Celebrity Big Brother 2 (US), is the second edition of Celebrity Big Brother in Big Brother U.S.
- 1 Background
- 2 Twists
- 3 Houseguests
- 4 Voting History
- 5 Competition History
- 6 Game History
- 7 Controversies
- 8 Trivia
- 9 Ratings
- 10 References
- 11 External Links
After the first season of Celebrity Big Brother premiered in the United States, it was declared a success after it was the number one show after the 2018 Winter Olympics. The series premiere was the number one program for CBS attracting 7.27 million viewers with a 1.8/7 rating in the 18-49 demographic and the highest rated season premiere since season 13.  The season finale pulled in 5.21 million viewers and a 1.4/5 rating in the 18-49 demographic. CBS ordered a second season of Celebrity Big Brother on May 12, 2018 then confirmed it would return for a mid-season run four days later when the network reveled its 2018–19 fall prime-time schedule.
Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan will continue to serve as executive producers for the second season. Their production company Fly on the Wall Entertainment will produce the season for CBS in association with Endemol Shine North America.
The main television coverage of the second season will be screened on CBS during the winter of 2019. The season premiere is scheduled for January 21, 2019 with the season finale on February 13, 2019. CBS officially released their schedule on November 27, 2018 and later January 10, 2019.
|Celebrity Big Brother Schedule - January/February 2019|
HOH & Nominations
Power of Veto
Mooch Twist & Eviction
HOH & Nominations
POV & Eviction
HOH & Nominations
POV & Eviction
POV & Eviction
HOH & Nominations
POV & Eviction
Schedule is subject to change, eviction episodes are not known at the moment.
|Key:||Premiere: 8-9pm Eastern||Normal Episode: 8-9pm Eastern||Normal Episode: 9-10pm Eastern||Normal Episode: 8-10pm Eastern||Finale: 9-11pm Eastern|
As with each season since season 6, the program is filmed at CBS Studios, sound stage 18 in Studio City, California in a custom-built two story house. Soundstage 18 was previously used to film the sitcom Yes, Dear. The House was equipped with 94 high-definition cameras and 113 microphones in order to monitor and record the Houseguests. The living room, three bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and lounge room are located on the first floor. The Head of Household bedroom, gym area and an additional lounge area are located on the second floor. The second floor is accessible by a spiral staircase located in the kitchen next to the sliding glass doors that lead to the backyard. CBS released pictures and video of the redesigned House on January 16, 2019 through several media outlets like Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, Entertainment Tonight and ET Canada.
The interior of the Celebrity Big Brother house has a New York City theme from around the 1940s. Each of the bedrooms on the first floor were given their own individual names reflecting their design. The first bedroom has a "5th Avenue" theme inspired by window shopping highlighting "the highest fashion of the '40s" while the second bedroom has a luxury "Hotel" theme. The third bedroom, known as the "Celebrity Building" Bedroom, that was inspired by a famous art deco building named after a car company. The kitchen was inspired by some of the finest restaurants in New York City with a "faux French" oven island and a square dinning room table. Behind the dinning room table cartoon-style pictures of the season one houseguests hanging on the wall. The bathroom and downstairs lounge area were inspired by the 20th Century Limited passenger train. The Head of Household bedroom resembles the backstage of a Broadway show with the head board made from a real theater marquee. The upstairs lounge was designed after the Brooklyn Bridge while the gym area was inspired by the 42nd Street library in Manhattan.
On January 15th, CBS released house pictures as hints around the different social media's for the show, Julie Chen, and executive producer Allison Grodner.
The remainder of the house photos were released the next day on January 16th. Once again they were scattered around the different social media accounts for the show Julie Chen, and executive producer Allison Grodner.
A house tour would be released later that day on Youtube.
Similar to the previous season, various fake lists were circulated around the internet. Some rumors turned out to be true.
It was initially rumored that Dina Lohan, mother of actress Lindsay Lohan would be competing after receiving a large sum. Days before the cast announcement, Natalie Eva Marie was leaked to participate after a video was shown on Twitter revealing producers asking her questions during her promo for the premiere episode. The following day, former Celebrity Big Brother 15 (UK) contestant and pop journalist Perez Hilton released an article stating that Joey Lawrence would be entering the house followed by other celebrities that participated in Dancing With The Stars, similar to the previous season. Finally Kato Kaelin would accidentally reveal himself as a houseguest on Twitter after stating starting January 12th, he would be off all social media.
Perez Hilton would go on to leak that musician Todrick Hall was asked to participate, but declined. In addition, he spoiled that Wilson Phillips singer, Carnie Wilson had initially signed to compete in the show, but had to back out a week prior due to health conditions.
The cast would be revealed during a commercial break between the first and second quarter of the NFL Divisional Round playoff game between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Chargers. It was revealed that former White House communication's director Anthony Scaramucci was included in the cast after declining the season prior.
|January 13, 2019 Cast Release Press Statement|
Celebrity Edition Debuts with a Two-Night Premiere Event on
Monday, Jan. 21 and Tuesday, Jan. 22
CBS has announced the 12 Celebrity Houseguests who will star in the second celebrity edition of BIG BROTHER in the U.S. This season’s cast includes Olympians, a former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL running back, a headline-making political strategist, a former teen heartthrob, a GRAMMY-nominated musician, a former WWE wrestler and an infamous Houseguest, among others. BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION launches with a two-night premiere event Monday, Jan. 21 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) and Tuesday, Jan. 22 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Julie Chen Moonves returns as the host.
The following 12 Celebrity Houseguests will compete for $250,000:
Hometown: Rossford, Ohio
Tamar Braxton (41)
Kandi Burruss (42)
Tom Green (47)
Lolo Jones (36)
Kato Kaelin (59)
Joey Lawrence (42)
Ryan Lochte (34)
Dina Lohan (56)
Natalie Eva Marie (34)
Anthony Scaramucci (55)
Ricky Williams (41)
Following the two-night premiere, BIG BROTHER will air for three weeks, with the two-hour finale on Wednesday, Feb. 13 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Click HERE for the full schedule.
BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION follows a group of celebrities living together in a house outfitted with over 80 HD cameras and over 100 microphones recording their every move 24 hours a day and having no contact with the outside world. Each week, one or more Celebrity Houseguests will be voted out of the house, with the last remaining Houseguest receiving the grand prize of $250,000. BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION is produced by Emmy Award-winning producer Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan for Fly on the Wall Entertainment, in association with Endemol Shine North America.
CHEAT TWEET: All-new #BBCeleb cast announced! Who are you excited to see in the house? The 2-night premiere event airs Jan. 21 and Jan. 22 at 8/7c! #CBS @CBSBigBrother #BigBrother @JulieChen #CelebBB #CBBUS
Live Feeds Preview
To hipe up the live feeders for the upcoming season. CBS leaked the live feeds for short periods of time from the time the houseguests entered the house until the premiere. The dates and times are shown in BBT (PST):
- January 17 (2:00 PM - 2:15 PM)
- January 18 (2:00 PM - 2:15 PM)
- January 21 (11:00 AM - 11:15 AM)
- Power Pair & Nomination Competitions: For the first competition of the season, the houseguests were divided up into five teams of two leaving two houseguests sitting out, who were later awarded immunity. The winners of the competition became the "Power Pair". The winners would then compete in a second competition where the winner would be the first Head of Household and the loser would be the first nominee on the block.
- Breaking Celebrity News: Various twists will be announced to the houseguests throughout the season in the form of "breaking news."
- Fake HouseGuest & Second Veto: It was revealed that Anthony Scaramucci was never a real contestant, and he left the game on Day 6. His exit gave everyone a second chance at the PoV, but since he was a nominee, a new one had to be named in his place.
- Power of the Publicist: America will vote for one of the Final 9 houseguests to get the Power of the Publicist. That gives them the power to remove themselves from the block at one of the following two Nomination or Power of Veto ceremonies. After voting via hashtags on Twitter, America voted for Tamar Braxton to get the power. However, she didn't use it during the first eviction cycle that she could've, and after she won HoH during the second cycle, the power expired.
- Immunity Competition: The houseguests will compete for Immunity during the Double Eviction. The winner will be safe, but will have to sit out of the next HoH. Tamar ended up winning and she was safe for the Double Eviction.
|Week 1||Week 2||Week 3||Week 4|
|Day 2||Day 6||Day 11||Day 14||Day 19||Day 21||Day 24||Day 25||Day 29||Finale|
|Immune||Nominated||Rep: Replacement Nominee||POV Holder||HOH||Fake Houseguest/Left||Jury Member||Evicted|
|Celebrity Big Brother 2 (US) Competition History|
|Week 1||1||"Drinks On Us"||One person must swing back and fill up their cup with water. They must then swing forward and toss the water to the next person, who must then pour their water into a bucket below. First pair to fill up their bucket so that their ball drops out wins.|
Jonathan & Ryan
|2||"Blockbusters"||The Power Pair winners must swing across a platform and knock down two billboard puzzles while swinging. The first person to completely knock down all pieces of both puzzles will win HoH, while the other gets nominated for eviction.|
|4||"Celebrity Giddy Up"||The players must rock their horse 60 times, which will then trigger a timer. Once the timer starts, they must stack their gold bars on a spinning platform. They have 30 seconds to stack the bars and return to their horse, otherwise they're out. They have the option to go on slop to get a second chance. The first person to stack all their bars and hit their button wins the PoV.|
|6||"Mooch's Veto"||The players must figure out which headlines are true or false, based on quotes from Fake HouseGuest Anthony Scaramucci. The first person to guess the correct number of true headlines wins the PoV.|
|Week 2||10||"Rock Til You Drop"||Each houseguest must hang onto the wall. Once they fall, they're out. The last person standing will become the new HoH.|
|13||"Worldwide Rollout"||Each houseguests most roll their ball into a numbered slot. The person whose ball lands into the highest number wins the PoV.|
|"Slaughter House"||The houseguests must traverse through the house in the dark while looking for items. Whoever finds all the items and buzzes in and the fastest time wins HoH.|
|15||"Kick the Competition"||The houseguests must spin around a lever 15 times and drop a barricade for 7 seconds. The person who scores 3 times will win and eliminate their opponent. The last person standing wins the PoV.|
|Week 3||18||"Picture Imperfect"||The houseguests will face off two at a time. They must look at three different magazine covers and discover which one has an error. The first person to buzz in correctly will move on. If someone buzzes in incorrectly, they will be eliminated. The last person standing will be the next HoH.|
|20||"Smashing Success"||The houseguests will watch a live performance from comedian Gallagher, and then they will answer true or false questions based on what happened during the performance. The person with the most points after seven questions wins the PoV.|
|"Celebrity Tumblin' Dice"||The houseguests must face off two at a time inside of giant dice. They must tumble their dice around to get the correct number on top as they reach their mat. The last player standing will become the new HoH.|
|22||"Color Blast"||A sequence of colors will be played for the houseguests. They must select a specific color within that sequence. If they get it right, they will move on. If not, they will be eliminated. Last player standings wins PoV.|
|24||"Living Art"||There are people who have body paint like the house decor spread throughout the house. The houseguests must run through and count how many people there are. Then they must run back to their podium and lock in their answer. The person closest to the correct answer will win safety for the Double Eviction.|
|"Living Art"||Continuing from the Immunity Competition, the houseguests must now determine how much of the living art has gone missing from the house from the original 22. They must then return to their podium and lock in an answer. The person with the closest answer will become the new HoH.|
|"Cousins"||The houseguests will watch a recorded "sitcom" featuring Ross Mathews and Metta World Peace, and then they will answer true or false questions based on what happened during the recording. The person with the most points after seven questions wins the PoV.|
|Week 4||"Bats: The Musical"||The houseguests must push a button to start a timer that magnetizes a puzzle board. They will then swing across platforms to reach their puzzle and start building it. They must periodically go back and forth to keep their timer going and their board magnetized. The first person to complete their puzzle and swing back to hit their button will become the next HoH.|
|26||"Veto Heist"||The houseguests will be given a clue to an artifact from a previous competition. They must go through an obstacle course to retrieve the artifact and then go back to the next one. The person who collects all the artifacts in the fastest time will win the Final Power of Veto.|
|29||"Celebrity Lookalike Junior" (Final HoH Sole Part)||The houseguests will be shown videos from children lookalikes of the Jury. The houseguests must then figure out which statement is false. The person with the most points after seven videos will become the Final Head of Household.|
Julie Chen Hosting
The media speculated that Julie Chen Moonves might not continue hosting the series after her husband Les Moonves' departure from the CBS Corporation on September 9, 2018 because of multiple sexual misconduct allegations. Chen-Moonves has been the host of the American adaption of the format since the debut of Big Brother in the United States. She subsequently stepped down as a co-host of The Talk on September 18, 2018 while continuing to host season 20. CBS confirmed on November 27, 2018 that Chen-Moonves would host the second season of Celebrity Big Brother. She later confirmed her own involvement on Twitter and Instagram on January 10, 2018, almost a month after CBS announced that they were not giving Les a severance pay.
Anthony Scaramucci Departure
After the second episode when the live feeds began at midnight on January 23rd ET, it was discovered that Anthony was missing from the house. It was later discovered that he possibly left the house the day before. Later that day it was then discovered that he was in Davos, Switzerland attending a financial conference. He would go on saying he signed a NDA about his exit and could not discuss it until after Friday night's episode.
It was then revealed that it was part of the season's twist Breaking Celebrity News. Anthony was a fake houseguest who was living among the houseguests. He would leave the house and a new veto would take place as a result of the open nomination seat.
Alleged Lolo Jones Ejection
On Saturday, January 27th, the live feeds were cut during a argument between Lolo Jones and Tamar Braxton after Tamar was accusing Lolo of staying up with her fellow houseguests trying to figure out a way to keep her off the block. After Tamar confronted Lolo, Lolo stated, “I’m not real funny. Here’s the problem today, you want me to tell you what happened and then you snap off on me," she then jumps out of bed stating, ”I’m gonna f**king start because you want to tell me … you asked me what the f**k and then you f**kin ‘pop off. So why the f**k would I not get mad? You do this every motherf**king day. Like don’t f**king start with me."
The live feed is then cut. As it returns it shows the two back in the same room with Lolo saying. The camera cuts and then shows Tamar coming into the room, and Jones saying, “I’m f**king cool. Last night we all f**king stayed up…to make sure you’re f**king cool. Every day you are popping off on us,” Jones tells Braxton again who tells her to calm down. Jones goes off some more, “What you need to f**king do is calm down and stop f**king popping off on everybody.”
The feed cuts once again before Tamar says, “Next time somebody call me a bitch I’m just gonna start yanking.” Lolo then says, “Then do it," as she is holding the Diary Room door open.
During the outage, Twitter user BB20Jeff tweeted "Lolo Jones has been removed from the house for slapping Tamar's glasses off. #CBBUS2". The story was then picked up by various news outlets including Us Weekly and OK! Magazine.  However, all of these allegations were proven false when the Live Feeds returned.
- This is the first season to have the majority of the final 7 as minorities.
- This is the first season where minorites won more competitions than majorites. With 9 out of 16 competition wins (8 for African-American's and 1 for Hispanic-Americans).
- This is the third season where males and females won an equal amount of PoV competitions, with 4 each. It follows Big Brother: Over The Top & Big Brother 20 respectively.
- This is the first season to have two African-Americans being in the final two.
- This is the first season to have an African-American winner.
|Celebrity Big Brother 2 (US) Ratings - In United States|
|1||1||Monday, January 21, 2019||1.4/6||5.35||5.35||3||3||T-7|||||
|2||Tuesday, January 22, 2019||1.3/6||4.88||-0.47||5.12||3||4||T-12|||
|3||Wednesday, January 23, 2019||1.1/5||4.41||-0.47||4.88||3||7||T-20|||
|4||Friday, January 25, 2019||1.0/5||4.54||+0.13||4.80||1||1||NR|||
|2||5||Sunday, January 27, 2019||1.0/4||4.71||+0.17||4.78||3||6||NR|||
|6||Monday, January 28, 2019||1.1/5||4.63||-0.08||4.75||3||4||T-20|||||
|7||Wednesday, January 30, 2019||1.2/5||4.81||+0.18||4.76||2||4||T-16|||
|8||Saturday, February 2, 2019||0.7/4||3.25||-1.56||4.57||2||2||NR|||
|3||9||Monday, February 4, 2019||1.1/5||4.15||+0.90||4.52||3||5||T-15|||||
|10||Thursday, February 7, 2019||1.1/5||4.81||+0.66||4.53||1||4||T-15|||
|11||Friday, February 8, 2019||1.0/5||4.37||-0.44||4.54||1||1||T-19|||
|4||12||Monday, February 11, 2019||0.8/4||3.40||-0.97||4.44||2||8||NR|||||
|13||Wednesday, February 13, 2019||0.9/5||3.86||+0.46||4.40||3||7||NR|||
|Key:||Increase||Decrease||No Change||Live Show|
|Celebrity Big Brother 2 (US) DVR Ratings|
|Live +3||Live +7||Live +3||Live +7|
|1||1||Monday, January 21, 2019||1.45||1.96||2.14||2.14||5.35||6.63||6.99||6.99|||
|2||Tuesday, January 22, 2019||1.27||1.67||1.87||2.01||4.88||5.85||6.25||6.62|||
|3||Wednesday, January 23, 2019||1.12||1.70||1.86||1.96||4.42||5.71||6.08||6.44|||
|4||Friday, January 25, 2019||1.03||1.55||1.66||1.88||4.54||5.82||6.09||6.35|||
|2||5||Sunday, January 27, 2019||1.04||1.48||1.59||1.82||4.71||5.73||5.98||6.28|||
|6||Monday, January 28, 2019||1.11||1.51||1.63||1.79||4.61||5.59||5.86||6.21|||
|7||Wednesday, January 30, 2019||1.17||1.52||1.69||1.78||4.82||5.70||6.06||6.19|||
|8||Saturday, February 2, 2019||0.73||1.24||1.33||1.72||3.28||4.56||4.78||4.01|||
|3||9||Monday, February 4, 2019||1.07||1.52||1.65||1.71||4.13||5.31||5.66||5.97|||
|10||Thursday, February 7, 2019||1.12||1.61||1.72||1.71||4.74||5.91||6.14||5.99|||
|11||Friday, February 8, 2019||1.01||1.48||1.59||1.70||4.38||5.58||5.82||5.97|||
|4||12||Monday, February 11, 2019||0.80||1.20||1.28||1.67||3.40||4.53||4.70||5.87|||
|13||Wednesday, February 13, 2019||0.93||1.31||1.40||1.64||3.87||4.91||5.13||5.81|||
|Key:||Increase on Previous Episode||Decrease on Previous Episode||No Change on Previous Episode||Live Show|
|Celebrity Big Brother 2 (US) Ratings - In Canada|
|1||1||Monday, January 21, 2019||1.213||18|||
|2||Tuesday, January 22, 2019||1.046||24|
|3||Wednesday, January 23, 2019||1.167||20|
|4||Friday, January 25, 2019||1.020||25|
|2||5||Sunday, January 27, 2019||NR|
|6||Monday, January 28, 2019||1.062||20|||
|7||Wednesday, January 30, 2019|
|8||Saturday, February 2, 2019|
|3||9||Monday, February 4, 2019||1.138||19|||
|10||Thursday, February 7, 2019|
|11||Friday, February 8, 2019|
|4||12||Monday, February 11, 2019||NR|||
|13||Wednesday, February 13, 2019||1.070||27|
|Key:||Increase||Decrease||No Change||Live Show|
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