Fans of "The Biggest Loser" just might be wishing that the producers would do something, well, different. After all, the show has been on the air for 14 seasons, and we know the usual highlights include crying, exercising, puking, dieting and (especially in the case of Jillian Michaels) yelling. Wish granted, reported NBC News on October 2, because for the first time the trainers (Dolvett Quince, Jillian and Bob Harper) are involved in the casting process. The premiere revealing their choices will air October 8.
To choose which would-be contestants would make it onto the show, the trainers asked probing questions such as:
- "Why do you need us to give you permission to change?"
- "What makes you more deserving than anyone else?"
- "How do you know you're ready for it?"
Among those answering: An Olympian who wants more from her life.
"The reason I want to be here is I don't want to be just an Olympian, I want to be a medalist," said Holley Mangold, who competed in the super-heavyweight division in the 2012 Olympics. "I think the one thing that has been limiting me is my weight," she said.
Other answers included:
- The show would provide a "reality check."
- And one woman, when asked why she hadn't yet responded. said to Dolvett: "I have a crush on you!"
An additional twist for the new season: Celebrity contestant Rubben Studdard. Weighing more than 450 pounds, the "American Idol' superstar is just another hopeful weight loss wannabe on "The Biggest Loser."
At 35, Ruben has high blood pressure and borderline diabetes, according to Reality TV magazine. His decision to go on the show, therefore, it motivated by the desire to take control of his fate rather than fame.
“I had no desire to be the next ‘Real Husband’ or anything like that! It had nothing to do with popularity or fame because I’ve got that. This was about me changing my life," he declared.