Big Brother host Julie Chen announced during the show's 19th season in September that the first-ever celebrity edition would be coming to the network this winter, and executive producer Allison Grodner revealed to The Hollywood Reporter, "We've had an overwhelming response from people who want to be on the show."
Julie added, "They're getting tons of calls from agents."
Among the celebrities who are reportedly interested in playing are Kaitlyn, who competed for Chris Soules on The Bachelor's 19th season and starred on The Bachelorette's 11th season, and her fiance Shawn Booth; former The Hills star and Celebrity Big Brother U.K. participant Spencer Pratt; and *NSYNC member and former Finding Prince Charming host and Dancing with the Stars contestant Lance Bass.
Kaitlyn admitted to The Reporter that she and Shawn "want to do it so bad," and Celebrity Big Brother in the U.S. is "the one show that we can think of that we'd want to go on after being on our kind of show."
Kaitlyn even revealed they already have a strategy on how to win the series.
"We know what we would do. We were talking to Spencer and [wife Heidi Montag], who did Celebrity Big Brother in the U.K. and were treated as one houseguest. We're all for it. Do we have to apply?" Kaitlyn gushed. (The U.K. debuted Celebrity Big Brother all the way back in 2001 and currently airs short seasons twice a year).
Spencer, who competed twice on the U.K. version of Celebrity Big Brother, told The Reporter that he and friend Perez Hilton have been waiting for the day the United States would have its own version of the show.
"[It's] the Willy Wonka golden ticket of reality TV. Who doesn't want to be filmed 24/7 for CBS? That's like dying and going to heaven," Spencer said, before revealing a strategy of his own.
"You can't just go in there and be a villain. You need a strategy. You need to figure out who the strongest players are, then take him out. You have to be able to adjust to what happens in the game."
And then there is Lance. When discussing the possibility of joining Celebrity Big Brother, he explained, "It's about time! They ask me to do the British one every single year, but there's no game to it. Depending on the cast, I might be tempted to go in the house, because I really think I have a strategy to win the game."
Back in September, Julie expressed how Big Brother producers needed to be "realistic" about the casting process.
"It's not going to be all Oscar winners. But maybe we'll have someone who won an Oscar decades ago," she said at the time of the celebrity edition.
"Whoever casts Dancing with the Stars does an amazing job. They don't always get household names, but some people kind of reinvent themselves and suddenly I see that person all over the tabloids. Sometimes these types of shows, like in the U.K. [version], some of the washed-up names that went into it got a new lease on life."
A premiere date for Celebrity Big Brother has yet to be announced, but the show will likely begin airing in January or February 2018.
Unlike the typical Big Brother seasons that air every summer, the cast will reportedly be playing a condensed version of the game.
"It's going to be more intense than what you're used to seeing because it's going to be concentrated," Julie explained. "Picture everything aboutBig Brother, but nonstop action because it's going to be on a fast-forward button."