Big Brother 22 All-Stars 2 Fantasy Booking The Best Realistic Cast
If you are a Big Brother Fan, you have probably noticed a flood of “Spoilers” and rumors regarding the cast for Big Brother 22, to which many believe will be All-Stars 2. I am not here to pretend I have spoilers or insight. I’m just a massive Big Brother fan who often doesn’t get to write about it because my focus is the Challenge.
I’ll be fantasy casting to create the strongest overall cast that would also be fun to watch, and ensure we get specific roles filled. Some of these are unrealistic as the players may simply decline, or CBS does not fully see what I or fans see in a player. However, we are going to play with the knowledge we have/don’t have. I feel safe saying that we probably won’t see people like GinaMarie or Aaryn after all their racist words, actions, etc. from BB15. Likewise, while some players have said they’d never play again, you have to think that’s something most say without the offer of an All-Stars 2 sticking in their face. I can stick to a diet and never eat cake because it’s not something I consciously think about. However, if my mom brings home a slice tiramisu and offers it to me, I’m hungry, and there’s cold milk in the fridge, it’s pretty fucking hard to say no. Also, I didn’t include Dan Gheesling or Will Kirby because I don’t really feel as though they have much to play for at this point. Their legacies are cemented at this point. Likewise, my focus was to cast for most recent season as the people from BB2-BB6 already got their All-Stars season.
When fantasy casting, I split the game into 4 Types of Players:
Winners — People who won the game. Generally, I was looking for those who had more to prove, or who brought star power. We only had one winner on the original BB All-Stars (Dr. Will).
Powerhouses — Players who dominated the game and didn’t win either due to bitter juries (bad jury management as well), fell short at final 3, or bad luck.
Fan Favorites — The people who either won America’s Favorite Player or were in contention for it. Generally, looking for those with the potential to be serious players as well.
Wild Cards — Either players with potential, made iconic moves (good or bad), or have more to give a second time around.
I include two men and two women for each category, as well as the honorable mentions for those categories. The players I don’t list at all but would like to see and realistically think fit the All-Star format are:
Along with that, I want to note some players I don’t have an interest in seeing:
As entertaining as Kaitlyn was to watch, she has no potential as a player and dropped the N-word on her original season. Frankie made many offensive comments on Big Brother 16 and BB Celeb UK. He is a famewhore who doesn’t bring anything to this show, and what makes it worse if he has a high chance of being cast. Zach has fallen off the cliff in recent years if you watch his social media posts, and he was never a good player. Alex was not atrocious at Big Brother, great at competitions, and technically finished 5th. It’s just she isn’t a great person, except she got a good edit the first time around.
Last Words before we jump into the cast: I want to apologize for the lack of people of color on this All-Stars 2 cast. It was my goal to make it diverse. However, if I am casting those who have done the best on this show, then I have to work with what Grodner and Kass are giving me. Kemi, the human being, was excellent, but the Big Brother player didn’t get to show off a ton of gameplay/skills. It’s a tough debacle.
Men: Josh Martinez, Derrick Levasseur (Honorable Mentions: Andy Herren and Ian Terry)
Women: Nicole Franzel, Rachel Reilly (Honorable Mentions: Kaycee Clark and Jun Song)
Josh is a necessity for this season because he had the least impressive win of male Big Brother Champs of the decade. Of all the former winners, he has the least profile and most the prove. He was part of Paul’s giant cult and won due to Paul’s poor jury management, and Josh’s clever move to reveal Paul’s plans in goodbye messages. I’d love to see how Josh functions on a season that isn’t comprised of one of the worst casts in Big Brother history. Likewise, Derrick is the best recent winner and would fit the Dr. Will/Dan Gheesling role on this season, at least in terms of prestige. For honorable mentions, I think an adult Ian would be fun to watch play compared to the kid he was on BB14. As a player, I view Andy is one of the best to play, I just don’t think most fans or CBS wants him as much as I do.
In terms of female players, Rachel Reilly brings star power, and also, don’t forget, she was a massive comp threat. Rachel is someone who will massively impact the game, even if she is a first-or-second boot. Nicole is a divisive player, and while I could live without her, she is undeniably good at Big Brother. She has an excellent long-term gameplay style, underrated in competitions, and understands that it’s better to undersell your game/abilities at times. For the honorable mentions, I want it to be clear that I’d rather see Jun Song player over anyone else on this cast list/honorable mentions. However, it’s hard to imagine her getting the invite considering her tweets about Julie Chen and the network. Kaycee has many strengths and would do well on any season. Except after watching her be wallpaper on her second show (The Challenge), it’s hard to imagine her being entertaining among this giant sea of stars.
Men: Donny Thompson, Johnny Mac (Honorable Mentions: Enzo Palumbo, Victor Arroyo)
Women: Nicole Anthony, Keesha Smith (Honorable Mentions: DaVonne Rogers, Haleigh Broucher)
It would be a bit idiotic not to cast the largest vote-receiver in AFP History. I fear Donny finds himself outside of the significant alliance again. As a whole, he is a joy to have on a television screen. Meanwhile, Johnny Mac is both a fan favorite and a legitimate threat to win if he came back. The guy won 4 vetos, and even though he never won an HOH, he finished 2nd place in different HOH comps, throwing a couple near the end to maintain his eligibility for the following week. If he plays a more engaging game, Johnny Mac could win a season. Hell, he was a few dice rolls from a BB17 win. For the other honorable mentions, Enzo would likely have been a LOCK if All-Stars 2 was BB14, BB16, or BB18. Except now, I’m not sure if the meow meow charm would still get over the same way. Victor was great on Big Brother 18, although he got evicted three times (once pre-jury), and his personality vastly underwhelmed on the Challenge.
For females, it would be smart to strike when the iron is hot with someone like Nicole. She has excellent game instincts, and given a second chance; I think she wouldn’t play as passively. Keesha is a beloved player from maybe the most beloved season in Big Brother history. It would be a classic throwback and a fun addition since she’s lived under the radar since the show ended. I put DaVonne as an honorable mention because her impacts on the show’s influence on social media when it comes to GIFs and Memes are monumental. It is tough to put someone who finished 11th and 16th on two seasons on a third season. I include Haleigh because I think she was the likable member of Foutte/Hive, had the potential to be a social dynamo under most formats, and won a couple of competitions. I don’t have her on as a lock because you don’t want to over-saturate with Season 20 people. Also, she and Nicole Franzel fill the same role a bit, even if they are entirely different personalities.
Men: Tyler Crispen, Paul Abrahamian (Honorable Mentions: Cody Calafiore)
Women: Vanessa Rousso, Janelle Pierzina (Honorable Mentions: Dani Donato)
I’m sorry, but I need Paul to play Big Brother for the third time so that I can have finality in my life. As much as I disliked him on his first two appearances, I can’t shake the feeling in my neck that he deserved to win both times in many ways. I need to see him lose in a standard way to either confirm he sucks or learn from his mistakes and legitimizes himself as a top all-time player, versus being Big Brother’s Russell Hantz. Tyler is an obvious choice as he played an across the board dominant game on Big Brother 21. He made a Final 2 deal on day two and got them there, and took a showmance to Final 4. The guy brought two goats in JC and Sam to final 5. I’d love to see Tyler play against a field of stacked players. I mention Cody Calafiore as an alternate. The guy is solid, played an incredible second-place game (yes, he should have taken Victoria to Final 2), and would likely thrive on a second season. Except if Derrick is on the cast, I’m not sure if allowing Cody to play would be the optimal move.
For females, Vanessa Rousso is a must for CBS. I don’t care how much she wants; they need to pay it. I know she created some humans recently, and that she became a lawyer, and she kicks ass as a poker player, but we need her on this show. Vanessa is the Tony Vlachos of Big Brother. She played a unique style that is almost not replicable by anyone else. Hell, could she even replicate it? If someone is going to play Big Brother a fourth time, it has to be Janelle. The girl set competition records, and her pre-jury loss on BB14 works in her favor. She’s a legend, but she also can play the “I’m a 3x loser card.” I list Dani Donato as my honorable mention. I was never a fan of her when she played, except I can’t deny that she was terrific at comps, and when she played, she was ridiculously young (even her second appearance). Similar to Ian Terry, it would be interesting to see how much they have changed.
Men: Eric Stein, Fessy Shafaat (Honorable Mentions: Brett Robinson, David Alexander, Devin Shepherd)
Women: Kalia Booker, Shelli Poole (Honorable Mentions: Raven Walton, BBOTT Rep)
Eric Stein is the best 5th place finisher in Big Brother history. The guy had so much power in the game and got hampered by being America’s Player. Eric is a funny guy, a great strategic player, and would finally get to play the game the way he wants to. I place Fessy because he made this biggest blunder in Big Brother history on BB20, and thus, it would be fun to see if he can not be so gullible this time around. Thrown in the fact that he won a few comps, is good-looking, and brings diversity to the cast. For honorable mentions, Brett was hilarious, just underwhelmed a bit as a player. David Alexander could represent the Day 1 boots, although I’m not sure it’s a trope Big Brother wants to tout for an “All-Star” season. Devin got evicted third on BB16, but you can’t argue against the fact that his three weeks on the show and one week as an HOH were peak television.
For women, I think every Big Brother fan acknowledges Kalia as the shining star of the mess that is Big Brother 13. The girl had a great personality and was strategic as hell. On any underrated player list, Kalia shows up for a good reason. Shelli finished 11th on Big Brother 17, which is not a great representation of the player she was. She was smart, social, and good in competitions. Shelli had all the tools to be an elite Big Brother player, and her biggest flaw was that Vanessa Rousso is a better player than her. Being a Lamborghini doesn’t matter when a mack truck is about to smash you. For the honorable mentions, I list Raven because I think in a season where the cast isn’t awful, her constant lying and absolute lack of self-awareness would add great comedy. Either Morgan or Shelby would be excellent representatives from BBOTT, though some casual fans may be unaware of who they are.
FULL FANTASY CAST LIST:
Derrick Levasseur (Big Brother 16)
Josh Martinez (Big Brother 19)
Tyler Crispen (Big Brother 20)
Paul Abrahamian (Big Brother 18 & 19)
Johnny Mac (Big Brother 17)
Donny Thompson (Big Brother 16)
Eric Stein (Big Brother 8)
Faysal Shafaat (Big Brother 20)
Nicole Franzel (Big Brother 16 & 18)
Rachel Reilly (Big Brother 12 & 13)
Vanessa Rousso (Big Brother 17)
Janelle Pierzina (Big Brother 6, 7, 14)
Nicole Anthony (Big Brother 21)
Keesha Smith (Big Brother 10)
Kalia Booker (Big Brother 13)
Shelli Poole (Big Brother 17)