LYNDON GRAD STARS IN “BIG BROTHER.” Shane Meaney, a 2008 Lyndon State College graduate with a degree in exercise science, is a cast member on this season’s “Big Brother.” The hit reality show—now in its 14th season—airs on CBS on Sunday and Wednesday nights. The Bennington native is the first contestant from Vermont to appear on the show.
Meaney, 26, makes his living “house flipping” as the owner of Quality Home Investments Real Estate. He is also a model and the owner of Xplosive Performance Fitness. He is a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NCSA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a NCSA Certified Personal Trainer. He is telling the other show contestants that he is merely a beer and wine salesman who does some personal training.
Meaney opined about his strategy for the show: “I hope to win America over. I want the girls to want to be with me. And I want the guys to want to be me. I’m pretty confident.” The self-professed “small town homeboy” who “loves his family and his dog” has been on camera more than once sporting a sweatshirt from his alma mater.
In 2010, Cosmopolitan magazine named Meaney Vermont’s choice in their “Bachelor Blowout” issue.
Big Brother is one of the shows that ignited the reality television craze. It’s now an international phenomenon—there are versions of the program airing in many countries across the globe. The show gathers a group of 16 people to live together, isolated from the outside world, to compete for cash and other prizes. The contestants are watched non-stop by television cameras and each series lasts for around three months. To win, the contestant must survive being voted off the show by fellow contestants through periodic “evictions.”