NBC’s hit show The Biggest Loser is back this fall with some familiar faces and some brand new blood. This will be the first season with newcomer trainers Dolvett Quince and tennis pro and certified trainer Anna Kournikova. My favorite trainer Bob Harper still remains along with the adorable host Alison Sweeney.
This year, 15 contestants are competing in three teams divided up by age, hence the season’s titled, Battle of the Ages. The first team comprised of the under 30’s, the second team comprised of the 30 to 49 year olds and the final team comprised of the over 50’s. As you can see in the picture above, each contestant is wearing their age on their t-shirt.
In the first episode, the teams will pick their trainers in order of which they finish the first challenge. Will the winning team opt out for long time show favorite Bob or will they try something new in Dolvett or Anna? This season promises to be a good one with many tear-jerking stories and a good dose of drama. Check out the 15 contestants below. Season 12 of Biggest Loser begins September 20th on NBC. (Check local listings.)
THE HOST & TRAINERS
Host Alison Sweeney with trainers Dolvett Quince, Bob Harper and Anna Kournikova. I am really excited to see what Dolvett and Anna bring to the table this year and how well the contestants will respond to them with Bob still around. Hopefully, they respect them and take them just as seriously.
CURRENT CITY: Scottsdale, Arizona
OCCUPATION: Internet Marketing Specialist
This girl looks like she’s full of life and encouragement. I can’t wait to see her pump up her team with her positive energy. That, or she’s totally masking some serious bitchiness with that cute smile.
CURRENT CITY: Albany, Oregon
OCCUPATION: Mental Health Adult Care Foster Worker
Patrick is heading into this competition with one goal: to become physically fit enough to pass the fitness test to become a police officer. Let’s hope he has some perseverance.
CURRENT CITY: San Francisco, California
OCCUPATION: Travel Nurse
I love her already. This cutie pie has long work hours and crazy shifts so she finds it hard to have a regular work out schedule. Hopefully she can do well in this competition to meet her fitness goals.
CURRENT CITY: Nasville, Tennessee
This guy looks like a lot of fun. Apparently, Vinny has endured a rough childhood to get to where he is today, a successful recording artist in Nashville, Tennessee. I cannot wait to hear his story.
CURRENT CITY: Florence, Colorado
OCCUPATION: Tattoo Artist
This tattoo artist from Colorado has such a friendly smile, you just want to hug him like a teddy bear. I hope he does well this season. He looks like he has a good heart.
CURRENT CITY: Alameda, California
OCCUPATION: Television Producer
Jennifer has stated that she is very goal driven and has met every goal she has set out for herself except for one: losing weight. I am definitely cheering for this firecracker.
CURRENT CITY: Mesa, Arizona
OCCUPATION: Special Education Teacher/Football Coach
As a football coach, I think John may have a little bit of experience on the physical fitness side of this competition. I just hope that the saying “those who can’t do, teach,” isn’t relevant for him.
CURRENT CITY: Frisco, Texas
OCCUPATION: Fifth Grade Teacher
Her name is the most fun and I cannot wait for her sitcom to come out later this year. I jest but how can you not fall in love with this fifth grade teacher? I bet kids LOVE her. I know I already do.
CURRENT CITY: Knoxville, Tennessee
OCCUPATION: Restaurant Manager/Former NFL Player
Antone is a former player for Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons. He weighs a whopping 447 pounds and is a father of four. I wonder if his NFL skills will come into play in training.
CURRENT CITY: Knoxville, Tennessee
OCCUPATION: Home Health Therapist
This man must have a lot of patience when it comes to his occupation. Hopefully that’ll translate into training and he won’t give up when it comes to meeting his personal goals.
REBECCA ‘BECKY’ COMET
CURRENT CITY: Benton, Arkansas
OCCUPATION: Math Teacher
“Becky” is a math teacher so I know she’s good at fractions. That being said, hopefully she can cut her weight in half and multiply her good eating and fitness habits.
CURRENT CITY: Ann Arbor, Michigan
OCCUPATION: Senior Administrative Assistant
Debbie looks like she is sassy and fiery and I cannot wait to see her cause some drama up in here with the other contestants. I think she is going to be the one-to-watch this season.
CURRENT CITY: Spencerville, Indiana
OCCUPATION: High School Teacher/Football Coach
Another football coach. This sport is being well represented this season. Mike looks a little more “fit” than our other football coaches so let’s hope his endurance in challenges can help his team out.
CURRENT CITY: Picayune, Mississippi
OCCUPATION: Retired Payroll Supervisor
This gal from Mississippi has quite the heartbreaking story. She lost her home during Hurricane Katrina and then she lost her husband shortly after. I hope that this tale has a happy ending for Bonnie.
CURRENT CITY: Canton, Massachusetts
OCCUPATION: Realty Company Owner
I already think John is one of my favorites. Look at that face! I think he’s going to be one of those father-like figures for everyone in the competition. I hope he does really well.