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Second chances is the theme for season 15 of The Biggest Loser, focused on helping contestants reclaim their health and rewrite their futures. That includes American Idol winner Ruben Studdard, once known as the Velvet Teddy, who at 462 pounds is this season’s heaviest contestant. "I’ve been blessed to have a career, but have not been able to stay at a healthy weight,” says Studdard, 35. “In the past, I put my career in front of my health, and now I need to put my health first.”
Trainers Dolvett Quince, Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper are back to get contestants into shape and adapt to healthier eating habits. And Dolvett expects a lot of attention on Studdard -- because celebrities have more to prove than the average person. But like any other contestant, he’ll need to trust the process, says Dolvett.
And there are a few contestants who work in the food business will have their work cut out of them. Fernanda Abarca, 32, works as a cake sugar artist; Jay Sheets, 38, is a marketing associate for a food company; and Tanya Winfield, 41, is chief operating officer of a restaurant franchise. You can follow Winfield’s journey on The Biggest Loser each week at iVillage, where she’ll be writing about her life on the ranch. iVillage will also be interviewing the contestant who is eliminated from the show each week.
Throughout the season, iVillage will be talking to past contestants like Danni Allen and Tara Costa to see how they’ve managed to keep the weight off since leaving the ranch. Something new this season that could change the stakes: The trainers each get one a “trainer save,” allowing them to save one eliminated contestant from going home.
It’s all about the choices you make, says Studdard. “Your job doesn’t have to become you.” Who will win the $250,000 grand prize? Tune in to NBC every week and visit iVillage to get the latest news on contenstants from The Biggest Losers.
The Biggest Loser airs Tuesdays at 8 ET/7 central on NBC