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Big Brother 21’s cast has been revealed

Big Brother 21’s cast has been revealed
Julie Chen posted this photo of herself to Twitter, immediately prompting Big Brother fans to scrutinize it for clues about BB21's twist or theme.

CBS has announced the cast of Big Brother 21, which premieres next Tuesday.

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While rumors about the cast were light and not very credible, there was a bit of a freak-out that it’d include returnees who’d coupled-up in showmances during previous seasons, or just returnees of some kind.

That was fueled in part by people closely examining the jacket Julie Chen Moonves is wearing in the teaser photo above, which has a patch that says “all-stars.”

The surprise, or not, is that the cast of consists entirely of new players.

No twists have been announced yet, and while there may be a twist involving the cast, CBS has announced 16 new houseguests. That’s the typical number of players, and when there have been returnee or other twists, the network has announced fewer contestants at first.

The network did say that “[d]etails about the house and some of this season’s new twists will be announced shortly.”

The cast is young: there are three people who are 22, and their average age is 28.1—not including the person who lists their age as “30ish.” The oldest person is a 53-year-old “petroleum engineer” from Texas.

While there is an L.A.-based server and a model among the cast, there is also a Broadway dancer, a truck driver, and a therapist, which should come in helpful for a show that locks people into a smelly soundstage house for three months.

The BB21 cast

Here’s the Big Brother season 21 cast from CBS’ press release, which includes their hometowns, the cities where they’re currently living, and their occupation.

Big Brother 21 houseguest Holly Allen
Big Brother 21 houseguest Holly Allen

Holly Allen, 31
Hometown: Lander, Wyo.
Current City: Los Angeles
Occupation: Wine Safari Guide

Big Brother 21 houseguest David Alexander
Big Brother 21 houseguest David Alexander

David Alexander, 29
Hometown: Atlanta
Current City: Atlanta
Occupation: Photographer

Big Brother 21 houseguest Nicole Anthony
Big Brother 21 houseguest Nicole Anthony

Nicole Anthony, 24
Hometown: Long Island, N.Y.
Current City: Long Island, N.Y.
Occupation: Preschool Aide

Big Brother 21 houseguest Tommy Bracco
Big Brother 21 houseguest Tommy Bracco

Tommy Bracco, 28
Hometown: Staten Island, N.Y.
Current City: Staten Island, N.Y.
Occupation: Broadway Dancer

Big Brother 21 houseguest Kathryn Dunn
Big Brother 21 houseguest Kathryn Dunn

Kathryn Dunn, 29
Hometown: Irving, Texas
Current City: Dallas, Texas
Occupation: Digital Marketing Executive

Big Brother 21 houseguest Kemi Faknule
Big Brother 21 houseguest Kemi Faknule

Kemi Faknule (pronounce Kem-ee Fah-coo-nel-ee), 25 
Hometown: Elkridge, Md.
Current City: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Occupation: Marketing Strategist

Big Brother 21 houseguest Cliff Hogg III
Big Brother 21 houseguest Cliff Hogg III

Cliff Hogg III, 53
Hometown: Houston
Current City: Houston
Occupation: Petroleum Engineer

Big Brother 21 houseguest Ovi Kabir
Big Brother 21 houseguest Ovi Kabir

Ovi Kabir (pronounced Oh-vee Kah-beer), 22 
Hometown: Oakridge, Tenn.
Current City: Knoxville, Tenn.
Occupation: College Student

Big Brother 21 houseguest Nick Maccarone
Big Brother 21 houseguest Nick Maccarone

Nick Maccarone (pronounced Mac-ah-rohn), 27 
Hometown: Sewell, N.J.
Current City: Sewell, N.J.
Occupation: Therapist

Big Brother 21 houseguest Jack Matthews
Big Brother 21 houseguest Jack Matthews

Jack Matthews, 28
Hometown: Chicago
Current City: Tampa, Fla.
Occupation: Fitness Trainer

Big Brother 21 houseguest Jackson Michie
Big Brother 21 houseguest Jackson Michie

Jackson Michie (pronounced Mickey), 23 
Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.
Current City: Los Angeles
Occupation: Server

Big Brother 21 houseguest Jessica Milagros
Big Brother 21 houseguest Jessica Milagros

Jessica Milagros (pronounced Me-law-gross), 30ish
Hometown: Chicago
Current City: Oak Park, Ill.
Occupation: Model

Christie Murphy, BB21
Big Brother 21 houseguest Christie Murphy

Christie Murphy, 28
Hometown: Staten Island, N.Y.
Current City: Keyport, N.J.
Occupation: Boutique Owner

Big Brother 21 houseguest Sam Smith
Big Brother 21 houseguest Sam Smith

Sam Smith, 31
Hometown: West Nanticoke, Pa.
Current City: Mountain Top, Pa.
Occupation: Truck Driver

Analyse Talvera, BB21
Big Brother 21 houseguest Analyse Talvera

Analyse Talvera (pronounced Ah-nah-lease Tah-la-vera), 22
Hometown: Northridge, Calif.
Current City: Simi Valley, Calif.
Occupation: College Soccer Star

Isabella Wang
Big Brother 21 houseguest Isabella Wang

Isabella Wang, 22
Hometown: Mount Olive, N.J.
Current City: Los Angeles
Occupation: Public Health Analyst

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