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CBS Unveils The Lucky 13 New Houseguests Ranging in Age from 22 to 75


CBS announced the identities of the 13 Houseguests who will compete in BIG BROTHER 10.  This season will feature a back-to-basics approach, kicking off with no casting twists and a return to the original format that has made BIG BROTHER one of the most popular summer series on television.


"To celebrate 10 seasons of BIG BROTHER we are going 'old school' and returning to the original concept for the show - A group of strangers living together in a house and battling it out for half a million dollars.   All 13 Houseguests have no prior relationship - they are not exes, nor secret couples," said executive producer Allison Grodner.  "We are also excited to have the most diverse group we have ever assembled.   They range in age from 22 to 75, come from all walks of life, and have distinct points of view.  This should make for an unforgettable BIG BROTHER summer."


BIG BROTHER 10 will debut Sunday, July 13 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Following the premiere, BIG BROTHER 10 will be broadcast three nights weekly, on Sundays (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), Tuesdays (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) and the live eviction show, hosted by Julie Chen, Wednesdays (8:00-9:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT). 


BIG BROTHER follows a group of people living together in a house outfitted with dozens of cameras and microphones recording their every move 24 hours a day.  One by one, the Houseguests will vote each other out of the house.  At the end of three months, the last remaining Houseguest will receive the Grand Prize of $500,000.


This season, Houseguests will move into a brand new, all-American home with a traditional look, with a rocking chair on the front porch, Victorian stenciled windows and a lush flower garden.  Like the contestants who will inhabit it, each room has a different style and flair, including a groovy "Road to Woodstock" bedroom, a rad '80s "Punk Room" and a classic retro 1950s style kitchen.  Additionally, the house comes equipped with a Jacuzzi and swimming pool in the backyard. 


Following are the 13 Houseguests, listed across in alphabetical order, who will compete in BIG BROTHER 10:

Michelle Costa, 28                                                 Steven Daigle, 35

Cumberland,R.I.                                                    Dallas, Texas via The    Woodlands, Texas

Single                                                                   Single

Realtor                                                                     Rodeo Competitor

April Dowling, 30                                                    Memphis Garrett, 25   

Higley, Ariz. via Arlington, Neb.                                    Los Angeles via Collierville, Tenn.

Single                                                                           Single

Financial Manager                                                        "Mixologist"


Dan Gheesling, 24                                                        Jessie Godderz, 22

Dearborn, Mich.                                                           Huntington Beach, Calif. via Rudd, Iowa

Single                                                                           Single

Catholic School Teacher                                               Professional Body Builder


Brian Hart, 27                                                              Jerry Mac Donald, 75

San Francisco                                                               Magnolia, Texas via Wilkes Barre, Pa.

Single                                                                           Married/Great Grandfather

Telecommunications Account Manager             Retired Marketing Executive


Renny Martyn, 53                                                         Bryan Ollie, 27

Metairie, La. (suburb of New Orleans)              Bloomington, Minn. (suburb of Minneapolis)

Married/Mom                                                               Single

Beauty Salon Owner                                                     Marketing Sales Representative


Keesha Smith, 29                                                         Angie Swindell, 29       

Burbank, Calif. via Sterling, Ohio                                  Orlando, Fla. via Virginia Beach, Va.

Single                                                                           Single  

Waitress                                                                       Pharmaceutical Sales Representative    


Libra Thompson, 31                

Spring, Texas                                      


Human Resources Representative        


BIG BROTHER is executive produced by Emmy Award winner Allison Grodner, Rich Meehan and Scott Einziger, in association with Endemol U.S.A.


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