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Janelle Pierzina

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Janelle Pierzina
Born (1980-01-10) January 10, 1980 (age 37)
Grand Rapids, Minnesota, U.S.
Residence Lakeville, Minnesota, U.S.
Television Big Brother 6
Big Brother: All Stars
Big Brother 14
Spouse(s) Jess DeSanto (m. 2010)
Children 3

Janelle Marie Pierzina (born January 10, 1980) is an American reality show personality known for her appearances on the sixth, seventh, and fourteenth seasons of the reality show Big Brother.


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.[citation needed] Before appearing on Big Brother, Pierzina was an actress, model, and cocktail waitress.[1]

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.[2][3][4]

Pierzina is now a real estate agent in Minnesota for Edina Realty. [5]

Personal life

Pierzina married Jess DeSanto on June 12, 2010.[6] On December 14, 2011, she gave birth to Violet Anne DeSanto.[7]

In January 2013, Pierzina announced she and DeSanto were expecting their second child, a boy due in August 2013.[8] On August 10, 2013, she gave birth to her and DeSanto's second child, Lincoln William DeSanto.[9] In April 2014, Pierzina confirmed that she is currently expecting her and DeSanto's third child.[10] On September 26, 2014, she gave birth to a girl, Stella Rose DeSanto.[11]

Big Brother

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

In 2012, Pierzina returned once again to the Big Brother house for the show's 14th season. She was the fourth contestant evicted.[12]

After her appearance on Big Brother All Stars, Pierzina won the VH1 Big Reality Star of '06 award.[13] She was named the biggest "winner" of Big Brother by BuddyTV based on number of combined Head of Household and Power of Veto competition victories during her first two seasons with 12.5.[14]

Pierzina is currently tied with fellow Big Brother houseguest James Huling for the record of most days spent in the Big Brother house, at 177 days.

Title Type Date Role Description
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.


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