NBC announced today the 20 contestants – ten teams of two – who will be competing in “The Biggest Loser: Couples,” premiering Tuesday, January 1 (8-10 p.m. ET). Alison Sweeney (NBC’s “Days of our Lives”) hosts the popular weight loss series, and trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels also star.
This all-new “couples” twist shakes up the fifth season of “The Biggest Loser,” heightening the emotion and tension in the competition. For the first time ever in the history of the show, teams of two will compete against each other rather than individuals. Nine of the ten teams – 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, 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.
In the compelling season premiere, viewers will meet the new contestants and learn what their personal motivations are for coming on the show. Then the teams have to pick their trainer, weigh in and compete together in a challenge that has the duos pulling a giant hot air balloon across a field, with the winner getting a coveted 2 lb. advantage at the first weigh in of the season.
The new teams competing for the $250,000 grand prize are:
Brittany Aberle (Hair stylist), 22, San Jacinto, California and Bernardo Salazar (Teacher/Dancer for Chicago Bulls), 27, Chicago, Illinois –
Curtis Bray (Graphic designer), 35, Los Angeles, and Mallory Bray (Business owner), 36, Los Angeles – HUSBAND AND WIFE
Bette Sue Burkland (Hair stylist), 53, Mesa, Arizona and Alison Vincent (Hair stylist), 32, Mesa, Arizona – MOTHER AND DAUGHTER
Jackie Evans (CEO of non-profit organization), 49, Frankfort, Illinois and Dan Evans (Camp counselor/musician), 21, Frankfort, Illinois – MOTHER AND SON
Kelly Fields (Nurse), 38, Titusville, Florida and Paul Marks (Missile Support/Space Center), 43, Rockledge, Florida – EX-WIFE AND EX-HUSBAND
Neill Harmer (Web developer), 28, Bethany, Oklahoma and Amanda Harmer (teacher), 29, Bethany, Oklahoma – HUSBAND AND WIFE
Maggie King (Camp counselor at a weight loss camp), 23, Denville, New Jersey and Jennifer Widder (Assistant director at a weight loss camp), 22, River Edge, NJ – BEST FRIENDS
Mark Kruger (Aerial device sales representative), 35, Dartmouth, Massachusetts and Jay Kruger (Aerial device account manager), 31, Bedford, Massachusetts – BROTHERS
Roger Shultz (Associate athletic director), 40, Enterprise, Alabama and Trent Patterson (School safety and security coordinator), 39, Endicott, New York – FORMER FOOTBALL TEAMMATES
Lynn Westphal (Interior Decorator), 60, Elyria, Ohio and Jenni Westphal (Nanny), 31, North Ridgeville, Ohio – FATHER AND DAUGHTER