The Olympics will not be the only star-studded televised competition happening on TV this February. (That’s depending on your definition of “star-studded,” of course.) Because in a move of counter-programming genius — or folly — CBS is rolling out a special winter celebrity edition of its Big Brother franchise on Feb. 7.
And now the network has finally revealed during the Grammys just who was crazy enough to lock themselves in a house for two-and-a-half-weeks to amuse and entertain us. (Once again, this all depends on your definition of “entertain.”) The list includes five ex-Dancing with the Stars hoofers as well as four former Celebrity Apprentice contestants, meaning 9 of the 11 new houseguests come from one of those two shows.
The famous faces taking part in Celebrity Big Brother are:
The three-time Apprentice contestant and Trump campaigner departed the White House for the Big Brother house. No word on if that is trading up or trading down.
The Sugar Ray singer also did a stint on Celebrity Apprentice. He’s actually been on many a reality television program, including Celebrity Wife Swap, a guest judge on American Idol, and host of not one but TWO Pussycat Dolls shows.
The American Pie star may not like living on slop if she becomes a “Have Not.” She also appeared on Dancing with the Stars, because of course she did.
Metta World Peace
The former Ron Artest won NBA Defensive Player of the Year honors as well as an NBA title. He’s also best known for the “Malice at the Palace” brawl between fans and players in Detroit while a member of the Indiana Pacers. Not that there’s ever any fighting on Big Brother. Oh, yeah, he also did his time on Dancing with the Stars.
It wouldn’t be a celebrity reality show without a Real Housewife. This time, it’s Brandi from Beverly Hills, who also paid her dues on Celebrity Apprentice. (Who didn’t?)
The Big Time Rush star also got fourth place on season 18 of Dancing with the Stars.
Keshia Knight Pulliam
Rudy Huxtable is in the house! The Big Brother house, to be exact. She also appeared on, yes, Celebrity Apprentice.
Marissa Jaret Winokur
The Hairspray Broadway star was on the same season of Dancing with the Stars as her new housemate Shannon Elizabeth. Instant alliance?
She was Miss Universe in 2015… for about two minutes. Then it was revealed that host Steve Harvey had read the wrong name. Whoops!
The former mixed martial artist will have to use his smarts and social skills, not his fists to win this competition. And if you were wondering which show he previously appeared on: Celebrity Apprentice or Dancing with the Stars, it was the latter.
The former Tonight Show intern is a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race. But now he will be judged by his fellow housemates… and America.
Celebrity Big Brother premieres Feb. 7 on CBS and will conclude Feb. 25. But one can only assume that it will remain in our hearts… forever.