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[08/12/05 - 12:00 AM]
America Chooses Kaysar Ridha as Their Favorite Evicted Player to Return to the Big Brother 6 House!

[via press release from CBS]

AMERICA CHOOSES KAYSAR RIDHA AS THEIR FAVORITE EVICTED PLAYER TO RETURN TO THE BIG BROTHER 6 HOUSE!

Kaysar Received The Most Votes From Viewers Online And Via Text Messaging To Secure Him A Place Back In The Game

Sarah Hresja Is The Fifth Person Evicted From The Big Brother House

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. � American television viewers have chosen Kaysar Ridha as their favorite evicted player to return to the BIG BROTHER 6 house. Results of the America's Choice poll were announced tonight by Host Julie Chen on the live BIG BROTHER 6 broadcast. With over 5 million votes cast, the 24-year-old graphic designer, an Iraqi-American from Irvine, Calif., received 82% of the vote to secure him a second chance at the game. Following Julie�s announcement, Kaysar immediately returned to the house where he received a warm welcome.

Tonight�s live broadcast also saw Sarah Hresja leave the house as the fifth person evicted. She was interviewed by Julie Chen about her experience.

Since the show premiered on July 7, Kaysar Ridha, Eric Littmann, Michael Donnellan and Ashlea Evans were evicted from the Big Brother house. Unbeknownst to the houseguests, they were sequestered in separate locations and cut off from the outside world with a chance to return to the game. It was announced during last week�s Thursday live broadcast that �Big Brother� viewers had the power to change the outcome of BIG BROTHER 6 by voting one of the evictees back into the game. Ashlea left sequester and was not eligible to return.

Sarah�s fate was sealed by a vote of 6-1 for her eviction. After she and her boyfriend James were blindsided by their allies and nominated for eviction by Howie, the HOH, James won the Power of Veto competition for the fourth week in a row and removed himself from the chopping block. Howie nominated Ivette to take James� place.

As part of the twist that is playing throughout the summer broadcasts, each of the 14 houseguests who originally entered the house believed they were the only one playing the game with a secret partner (friends, co-workers and significant others). Over time, the houseguests figured out the pairs on their own. As of tonight, the only remaining pairs in the house are Beau and Ivette, Howie and Rachel and Jennifer and April. In order to win the biggest cash prize in Big Brother history, it is up to the partners to keep their pairing intact and end up the last two people in the house, as the winner will collect $1,000,000 with the second place finisher winning $250,000. If a twosome does not make it to the final two, the winner will win $500,000.

For more information about the aftermath of Sarah�s eviction from BIG BROTHER 6, tune in to �The Early Show� tomorrow morning where she will be interviewed by Julie Chen. Viewers can also log on to www.cbs.com and watch her live on "Housecalls: The Big Brother Talk Show" with Marcellas and Gretchen at 1:00 PM ET/10:00 AM PT.

BIG BROTHER 6 is broadcast each week on Tuesdays (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), Thursdays (8:00-9:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) and Saturdays (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT). The Thursday broadcast, hosted by Julie Chen, features the live eviction of one of the houseguests.

The Houseguests

Maggie Ausburn, 26, Las Vegas
Beau Beasley, 25, Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Ivette Corredero, 25, Miami Beach, Fla.
Michael Donnellan, 28, Raised in Europe -- Evicted 7/21
Ashlea Evans, 22, Plantation, Fla. -- Evicted 7/14
Howie Gordon, 34, Chicago
Sarah Hrejsa, Chicago -- Evicted 8/11
April Lewis, 30, Dallas
Eric Littman, 36, Las Vegas -- Evicted 7/28
Janelle Pierzina, 25, Miami Beach, Fla.
Rachel Plencner, 33, Parker, Colo.
James Rhine, 29, Atlanta Geor.
Kaysar Ridha, 24, Irvine, Calif. -- Evicted 8/4; Returned to the house 8/11
Jennifer Vasquez, 27, Plano Tex.





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