Biggest Loser: Couples

Tuesday, February 22 at 8pm ET/PT (7CT, 9MT) on Citytv

A ball challenge that turns out to be much harder than it looks gives the winning team a big advantage at this week’s weigh-in. Trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels try to teach their contestants to push beyond the limits they’ve set for themselves, while trainers Cara Castronuova and Brett Hoebel take their team for an intense workout at a Mixed Martial Arts gym owned by contestant Rulon Gardner’s former trainer, retired UFC heavyweight champion Bas Rutten. Then, a weigh-in filled with surprises is followed by two contestants leaving the ranch.

Tuesday, February 15 at 8pm ET/PT (7CT, 9MT) on Citytv

The two teams of contestants are all tied up this week – literally – in a rope challenge in which teamwork will determine which group of players will get to use the gym this week, and which team will have to be creative and find other to work out. One trainer moves into the house to try and get a contestant to open up. Then one player reaches a milestone at the weigh-in before another contestant is eliminated and sent home.

Tuesday, January 25 at 8pm ET/PT (7pm CT, 9pm MT) ***60 Minute Episode*** on Citytv

The contestants are faced with the “ultimate temptation” this week when each team enters a room filled with each player’s favourite foods. Whoever eats the most calories gets to choose which team will go train with the “unknowns” and the new trainers. Later, the trainers confront a contestant they think threw the last weigh-in. Then, one player takes matters into their own hands to try and send a contestant home

Tuesday, January 18 at 8pm ET/PT (7pm CT, 9pm MT) on Citytv

The “unknown trainers” are finally revealed and both will share their personal stories that led them to The Biggest Loser. Some contestants confront one player they feel isn’t working hard enough, and later, “the unknowns” and the ranch contestants square off for a pop challenge. The winning player from each group will get a delicious healthy dinner prepared by Chef Curtis Stone and compete for a coveted 2 lb. advantage at this week’s weigh-in.

Tuesday, January 11 at 8pm ET/PT (7pm CT, 9pm MT) on Citytv

The players compete for immunity, which is awarded to the group that loses the most weight. Elsewhere, Dr. Huizenga provides health assessments of the contestants, whose loved ones are also briefed; the players compete in a bridge-building challenge.

The Biggest Loser: Couples premieres Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at 8pm ET/PT (9pm MT/ 7pm CT) on Citytv with 11 couples eager to transform their bodies and their lives.

This season puts a fresh spin on the competition with two new trainers and an engaging new twist that will change the game completely for these Biggest Losers. 

In the season premiere, host Alison Sweeney will offer 11 teams of two the unprecedented opportunity to choose whether to workout with trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels at the ranch – or workout at a secret location with two unknown trainers, whose identities will initially remain a mystery.

If the contestants, who include pairs of friends, siblings, and partners, choose the new trainers, they’ll receive four weeks of immunity. If they choose to stay at the ranch, they’re at risk of going home after just one week.  It’s a riveting ride of intense emotions and surprising turns as the two groups fight their weight loss battles separately with two sets of trainers each equally committed to giving these players a new lease on a healthier life.  

The new contestants include captivating personalities like Rulon Gardner, an Olympic gold medalist; Sarah Nitta, a woman who has lost pregnancies as a result of her weight and longs to be a mother and Arthur Wornum, this season’s heaviest contestant at 507 lbs. Viewers will also meet Courtney Crozier, a student whose family owns a fast food restaurant. Inspired by The Biggest Loser, Courtney has already lost 112 lbs. on her own but wants to finish her weight loss journey on the show. 

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

 

FRIENDS 

Rulon Gardner (Gym owner and motivational speaker), 39, Logan, Utah, and his friend, Justin Pope (Business owner, city worker and bounty hunter), 39, Logan, Utah. 

 

BROTHERS: 

Dan Evans (Police captain), 54, and his twin brother, Don Evans (Police lieutenant), 54, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 

 

SISTERS 

Olivia Ward (Opera singer and manager at plastic surgery office), 35, New York City, New York, and her sister Hannah Curlee (Human resources representative for a healthcare company), 32, Nashville, Tennessee. 

 

SPOUSES: 

Larialmy Allen (Student services program coordinator), 26, and her husband, Jaquin Allen (Patient services representative), 27, Columbia, South Carolina. 

 

PARENT AND ADULT CHILD TEAMS: 

Ana Alvarado (Letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service), 50, and her daughter, Irene Alvarado (Student), 26, Portland, Oregon. 

 

Austin Andrews (Radio board operator), 21 and his father, Ken Andrews (Pastor), 49, Pasadena, California. 

 

Courtney Crozier (Student and restaurant manager), 22, and her mother, Marci Crozier (General Manager of a health club and restaurant owner), 49, Valparaiso, Indiana. 

 

Jennifer Jacobs (Entrepreneur, digital media) 28, Long Branch, New Jersey, and her father, Jay Jacobs (Entrepreneur), 53, West Orange, New Jersey. 

 

Sarah Nitta (College admissions counselor), 27, Las Vegas, Nevada, and her mother, Denise “Deni” Hill (Administrative assistant), 59, Bountiful, Utah. 

 

Jesse Wornum (Insurance agent), 61, and his son, Arthur Wornum (Stay-at-home-dad and day care provider), 34, Portland, Oregon. 

 

Kaylee Kinikini (Student), 20, and her father, Moses Kinikini (Garage door installer), 47, Shelley, Idaho. men, NBC Publicity, 805/376-1962 or jcge@earthlink.net 

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The Biggest Loser: Couples season premiere weighed in heavily with Canadians as 2.3 million viewers tuned in to Citytv and watched as 22 new contestants embarked on the latest inspirational journeys of personal transformation.  Securing the #1 spot in Toronto, The Biggest Loser was a ratings winner across all female demographics F25-54 (6.9 Rating), F18-49 (5.9) and F18-34 (5.8).  Strong results also carried weight with key female demos in Vancouver and Calgary F25-54(4.5/3.8) and F18-49 (4/4.4).

On next week’s episode, the contestants receive medical evaluations from Dr. Huizenga, who gives each team a task to illustrate the effects of their poor health.  Later the contestants compete in a balance challenge over a pool and Jillian urges a contestant to confront her fears.

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.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 8pm ET/PT (7pm CT, 9pm MT)on Citytv

Meet the newest participants in The Biggest Loser:Couples including 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.

Tuesday, May 5– 8pm ET/PT

The final four contestants go home for 30 days and experience firsthand the challenge of continuing to make diet and exercise a priority back at home. They also learn what their final challenge of the season will be – running a full marathon when they return to the ranch for their final weigh-in. As an added incentive, each player who finishes the marathon will get $10,000 to donate to the charity of their choice. Later, it’s the very last “last chance workouts” with trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels before a final weigh in determines who the two finalists will be – and which two contestants fall below the dreaded yellow line, leaving America to vote which one will be the third finalist to compete for the grand prize of $250,000.