Big Brother 18 Mystery: Production Recruiting “Mock Houseguests”

We have received very interesting details that Big Brother production is actively recruiting “Mock Houseguests” for a week long BB18 experiment that has my heading spinning with possibilities.

Big Brother 18 Mock Houseguests Search
Big Brother 18 Mock Houseguests Search – Source: @branden628

Spotted in the wild and sent to BBN writer Branden, this flyer cites a search for “Mock Houseguests” for a six day run of 7AM-11PM events where the potential HGs must already know the Big Brother game. Oh really? Do go on.

You can see the full flyer below, but here is the text included:

Big Brother 18

We Need Mock House Guests!!

Do you know anyone who has always wanted to live in the Big Brother House?

This could be their chance!!

June 6th – 11th 2016
7:00AM – 11:00PM Daily
3 meals provided each day

Must be available all 6 days
Must also attend a meeting on Wed June 1st
Must be 21 and over
Must be outgoing and interesting
Must understand the BB game

If you know anyone who might be interested, please contact me!

[Contact information redacted]

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Update: To address questions we’re seeing: This was not from an anonymous source. The source is known and trusted. The validity of the flyer was confirmed via the contact information which I covered to prevent putting the person’s info on blast, but it traced back to “Our House,” the production team for Big Brother. There is no question that this flyer is real as is the search for “mock Houseguests.” What we don’t know is the “why?” or “what?” for this search so the rest is our speculation.

Whoa, whoa, whoa! So what’s going on here? Branden and I discussed and each have our own take on it. Here’s what Branden speculates could be going on:

Could these “mock house guests” be to simply throw us off? Will they be “living” in the Big Brother house for six days to make us think this is the new cast via feed leaks or “production leaks”? And then on premiere night, we get the switcheroo and get an all-stars cast? Decoy HGs seem like a lot of work for CBS just to keep us from knowing this is a returnees season, so this theory is probably off a bit. But you never know. Allison Grodner did tweet for us to “expect the unexpected” today.

Very interesting and totally possible. My take on it is we’re seeing the search for test run candidates, but the house probably hasn’t changed that much and what could they be testing out for 16 hours a day for 6 straight days? How about some new HGs in need of cutting their teeth?

I think we’re looking at the “Mock Houseguests” as crash test dummies for a batch of newbie HGs who will eventually be going up against a group of returning Houseguests in some sort of “Versus” season of Big Brother. A six day run against these disposable opponents will get the newbies battle ready, or at least a little more than cannon fodder ready for when the real opponents arrive.

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The end date (6/11) for this six day span will end just two days before the cast reveal on the Feeds (6/13). So the timing is good for these newbies to come out of their dry run, do their interviews, and then get tossed on in to sequester. Of course sequester raises the question of wouldn’t these players just have seen and interacted with each other for six days? I dunno. I don’t know on any counts here and this is entirely speculation.

Outside of this flyer, which Branden did confirm was legitimate through additional research, we know nothing than the words written on that page. But oh boy I do love me a good preseason rumor fire and I think we just lit a BIG one, huh?

So what do you think is going on here? Whatever it is, I’d just like to point out that in our own polling, out of the options of all-new, all-vets, and combo newbies/vets the combination of new and old players was the least popular pick by massive double digits. Naturally that seems like the perfect thing for production to give us then, right?

We will keep following this thread and see where it leads us. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and get our Email Updates to find out what’s happening next as we prepare for the cast on the 13th (make sure you have your All Access ready) and then the Big Brother 18 premiere on June 22nd.


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  1. All this speculation is giving me a Big Brother seizure, I am excited for BB18 to start.

  2. I don’t think it’s anything so crazy. I think the producers just need people to test out all the comps they have prepared for the season to make sure they’re doable from an outsider’s perspective.

    • They could use CBS staff to do that. In fact, I’m pretty sure that’s what they do already.

  3. I love me some Big Brother no matter what—and I’ll be there for every single show; but it was only 4 seasons ago when they has a few All Stars on to ‘coach’ the newbies…so I wish they’d stick with a new cast, at least one more season. Like I said though, I’ll be watching no matter what!
    BTW, thanks Jules. Done.

  4. I saw your update But it’s from the production company, not CBS. So I’m not convinced of anything, except that if it is an all stars season, I’m out.

    • CBS is just the network and host location (studio lot). A production company would run things on the day to day, so it’s of course going to be coming from the production company, Our House.

      Like I said, we don’t know the why/what, but we do know this search for mock HGs is legitimate, just not what they’re doing with them.

      The fact that they have to know BB is telling. Clay thought BB was the charity org. They can use braindeads to test equipment. This is a case of needing people who can play the game for a week. To really play the game.

    • And you enjoy your weekend Mary ~~ try to stay outa trouble (I say that to all my friends) ~~ stay cool!

      • Getting together with my sisters and we have such a hoot together but we’re too old to get into much trouble (anymore hahaha).. It is so frigen hot here, staying cool will be a challenge. Have a good one!

      • Sounds wonderful ~ Very hot here too ~ going to be spending a lot of time in air conditioned houses ~ yes ma’m, the barbecue’s being moved inside!!!

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