By MARK LINDSLEY
Even though the show began only three weeks ago, it’s already time for the finale of the first season of “Celebrity Big Brother.” This Sunday, the winner will be announced and that person will receive $250,000 for the charity of their choosing.
“Big Brother” is a popular show in America, but of the countries that have versions of the show, America is one of the last to join the “Celebrity Big Brother” party. More than 20 countries have already had at least one season of “Celebrity Big Brother” and the UK just had their 21st season of the show.
The first season of American “Celebrity Big Brother” was announced on Dec. 20, 2017 and led to a lot of excitement amongst “Big Brother” fans. But when the cast was announced before the Grammys on Jan. 28, some fans were disappointed.
The 11 celebrities chosen aren’t the most well known, and nine of them have already been on either “Dancing with the Stars” or “Celebrity Apprentice,” according to TV Guide. Because these B-list celebrities achieved their fame from so many different places, few people know who all of them are.
So, who are these celebrities and what are they known for?
Shannon Elizabeth is an actress who is best known for her role as sex symbol Nadia in the “American Pie” movies. Some other notable works that she acted in include “Scary Movie,” “Jack Frost,”
“Thirteen Ghosts,” “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” and “That ‘70s Show,” where she played the role of Brooke for 9 episodes.
Brandi Glanville was a starring housewife for seasons 3, 4 and 5 of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” She is also a #1 New York Times bestselling author for her books “Drinking and Tweeting: And Other Brandi Blunders” and “Drinking and Dating.”
Ariadna Gutiérrez is a model who won Miss Colombia 2014 and was the runner-up in Miss Universe 2015, but was mistakenly announced as the winner by Steve Harvey.
Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell is a retired UFC fighter and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, who helped MMA gain popularity and is a member of the UFC Hall of Fame.
Omarosa Manigault is best known for her participation in the first season of “The Apprentice,” where she used controversial tactics and displayed
aggressive behavior. She was also Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison during President Trump’s first year in office.
James Maslow is an actor and singer who played the role of James Diamond on the television show “Big Time Rush” and was a member of the boy band of the same name.
Ross Mathews is a television personality who is best known as Ross the Intern on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and has also appeared on “The Insider” and “Chelsea Lately.” He is currently working on the shows “Hollywood Today Live,” “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and “Live from E!”
Mark McGrath is singer of the rock band Sugar Ray, and was also a co-host of “Extra” and the host of “Don’t Forget the Lyrics!” in 2010.
Metta World Peace is a recently retired NBA player who went by the name Ron Artest until he legally changed it in 2011. He played for 6 different NBA teams, won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2004, an NBA championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2010 and is currently a coach for the Lakers’ player development team, the South Bay Lakers.
Keshia Knight Pulliam is best known for playing the youngest child, Rudy Huxtable, on “The Cosby Show” and Miranda Lucas- Payne on “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.”
Marissa Jaret Winokur played Tracy Turnblad in the Broadway musical “Hairspray,” which won her the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical. She was also one of the original hosts of “The Talk,” but left the show after only a few months.
These celebrities have been living together and competing against each other since Feb. 7. With a majority of them still in the house, it will be a fight to finish. The live finale airs Sunday, Feb. 25 on CBS at 8 p.m.