Eight-person Real World Brooklyn cast announced

MTV finally, officially announced The Real World Brooklyn cast yesterday, and for the first time in its 21 season history, has a cast of eight, not seven, strangers. (Of course, many seasons have ultimately had more cast members than that, once people leave and are replaced.) The new season debuts

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Here are excerpts from MTV’s bios for those eight people, who have been previously identified and photographed, and some of whom will join producers for a screening of the show and Q&A in New York:

Baya, 21, Salt Lake City: “laid-back granola vibe hides a deep passion for the hip-hop culture”; “continually feels like a fish out of water, which stems from growing up as a non-Mormon in a predominately Mormon Salt Lake City society”; “aspires to be a professional hip-hop dancer and is determined not to allow her severe panic attacks to stand in her way”

Chet, 23, Salt Lake City: “not the typical punk rock party boy”; “this University of Utah frat boy is one of ten children in a devoted Mormon family”; “Chet’s flamboyant style and energetic personality always make him the life of the party. However, this doesn’t mean that he will compromise his firm beliefs — no alcohol and no premarital sex”; “strong conservative Republican”; “goal is to become a television host”

Devyn, 20, Kansas City: “winner of Miss Missouri Teen and Miss America Teen pageants”; “tough on anyone who stands in her way”; “flirtatious behavior allows her to get what she wants without having to give up anything — especially sex”; “theatre and music studies major at the University of South Florida, Devyn hopes to one day be a part of the entertainment industry”; “Devyn has no problem juggling multiple suitors at any given time”

J.D., 22, Miami Beach: “grew up in an abusive home in Orlando, FL”; “inspired to become a dolphin trainer after a trip to SeaWorld”; “became one of the youngest dolphin trainers at Miami Seaquarium at the tender age of 19″

Katelynn, 24, West Palm Beach: “raised in a religious Italian household”; “was born male”; “By age 17, she began living as a woman. This past July, Katelynn traveled to Thailand to undergo surgery to complete her transformation”; “self-proclaimed computer geek and holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do”; “hopes to one day marry her current boyfriend, Mike”

Ryan, 23, Gettysburg, Penn.: “After enlisting in the Army at age 17, Ryan completed a tour in Iraq where he guarded Saddam Hussein during his trial and lived through many near-death experiences”; “found an outlet to express his feelings through writing and music”; “juggles his time between amateur filmmaking, guitar playing and devising his next prank, Ryan is currently in his first relationship ever.”

Sarah, 22, San Francisco: “may look like another tattooed punk but under her ink is a passionate woman with an intense past”; “was the victim of sexual abuse”; “has dedicated herself to educating and advocating for sexually-abused men and women through art and creative therapy”; “hopes to have her art shown in a gallery”; “has recently fallen in love with a guy she met on a set-up through her mother – until now, most of Sarah’s relationships have been with women”

Scott, 23, Salem, NH: “Often perceived to be a “muscle head'”; “his award-winning abs … were featured in Men’s Health”; “an accomplished personal trainer”; “has created his own fitness website to educate the public on health and fitness while pursuing his new passions — acting and modeling.”

MTV Welcomes Eight New “The Real World” Roommates [MTV press release]

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