Big Brother 7 cast hopefuls officially revealed tonight

Tonight, CBS airs a one-hour special that will present the 20 potential all-star occupants of the Big Brother 7 house. The Julie Chen-hosted special debuts at 8 p.m. ET. It’s “the first time in Big Brother history worldwide,” according to CBS, that the show has let viewers select the houseguests.

Of course, thanks to someone’s apparent screw-up, we already have a pretty good idea of who those 20 finalists will be, never mind the fact that some of the 20, such as Mike “Still an Idiot” Malin, are already campaigning.

After tonight’s show, voting will open at CBS.com, and the top three vote-earning men and women will move into the house in early July. Producers will select the other six cast members, in order to ensure that we don’t have a repeat of the summer of 2000, when America helped screw up the show by voting off the interesting people.

Who Will Move Into the Big Brother House? [CBS]

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