Danielle Donato and her father Evel Dick Donato from 'Big Brother 8'

‘Big Brother 19’: Former Runner-ups Give Advice To The ‘BB19’ Cast, Offer Pointers To Win The Game

In the game of Big Brother, one person walks away with the grand prize, and the second place finisher gets only $50,000. The ultimate decision who wins the $500,000 grand prize is in the hands of the jury members, who are the evicted houseguests the final two players had a hand in sending out of the game.

Now, imagine how hard it would be to play the game of Big Brother. You are secluded from your family for 90 days. You may have to eat slop, sleep in an uncomfortable have-not bed, and deal with constant crying and whining inside the Big Brother house. It is a lot of drama to go through, only to come up short and not win the game.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, four former runner-ups, Liz Nolan (Big Brother 17), Cody Calafiore (Big Brother 16), Lane Elenburg (Big Brother 12) and Daniele Donato (Big Brother 8 and 13) revealed how difficult it was to put everything they had into the game, only to come up short on finale night.

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“You have 15 new people you’ve never met before in your life, and everybody is super, super friendly, but at the end of the day, you know all those people are going to try and get you out,” Cody shared.

“There’s a lot of excitement, but in the back of your head, you know that now you’re in the house the game has officially started. Try to make connections, but as far as strategizing, you’re going to put a target on your back immediately.”

Lane added that the best piece advice is to get a good read on people and get to know as many players as possible.

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“This sounds so cheesy, but it’s so true especially having played twice, you need to remember to have fun,” Donato explained.

“It gets so stressful in there and there are so many times where everyone is just sitting around and complaining and you’re miserable because you’re with a bunch of people you don’t like. But you need to remember it’s an experience of a lifetime and you’re not there for very long.”

Liz added that you have to keep in mind that the Big Brother house is your home for 90 days, so it’s up to you to clean and get along with others. Additionally, Nolan said not to worry about it when others are talking behind your back. It will always happen, but your reaction could either keep you safe or send you out the front door.

Best Advice To Avoid Confrontation

Danielle explained that in the game of Big Brother if you start having multiple conflicts in the first week, you won’t last long in the house. However, she added that it is impossible to avoid having any arguments during the season.

“If you do, people aren’t going to like you, so confrontations aren’t always a bad thing,” Donato said. “I can think of times where I wish I were more confrontational.”

“I know that in the outside world if someone were yelling at a girl, my outside self would step in and say, ‘Hey bud, that ain’t right.’ When you’re inside that house you have to really bite your tongue,” Lane explained.

Lane Elenburg and Hayden Moss from 'Big Brother 12'
Lane Elenburg and Hayden Moss from ‘Big Brother 12.’ [Image by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Cody said that his method was to be friendly with the guys and flirt with the girls.

“I was on the ins with a bunch of the people. If there was ever game talk I would let it come my way so that there was never a factor of someone saying, ‘Cody came to me and said this.'”

In just a few weeks, 16 new Big Brother contestants will enter the house. CBS will release the names of the Big Brother 19 cast in about two weeks.

Big Brother 19 returns June 28 with a two-hour premiere on CBS.

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