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Season 16

"The Biggest Loser: Glory Days" (2014) on NBC is a reality weight-loss competition series that is back for Season 16 with twenty former athletes, including NFL players and Olympic gold medalists, all aiming to change their lives. The contestants will work with new trainers Jessie Pavelka and Jennifer Widerstrom, as well as veteran trainers Dolvett Quince and Bob Harper. Alison Sweeney will return as host.

The contestants are led by former NFL players Scott Mitchell (12 seasons in the NFL) and Damien Woody (two-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots), as well as Olympic gold medalist and former professional tennis star Zina Garrison. Other contestants striving for weight loss include former WNBA standout Vanessa Hayden, three-time Olympic gold medal softball player Lori Harrigan-Mack, and a mix of former college and high school sports standouts.

Season 16 will also feature trainer Bob Harper in an exciting new role, giving contestants a second chance at life on the show. Just when the eliminated contestant each week thinks they are headed home, they will actually be whisked away to a secret location called "Comeback Canyon." There they will be trained by Harper, competing at a separate secret weekly weigh-in for the chance to return to the competition and a shot at "The Biggest Loser" title and $250,000 grand prize.

"The Biggest Loser 2014" contestants include Andrea Wilamowski, Blake Benge, Chandra Maple, Damien Woody, Emmy Lou Munoz, Gina Haddon, Howard "Woody" Carter, Jackie Pierson, John "JJ" O'Malley, Jordan Alicandro, Lori Harrigan-Mack, Matthew Miller, Mike Murburg, Rob Guiry, Rondalee Beardslee, Scott Mitchell, Sonya Jones, Toma Dobrosavljevic, Vanessa Hayden and Zina Garrison.

"The Biggest Loser: Glory Days" is a production of Shine America and 25/7 Productions. Ben Silverman, Dave Broome, Eden Gaha, Alex Katz, Joel Relampagos, Paul Franklin, JD Roth and Todd A. Nelson are the executive producers.

Season 15

"The Biggest Loser 2013" on NBC is reality weight-loss competition series that is back for Season 15 with fifteen inspiring contestants — including the show's first celebrity player, Ruben Studdard, an uplifting "Second Chances" theme and fun, new creative elements. Alison Sweeney hosts the series featuring charismatic trainers Bob Harper, Jillian Michaels and Dolvett Quince, who have helped contestants lose over 26,600 pounds collectively during 14 seasons of the motivational show.

On the trainer side, new creative elements are being introduced this season that give Bob, Jillian and Dolvett more powerful roles. For the first time ever in the show's history, trainers sat in on casting sessions and helped select the new contestants. Also, the trainers will be empowered with a "trainer save" in season 15, allowing each one to save one eliminated contestant from going home.

This season's inspiring theme of "Second chances" will be seen through the compelling stories of 15 contestants, all on their own unique journeys to reclaim their health and re-write their futures. It has been a decade since Ruben Studdard was crowned the winner of "American Idol" and launched a successful music career. Now he returns to television on a very different stage, hoping to lose weight and learn how to live a healthy lifestyle. Ruben is this season's heaviest contestant at 462 pounds.

Also featured this season will be David Brown, who lost his first wife to an almost decade-long battle with cancer and is now fighting for his life so he can be there for his daughters, and Tanya Winfield, a single mom addicted to food who grew up with a teenage mom addicted to drugs, who is eager to break the cycle of addiction in her family.

Also competing this season will be Olympic weight lifter Holley Mangold, hoping to get in the best shape possible for a second chance at gold in the 2016 Olympics, Matt Hooper, who postponed his wedding to be on the show so he could give his fiancé the best physical version of himself, Craig Arrington, a 30-year-old father who lost his own dad to a heart attack at age 32, and wants to make sure he will be there longer for his kids; and Rachel Frederickson, who gave up scholarships and a promising career as a nationally ranked swimmer for a relationship that didn't last, and now wants another chance to create the life she dreams of for herself.

The new contestants competing for the $250,000 grand prize include Bobby Saleem, Chelsea Arthurs, Craig Arrington, David Brown, Fernanda Abarca, Hap Holmstead, Jay Sheets, Jennifer Messer, Marie Pearl, Matt Hooper, Rachel Frederickson, Ruben Studdard, Tanya Winfield and Tumi Oguntala.

Season 14

"The Biggest Loser" on NBC is reality weight-loss competition series that is back for Season 14, which takes on child obesity by featuring kid participants for the first time ever on the show, joining 15 fiercely determined adults eager to lose weight and change their lives forever. And joining the team to help the kids get healthy in Season 14 will be childhood obesity expert and pediatrician Dr. Joanna Dolgoff.

New mother Jillian Michaels is also back, ready to whip contestants into shape with her tough-as-nails, no nonsense approach, alongside returning trainers and top fitness experts Bob Harper and Dolvett Quince. Alison Sweeney hosts the series.

With the childhood obesity epidemic at an alarming, all-time high, jeopardizing the health of kids and future generations, "The Biggest Loser" is committed to tackling this critical issue by featuring children this season to serve as ambassadors of change who can inspire kids all over the country to get healthy. The focus for the kids will be on getting healthy rather than numbers on a scale, so they will not be eligible for elimination and will not weigh in on camera. They will work at both the ranch and at home, and their progress will be featured in every episode.

The show's three kid participants will be 13-year-old Noah "Biingo" Gray, who aspires to be a professional baseball player and describes himself as a "skinny kid trying to get out of a fat teenager's body"; 16-year-old Sanjana "Sunny" Chandrasekar, who juggles Advanced Placement classes and extracurricular activities like singing and tennis, and says that being overweight takes away from her self-confidence and affects every aspect of her life; and 13-year-old Lindsay Bravo, who loved being a cheerleader for two years but gave it up when others started teasing her about her weight, and hopes that by going on the show, she can inspire others to change their lives and get healthy.

This season's 15 contestants will be divided into three teams — supervised by trainers Harper, Michaels and Quince. Each trainer and team of five adults will be paired with one child participant who will compete with and contribute to their respective teams.

The adult contestants for season 14 of "The Biggest Loser" will include Lisa Rambo, a high school special education assistant and mother of four who wants to be a healthy role model for her children, and hopes to one day open a special needs gym in her community to help her overweight students; 21-year-old Jackson Carter, the show's first openly gay contestant who was bullied both for his weight and his sexuality after coming out at age 14, and now works as a volunteer coordinator for an LGBT youth outreach center, and Joe Ostaszewski, a former high school and college football player who continued to eat like an active football player long after his athletic career was over.

Also competing this season will be 47-year-old attorney, law firm owner and mother of two Gina McDonald, who is very accomplished in her professional life, but has not been able to get control of her lifelong struggle with weight; 51-year-old police officer David Jones, who at 307 pounds is struggling to keep up with the physical demands of his job, and college professor and communications consultant Michael Dorsey, the heaviest contestant this season at 444 pounds, who wants to be a healthy role model for his young son and says. "Losing weight just seems like that impossible mountain that I cannot overcome."

Working closely with the children this season will be Dr. Joanna Dolgoff, a childhood obesity expert and pediatrician whose book "Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right" features the child-friendly healthy eating plan the kids will follow. Along with the trainers and the "Biggest Loser" medical staff, the kids will follow an age-appropriate program that will help them get healthy, achieve their personal goals and transform their lives during the course of the season.

Season 13

"The Biggest Loser 2012" on NBC returns with a bang for season 13 with the contestants arriving at the ranch and getting one of the biggest surprises ever in the series' history. They arrive in teams of two — including mother/daughter, father/son, brother/sister and husband/wife — all eager to change their lives together. But they're shocked to discover that they will not only be split up — they will also be competing against the person they came with. They'll be pushed out of their comfort zones in a way they have never been before — and one team won't even make it on to the ranch — as the season of "Biggest Loser: No Excuses" begins.

All of the contestants have the same goal: losing weight and getting healthy. But they all have different excuses for why they never lost the weight before, ranging from being too busy, not knowing how to eat right, being emotional eaters, knowing they could always start a weight loss program "tomorrow," and more. So the season of "no partners" will also be a season of "no excuses" — as week in and week out, all the typical reasons for not getting in shape will be addressed.

The "Biggest Loser" Season 13 contestants will hit the ground running with a three-part challenge as soon as they arrive, and though 18 of the 20 contestants come to the ranch with loved ones, two will initially be paired as strangers. Once divided, the two groups of players will be trained by Bob Harper and Dolvett Quince, both fiercely competitive and determined to whip their contestants into shape, and deliver the season's $250,000 grand prize winner.

Hosted by Alison Sweeney, "The Biggest Loser" will feature new contestants that include Nancy Rajala, who has 13 children and 55 grandchildren and didn't gain weight until she became a widow at 52, Kim Nielsen, a former professional wrestler and single mother of three whose career ended when she broke her back in a wrestling match, and Roy Pickler, a Santa Claus and scout leader who wants to get in shape so he can continue taking scout troops on adventures as he has for almost 25 years.

Also competing this season will be former Junior Olympic weight lifter Emily Joy, music producer Adrian Dortch, who has been a background vocalist for artists like Seal and David Foster, Ben Shuh, a father of nine children with a 10th on the way, and Cassandra Sturos, whose weight has held her back from pursuing her dream to move to New York and be a writer.

The "Biggest Loser 2012" contestants competing for the $250,000 grand prize will be Gail Lee and her daughter, Lauren Lee; Mark Cornelison and his son, Chism Cornelison; Kim Stone and her daughter, Megan Stone; Nancy Rajala and her granddaughter, Cassandra Sturos; Conda Britt and her brother, Jeremy Britt; Adrian Dortch and his sister, Daphne Dortch; Joe Messina and his brother, Mike Messina; Allen "Buddy" Shuh (pastor) and his brother, Ben Shuh; Christine Pickler and her husband, Roy Pickler; and Emily Joy and Kim Nielsen, who are strangers.

Season 12

"The Biggest Loser 2011" on NBC is back for season 12 with two new trainers — Anna Kournikova and Dolvett Quince — joining show favorite Bob Harper, and 15 contestants competing in a "Battle of the Ages" that will group contestants by age for the first time ever in the history of the show.

On the player's side, there will be three teams of five divided by age: the youngest players — all under 30, the middle players — ages 30-49, and the older players — ages 50 and over. The season 12 contestants range from ages 24-65. In the premiere, host Alison Sweeney tells the teams that they will make their first game-changing decision — who their trainer will be — in the order in which they finish the first challenge. They can choose longtime "Biggest Loser" trainer Bob Harper, or one of the two new trainers — internationally recognized tennis star and certified trainer Anna Kournikova, or top fitness expert Dolvett Quince.

Once each team chooses their trainer, "The Battle of the Ages" begins! And past seasons of the show — with a previous winner who was 48 and an "at-home" winner who was 64 — have proven that "The Biggest Loser" is anyone's game to win, regardless of age.

The new contestants include Vinny Hickerson, who overcame a difficult childhood to become a successful Nashville recording artist, Antone Davis, a 447-pound father of four and former NFL player for the Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons, and Jennifer Rumple, a television producer who has accomplished every goal she has set for herself except one — losing weight. Viewers will also meet Jessica Limpert, a traveling registered nurse whose long work shifts make it more challenging to eat healthy, Patrick Ferrari, who wants to lose weight to pass the physical agility test required to pursue his dream of being a police officer, and Bonnie Griffin, a 63-year-old grandmother of six who lost her home to Hurricane Katrina and lost her husband not long after.

The "Biggest Loser 2011," Season 12 contestants competing for the $250,000 grand prize also include Becky Comet, Bonnie Griffin, Courtney Rainville, Debbie Lounds, Joe Mitchell, John Rhode, Johnny Forger, Mike Danley, Ramon Medeiros, Sunny Sinclair and Vinny Hickerson.

Season 11

"The Biggest Loser 2011" on NBC is back for season 11. But this time, there will be two new trainers and an engaging new twist that will change the game completely for the eleven teams of two coming to the "Biggest Loser" ranch hoping to transform their bodies, their health and their lives.

In the premiere, the contestants will compete in a challenge and then get to make a game-changing decision in the order in which they finished. Host Alison Sweeney will offer the eleven family and friend teams of two the unprecedented opportunity to choose whether to work out with trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels at the ranch — or work out at a secret location with two unknown trainers, whose identities will initially remain a mystery. If the contestants choose the new trainers, whom they know nothing about, they'll receive four weeks of immunity. If they choose to stay at the ranch and be trained by Bob and Jillian, they're at risk of going home after just one week. What ensues is a riveting ride of intense emotions, surprising turns and "can't miss" moments as the two groups fight their weight loss battles separately with two sets of trainers equally committed to giving these players a new lease on a healthier life.

The new contestants include Rulon Gardner, an Olympic gold medalist, Don Evans and Dan Evans, identical twin policemen who started gaining weight when they joined the police force, Ken Andrews, a pastor who wants to spare his overweight son from the challenges he faced because of obesity, and Sarah Nitta, a woman who has lost pregnancies because of her weight and wants more than anything to be a mother. Viewers will also meet Arthur Wornum, this season's heaviest contestant at 507 lbs., Courtney Crozier, a student whose family owns a Dairy Queen and who was already inspired by "The Biggest Loser" to lose 112 lbs. on her own but wants to finish her weight loss journey on the show, and Olivia Ward, an opera singer who wants to look as good as she sounds so she can be cast in better roles professionally. The remaining contestants are Justin Pope, Denise "Deni" Hill, Jesse Wornum, Marci Crozier, Hannah Curlee, Larialmy Allen and her husband Jaquin "Q" Allen, Ana Alvarado and her daughter Irene Alvarado, Austin Andrews and his father Ken Andrews, Jennifer Jacobs and her father Jay Jacobs, and Kaylee Kinikini and her father, Moses Kinikini.

Season 10

"The Biggest Loser 2010" looks to transform the bodies, health and lives of the contestants on Season 10 of the NBC reality weight-loss competition series. The theme for Season 10 of the popular series is "paying it forward."

With obesity now one of the leading causes of preventable death in the United States, "The Biggest Loser" wanted to broaden their reach this season, pay it forward and motivate communities — not just contestants — to get healthy. So trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels and host Alison Sweeney travel to seven cities in the premiere episode, with each trainer leading community fitness challenges like a one-mile race or a 500 step-up competition. In each of the seven cities — Detroit, Los Angeles, Portland, Atlanta, Phoenix, Oklahoma City and Boston — there will also be three contestant hopefuls competing in the challenges. The two candidates who complete their fitness challenge first win a spot at the ranch. Those who don't make it will get a chance to vie for a spot on the show in a later episode.

The new season contestants include Burgandy Keel (Eagle Mountain, Utah), a military wife, foster parent and mother of five, Aaron Thompkins (Kent, Ohio), the son of an alcoholic who hopes to be a better role model to his own son and Montina Cooper (Houston, Texas), a background vocalist for Beyonce who wants to look as good as she sounds. Viewers will also meet Tina Elliott, a 58-year-old retired homemaker who was a swimsuit model in her younger years, and Adam Hurtado (Santa Ana, California), who hopes to lose weight and honor his mother, who died at age 51 from heart failure brought on by complications of diabetes and obesity.

Other new contestants include Sophia Franklin (Germantown, Maryland), a high school counselor who lost her brother last year in a tragic car accident, Patrick House (Vicksburg, Mississippi), a former college football player who continued to consume large quantities of food long after an injury forced him to stop playing, Ada Wong (San Francisco, California), who longs to "finally be happy" after a difficult childhood with unsupportive parents, and Brendan Donovan (Boston, Massachusetts), a special education teacher who wants to practice what he preaches to his students about the importance of exercise and a healthy diet.

Season 9

"The Biggest Loser" Season 9 features the heaviest cast ever. 22 contestants — eleven family teams of two — come to "The Biggest Loser" ranch hoping to transform their bodies, their health and ultimately, their lives. Alison Sweeney hosts the series and contestants work out under the supervision of trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels.

The new season players include Maria Ventrella and Michael Ventrella (Chicago, Illinois), an Italian mother-son duo who have always put others first while Michael's weight soared to 526 lbs., identical twins James Crutchfield and John Crutchfield (Orlando, Florida), who together weigh close to half a ton, Tongan cousins Sam Poueu and Koli Palu (Rohnert Park, California), who hope to inspire others in their culture like Sione Fa and Filipe Fa did in Season 7, and Cherita Andrews (Houston, Texas), a competitive mother who has already beat cancer and is ready to take on obesity along with her determined daughter, Vicky Andrews.

For the new season, "The Biggest Loser" is partnering with General Mills, Feeding America, Subway and 24 Hour Fitness on the Pound For Pound Challenge, which began in season seven of the show. Viewers can go online and for every pound of weight loss pledged, a pound of groceries will be delivered to a local food bank. Over 3.5 million pounds of groceries have been delivered to local food banks as a result of this program. And the need has never been greater, as one in six Americans may not always have access to the food they need and 49 million Americans now struggle with hunger. The Pound For Pound Challenge allows viewers to help themselves get healthy while helping to fight hunger in their own communities.

Alison Sweeney challenges and encourages overweight contestants to shed pounds in a safe and recommended manner through comprehensive diet and exercise as they compete for a grand prize of $250,000.

"The Biggest Loser" has become a worldwide hit airing in over 90 countries and produced in 25 countries. Since its debut in 2004, "The Biggest Loser" has grown to become a standalone health and lifestyle brand by developing tools and products inspired by the show and approved by its doctors and experts. Anchored by the online, subscription-based extension of the show, Biggestloserclub•com, The Biggest Loser Meal Plan, The New York Times best-selling books series, best-selling fitness DVD series, a line of appliances, fitness equipment, protein supplements and countless other health and lifestyle based products, "The Biggest Loser" consumer products program has generated over $50 million in spending with presence at more than 25,000 major retailers to date.

Season 8

"The Biggest Loser" is back for Season 8 with a special theme of "second chances." Alison Sweeney ("Days of our Lives") hosts the popular series, and trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels return to train 16 contestants eager to get their second chances at a new lease on life.

Their individual stories are compelling, from a firefighter (Allen Smith) whose health and job are at risk because of his weight to a military wife and mother of four (Tracey Yukich) who has always put others first. Viewers will also meet a remarkable woman (Abby Rike) who endured the worst tragedy imaginable — losing her husband and two children in a deadly car crash — and who now gets a second chance to restart her life.

Last season's heaviest contestant and fan favorite Daniel Wright will also return for a second chance to finish the weight loss journey he started in Season 7, going from 454 lbs. to 312 lbs. He'll inspire a female social worker (Shay Sorrells) that has taken his place as the heaviest contestant in the history of "The Biggest Loser," weighing in at 476 lbs. Also included in the new season of players is Amanda Arlauskas, a 19 year old who was voted in by America during the Season 7 finale of the show in May, and hopes to get a second chance to live the life she always dreamed of living. They'll all come together for a second chance to transform their bodies, their health and ultimately their lives.

Season 7

It's the biggest season ever on "The Biggest Loser" when season 7 of NBC's hit weight loss series — "The Biggest Loser: Couples" — premieres. Alison Sweeney ("Days of our Lives") hosts the popular series, and trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels return to train 11 couples who begin the show with a combined weight of more than 3.5 tons.

It's a season of firsts for the show, with the series' oldest players yet (63-year-old grandparents), youngest male contestant (18), heaviest female contestant (379 lbs.) and heaviest contestant ever in the history of the show (454 lbs.). Teams of two — including mother/daughter, father/son, sisters, best friends, grandparents, cousins, an engaged couple and former models — will all come together hoping to transform their bodies, their health, and ultimately, their lives. They'll shed pounds in a safe and recommended manner through comprehensive diet and exercise as they compete for a grand prize of $250,000.

Season 6

NBC's hit series "The Biggest Loser" returns for a sixth season in September 2008 with "The Biggest Loser: Families," featuring eight teams of two family members: four husband-and-wife teams and four parent-adult child teams.

Season 5

An all-new twist shakes up the fifth season of NBC's "The Biggest Loser," heightening the emotion and tension in the competition. For the first time ever in the history of "The Biggest Loser," teams of two will compete against each other rather than individuals. Nine of the ten teams on "The Biggest Loser" — including a mother and son, husband and wife, a divorced couple, best friends, brothers and former football teammates — already have a special bond so they're playing not only for themselves, but also for their loved one. One team, on "The Biggest Loser," however, will be made up of two complete strangers who don't meet until they are surprised with the news they're being paired together.

Season 17


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