Top 10 Best Big Brother Canada Players

As a die-hard Big Brother Canada fan, you've witnessed the strategic battles, the blindsides, the epic showmances, and the heartbreaking evictions. But when it comes down to it, who are the truly legendary players who deserve a spot in the BBCAN Hall of Fame?

The game of Big Brother Canada is all about outwitting, outplaying, and outlasting the competition. Some players have mastered the art of social manipulation, pulling strings from behind the scenes. Others are challenge beasts, dominating competitions to secure their safety. Then there are the strategic masterminds, always two steps ahead and ready to make a ruthless move.

Who do you think embodies the spirit of Big Brother Canada? Who played the best game, the smartest game, or was simply the most entertaining?
The Top Ten
1 Neda Kalantar

She was the queen of Season 2 of Big Brother Canada. Her gameplay was absolutely flawless. She started off in the middle, being a pawn, etc., but once the Canada HoH came about, she started slaying. I always viewed her as the one who took out the first five, because it was basically her plan anyway. She's the reason Heather, Jon, etc., all made it far, and she played an amazing game. She was strong mentally and physically. She was flawless.

She is the best player of all time for Big Brother Canada (on all the seasons) without a doubt. She skillfully navigated through Season 2 with masterful strategy. Because she knew Arlie would get in between her and Jon, Neda convinced Jon to put Arlie up on the block. She managed to get Allison evicted solely because of her claims that Allison was a threat and liar to the whole house.

Neda also had final 2 deals with the final 4, including Sabrina, Jon, and Heather, and would've been taken to the final 2 if Jon hadn't thought Neda was going to beat him. Neda was also the first player to win 2 Head of Households. She won 2 HOHs (excluding the part 2 Final HOH) and 1 Power of Veto. She threw competition after competition in the beginning to avoid looking like a threat.

Anyone who disregards Neda's game while propping up Dan Gheesling or Dr. Will's games honestly has no such reason to do so. The only reason she can be disliked by fans of those players is if they are misogynistic. #sorrynotsorry #QueenNeda #NedaBBCWinnerforAllStars

2 Emmett Blois

Emmett is the best Big Brother Canada player and one of the best in any Big Brother series, US included. He ran the house from the beginning, cutting ties with those he needed to, never letting his emotions get in the way. If it wasn't for an unlucky set of Final 3 competitions, he would have won. He should also get bonus points for being a giant physical threat, which made him a big target from Day 1.

He even received the endorsement of Dan, someone who knows a thing or two about Big Brother, after he stayed in the Big Brother house and observed it. "Rarely do you see a player with such control over the house as Emmett has," was what he said after leaving.

It shows how much the edit can bias viewers of this poll. Anyone who watched feeds of both knows Neda was good, Emmett was great. Emmett was the absolute best player in BB Canada and possibly the US included.

His skill that set him apart was that he could read people. He knew who to trust, how to get them to be very loyal to him, and his simple exterior of a dairy farmer hid the ruthless cutthroat assassin that he was in the BB house.

3 Ika Wong

In week one, she managed to flip the votes last minute 7-6 and keep Demetres. She then successfully used Demetres as a meat shield to win competitions (he won 7). She played both sides of the house for multiple weeks while disguising it as using Dre & William without even getting caught. She finally chose a side during the double eviction when she used her phenomenal social game to flip Sindy into backdooring Neda (who happens to be #1 on this list). After that high, her greatest rival Dillon won the HOH. She managed to convince him not to put her up, instead nominating Jackie. With this, she effectively positioned herself right back into the middle of the house.

Over the course of these weeks, Dre started to resent and target Ika. When Ika was nominated for the first time in Week 8, she managed to find out Dre was plotting against her and successfully gathered an army to take out a combination out of Dre, William & Kevin. She managed to flip the votes in Final 8. She even flipped the HOH hellbent on evicting her and made him take out a floater! She then proceeded to survive the triple eviction where she got out 3 people who were targeting her (Dre, Jackie, William). She was able to make it to Final 5 where Kevin (who nominated her in the first place) vetoed her and even got Karen to vote out her closest ally with hardly any convincing. The only thing that stopped her from making it to Final 2 was her inability to win the Final 4 veto.

4 Jillian MacLaughlin

Jillian MacLaughlin was a phenomenal player, playing the game the way it should be played - lying to get herself further, then backstabbing anyone and not caring about their feelings, and just taking out everyone in her way of winning. It was such poetic justice that even though Peter and Alec were so bitter, Jillian still got to win because Topaz voted wrong. It was a thing of beauty to watch that happen.

Jillian is a pretty good and likable winner who is a great competitor. She was never on the block even though she was a target for the longest time. That sounds like a deserving winner to me. Even though I still think Emmett deserved it more than her.

An underrated player, she was extremely deserving of the win against the most ridiculously bitter jury ever.

She manipulated, won mental and physical comps, and made the big and risky moves needed to win. Her HOH's took out Jemmett's two biggest threats: The Sheyld.

5 Cassandra Shahinfar

Cassandra Shahinfar flipped the vote to save herself the week before final 4, which is very impressive considering the fact that Kelsey and the brothers were determined to evict her at the beginning of the week. She talked her way out of so many sticky situations and had positioned herself in a way where everyone believed they were her best friend. Definitely one of the best (if not the best) players of BBCAN4.

One word describes Cassandra: Ruthless. It is a shame that she couldn't make it to the final 2, but she really was horrendous at competitions. Still, she was a fantastic manipulator and an overall entertaining houseguest who I can't wait to see on an all-star season. She definitely has what it takes to become the best BB Can player.

Cassandra has shown again and again that she is capable of manipulating others to get herself to stay. The rest of the house will take Cassandra to the end, thinking they could beat her, but hopefully, we don't have a bitter jury, and Cass can pull off the win she deserves.

6 Jon Pardy

Underrated. Despite having won and having convinced the most deceptive and paranoid player in the house that he was an emotional player who would take her to the end, he is given no credit for the win. He did something that only the greats have done, played the whole game with a huge target on his back but was so charming that he managed to keep himself out of danger, ultimately winning the game.

BBCan wanted to say that they produced the first dominant female winner, so they gave Neda the mastermind edit, which she only kind of deserved. Jon is the best BBCan player so far and doesn't even recognize it himself.

Jon Pardy is completely underrated.

Neda may have taught him a few things early on in the game, but by Week 3, he was a very competent player. And they acted as a duo, bouncing ideas off each other (not Neda manipulating him as the TV edit would want you to believe).

He also cut her at the end when needed, making the biggest move of the game, showing that he didn't play emotionally, played smart, all on his own.

7 Godfrey Mangwiza

Godfrey Mangwiza played the best game of Season 3. He played a lot of people in the house, completely disguising himself as an unintelligent, terrible competitor, when the reality was the opposite. It's amazing that a ripped, smart guy can get so far not beasting out on competitions. Probably played too well, as the jury didn't understand the game he played. Plus, Season 3 probably had more gamers than the first couple, so it was a harder path.

His social game was great, forming alliances while flying under the radar better than anyone. Sure, he didn't win much, but he made it clear who he was against and declared war against the showmances. If he had picked Ashleigh, he probably could have won it. Otherwise, it would have been a bitter jury.

The best strategic Big Brother Canada player but only had two friends in the jury who were probably the two worst people to have as your advocate. Also, he had limited time to explain his game to the jury.

8 Paras Atashnak

Best winner of the franchise, in my opinion. She didn't win competitions for most of the game, which caused everyone to think they could take her far and win over her. She was in four alliances, and even when some people grew suspicious of that, she managed to survive. She had an influence in all of the evictions of the jury members, and her opponent in the final two didn't even know about most of the moves Paras made, which caused her own speech to fall flat. Finally, she won the most important HoH competitions and excelled in the jury question/answer part of the finale, as well as delivered an epic speech.

Paras played a very great social game in the house and won when her life depended on it, and didn't need to win competitions to be a good player. She was fantastic at floating between all sides of the house. Even though she wasn't the best strategically and was kind of messy, her social game definitely made up for it. In addition, she was flawless in the jury questioning/final speech. When the vote looked in Kaela's favor, she managed to flip Alivia and Johnny's vote and sealed her win at that point. Congratulations to a well-played win and definitely one of the better Big Brother Canada winners next to Jon. Very impressed!

9 Kaela Grant

Great player. She laid low in the beginning instead of creating an unnecessarily large target. Then when it counted, she won critical competitions and got herself out of sticky situations.

Should have won. How in God's name did Paras win?

10 Mitchell Moffit

He knew everything about the game and played it nearly flawlessly. By flying under the radar, no one thought a thing about him. Look at the HoH competition where houseguests could choose who they want to try to eliminate from the competition. No one picked him to go up in that challenge until the very end, showing that they didn't suspect his amazing gameplay. Unfortunately, the fake double eviction provided Kelsey with the information that Mitch was a mastermind, and even though he did a great job trying to keep himself in the game, there wasn't much he could do.

Mitchell Moffit was definitely one of the best players. If only he hadn't trusted that snake and alliance betrayer Loveita, then he would have still been sitting pretty. The stupid twist ruined his game, but his strategy was one to remember. He was also one of the fan favorites because everyone was cheering when houseguests weren't voting to evict Mitch and dead silent when they were.

The Contenders
11 Tim Dormer

His creativity and impressive people skills made him a very likeable person. His friendliness and earnest counselling towards endangered players made him too formidable a target to vote out early in the game. Turn on Tim, and you'd be turning on the house! He essentially made himself an alliance with the whole house.

Heck, Tim knew he was even able to offer himself up as a nomination for being evicted (as a pawn to get someone else out), because he knew he was doing too darn well! Don't mess with Tim.

Not a bad player but definitely not the best player of that season. Tim is a showman. He is there for the show, and that's why a lot of people like him. However, there's a difference between giving a good show and playing a good game. He makes "big moves" just for the sake of making "big moves" with no logical reasoning behind them, because making big moves is "cool". His best "move" was to pretend he didn't care about winning and align with the best player of that season (Cassandra). That's about it.

12 Kevin Martin Kevin Dallas Martin, Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association.

Textbook Big Brother win. First half of the game, didn't win anything until he had to, studied the dates and events nonstop (I don't understand why not everyone does that...). Now, what I didn't like about his game. He and the "vets" played a horrible game. They secluded themselves against the "newbies," made it very apparent they were targeting "newbies," and then cannibalized themselves after 2 weeks. Big Brother is about 13 weeks long.

Could've made it way farther if not for that triple eviction. Had an amazing read on everyone in the house and managed to take the target off his back that was put there early on in the game.

A lot of people hated him, but he did what he had to do to get to the top. Saving Ika in the final five was idiotic, and he's lucky it didn't cost him.

13 Sarah Hanlon

I get that the winners should be high on the list, but Sarah would not have made it as far as she did without the twist. I'm not saying she was a bad player, but I am saying that her ability to get out of sticky situations was only half her own doing. The other half was luck, or in the case of her and Britnee being given safety, it was pretty much production rigging the week. They knew who Canada would vote for and used that to keep Sarah and Britnee around. I don't know if Sarah or Britnee would have left, but regardless, that twist changed the game.

She knew everything that was going on in the house for weeks, due to her alliance on one side of the house, as well as her information feeding to and from Kevin (a great deal for both of them). Played a great social game and won competitions when it came down to the wire, getting out some big power players along the way.

Let's break this down. And let's be honest, Sarah is not only the best Big Brother Canada player but potentially one of the best players in Big Brother history. Here is why:

Sarah played an aggressive social game. In fact, she legitimately, at one point, was trusted by the entire house despite being considered a target. She was able to get information from all sides and used that to her advantage week after week.

Sarah manipulated everyone into getting out better players. Although not in the same style as Doctor Will, Sarah was able to use words and scenarios to fool the house guests into either trusting her, not trusting others, or simply doing things that were better for her game.

Sarah, unlike any winner before her, was able to convince the house that she was an emotional player. That made them believe she wasn't a threat. If that isn't master manipulation, I don't know what is.

Also, like Will, Sarah had an ally who did everything she said, and she stuck by that ally until the very end. But other than Britnee, Sarah had Kevin, Willow, Zach (at points), Jordan, Naeha, Johnny, and the girls (at points) in her back pocket. To say that the twists helped her is ridiculous. She had this game on lock.


14 Peter Brown

Peter is a very good observer of the game. He understands the game very well and can analyze it to perfection. However, when he played, he wasn't a good player at all. He made a lot of mistakes that he himself would despise now. That being said, I didn't like him very much before having watched the sideshows, but now my opinion has changed, and I think that technically, he is very good at this game. I hate Sara in the sideshow. She always disses Peter after he gives his opinion, which is irritating.

Why is he so high up on this list? He sucked at the game and made some of the dumbest moves in Big Brother Canada history, like not using the Power of Veto on Topaz and voting out A.J. instead of Andrew during the instant eviction.

Definitely a deserving player on this list. Not only a person who understood the game but can also pull out a few comp wins. A good player all around.

15 Zach Oleynik

Zach Oleynik was a very calculated player, very strong physically, socially, and strategically. His only mistake was not taking Jordan off the block. Though had Sindy not made the decision to flip on Jordan (which was a bad move on her part - and she went home the week after), Zach would have been really well situated in the house with his four alliance members still in the house.

Zach played a well-calculated strategic game and had a brilliant social game. He also respects Big Brother.

Great player! One of the best this season, if not the best all-around player.

16 Demetres Giannitsos

Underrated player, to be honest. I think people forget he holds the record for the most HoH wins in one season by any houseguest. As well, he always kept a calm, level-headed mindset and made the right moves on his own terms (not Ika telling him what to do).

17 Gary Levy

Great all-around player! Very entertaining and a great competitor. Gary going on slop was one of the most memorable moments from S1. Pretty much a lock for All-Stars!

Definitely my favourite gay Big Brother player ever!

The glitter better return soon!

18 Dre Gwenaelle

She was fantastic.

19 Andrew Monaghan
20 Alec Beall

Alec was definitely a good player. Comp and mental threat.

21 Naeha Sareen

An example of someone who tried to make moves at the wrong time. I'd love to see Slayha come back for All-Stars. I think she'll realize what she did wrong this season and will fix her mistakes.

Naeha the Slayha. Robbed out of potentially winning BBCAN3 because of a twist that she would've avoided had Kevin gotten to nominate normally like any other HOH. A superfan and student of the game, Naeha definitely deserves a second chance in All-Stars.

One of the most deserving BBCAN players. Won 3 HoHs, taken out 5 people because of the triple eviction and the superpower twist, nominated 5 times and survived, and made the biggest moves of the season!

22 Bruno Ielo

Bruno Ielo was the BEST social and strategic player of the season. He made the right moves when needed, even though people wanted him out. His social game saved him, and he made the right moves when needed. Also, he made the best move ever by saving Zach at the triple eviction. This guy needs to be ranked in the top 5 all-time Canadian players minimum, or this ranking system is flawed.

Screwed by the infamous twist. He was playing an amazing social game. His risky decision to keep Zach would have paid off had there not been that twist and would have given him many shields in the showmances. A potential winner for sure.

By far the best strategic player of BBCAN3, if not all 3 seasons. If you watched live feeds, you would know how good his social game was. The show didn't show his full game, which is a shame.

23 Adel Elseri

Entertaining player. I think he should be a little higher on this list.

24 Kenny Brain

He was smart and loyal to the First Five. Also, he's extremely hot.

25 Sarah Miller

Underrated in the sense that she was set up well in the house, was extremely likable, and made sensible moves up until her idiotic celebration at Kenny winning. Loved her.

Played an excellent social game and was one of the most likable houseguests ever.

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