"Big Brother" houseguests announced for June premiere

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(WVLT) -- CBS announced Monday the 16 new Houseguests that will appear on the new season of Big Brother, premiering in a special two-night event on Wednesday, June 28, at 8 p.m. EST and Thursday, June 29, at 9 p.m. EST.

The new season's cast includes a government engineer, a rodeo clown, a microbiologist and a cosplay artist, among others.

The following Houseguests will spend the summer competing to win $500,000:

Christmas Abbott, 35
Hometown: Lynchburg, Va.
Current City: Raleigh, N.C.
Occupation: Fitness Superstar

Matthew Clines, 33
Hometown: Arlington, Va.
Current City: Arlington, Va.
Occupation: Renovation Consultant

Dominique Cooper, 30 (turns 31 on 7/11/17)
Hometown: Tuskegee, Ala.
Current City: Woodbridge, Va.
Occupation: Government Engineer

Elena Davis 26 (turns 27 on 8/19/17)
Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas
Current City: Dallas, Texas
Occupation: Radio Personality

Jason Dent, 37 (turns 38 on 7/12/17)
Hometown: Humeston, Iowa
Current City: Humeston, Iowa
Occupation: Rodeo Clown

Jessica Graf, 26
Hometown: Cranston, R.I.
Current City: Los Angeles
Occupation: VIP Concierge

Cameron Heard, 24 (turns 25 on 8/27/17)
Hometown: North Aurora, Ill.
Current City: Woodridge, Ill.
Occupation: Microbiologist

Mark Jansen, 25 (turns 26 on 6/13/17)
Hometown: Grand Island, N.Y.
Current City: Grand City, N.Y.
Occupation: Personal Trainer

Megan Lowder, 28
Hometown: Cathedral City, Calif.
Current City: Phoenix, Ariz.
Occupation: Dog Walker

Josh Martinez, 23
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
Current City: Homestead, Fla.
Occupation: Hair Care Sales

Cody Nickson, 32
Hometown: Lake Mills, Iowa
Current City: Plano, Texas
Occupation: Construction Sales Rep

Alex Ow, 28
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Current City: Camarillo, Calif.
Occupation: Eco-Friendly Marketing Rep

Jillian Parker, 24
Hometown: Celebration, Fla.
Current City: Las Vegas, Nev.
Occupation: Timeshare Sales Rep

Kevin Schlehuber, 55 (turns 56 on 8/7/17)
Hometown: Boston, Mass.
Current City: Boston, Mass.
Occupation: Stay-at-home dad

Ramses Soto, 21
Hometown: Grand Rapids, Mich.
Current City: Grand Rapids, Mich.
Occupation: Cosplay Artist

Raven Walton, 23
Hometown: DeValls Bluff, Ark.
Current City: DeValls Bluff, Ark.
Occupation: Dance Teacher

After the new season's two-night premiere, Big Brother will air on Sundays from 8 to 9 p.m. beginning on July 2; Wednesday from 8 to 9 p.m. beginning July 5; and Thursdays from 9 to 10 p.m. beginning July 6.

Big Brother follows a group of people living together in a house outfitted with 87 HD cameras and more than 100 microphones, recording their every move 24 hours a day. Each week, someone is voted out of the house, and the last Houseguest will win $500,000.