Anthony Scaramucci, Jonathan Bennett, Dina Lohan among CBS's new line-up
CBS has officially announced the famous faces taking part in Celebrity Big Brother USA season two, including Mean Girls star Jonathan Bennett and former White House staffer Anthony Scaramucci.
After weeks of rumours and speculation online, the contestants were finally confirmed in new television promos which aired during today’s Chargers vs. Patriots game.
Seven men and five women are taking part, a total of twelve houseguests – one more than last year’s inaugural season.
The most buzzworthy name is Anthony Scaramucci, the financier who was appointed the White House’s Director of Communications in July 2017 – only to be fired ten days later.
It is the second time that BBUSA producers have hired an ex-member of President Trump’s White House staff. The previous run featured his former assistant, The Apprentice star Omarosa Manigault Newman.
The line-up also features two people connected to Lindsay Lohan: her mother, ‘momager’ Dina Lohan, and Jonathan Bennett, the actor best known for starring alongside her in hit teen comedy Mean Girls.
Joining them are two Olympians – controversial swimmer and six-time gold medal-winner Ryan Lochte and track and bobsled athlete Lolo Jones – as well as two other sportspeople: former WWE wrestler Natalie Eva Marie, and former NFL superstar Ricky Williams.
Also involved are Melissa and Joey actor Joey Lawrence, singer-songwriter and Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss and singer and TV personality Tamar Braxton.
Completing the group are comedian Tom Green, and actor Kato Kaelin, who is notable as a witness in the OJ Simpson murder case.
The cast is notable for skewing older than a typical Big Brother USA cast; the youngest members, Lochte and Marie, are aged 34.
As with last year, the celebrities are competing for a grand prize of $250,000. They are expected to move in to the house next week.
Once again, thirteen episodes will be broadcast over the show’s four-week run, although this time there are only two two-hour episodes, including the grand finale on Wednesday 13th February.
There will be multiple evictions per week, hosted as always by Julie Chen Moonves, whom CBS is now crediting by her married name.
Viewers will also be able to watch the action unfold 24 hours a day with the live feeds on CBS All Access.
Celebrity Big Brother 2 USA premieres on Monday 21st January at 8.00pm ET on CBS, and Global in Canada.