Before “Celebrity Big Brother” begins on Wednesday (Feb. 7), we’ve already gotten three sneak peeks inside the house. From these brief glimpses, we have learned a lot about this first star-filled version of the “Big Brother” franchise hosted by Julie Chen. We can confirm that “CBB” has the same format familiar to viewers of the main show, including competitions for both Head of Household and Power of Veto. And we know the first winners of both those contests as well as who is being punished. Spoilers ahead
There are six women and five men competing to win the $250,000 prize. It looks like the women, who outnumber the men, have also outsmarted them by forming an alliance. Leading the way are two reality TV stars: Omarosa, a one-time player on “The Apprentice,” who parlayed her subsequent friendship with Donald Trump into a White House job, and Brandi Glanville of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” fame.
They are teaching their teammates — actresses Shannon Elizabeth, Keshia Knight Pulliam and Marissa Jaret Winokur (“Hairspray”) as well as beauty queen Ariadna Gutierrez — the ways of the game. Elizabeth, who won the first Power of Veto, may also be the first Head of Household, though Pulliam could be pulling the strings.
Two of the five men — UFC mixed martial artist Chuck Liddell and singer James Maslow of Big Time Rush — are currently slated to be the nominees for the first eviction. However, the women are thinking of swapping singer out Liddell for Mark McGrath, who has been whining about losing the first competition. One of the other men in the house, TV personality Ross Mathews, is trying to make peace with the women while the other, NBA player Metta World Peace, is keeping a low-profile.
From our most recent look at the feeds on Feb. 6, we know that the two youngest occupants of the house — Gutierrez and Maslow — are being punished. They are not allowed to stand, except when they are in the shower, and must crawl around the house on all fours wearing baby clothes. Both seem to be suffering both physically and mentally from this humiliation.
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