List of Big Brother 4 houseguests (U.S.)
The fourth edition of the American reality series Big Brother featured a total of thirteen HouseGuests competing for the grand prize. 10 of the new HouseGuests had an ex-boyfriend or girlfriend in the house playing the game as well. The exes had no effect on the format of the game, and only featured personal consequences.
Alison Irwin (born August 7, 1980, in Pennsylvania), 33, was a retail sales manager from Meadville, Pennsylvania. Alison's ex-boyfriend, Justin Giovinco, was also a HouseGuest due to the "X-Factor" twist. She had a boyfriend, Donnie, outside of the house, but became known in the house for using her looks to advance in the game. She was caught sharing a bed and kissing the majority of the male HouseGuests, a strategy which she used to avoid nomination. Though she had flirtatious relationships with nearly all of the men, she most frequently flirted and slept with Nathan, as she saw him as "gullible" and a strong competitor. When Alison won a luxury dinner in the third week, she chose to take Nathan with her. Her relationship with Nathan later led to him using the Golden Power of Veto on her after she was nominated by Dana. Despite their relationship, Alison later played a part in his eviction during the fifth week. Out of the three times the Power of Veto was used this season, it was used on Alison each time. Due to her manipulative gameplay, Alison had no true friends in the house, but did form a girls alliance with Jun and Erika towards the end of the season. Being one of the first eight to enter, Alison was also a member of the Elite 8 alliance formed shortly before the exes entered the game. Alison was the fourth Head of Household of the season, and evicted Dana from the house, who had nominated her the previous week. She won the eighth Power of Veto competition before Jun cast her nominations, which resulted in Jun nominating Alison. Jun later stated she feared Alison would Veto either Jee or Robert and make a deal with them, therefore nominating her ensured Alison would save herself. In the Final Four, Robert nominated Alison and Jun for eviction. Alison later won the "Stairway to Veto" final Power of Veto competition, and saved herself. She then cast the sole vote to evict Erika. Alison won the endurance portion of the Final Head of Household competition, and beat Jun in the final part, making her the Final Head of Household of the season. She chose to take Jun with her to the Final Two. The Jury of Seven expressed their displeasure with Jun and Alison being the Final Two, as the two had played manipulative and deceptive games. On Day 82, Alison was crowned the Runner-Up in a six to one Jury vote, only receiving Nathan's vote.
Alison is one of only two HouseGuests to make it to the Final Two without being nominated on eviction night, the other being Big Brother 5 winner Drew Daniel. Alison is often referred to as one of the best players to ever play the game, based on her performance in Big Brother 4. While on Big Brother 7, host Julie Chen referred to Alison as one of the most brutal players to play the game. Following her appearance on Big Brother 4, Alison portrayed herself on an episode of the CBS sitcom Yes Dear, in which main character Jimmy is selected to participate in a season of Big Brother. Alison and then boyfriend Donald "Donnie" Patrick appeared on The Amazing Race 5 in 2004, where they came in 10th place. Alison was picked by producers to participate in Big Brother: All Stars in 2006. Alison was the first person evicted, coming in 14th place. Despite her early eviction, Alison made a brief appearance later in the season when she "stole" an item from the house for a Head of Household competition.
Amanda Craig (born 1978) was a bar manager from Chicago, Illinois. Amanda's ex-boyfriend, Scott Weintraub, was also a HouseGuest this season due to the "X-Factor" twist. Amanda's presence in the house played a role in Scott's ultimate breakdown and expulsion from the game during the first week. Despite her short stay in the house, Amanda went on to make Big Brother history when she and David had sex in the Head of Household bedroom. This marked the first time in the US version of the series that two HouseGuests had sex in the house. Amanda was nominated in the first week by Head of Household Nathan, as she had been one of the five exes to enter the game late in the first night. She was ultimately evicted on Day 12. She came in 12th place.
Brandon C. Showalter, 38, was a computer engineer from Newport Beach, California. Brandon was disqualified from the show prior to entering the house for allegedly contacting his girlfriend during sequester. He was replaced by Jee.
Dana Varela (born in 1975 in Queens, New York) was a karate school manager from Queens, New York. Dana was one of three HouseGuests to not have an ex enter the game, along with Nathan and Jack. Being one of the first eight HouseGuests to enter on the first night, Dana became a member of the Elite 8. Her loyalty to the alliance was questioned early on, however, as she was often seen bonding with Justin, Jee and Robert. She was disliked by numerous HouseGuests, including Alison, Nathan and Scott, the latter of which dubbed her "Man Troll" due to her boyish nature. She did have close friendships with Jee, Robert and Jun, and had a somewhat romantic relationship with Alison's ex-boyfriend Justin. Dana barely beat out Nathan to win the first Golden Power of Veto of the season, and ultimately chose not to use it. Dana won the third Head of Household competition, and made the shocking decision to nominate Alison and Jack for eviction, going against the Elite 8. The move ultimately led to the downfall of the alliance, and turned the majority of the house against Dana. When Nathan won the Power of Veto and saved his romantic partner Alison, Dana named David the replacement nominee, resulting in his eviction. When Alison won the following Head of Household competition, she nominated Dana for eviction. On Day 33, Dana was evicted in a unanimous six to zero vote. She came in 9th place. She was the first member of the Jury of Seven, and voted for Jun to win.
Following her appearance on the series, Dana was a candidate to return for Big Brother 7 in 2006, but ultimately was not selected to return. She did, however, blog about the season for CBS along with other previous HouseGuests.
David Lane (born 1982) was a former Army ranger from Deerfield Beach, Florida. His ex-girlfriend, Michelle Maradie, was also a HouseGuest due to the "X-Factor" twist. He had a close friendship with Erika and Jack, and a cordial relationship with his ex, Michelle. He had a flirtatious relationship with Alison, as did the majority of the male HouseGuests. David and Amanda later had sex during the first week in the Head of Household bedroom, making it the first time in the US version of the series that this act occurred. David was the winner of the second Power of Veto competition, and chose to leave nominations the same. He was nominated in the third week as a replacement nominee for Alison, after Nathan used the Power of Veto to save her. He was evicted on Day 26 in a five to two vote. He came in 10th place.
Erika Landin (born December 5, 1969), 44, was a Pilates instructor from Los Angeles, California. Her ex-boyfriend, Robert Roman, was also a HouseGuest this season due to the "X-Factor" twist. Robert admitted to cheating on Erika with one of her co-workers, and she later took credit for getting the woman fired. While in the house, Erika formed a close bond and relationship with HouseGuest Jack, whom she later revealed she looked up to as a father figure. She also had close friendships with David and Robert in the house. Erika came under fire when she used several derogatory terms in reference to Korean HouseGuest Jee, when she referred to him as "fresh off the boat" and a "Korean piece of shit". Being one of the first to enter on the first night, Erika was a member of the Elite 8 during its existence. Towards the end of the season, Erika formed an all girls alliance with Jun and Alison, but also had a deal with her ex-boyfriend Robert. She was nominated during the second week by Jee, but the Elite 8 kept her in the game. She was the sixth Head of Household of the season after winning the first endurance Head of Household competition of the season. She nominated Justin and ex-boyfriend Robert for eviction, with the former being evicted. The following week, she was nominated alongside Jack by Head of Household Jee, but she ultimately survived the eviction in a two to one vote. She was nominated for a third time in the Final Four after Alison saved herself with the Power of Veto. On Day 68, Alison cast the sole vote to evict Erika from the house. She came in 4th place. She was the sixth member of the jury, and voted for Jun to win.
In 2006, Erika was voted back into the Big Brother house for Big Brother: All Stars, along with Alison Irwin. Erika ultimately came in 2nd place against Mike "Boogie" Malin.
Jack Allen Owens, Jr. (born 1944, in Gatesville, Texas), 72, was a retired FBI agent from Birmingham, Alabama. Jack previously held the record for the oldest HouseGuest to play the game at 58, until Big Brother 10 HouseGuest Jerry MacDonald, who was 75. Jack is one of three HouseGuests this season to not have an ex in the house, along with Nathan and Dana. Jack believed his past as an FBI agent would help him in the game, and often profiled the other HouseGuests. He had a close friendship with HouseGuest Erika, who later revealed she saw him as a father figure. He also had a close friendship with David, and since leaving the house has a good friendship with eventual winner Jun Song. Jack was nominated in the third, fifth and seventh weeks, being evicted in the seventh week against his closest ally Erika. He came in 6th place. He was the fourth member of the Jury of Seven, and voted for Jun to win.
Following his appearance on the series, Jack returned to participate in a Power of Veto competition during Big Brother: All Stars in 2006. The competition was based upon a luxury competition from Big Brother 4.
Jee Choe (born 1980) was a bookkeeper from Elmhurst, New York. His ex-girlfriend, Jun Song, appeared as a HouseGuest this season due to the "X-Factor" twist. He is Korean, as is Jun. Jee was originally not a member of the cast, but was selected to participate after Brandon Showalter was removed from the cast list for contacting his girlfriend. Being one of the five exes to enter later in the first night, Jee was immediately in the minority due to the Elite 8 alliance. Following the eviction of exes Amanda and Michelle, Jee was in an alliance with fellow exes Robert and Justin. Though they dubbed themselves the "Dream Team", they were often referred to as the "Three Stooges" by the other HouseGuests. Jee was nominated in the first week against Amanda by Head of Household Nathan. He ultimately survived the eviction on Day 12, and won the Head of Household competition minutes later. He nominated Erika and Michelle for eviction, causing Erika to make numerous racist remarks about Jee. Despite Jee wanting Erika evicted, Michelle was evicted on Day 19. Jee went on to win the seventh Head of Household competition on Day 47, following ally Justin's eviction. He nominated Erika and Jack for eviction, again targeting Erika. Despite his wishes, Jack was evicted in a two to one vote. Jee's ex-girlfriend Jun won the following Head of Household competition and nominated Jee next to Alison. On Day 61, Jee was evicted in a unanimous two to zero vote. He came in 5th place. He was the fifth member of the Jury of Seven, and voted for Jun to win.
Jun Song (born July 19, 1975, in Seoul, South Korea), 38, was an investment manager from New York City, New York. Her ex-boyfriend, Jee Choe, was also a HouseGuest this year due to the "X-Factor" twist. Jun became known for her deceptive and manipulative gameplay, and was disliked by the majority of the house. She was a member of the Elite 8 alliance, though was also working with the "Dream Team", as was her ally Dana. Towards the end of the season she also formed an all girls alliance with Erika and Alison. Jun's gameplay led to numerous altercations with other HouseGuests, including Nathan and Robert. Jun also used the strategy of cooking frequently for the other HouseGuests, believing they would want to keep her due to her food. She was nominated in the fourth week by Head of Household Alison against her ally Dana, but she unanimously survived the eviction. She won the sixth Power of Veto competition, and the eighth Head of Household competition. For winning that HoH, Jun won a trip to the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, with the other HouseGuests having to figure out where she had gone. She was nominated the following week in the Final Four, but Veto winner Alison cast the sole vote to keep her. When Alison won the Final Head of Household competition, she chose to take Jun with her to the Final Two. Song was known to talk about the other houseguests in the diary room she was known to not like both Erika and Alison personally but worked with them in the game. She also made comments calling Michelle "useless". Jun would stage fake fights with her ex Jee to make people think they were less close then they were. The Jury of Seven expressed their displeasure with Jun and Alison in the Final Two, but ultimately chose to crown Jun the winner of Big Brother 4 in a six to one jury vote.
Following her appearance on Big Brother 4, Jun appeared on an episode of the CBS sitcom Yes Dear, in which main character Jimmy is selected to participate in a season of Big Brother. Jun also made an appearance in Big Brother: All Stars as a judge in a food competition. She returned in Big Brother 10 for a food competition featuring a representative from each season. Jun has since married and now lives in Belgium with her husband and little boy Noah.
Justin Giovinco (born 1981), 33, was a headhunter from Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania. His ex-girlfriend, Alison Irwin, appeared on the season as a HouseGuest as well due to the "X-Factor" twist. Seen as an athletic guy, Justin was immediately a target in the game due to his physical attributes. Being one of the five exes to enter late during the first night, Justin was immediately in the minority against the Elite 8. Following the eviction of exes Amanda and Michelle, Justin became a member of the "Dream Team" with Jee and Robert. He had a secret alliance with ex-girlfriend Alison, though the two continued to have a rocky relationship in the house. He also had a somewhat romantic relationship with HouseGuest Dana. He had a rivalry with Nathan as he saw him as the biggest threat from the Elite 8, and also argued frequently with Alison. Justin ultimately played a role in the demise of the Elite 8 alliance, after he influenced Dana to go against them and nominate Alison and Jack for eviction. This ultimately led to Dana's eviction the following week. Justin went on to become the fifth Head of Household of the season, and he evicted Nathan from the house. The following week, however, Justin was nominated for eviction by Head of Household Erika. He was ultimately evicted on Day 47 in a three to one vote. He came in 7th place. He was the third member of the Jury of Seven, and voted for Jun to win over his ex-girlfriend Alison.
Justin appeared in Big Brother All-Stars in an interview segment featuring Alison's current boyfriend, and himself as an ex-boyfriend. He also made a guest appearance as himself in an episode of the CBS sitcom Yes Dear, in which main character Jimmy is selected to participate in a season of Big Brother.
Michelle Maradie (born 1984) was a college student from Boca Raton, Florida. Her ex-boyfriend, David Lane, appeared as a HouseGuest this year as well, due to the "X-Factor" twist. She was seen as naive and gullible by her fellow HouseGuests due to her young age, as well as her admission to being a virgin. Being only 19 at the time of her appearance, Michelle is the youngest House Guest to participate in the US version of Big Brother. Not realizing that the house had banded together against the exes, Jee nominated Michelle for eviction in the second week against Erika, believing no one would evict her. On Day 19, the "Dream Team" alliance was shocked when Michelle was evicted in a six to two vote.
Though Michelle has not appeared in any subsequent Big Brother seasons, she did make a guest appearance as herself in an episode of the CBS sitcom Yes Dear, in which main character Jimmy is selected to participate in a season of Big Brother.
Nathan Marlow (born 1979 in Tulsa, Oklahoma), 34, was a personal trainer from Edmond, Oklahoma. Nathan was seen as a strong physical threat by the HouseGuests, and several of the female HouseGuests found him attractive. Nathan had a romantic relationship with Alison while in the house, and was unaware that she was using him the majority of the time. His relationship with Alison led to him ultimately having poor relationships with the majority of the HouseGuests, as most of them disliked Alison. He had a rivalry with HouseGuest Justin, with the two viewing each other as strong physical threats. He was a member of the Elite 8 alliance, being one of the first eight to enter the house. Despite the alliance, Nathan and Alison often debated turning on the group as early as the first week. Nathan and Alison won the first Head of Household competition, with Nathan ultimately being crowned the first Head of Household of the season. He nominated Amanda and Jee for eviction, two of the exes who entered the house late the first night. He narrowly lost the first Power of Veto competition to Dana, who kept his nominations the same. In the third week, Nathan won the Golden Power of Veto, and shocked the house when he used it to save Alison. He was nominated for eviction in the fifth week by Justin, Alison's ex-boyfriend. Despite their relationship, Alison ultimately had a hand in Nathan's demise, and he was evicted on Day 40 in a unanimous five to zero vote. He came in 8th place. He was the second member of the Jury of Seven, and was the only juror to vote for Alison to win.
Nathan has not appeared in any subsequent Big Brother seasons, but did make a guest appearance as himself in an episode of the CBS sitcom Yes Dear, in which main character Jimmy is selected to participate in a season of Big Brother.
Robert Roman (born 1970), 43, was a restaurant manager from Los Angeles, California. He has a daughter named Elena. His ex-girlfriend, Erika Landin, appeared as a HouseGuest this season due to the "X-Factor" twist. Robert has admitted to cheating on nearly every woman he's been with, including Erika. He became known for his remarks implying he was better than the women in the house, and came under fire when he referred to Alison and Jun as "hoes" and "bitches" after they masterminded his allies Justin and Jee's evictions. Being one of the last five to enter on the first night, Robert was immediately in the minority against the Elite 8. Following the evictions of exes Amanda and Michelle, Robert formed an alliance known as the "Dream Team" with the only remaining exes Justin and Jee. Despite a rough start, he later made amends with ex-girlfriend Erika and formed an alliance with her. He won the fourth and fifth Power of Veto competitions of the season, and chose not to use either of them. He was nominated in the sixth week by his ex-girlfriend Erika, but ultimately survived the eviction against ally Justin. He was nominated again in the eighth week against his only remaining ally Jee by Head of Household Jun. He survived the eviction in a unanimous vote, and subsequently won the Head of Household competition minutes later. He nominated Alison and Jun for eviction, but Alison went on to win the final Power of Veto competition and save herself. She then cast the sole vote to evict Robert's ex-girlfriend and secret ally Erika. On Day 75, Alison won the final Head of Household competition, and cast the sole vote to evict Robert minutes later. He came in 3rd place. He was the seventh and final member of the Jury of Seven, and voted for Jun to win.
Scott Weintraub (born 1970) was a waiter from Chicago, Illinois. His ex-girlfriend, Amanda Craig, appeared in the season as well due to the "X-Factor" twist. Being one of the first eight to enter the house, he was a member of the Elite 8 alliance. Despite this, they debated turning on him during the first week after Dana won the Power of Veto. Before the Power of Veto ceremony, however, Scott was expelled from the game after he had a violent outburst partially due to the "X-Factor" twist. He went on to reveal that he was still in love with Amanda, and shortly before leaving informed the HouseGuests that he had an STD, causing Alison and Michelle to sob and scrub the toilet. As he was expelled from the game, he did not appear on subsequent seasons, or the season finale.
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