January 10, 1980 |
Grand Rapids, MN, United States
|Residence||Lakeville, MN, United States|
|Television||Big Brother 6
Big Brother 7: All Stars
Big Brother 14
Pierzina was born on January 10, 1980, in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, and graduated from Grand Rapids High School in 1998. She earned a degree in communications from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Before appearing on Big Brother, Pierzina was an actress, model, and cocktail waitress.
In 2000 Pierzina was convicted of a misdemeanor DWI infraction in Minnesota, for which she was fined and sent to an alcohol-awareness program. In 2001 she was charged with and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft from Macy's, for which she was fined.
In January 2013, Pierzina announced she and DeSanto were expecting their second child, a boy due in August 2013. On August 10, 2013, she gave birth to her and DeSanto's second child, Lincoln William DeSanto.
In 2005, Pierzina was one of fourteen contestants on Big Brother 6. Her secret partner was former roommate, Ashlea Evans. Pierzina came in third, being evicted on September 16, 2005, Day 76.
In the summer of 2006, Pierzina was chosen by the viewers to participate in Big Brother 7:All-Stars and entered the house on July 3, 2006. Pierzina was eventually evicted on Day 67, again taking third place and becoming a member of the seven-contestant jury. On September 12, 2006, the final day of Big Brother 7:All-Stars, Pierzina was named the winner of the final America's Choice vote, a $25,000 prize to a jury member. Popular with fans, Pierzina won every America's Choice award during Big Brother 6.
In September, 2007, Pierzina returned to host the Power Of Veto competition in the Big Brother 8 house. On August 9, 2008, in the Big Brother 10 house, Pierzina again returned to participate in the week's food competition. Along with other BB alumni, including Mike "Boogie" Malin and Danielle Reyes, Janelle returned to Big Brother in September 2009 for a roundtable discussion of Season 11.
In 2012, Pierzina returned once again to the Big Brother house for the show's 14th season. She was the fourth contestant evicted.
After her appearance on Big Brother All Stars, Pierzina won the VH1 Big Reality Star of '06 award. She is considered the biggest "winner" of Big Brother, with total winnings during her first two seasons of 12.5.
Pierzina holds the record for most days spent in the Big Brother house, at 177 days.
|Big Brother Canada 1||TV Series||April, 2013||Herself||Contributed via Skype to a roundtable about the final five houseguests of the first season of Big Brother Canada.|
|Big Brother 14||TV Series||2012||Herself||Was a returning "mentor/coach" along with Mike "Boogie" Malin, Dan Gheesling, and Britney Haynes, later became a player. Finished 12th out of 16.|
|Big Brother 11||TV Series||September, 2009||Herself||Contributed to a roundtable about the final three of season 11.|
|Big Brother 10||TV Series||August 10, 2008||Herself||Participated in food competition|
|Big Brother 8||TV series||2007||Herself||Hosted a Golden Power Of Veto Competition named "Janelle-O-Vision"|
|Big Brother 7:All-Stars||TV series||2006||Herself||Finished 3rd of 14. Voted by viewers a prize of $25,000.00.|
|Big Brother 6||TV series||2005||Herself||Finished 3rd of 14|
|Nautical Angels||TV pilot||2005||Action Angel||After production this TV pilot was not picked up by a broadcaster. It featured three "Nautical Angels", who visited various tourist destinations. Pierzina would try out various physical activities for tourists, such as diving. Her fellow "angels" were Sarah Backhouse and Miss Thailand World Cindy Burbridge.|
- 'Big Brother' evicts returning houseguest Janelle Pierzina and determines fifth HoH
- 'Big in 2006', VH1, accessed December 16, 2008
- Janelle Pierzina at the Internet Movie Database
- Janelle's Myspace
- Official fan site of Janelle Pierzina
- Entertainment Weekly - Recent Interview with Janelle.
- Profile of Janelle Pierzina by CBS for Big Brother 6
- Profile of Janelle Pierzina by CBS for Big Brother 7
- Profile of Janelle Pierzina by CBS for Big Brother 14