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A look at the `Big Brother' contestants

The Associated Press, Wednesday, July 1, 2009, 11:19am (PDT)

A look at the contestants competing on the 11th season of "Big Brother":

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Braden Bacha, 28

Hometown: Santa Monica, Calif.

Occupation: Model-actor

Strategy: "Befriend everyone. If I feel any bad energy, I'll steer clear from those people."

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Kevin Campbell, 29

Hometown: Chula Vista, Calif.

Occupation: Graphic designer

Strategy: "I'm just going to be super extra fabulous."

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Laura Crosby, 21

Hometown: Atlanta

Occupation: Bikini model

Strategy: "I'm going to be a ticking time bomb. I'm not going in there and acting like a sucker."

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Russell Kairouz, 24

Hometown: Walnut Creek, Calif.

Occupation: Mixed martial arts fighter

Strategy: "I'm going to find the next strongest person in the house and align myself with them."

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Jordan Lloyd, 22

Hometown: Matthews, N.C.

Occupation: Waitress

Strategy: "I'm just going to go in with an open mind, knowing that everyone is going to be manipulative."

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Natalie Martinez, 24

Hometown: Gilbert, Ariz.

Occupation: Store manager

Strategy: "I don't want everyone to figure me out all at once."

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Michelle Noonan, 27

Hometown: Pasadena, Calif.

Occupation: Neuroscientist

Strategy: "I'm going to observe everyone and then identify someone I could take to the end."

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Jeff Schroeder, 31

Hometown: Norridge, Ill.

Occupation: Advertising salesman

Strategy: "I'm going to go in there and try to play as honest as I can."

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Chima Simone, 32

Hometown: West Hollywood, Calif.

Occupation: Freelance journalist

Strategy: "I'm going to be cool, calm and collected — even though I'm not."

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Ronnie Talbott, 30

Hometown: Belpre, Ohio.

Occupation: Teacher

Strategy: "I hope to make some alliances with people you wouldn't normally think I would associate with."

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Lydia Tavera, 24

Hometown: Torrance, Calif.

Occupation: Makeup artist

Strategy: "If it would help me to flirt with a guy or a girl, I'm totally for it."

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Casey Turner, 41

Hometown: St. Petersburg, Fla.

Occupation: Teacher

Strategy: "Not to align with anyone too early. I don't want to be whacked by association. I'm not whack."

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