Big Brother 14 premieres Thursday night – and the world will finally get meet to the bikini clad cast … as well as four former house guests who come back to coach and mentor newbies in hopes of making them $500,000 richer. (They get $100k if they do!)
Even though I’m a reality TV expert with all sorts of secrets and insights on the casting process, I’ve never really written about Big Brother before (one of the most clandestine shows of all), nor have I gotten as obsessed about it as other reality shows. (Yes, Bachelorette, I am talking to you.) But I am SO watching Big Brother this year, and I’ll tell you why: It starts with a D and ends with a Gheesling. Yup! My old friend Dan Gheesling is BACK on the show! Your remember him. He’s the hunky guy from Season 10 that walked away with a giant, novelty check worth $500,000.
I know Dan from way back in my Survivor casting days, when I brought him in for semi-finals in Chicago. He was so cute, a little cocky and genuinely nice. And he still is! While he didn’t make Survivor, from what he tells me – NOT getting that show helped him get on Big Brother. Read his book and you’ll find out how.
I’m in it, too!
I think, since I knew him way before Big Brother fame, I might be his biggest fan! I still have his Survivor application floating around somewhere, I’m sure scribbled with my notes about what a charmer he was.
So, in honor of Dan Gheesling’s return to prime time, Here’s a FREE TIP for anyone who wants to get on reality TV, taken right from Dan Gheesling book of life.
WEAR A TUX.
Not to the interview, that would be weird. But maybe in one of the photos you submit. Dan did. And it caught my eye. It was unexpected to see a guy wearing a dashing tux applying for a cut throat, bug eating, sleep in-the-dirt show.
If you don’t have a penguin suit, try to snap a photo that makes you absolutely shimmer with personality. Dogs and babies always help. Here’s a good example from my own life:
I mean, come on!
Okay, I have to go WATCH Big Brother 14 now. Good luck Dan! Me and my dog hope you win!
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