Summer is almost here and that means a new season of Big Brother is coming!
While the 12 new cast members
for the upcoming 18th season of the CBS reality show will have their eye on the $500,000 grand prize, some are hoping to find love once they enter the Big Brother
“I am looking for a showmance, yes,” Zakiyah Everette, 24, told ET.
The preschool teacher from Charlotte, North Carolina, explained why a “showmance” is on her Big Brother bucket list.
“Like a Rachel and Brendon, a Jordan and Jeff,” Zakiyah said, referencing past fan-favorite couples, who are still going strong. “Mr. Sexy! That would be great.”
For Victor Arroyo, the 25-year-old gym manager from Slidell, Louisiana, love is a strategy he’s hoping will pay off.
“I’m open to a showmance, especially if it helps my game, and I could be genuinely interested in that girl,” Victor said. “But just got to keep my eye on the $500,000. That’s why I’m here.”
Corey Brooks, a 25-year-old baseball coach from Dallas, is optimistic about finding love while competing on the show, but like Victor, his eye is on the prize.
“If it hurts my game, you can forget it,” Corey said, but added, “It’s definitely a possibility.”
Math student Bronte D’Acquisto isn’t banking on a showmance. As the 26-year-old San Diego native tells it, being romantically involved puts a big target on you.
“I’m a numbers girl. I look at the statistics and a lot of showmances just make you an easy target,” Bronte said. “They make you emotional. So my goal is to fuel other showmances. I’ll be like, ‘Girl, did you see the way that guy looked at you?’”
But it’s not all about showmances for the new Big Brother houseguests: Two of them are siblings of past fan favorites!
Tiffany Rousso, the 32-year-old sister of last season's master manipulator Vanessa, is following in her sibling’s footsteps and getting in on the competition. But, it’ll be a near impossible task to keep her identity a secret.
“I know I sound a lot like her. A lot of people have told me that and I can hear it myself,” Tiffany said. “So, if by chance it comes out, I’m going to own up to it.”
Meanwhile, Cody Calafiore’s older brother, Paulie, is ready to win the $500,000 grand prize and shared the advice he received from the Big Brother 16 runner-up.
“He told me to dial back, personality-wise, for the first couple of weeks,” Paulie said. “Don’t be the crazy personality the first couple weeks, otherwise you’re going home.”
Big Brother premieres Wednesday, June 22 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.