'Big Brother' evicts Claire Rehfuss and Alyssa Lopez in special live double eviction
By Steven Rogers, 09/10/2021
Big Brother's Season 23 houseguests evicted Claire Rehfuss and Alyssa Lopez from the Big Brother house and determined the season's final six houseguests during Thursday night's live double eviction episode on CBS.
Claire and Alyssa's evictions completed the season-long efforts of six-person "The Cookout" alliance's plan to ensure that Big Brother 23's final houseguests would all be people of color and the Big Brother season will have a minority winner.
Claire, a 25-year-old artificial intelligence engineer from Chagrin Falls, OH who currently resides in New York, NY, was evicted from the Big Brother house over Xavier Prather, a 27-year-old attorney from Kalamazoo, MI via a 4-1 vote.
Hannah Chaddha, a 21-year-old graduate student from Chicago, IL, was the only houseguest to vote for Xavier's eviction.
Hannah cast her vote for Xavier in an attempt to cause her The Cookout allies to question the loyalty of Kyland Young, a 29-year-old account executive from San Bernardino County, CA who currently resides in Venice Beach, CA.
Claire had been nominated for eviction by Head of Household Tiffany Mitchell, who put Claire on the chopping block after Alyssa -- Tiffany's original target for eviction -- won the week's Power Of Veto competition and used it to remove herself from danger.
Tiffany, a 40-year-old phlebotomist from Detroit, MI, nominated Claire, a Caucasian woman, for eviction even though the women had formed an alliance in the house after telling Claire she could not be responsible for ending the game of one of season's people of color.
After she was evicted, Claire told Big Brother host Julie Chen she completely understood Tiffany's decision.
"This game has been played for a long time, and a lot of times people of color aren't looked out for in the game and they go out early," Claire told Julie.
"And Tiffany felt she had to do what she had to do -- what she said she was going to do coming here. And it's awful that I'm here, and I wish I wasn't -- I wish it wasn't at my expense -- but I will never be mad at Tiffany for sticking to what she believes in and doing what she feels is right.
Following Claire's eviction, Big Brother's remaining Season 23 houseguests competed in the next Head of Household competition. As the outgoing HoH, Tiffany was not eligible to compete in the competition.
Hannah ended up winning the Head of Household competition, a memory challenge which required the houseguests to remember the appearances of a comic-book action words that were shown on a series of grid images.
Hannah then nominated Xavier and Alyssa for eviction after falsely telling Alyssa that Xavier was her target and she didn't think Alyssa would be evicted.
During their conversation, Hannah told Alyssa, a 24-year-old swimwear designer from Sarasota, FL, she was merely nominating Alyssa to prevent her from being able to vote to keep Xavier, who had formed an alliance with Alyssa over the course of the season.
All the houseguests except for Kyland -- who was selected to sit-out via a random draw -- then participated in the Power of Veto competition.
A puzzle challenge, the Power of Veto competition required the houseguests to complete a three-dimensional puzzle of the "BB Comics" logo.
Xavier won the PoV competition, allowing him to remove himself from the chopping block. Hannah then nominated Kyland for eviction in Xavier's place.
Alyssa was then voted out of the Big Brother house via a 3-1 vote.
While Xavier voted to evict Kyland, the three remaining voters -- Tiffany; Azah Awasum, a 30-year-old director of sales operations from Baltimore, MD; and Derek Frazier, a 29-year-old safety officer from Philadelphia, PA -- all voted for Alyssa's eviction.
Big Brother 23 marks the first time in Big Brother history that a season's final six houseguests are all people of color.