updated 07/13/2012 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 07/13/2012 AT 9:30 AM ET
Big Brother promised this season would be “bigger than ever” – and with a record-breaking number of houseguests, the CBS reality competition didn’t disappoint with its season 14 premiere.
Twelve new houseguests entered the BB house on Thursday, but shortly after choosing their beds and establishing their potential hookups for the summer, four returning players joined the ranks.
Season 2 player and Big Brother: All-Stars winner Mike “Boogie” Malin; season 10 winner Dan Gheesling; season 12’s Britney Hayes; and season 6 and All-Stars favorite Janelle Pierzina entered the house. But unlike last season, these veterans were brought in to coach the newbies not compete against them.
Each coach picked three newbies to mentor all season long. If one of their newbies wins the $500,000 grand prize, the coach will win $100,000 for him- or herself.
“I felt like a piece of meat,” Hayes said of being fawned over by the newbies after entering the house.
But before the evening was over, one coach was already down a player. After losing the first competition of the season, Gheesling was forced to eliminate one of his newbies – waitress Jodi Rollins.
With the summer just beginning – and more twists and turns to come – it’s still anyone’s game.