CBS names new contestants on 'Big Brother'

Sixteen new houseguests will face new twists as they compete for $500,000 in the next season of the CBS series "Big Brother" while living in an urban treehouse-themed dwelling.

First, two houseguests each week will be the head of household, which comes with special privileges, including a separate suite. They will have to nominate two others for eviction every week. And for the first time, being the head of household does not guarantee their safety.

The second twist will allow fans to have an opportunity to influence the game with an interactive element called "Team America."

The two-night season premiere is scheduled for 8 to 9 p.m. June 25 and 9 to 10 p.m. June 26. Julie Chen returns as the host.

Here are short bios of the new houseguests:

-- Amber Borzotra, 26, of North Hollywood, Calif. Formerly of Knoxville. Esthetician.

-- Brittany Martinez, 29, formerly of Hometown: Long Beach, Calif., and now living in Current City: Torrance, Calif. Event coordinator.

-- Caleb Reynolds, 26, formerly of Dallas and now living in Hopkinsville, Ky. Adventure hunting guide.

-- Christine Brecht, 23, of Tucson, Ariz. Barista.

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-- Cody Calafiore, 23, of Howell, N.J., and formerly of Hackensack, N.J. Sales account executive.

-- Derrick Levasseur, 30, of Providence, R.I. Police sergeant.

-- Devin Shepherd, 26, formerly of Santa Barbara, Calif., and now living in San Antonio, Texas. Former pro baseball player and motorcycle sales manager.

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-- Donny Thompson, 42, of Albemarle, N.C. School groundskeeper.

-- Frankie Grande, 31, formerly of Boca Raton and now living in New York. YouTube personality.

-- Hayden Voss, 21, formerly of Marlborough, Mass., now living in Long Beach, Calif. Pedicab driver.

-- Jocasta Odom, 33, formerly of Griffin, Ga., now living in Lovejoy, Ga. Minister.

-- Joey Van Pelt, 27, Seattle, Wash. Makeup artist.

-- Paola Shea, 27, of Astoria, N.Y. DJ.

-- Victoria Rafaeli, 22, formerly of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Holon, Israel. She now lives in Weston. Photographer.

-- Zach Rance, 23, of Palm Beach. Recent college graduate.

-- Nicole Franzel, 21, of Ubly, Mich. Recent Nursing Graduate.


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