Victor is the HoH on Big Brother 18, Michelle and Zakiyah are on the block and the all-guy Executives are in charge. In addition, James now has the ability to eliminate two HGs from voting, so he could easily sway which way the eviction goes. What will he do?

SPOILER WARNING: This article contains Big Brother 18 spoilers.

Paulie won the Power of Veto.

He did NOT use it.

That’s right, despite the fact that he’s allegedly in a showmance with Zakiyah and she picked him to play with Houseguest’s Choice, he didn’t even save her. He didn’t want to ruffle any feathers and, like everything he’s done, Zakiyah is acting surprisingly fine with his decision.

Now comes the campaigning, and this is where the week could get interesting. Paulie really wants to keep Zakiyah, mostly because he can control her. Nicole and Corey agree.

However, Victor and Paul both want to keep Michelle since they would be more likely to vote for her. Paul has been particularly vocal about this, causing a bit of a rift between him and Paulie. Perhaps Paul is starting to realize that this is the second week in a row where Paulie is pushing to go against the HoH’s wishes on who to vote out.

The real swing votes are James and Natalie. James seems to be in good with Paulie, Corey and Nicole, but Natalie is doing her best to turn him against them. Natalie has pointed out that everyone in the house is Paulie’s puppet and that he only wants to keep Zakiyah because he can control her. She also doesn’t trust Nicole and she’s been putting in time this week to befriend Michelle, trying to pull her over to their side.

As a result, late Sunday Natalie seemingly convinced James that they need to join forces with Paul and Bridgette to keep Michelle, possibly cancelling Paulie and Corey or Nicole’s votes. Natalie wants James to bury the hatchet with Michelle and play nice with her so that they can potentially use her and she won’t come after them.

But there’s still a lot of week left. Michelle could easily blow things up and alienate James even farther. Or she could play nice and have a chance to stay, flipping the house against Paulie for once. It would be a nice change of pace, especially since almost every single person in the house now realizes and regularly comments on how Paulie is running the house.

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John Kubicek

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