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List of Big Brother 10 (American season) houseguests
Thirteen HouseGuests in total entered the House on the tenth edition of American reality television series Big Brother; the HouseGuests were observed by television viewers 24 hours a day. Each week, one or more HouseGuests were evicted by votes of the remaining HouseGuests until the winner was left standing.
The HouseGuests are complete strangers for the first time since Big Brother 3. Unlike previous seasons which featured 14 to 16 HouseGuests, the tenth edition will only feature thirteen HouseGuests. This is the first time there has been a decrease in the number of HouseGuests over a previous season and the first time since Big Brother 4 that only 13 HouseGuests will enter the House.
Angie Swindell  (born July 2, 1979), 40, is from Orlando, Florida, and is a recent divorcee. She became close to Brian and Steven in the house, but didn't support either of them in their evictions. Angie also became close with Dan while she was in the house. When Angie didn't support either of Brian and Steven's eviction, this upset Keesha who nominated Angie along with Jessie in Week 3. She formed a short-lasted alliance with Jessie, Michelle and Memphis. Angie was evicted on Day 24 by an 8-0 vote.
April Dowling-Cruise (born March 24, 1978), 41, from Higley, Arizona, was working as a financial manager at a car dealership. She has taken part in the Lingerie Football League, as part of the Phoenix Scorch team. She graduated from Doane College in Crete, NE with a bachelor's degree in Sports and Fitness Management. She is a practicing Roman Catholic and is of Irish descent. While in the house, April had a romantic relationship with Ollie, with the two also working together. She also had rocky relationships with Keesha and Libra, who she formed an alliance with the first week. Numerous people in the house disliked April, mainly Keesha, Renny, and Memphis. During the first week, April, Libra, Keesha and Ollie managed to turn the other HouseGuests against Brian, ultimately leading to his eviction. April won the fourth Head of Household competition of the season, and nominated Jessie and Memphis for eviction. Despite April's heavy campaigning for Memphis to leave, her allies turned against her and Jessie was evicted. When Renny won the sixth Head of Household competition, she chose to nominate April and Jerry for eviction. Despite April trying to bribe him to use the Veto on her with $5,000 she had earned in a previous Veto competition, Dan chose to leave nominations the same. April was evicted on Day 45 in a four to one vote. She came in 8th place, and voted for Dan to win. On the show, she had sex with another houseguest, Ollie.
Since her appearance on the show, April is now married to Ryan Cruise and has a son Easton Mitchell Cruise, born June 14, 2010. She also has a second son, who was born in August 2012.
Brian Hart (born August 21, 1980), 39, worked in the telecommunications industry but was also involved in several entrepreneurial ventures. He's from San Francisco, California. He served in the U.S. Air Force for six years as an F-16 crew chief and was honorably discharged and received an associate degree from the Community College of the Air Force. Brian became close with Angie, Dan and Steven in the house, and formed an alliance with Dan and Ollie during the first few days. On Day 7, Brian was put on the block after Jessie used the Power of Veto and took himself off the block. He became the first HouseGuest evicted from the house on Day 9 with a nine to one vote. Brian returned to the season briefly in the fifth week, as the host of the "In the News" food competition.
The following year for Big Brother 11, Brian was a candidate to return should his clique, the "Brains", win the first Head of Household competition. The group failed, and Brian did not return to the house.
Dan Gheesling (born September 1, 1983), 36, is from Dearborn, MI. Gheesling taught biology, physical education, and health at Orchard Lake St. Mary's Preparatory School and was the assistant coach of the school's football team. Gheesling had close friendships with Brian, Libra, Memphis, Keesha, Steven, Angie and Renny. Gheesling and his closest friend in the house, Memphis, formed an alliance and named it "The Renegades". Gheesling was nominated along with his friend Steven by HOH Jessie in Week 2 and survived the eviction. He was voted by viewers for America's Player (for Week Four only). He accepted the offer. Dan's tasks were to get Jessie nominated, hug Jessie for ten seconds, and vote for Jessie in the eviction ceremony. Gheesling succeeded in all three and earned $30,000. Dan had also been the victim of constant attacks from Jerry, with Jerry repeatedly referring to Dan as a 'Judas' and accusing him of "hiding behind his cross." Jerry even stated at the veto meeting that he wanted Dan on the block because he believed he is a "Judas," to which Dan simply replied, "I understand." Jerry didn't use the veto that week. In Week 6, Dan won the PoV but chose not to use it. Dan also won HoH for Week 7. After turning on a deal made with Ollie, Dan nominated Michelle as a replacement when Memphis saved himself. This was followed by Ollie thrashing items in the house and directing homophobic slurs towards both Dan and Memphis. Dan also won the POV during the live double eviction episode, choosing not to use it. When Jerry subsequently became HoH, Dan was nominated alongside Keesha. In Week 9, Dan won Head of Household, making him the 3rd person to win HoH twice. He also won the Luxury competition in the same week and could take another HouseGuest or a Jury member with him; Dan chose to take Michelle, hoping to bond with her and secure her vote. Afterward, Dan won the final Head of Household, becoming the first person in season 10 to win the position three times. He chose to take his alliance member and closest friend Memphis to the finale. At the finale, Dan won Big Brother 10. He's the first person in Big Brother history to win by a unanimous vote. Dan returned to play the game a second time for "Big Brother 14" as a coach or "mentor," playing for his own separate prize ($100,000) along with three other returning houseguests. After the first four houseguests left the game in season 14, the coaches were offered the chance by America to re-enter the game as main players and houseguests. Dan was one of three coaches, along with Britney and Janelle, who accepted the offer to become a player in Big Brother 14. Mike "Boogie" Malin chose not to become a player, but was compelled to do so when production dictated that if any one of the coaches chose to enter the game as a player, every one of them must. Thus, the coaches joined in the competition with the new house guests for the main $500,000 prize. He outlasted the entire house once again, becoming the first person to be in the final two twice, the first winner from a previous season to be in the final two, as well as the first person to play twice and receive no eviction votes against them in both seasons. He also holds the record with Paul ( season 18 and 19 ) to play the game twice and only exit on finale night. However, he ultimately lost in a 6-1 vote to Ian Terry, becoming the runner-up of Big Brother 14.
Jerry MacDonald (born March 13, 1933), 86, worked for 38 years in a sales/marketing environment and retired as a general manager. He spent four years in the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 1954. He's been married for 54 years and takes care of his wife who was recently diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. He lives in Magnolia, Texas. Jerry was voted Head of Household for Week 1. He nominated Jessie and Renny but when Jessie was taken off the block he put Brian up. He was involved in a conflict with Memphis, caused in part by Jerry calling him a womanizer. Jerry has also attacked Dan, notably referring to him as a "Judas", and in fact telling him that at a veto meeting. He has also accused Dan of "hiding behind his cross". He also said for Dan to "burn in hell." Jerry also got into a verbal fight with Libra in week 2 and accused her of calling him slow and old. He won the PoV two weeks in a row, Week 4 and Week 5 and both times he chose not to use it. In Week 6 he was nominated with April by Renny. In Week 7 he was nominated with Memphis by Dan. In that same week he won a phone call from home, and again was nominated with Ollie by Keesha. Then in week 8 he won HoH, being the second person this season to win HoH twice. He was evicted by Dan on day 66, becoming the seventh and final jury member. On Day 71, it was announced that Jerry had come second in the poll to find America's Favourite Juror behind Keesha. Dan and Jerry later become friends and continue to keep in contact. Jerry was referenced in "Big Brother 14" during the August 30, 2012 live show during Britney's eviction speech.
Jessie Godderz (born April 23, 1986), 33, is a professional bodybuilder with the World Natural Body Building Federation from Huntington Beach, California. He graduated from high school in Iowa. His goal is to be an inspirational figure to people who want to lose weight, get fit or pursue a drug-free, bodybuilding life style. When he was 19, he worked as a Train Conductor for the Union Pacific Railroad. In Week 1, Jerry nominated he and Renny; then he won the Veto and took himself off the block. He was the HoH for Week 2 and nominated Steven and Dan. He was nominated with Angie by Keesha in Week 3 and survived the eviction. He was nominated yet again with Memphis by April, and was evicted by a 4-3 vote. Jessie also made appearances on the MTV dating shows Next and Exposed; both appearances were not successful. On Day 60, he made an appearance in the house as part of a luxury competition, dressed as a gorilla. Jessie was given the opportunity to join the Big Brother 11 houseguests at the first head of household competition. His clique, the athletes, won the competition, so Jessie became the 13th houseguest of Big Brother 11. He was then evicted on Day 40 by a vote of 3-2 and became first member of the jury. Jessie returned briefly during Big Brother 12 after HOH Britney opened Pandora's Box offering free advice from a past houseguest. The twist was that the free advice was not gameplay advice but fitness advice and the past houseguest was revealed to be Jessie. The two then spent an hour locked inside Pandora's box with Jessie giving fitness advice while the other houseguests were given a luau party in the backyard. He would then return the next season on Big Brother 13 again with a Pandora's Box offering a shopping spree with Tori Spelling. However, Rachel, the HOH of the week, was locked inside Pandora's Box with Jessie for a shopping spree of "Mr. Pec-tacular" merchandise, while the rest of the house earned the shopping spree with Tori Spelling. In 2011, Godderz signed a contract with professional wrestling promotion Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). Jessie returned once again in Big Brother 14. This time, after houseguest Ian opened Pandora's Box, Jessie came and took all the houseguests' junk food away.
Keesha Marie Smith (born August 8, 1978), 41, is a waitress at Hooters from New Orleans, Louisiana. Keesha is a member of PETA and doesn't eat red meat. Early in the game, Keesha found herself aligned with Libra and April, despite both her and April verbally expressing their dislike of each other. The two women had a huge argument on Day 8. Keesha won her first HoH competition in Week 3 following the departure of Steven, with whom she had grown very close. She nominated those who she felt responsible for his eviction - Angie and Jessie. Keesha then won the Power of Veto but did not use it. In Week 4, Keesha aligned herself with Dan, Memphis and Renny, as well as her previous ally Libra, and was pivotal in the move to evict Jessie instead of Memphis. However, this resulted in her being nominated along with Libra by Michelle in Week 5, though Libra was evicted in a 6-0 vote. Keesha won her second HoH in Week 7 nominating Jerry and Ollie, making her the first houseguest of season 10 to hold the role twice. The next week, Keesha was nominated by Jerry, but was saved 2-0 against her best friend in the house Renny. The following week, Memphis won the PoV making Keesha the only remaining potential nominee. Despite the pair being close throughout the game, Memphis chose to evict Keesha over Jerry on Day 64 claiming that it would be easier for him to get to the finals with Jerry in the final 3. Keesha became the 6th member of the jury of seven. Keesha has a brother-sister relationship with Dan. On Finale Night, it was revealed that the public had voted for Keesha to win $25,000 having received the most votes in a poll to find America's Favourite Juror. Keesha voted for her close friend Dan to win Big Brother 10 over Memphis.
Libra Thompson (born August 6, 1976), 43, is a human resources representative from Spring, Texas. She describes herself as an "Obama supporter living in Bush country." She attended Rice University and has a bachelor's degree in political science and economics. Thompson, An African American has been in an interracial marriage for seven years and has three children: a 4-year-old girl and 4-month old twins; one twin is dark-skinned and the other is light-skinned, a medical rarity. In the house, Libra became known for her strong strategic play which saw her pivotal in the evictions of the first four houseguests. This gameplay however came back to haunt her when she was nominated with Keesha by Michelle in Week 5, and was then evicted by a 6-0 vote on day 38. Libra became the first member of the jury, and voted for Dan to win Big Brother 10.
Robert "Memphis" Garrett (born December 6, 1982), 36, is a bartender (or, as he preferred, "mixologist") from Paducah, Kentucky. He lived in Tennessee, hence the nickname "Memphis". Memphis attended Florida State University and earned a bachelor's degree in Hospitality t. In the first food competition Memphis won a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro as a bonus. Memphis has particularly close relationships with Dan and Keesha. Memphis and Dan formed an alliance and named it "The Renegades". Memphis was nominated Week 4 and narrowly escaped the eviction, by Keesha getting half the house to turn on Jessie. Memphis was once again nominated on Week 7 along with Jerry by his fellow ally, Dan. In Week 7 Memphis won The Power Of Veto and used it to take himself off the block. He won POV on week 8 and chose to take off Dan. He's the second person this season to win POV on back to back weeks. He also won POV on week 9, having the only vote, he chose to evict his good friend in the house, Keesha. At the finale, in a 7-0 vote Memphis became the Runner-Up of Big Brother 10 and won the $50,000. After leaving the house, Memphis was told that Big Brother couldn't give him the car because they didn't own it and someone else held the title so the car was returned almost immediately to the owner so Memphis received an undisclosed amount of money instead.
Michelle Costa (born December 29, 1979), 40, is a realtor from Cumberland, RI. She is of Portuguese descent. She graduated from Cumberland High School and studied real estate with RE/MAX. Michelle had a close friendship and alliance with fellow houseguest, Jessie. She held the PoV in Week 2 and didn't use it. She won the HoH competition for Week 5 and nominated Keesha and Libra in revenge for them rallying to get rid of Jessie. However, Michelle told Keesha that Libra was her main target because Michelle had a strong dislike for Libra and wanted to get rid of her more than Keesha. Keesha agreed with Michelle and said that she did not like Libra either. In week 7 she replaced Memphis on the block after he used the Power of Veto on himself. On Day 52, Michelle was evicted by a 3-1 vote and became the third member of the jury. In Week 9, Michelle was given the opportunity to go on a private beach vacation for a day with Dan, who had won the trip and chose to take her. Michelle voted for Dan to win in the finale.
Bryan Ollie (born October 22, 1980), 39, is a marketing sales representative from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Ollie is the son of a Pentecostal preacher. He attended Iowa State University where he was a cornerback for the football team and earned a bachelor's degree in art. Ollie was in an alliance with Dan and Brian. He later betrayed them and developed a romantic and sexual relationship with fellow house guest April. On Day 52, Ollie was evicted by a unanimous vote of 3-0 after Michelle in a special live double eviction episode, becoming the fourth jury member. Ollie voted for Dan to win Big Brother. Ollie and April broke up shortly after the show.
Lorenza "Renny" Martyn (born July 29, 1954), 65, is an American TV personality, hairstylist, reality star and former NFL dancer. She opened her beauty salon Hair design by Renny in 1977 in Metairie, Louisiana. She is now working for Coldwell Bankers Tec in Metairie, Louisiana as a Real Estate Associate. Renny is the oldest female contestant to appear on the Big Brother series.
On the Big Brother Series, she initially made a bad first impression on her fellow Houseguests, who found her annoying, and was nominated by Jerry, but ultimately survived the eviction and her popularity with most of the others grew. She was the HoH for Week 6 and nominated April and Jerry. She was nominated for a second time on week 8 and was subsequently evicted by a vote of 2-0 on day 59, becoming the fifth jury member. Renny didn't like Jessie, April or Jerry. She formed close bonds with Dan and particularly Keesha, who became her closest ally in the game. However, they were nominated alongside each other when Jerry became HoH in Week 8, and Renny was evicted as a result. Renny voted for Dan to win in the finale.
Steven Daigle (born May 24, 1973), 46, is a geographic consultant and rodeo competitor. He has attended the Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas as well as the University of North Texas in Denton. He earned a bachelor's degree in general agriculture/marketing. Steven is openly gay. Steven is a champion bull rider in the gay rodeo circuit.
In the house, Steven became close to Angie, Keesha, Dan and Brian. Steven was evicted on Day 16 by a 9-0 vote, despite trying to get Libra nominated.
Steven starred in Steven Daigle XXXposed, a gay porn film directed by Chi Chi LaRue under the director's Channel 1 Releasing studio. It was released on February 20, 2010. Since then, he has performed regularly in gay porn movies.
He has also appeared in straight pornography. On October 1, 2010, he appeared in a movie with two women where he engaged in heterosexual intercourse for the first time on film.
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