Two Kansas women on new 'Big Brother' cast

Big Brother 8

Two Kansans are included in cast of “Big Brother 8” announced Thursday by CBS.

“Jessica” is identified as a college student from Haysville, while Carol is a college student from Lawrence. Both women are 21 and single.

"Big Brother 8" debuts on July 5 with several new twists. The biggest one is a element called “America’s Player.”

One contestant will have the chance to win extra sums of money if they carry out certain actions mandated by viewers via internet or text message voting. Variety says CBS is hoping the twist will give viewers more of a stake in the outcome of the game, in the same way auds who watch "American Idol" get to shape that competition. They’re also showing extra hours on Showtime with fewer edits.