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[06/19/14 - 09:21 AM]
CBS Announces the 16 New "Big Brother" Houseguests Competing tn the Most "Twisted" Season Ever
Viewers will be introduced to eight new Houseguests each night of the two-night premiere, Wednesday, June 25 and Thursday, June 26.

[via press release from CBS]

CBS ANNOUNCES THE 16 NEW "BIG BROTHER" HOUSEGUESTS COMPETING IN THE MOST "TWISTED" SEASON EVER

CBS announced today the 16 Houseguests who will compete against each other on the most "twisted" season of BIG BROTHER. Viewers will be introduced to eight new Houseguests each night of the two-night BIG BROTHER premiere, Wednesday, June 25 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) and Thursday, June 26 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Julie Chen returns as the host.

Below are the 16 new Houseguests who will spend the summer competing for $500,000:

Amber Borzotra, 26 Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn. Current City: North Hollywood, Calif. Esthetician

Christine Brecht, 23 Hometown: Tucson, Ariz. Current City: Tucson, Ariz. Barista

Cody Calafiore, 23 Hometown: Hackensack, N.J. Current City: Howell, N.J. Sales Account Executive

Nicole Franzel, 21 Hometown: Ubly, Mich. Current City: Ubly, Mich. Recent Nursing Graduate

Frankie Grande, 31 Hometown: Boca Raton, Fla. Current City: New York, N.Y. YouTube Personality

Derrick Levasseur, 30 Hometown: Providence, R.I. Current City: Providence, R.I. Police Sergeant

Brittany Martinez, 29 Hometown: Long Beach, Calif. Current City: Torrance, Calif. Event Coordinator

Jocasta Odom, 33 Hometown: Griffin, Ga. Current City: Lovejoy, Ga. Minister

Victoria Rafaeli, 22 Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y. and Holon, Israel Current City: Weston, Fla. Photographer

Zach Rance, 23 Hometown: Palm Beach, Fla. Current City: Palm Beach, Fla. Recent College Graduate

Caleb Reynolds, 26 Hometown: Dallas, Texas Current City: Hopkinsville, Ky. Adventure Hunting Guide

Paola Shea, 27 Hometown: East Hampton, Conn. Current City: Astoria, N.Y. DJ

Devin Shepherd, 26 Hometown: Santa Barbara, Calif. Current City: San Antonio, Texas Former Professional Baseball Player / Motorcycle Sales Manager

Donny Thompson, 42 Hometown: Albemarle, N.C. Current City: Albemarle, N.C. School Groundskeeper

Joey Van Pelt, 27 Hometown: Seattle, Wash. Current City: Seattle, Wash. Makeup Artist

Hayden Voss, 21 Hometown: Marlborough, Mass. Current City: Long Beach, Calif. Pedicab Driver

As previously announced, Host Julie Chen will reveal details of the two new twists and the new competition for the season during the premiere episode. In the first twist, two Houseguests will win the coveted role of "Head of Household" (HOH) each week, and will have the responsibility of nominating two fellow Houseguests for eviction; however, for the first time on the series, earning HOH will not guarantee one's safety in the game for the week.

With the second twist, fans will have a unique opportunity to significantly influence the game from home with a new interactive element called "Team America." Today, CBS Interactive launched the site cbs.com/bbteamamerica, asking viewers to vote on which of the new Houseguests they would like to form an alliance with.

In addition, an entirely new high-stakes competition will be introduced, "Battle of the Block," which will dramatically shift the power in the house each week.

Following the two-night premiere, BIG BROTHER will air Sundays, beginning June 29 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), Wednesdays (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), and the live eviction show hosted by Julie Chen on Thursdays, beginning July 3 (9:01 - 10:00 PM, ET/PT).

BIG BROTHER follows a group of people living together in a house outfitted with 76 HD cameras and more than 100 microphones, recording their every move 24 hours a day. Each week, the Houseguests will vote someone out of the house. At the end, the last remaining Houseguest will receive the grand prize of $500,000. BIG BROTHER is produced by Emmy Award-winning producer Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan for Fly on the Wall Entertainment, in association with Endemol USA.

On the Web: http://www.cbs.com/shows/big_brother/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BigBrother

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cbsbigbrother

Host on Twitter: @JulieChen





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[10/22/14 - 04:00 PM]
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[10/22/14 - 03:19 PM]
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[10/22/14 - 01:40 PM]
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[10/22/14 - 01:37 PM]
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[10/22/14 - 01:14 PM]
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[10/22/14 - 12:44 PM]
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[10/22/14 - 11:31 AM]
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[10/22/14 - 11:14 AM]
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[10/22/14 - 11:05 AM]
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[10/22/14 - 11:04 AM]
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[10/22/14 - 10:58 AM]
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[10/22/14 - 10:49 AM]
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[10/22/14 - 10:42 AM]
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[10/22/14 - 10:41 AM]
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[10/22/14 - 10:31 AM]
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