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Production decided to unleash last season’s runner-up, Paul Abrahamian, back into the house as a consequence of a “temptation” twist in the premiere episode.
So why Paul? Executive producers Rich Meehan and Allison Grodner are opening up about that.
“He was such a memorable character, played a great game and made it to final two and didn’t win,” Rich told THR. “A lot of people thought he should have won. When we were thinking about the one person we wanted to bring back we thought of him.”
“It was the idea that one houseguest would come back into the house as part of a twist. Then you think, ‘Well, who?’ And you want to do it from more recent seasons and last year there were a lot of people at the end who said Paul was robbed,” Allison said. “He played a good game, yet he did not win. It’s fun to give people like that another shot.”
She also said, “We talked about others, but Paul was definitely…”
“At the top of the list,” Rich added. “We had a few people that we were also considering and then it was a decision between us and CBS.”
In case you missed it, find out who was voted out first in the premiere.