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The Biggest Loser

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Season 12

The Biggest Loser is an American reality competition television series created by Dave Broome which offers severely overweight participants the opportunity to undergo a radical physical makeover without any kind of surgery, competing to win a cash prize by losing the highest percentage of weight relative to their initial weight.

The series premiered in the USA on NBC on 19 October, 2004.

The Biggest Loser premiered in South Africa on e.tv on Monday 11 September 2006, at 20h00. The series was discontinued on e.tv after three seasons and Seasons 4-9 did not air in South Africa. The series resumed with Season 10 on M-Net Series Reality when the channel went live in July 2013. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates.

Season 12 has not yet aired in South Africa.

Season 12

The Biggest Loser kicks off Season 12 with two new trainers - Anna Kournikova and Dolvett Quince - joining Biggest Loser favourite Bob Harper and 15 contestants competing in a "Battle of the Ages" that will group contestants by age for the first time ever in the history of the show.

On the player's side, there will be three teams of five divided by age: the youngest players (all under 30), the middle players (ages 30-49) and the older players (ages 50 and over).

The Season 12 contestants range in age from 24 to 65. In the premiere, host Alison Sweeney tells the teams that they will make their first game-changing decision - who their trainer will be - in the order in which they finish the first challenge.

They can choose longtime Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper, or one of the two new trainers - internationally recognized tennis star and certified trainer Anna Kournikova or top fitness expert Dolvett Quince.

Once each team chooses its trainer, the "Battle of the Ages" begins! And past seasons of the show - with a previous winner who was 48 and an at-home winner who was 64 - have proven that The Biggest Loser is anyone's game to win, regardless of age.

The new contestants include Vinny, who overcame a difficult childhood to become a successful Nashville recording artist; Antone, a 447-pound father of four and former NFL player for the Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons; and Jennifer, a television producer who has accomplished every goal she has set for herself except one - losing weight.

Viewers will also meet Jessica, a travelling registered nurse whose long work shifts make it more challenging to eat healthy; Patrick, who wants to lose weight to pass the physical agility test required to pursue his dream of being a police officer; and Bonnie, a 63-year-old grandmother of six who lost her home to Hurricane Katrina and lost her husband not long after.

The Biggest Loser is a production of Reveille, 25/7 Productions and 3 Ball Productions. Ben Silverman, Dave Broome, JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson and Todd Lubin are the executive producers.

About the Show

The Biggest Loser offers severely overweight participants the opportunity to undergo a radical physical makeover without any kind of surgery.

Caroline Rhea (Seasons 1-3) and Alison Sweeney (Since Season 4) host the series, which challenges and encourages overweight contestants as they compete for a grand prize of $250,000 in a safe and recommended manner through comprehensive diet and exercise.

The unscripted reality series gathers contestants from across America to face real-life temptations while being provided with weight-loss skills and resources in an effort to help them transform their bodies, health and ultimately their lives.

The Biggest Loser provides the contestants - who are divided into a red team (women) and blue team (men) - challenges, temptations, weigh-ins and eliminations until the final contestant remains to claim the title of the biggest loser.

Each team works out under the supervision of professional trainers which include Jillian Michaels, Kim Lyons, Bob Harper, Cara Castronuova, Brett Hoebel, Anna Kournikova and Dolvett Quince.

Structure

Temptation

Contestants prepare for the first day of the week only to find a situation that involves temptation. The temptation usually requires contestants to gamble by eating or drinking delicious but high-calorie foods in exchange for what they may deem as a beneficial trade-off.

The benefits may or may not be known to the contestants in advance.

Examples include eating sweet foods for a chance to call their loved ones. Another example is eating a big slice of cake to win an unknown prize (which turned out to be an exercise bike).

Contestants are given a set amount of time before the offer passes.

Reward challenge

Teams compete to win a prize. After the challenge, viewers are shown the winning team savoring their reward while the losing team bitterly accept their loss.

During team-based challenges, in the event that one of the teams has an extra member, the winning team can decide who should sit-out during the weigh-in. If the challenges become individual-based, the winner of the challenge is given immunity from being eliminated at the next weigh-in.

Initial Workout

Contestants work out with the trainers. During this segment, the trainers will often speak with certain contestants, especially those doing poorly. Usually certain underlying emotional issues are revealed at this time (such as a loss of a family member or a physical calamity), which often are the triggering events that led to the weight gain in the first place.

Last Chance Workout

Last chance workouts are often shown as grueling, final preparations for the weigh in. This is a real test of strength and trainers push contestants to their limits.

Weigh-In

All contestants are weighed to determine the pounds they lost. During team-based competition, the team that lost the most weight wins. The losing team must vote who they should eliminate among them.

When the competition has turned individual-based, the two contestants who lost the least weight are in danger of elimination.

A similar setup to individual based weigh-in happened when the beginning two teams are broken up into four teams of two.

Elimination Challenge

Introduced in Season 9, the elimination challenge was for the two people who were below the yellow line. In the only elimination challenge of that season, the longest one standing stayed while the other one went home.

In Season 10, the elimination challenge was re-introduced. The amount of people who were below the yellow line participate in a challenge to escape from the vote. The two contestants that are the least successful in the competition faces the vote.

The Vote

The losing team enter a dining room half-surrounded with refrigerators filled with sweets. Each refrigerator has the name of each contestant lit.
During the team-based competition, losing members each carry a covered plate containing the name of the person they wish to vote out. In the event of a tie, the winning team decides who from the losing team be voted out.

During the individual-based competition, the fate of the two contestants on the chopping block will be determined by the other players. In the event of a tie, the one contestant who lost the least weight is eliminated.

In all scenarios, the refrigerator with the eliminated player's name is shut off.

South African Version

A South African version of the show, produced by Red Pepper, aired on e.tv from 7 January to 14 April, 2008. The show was hosted by Jasmyn Asvat with trainers Bruce Claasen (blue team) and Lisa Raleigh (red team).

The first season was won by Sharon Haarhoff of East London, who lost 61.8kg (136.25lb), or 45.74% of her body weight.

TVSA Show Page: The Biggest Loser South Africa

Seasons

Note: the series was discontinued on e.tv after three seasons and Seasons 4-9 did not air in South Africa. The series resumed with Season 10 on M-Net Series Reality when the channel went live in July 2013.

Season 1 (11 episodes)

Channel: e.tv | Premiere: 11 Sep 2006 | Finale: 20 Nov 2006 | Mon, 20h00

Season 2 (12 episodes)

Channel: e.tv | Premiere: 3 Sep 2007 | Finale: 19 Nov 2007 | Mon, 20h00

Season 3 (12 episodes)

Channel: e.tv | Premiere: 21 Apr 2008 | Finale: 7 Jul 2008 | Mon, 20h00

Season 4 (15 episodes)

Did not air in South Africa

Season 5 (16 episodes)

Did not air in South Africa

Season 6 (13 episodes)

Did not air in South Africa

Season 7 (19 episodes)

Did not air in South Africa

Season 8 (13 episodes)

Did not air in South Africa

Season 9 (19 episodes)

Did not air in South Africa

Season 10 (13 episodes)

Channel: MS Reality | Premiere: 10 Jul 2013 | Finale: 9 Oct 2013 | Wed, 20h30

Season 11 (21 episodes)

Channel: MS Reality | Premiere: 5 Feb 2014 | Finale: 25 Jun 2014 | Wed, 20h30


Season 12 Cast

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Personal Trainer

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