Big Brother 22: All-Stars contestant Janelle Pierzina has now been on the show four times and has had plenty of memorable moments from BB6, BB7, and BB14. When it comes to Big Brother veterans, it is hard to beat Janelle’s reputation, track record, and long history with the show. Janelle has broken quite a few records while competing in this series and has established herself as one of the most popular houseguests of all time. Ultimately, she is best known for making it onto the Final 3 for two consecutive years: seasons 6 and 7.
Furthermore, Janelle has now made Big Brother history along with Daniele Donato Briones by becoming the first two contestants to compete on a season of the show in each of the three decades that it has been on the air. This means that Janelle and Daniele have competed on at least one season from the 2000s, the 2010s, and the 2020s. In addition, Janelle and Kaysar Ridha are now the only two-time All-Stars in the history of the show… having competed on both BB7 and BB22. With that in mind, it is interesting to look back at Janelle’s various accomplishments on the show so far.
Janelle Pierzina first competed on Big Brother 6, where she was cast as a 25-year-old cocktail waitress from Miami Beach, Florida. Upon realizing that the house wasn’t on her side, Janelle started a “showmance” with Michael and gained at least one ally. Though Michael was the second houseguest to be evicted on the season, Janelle grew closer to his friend Kaysar. So when the Friendship alliance was formed by Eric and Maggie, Janelle joined the rival alliance known as the Sovereign Six. In that alliance were Kaysar, Howie, Rachel, James, and Sarah, who were Janelle’s biggest allies in the game. A power struggle between the Friendship and the Sovereign Six took place during the entirety of BB6, but when it came to evicting Janelle… that task turned to be close to impossible. That season, she won two Head of Household competitions and two Power of Veto competitions. She was also put on the block six times but managed to survive five of them, outplaying her adversaries at every turn. When she got to the Final 3 with Maggie and Ivette, however, she couldn’t beat the pair of best friends who were always going to take each other to the Final 2.
Being on a reality show is not as easy as it may seem, so it was a pretty remarkable achievement when Janelle came back a year later to compete on Big Brother 7. That season was the series’ first-ever All-Stars, which means that every single contestant was a returning player. Janelle was one of the four returning houseguests from BB6, along with Kaysar, James, and Howie. Given how many of them were playing together again on that season, they were immediately targeted by the other players. However, taking out Janelle was once again much more difficult than others assumed.
On BB7, Janelle won four HOH competitions and five POV competitions. This is still, to this day, the record for most competition wins in a single season. Aside from her several comp wins, Janelle also managed to survive four nominations and got to the Final 3 for a second consecutive year…only to once again be taken out right before the finale. This time, it was Mike Boogie who decided to take Erika to the Final 2. After all, given her track record, Boogie feared that Janelle would be much harder to beat in the jury vote.
Against all odds, Janelle was cast six years later on Big Brother 14. That year, the format of the game changed slightly due to a new twist: veteran houseguests who were cast to coach the regular players. Each coach was given three pupils. If all three of them happened to be evicted, their coach would also be eliminated. On the other hand, if any of their pupils won the $500,000 grand prize, his or her coach would’ve won a $100,000 prize as well. On BB14, Janelle was cast as a coach along with BB7 winner Mike Boogie, BB10 winner Dan Gheesling, and BB12‘s Britney Haynes. Janelle’s team consisted of Ashley, Joe, and Wil.
The coaches did not participate in the regular BB14 competitions, but they had one of their own. During the season, there were three coach competitions, and Janelle won two of them. However, during the third week of the season, the coaches were given the option to “reset” the game and become regular houseguests who would compete for the full $500,000 grand prize. For the game to be “reset,” it would only require one coach to press a large button that was placed in the diary room. Several of them pressed the button, and just like that, Janelle, Dan, Boogie, and Britney became regular players in the game. On the following week, the players felt threatened by Janelle to the point of doing everything in their power to evict her. They succeeded, and Janelle was sent home on that fourth week.
In 2020, Janelle Pierzina was cast on Big Brother 22: All-Stars, marking her fourth time being on the show. Her BB6 and BB7 ally Kaysar Ridha was also cast on BB22, which meant that he and Janelle became the first and only houseguests to play on both All-Stars seasons of the series. At this point, Janelle is a 40-year-old real estate agent who lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband and three kids. A lot of time has passed between BB6 and BB22, but Janelle’s staying power and charisma have allowed her to stay fresh in the minds of the fans.
At this point, the history of Big Brother and the life story of Janelle Pierzina are tied together. She is one of the most significant fan-favorite contestants of all time, and for good reason. Janelle’s track record, charisma, and intelligence have solidified her place in the franchise and turned her into one of the most beloved reality TV stars of all time.
Big Brother 22 airs Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays at 8pm EST on CBS.