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NBC's popular series "The Biggest Loser" launches Season 11 on Tuesday, January 4th (8-10 p.m. ET). But this time, there will be two new trainers and an engaging new twist that will change the game completely for the 11 teams of two coming to the Biggest Loser ranch hoping to transform their bodies, their health and their lives.
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.
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 11 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 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.
Other new contestants include Sophia (Germantown, Maryland), a high school counselor who lost her brother last year in a tragic car accident; Patrick (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 (San Francisco, California), who longs to "finally be happy" after a difficult childhood with unsupportive parents; and Brendan (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.
The new contestants include Rulon, an Olympic gold medalist; Don and Dan, identical twin policemen who started gaining weight when they joined the police force; Ken, a pastor who wants to spare his overweight son the challenges he faced because of obesity; and Sarah, a woman who has lost pregnancies because of her weight and wants more than anything to be a mother. Viewers will also meet Arthur, this season's heaviest contestant at 507 pounds; Courtney, a student whose family owns a Dairy Queen and who was already inspired by "The Biggest Loser" to lose 112 pounds on her own but wants to finish her weight-loss journey on the show; and Olivia, an opera singer who wants to look as good as she sounds so she can be cast in better roles professionally.
"The Biggest Loser" is a production of Reveille LLC, 25/7 Productions and 3Ball Productions. Ben Silverman (NBC's "The Office," "Ugly Betty"), Dave Broome ("Shedding for the Wedding," "Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope"), JD Roth ("Master Chef," "What's Eating You"), Todd A. Nelson ("Unan1mous," "Beauty and the Geek"), Howard T. Owens ("Master Chef," "The Buried Life") and Todd Lubin ("30 Days," "Nashville Star") serve as executive producers.