Houseguests competing for Head of Household

Derek Frazier, Hannah Chaddha, Kyland Young, Azah Awasum, and Xavier Prather competing for Head of Household.

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23 offers fierce competition to the end!

By Katey Clifford

What a wild summer it's been in the Big Brother house! From a twist that forced all 16 Houseguests to break into four teams in the premiere episode, to coming down to four players from the same alliance, it's been quite a ride. Judging from Thursday's heated double eviction that sent two players home back-to-back, the competition shows no signs of slowing down.

Who will take home the coveted grand prize during a live, two-hour finale next Wednesday, September 29, at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT? You'll have to watch to find out!

Let's take a look at who's left and what's ahead as Season 23 comes to a close.


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Who's Still Competing?

Tiffany Mitchel and Hannah Chaddha hold hands in a show of solidarity

L-R: Tiffany Mitchel and Hannah Chaddha

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Big Brother executed the summer's second double eviction, sending two Houseguests out the door back-to-back last Thursday. The house said goodbye to Tiffany and Hannah, two members of The Cookout, leaving just four players left to vie for one of the final HOHs.That leaves Xavier Prather, Derek Frazier, Azah Awasum, and Kyland Young in the competition—our final four.

What Julie Chen-Moonves Said About The Cookout

The members of The Cookout do a team building hand stack

L-R: Xavier Prather, Derek Frazier, Hannah Chaddha, Azah Awasum, Tiffany Mitchel, and Kyland Young

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While maybe not surprising, it's quite a feat that four members of The Cookout are still standing. With four people of color left, this season of Big Brother will crown the first Black winner. Julie Chen-Moonves told Entertainment Weekly she "felt this moment in history [The Cookout making it this far] was a win for all people of color."

Who's Head of Household?

Xavier Prather in an orange polo shirt and gray pants

Xavier Prather

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In a mind-bending CSI: Vegas–themed competition, the three remaining men (minus the sole remaining woman, Azah, who wasn't eligible to play as outgoing HOH) faced off for the power. The HOH key had gone missing, and in CSI style, the Houseguests had to collect evidence to find out who committed the crime. Derek F. finished in 15:44, Kyland finished in 14:52, and Xavier finished in the shortest time (an outstanding 10:18), earning him HOH and securing his spot in the final three.

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Who Did Xavier Choose to Nominate?

Azah Awasum in an orange strapless dress and Kyland Young in a gray vest and blue button shirt

L-R: Azah Awasum, Kyland Young

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There are only so many people to choose as nominees this late in the game, but Xavier went with Azah and Kyland. Despite having a final two deal with Kyland, Xavier is now considering sending him packing if given the chance.

Who Won the Power of Veto?

Xavier Prather in a maroon hoodie

Xavier Prather

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Proving himself to be an absolute competition beast, Xavier locked down the Veto, earning him all of the power for the week. Since there will only be one deciding vote to evict someone from the house this week, the Veto meeting will take place live tonight, September 23rd, preceding the live eviction.

What's Next?

A group hug among the Houseguests

L-R: Kyland Young, Tiffany Mitchel, Xavier Prather, and Derek Frazier

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Tonight, we'll find out if Kyland and Azah are still on the chopping block, or if Derek F. will be taking one of their places. No matter what, one of them will head to the jury house. You can see who that is live tonight at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Whichever two players remain after tonight's vote will join Xavier in the final three, and they'll be headed into the last Head of Household competition of the summer for the ultimate battle of intelligence and endurance. The final HOH winner gets to decide who's coming with them to the final two to face the jury, so this competition is critical.

Expect the Unexpected!

Derek Frazier holds his head in disbelief

Derek Frazier.

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No matter what happens come final eviction night, this Big Brother winner will be making history as the first Black winner. While Xavier is dominating the house right now, it's still anyone's game. So as always—expect the unexpected!

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