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Each season of Big Brother has to have a quintessential Southern gentleman — well, at least they should! Donny Thompson definitely fills that role for Season 16, with the 42-year-old school groundskeeper hailing from Albemarle, North Carolina, and looking like he is the missing cousin of the Duck Dynasty crew.

This sweet guy admits his biggest hardship in the house is going to be “trying to be too honest.” Is there such a thing, Donnie? “I will lie, of course, but I’m not a good liar. I won’t look you in the eyes if I’m lying and I’ll get a little nervous,” he says in his CBS interview video. “I’m just not used to lying, so when I lie, I don’t do a good job.” If you ask us, Donnie had better not try out his lying skills on police sergeant Derrick Levasseur — this dude can definitely tell when someone’s playing Pinocchio.

As for his strategy for walking away with the $500K at the end of the summer, well, that’s pretty simple. “Lay low in the beginning, befriend all, constantly observe others, and make wise decisions on who I align with,” he said in his CBS bio. Not too shabby of a strategy, Donnie! With all of the twists you don’t want to have too much of a developed strategy, but you have to know the ropes — and this super fan definitely does.


Donnie — who was the janitor at American Idol and Dancing With the Stars contestant Kellie Pickler’s high school — admits that having lived alone in a house for 21 years, being around a large group of people all summer is going to be pretty tough. Hopefully he’ll be able to stick around long enough to get his own bedroom and a fraction of privacy.

“I would rather lose the game and be loved by America,” Donnie said. “I’m a likable guy. I hope it don’t hurt me in the game, but me being compassionate for others, but it could hurt me in the game.” Geez, that’s exactly what we’d expect a guy who looks like a hunter but hates killing animals would say. You had us at “hello,” Donnie.

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Carson Blackwelder is an Associate Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter and Google+!