Paul Abrahamian

Paul Raffi Abrahamian is an Armenian American reality television personality, clothing designer, and musician born in Tarzana, California.[1] Abrahamian is best known for his appearances in the United States reality television show Big Brother and related spin-offs.

Paul Abrahamian
Paul Raffi Abrahamian

  • Reality television personality
  • clothing designer
  • musician
TelevisionBig Brother 18 (runner-up)
Big Brother 19 (runner-up)

Early life and educationEdit

Abrahamian was born in Tarzana, Los Angeles, in the U.S. state of California. He is of Armenian and Russian descent.[2] Abrahamian attended Pepperdine University and received a degree in philosophy.[3]

Big BrotherEdit

From 2016 to 2018, Abrahamian appeared in five consecutive seasons of Big Brother, three times in the parent series and three times in spin-offs. He holds the record for the most time in the house at 191 days as a contestant and 194 days including the spin‑offs.[4][5] Abrahamian is the first HouseGuest to have twice reached the final two of the competition without winning.[6]

Big Brother 18Edit

Abrahamian was first introduced as a new HouseGuest on Big Brother 18 on June 19, 2016.[7][8] Throughout his game play, Abrahamian was nominated for eviction six times. However, on three of those occasions he was removed from the block via the Power of Veto, which he won three times. He also won Head of Household three times during the season, including the final HoH when he chose to take Nicole Franzel to the finale.[9][10] After 99 days and losing in the final jury vote of 5–4, Abrahamian was crowned the season's runner-up and received a total of US$50,000.[11]

Big Brother 19Edit

On June 28, 2017, Abrahamian returned to Big Brother in Big Brother 19 as a swap-in contestant on the first day, resulting from a temptation accepted by another HouseGuest.[12] Abrahamian's return to the game was met with both positive and negative reviews from critics.[13][14] Throughout the season Abrahamian was only nominated for eviction once which was immediately canceled via The Pendant of Protection.[15] He was unanimously elected by his fellow HouseGuests to face Cody in the season's 'Battle Back'.[16] During the season he won the title of Head of Household three times and was awarded the Power of Veto five times. He also won the first round of the final Head of Household competition but lost to Josh in the final round.[17][18] After 92 days and losing in the final jury vote of 5–4 once again, Abrahamian was crowned the runner up and received another prize of US$50,000.[19][20]

Other Big Brother related appearancesEdit

In October 18, 2016 it was announced that Abrahamian was set to return to the house in the subscription-streaming spin-off Big Brother: Over the Top, to host a Head of Household competition.[21][22][23] Abrahamian returned to the house on October 21 to host the fourth Head of Household competition of the season.[24][25] Abrahamian appeared in the series premiere of the Big Brother spin-off Celebrity Big Brother for a special appearance during the first Head of Household competition.[26][27] On June 27, 2018, Abrahamian appeared in the audience for the premiere episode of Big Brother 20 as a "nod to the shows past".[28][29] He appeared on Off the Block with Ross and Marissa, a Big Brother talk and aftershow, on August 24, 2018.[30] Abrahamian appeared in the thirty-third episode of Big Brother 20 to celebrate the engagement of Nicole Franzel and Victor Arroyo.[31]

Outside of Big BrotherEdit

On October 25, 2016 Abrahamian appeared on the CBS show The Bold & The Beautiful.[32] On July 9, 2017, Abrahamian teamed up with former Big Brother contestant Da'Vonne Rodgers in the series premiere of the CBS game show Candy Crush as part of a special premiere event featuring past players of Big Brother and Survivor.[33][34]


Year Title Role Notes
2016 Big Brother 18 Himself Runner-up
The Bold & The Beautiful Unnamed Florist Cameo appearance
Big Brother: Over the Top Himself Special host
2017 Candy Crush
Big Brother 19 Runner-up
2018 Celebrity Big Brother Special appearance
Big Brother 20 2 episodes (Audience member; Celebrating the engagement of Nicole Franzel and Victor Arroyo)
Off the Block with Ross and Marissa


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  2. ^ "Featured Artist: Paul Abrahamian". February 12, 2015.
  3. ^ "Paul Abrahamian on Twitter". Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  4. ^ Weeber, Stephanie (September 21, 2017). "Big Brother's Paul Abrahamian The Cast 'Voted To See Me Lose'". US Weekly. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  5. ^ Bloom, Mike (September 21, 2017). "Big Brother 19: Paul Abrahamian on His Second Second Place". Prade. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  6. ^ Scott, Kate (September 21, 2017). "'Big Brother' winner: Season 19 finale shocks fans". Global TV. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  7. ^ "Meet The New Big Brother Season 18 Cast Before Anyone Else!". CBS. June 9, 2016. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
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  9. ^ O'Keeffe, Kevin (September 21, 2016). "'Big Brother 18' spoilers: Here's who won the first parts of the final Head of Household". Mic Network. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  10. ^ Porreca, Brian (September 21, 2016). "Big Brother 18: Winner Revealed". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  11. ^ Webber, Stephanie (September 23, 2016). "'Big Brother' Season 18 Finale: Inside Nicole Franzel and Paul Abrahamian's Secret Meeting Before Final Two". US Weekly. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  12. ^ "Big Brother 2017 Cast - Season 19". CBS. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  13. ^ Jamal, Zakiya (June 28, 2017). "Paul Returns For 'Big Brother 19,' But It Comes With A Twist". Romper. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  14. ^ Yahr, Emily (August 21, 2017). "The Big Brother Paul Situation Shows Why Returning Players are a Bad Idea on Reality TV". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  15. ^ Kirkland, Justin (July 5, 2017). "Big Brother recap: This Isn't The Bachelor". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
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  20. ^ Porreca, Brian (September 20, 2017). "'Big Brother 19' Winner Is Crowned". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  21. ^ "Your Boy Paul Set To Host HOH Competition On Big Brother: Over The Top". October 18, 2016. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  22. ^ Boyer, Matt (October 19, 2016). "'Big Brother Over The Top' Sneak Peek Details: Perfect ShOTT HoH Comp & Host Paul Abrahamian". Big Brother Network. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  23. ^ Abrahamian, Paul [@deadskulltweets] (October 17, 2016). "OH WHO'S HOSTING A @BBOverTheTop @CBSBigBrother HOH COMP ON WEDNESDAY THE 19TH?! Watch me hook these fools up w/ friendship live @ 9pm PT 😈" (Tweet). Retrieved February 26, 2018 – via Twitter.
  24. ^ "Paul hosts HOH Competition Big Brother Over The Top BBOTT". October 21, 2016. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  25. ^ "Big Brother: Over The Top Episode 4". Big Brother: Over The Top. Season 1. Episode 4. October 26, 2016. CBS. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  26. ^ Longretta, Emily (February 7, 2017). "'Celebrity Big Brother' Becomes Battle of the Sexes: 6 Key Moments from the Premiere". US Weekly. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  27. ^ Abrahamian, Paul [@deadskulltweets] (February 7, 2017). "When you don't win BB twice so you switch over to music real quick. New EP comin' real soon @VanaldenMusic" (Tweet). Retrieved February 8, 2018 – via Twitter.
  28. ^ Chen, Julie [@JulieChen] (June 27, 2018). "RT if you see someone you recognize 🤗 see all these beautiful people TONIGHT on the #BB20 Premiere !!! 🙌🏼" (Tweet). Retrieved June 28, 2018 – via Twitter.
  29. ^ Ross, Dalton (June 25, 2018). "Big Brother producer confirms no returning players this summer". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  30. ^ "Off The Block: Episode 9 - Scottie". Off the Block with Ross and Marissa. Season 1. Episode 10. Facebook Watch.
  31. ^ jibrilgagale (September 9, 2018). "Big Brother 20 recap: A surprise engagement brings the houseguests closer to reality". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  32. ^ Boyer, Matt (October 25, 2016). "Big Brother 18: Paul, Da'Vonne, & Victor Cameo On 'Bold & Beautiful' [PICS]". Big Brother Network. Retrieved February 10, 2018.
  33. ^ Porreca, Brian (June 15, 2017). "'Big Brother' and 'Survivor' Fan-Favorites to Compete on 'Candy Crush' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  34. ^ Kubicek, John (June 15, 2017). "'Big Brother' and 'Survivor' Contestants to Compete on 'Candy Crush' Premiere". Buddy TV. Retrieved February 9, 2018.