Hayden Moss, the 24-year-old college student from Tempe, Ariz., was named the winner of “Big Brother” 12 on the season’s live finale Wednesday. As the winner, Hayden took home a $500,000 grand prize.
Lane Elenburg, the 24-year-old oil rig salesman from Decatur, Texas, was the season’s $50,000 runner-up, and Britney Haynes, a 22-year-old hotel sales manager from Huntington, Ark., was America’s Favorite Player, taking home $25,000.
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Not only did Hayden truly play the better game – socially and competitively – but Hayden definitely had the better final plea. He sounded extremely confident when he told the jury that he was the better player who had played the better game. He didn’t put down Lane’s social game, but he reminded everyone that he had won five competitions during the game and three Head of Household competitions in a row. He also mentioned that he won the Power of Veto that carried The Brigade in to the final three.
Lane’s speech was, like Lane, a little less competitive and a little more social. He just wanted everyone to know that he had a great summer with that and felt he did better than he ever anticipated. We love Lane for that.
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Before the final vote, the jury was given the opportunity to ask the final two questions. These questions included: Hayden, why do you think you played a better game than Lane? Lane, would you have taken Enzo or Hayden to the final two if you had won the final Head of Household competition? Lane, if you had to make the choice, would you have chosen Britney or a Brigade member to sit with you in the final two? And, Hayden, if a Brigade member wasn’t sitting in the final two with you, who would do you think should have been in the final two?
The men seemed to hold back with their answers. It wasn’t that they didn’t seem to tell the truth. It was more that they seemed like genuinely nice guys who didn’t do too much backstabbing during the game, and the truth is, they didn’t. Keeping The Brigade a secret was just about the worst thing either of them did in the game. They were never involved in any of the petty drama that occurred in the house. Call it floating through the game or call it great social game play; America, we might just have found the most liked final two in the history of any reality-competition show.
I guess it just goes to show that sometimes nice guys do finish last… well, first!
Along with naming a winner, the season finale also revealed several secrets to the “Big Brother” 12 houseguests. The houseguests learned about and saw clips of Hayden and Kristen’s “showmance.” Enzo, Hayden, and Lane learned that Matt’s wife is not really dying of a debilitating disease. And, finally, the houseguests learned that Ragan, not Matt as they all suspected, was the second saboteur.
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