Your favorite summer guilty pleasure is back! “Big Brother” premieres Wednesday, June 25 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) and Thursday, June 26 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) in a two-night premiere of what is being called “the most twisted” season ever.

The real-time, reality show returns with 16 new houseguests competing in two new twists and a new high-stakes competition to win $500,000 over this summer.

All 16 houseguests have something to offer (for a full list, click here), and it’s a guarantee that watching them compete will have its share of tweet-worthy moments, but here are five we have our eyes on to win and five we hope don’t make it past the first few episodes.

Related: Big Brother Season 13 Winner Rachel Reilly Previews New “Big Brother” 


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Cody Calafiore, 23

Hometown: Hackensack, N.J.

Current City: Howell, N.J.

Sales Account Executive


He looks like an All-American guy, so how could you not vote for him? Seriously, he’ll be sure to make plenty of the girls swoon while maintaining a good guy image.

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Joey Van Pelt, 27

Hometown: Seattle, Wash.

Current City: Seattle, Wash.

Makeup Artist


Look at her hair. Look at that smile. She looks like she may be one of the more fun houseguests on the show, and being a makeup artist may mean she’s prone to gossip.  Gossip is always a good way to shake things up.

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Donny Thompson, 42

Hometown: Albemarle, N.C.

Current City: Albemarle, N.C.

School Groundskeeper


His beard alone should be enough to make you vote for him. It takes some serious dedication and effort to grow a beard like that; the same dedication and effort it takes to win “Big Brother.”

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Jocasta Odom, 33

Hometown: Griffin, Ga.

Current City: Lovejoy, Ga.



Honestly, it’s the bowtie and the bowtie alone that makes her a force to be reckoned with. Anybody bold enough to wear a bowtie with a bright colored shirt has the same boldness needed to win this completion.

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Frankie Grande, 31

Hometown: Boca Raton, Fla.

Current City: New York, N.Y.

YouTube Personality


First of all, he’s Ariana Grande’s big brother (Yes, that Ariana Grande).  Second, being a YouTube Personality means he has to be entertaining. Period. Let’s hope his experience in front of the camera comes in handy for a show that has him on camera 24/7.




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Paola Shea, 27

Hometown: East Hampton, Conn.

Current City: Astoria, N.Y.



She’s a DJ from New York City, just like thousands of others. We’re not sure what could possibly distinguish her from the other houseguests.

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Hayden Voss, 21

Hometown: Marlborough, Mass.

Current City: Long Beach, Calif.

Pedicab Driver


The epitome of a surfer from Long Beach, Hayden looks like he’s more comfortable on a beach or just chilling with his bros. Send him packing early so he can get back to his easy, breezy beach life.

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Christine Brecht, 23

Hometown: Tucson, Ariz.

Current City: Tucson, Ariz.



Christine could easily live in Williamsburg, NY, wearing an ironic shirt from Urban Outfitters. Her occupation as a barista doesn’t help. Send her back to Arizona to be with her fellow hipsters.

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Zach Rance, 23

Hometown: Palm Beach, Fla.

Current City: Palm Beach, Fla.

Recent College Graduate


Having a name like Zach and pointing at the camera is a sure fire way to get everyone on your bad side. Zach may be more at home in a frat house than the “Big Brother” house.

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Nicole Franzel, 21

Hometown: Ubly, Mich.

Current City: Ubly, Mich.

Recent Nursing Graduate


Nicole may be deceptively hiding her tactic behind those blonde locks or just another pretty face. For some reason, we’re betting on the latter.


Honorable Mentions: 

There are still six other houseguests who are neither here nor there appearing on the upcoming season of “Big Brother,” but they should still be recognized.

– Amber Borzotra, 26

– Derrick Levasseur, 30

– Brittany Martinez, 29

– Victoria Rafaeli, 22

– Caleb Reynolds, 26

– Devin Shepherd, 26


Shawn Thomas writes Entertainment & Lifestyle content for CBS Local. Follow him on Twitter.


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