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Julie Chen Moonves finally revealed the Big Brother All-Stars cast and shared new twists to the show during its live premiere Wednesday night.

The identity of the show’s 16 players had been ‘kept under wraps for weeks,’ said the 50-year-old host, who seemed giddy at the prospect of announcing their names.

‘We have winners,’ she affirmed. ‘We have legends. We have people who have never won this game, and we’ve got a few whose games ended far too soon.’

Revealed: Julie Chen Moonves finally revealed the Big Brother All-Stars cast and shared new twists to the show during its live premiere Wednesday night

Legends: ‘We have winners,’ she affirmed. ‘We have legends. We have people who have never won this game, and we’ve got a few whose games ended far too soon’

In groups of four, Julie introduced the former BB vets who would be competing on Season 22, among them fan favorites like Nicole Anthony, 25, Tyler Crispen, 25, and Keesha Smith, 42.

Also appearing were past victors such as Ian Terry, 29, and ‘villains’ like Bayleigh Dayton, 27.

The show’s houseguests would be trailed by 94 cameras and 113 microphones, as they played what Julie called ‘a game of skill, strategy and social manipulation.’

Tyler and Keesha: In groups of four, Julie introduced the former BB vets who would be competing on Season 22, among them fan favorites like Nicole Anthony, 25, Tyler Crispen, 25, and Keesha Smith, 42

Victors: Also appearing were past victors such as Ian Terry, 29, and ‘villains’ like Bayleigh Dayton, 27

The winner would be the one who escaped weekly evictions to earn a $500,000 prize.

Julie promised it would be a season like no other, offering innovative twists and turns.

‘You’ve all lived in the Big Brother house before, but none of you have ever lived in this Big Brother house,’ she told the houseguests. ‘Throughout the summer, new rooms will be revealed to you. And each room will twist up this game like never before.’

Twists and turns: Julie promised it would be a season like no other, offering innovative twists and turns

Summer home: ‘You’ve all lived in the Big Brother house before, but none of you have ever lived in this Big Brother house,’ she told the houseguests. ‘Throughout the summer, new rooms will be revealed to you. And each room will twist up this game like never before’

The BB22 premiere was filmed live for the first time, though no audience was in attendance.

It marked the show’s 20th anniversary, and was only the second time Big Brother producers had filmed an ‘all-star’ edition, for which fans had been clamoring.

But filming a show in which 16 people would essentially be locked in a house together presented special challenges during the coronavirus epidemic.

All stars: It marked the show’s 20th anniversary, and was only the second time Big Brother producers had filmed an ‘all-star’ edition, for which fans had been clamoring

In order to appear on the show, the houseguests had been individually quarantined for two weeks, and been tested ‘multiple times’ for the virus, as had Julie herself.

All had since been cleared to go forward, and though they sported masks when they first arrived at the home, they were allowed to take them off inside.

‘I’m just excited to see people!’ said Da’Vonne Rogers, 32, from Lancaster, California, who was one of the first to show up. ‘I haven’t seen people in a long time!’

Quarantined: In order to appear on the show, the houseguests had been individually quarantined for two weeks, and been tested ‘multiple times’ for the virus, as had Julie herself

People: ‘I’m just excited to see people!’ said Da’Vonne Rogers, 32, from Lancaster, California, who was one of the first to show up. ‘I haven’t seen people in a long time!’

Each guest was first introduced with an update on their lives since they’d last appeared on BB.

Six of them had become parents after the show ended, while seven of them had married—in three instances, to people they’d starred with on the show.

Social media influencer Nicole Franzel, 28, was engaged to her BB18 co-star Victor Arroyo III, 29, with whom she lived in Ubly, Michigan.

Update: Each guest was first introduced with an update on their lives since they’d last appeared on BB

Engaged: Social media influencer Nicole Franzel, 28, was engaged to her BB18 co-star Victor Arroyo III, 29, with whom she lived in Ubly, Michigan

Bayleigh, from Los Angeles, married fellow BB20 houseguest Christopher ‘Swaggy C’ Williams, 23, and became a model.

Daniele Donato, 33, married BB13 pal Dominic Briones, also 33, and was a stay-at-home mom in Orange County, California.

Even Tyler was dating his BB20 showmate Angela Rummans, 26, with whom he ran a jewelry company in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Married model: Bayleigh, from Los Angeles, married fellow BB20 houseguest Christopher ‘Swaggy C’ Williams, 23, and became a model

Dani: Daniele Donato, 33, married BB13 pal Dominic Briones, also 33, and was a stay-at-home mom in Orange County, California

Tyler and Angela: Even Tyler was dating his BB20 showmate Angela Rummans, 26, with whom he ran a jewelry company in Hilton Head, South Carolina

‘I always say we have more marriages than The Bachelor,’ Julie cracked, though three players quickly noted that they had gotten divorced.

The new cast dated back to BB7 with biotech exec Kaysar Ridha, 39, from Irvine, California, and BB10, with Fort Lauderdale restaurateur ‘Memphis’ Garrett, 37, and Malibu waitress Keesha.

For some, being on Big Brother had led to a dramatic change in career.

Cast: The new cast dated back to BB7 with biotech exec Kaysar Ridha, 39, from Irvine, California, and BB10, with Fort Lauderdale restaurateur ‘Memphis’ Garrett, 37, and Malibu waitress Keesha

Da’Vonne quit working as a poker dealer after BB17/18 and became an acting coach.

Nicole Anthony, 24, from Long Island, NY, finished third on BB21, and ditched her job as a preschool teacher to become a podcast host covering reality TV.

And Christmas Abbott, 35, from Raleigh, North Carolina, wrote a book, started online fitness coaching and launched a supplement business after leaving BB19.

Dealer to coach: Da’Vonne quit working as a poker dealer after BB17/18 and became an acting coach

Host: Nicole Anthony, 24, from Long Island, NY, finished third on BB21, and ditched her job as a preschool teacher to become a podcast host covering reality TV

Fitness: And Christmas Abbott, 35, from Raleigh, North Carolina, wrote a book, started online fitness coaching and launched a supplement business after leaving BB19

Many returning contestants boasted about their skill as players in the house.

Ian Terry, 29, a management consultant from Houston, Texas, won BB14, and said he expected to win again ‘just because I’m smart.’

Insurance adjuster Enzo Palumbo, 32, a father of two and BB12 vet from Bayonne, New Jersey, vowed to be ‘one of the greats that ever played this game.’

Smart Ian: Ian Terry, 29, a management consultant from Houston, Texas, won BB14, and said he expected to win again ‘just because I’m smart’

Father Enzo: Insurance adjuster Enzo Palumbo, 32, a father of two and BB12 vet from Bayonne, New Jersey, vowed to be ‘one of the greats that ever played this game.

There was also a glint in the eye of Janelle Pierzina, 40, a Minneapolis real-estate agent and mom who bragged about her victories on BB6, BB7 and BB14.

David Alexander, 30, a senior sales rep in Los Angeles, had gotten into meditation and deep breathing since BB21, and said he could tell when the competition was lying.

Kevin Campbell, 40, an ad agency executive from Chula Vista, California, came third on BB11, and hoped to win the show so he could use the money to adopt a child with his husband.

Janelle: There was also a glint in the eye of Janelle Pierzina, 40, a Minneapolis real-estate agent and mom who bragged about her victories on BB6, BB7 and BB14

Meditation: David Alexander, 30, a senior sales rep in Los Angeles, had gotten into meditation and deep breathing since BB21, and said he could tell when the competition was lying

Kevin liked to dress up in drag as ‘Miss Anita Veto,’ and said she might show up in-house.

Once they were inside the home, players got their first challenge—they had to find out which room held a specific item, then reveal their answer by sinking a ball in a giant plastic house.

Those who did it in four minutes became eligible for the Head of Household role, which would render them safe from eviction and allow them to put others on the chopping block.

Drag: Kevin liked to dress up in drag as ‘Miss Anita Veto,’ and said she might show up in-house

Challenge: Once they were inside the home, players got their first challenge—they had to find out which room held a specific item, then reveal their answer by sinking a ball in a giant plastic house

Head: Those who did it in four minutes became eligible for the Head of Household role, which would render them safe from eviction and allow them to put others on the chopping block

To secure the coveted position, they then competed at a game called ‘Star Steppin,’ which required them to race across shaky, raised star-covered steps and lock in the fastest time.

Cody Calafiore, 29, a real-estate agent and BB16 runner-up from Howell, New Jersey, easily won the game and scored the Head of Household job.

Among the other racers, Christmas received $5,000 cash, while Kevin, Ian, Nicole and Memphis got ‘have not’ cards, giving them the worst room, food and showers for a week.

Star Steppin: To secure the coveted position, they then competed at a game called ‘Star Steppin,’ which required them to race across shaky, raised star-covered steps and lock in the fastest time

Winner: Cody Calafiore, 29, a real-estate agent and BB16 runner-up from Howell, New Jersey, easily won the game and scored the Head of Household job

Winner and losers: Among the other racers, Christmas received $5,000 cash, while Kevin, Ian, Nicole and Memphis got ‘have not’ cards, giving them the worst room, food and showers for a week

‘No one ever said winning half a million dollars would be easy,’ Julie reminded them.

Cody had all the power, she added, but the first secret room, ‘The Safety Suite,’ would be unveiled on this Sunday’s show—and it would save two players from elimination.

Big Brother All-Stars will return Sunday on CBS.

Safety: Cody had all the power, she added, but the first secret room, ‘The Safety Suite,’ would be unveiled on this Sunday’s show—and it would save two players from elimination

Return: Big Brother All-Stars will return Sunday on CBS

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