CBS is announcing the cast of its upcoming Big Brother: Celebrity Edition during the Grammy Awards tonight, and started with a “hint” that aired before the awards. It flashed photos of the 11 cast members listed below, who were later confirmed by two ads that aired during the Grammys.
Although this is a network reality show, it has cast mostly reality stars and people who have appeared on other celebrity editions of reality shows, and in many cases are now best-known for their reality show appearances.
There are no former Big Brother houseguests on the list, to CBS’ credit, though I would not be surprised to see some allegedly famous former cast members enter the game as a twist, or show up in other capacities.
Three of the cast members have appeared on Celebrity Apprentice, and five of the 11 cast members previously appeared on Dancing with the Stars. The DWTS connection makes sense because that show’s casting director helped to cast Celebrity Big Brother, ABC executive Rob Mills told me on Twitter.
The Celebrity Big Brother cast
In an earlier preview, Julie Chen said the cast would include everyone “from actors to athletes, and everything in between, it’s going to be a star-studded showdown.”
Here are the “stars” who will compete:
- Ross Matthews, RuPaul’s Drag Race judge and Celebrity Fit Club cast member
- Omarosa, The Apprentice cast member who recently was fired/resigned as one of the highest-paid White House staffers
- Marissa Jaret Winokur, a Tony-winning Broadway actor who did Dancing With the Stars season 6 and hosted Dance Your Ass Off
- Keisha Knight Pulliam, an actor best known for The Cosby Show who was a cast member on both Celebrity Mole Yucatan and The Celebrity Apprentice
- Mark McGrath, Sugar Ray lead singer, Celebrity Apprentice cast member who also appeared on Celebrity Wife Swap and other shows
- Shannon Elizabeth, an actor who appeared on Dancing with the Stars season 6
- Chuck Liddell, MMA fighter, and Dancing with the Stars season 9 contestant and The Ultimate Fighter coach
- Metta World Peace, the NBA coach and player formerly known as Ron Artest who was a Dancing with the Stars season 13 contestant
- Brandi Glanville, who went from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills to many reality shows, including Celebrity Big Brother UK last summer
- Ariadna Gutiérrez, Miss Universe 2015 runner-up
- James Maslow, a Nickelodeon actor and Dancing with the Stars season 18 contestant
Update: This story was updated to include additional details about the cast.