It’s always embarrassing when it turns out a piece of fake news was reported as the real deal, so you can imagine our shame over our previous story announcing the cast of Celebrity Big Brother USA. (Though, to be completely honest, we liked that cast!) But this time we can say with full confidence that the Celebrity Big Brother cast has officially come down from the source, CBS.
Ahead of tonight’s Grammy Awards, CBS aired a commercial that included a “hint” of the Celebrity Big Brother cast — in the form of a quickly moving montage of pics. Luckily for us (and you), we were able to pause and go through the montage frame by frame.
There has never before been a season of Celebrity Big Brother in the United States, though the show has aired multiple times overseas. (We particularly loved the CBB UK season featuring Drag Race vet Michelle Visage.)
Without further adieu, here’s the (for real, this time) Celebrity Big Brother cast of 11 houseguests:
1. Ross Mathews
This marks the second reality TV competition show featuring Mathews airing in February, after he’s also one-fourth of the permanent judging panel of Drag Race All Stars. He’s sure to bring a cheerful touch to the house, but we shall see whether he gets along with his fellow houseguests.
2. Keisha Knight Pulliam
The former Cosby Show star — it’s Rudy Huxtable, y’all! — is about to debut on her second reality TV series, having already appeared on Celebrity Apprentice.
3. Brandi Glanville
Yet another houseguest who has previously appeared on Celebrity Apprentice, Glanville is known to most as one of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
4. Shannon Elizabeth
You know her as Nadia from the American Pie franchise, but did you know she’s also a professional poker player? The Texas-born actress is actually considered one of the world’s leading celebrity players.
5. Omarosa Manigault
From the White House to the Celebrity Big Brother house, it’s surely only a matter of time before Omarosa — an early Celebrity Apprentice contestant, later a consultant in the Trump White House — gets in a fuck-all argument with her fellow houseguests.
6. Marisa Jaret Winokur
We first learned of Winokur when she starred in Hairspray on Broadway. She was also on the same season of Dancing With the Stars as Shannon Elizabeth, interestingly enough.
7. Chuck Liddell
Lidell is a former MMA fighter. He’ll have to use strategy instead of brute force in the CBB house, though, so we’ll see how that goes.
8. Metta World Peace
You know this guy as the NBA player with the oddest name in the game.
9. Ariadna Gutierrez
If you don’t recognize her name right off the bat, that’s not so surprising. She was Miss Universe for all of one minute back in 2015, before we all found out that host Steve Harvey had read the wrong name.
10. James Maslow
A star on the Nickelodeon show Big Time Rush, he’s yet another Celebrity Big Brother cast member who previously appeared on Dancing With the Stars.
11. Mark McGrath
You thought you were rid of Sugar Ray forever, but … guess not. The former lead singer has appeared on nearly every reality show under the sun, including Celebrity Apprentice, Celebrity Wife Swap and American Idol.