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‘Big Brother’ Season 18 Premiere Reveals 4 Returning Players, Multiple Game Twists

Newcomers to CBS reality competition are forced to team up with veterans for special challenges

(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you haven’t watched Wednesday’s premiere episode of “Big Brother”)

Every season on “Big Brother,” the producers love to drop a bomb on the players by starting the game with a big twist. Last year’s twists were such a bust that they were dropped after three weeks, but that won’t stop CBS from trying to raise the stakes with three twists that have changed everything.

As Episode 1 of the reality hit’s 18th season kicked off Wednesday, four players from past seasons were brought in to compete against a cast of 12 newcomers. The returnees were Frank Eudy, James Huling, Nicole Franzel and Da’Vonne Rogers. All four players made big mistakes their first time around that cost them the grand prize — and all are looking for redemption.

It was soon revealed that each veteran would join three newcomers to form four teams of four to would compete in special challenges each week. The winning team would receive safety for the first two evictions, starting on Episode 2.

But this first eviction wouldn’t be decided by a House Guest vote like in seasons past. The three teams that lose the first competition would compete in two more competitions, with the winners receiving safety. The team that fails to win safety must compete against each other as individuals, with the loser being evicted.

Then, the three remaining members of the losing team would decide among them who would become the first Head of Household (HOH) and get to choose the two House Guests who would be nominated for eviction.

Several of the newcomers are bent on becoming first HOH to make sure the veterans make an early exit, but the only way they can gain that power off the bat is by putting themselves in serious risk. Also, there is a good chance that the newcomers on the losing team will have to find some way to convince their veteran teammate to not become HOH. Considering how the four veterans feel threatened and want control of the game to make sure they aren’t on the chopping block early on, this could lead to some heated arguments.

“Big Brother” continues with a new episode on CBS Thursday night, immediately followed by the launch of the show’s online live feeds.