It’s all happening, you guys.
When “Big Brother” — the most important televised social experiment that also includes human Popsicle challenges of our time — returns for its 16th season on June 25, it will include one more famous face. No, it’s not infamous past houseguest Rachel Reilly’s. Or Dr. Will’s. Heck, it’s not even the Zingbot’s. It’s Ariana freaking Grande’s.
Well, not exactly. The famous face actually comes in the form of Ariana’s 31-year-old half brother, Frankie. And in case you can’t tell from her recent Twitter status, Frankie’s famous sis is really, really excited:
congrats to my big brother on being cast in season 16 of big brother…… so proud of u / I'm a nervous wreck #bb16 you're gonna kill it
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) June 19, 2014
Make that excited and nervous — and for good reason. Frankie will compete against 15 other contestants for the show’s $500,000 prize, and he’ll be filmed 24/7 while doing so. “Big Brother” is famous for housing some seriously manipulative and ruthless former contestants (it’s how you play the game!), so Frankie is going to have to play it cool if he wants to get past the vipers. Luckily, he has a plan.
“I don’t want people knowing I have an online following because it will put an unnecessary target on my back,” Frankie, who has a YouTube channel with more than 185,000 subscribers and nearly 10 million views, told People. “If there is an America’s Vote or America’s Player, they might assume that I will win it.”
He also plans on keeping his sister’s identity a secret — a task which proved difficult for BB15 alum Elissa Slater, the younger sister of the aforementioned Reilly. Hopefully, Frankie will have an easier time.
“I’m going to drop Grande and just use my father’s last name, Marchione,” he said. “If I get recognized, I’m going to have to win Head of Household and do damage control. If I don’t, I plan on flying under the radar the first few weeks.”
Sounds like a solid way to go. But winning over his fellow houseguests isn’t even Frankie’s number one concern. He’s more worried about how his sister might get hurt if the public doesn’t like him.
“I got to call Ariana on camera and tell her what I was doing and she just said, ’I know how much you love the show. Go make them fall in love with you… but don’t show them all of you, because a lot of people will hate you for that,'” Frankie concluded. “We both get so much hate online, but it is usually about ourselves. I’m hoping there is more love than hate on me while I’m on the show because Ariana was like, ’I’m going to kill myself if I have to read hate about you, too.'”
Say it together, now: “Awwwwww.”