The definition of celebrity is pretty fluid these days. Of the dozen so-called famous names who are taking part in the second season of “Celebrity Big Brother,” most of them are best-known for their appearances on other reality TV competition shows. Five of the 12 have tried their hand at “Dancing with the Stars” with mixed results while two failed to win “Celebrity Apprentice.”
Jonathan Bennett: Season 19
The actor/host (“Veronica Mars,” “Cake Wars”) and partner Allison Holker finished in ninth place in the fall of 2014; actor Alfonso Ribeiro and his partner Witney Carson won.
Tamar Braxton (“Braxton Family Values”): Season 21
This R&B singer and reality TV star and her partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy withdrew just before the eighth elimination in the fall of 2015; Animal trainer Bindi Irwin and her partner Derek Hough won.
Lolo Jones:: Season 19
This Olympian, from both the Summer (hurdles) and Winter (bobsled) games, and her partner Keo Motsepe were the first couple eliminated in the same season in which Bennett competed.
Joey Lawrence: Season 3
The actor (“Gimme a Break,” “Melissa & Joey”) and his partner Edyta Śliwińska finished in third place in the fall of 2006; NFL great Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke won.
Ryan Lochte: Season 23
The Olympic swimmer and his partner Burke finished in seventh place in the fall of 2016; Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez and Valentin Chmerkovskiy won.
“CBB” houseguest Anthony Scaramucci worked in the Trump White House for all of 10 days before getting told he was fired. Another, comedian Tom Green, had that experience televised when he appeared on season 8 of “Celebrity Apprentice” back in 2009. He was axed after the third task; Joan Rivers won the show.
NFL running back Ricky Williams was on the ill-fated 2017 reboot of “Celebrity Apprentice,” with Arnold Schwarzenegger. He was sent packing after the ninth task; “American Ninja Warrior host” Matt Iseman won the show.
The other four houseguests in season 2 of “Celebrity Big Brother” are: Kandi Burruss (“Real Housewives of Atlanta”), actor/host Kato Kaelin, best known for his testimony in the O.J. Simpson murder trial; “momager” Dina Lohan; and WWE wrestler Natalie Eva Marie.