Former 'Big Brother' Winner Surprised at Reaching 11


Less than a month before its 11th season premiers on CBS, former winner Jun Song says she can hardly believe the CBS reality show has breached the double digit mark. Song, 33, who wasn't exactly popular inside the house, won Big Brother 4, thanks to acute strategic skills.


"Back in 2003, I didn't think we'd even make it into the double digits," writes the former executive assistant in a New York investment bank. "And here we all are. We will never be completely happy with any season, because it's our right to bitch and moan, but heck if every season of Big Brother hadn't had their share of ups and downs and memories...oh, the memories."


Song, who took home a hefty $500,000 purse during the summer of 2003 over runner-up Alison, jokingly adds that, en route to the July 8 premiere of the 11th season, Big Brother fans shouldn't try to guess the houseguests' names or send spies to the CBS studios parking lot, but instead brush up on their history.


"Or ... take on whether or not Chenbot's baby will run on batteries or go green with solar energy," she says in reference to pregnant Big Brother host Julie Chen who previously said she wouldn't take a maternity leave from her hosting duties.


"Seriously though. Through it all, Big Brother has been more than just a summertime guilty pleasure. We've learned a lot, and have been touched in one way or another, and just when we thought we'd seen enough characters to last us forever, we are upon Season 11."


In the end, however, she says Big Brother's reaching its 11th run is mainly due to all the "sick" people who create, watch, edit, promote, blog, and even live and breathe the show.


We previously reported that CBS recently set the return date of the summer blockbuster on Thursday, July 8.


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