Paul Abrahamian: I thought I'd probably beat Josh Martinez in a 6-3 'Big Brother' vote, Alex Ow broke her word to me
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 09/21/2017
Paul Abrahamian watched $500,000 slip through his fingers when Josh Martinez was named the winner of Big Brother by only one vote. It was a brutal moment, but Paul has seemingly realized he had poor jury-management skills.
"I don't know who I could have been up there with [in Final 2] and won seeing as how all the things that I did managed the jury to be upset with me," Paul toldEntertainment Weekly following Wednesday night's finale broadcast.
If Paul had won the final Head of Household competition, he said he would've brought Josh to the Final 2 anyway.
"I thought I had a better chance with him, because he had so many crazy arguments with jury members and they didn't like him and always bad-mouthed him, so I went ahead and assumed, 'Okay, the jury is going to be pissed at me, but I know they definitely don't like Josh. And hopefully they can see my gameplay and get rid of the emotions.' Because I thought that was the point of jury roundtables. I guess not," Paul explained.
Paul said it was a "pretty gnarly" experience to listen to Big Brother host Julie Chen read the votes for Josh to win one by one. (Josh received 5 votes and Paul earned 4).
"Coming that close and falling short by one vote was definitely not easy," Paul said, admitting that he anticipated a completely different turnout.
"I thought it would probably come out to like 6-3 [votes in my favor] or something of that sort. [Alex Ow] gave me her word to give me her vote and she said she would fight for me in jury, but she didn't. She did the exact opposite, it seems like," Paul explained.
Paul apparently doesn't feel that Josh played a better Big Brother game, so the returning houseguest would not concede that the loud and emotional Miami native deserved to win.
"It's not that I don't think he played a good game. It's that countless times during the season he admitted that if it weren't for me, he wouldn't even be there. And I definitely flipped the house to keep him a few times and kinda kept him safe under my wing," Paul insisted.
"So arguably, if you're looking at it from his perspective, he attached to the vet and made it to the end, so you can't say he didn't play a good game, but I definitely think I put in more footwork during the season."
"I think there were a lot of other houseguests that showed a bit more of their personality, and just based on the way Cody kind of treated houseguests and carried himself in the house, it's not something that I really thought was impressive. But kudos to America, I guess," Paul said.