My husband and I have a secret obsession...we're addicted to 'Big Brother' on CBS. We've been binge watching old seasons of the reality show all summer in preparation for this year's All Star season.

If you've never seen the reality show, here's the premise. A group of people from all over the country live in a house together for about 3 months. They're completely cut off from the real world (no phones, TV, radio, newspaper, etc). They're on camera 24/7. Each week they vote out one player from the house in hopes to be the last person standing to win $500,000. The show is full of backstabbing, "back-dooring", alliances and drama.

We love when a contestant from the show is from Minnesota. In fact, it's happened several times. Many from the land of 10,000 lakes have made it into the Big Brother House. One of the all-time great players who has been on the show 3 times is from Grand Rapids.

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Here are 9 times Minnesotans have been cast for Big Brother; 

  • Brittany Petros from Robbinsdale was on season 1
  • Janelle Pierzina from Grand Rapids and has been featured on Big Brother season 6, 7 and 14. She's allegedly going to be featured again in the upcoming season. Janelle is a fan favorite and BB legend.
  • Nick Starcevic from Kimball was on season 8.
  • Amanda Hansen from Fridley was on season 9.
  • Bryan Ollie from Bloomington was on season 10.
  • Kaitlin Barnaby from Minneapolis was on season 15.
  • McCrae Olson from Maple Grove was on season 15.

This season's Big Brother cast will be announced by CBS on Wednesday, July 29. Minnesota's own Janelle Pierzina is rumored to be back for a 4th time.