CBS Introduces the 12 New Houseguests Competing in the 'Big Brother' House This Summer

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July 5th, 2012

via press release:


In a Series First, Four of the Most Successful Players of All-Time Return to BIG BROTHER, Playing the Game with Their Own Agenda and For Their Own Prize  

Find Out Which Former Houseguests Are Returning

During the Season Premiere on Thursday, July 12 


BIG BROTHER welcomes 12 new Houseguests for the 14th installment of the CBS reality series which premieres Thursday, July 12 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Julie Chen is the host.

In a series first, four of the most successful players to ever enter the BIG BROTHER house, will return to play their own game and for their own separate prize. The identities of the four returning players and details surrounding their mission inside the house will be revealed during the season premiere.

Below are this season’s 12 new Houseguests, who will spend the summer competing for the $500,000 grand prize:

Jenn Arroyo, 37

Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.

Current City: Brooklyn, N.Y.

Musician / Former Bass Player for the Female Metal Group “Kittie”



Joe Arvin, 41

Hometown: Lexington, Ky.

Current City: Schererville, Ind.




Frank Eudy, 28

Hometown: Marion, Ark.

Current City: Naples, Fla.




Jodi Rollins, 42

Hometown: Englewood, Colo.


Current City: Calipatria, Calif.


Restaurant Server



Willie Hantz, 34

Hometown: Vinton, La.

Current City: Dayton, Texas




Wil Heuser, 24

Hometown: Louisville, Ky.

Current City: Louisville, Ky.

Marketing Consultant



Ashley Iocco, 26

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa.

Current City: West Hollywood, Calif.

Owner of a Mobile Spray Tanning Company 


Shane Meaney, 26

Hometown: Bennington, Vt.

Current City: Bennington, Vt.

House Flipper 


Kara Monaco, 29                                                                                

Hometown: Orlando, Fla.        

Current City: Los Angeles, Calif.          



Danielle Murphree, 23

Hometown: Grant, Ala.

Current City: Tuscaloosa, Ala.



JoJo Spatafora, 26

Hometown: Staten Island, N.Y.

Current City: Staten Island, N.Y.



Ian Terry, 21

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa.

Current City: New Orleans, La.

Engineering Student





This season, the Houseguests will enjoy bright colors in the BIG BROTHER house which is styled in urban pop culture décor. The contemporary living room features three-dimensional, white “wave wall” covers, which are accented with rainbow-colored, custom designed wall paper and a 12-foot tall abstract sculpture composed of steel, plexiglass and light. The kitchen’s white, open cabinets showcase pops of bright colors inside.  The Houseguests will have an opportunity to slumber in the Kicks Bedroom, featuring a wall of sneakers; the Sonic Flow Room, which is decorated with various headphones, a boom box and headphone shaped beds; or relax in the bird themed bedroom. Other highlights from this season’s BIG BROTHER house include the Arcade Room; a Zen garden-inspired backyard; an “every city” skyline along the upstairs wall; and an oversized chess game.

Following the premiere on Thursday, July 12 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), BIG BROTHER will be broadcast three nights weekly, beginning Sunday, July 15 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), Wednesday, July 18 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) and the LIVE eviction show, hosted by Julie Chen, beginning Thursday, July 19 (9:00-10:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT).

BIG BROTHER follows a group of people living together in a house outfitted with 53 cameras and 98 microphones recording their every move, 24 hours a day.  Each week, the Houseguests will vote someone out of the house.  At the end, the last remaining House Guest will receive the grand prize of $500,000.

BIG BROTHER is executive produced by Emmy Award-winning producer Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan for Fly on the Wall Entertainment, in association with Endemol U.S.A.


  • Mark

    I can’t believe Rachel is back again. Three summers in a row of her is wayyyyy too much. I will be happy to see Janelle again though.

  • Ralph Hahn

    I was really hoping that TV viewers would have gotten tired of this and other so-called non-scripted shows by now. But, noooooo! Yet another show for the wife of CBS Boss Les Moonves’s wife, TV’s Julie Chen.

  • Ralph Hahn

    Don’t mind my absent-minded copy. I’m half-asleep today.

  • Mark

    @Ralph Hahn Big Brother is quality summer tv! I love it so much

  • cbanks

    @Mark how do you know who is back? It doesn’t say.

  • Ricky (formerly tvfreak)

    @Mark: I would hope they don’t bring back Rachel again. Or Janelle, but she’s probably fair game to return since it’s been a very long time since she was around last.

    I wonder, is that Willie Hantz related to Russell Hantz from Survivor? It would make sense since they’re both from Texas.

  • Ricky (formerly tvfreak)

    And now Zap2it has confirmed that it really is Russell’s brother. I hope they get rid of him fast then. I’ve had enough of those Hantzes.

  • Ross

    This is also going to be the first season in HDTV.

  • Kevin

    So if anyone used to follow wrestling back in the day, Frank Eudy is Sid Vicious’ (Psycho Sid) son.

  • Mike

    I hate it when they bring former contestants back.

  • Chris

    @Ricky (formerly tvfreak)

    The reason they’d include Rachel and/or Brendan is because while you may hate them, as villains, they do make the show fun to watch. Plain and simple, it would be boring if there isn’t someone to hate. Antagonists stir up drama and make it more watchable whether you like it or not, buddy.


    Thank you for telling me the season will be in HD because this would make Big Brother the last network primetime program to convert to at least 16:9 widescreen. After all I’ve seen with high definition in recent years, I can tell you from experience, last year the picture looked VERY dull. It didn’t help either that it wasn’t even in 16:9. Out of curiosity, do you know of any other program on network television that is still in 4:3? I think the time buy children’s shows may be.

  • Melanie

    I am so excited, I love Big Brother! Although I am on the fence about former players returning, I will be happy to Janelle again though, she was my favorite player during her season and the all stars edition. Guess I can tolerate Rachel one more summer, LOL!

  • Melanie

    Oops, typo. I meant to say “I will be happy to see Janelle again”. It says on the Wiki page about the returns of former players Mike “Boogie”, Janelle, Rachel and Dan and they are supposed to be mentors and will be joining the house during this season.


    Noooooooooooo!!! Don’t tell me that crying annoying bitch is back again. Please don’t!! Why are they doing this? She was on twice, how many more times are they going to bring her back, seriously! If she was interesting or intelligent than I can understand, but she’s just outright annoying. I can’t stand her. They need new fresh faces already. She’s like a bad case of crabs, you can’t get rid of her. They’re going to make an excuse every season to bring her back, what’s next on Big Brother 15, they bring back the 4 most hated house guests?


    About time, it’s in HD, now Judge Judy needs to be on HD, or do they think that most of her viewers live in trailor parks?

  • Survivor Fan

    @ Mike

    Ratings seem to be higher with former contestants than without. After seeing how Survivor dipped this spring (which, to be fair, was the worst spring for TV ratings with respect to the fall), I would not be surprised if Survivor and BB make returners a rule for the rest of their respective runs.

  • Portland

    I loved Rachel. She brought so much to the house. without her it woud have been boring, same old thing. Rachel played a character ad did it sooo well.

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