LAST EDITED ON 07-01-11 AT 05:11 PM (EST)
Yes, there's only eight of them. As noted in the other preview thread (if you haven't been there yet), three associated pairs from past seasons will be returning to the cage. We can supposedly vote for our favorites (out of six duos) and get what we want. In reality, any votes will just be used to gauge interest, followed by being ignored. After all, how can Grodner expect to catch her stink bug in an air freshener if she actually listens to the viewers?
First, the potential returning pairs:
Will/Mike (I'll go with half of that...)
Jeff/Jordan *invokes mercy rule*
Hayden/Enzo *fails to get any*
We'll have our specific screams of agony when the time comes.
And now, the fresh meat.
(Side notes: for the eight, it's as racially mixed a group as this show ever sees. Of course, all but one of the potential returnees is Caucasian. And if Grodner really wants to steal from MB, she'll cast extra-stupid in the hopes of getting a boomerang or two to the finals. Beware!)
Name: Adam Poch
Hometown: East Brunswick, N.J. (living in Hoboken, N.J.) No, we haven't met.
Occupation: Music Inventory Manager
Three adjectives that describe you: Funny, loud and cuddly I want to add 'drunk'. I don't know why. He just seems like the type whose opinion of his comedy would increase with alcohol. I hope I'm wrong.
Favorite activities: Concerts, dining out, movies, TV, Broadway plays, hanging with friends and traveling.
What do you think will be the most difficult part about living inside the BIG BROTHER house? No music, TV, concerts, sports - but mostly no music. Easy to guess what lands in his HoH basket.
Strategy for winning BIG BROTHER: I am a born leader and a very friendly guy, so it will not be hard for me to make friends. Most of all, I plan to stay cool with as many people as possible so that whoever has power will not view me as a threat. Yes, and the more people you're friends with, the bigger a threat you are! Kill the swing vote!
Which past BIG BROTHER cast member did you like most or least? Like: Evel Dick, Howie, Ronnie, Janelle and Rachel. Dislike: Cappy, Ivette and that whole Nerd Herd. If you know the Nerd Herd, then you've at least done some research on the show. If you like Ronnie, then you weren't really paying attention. Rachel and Dick... well, given this setup, people will be getting their wishes. And should have been more careful on the wording.
What are you afraid of? Large barking dogs YOU FOOL!
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? I once ate an XXL pizza all by myself! More seriously, being able to maintain a job in the industry that I love for 17 years. The pizza is more likely to come into play.
Finish this sentence: My life's motto is... worry about the things you can control and deal with the things you can't.
What would you take into the house and why? A micro cassette recorder so I could hear what others are saying, a big bottle of Bourbon and my heavy metal sneakers. Microcassette? Bugging is not his strong suit, nor is modern spy equipment -- oh, look: bourbon! (Oh no.)
What would you do if BIG BROTHER made you famous? I would still remember who was there for me before. Because they'd all be calling you for money.
Name: Cassi Colvin
Hometown: Allen, Texas (living in Nashville, Tenn.)
Occupation: Model You knew we were getting at least one.
Three adjectives that describe you: Stubborn, sincere and funny Hi, Monet!
Favorite activities: My favorite thing to do is to sit around (preferably outside and with men) and have a couple of beers. Hi, nearly everyone who wasn't Monet!
What do you think will be the most difficult part about living inside the BIG BROTHER house? It will be hard to be cut off from the world for (hopefully) three months, but what are a few months in the grand scheme of things? Traditionally, they're just long enough to permanently ruin your life.
Strategy for winning BIG BROTHER: I'm going to play the same way I live - be sweet and kind to everyone but always remember it's a game and everyone's in it for themselves. My plan is to stay neutral, fly under the radar, don't be a threat and play well in competitions. You have never seen this show.
What are you afraid of? Heights! I don't care for insects or snakes, but for the sake of the game, bring them on. YOU FOOL!
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Having a successful career. I've made it happen through persistence and devotion and I haven't let it change who I am. Also, staying away from the career-killing poison that is Tyra.
Finish this sentence: My life's motto is... go hard or not at all. Suck everything you can out of life and live with no regrets. Never treat anyone as if they're less than you because you haven't walked in their shoes. Get backstabbed when you least expect it.
What would you take into the house and why? Music because it is a powerful tool that can literally alter your mood, books because they're a relaxing escape and lotion because I need it. An ongoing subtheme of the cast: it's a very media-focused group.
What would you do if BIG BROTHER made you famous? Fame has never been something I've actively sought out, but if it happened through the show I would absolutely exploit it to the fullest. It would be a reward and blessing to know I have the tools to always support my family and myself. Not on 500k, you don't. And if you're here? You are actively seeking fame. But it's not what you're likely to find -- at least, not of the type you wanted.
Name: Dominic Briones
Hometown: San Mateo, Calif.
Occupation: College Student at San Francisco State At twenty-five? Late starter, PhD candidate, or...?
Three adjectives that describe you: Funny, outgoing and good-hearted Party! Party!
Favorite activities: Riding motorcycles and mountain bikes. I'm a speed freak. I love the rush of flying on land. 'I spend more on tickets than I do on tuition.'
What do you think will be the most difficult part about living inside the BIG BROTHER house? Not being able to leave or go outside of the house. It will be tough not being able to go where I want, when I want. Also, not being able to talk to my family and friends. 'I will lose it in Week Three.'
Strategy for winning BIG BROTHER: Build trust, build alliances and make friends. Together we are strong, apart we fall. Also, I don't want to be too strong too soon. Flying under the radar in the beginning is key. First seat on the jury will look so good on you.
Which past BIG BROTHER cast member did you like most or least? I like Jeff for sure. He seemed like a cool dude and played the game well. Even though he didn't win, he was well liked and won "America's Favorite Houseguest." I didn't like Jesse because he was too cocky. If you're happy and you're screwed, clap your hands.
What are you afraid of? I'm afraid of STDs. Everything else, I can adapt to. YOU FOOL! -- oh, wait -- actually, given what Grodner typically casts... YOU FOOL!
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Having amazing relationships with my family and close friends. Honestly, at the end of my life, that's what is most important to me. How many people can say they really love their family? Huh. Okay, he's a little deeper than originally suspected.
Finish this sentence: My life's motto is... don't worry about a thing cuz every little thing is gonna be alright. And has dubious taste in music.
What would you take into the house and why? My iPod, some speakers and my video camera. I would have some crazy dance-offs listening to some JLo and I'd love to capture it all on camera. I can't live without my tunes. This group will kill each other over a wax reel.
What would you do if BIG BROTHER made you famous? Try to be a good example for people and make a difference of some sort. 'Have more sex.'
Name: Kalia Booker
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa. (living in Los Angeles)
Three adjectives that describe you: Anyone who can describe themselves in three adjectives is pretty boring but if I have to: dramatic, adventurous and gregarious Also, 'dead meat'. (Wrong part of speech?)
Favorite activities: I love singing, going to the beach, shopping, writing and going out with friends.
What do you think will be the most difficult part about living inside the BIG BROTHER house? Not being able to talk to my family and friends. I'm really close with my mother and sisters. I talk to them almost every day. Also, being cut off from the world is going to be hard. There are so many modern day technologies I'm addicted to my blackberry, email, Facebook, Twitter, etc. The correct answer is 'other people' But thanks for playing! Now why am I getting a Libra vibe off you?
Strategy for winning BIG BROTHER: None. Everybody loves me! I'll be there until the end. Dead. Meat. (And likely a floater.)
Which past BIG BROTHER cast member did you like most or least? I loved Dr. Will. He played the crap out of everyone and no one knew the wiser. I loved James for the same reasons. I also love Janelle because she was super cute, but could back it up by winning competitions. She should have won the game. Oh, look: someone who doesn't think Janelle is fat -- and who doesn't understand juries.
What are you afraid of? Snakes, snakes, snakes and more snakes! I can't see them on television, movies or think about them. I checked my bed for snakes for a solid 12 years because my dad told me there were snakes in the woods behind our house and I assumed they could make their way into my bed. YOU FOOL!
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? I've done a lot that I'm proud of but I feel really great about my recent financial independence. I was really proud of myself when I paid my rent all on my own for the first time. You're thirty and you just now paid your own rent? Oh, right -- writer. All is forgiven.
Finish this sentence: My life's motto is... Live life and laugh hard while you do it.
What would you take into the house and why? My BlackBerry but I'm pretty sure that won't be allowed, and my iPod because I need music…and because it would drown people out when they are annoying me.
What would you do if BIG BROTHER made you famous? Probably be famous... hang out with Lindsay Lohan or something. Dead, broken meat.
Name: Keith Henderson
Hometown: Bolingbrook, Ill.
Occupation: Human Resources Manager
Three adjectives that describe you: Charming, adorable and kiss-ass Yes, he said kiss. Do you hate him yet?
Favorite activities: Working out, hanging out with my friends, dancing, writing poetry, going to church and doing anything spontaneous. I hear the name 'Kevin' on the wind.
What do you think will be the most difficult part about living inside the BIG BROTHER house? Nothing - I deal with human capital (people) on a regular basis. Human. Capital.
Strategy for winning BIG BROTHER: I'm going to use my HR charm to get people to trust and love me and then I will stab them if I need to. I'll have the women swooning over me and the guys wanting to be on my team. It's the perfect strategy. No, wait. Don't die in there. I want the option of killing you myself.
Which past BIG BROTHER cast member did you like most or least? I loved BB2 Chill Town, first-ever alliance.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? There are too many to mention, but I would say "Genuine Ken" (on Hulu) and being a successful HR professional. He wants you to look that up. He needs you to look that up. Don't oblige him.
Finish this sentence: My life's motto is... Professional Keith would say: You can't believe in a dream if you can't believe in yourself. Playboy Keith would say: Work all day, grind all night! And I say: die.
What would you take into the house and why? My toothbrush, because my smile is key, and a Bible to keep me grounded.
What would you do if BIG BROTHER made you famous? Share the cash prize with my family and hope that it would open doors for me to do more acting. Hello, Biggest Idiot In The Cage!
Name: Lawon Exum
Hometown: Urbana, Ill. (living in Inglewood, Calif.)
Occupation: Legal File Clerk
Three adjectives that describe you: "Handsomexy" (handsome and sexy, because I am inside and out) and clever. But not too good at inventing words.
Favorite activities: My favorite activity is exercising because it keeps my mind sharp and me looking "handsomefied." I also like to travel with friends to experience different cities and cultures. Okay, you're going to have to stop that...
What do you think will be the most difficult part about living inside the BIG BROTHER house? The most difficult part will be adjusting to housemate's hygiene habits. OCD? Clean freak? Never washes and hopes everyone else doesn't either?
Strategy for winning BIG BROTHER: I will use my personality, style, gift of gab and cleverness to win Big Brother. You will not even make the jury.
Which past BIG BROTHER cast member did you like most or least? I love Will from the second season. I loved how he was upfront and honest from the beginning of the game. He used his looks and personality to win votes and the game. He will personally engineer my ouster.
What are you afraid of? Roaches. Ever since I was a child I have been afraid of them. I presume because they represent filth. YOU FOOL! (And clean freak it is.)
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? There are so many! If I have to pick one it would be losing 54 pounds and maintaining my weight loss for the last 15 years. 'I hate NBC!'
Finish this sentence: My life's motto is... some people got IT and some people don't. Now go get it. He will be trying to take your it.
What would you take into the house and why? My face clippers so I can always stay camera-ready, a treadmill to stay in shape and a laptop so I can stay in touch with my family and friends. This group is really having trouble with the concept...
What would you do if BIG BROTHER made you famous? I would show the entertainment world that there are still normal human beings in Hollywood and give back to my hometown, Urbana, Illinois. Everyone defines 'normal' by themselves alone. For details, please see the entire bloody planet.
Name: Porsche Briggs
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (living in Miami Beach, Fla.)
Occupation: VIP Cocktail Waitress Here we go again!
Three adjectives that describe you: Sexy, bitchy and clever 'I am better than you in every way. If you don't agree with that, I will destroy you.'
Favorite activities: Going to the beach, then out to eat and then out to the clubs As deep as the mountain dew. With about as much content.
What do you think will be the most difficult part about living inside the BIG BROTHER house? Not having my dog for three months. Take comfort. You may get Jessie.
Strategy for winning BIG BROTHER: Try not to blow up at too many people. First out.
Which past Big Brother cast member did you like most or least? Natalie Martinez - I love that she straight up lied to everyone and it worked. We are around the same age so I hate that she had the idea and chance before me. ...
...maybe she'll quit before the season starts.
What are you afraid of? Sharks YOU FOOL! You don't have to be afraid of your own species!
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Taking care of my father after his heart attack.
Finish this sentence: My life's motto is... fear is stupid, so are regrets. And from all current evidence, Miss Natalie-envy, so are you.
What would you take into the house and why? Sunglasses - my must have! Rosebud lip balm - you never know. And, bikinis - they are what I live in. Gosh, as if they're going to rip those things out of the twenty-seven bags she packed.
What would you do if BIG BROTHER made you famous? Ride it out as long as possible. Honesty -- is such an ugly word... This one? Is what people wanted to believe Janelle was. The downhill rush continues. (And if the gNat gets in, she'll destroy the rival first.)
Name: Shelly Moore
Hometown: Centerville, Ohio (living in Prairieville, La.) They don't tell you if your house burns down, they don't tell you if it gets flooded.
Occupation: Outdoors Industry Executive Come again? That's doublespeak for something that shouldn't have layering attached.
Three adjectives that describe you: Dynamic, tenacious and giving Try not to read 'holier than thou'.
Favorite activities: I like to play with my family. We play wall ball and Super Mario is hilarious. We like to ride bikes and scooters and swim a lot. I also like collecting all the junk mail, then saving it, and then putting all of it in a postage paid junk mail envelope to send back to one of the senders. And slightly evil.
What do you think will be the most difficult part about living inside the BIG BROTHER house? (Dealing with) the filth of people who don't clean up their stuff. The other hard part would be sleeping in a room with people who snore. Also, popping a zit in front of America would be a new challenge. Have you met Lavvon? You will delight him and terrify him at the same time.
Strategy for winning BIG BROTHER: I'm a leader, a ring leader and a team builder. I would try to pull a good group of people together that could mutually benefit from the arrangement. It's amazing how many people forget that one person wins...
Which past BIG BROTHER cast member did you like most or least? I loved Jeff and Jordan. They were genuine and real. They were also extremely classy and represented themselves very well as human beings. I will now take a twenty-minute break until you stop laughing. This one either has no concept of live feeds and was totally fooled by the editing -- or has no idea about what Jeff & Jordan truly did. Which option disturbs you more?
What are you afraid of? Snakes and really tall buildings. You just gave them two hamsters for the price of one pet shop visit! YOU FOOL!
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? My daughter. Every smile, every hug, every word... she is part of her daddy and me.
Finish this sentence: My life's motto is... It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man in the arena... Teddy Roosevelt Good quote, but she didn't exactly nail it -- and it says a lot about her. She will not take well to being second-guessed. Which means she's gonna hate us. Oh, is she ever.
What would you take into the house and why? My husband and daughter smiling in a picture, Monster Blue (energy drink) and ear plugs. Oddly, the earplugs are her weakest chance.
What would you do if BIG BROTHER made you famous? I would make a bee line to St. Jude's hospital with my little girl and do all we could for those kids. Fair enough and it's a great cause, but the best you can hope for is a local fundraiser. (Faith healing is unlikely.)
They're already lost. Wonder when they'll figure that out...