Big Brother All-Stars: Cody Calafiore wins season 22 and $500,000 grand prize by unanimous decision

Big Brother All-Stars: Cody Calafiore wins season 22 and $500,000 grand prize by unanimous decision

Cody Calafiore was unanimously declared the winner of Big Brother: All-Stars on Wednesday’s two-hour live season 22 finale on CBS.



The 29-year-old real estate agent picked up all nine jury votes to nab the title and take home $500,000, with runner-up Enzo Palumbo, 42, scoring $50,000.


Da’Vonne Rogers, 32, was voted ‘America’s favorite houseguest,’ and earned a cool $25,000.


Unanimous vote: Cody Calafiore was unanimously declared the winner of Big Brother: All-Stars on Wednesday’s two-hour live season 22 finale on CBS



Only one other winner of the show has ever been selected by unanimous vote and that occurred in season 10.


The victory was doubly sweet for Cody, who was runner-up on BB16, but lost to a stronger competitor whom he brought into the final round out of loyalty.


This season, Cody simply dominated the game, winning four Head of Household competitions and four vetos while also demonstrating impressive social skills.


‘I had three of my Final Twos in the Final Five,’ he reminded the jury as they debated who was going to win. ‘Being an ally of mine was a crucial aspect of this game.’


Season finale: The 29-year-old real estate agent picked up all nine jury votes to nab the title and take home $500,000, with runner-up Enzo Palumbo, 42, scoring $50,000



‘I can’t just say I played the game for myself. I played it for people that meant something to me,’ he added. 


Cody earlier during the finale had won the last two HoHs and chose Enzo to go before the jury with him, leaving Nicole Franzel, 28, in third place.


She was devastated, but admitted what everyone else had been thinking: ‘He’s got guts.’


Third place: Cody earlier during the finale had won the last two HoHs and chose Enzo to go before the jury with him, leaving Nicole Franzel, 28, in third place



As the show began, Cody and Enzo faced off for the second HoH competition, which would determine who would face first HoH winner Nicole in the third competition.


The first game, ‘Camera Hogs,’ required them to answer questions about former houseguests by moving cardboard cutouts of them in front of a screen, and taking a photo with them.


To make it harder, they had to push swinging pig figures back and forth in front of the photos, and dodge them successfully to capture a pig-free snap.


HoH competition: As the show began, Cody and Enzo faced off for the second HoH competition, which would determine who would face first HoH winner Nicole in the third competition



Cody trounced Enzo by completing the game in under five minutes, versus Enzo’s 37.


Enzo was upset that Cody finished so fast, and grew frustrated, ranting about the fact that he was older than him and saying, ‘I wanna get the f*** out of this house.’


‘I will not campaign to nobody,’ he told Nicole. ‘Trust me on that.’


Easy victory: Cody trounced Enzo by completing the game in under five minutes, versus Enzo’s time of more than 37 minutes



‘It’s really hard for me to contain how excited I am,’ Cody said in a confessional. ‘I see how much Enzo is struggling with this, and that’s my guy, and I feel horrible for him.’ 


Cody had maintained Final Two deals with Enzo and Nicole all season.


Back in the house, a dispirited Enzo told Nicole that he loved Cody but was ‘terrified’ of his game-playing prowess, subtly encouraging her to jettison him before the end.


Excitement contained: ‘It’s really hard for me to contain how excited I am,’ Cody said in a confessional. ‘I see how much Enzo is struggling with this, and that’s my guy, and I feel horrible for him’



The cameras moved over to the jury house, where eight ex-houseguests considered who deserved to win the game.


Many felt Nicole had abandoned them this season, but Christmas Abbott, 38, disagreed.


‘Whatever you do in the Big Brother house is a game move,’ she emphasized. ‘If you wanted to play friendship, you wouldn’t have come to the Big Brother house.’


Good point: Many felt Nicole had abandoned them this season, but Christmas Abbott, 38, disagreed



Tyler Crispen, 25, had kind words for Enzo, saying that he had played a better game than ever before, as the rest of the jury agreed they’d never have evicted him.


Everyone acknowledged that Cody’s game had evolved since the last time on the show, with Daniele Donato, 33, saying he was ‘a beast in the house.’


‘The fact that Cody has two people that he’s made a Final Two deal with sitting with him, it’s crazy,’ Tyler pointed out.


Kind words: Tyler Crispen, 25, had kind words for Enzo, saying that he had played a better game than ever before, as the rest of the jury agreed they’d never have evicted him



Cody and Nicole faced each other in the next HoH game, which required them to watch a series of videos and identify false statements about their former houseguests.


He won that one, too, and hugged Nicole as Enzo hung his head.


The former Committee member then had to decide which of his original Final Two would sit by his side at the end.


Vinyl exam: Cody and Nicole faced each other in the next HoH game, which required them to watch a series of videos and identify false statements about their former houseguests



Close competition: Cody gained an early lead and held onto it to win the HoH competition by one point



It was an emotional moment, and Cody’s face was wracked with pain as he listened to Nicole and Enzo beg to stay.


‘Cody, you have been my ride-or-die since day one in this house,’ Nicole said, crying. ‘If I was in your position, I would not cut you.’


‘Cody, my guy, man,’ Enzo began, ‘I’ve never been in these seats on finale night. We did this from day one; you know I had your back. Everything I did—even saving her—was for you, bro.’


Final speech: ‘Cody, you have been my ride-or-die since day one in this house,’ Nicole said, crying. ‘If I was in your position, I would not cut you’



Close bond: ‘Cody, my guy, man,’ Enzo began, ‘I’ve never been in these seats on finale night. We did this from day one; you know I had your back. Everything I did—even saving her—was for you, bro’



Cody looked at them, and said, ‘Although it was such a blessing to have both of you in the Final Two, this is horrible to do to one of you guys. But Nicole, I am so sorry.’


He wept as he hugged her goodbye, and then he and Enzo hugged.


‘You guys both played one hell of a game,’ Nicole told them, putting on her mask and striding out. ‘You should be proud.’


Tough call: Cody looked at them, and said, ‘Although it was such a blessing to have both of you in the Final Two, this is horrible to do to one of you guys. But Nicole, I am so sorry’



Enzo sobbed, telling Cody, ‘You’re awesome. You’re going to destroy me in this, yo. Trust me… I’m indebted to you forever.’


Outside the house, Nicole cried as she spoke to show host Julie Chen-Moonves, 50.


‘I really thought, no matter which way the final HoH went, Cody was going to take me,’ she reflected. ‘I just thought our bond was so close. I did not see it coming.’


Getting emotional: ‘I really thought, no matter which way the final HoH went, Cody was going to take me,’ Nicole reflected. ‘I just thought our bond was so close. I did not see it coming’



Nicole swore she wasn’t angry at Cody, explaining, ‘I wouldn’t have done it to him, but… he’s got guts.’


The BB18 winner knew she’d had a target on her back this season, and tried to minimize it by adopting a deliberately weak persona.


‘I knew I wasn’t the fastest, the strongest, or the smartest,’ she acknowledged. ‘I’m 5’2′, 110 lbs. I don’t got a lot of muscle, but I got a lot of fight in me and a lot of determination.’






Season target: 'I knew I wasn't the fastest, the strongest, or the smartest,' the past champion acknowledged. 'I'm 5'2', 110 lbs. I don't got a lot of muscle, but I got a lot of fight in me and a lot of determination'


Season target: ‘I knew I wasn’t the fastest, the strongest, or the smartest,’ the past champion acknowledged. ‘I’m 5’2′, 110 lbs. I don’t got a lot of muscle, but I got a lot of fight in me and a lot of determination’



She then retired to the jury room, where she joined the other eight jurors to vote on which of the two male houseguests deserved to win the show.


Each juror then asked Cody or Enzo one question to help them make their choice.


Tyler asked Cody if he felt he’d played a better game than Enzo, and Cody affirmed that he did, pointing out that his many ‘comp’ wins and numerous alliances.


Jury room: Nicole then retired to the jury room, where she joined the other eight jurors to vote on which of the two male houseguests deserved to win the season



Ian Terry, 29, also asked Enzo that question, and the insurance adjuster said that he’d used Cody to advance in the competition, because he knew he was a ‘beast.’


Kevin Campbell, 40, wanted to know Cody’s game strategies, and Cody admitted that he’d targeted Ian as a threat, before using Daniele to eliminate Tyler, then ditching her.


Da’Vonne wondered what Enzo’s strategy was, to which he said, ‘to make everybody love me.’


Strategy question: Da’Vonne Rogers wondered what Enzo’s strategy was, to which he said, ‘to make everybody love me’



Christmas got Cody to explain how his strategy had become more multi-faceted this season, while Memphis Garrett, 37, got Enzo to reveal that he had ramped up his competition game.


Daniele asked Cody how he had influenced gameplay when he wasn’t HoH, and Cody shared with her that he had always convinced people to vote the way he wanted.


David Alexander, 30, asked Enzo why he’d evicted them all then left them all goodbye messages saying he wanted them to stay.


Improved play: Christmas got Cody to explain how his strategy had become more multi-faceted this season



‘I genuinely liked everybody,’ Enzo said. ‘I had no targets.’


Finally, it was Nicole’s turn and she seemed angry, unable to look at Cody.


‘Was it a hard decision for you to choose Enzo?’ she asked him. ‘Did you ever contemplate taking me?’


Hard question: ‘Was it a hard decision for you to choose Enzo?’ Nicole asked Cody. ‘Did you ever contemplate taking me?’


Cody told Nicole he’d considered bringing her to the Final Two ‘over and over,’ but reasoned that she’d won before and could possibly sway the jury.


He and Enzo then had a chance to make a final speech, explaining why they deserved to win.


‘This is crazy, man,’ Enzo said, standing up. ‘This is it, yo. I finally made it, yo!’


Closing argument: ‘This is crazy, man,’ Enzo said, standing up during his closing argument. ‘This is it, yo. I finally made it, yo!’



The jury laughed at his exuberance and Enzo thanked Cody for being his ‘weapon’ in the game, noting how much easier this season had been than his last.


‘It’s $500,000,’ he observed. ‘It means a lot for me and my family.’


When it was Cody’s turn, he reminded the jury that he’d never been on the block, and pointed out the smart gameplay he’d engaged in all season.


Cracking up: The jury laughed at Enzo’s exuberance and Enzo thanked Cody for being his ‘weapon’ in the game, noting how much easier this season had been than his last



‘I feel like I’ve played a full, well-rounded game so different from the first time,’ Cody related. ‘I feel like I’m so much more deserving of the $500,000 than I was the first time I played.’


The first five evicted houseguests then came onscreen to hear the final results.


After nabbing five of the jury’s nine ‘yes’ votes, Cody was declared the winner of BB22, walking out into a hail of confetti to hug his co-stars.


First five: The first five evicted houseguests then came onscreen to hear the final results



Sweeping victory: Cody racked up votes and was declared the winner



Confettti fell as Cody emerged first out of the house and was congratulated by everyone.


‘I never thought I’d be back here and winning the game,’ he said, reeling.


Big Brother will return next summer for season 23 on CBS.


Confetti falling: Confettti fell as Cody emerged first out of the house and was congratulated by everyone