CBS revealed the first 12 houseguests for this summer’s season of the reality program “Big Brother,” with a surprise 13th houseguest to be revealed later.
For this year’s iteration of the show, the houseguests will be divided into four groups inspired by high school cliques. Among them will be the popular kids, jocks, brainiacs and the “off beats.” Participants will compete as teams for food, luxuries and safety from eviction.
The 13th mystery houseguest will come in and support one of the cliques.
“The division will cause instant drama,” said “Big Brother” executive producer Allison Grodner.
Also new for this season is a new, eco-friendly house.
The first 12 houseguests as announced Wednesday include the following:
Braden Bacha, 28
Casey Turner, 41
Chima Simone, 32
Jeff Schroeder, 30
Jordan Lloyd, 22
Kevin Campbell, 29
Laura Crosby, 21
Lydia Tavera, 24
Michele Noonan, 27
Natalie Martinez, 24
Ronnie Talbott, 30
Russell Kairouz, 24
“Big Brother’s” eleventh season debuts Thurs., July 9, with episodes airing three times per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays thereafter.