Summer is here, which means it’s time for Big Brother fans to rejoice!
Leading up to Wednesday’s premiere episode, CBS revealed the new batch of houseguests. But a season of Big Brother wouldn’t be a season of Big Brother without some twists.
Twelve houseguests were initially revealed on June 14, but fans of the reality competition know that there are usually at least 14 (if not more) contestants each season.
And during the two-hour premiere it was revealed by host Julie Chen that a total of 16 contestants would be competing for the $500,000 prize.
Joining the dozen new players are four returning contestants from past seasons.
James Huling, 32
The retail associate from Wichita Falls, Tex., quickly became a fan favorite last summer on Big Brother 17. He wasn’t known for cunning strategy, but his crush on (and subsequent “proposal” to) fellow houseguest Meg Maley and carefree attitude made for an entertaining addition to the cast.
Da’Vonne Rogers, 28
The poker dealer from Los Angeles went home far too early last summer after her original alliance turned on her. Rodgers is a natural strategist, so if she can keep her paranoia and emotions under control she could go quite far.
Nicole Franzel, 23
The Ubly, Michigan, native may most fondly be remembered for her week spent in a “Germitard.” Or maybe her time spent in the frog costume. Basically, the Big Brother 16 alum will be a successful returning player as long as producers find a way to get her in as many costumes as possible.
Frank Eudy, 30
He may not have won Big Brother 14, but Eudy was declared America’s Favorite Houseguest and walked away with $25,000 at the season finale in 2012. During his first season, Eudy had a close friendship and alliance with returning player Mike “Boogie” Malin until they were both undone by The Quack Pack. Perhaps this year he’ll enter a similar relationship with a season 18 newbie.
But the four returning players are not the only familiar faces among the 16 houseguests competing in the Big Brother house this season.
Big Brother 16 finalists Cody Calafiore‘s brother Paulie is among the contestants that were announced on Tuesday.
Aside from baring a striking resemblance to his older brother, Paulie will be familiar to fans as he appeared in video packages throughout Cody’s season.
“There are multiple strategies I’ll use,” Paulie says in his official houseguest bio. “None of which have any meaning prior to entering the house and seeing what pieces I’ll be playing chess with.”
Paulie will be joined by eleven of the most diverse houseguests in the reality competition’s history, including season 17 contestant Vanessa Rousso’s sister .
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Read below for the full list of new houseguests:
Paul Abrahamian, 23
Hometown/Current City: Tarzana, California
Occupation: Clothing Designer
Victor Arroyo, 25
Hometown/Current City: Slidell, Louisiana
Occupation: Gym Manager
Corey Brooks, 25
Hometown/Current City: Dallas
Occupation: Baseball Coach
Paulie Calafiore, 27
Hometown/Current City: Howell, New Jersey
Bronte D’Acquisto, 26
Hometown: San Diego
Current City: Denver
Bridgette Dunning, 24
Hometown: Fresno, California
Current City: Ventura, California
Occupation: Traveling Nurse
Zakiyah Everette, 24
Hometown/Current City: Charlotte, North Carolina
Occupation: Preschool Teacher
Jozea Flores, 24
Hometown: Bridgeton, New Jersey
Current City: Los Angeles
Occupation: Makeup Artist
Glenn Garcia, 50
Hometown/Current City: Bronx, New York
Occupation: Dog Groomer/Former Police Detective
Michelle Meyer, 23
Hometown/Current City: Washington Township, Michigan
Natalie Negrotti, 26
Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
Current City: Franklin Park, New Jersey
Occupation: Event Coordinator
Tiffany Rousso, 32
Hometown: West Palm Beach, Florida
Current City: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Occupation: High School Teacher
Big Brother 18 airs Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays on CBS.