'Big Brother' Reveals Houseguests for Season 19

6:00 AM 6/19/2017

by Brian Porreca

This season, 16 newbies and total strangers will enter the 'Big Brother' house to compete for $500,000.

What do a government engineer, dance teacher, microbiologist and rodeo clown all have in common? They'll all be fighting for half a million dollars on season 19 of Big Brother. Well, hopefully they'll fight and not float their way to the end. 

For the newest season of the CBS reality series, 16 brand new houseguests have been cast to play the game. Among them is Christmas Abbott, 35, who cites season 15's Helen Kim as one of her favorite players. Matthew Clines, 33, is a big fan of season 16's America's Favorite Houseguest winner Donny Thompson. Jillian Parker, 24, favors "bad bitch" Daniele Donato from seasons eight and 13. 

And Cody Nickson, 32, and Josh Martinez, 23, may be causing some havoc this summer as they both reveal the former player they like the most is none other than Big Brother legend and season eight winner Evel Dick Donato. 

Also noteworthy of this season's fresh new faces is that unlike last season and other seasons before it this cast is a bit older. There are five players in their 30s and one stay-at-home dad from Boston who is 55. 

So how will the game play out with these cast of characters when season 19 premieres on June 28? We'll soon found out. But first, below are their official bios.

Make sure to check back in to The Live Feed on June 20 for their full interviews with The Hollywood Reporter. And come back again on June 21 for a full house tour with host Julie Chen and executive producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan. 

  • Christmas Abbott

    CBS

    Age: 35

    Hometown: Lynchburg, Va. 

    Current City: Raleigh, N.C.

    Occupation: Fitness Superstar

    Three adjectives that describe you: Committed, happy and influential.

    Which past Big Brother cast member did you like most? Helen [Kim]! She was smart, knew how to work the people in the house and people knew they needed her! 

    Social Media: Instagram, Twitter, YouTube

  • Matthew Clines

    CBS

    Age: 33

    Hometown: Arlington, Va.

    Current City: Arlington, Va. 

    Occupation: Renovation Consultant

    Three adjectives that describe you: Fun, competitive and silly. 

    Which past Big Brother cast member did you like most? Donny Thompson from season 16. He has a great beard, wore camo and generally was a good dude. What a fun little man. 

     

  • Dominique Cooper

    CBS

    Age: 30

    Hometown: Tuskegee, Ala. 

    Current City: Woodbridge, Va. 

    Occupation: Government Engineer

    Three adjectives that describe you: Uber optimistic, energetic and determined

    Which past Big Brother cast member did you like most? Hmmm... I'm still trying to figure that out lol. 

    Social Media: Instagram, YouTube, Linkedin

  • Elena Davies

    CBS

    Age: 26

    Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas

    Current City: Dallas, Texas

    Occupation: Radio Personality

    Three adjectives that describe you: Funny, abrasive and charming.

    Which past Big Brother cast member did you like most? James [Huling] because he made it fun. 

    Social Media: Instagram, Twitter

  • Jason Dent

    CBS

    Age: 37

    Hometown: Humeston, Iowa

    Current City: Humeston, Iowa

    Occupation: Rodeo Clown

    Three adjectives that describe you: Charismatic, ambitious and athletic

    Which past Big Brother cast member did you like most? James because I feel like he plays dumb, but made it really far. 

     

  • Jessica Graf

    CBS

    Age: 26

    Hometown: Cranston, R.I.

    Current City: Los Angeles

    Occupation: VIP Concierge

    Three adjectives that describe you: Honest, loud and loyal. 

    Which Big Brother cast member did you like most? Janelle [Pierzina]. We have very similar personalities. I see a lot of her game play in me.  

    Social Media: Instagram

  • Cameron Heard

    CBS

    Age: 24

    Hometown: North Aurora, Ill.

    Current City: Woodridge, Ill. 

    Occupation: Microbiologist

    Three adjectives that describe you: Persistent, driven and smart. 

    Which past Big Brother cast member did you like most? Ian [Terry]! I started watching Big Brother because of Ian. I had no idea what it was and my mom told me to start watching BB14 because it's like Survivor in a house. I instantly fell in love and wanted Ian to win. I think I like him so much because he's a lot like me. He is nerdy and has giant love for the game, he's smart and seems fun in real life. 

  • Mark Jansen

    CBS

    Age: 26

    Hometown: Grand Island, N.Y.

    Current City: Grand Island, N.Y.

    Occupation: Personal Trainer

    Three adjectives that describe you: Fun, strong and thoughtful

    Which past Big Brother cast member did you like most? Brendon Villegas. He basically said, "It's me and my girl vs. the house, let's go."

  • Megan Lowder

    CBS

    Age: 28

    Hometown: Cathedral City, Calif.

    Current City: Phoenix, Ariz.

    Occupation: Dog Walker

    Three adjectives that describe you: Cunning, smart and beautiful because I'm confident like that. 

    Which past Big Brother cast member did you like most? I love Frank [Eudy]! It was him against the house both seasons and he did a beautiful job of using his skills to his advantage. Also he seems like a total bro I would love to get a beer with. I also love Paul [Abrahamian] and Victor [Arroyo] from season 18. They played one of the best games I've seen. 

     

  • Josh Martinez

    CBS

    Age: 23

    Hometown: Miami, Fl.

    Current City: Homestead, Fl.

    Occupation: Hair Care Sales 

    Which past Big Brother cast member did you like the most? Evel Dick hands down is my favorite houseguest. He always spoke his mind, he was an asshole to who he needed to be, didn't care what others thought and even though he didn't have a good relationship with his daughter, he always defended her, which is kind of the dynamic with my family. Overall he was himself, spoke his mind and did not give a shit about being on anyone's good side. I see a lot of of his game play in the way I will play. 

  • Cody Nickson

    CBS

    Age: 32

    Hometown: Lake Mills, Iowa

    Current City: Plano, Texas

    Occupation: Construction Sales Rep

    Three adjectives that describe you: Confident, charming and sweet.

    Which past Big Brother cast member did you like most? Evel Dick. . .I LOVE it when someone plays the game in a way that has never been seen before. . .and it works! He was able to to be a dickhead the whole time and still took it to the end! It sucked we couldn't see his methods at work a second time. 

     

  • Alex Ow

    CBS

    Age: 28

    Hometown: Thousand Oaks, Calif.

    Current City: Camarillo, Calif.

    Occupation: Eco-Friendly Marketing Rep

    Three adjectives that describe you: Center of attention, hyper and adorable.

    Which past Big Brother cast member did you like most? I love Nicole Franzel from season 16 and the winner of season 18! She seriously is just a fan favorite. I find her the most honest and relatable. While she did do some shady things like turning her back on alliances, she was in it to win it and I respect the way she went about it. She reminds me of myself. We look all cute and cuddly, but we're here for one thing, to win Big Brother

  • Jillian Parker

    CBS

    Age: 24

    Hometown: Celebration, Fl.

    Current City: Las Vegas, Nev. 

    Occupation: Timeshare Sales Rep

    Three adjectives that describe you: Bubbly, funny and truthful. 

    Which past Big Brother cast member did you like most? Daniele Donato because she's a bad bitch, beautiful and speaks her mind, a lot like me!

    Social Media: Linkedin

  • Kevin Schlehuber

    CBS

    Age: 55

    Hometown: Boston, Mass.

    Current City: Boston, Mass.

    Occupation: Stay at home Dad.

    Three adjectives that describe you: Caring, humorous and charismatic.

    Which past Big Brother cast member did you like most? I did meet Derrick Levasseur once and he seemed like a nice guy! 

  • Ramses Soto

    Courtesy of CBS

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Grand Rapids, Mich.

    Current City: Grand Rapids, Mich.

    Occupation: Cosplay Artist

    Three adjectives that describe you: Friendly, quirky and energetic.

    Which past Big Brother cast member did you like most? DAN FREAKING GHEESLING! Seriously though, how does one go from 100 percent the person who's getting voted off, to making it to final two!! He's a great strategist and [an] amazing manipulator. I look up to him so much when it comes to Big Brother

    Social Media: Twitter

  • Raven Walton

    CBS

    Age: 23

    Hometown: DeValls Bluff, Ark.

    Current City: DeValls Bluff, Ark. 

    Occupation: Dance Teacher

    Three adjectives that describe you: Quirky, bubbly and outgoing. 

    Which past Big Brother cast member did you like most? OMG it would have to be Frankie Grande! I love how he played the game. Even after they found out his sister was famous he played it off so well! If I had been on his season I swear we would have been two peas in a pod! I loved how much fun he was and how he always talked to the cameras. 

    Social Media: Twitter 

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