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CBS reveals 'Big Brother 12' will feature "Big Brother Saboteur" twist

By Christopher Rocchio, 06/29/2010 

CBS has revealed that Big Brother's twelfth-season twist will be the "Big Brother Saboteur" -- a houseguest whose mission will be to carry out home viewer suggestions to disrupt the strategy and game play of the other houseguests.

"We've inserted a game piece into the show this season that will make life for the houseguests harder than ever before," said Big Brother executive producer Allison Grodner. 

"This is a twist that will wreak havoc on the house and the audience will be a part of it."

Big Brother 12 will premiere Thursday, July 8 at 8PM ET/PT with the houseguests moving into the house and discovering that one of them is not really there to win the game but to instead "sabotage their fellow players," according to CBS.

While the saboteur's identity will remain a secret to the houseguests, home viewers will learn who it is during the twelfth season's first live eviction show on July 15.

Viewers can then begin offering suggestions for the saboteur to disrupt the game via CBS' website.

The longer the saboteur makes it and is able to maintain his or her secret while completing the viewer-inspired tasks, the more he or she will be rewarded financially for it.

The twelfth-season twist is similar to "America's Player" -- a format twist that was first introduced during Big Brother's Summer 2007 eighth season and required houseguest Eric Stein to perform weekly tasks that were determined by home viewer votes.

Stein's season-long stint as America's Player -- which saw him complete tasks that ranged from secretly putting mustard on another houseguest's personal belonging to voting for evictions based on what the majority of viewers wanted -- proved to be fairly lucrative. 

He received $10,000 for every five tasks he successfully completed and left the Big Brother house with $40,000 -- only $10,000 less than Danielle Donato, the season's runner-up, ultimately received.

The twist was subsequently used again during Big Brother's Summer 2008 tenth season, as houseguest Dan Gheesling assumed the role for the fourth week of the competition.

Not only did Gheesling receive $20,000 for serving as America's Player by successfully completing three of the four tasks voted on by home viewers, he also later claimed the show's $500,000 grand prize by a unanimous 7-0 jury vote.

(Photo credit CBS)

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