Rojo the Llama to make appearance at ‘Big Brother’ audition

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — When auditions for the 20th season of CBS’s Big Brother come to the ilani Casino on Thursday, one of the first people in line will be Ridgefield’s Shannon Joy. 

She’ll be there with a 16-year-old who is already a Portland celebrity: Rojo the llama.

Rojo the Llama is a 16-year-old therapy animal and Portland celebrity, March 12, 2018 (KOIN)

“It’ll definitely help me stand out from the crowd and be memorable,” said the self-described “Llama Mama. “That’s what you want to do is be memorable.”

Rojo is a therapy animal for nursing homes, a hired ring-bearer for weddings, a fixture of both the Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade and the Junior Parade. 

Shannon said she isn’t sure if the “Big Brother” producers will have a place for Rojo in the taping of this summer’s season, but if they do she knows what role Rojo will play.

Shannon Joy is the self-described “llama mama” for Rojo the Llama, a 16-year-old therapy animal and Portland celebrity, March 12, 2018 (KOIN)

“He’d be great in the house with all the chaos and drama,” she said. “He could be the No Drama Llama, the anti-drama llama.”

Despite the fun idea of having Rojo in the house, he will only be making an appearance at the audition — with no plans to be on the show.

Shannon said she’s more than a llama holder. She’s single, she looks good on camera and she’s looking for an adventure. At her core, she said, she is a nice person — most of the time.

“I am a nice person until you play games with me. I’m really competitive. That’s the thing,” she told KOIN 6 News. “And I love board games. I have, like, 30 in my car at all times. So, to me, ‘Big Brother’ is, like, the ultimate game.”

Auditions are at ilani Casino just off I-5 north of Vancouver from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday. Complete details here.
Rojo the Llama is a 16-year-old therapy animal and Portland celebrity, March 12, 2018 (KOIN)

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