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This article talks about “Celebrity Big Brother,” its host, the casting process, and who’s on the latest season. And why BuddyTV is one of the most trusted entertainment news websites.


What Is “Celebrity Big Brother” About?

“Celebrity Big Brother” seems to have that powerful draw that keeps the audience wanting more. Fans are always craving to see celebrity houseguests, the evictions, and all the drama that comes with strangers sharing the same house.

There’s something fascinating about the show: it follows celebrities living together in a single house. Hundreds of cameras and microphones keep track of drama in the house. This setting usually leads to a riveting show, with personalities clashing.

Also, the contestants don’t have any contact with the outside world. So, there’s no access to the internet, television, phones, or magazines. As the weeks go by, contestants get evicted out of the house based on votes. And the last one standing takes home a cool $250,000.

In a way, the TV series is a social experiment because it brings people with different backgrounds and views together. Because of that, they have to mingle despite their differences, which sets the stage for interesting exchanges. The show’s rules allow any contestant to quit the game at any stage. At the same time, breaking one of the house rules can lead to eviction.

At the beginning of each round, celebs vie for the head of household (HOH) title. Earning this title comes with privileges like owning a bedroom and receiving a letter from a friend or relative. Plus, the titleholder doesn’t have to worry about eviction. However, the contestant can’t participate in the next HOH competition once the status expires.

At the end of the season, evicted houseguests vote for the grand prize winner and runner-up out of the last two standing contestants. It’s also possible that the production team may change the rules temporarily in a move called the twist.

How “Celebrity Big Brother” Casting Works

Celebrity Big Brother casting

A big part of “Celebrity Big Brother” is bringing people with different personalities together. In that way, it becomes interesting how contestants interact and share that space. It’s inevitable that some characters won’t get along. And there’ll always be some troublemakers or drama kings and queens.

So, it’s unsurprising that the show’s producers choose contestants for a particular season based on personality types that an applicant doesn’t like or can’t get along with. During the casting phase, anyone who wants to become a houseguest has to say what type of people they don’t like.

On top of that, everyone aspiring to join the group of celebrities for a particular season must undergo personality and IQ tests. There’s a multiple-choice test that takes an hour to complete and a 15-minute long personality test. A sample question for these tests will be something like, “What would you think if you found out that your mother is a murderer?”

Health is also something that producers look at when casting for the show. Selection depends on how physically and mentally fit an aspiring houseguest is. Filming in the “Celebrity Big Brother” house spans a long time, making it physically and mentally exhausting for the contestants.

Here’s what happens at the end of “Celebrity Big Brother’s” round one casting process.

Successful cast applicants who make it past the first round go to Los Angeles for the auditions. The producers expect applicants to reveal their true personalities rather than portray what they think the casting crew wants to hear. So, putting a fake personality during the auditions is unlikely to help potential cast members make the cut. Whenever “Celebrity Big Brother” casts new people, they make sure applicants aren’t faking their personality.

About the Host of “Celebrity Big Brother”

Julie Chen Moonves host Celebrity Big Brother

Born on January 6, 1970, Julie Chen Moonves has served as the host of the hit reality show since the first season in 2000. Having served in the cast for more than 20 years, she’s undoubtedly the longest-serving host for any country’s “Big Brother” version. Her husband, Leslie Moonves, is a former chief executive officer of CBS Corporation.

Over the years, she worked as the moderator and host of the CBS daytime show “The Talk,” a role she played until 2018. Between 2010 and 2011, host Julie Chen was a special contributing anchor on a CBS show called “The Early Show.”

How Many Seasons and Episodes of “Celebrity Big Brother” Are There?

Produced by Fly on the Wall Entertainment, “Big Brother: Celebrity Edition” has so far (as of February 2022) mesmerized fans over three seasons, and 41 episodes to become one of the most successful TV shows. In 2018, CBS broadcast the TV series to attract more viewers, given the rolling 2018 Winter Olympics coverage.

Every season comes with a minimum of 13 episodes, which air for two and a half weeks. Episodes can be between 44 and 82 minutes long.

About the Latest Season of “Celebrity Big Brother”

Celebrity Big Brother Season 3

The third season of “Celebrity Big Brother” hit the screens on February 2, 2022, for a riveting three-week run. At the time, the show needed to lure viewers away from other popular programs like the Winter Olympics and the Super Bowl. Unlike the two first seasons, it aired 15 episodes.

As expected, Julie Chen Moonves hosted “Celebrity Big Brother” season 3 after lobbying for the show’s renewal for some time. CBS later announced the new season after a two-year break. Thom Sherman, the head of programming at the network, made the announcement during the 2021 Television Critics Association summer press tour. While Moonves returned as the host, CBS confirmed that Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan would retain their posts as executive producers.

Read on for all you need to know about season three.

  • Casting: During the casting phase, the producers said at least 50% of the chosen celebrities would be minorities. CBS is looking to bring diversity to its reality television series with this requirement.
  • Filming: When filming began on January 26, 2022, the producers relocated the “Big Brother” house to a location with 113 microphones and 94 high-definition cameras.
  • House design: CBB’s specially designed house has a living room with a curved couch and fire pit. It came with a ski lodge-themed design that CBS showcased via social media with the #BBCeleb. The entranceway features a crystal chandelier with stunning illuminated beads. Contestants use three types of bedrooms designed around specific themes: a Cuckoo clock, Ski patrol, and Chocolate. Another key feature of the house is the three-landing staircase that replaces the spiral version. There’s also the Head of Household bedroom, a gym, and a sauna.
  • Gala gift: Host Julie Chen told the “Celebrity Big Brother” cast about the gala gift that brings the recipient a curse or a blessing. The gift came in the form of a hat with a handbag design. Mon Won, a made-up fashion designer, created the hat and other costumes used in the show. Houseguests, including HoH Miesha Tate, chose a nominee who would wear the Mon Won hat. Anyone who wears the hat doesn’t qualify for immunity from eviction. As the previous wearer of the hat, Cynthia Bailey got immunity.
  • Eviction night: With the Gala gift night over, houseguests begin the second selection process to choose an instant eviction nominee. To do this, everyone passes around the Mon Won hat, starting with Cynthia. The idea is that the last person to wear it gets nominated for eviction. At the same time, neither of the HoH’s nominees gets replaced by the last person to wear the dreaded hat. Miesha, Carson Kressley, Teddi Mellencamp, and Mirai Nagasu didn’t participate in this process since they were either the HoH, PoV holders, or original nominees. In the end, Todd Bridges got evicted after replacing Mirai as the instant nominee.

These are the rest of the season three houseguests.

  • Todrick Hall
  • Lamar Odom (former NBA forward)
  • Shanna Moakler
  • Chris Kattan
  • Chris Kirkpatrick

“Big Brother” season three concluded on February 23, 2022, with UFC mixed martial artist, Miesha Tate, becoming America’s favorite houseguest and Todrick Hall (singer, dancer, and YouTuber) as the runner-up. Marissa Jaret Winokur and Tamar Braxton won seasons one and two, respectively.

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