They always say to expect the unexpected on Big Brother, and that certainly will be the case when it comes to this year’s house for season 20. But first… CBS has now revealed what’s in store for the contestants when things kick off with a two-hour extravaganza on June 27.
There will be three different challenges on premiere night that the network promises “will yield a game-changing power — and two unprecedented punishments.” (We can only hope one of those punishments involves a unitard or absurd costume of some sort.) Then, on the Sunday, July 1 episode, Big Brother will introduce a new tech-themed twist called the “BB App Store,” for which CBS notes that “America will get a chance to get the Houseguests trending, resulting in power apps or punishments that could crash their game.” While this sounds like it could be the latest version of viewers voting advantages or disadvantages to players throughout the season, we’ll have to see exactly how it plays out.
As for the house itself, which sports a different style every season, CBS notes that this year’s abode is “inspired by the fun, colorful and creative interactive spaces on tech campuses around the globe, with a dynamic touch of innovation in every room.” Check out our exclusive Julie Chen house tour video at the top of the post to see exactly what those touches are.
Not only is the living room couch on a giant floating platform that rotates, there is also a 22-foot-high indoor rock-climbing wall so that, as host Chen points out, players that feel like they are climbing the walls “can really climb the walls.” The house also features sliding walls between two mirror bedrooms, creating an optical illusion for contestants that are already going a bit crazy. There is also the “fidget spinner room” which is exactly what it sounds like and will eventually transform into the Have Not room.
Elsewhere, the upstairs bridge area has been transformed into a gaming lounge complete with foosball, while the Head of Household can no longer just spy on other players via video, but can now speak to them through an intercom system as well. There is also a four-foot tall fiberglass gummy bear in the kitchen, although we have no idea why other than to presumably give the houseguests repeated nightmares.
Watch the video above for Chen’s house tour, and tune in to see the new players, rooms, and twists when season 20 of Big Brother debuts June 27 on CBS. Ziiiiiiiiiiiing!