The latest season of Big Brother began on Feb.7, and for the first time ever on the US edition, the popular reality competition series involves celebrities! The show will consist of only 13 episodes, but fans can watch CBS' live feeds for free day and night, so you can see raw footage that may not ever make it to air — which means you'll definitely catch plenty of drama unfold.
Celebrity Big Brother, which is hosted by Julie Chen, follows a group of competitors that are monitored 24/7, as the house is equipped with 87 cameras and over 100 microphones. The contestants this season — who are all paid to appear — are athletes Chuck Liddell and Metta World Peace, reality star Brandi Glanville, singers James Maslow and Mark McGrath, actresses Marissa Janet Winokur, Shannon Elizabeth, and Keshia Knight Pulliam, former White House aide Omarosa Manigault, TV host Ross Matthews, and Miss Universe 2015 runner-up Ariadna Gutiérre.
"We can get people who have that time to walk away from their real lives and their real responsibilities because there's an upside to this: someone's going to win a lot of money and continue their celebrity lifestyle with that winning money or open up new doors for work for them because suddenly you're making headlines every day based on something you did in the house or you need another chapter in your life in your career and this is going to make you a spokesperson for something," Julie told TV Guide of casting the stars.
In most cases, the competitors are locked away from the outside world for 90 days, but this time around, it was cut down to less than three weeks. "It's going to be more intense than what you're used to seeing because it's going to be concentrated," Julie explained to The Hollywood Reporter. "Picture everything about Big Brother, but nonstop action because it's going to be on a fast-forward button."
The cast participates in different challenges, and at regular intervals, the housemates nominate their peers to be evicted from the house. The last one standing earns a monetary prize — though in previous celebrity editions, it's been donated to charity.