It's that time again, Big Brother fans. CBS has released the bios for the Season 14 contestants, so you can start placing bets on who's going to last the longest (and who's going to go home first).

But before you dig into these bios, there's something you should know: This season has a twist! Along with the 12 contestants introduced below, "four of the most successful players" in the history of the show will also return. They will be playing "their own game" in an attempt to win "their own separate prize."

It should come as no surprise that the identity of these four returning players, not to mention details about their goals, will be kept secret until the premiere on Thursday, July 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

Name: Kara Monaco
Age: 29
Hometown: Orlando, Fla. (Living in Los Angeles, Calif.)
Occupation: Model
Three adjectives that describe you: Smart, funny and loyal
Favorite activities: Running, hiking and yoga
What do you think will be the most difficult part about living inside the Big Brother house: Not being able to at least speak to my mom and best friends.
Strategy for winning BIG BROTHER: I don't know if you can really have a strategy when it comes to BIG BROTHER, but you have to be great competitively and socially.
Have you had any interesting occupations in your past: I worked at Disney for four years as a dancer/performer playing Cinderella, Snow White and Alice in Wonderland.
What are you afraid of: Heights and bugs!
Finish this sentence: My life’s motto is… Live life to the fullest!
What would you take into the house and why: Only my Nook, so I can read.
What would you do if BIG BROTHER made you famous: I would use it to help people and try to make a positive difference in the world.

Name: JoJo Spatafora
Age: 26
Hometown: Staten Island, N.Y.
Occupation: Bartender
Three adjectives that describe you: Thankful, different and sparkling.
Favorite activities: Rollerblading, dancing, cooking, traveling and ice skating.
What do you think will be the most difficult part about living inside the BIG BROTHER house: Not having a computer, cell phone or TV, although it’s pretty cool to just block everything out. I have no kids or special someone to go home to, so it wouldn't really bother me as long as I can chill in the backyard and tan.
Strategy for winning BIG BROTHER: Of course I have a strategy, but is it smart to tell you? Is this a trick question?
Which past BIG BROTHER cast member did you like most or least: I like Evil Dick the most because he’s “real.” I don't like the redheaded girl that got engaged to one of the other guys... Rachel? She thinks a lot of herself and her laugh is so annoying!
What are you afraid of: Snakes and creepy crawlers, sometimes heights and I don't like the dark either – I watch too many horror movies.
Finish this sentence: My life’s motto is… Everything happens for a reason... it’s a cliché, but true.
What would you take into the house and why: Chapstick, so my lips stay soft, and a toothbrush because you have to brush your teeth – duh!
What would you do if BIG BROTHER made you famous: I would try to keep a semi-low profile and stay as humble as possible.  I would love to donate money to charities because I know what it’s like to not have a lot.

Name: Jenn Arroyo
Age: 37
Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Occupation: Musician/Former Bass Player for the Female Metal Group “Kittie”
Three adjectives that describe you: Smart, sexy and funny.
Favorite activities: I LOVE TO PLAY MY GUITAR/BASS!! I also like to work out, bike, run and lift weights. I enjoy writing and my journal tends to work out as lyrics.
What do you think will be the most difficult part about living inside the BIG BROTHER house: No contact with family and friends. It will be tough, but I have been on very long tours far away from my loved ones and survived, so I can do this.
Strategy for winning BIG BROTHER: I'm going to be me. It's a simple answer, but a fun, twisted puzzle to unfold.
What are you afraid of: Roller coasters. Not too keen on heights, either.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of: I'm so very proud of every album I've ever worked on. A piece of my heart and soul are located within.
Finish this sentence: My life’s motto is… To enjoy yo’self!
What would you take into the house and why: Guitar, a laptop to record my music and a flat iron.
What would you do if BIG BROTHER made you famous: Head right back into the studio and record a full-length album and then head out on the road with my band and tour. Start a music program to help underprivileged kids stay focused. Music has saved my life and I want to give back to what has been so good to me.

Name: Ashley Iocco
Age: 26
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa. (Living in West Hollywood, Calif.)
Occupation: Owner of a Mobile Spray Tanning Company
Three adjectives that describe you: Vivacious, loving, charismatic, spark plug and enthusiastic.  That was five – oops!
Favorite activities: Hiking, yoga, painting, meditating, making dream boards, sunbathing, swimming, snowboarding and boating.
What do you think will be the most difficult part about living inside the BIG BROTHER house: Not being able to have your own space and alone time. I love being around people, but I'm definitely one to have my special me time.
Strategy for winning BIG BROTHER: Play everyone! I will come off as the dumb ditzy blonde, but take it to the end because I'm actually really smart and good at reading through people’s lies.
Which past BIG BROTHER cast member did you like most or least: Jeff is my favorite because I just want to eat him up…he was so loyal and kind…especially to Jordan. Jerry is my least favorite since he just floated his way through the game. I’m not a fan of floaters.
What are you afraid of: Mosquitoes.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of: Starting my own business and making the move out to the West Coast.
Finish this sentence: My life’s motto is… Give love to the things in life that you love and give no attention to the things you don't love.
What would you take into the house and why: Music, because it keeps me sane and uplifts my mood in minutes.  My dream book because I love looking at it everyday. Finally, frankincense oil, because it heals everything and makes you forever young.
What would you do if BIG BROTHER made you famous: Change the world one day at a time and show people that giving love and being open to learning about love (not so literally) will change your attitude and make you happy forever.

Name: Jodi Rollins
Age: 42
Hometown: Englewood, Colo. (Living in Calipatria, Calif.)
Occupation: Restaurant Server
Three adjectives that describe you: Funny, outdoorsy and opinionated.
Favorite activities: Hiking, talking, writing, singing and laughing!
What do you think will be the most difficult part about living inside the BIG BROTHER house: The lack of privacy, missing my family, getting no sleep and eating slop would all be hard for me.
Strategy for winning BIG BROTHER: I will let people underestimate me.
Which past BIG BROTHER cast member did you like most or least:  I loved Brittney from Season 2. She was sweet and funny with an edge!
What are you afraid of: Snakes and roller coasters.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of: Running the L.A. marathon twice and marrying my hubby.
Finish this sentence: My life’s motto is… Live in the moment!
What would you take into the house and why: A picture of my hubby, my iPod, a pen and a notepad.
What would you do if BIG BROTHER made you famous: I would try to stay grounded.

Name: Danielle Murphree
Age: 23
Hometown: Grant, Ala. (Living in Tuscaloosa, Ala.)  
Occupation: Nurse
Three adjectives that describe you: Loving, outgoing and passionate.
Favorite activities: I love to dance. I could do that all day, everyday. I love photography, scrapbooking, working out and swimming. Anything that keeps me active.
What do you think will be the most difficult part about living inside the BIG BROTHER house: Being cut off from the outside world and not being able to listen to music or take pictures.
Strategy for winning BIG BROTHER: To be considered someone that isn't a threat and someone that doesn't seem very smart. The people that are a threat are usually eliminated first.
Which past BIG BROTHER cast member did you like most or least: I love Jordan and I can't stand Rachel. Rachel is beyond annoying and fake with her whining and backstabbing. Jordan seemed honest, down-to-earth and fun.
What are you afraid of: I am terrified of snakes, dying young, heights and never finding my true love.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of: Finally graduating nursing school and passing my NCLEX on the first try.
Finish this sentence: My life’s motto is… love everything as if you were about to lose it.
What would you take into the house and why: My camera, because I love taking pictures; my iPad, so I can play games and listen to my music; and my cell phone, because I’m a chatterbug and love talking to people.
What would you do if BIG BROTHER made you famous: Be a happy camper. I guess I would deal with the new challenges that I faced with fame, but I wouldn't hate it. I wouldn't mind being famous.

Name: Willie Hantz
Age: 34
Hometown: Vinton, La. (Living in Dayton, Texas)  
Occupation: Tankerman
Three adjectives that describe you: Serious, hostile and docile.
Favorite activities: Gambling and strip clubs!
What do you think will be the most difficult part about living inside the Big Brother house: Eating the slop because I'm used to my roommate’s (i.e., my mother) cooking.
Strategy for winning BIG BROTHER: To make as much confusion in the house in order to take the attention off of me.
Which past BIG BROTHER cast member did you like most or least: My least favorite was Rachel because I would have shot myself if I was in that house with her. There is nobody I really respected who ever played the game.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of: My two children.
Finish this sentence: My life’s motto is… Only the good die young.
What would you take into the house and why: Cigarettes and vodka.
What would you do if BIG BROTHER made you famous: I would be on All-Stars.


Name: Wil Heuser
Age: 24
Hometown: Louisville, Ky.  
Occupation: Marketing Consultant
Three adjectives that describe you: Funny, unique and brash.
Favorite activities: Running, biking and lunching with good friends.
What do you think will be the most difficult part about living inside the BIG BROTHER house: It will be difficult to live with other people. I'm used to living on my own and having my space, but I'm always up for a challenge.
Strategy for winning BIG BROTHER: I would probably not tell the other roommates my profession and play the "nice guy," "someone you can trust" role. I think I would let alliances form first and then manipulate my way into control of the game.
Which past BIG BROTHER cast member did you like most or least: I just watched the last season but I did not like Evil Dick; arrogant people are not my cup of tea. I did like Rachel. She was outgoing and fun to watch.
What are you afraid of: Snakes and bananas creep me out.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of: My career. I have traveled the world, met amazing people, and I've never let the word “no” stop me.
Finish this sentence: My life’s motto is… If you want something done, do it yourself.
What would you take into the house and why: A flat iron, since I have crazy hair and I have to keep it in check! An iPod, because music helps me think and meditate. A bottle of Woodford Reserve… I'm from Kentucky – bourbon, it’s in my blood.
What would you do if BIG BROTHER made you famous: I wouldn't change much in my life. Fame comes and goes. I would however probably use a little bit of press to help bring light to causes close to my heart.


Name: Ian Terry
Age: 21
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa. (Living in New Orleans, La.)  
Occupation: Engineering Student at Tulane University
Three adjectives that describe you: Intelligent, eccentric and analytical.
Favorite activities: I really enjoy biking whenever I get the chance. A grueling bike ride is excellent.
What do you think will be the most difficult part about living inside the BIG BROTHER house: Being disconnected from sports, family, friends, Internet and TV.
Strategy for winning BIG BROTHER: I want to make an alliance with about six people and I'd like to be seen as maybe the fourth-strongest in the group. That way it wouldn't be me going up if the other side gained the power.
Which past BIG BROTHER cast member did you like most or least: My all-time favorite has to be Dr. Will from BB2/BB7. He played the game with absolute finesse both times, and as a 10-year-old watching BB2, I definitely would say I idolized him back then.
What are you afraid of: I'm definitely afraid of venomous snakes and any large, deadly animals, simply because they're extremely dangerous. I also have a real fear of vomiting, because it's really painful, and a fear of drowning, since I feel like it'd be one of the worst ways to die.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of: My proudest accomplishment so far in life is going to Tulane, far away from my family and old friends, studying the hardest major I could possibly take, and surviving it for three years.
Finish this sentence: My life’s motto is… I came here to kick butt and chew bubblegum, but I'm all out of bubblegum.
What would you take into the house and why: My collection of glasses: I have these glasses that can go with everything I wear. A picture of my family: I definitely will really miss them. My guitar: I recently picked up guitar and feel it's an awesome way to relieve stress. Also, it does get me a fair amount of attention from girls.
What would you do if BIG BROTHER made you famous: I'd try to live my life normally again. I don't really have any intentions of going into acting or anything like that. I'd probably just try to go back to chemical engineering and do what I've always wanted to do.

Name: Frank Eudy
Age: 28
Hometown: Marion, Ark. (Living in Naples, Fla.)  
Occupation: Unemployed
Three adjectives that describe you: Gregarious, interesting and engaging.
Favorite activities: Going to the beach, exercising and being around people.
What do you think will be the most difficult part about living inside the BIG BROTHER house: Making sure my hair is camera ready all the time.
Strategy for winning BIG BROTHER: Absolutely. Numbers are important, so I want to set up a "Dream Team," all playing certain roles. I would need a Larry Bird, a good country boy or girl who's honest and competitive; a Charles Barkley, an unmovable object possibly with a bit of a harsh attitude; a Patrick Ewing, somebody that knows the game and is reliable; a Michael Jordan, somebody who's a baller that can win competitions; and me as Magic Johnson, friendly guy playing point and running the show.
Which past BIG BROTHER cast member did you like most or least: Most: Chill Town - they were great at the game and great at entertaining. Least: Daniele - she wines and complains too much and was ungrateful to her dad for the chance to even make it on the show.
What are you afraid of: I don't care for spiders or snakes.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of: Paying for my braces while I was working through college.
Finish this sentence: My life’s motto is… The difference between a stranger and a friend is an introduction.
What would you take into the house and why: A phone… for the main purpose of getting information about the game from the outside world.
What would you do if BIG BROTHER made you famous: Do my best to make it sustainable, and try not to make an ass out of myself!


Name: Shane Meaney
Age: 26
Hometown: Bennington, Vt.
Occupation: House Flipper
Three adjecives that describe you: Passionate, funny and honest.
Favorite activities: Working out, renovating houses, hitting golf balls off my deck into the woods and spending time with my friends and family.
What do you think will be the most difficult part about living inside the BIG BROTHER house: Eating the slop because I'm used to my roommate’s cooking.
Strategy for winning BIG BROTHER: Make friends with people in the house while maintaining my competitive nature... oh, and have fun!
Who is your hero and why: My dad. He is an accomplished musician, loving husband, great father and would do anything for me or my sister.
What are you afraid of: Failure, mice and drowning.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of: Graduating pre-med with a 3.8 grade point average.
Finish this sentence: My life’s motto is… Work hard and play harder.
What would you take into the house and why: My iPod, since I can’t live without music, my dog Dozer and a pull-up bar because I’ve got to keep those muscles alive.

Name: Joe Arvin
Age: 41
Hometown: Lexington, Ky. (Living in Schererville, Ind.)
Occupation: Chef
Three adjectives that describe you: Leader, performer and entertainer.
Favorite activities: Watching my kids play sports, compete and see them have that drive to win.
What do you think will be the most difficult part about living inside the BIG BROTHER house: It will be hard to have everyday, every minute, every second of my life on the air. I think at times I will want to crawl into a hole and hide.
Strategy for winning BIG BROTHER: I plan to use my cooking skills to help get me to the end. Every one loves to eat, never get rid of the cook!
Which past BIG BROTHER cast member did you like most or least: My favorites were Chicken George, because he was able to move around undetected for much of the time, and Will, who won by acting like he was crazy. Come on, that’s talent.
What are you afraid of: I am not a big fan of being alone. I love to have people around me at all times. It comforts me. It makes me happy. I would also say heights. I get upset and dizzy.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of: Never giving up, my will to win and being a mentor to my kids.
Finish this sentence: My life’s motto is… Inspire, dream, cook. That’s how you become great!
What would you take into the house and why: A football, to remind me everyday that it’s a game and I will win.  A cook book, since I’m always studying my art, and a family photo, because I never forget where I come from and who I am fighting for. 
 
Source: CBS Press Release
 
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