Don't judge a book by its cover.
With the Big Brother season 19 cast reveal on Monday, super fans were been quick to judge the newest batch of players. While many praised casting director Robyn Kass for her selection of the 16 brand new houseguests—others ruled out some players right away.
For former players Jeff Schroeder, Rachel Reilly, Evel Dick Donato, Ika Wong and Demetres Giannitsos they also have some early opinions and predictions.
If Schroeder was playing the game this season, "I would align with the same people who are my favorites to win: Mark Jansen, Matt Clines, Christmas Abbott, Dominique Cooper and Raven Walton," he tells The Hollywood Reporter. "From the five minutes I spent with them, they stood out to me the most."
Adds Reilly, "I am a huge early Dominique, Jason and Christmas fan. Christmas should be great at comps." For players like Josh Martinez and Cody Nickson who cite Donato as their favorite that doesn't mean the season eight winner is necessarily rooting them on.
"We'll have to see about Cody and Josh," Donato jokes. "Normally, big fans of mine in the house only see one aspect of my game, me being an asshole without taking into account that there was a helluva lot of strategy that went into my asshole-ness."
As for what advice Wong offered the new houseguests? "I tried pushing some pettiness on people," she said.
"We liked the majority of them," added Ginannitsos. "About 70 percent."
In addition to the alums' insights into the new cast, THR talked to all 16 houseguests before they enter the game.
Big Brother 19 premieres June 28 on CBS.