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Tampa bartender to compete on 'Big Brother 12'



Annie_whittington A 27-year-old Tampa bartender will compete on the 12th edition of CBS' Big Brother, starting July 8.

"I live my life full of adventure," said Annie Whittington, who dyed her platinum hair brunette at the insistence of producers because there were too many blondes this season. "I never thought I'd actually make it on the show. I love the social experiment, throwing in random people where they can't escape."

Read her full bio here.

This season, executive producer Allison Grodner and her team have planted a mole among the houseguests to do viewers' bidding and disrupt the players' lives during Big Brother 12. Grodner said the saboteur, who will be revealed to viewers on the July 15 episode, isn't eligible to win the $500,000 grand prize.

"For the first time ever, we have someone in the house who, in a way, is playing their own game," said Grodner, who stressed that the operative is not an actor but a real person who was picked alongside everyone else. "They're playing for a cash prize, if they make it a certain amount of time in the house. If they don't last, they're out, and their cover is blown."

Such surprises are a staple of the "expect the unexpected" franchise. The traitorous twist is similar to the eighth season introduction of "America's Player," which allowed one contestant to complete viewer-voted tasks for cash, unbeknownst to his house mates. This time, however, the cast will be made aware of the trickster's existence beforehand.

The other Big Brother 12 houseguests are:

- Kristen Bitting, 24, boutique manager, Philadelphia

- Lane Elenburg, 24, oil rig salesman, Decatur, Texas

- Ragan Fox, 34, assistant professor, West Hollywood, Calif.

- Andrew Gordon, 39, podiatrist, Miami

- Britney Haynes, 22, hotel sales manager, Huntington, Ark.

- Kathy Hillis, 40, deputy sheriff, Texarkana, Ark.

- Matt Hoffman, 32, web designer, Elgin, Ill.

- Hayden Moss, 24, college student, Tempe, Ariz.

- Enzo Palumbo, 32, insurance adjuster, Bayonne, N.J.

- Rachel Reilly, 26, cocktail waitress, Las Vegas

- Monet Stunson, 24, model, Glen Carbon, Ill.

- Brendon Villegas, 30, high school swim coach, Riverside, Calif.

[Last modified: Thursday, August 12, 2010 2:15pm]


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