The Biggest Loser: Couples Returns to Citytv

Season 9 of the heavyweight reality show The Biggest Loser returns with 22 new contestants, 11 family teams of two, hoping to transform their bodies, their health and ultimately their lives. The Biggest Loser premieres Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 8pm ET/PT (7pm CT, 9pm MT) on Citytv (s/NBC).

“Last season The Biggest Loser drew in huge audiences on Citytv with over 2 million Canadians tuning in to the dramatic season finale,” commented Malcolm Dunlop, Executive Vice President, Rogers Media Television. “We anticipate this season’s brand new set of inspirational contestants and moving stories of transformation will continue to make The Biggest Loser appointment television for Citytv viewers.”

The new season participants include Maria and Michael (Chicago, Illinois), an Italian mother-son duo who have always put others first while Michael’s weight soared to 526 lbs., making him the heaviest contestant in Biggest Loser history, identical twins James and John (Orlando, Florida), who together weigh close to half a ton, Tongan cousins Sam and Koli (Rohnert Park, California), who hope to inspire others in their culture like Sione and Filipe Fa did in season seven, and Cherita (Houston, Texas), a competitive mother who has already beat cancer and is ready to take on obesity along with her determined daughter, Vicky. Alison Sweeney hosts the series and contestants work out under the supervision of trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels.

The new contestants competing for the $250,000 grand prize are:

BROTHERS:
James Crutchfield (Human resources director), 30, and his twin brother, John Crutchfield (Senior marketing manager), 30, Orlando, Florida.

COUSINS:

Sam Poueu (Youth football coach and security guard), 24, and his cousin Koli Palu (Football coach and head of security), 29, Rohnert Park, California.

SPOUSES:

Melissa Morgan (Attorney), 39, and her husband Lance Morgan (Rancher), 38, Aspermont, Texas.

PARENT AND ADULT CHILD TEAMS:
Patti Anderson (Business owner), 55, Lafayette, California, and her daughter Stephanie Anderson (Radio sales executive), 29, West Hollywood, California.

Cherita Andrews (Homemaker), 50, and her daughter Vicky Andrews (Student), 22, Houston, Texas.

Miggy Cancel (Chef), 48, Pemberton, New Jersey, and her daughter Migdalia Sebren (Homemaker), 28, Sanford, North Carolina.

Cheryl George (Store owner), 50, and her son, Daris George (Salesman/deliveryman), 25, Ardmore, Oklahoma.

O’Neal Hampton, Jr. (U.S. Postal Service station manager), 51, and his daughter, SunShine Hampton (Restaurant server), 24, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Darrell Hough (Press operator/mechanic), 46, and his daughter Andrea Hough (Executive assistant), 24, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Sherry Johnston (Non-profit administrator), 51, and her daughter Ashley Johnston (Manager/Esthetician), 27, Knoxville, Tennessee.

Maria Ventrella (Corporate travel agent), 51, and her son Michael Ventrella (Deejay), 30, Chicago, Illinois.

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