told them, pledging his vote to April, Ollie, Keesha and Libra if they'd instead vote to evict Dan.
The foursome discussed the offer and seriously considered it -- especially since they were aware of the four-person alliance of Jessie, Michelle, Angie and Memphis.
While Dan was portraying himself as weak, he was smart enough to approach Jessie and pledge his allegiance should he not be evicted at the upcoming ceremony. Jessie and Michelle appreciated Dan's pledge and promised him that all would be good and Steven would be given the boot.
However a line between the two four-person alliances was quickly being drawn, as April complained to Libra and Keesha that Angie was "conniving." Keesha then suggested it might be in their alliances' best interest to evict Dan.
"It would definitely be like throwing the first stone at the other alliance if we voted to keep Steven," said Keesha.
The live portion of last night's Big Brother 10 broadcast then commenced and Steven's final comments seemed to be an indication that he knew his fate was already sealed.
"At the beginning when we moved in, I made a choice. I immediately regret that decision," began Steven.
"But looking back on what I've learned in this house, I've learned some amazing things. For example, did you know it takes several thousand volts of electricity to make the gas in a neon light glow? I also learned that derriere is the hardest porno password ever, and it's not delivery, it's DiGiorno. So as I look back I just have to ask myself, 'What would Willy do?' I would like to tell you all one last message: Suck it bitches!"
It didn't get him anywhere -- as Michelle; Angie; Jerry MacDonald, a married 75-year-old former Marine and retired marketing executive from Magnolia, TX; Libra; April; Ollie; Renny Martyn, a married 53-year-old hair salon owner from Metairie, LA; and Keesha all voted to oust Steven.
Steven then gathered his belongings and exited the house before being met by Julie and a live studio audience. Julie asked Steven which was harder -- riding a bull or playing Big Brother.
"This game... A bull ride only lasts eight seconds," answered Steven.
"There is a part of me that's very glad to be out. It's a very hard game. It stresses you out a lot. There's a lot that goes on. It's really hard for me to be apart from my friends and family back home."
Following Steven's eviction, the 11 remaining houseguests -- minus Jessie, who as the outgoing HoH, was deemed ineligible to compete -- competed in the tenth season's second HoH competition.
Dubbed "Alien Abduction," Julie explained that several items had gone missing from the house and the houseguests were about to be quizzed on exactly what had been abducted.
The houseguests would face each other two at a time and be asked which of four rooms in the house was something taken from. But to make things more difficult, the answer "not missing" was also an option. The winner of each round would then get to select which two houseguests would face off next.
Keesha was the last houseguest standing and became Big Brother 10's first female HoH.
Big Brother 10's next episode will air Sunday, July 27 at 8PM ET/PT on CBS.