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Holly Allen of Big Brother almost threw the last HOH competition

She tried to explain to the jury that she was playing her own game, but in the end Holly Allen’s game was not considered as strong as that of her showmaking partner. Holly could not get the big win in Season 21 of Big Brother and became runner-up to friend and master Jackson Michie, but she still overtook everyone else in the game.

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Shortly after she left the house, we talked to Holly to see if she had a chance of winning, if she’d somehow get Nicole off the hook, if she’d gotten the housekeeping and what it was, as if it had to to sit in the middle of the explosion of Jackson and Tommy. And she baffled us when she revealed that she was considering leaving Michie and nearly thrown in the second part of the last HOH contest for Nicole to finish.

WEEKLY ENTERTAINMENT: So when you knew that you and Michie would end up, did you do a jury math in your head and how did you imagine?

HOLLY ALLEN:Honestly, I thought it was pretty close. I did not know if Christie and Tommy would give me their votes. Actually, I thought that I would have the voice of my sister, so I threw myself on a loop. I know that Christie and Tommy are big players, but they were some of my best friends in the house. I did not know what their vote would be like. And I was afraid that I had not shown them my cards enough before they left because I was so under the radar, so reserved, and I should have told them more about my strategy in my farewell news, and so I too messed up , But I thought it was close. I thought Michie probably would, but I was not sure.

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You and Michie had a rocky showmance at times in the house. A little on again off again at times. What do you think happens to your game if you two don’t get back together?

I thought about staging a breakup just for strategic reasons, but I think we were better as a duo. And of course it was rocky. We are locked in a cage around the clock and can not really talk freely about things because we are being watched. Therefore we do not understand the communication style and everything else. But in the end, we were both there for the game, and we knew we were better together, that we were power players, and that it was important to stick together at the game level. It also helped us to keep everything at bay.

Let’s talk about how you were this close to being eliminated at the final 5. Michie then makes up the lie about Tommy and you’re saved. What are you feeling as Tommy is sitting there sobbing and yelling and asking how you as such a decent person can allow this to happen?

Dalton, I was gutted. That was one of the hardest moments of the summer. Tommy is one of my best friends. I adore him and did not want to hurt him, but I did not know if that was my lifeline. I also did not know if it would do the opposite and certainly sent me out the door, because at that point I really did not know where the heads of Nicole and Cliff were.

So I did not know if Jackson would save me, and I did not play such a game. I knew he had to make every last effort, but I preached honesty, integrity all along, and it would not have been a move I’d made, but at the same time my life was at stake. My only hope was that it would work, and hurt at the same time, if I knew I was ready and allowed Tommy to get hurt.

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I just hate that that happened, but in the end my life was saved. Cliff and Nicole told me what saved me in the game was my answer. They took everything with Michie and Tommy aside and focused on how I pleaded my case, and they told me that’s why I stayed. This makes me feel better that I have kept myself in the game and that the boys ultimately had nothing to do with it.

Speaking of the tough times department, how hard was it to have to throw that final 4 competition? And had Michie not been urging you to drop do you think you would have just stayed on and played?

No, I think I would have dropped regardless. I knew that I had to. I just, I actually wanted to stay up there longer because I felt awkward making it so blatantly obvious that I was throwing it. And I figured Nicole would be able to hang on for a little while, so I was going to talk to her and see how long she wanted to stay up there. I didn’t want to drop right away, but I knew in my heart I couldn’t go back on my word after I looked him in the eyes, after I’d shaken our hands. I just knew I couldn’t go back on it. I just wanted to hang up there a little longer. It was fun. I was having fun, and I was so excited to play that comp. It sucked.

I love to play a little game called Big Brother What-If. We know what happened going up against Michie in the finals. How do you think you do in a final two against Nicole?

It occurred to me to throw it and let Nicole win, because if Nicole won part three then I thought she would probably take me to the final against Michie. And in that case, I thought I could win against them, so I thought of throwing part two of this last HOH. But it was a game of chance. And so I just could not, ah, too late in the game to play.

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Holly, is there any scenario, had you won the final part of that last HOH, that you would have brought Nicole instead of Michie to the end?


That was on my mind. I haven’t slept this week because it was constantly on my mind. And of course, a part of me wanted to on a game level, because going up against Michie, I figured that the result would be him walking out with $500,000, and me not. Of course, it crossed my mind. And I love Nicole and I would’ve loved to have two females standing up there, especially because we’re very fatigued, we are very quiet typically. And I would have loved to sit next to her, but I just don’t think I could have felt morally okay with turning my back on Michie. After everything we’ve been through, it just wouldn’t have sat well with me on a moral standpoint.

You’re out of the house now, the showmance is now over. Now, what about the romance? What’s your future with Michie outside of the house?

We’re seven years apart and have a lot of very, very different interests, and we know that. We’ve acknowledged it since the beginning. The one thing we promised to one another before anything started romantically is that regardless of how it turned out, we would be friends forever. And so as of right now, we have some travels planned, we have some fun things planned, but we’re taking it one day at a time. If romance happens now or maybe later on down the road, great. If it doesn’t, great. I have a best friend.

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What’s the first thing you want to do now that you’re out of the house?

Go to my dog, but I do not know if I can do it. I dont know. There is so much freedom. I have so many options. I dont know. Breathe fresh air, see my family again. They were in the audience. But I really just want to see my dog.

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