The Big Brother casts have always been known for their outrageous characters and big personalities, but last season the show also became known for scandal.
After season 15 contestant Aaryn Gries sparked a controversy by making racist remarks, the entire house was placed under a more-scrutinized microscope, and several contestants were let go from their jobs.
And the season 16 contestants – including Ariana Grande's half brother Frankie – understand more than ever that America is watching (and judging) their every move.
Ariana Grande is used to paparazzi following her every move, but now her half brother Frankie is the one who will have cameras on him 24 hours a day as a contestant on the new season of Big Brother.
"I've always said I was funny and I should have my own reality show," Frankie, 31, tells PEOPLE of what inspired him to audition for the CBS reality competition's 16th season. "And then I thought, 'Maybe I should be on somebody else's show!' "
While he initially auditioned for Survivor, a chance meeting with a Big Brother casting director led to Frankie becoming one of the 16 contestants competing for a $500,000 prize this summer.
Big Brother has had cast members with notable relatives in the past – former Survivor super-villain Russell Hantz's brother Willie and Big Brother season 13 winner Rachel Reilly's sister, Elissa Slater, both competed in previous seasons – but Frankie is actually more worried about being recognized as a YouTube personality than as a Grande.
"I don't want people knowing I have an online following because it will put an unnecessary target on my back," says Frankie, who has a YouTube channel with more than 185,000 subscribers and nearly 10 million views. "If there is an America's Vote or America's Player, they might assume that I will win it."
Will the second time again be the charm for Rachel Reilly?
When Kat Edorsson played Survivor: One World, she was known for her goofy antics – dancing, cracking jokes, and farting on her fellow castaways. Returning for Survivor: Blood vs. Water, Edorsson was much more subdued, never clicking with the people on her tribe. She found herself voted out on Day 16.
Playing the game with her boyfriend, Big Brother winner Hayden Moss, Edorsson worried aloud that he would dump her after she was voted off, because "no one wants to date someone who makes the merge." Edorsson, 23, talks about her experience – and whether she and Hayden are still together.
A handful of Big Brother houseguests are in hot water – and not just those up for eviction this week.
Since moving in to the house less than two weeks ago, contestants Aaryn Gries, GinaMarie Zimmerman, Spencer Clawson and others have been documented using racial, homophobic and misogynistic slurs on the 24-hour live feeds online.
The hate speech – which has reportedly been directed towards the women, African-Americans, Asians and gays in the house – has sparked a fervent reaction from both fans and former contestants of the CBS reality show.
Sixteen houseguests moved into the Big Brother house on Wednesday's premiere episode – and it wasn't long before the game play – and romantic entanglements – began.
"There are all kind of beautiful women in this house," said Howard Overby, 29, who had already caught the eye of pageant coordinator GinaMarie Zimmerman, 32.
But before any "showmances" could percolate, the alliances began to form. Overby aligned with railroad conductor Spencer Clawson, 31, and boat shop associate Jeremy McGuire, 23 ... but moments later, McGuire also joined an alliance with unemployed beauty Jessie Kowalski, 23, and lifeguard David Girton, 25.
"If nothing else, this is the best looking alliance in BB history," Kowalski said in the diary room.
Welcome to the Big Brother backyard!
The season 15 houseguests entered the Big Brother house just a few days ago and wasted no time making themselves at home poolside. Here's your first look at the group.
But the 16 houseguests – the largest cast in the CBS reality show's history – will not be spending all summer relaxing under the sun.
In a new twist, the show's two nomination chairs have been replaced by a "nomination couch" to make room for a third nominee's eviction every week. And a new power will be in play this summer as fans vote weekly for a "Big Brother MVP," whose special power will be explained by host Julie Chen.
Big Brother host Julie Chen teased there would be a "familiar face" among the season 15 cast announced Thursday – and it belongs to former contestant Rachel Reilly's sister Elissa Slater.
"I've always loved Big Brother and I've always wanted the opportunity to do it," Slater tells PEOPLE. "I hope people at home see that I am in it to win it and a force to be reckoned with."
Slater, 27, is one of 16 houseguests competing for the $500,000 prize during season 15 of the CBS reality show – the largest cast ever.
Here comes the bride and groom – and lots of bacon!
Adam Poch – the "Heavy Metal Teddy Bear" from Big Brother 13, who was known for his love of bacon and Tori Spelling – wed longtime girlfriend Fara Herzfeld on Saturday in a traditional Jewish ceremony at the Molly Pitcher Inn in Red Bank, N.J.
"Wait, traditional Jewish ceremony at a bacon-themed wedding, can you say 'oxymoron'?" Herzfeld tells PEOPLE. The best man, Poch's brother Seth, jokes that the couple united in "holy and unkosher matrimony."
In a bohemian-style wedding Saturday afternoon, Big Brother alums Dominic Briones and Daniele Donato tied the knot at the Newland House Museum in Huntington Beach, Calif.
The couple met while filming CBS's Big Brother 13 in the summer of 2011. She was a returning contestant; he, a newbie.
"Truth be told, I really didn't like him at first," she says with a laugh. "I thought he was a little troublemaker. But we became friends, and although I didn't like him like that, it just grew."