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Another summer, another round of Big Brother, CBS's guilty-pleasure reality series. For those not in the know, Big Brother features a dozen or more total strangers selected from around the country who move into a specially-constructed house filled with hidden cameras and microphones. Each week one of the houseguests will be evicted by a majority vote from the other houseguests.
We get to spy on them as they plot and scheme against each other to be the last houseguest remaining in the house. That's all there is to it. There is no special skill or knowledge required to be a contestant on the series. It's all based on how well each houseguest can "work" the others -- either by forming alliances or by making threats -- to ensure that he or she is not one of the two nominated for the weekly eviction.
Now, the fun part of watching the show is seeing how the houseguests swear loyalty to each other, but before long, end up stabbing each other in the back in order to advance themselves in the game at the expense of everyone else in the house. Big Brother is famous for its big personalities and flareups among the inmates, and we hope that this year will be no different.
At stake: $500,000 goes to the winner of Big Brother, and $50,000 goes to the runner up.
Here are this year's victims -- umm, constestants: This season's theme is "Back to High School." Toward that end, each member of the house has been put into one of four high school cliques: Populars, Brains, Athletes, and Offbeats.
Braden Bacha, 28, is a surfer from Santa Monica, CA. EVICTED DAY 12.
Jordan Lloyd, 24, is a waitress from Matthews, NC.
WINNER OF BIG BROTHER - WON $500,000
Laura Crosby, 23, is a bikini model from Atlanta, GA. EVICTED DAY 19.
Chima Simone Benson, 32, is a freelance journalist from West Hollywood, CA. EXPELLED DAY 41.
Michele Noonan, 27, is a neuroscientist from Pasadena, CA.
EVICTED DAY 66.
Ronnie Talbott, 30, is a video game expert from Belpre, OH. EVICTED DAY 33.
Jeff Schroeder, 31, is an advertising salesman from Norridge, IL.
EVICTED DAY 61.
Jessie Godderz, 23, is a professional bodybuilder with the World Natural Body Building Federation from Huntington Beach, CA. Jessie was also a houseguest on last year's season. EVICTED DAY 40.
Natalie Martinez, 24, is a Tae Kwon Do champion from Gilbert, AZ.
RUNNER-UP: WON $50,000
Russell Kairouz, 24, is a real estate broker from Walnut Creek, CA.
EVICTED DAY 54.
Casey Turner, 41, is a 5th grade teacher from St. Petersburg, FL. EVICTED DAY 26.
Kevin Campbell, 29, is a graphic designer from Chula Vista, CA.
EVICTED DAY 73.
Lydia Tavera, 24, is a special effects make up artist from Torrance, CA. EVICTED DAY 47.