While most of the people who have been on Big Brother over the past 17 seasons have faded from our memory faster than last night’s dinner, there are a handful of players who played the game so well they stood out in their respective seasons and continue to today. Here are our picks for the 10 Best Big Brother Players of All Time.
10. Alison Irwin (Season 4 and 7)
Former beauty pageant queen, Alison, was on the “Ex-Factor” season of Big Brother, in which five of the original eight houseguests were shocked to find out that an ex would be playing the game with them. The bubbly, blonde retail sales manager from Pennsylvania was originally annoyed to learn that she would be spending the next three months with her ex-boyfriend Justin, but it actually ended up being somewhat of a blessing in disguise for Alison, who would use her powers of flirtation to propel herself to the final two. While her main showmance of the season was with equally blond personal trainer, Nathan, Alison wasn’t above getting back into bed with her ex, or essentially flirting with anything that had a pulse. She also wasn’t above lying, backstabbing or spying on others—and her hard-playing, no-holds-barred approach to the game ended up getting her into hot water with the jury, who took issue with the way she manipulated people and robbed her of the $500,000 prize (only Nathan voted for her). Still, Alison worked harder for that money than anyone else on that season of Big Brother and deserves to be recognized as one of the most competitive, smartest, most conniving players of all time. When she returned for Big Brother All-Stars (Season 7), her reputation unfortunately preceded her, and Alison was immediately targeted, making her the first person evicted from the house.