‘Big Brother’ Star Frankie Grande Says He Would’ve ‘Dominated’ Season 22 if He Returned

Big Brother star Frankie Grande established himself as a competition beast in season 16, technically tying the record for most Head of Household wins in a season. However, he unknowingly nullified two of his wins by pushing a BB Rewind button, which ultimately led to the demise of his game. Grande had the opportunity to come back and prove himself on the second all-star season, but he opted not to due to the current state of the world. However, he is still watching BB22 and believes he would’ve “dominated” if he returned.

Frankie Grande 'Big Brother 16' cast picture
Frankie Grande ‘Big Brother 16’ cast picture| Cliff Lipson

Frankie Grande placed fifth in ‘Big Brother 16’

In 2014, YouTube personality and singer Ariana Grande’s older half-brother, Frankie, competed on Big Brother 16. He hid his relation with the pop singer for most of the competition as he didn’t want his fame to put a target on his back.

Grande became the first Head of Household, alongside Caleb Reynolds, and the two created an eight-person alliance, Bomb Squad. However, the group quickly fell apart when Devin Shepherd invited other houseguests into the coalition and went rogue, leading to his early eviction.

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The YouTuber then joined another alliance, The Detonators, and they eventually went on to dominate the season. However, he encouraged the other houseguests to press the BB Rewind Twist, which ultimately nullified his current HOH and Power of Veto win.

Already a target, he unanimously joined the jury the following week, placing fifth. He returned two years later for Celebrity Big Brother (U.K.), where he finished sixth.

Grande after appearing on ‘Big Brother’

In 2017, the singer and Broadway actor appeared on The Today Show, walked as a model during the New York Fashion Week, released a music video, and made a cameo in Nickelodeon sitcom Henry Danger.

A year later, he appeared in a couple of musicals and off-Broadway shows before focusing on performing one-person shows. The YouTube star currently hosts a podcast and stays in frequent communication with his followers via social media.

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When rumors spread of returning players competing in another All-Stars season, reports circulated that Grande quickly signed on for BB22. However, he denied that he would return for the long-awaited season because of the current civil unrest and COVID-19 pandemic.

Even though the YouTube personality didn’t return for the All-Stars season, he thinks he would have fared well if he did.

Grande thinks he would’ve performed well in ‘Big Brother 22’

In an August 2020 interview with TooFab, Grande noted he believes he will return to the reality competition series one day. However, he’s “grateful” for his current place in life as he “can be supportive of my family” through the pandemic.

The YouTube personality is watching the second All-Stars season, which includes two of his former co-stars, Cody Calafiore and Nicole Franzel, and believes he “would’ve dominated” if he returned.

Grande pointed out that he either personally knows several of the houseguests or watched them play. Therefore, he’s confident he would’ve “won” without question.

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However, due to the current state of civil unrest and COVID-related spikes when CBS first contacted him about competing on this season, Grande felt he couldn’t “commit” to leaving his family.

If things had shaken out differently, the YouTube star is sure he would’ve walked away with the victory. Big Brother 22: All-Stars airs Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 8/7c on CBS.

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