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Look out ‘Big Brother’ – here comes a dose of Raleigh ‘badass’

“Big Brother” houseguest Christmas Abbott.
“Big Brother” houseguest Christmas Abbott. CBS

It’ll soon be Christmastime at the “Big Brother” house.

CBS announced the new cast for its long-running reality series Monday, and it includes Raleigh-based fitness guru Christmas Abbott – author of “The Badass Life” and “The Badass Body Diet.”

The show starts with 16 contestants confined to a house and monitored by cameras 24 hours a day. During their stay, they engage in various competitions and machinations to form alliances and avoid getting voted out.

The ultimate winner gets $500,000.

Abbott, 35, who owns a CrossFit gym in Raleigh, has competed in the CrossFit Games and national weight-lifting competitions, and is the only woman to ever work on a NASCAR pit crew.

Abbott is the only cast member who can be considered a celebrity, with most other players this season holding jobs such as sales rep, marketing rep, microbiologist and the like – but there is a radio personality from Dallas (Elena Davies) and a rodeo clown from Iowa (Jason Dent).

“Big Brother,” hosted by Julie Chen, starts with a two-night premiere event at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, and continues on Thursday, June 29.