Big Brother is getting very nostalgic. Some recent posts on the official Big Brother website and social media pages are fueling speculation that the 19th season of the CBS reality show could include a large number of returning houseguests. In addition, a rumored leaked cast list includes 20 names of past contestants who could be returning to the show in some capacity.
Ahead of this summer’s Big Brother season, CBS has really been pushing memorable moments from past seasons of the long-running reality show, and now fans have been invited to vote for some of their favorites from the past 18 seasons.
Recently, diehard fans were asked to vote for the Best Bromance ever on Big Brother. The choices included recent duos like Paulie Calafiore and Victor Arroyo from last summer’s BB18, and Frankie Grande and Zach Rance from BB16. But it’s no surprise that Big Brother Season 2’s Dr. Will Kirby and his wingman Mike “Boogie” Malin were chosen as the fan favorite. The duo formed the Chilltown alliance back in Season 2 of the CBS reality show, then returned for Season 7 for the Big Brother: All-Stars season. The besties each won one season of Big Brother, with Dr. Will winning Season 2 and Mike Malin winning the All-Stars season.
Fans have also been invited to cast their votes in a bracket tournament to determine who will become the fan-voted Most Memorable Houseguest. Some of the most famous Big Brother alums are going head to head in the Ultimate Big Brother Tournament, which includes past champs like Ian Terry and Jordan Lloyd and early Big Brother contestants that only superfans would remember, including “Chicken George” Boswell and Monica Bailey. There is no word on what CBS and Big Brother plan to do with the winner of the bracket tournament, but weekly votes will run through June 21, with the winner announced on June 28, which just happens to be the day of the Big Brother 19 premiere.
In addition, an unconfirmed leaked cast list, reportedly posted with the help of a Big Brother production insider, lists some interesting names as part of the upcoming cast. According to the source, Big Brother 19 will be a “second chances” season. The names on the leaked cast list include recent fan favorites like Zach Rance (BB16), Corey Brooks (BB18), Victor Arroyo (BB18), Amanda Zuckerman (BB15), Vanessa Rousso (Bb17), and Liz Nolan (BB17). Some other names appearing on the unconfirmed cast list include Glenn Garcia (BB18), Lane Elenburg (BB12), Nick Uhas (BB15), Howard Overby (BB15), Audrey Middleton (BB17), Gina-Marie Zimmerman (BB15), Porsche Briggs (BB13), and Brittany Martinez (BB16). You can see the entire leaked cast list below. The list has not been confirmed by CBS.
Of course, even if the cast list was 100 percent confirmed, it wouldn’t make for a bonafide all-stars season. Garcia, for example, was the first man out last season’s edition of the show—certainly not all-star material—while some of the other names on the list would only be remembered by diehard fans of the CBS reality franchise. If the season were to be about second chances, this cast list would make a bit more sense and it would also tie into the Ultimate Big Brother Bracket Tournament, which pits Big Brother legends against some lesser known show alums.
Fans hoping for a true all-stars season might be waiting a long time. Big Brother host Julie Chen has already said that CBS “probably” will never air another all-star season because the first one, back in 2006, received the worst ratings in the history of the show. Chen previously downplayed the possibility of an entire season of past players.
“Look, we love the Will Kirbys, the Mike Boogies, and the Janelles, and they will always have a special spot in our hearts,” Chen told Entertainment Weekly in 2014. “And maybe they’ll make an appearance in some sort of stunt, but I think the beauty of this game is showing true fans who have never played it. And I think you want that, and you lose that element if you bring people that have lived in that house before.”
Big Brother Season 19 premieres on June 28 with a two-hour episode at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Take a look at the Big Brother 19 trailer below.
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