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The first six seasons of Big Brother resulted in a 7th All Stars version. At least one person from each of the first six casts was put into the All Stars game, with just one from season 1 - Chicken George. The first season was drastically different in the way it was played, with no Power of Veto and America voting on who went home each week instead of the house guests. You can go back and watch all seven of these seasons on the CBS All Access app with a one-week free trail, and just a small monthly fee thereafter.
Big Brother Season 1
Big Brother Season 1 (referred to at the time as Big Brother 2000) had only 10 house guests. It was modeled after the British version and was set up almost exactly the same.
The next couple of seasons dramatically changed from this one to make it America's own. During this season, each house guest nominated 2 people. The 2 (or sometimes more) people with the most votes were "marked for banishment". America then called in to vote on who they wanted "banished" that week. Since all of the controversial people were eliminated by America right away, the show changed to add more game play (think vetoes and HOHs) so the house guests did the work, not America. Instead, America now gets to vote on other things like "America's Player" and what types of gross foods those on slop get to also eat. On season 1 the house guests had a weekly challenge for the whole group. They had to wager anywhere between 20% and 50% of their grocery money. If they won, they got ___% extra. If they lost, they got ___% less.
When there were 6 house guests left, CBS brought in $20,000, then another $30,000, making $50,000 total to tempt one of them to leave. If one had left, they would have been replaced with a new house guest (a blonde, opinionated one.) Since everyone was getting along so well in the house and there was no fighting or controversy, CBS wanted to spice things up. No one took the money, however, much to everyone's surprise.
Big Brother Season 1 is the forgotten season. Since the 2nd season and so on were so different, not many people remember this one. Also, house guests on Season 2 were told to not even mention the first season that began July 5, 2000. That is, however, until Chicken George competed in the All Stars version for season 7 of the show.
The members were 1. Brittany Petros, 2. Cassandra Waldon, 3. Curtis Kin, 4. Eddie McGee, 5. George Boswell ("Chicken George"), 6. Jamie Kern, 7. Jean Jordan (went by Jordan), 8. Josh Souza, 9. Karen Fowler, and 10. William Collins.
The house guests were "banished" as follows:
The last 3 to be voted on by America to win were Curtis, Josh, and Eddie. Curtis received only 14% of the vote and won the third place prize. Josh received 27% of the vote and won the 2nd place prize. Eddie, the first place prize winner, received 59% of the vote.
Big Brother Season 2
Big Brother Season 2 had 12 house-guests. It also began on July 5 like the first season, but of 2001. This season occurred during 9/11. It was postponed for one week after the tragedy happened. House guests aren’t normally allowed to know what goes on in the outside world, but they were informed of the devastating news. One guest was sadly told a family member was missing at the World Trade Center.
The members of BB2 were 1. Autumn Daly, 2. Bill "Bunky" Miller, 3. Hardy Ames-Hill, 4. Justin Sebik, 5. Krista Stegall, 6. Mike "Boogie" Malin, 7. Monica Bailey, 8. Nicole Nilson Schaffrich, 9. Shannon Dragoo, 10. Sheryl Braxton, 11. Will Kirby, and 12. Kent Blackwelder.
The house-guests were evicted as follows:
- Justin (wasn't evicted but expelled from the house after getting drunk and holding a knife to Krista's throat. This wasn't the first time he had threatened other house guests.)
The final 3 were Monica, Will, and Nicole. Nicole won the 3-part competition and chose to take Will to the final 2 with her. Will won with 5 votes and Nicole was runner-up with 2 votes.
Big Brother Season 3
Big Brother Season 3 had 12 house-guests. It aired on July 10, 2002.
The members were 1. Amy Crews, 2. Chiara Berti, 3. Daniele Reyes, 4. Eric Oullette, 5. Jerry Lancaster, 6. Jason Guy, 7. Josh Feinberg, 8. Lisa Donahue, 9. Lori Olsen, 10. Marcellas Reynolds, 11. Roddy Mancuso, and 12. Tonya Paoni.
The house-guests were evicted as follows:
- Amy (she got to come back after Josh's eviction)
The final 3 were Jason, Danielle, and Lisa. Lisa won the 3-part competition and chose to take Danielle to the final 2 with her. Lisa won with 9 votes and Danielle was runner-up with 1 vote.
Big Brother Season 4
Big Brother Season 4 had 13 house-guests. It was known as Big Brother EX-Factor because 5 people had their exes also competing. It aired the summer of 2003, starting on July 8th.
The members were 1. Scott Weintraub, 2. Amanda Craig, 3. Michelle Maradie, 4. David Lane, 5. Dana Varela, 6. Nathan Marlow, 7. Justin Diovinco, 8. Jack Owens Jr., 9. Jee Choe, 10. Erika Landin, 11. Robert Roman, 12. Alison Irwin, and 13. Jun Song.
The exes were 1. Jun and Jee, 2. Alison and Justin, 3. Erika and Robert, 4. David and Michelle, and 5. Amanda and Scott.
Before the first eviction, Scott chose to leave the game. He was having issues keeping his emotions under control with his ex being in the house.
The house guests were then evicted as follows:
The final 3 were Robert, Jun, and Alison. Alison won the 3-part competition and chose to take Jun to the final 2 with her. Jun won with 6 votes and Alison was runner-up with 1 vote.
Big Brother Season 5
Big Brother Season 5 was also known as Project Do Not Assume (DNA). Beginning July 6, 2004, the show had 13 house guests. 2 were half siblings that didn't know about each other until they found out on the show. Michael realized first and chose to reveal the truth to his alliance. They quickly outed him and his sister to the rest of the house before it was confirmed by letters written by their shared father and read aloud to the group.
Adria switched in and out of the game with her twin sister, Natalie. It was revealed to everyone after week 5 when Natalie entered the game as well.
The members were 1. Adria Montgomery-Klein, 2. Diane Henry, 3. Drew Daniel, 4. Holly King, 5. Jase Wirey, 6. Jennifer "Nakomis" Dedmon, 7. Karen Ganci, 8. Lori Valenti, 9. Marvin Latimer, 10. Michael "Cowboy" Ellis, 11. Mike "The Don" Lubinski, 12. Natalie Montgomery-Carroll, 13. Scott Long, and 14. Will Wikle.
They were evicted as follows:
The final 3 were Diane, Michael, and Drew. Drew won the 3-part competition and chose to take Michael to the final 2 with him. Drew won with 4 votes and Michael was runner-up with 3 votes.
Big Brother Season 6
Big Brother Season 6 was also known as Big Brother Summer of Secrets. Each person had a secret partner that they knew in the real world that they had to keep a secret from the rest of the cast. Also, they originally didn't know that anyone else was a secret pair but themselves. This unique twist began on July 7, 2005.
The members were 1. April Lewis, 2. Ashlea Evans, 3. Beau Beasley, 4. Eric "Cappy" Littmann, 5. Howie Gordon, 6. Ivette Corredero, 7. James Rhine, 8. Janelle Pierzina, 9. Jennifer Vasquez, 10. Kaysar Ridha, 11. Maggie Ausburn, 12. Michael Donnellan, 13. Rachel Plencner, and 14. Sarah Hrejsa.
The secret pairs were 1. April and Jennifer- sorority sisters, 2. Ashlea and Janelle- former roommates, 3. Beau and Ivette- former coworkers, 4. Eric and Maggie- friends, 5. Howie and Rachel- friends, 6. James and Sarah- dating, and 7. Kaysar and Michael- neighbors.
The house guests were evicted as follows:
- Kaysar (voted to come back by America but was evicted again the same week.)
The final 3 were Janelle, Maggie, and Ivette. Ivette won the 3-part competition and chose to take Maggie to the final 2 with her. Maggie won with 4 votes and Ivette was runner-up with 3 votes.
Big Brother Season 7 - All Stars
Big Brother Season 7, which aired on July 6, 2006, was actually Big Brother: All-Stars. All 14 members were previous house guests. Twenty potential candidates were voted on by America. The original plan was to have just 12 house guests total. The top 3 males and top 3 females voted on were going to be let into the house. Production decided that they would change it to the top 4 of each gender due to the high voting volume. The producers then chose the remaining 6 castmates.
The potential options were Chicken George (S1), Monica, Bunky, Mike Boogie, and Will (S2), Danielle, Lisa, and Marcellas (S3), Alison, Dana, and Erika (S4), Cowboy, Nakomis, Diane, and Jace (S5), and Howie, Janelle, Evette, James, and Kaysar (S6).
Julie pulled keys to show who the top 4 women and men America chose were, including:
Women:Janelle, Erika, Nakomis, and Diane
Men: Howie, Kaysar, James, and Jace
The full cast became 1. Alison Irwin from BB4, 2. Danielle Reyes from BB3, 3. Diane Henry from BB5, 4. Erika Landin from BB4, 5. "Chicken" George Boswell from BB1, 6. Howie Gordon from BB6, 7. James Rhine from BB6, 8. Janelle Pierzina from BB6, 9. Jace Wirey from BB5, 10. Kaysar Ridha from BB6, 11. Marcellas Reynolds from BB3, 12. Jennifer "Nakomis" Dedmon from BB5, 13. Mike "Boogie" Malin from BB2, and 14. Will Kirby from BB2.
The house-guests were evicted as follows:
The final 3 were Janelle, Erika, and Mike. Mike won the 3-part competition and chose to take Erika to the final 2 with him. Mike won with 6 votes and Erika was runner-up with 1 vote.