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April Lee Dowling-Cruise was a houseguest on Big Brother 10 (US).

In Week 1, she began a showmance with Bryan Ollie, which later turned intimate and a friendship-turned-alliance with Keesha and Libra, which started after they discovered Ollie lied to them about an alliance with Brian and Dan. She was known for being strategic and using her charms to further herself in the game. She won Head of Household in week 4, after making a deal with Michelle to keep her and Jessie safe. However, Keesha and Libra wanted Jessie out for his arrogance and backstabbed her by voting out Jessie. Following that, she aligned with Ollie, Michelle and Jerry. She was nominated by Head of Household Renny in Week 6, and when neither her or her showmance, Ollie, managed to win the veto, she was evicted in a 4-1 vote, gaining only Ollie's vote to save.


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April graduated from Doane College in Crete, NE with a Bachelor's Degree in Sports and Fitness Management. She is currently working as a Financial Manager at a car dealership and does well in this "man's world".

She admits to being OCD and can't sleep at night if the bottles in the refrigerator aren't lined up properly.

April's mother has always been there for her though they do have occasional differences of opinion. She describes her father as her "rock" and says he is her number one supporter. She has an identical twin sister, who is pregnant, and both have the same tattoo on their lower backs. Her favorite foods are carb-laden and include pasta, bread and Fruit Loops cereal. Her ideal romantic partner is fun, outgoing, adventurous, caring, patient, understanding, motivated and smart and she wonders if wanting all of these qualities is the reason she has yet to marry. She has a Siamese cat named George.

She describes herself as outgoing, competitive and attractive and is most proud that she's a college graduate. She likes football and basketball and roots for the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Phoenix Suns. Her favorite activities are watching sports, grilling outside, bowling and having sex. Her favorite movies are "Dumb & Dumber," Remember the Titans" and "Crash." She loves all types of music and her favorite artists are Dave Mathews, Madonna and Gwen Stefani. She reads Cosmo and particularly likes to read gossip magazines.

Her birth date is March 24, 1978.[1]

Player History - Big Brother 10 (US)[]

Competition History[]

Week 1 HOH Not Chosen
Food Loss
POV Loss
Week 2 HOH Loss
Food Loss
POV Not Picked
Week 3 HOH Loss
Food Win
POV Not Picked
Week 4 HOH Win
POV Loss
Week 5 HOH Previous HOH
Food Win
POV Loss
Week 6 HOH Loss
Food Win
POV Loss
Week 7 Evicted
Week 8
Week 9 Luxury Not Chosen

Voting History[]

Week Position Voted for With Majority?
1 Brian Hart Yes
2 Steven Daigle Yes
3 Angie Swindell Yes
5 Libra Thompson Yes
6 Nominated
Finale Jury Member Dan Gheesling Yes
  • Note: Week 1 featured a First Impressions Vote to determine the HOH, and while not every vote was revealed, it was stated in the episode that April voted for Renny Martyn, who received the second most votes.

HOH History[]

Original Nominees Post-Veto Nominees Intended Target
Week 4
Jessie Godderz

Post Big Brother[]

  • April and Ollie have since ended their relationship.[2]
  • Since the show, April has gotten married to a man named Ryan Cruise and has given birth to two children. Their first child, Easton Mitchell, was born on June 14, 2010.[3] April has also given birth to a second son, named Wyatt.


  • April always voted with the majority. 
  • April was the first person on Big Brother 10 (US) to win Head of Household and not have her target evicted.
  • April and Michelle Costa are the only women of the season to not be evicted in a unanimous vote.
    • Ironically, Jerry MacDonald was sitting next to both of them.
      • Both April and Michelle had one vote to save them each. Bryan Ollie was the only one to vote to save either of them.


Big Brother 10 (US) Houseguests
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