The Biggest Loser Announces Over 5,000 Lbs. in New Contestants


NBC announced its latest pack of Biggest Loser contestants today, 16 individuals with "big personalities," who are willing to drop the shame-eating for three Subway meals a day. The eighth season, premiering September 15, will have a second chances theme and use a single-contestant format instead of the team format used in recent seasons. Take a look at the roster after the jump.

NBC offers its heaviest contestant yet up to trainers Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper: Shauntina "Shay" Sorrells, who tips the scales at 476 lbs. Shay was forced into a foster home when her mother fell into heroin dependency, a difficult transition that led her to use calories as a coping mechanism. Of course none of the chosen contestants would have gotten past the first round of casting without a heart-wrenching story, so get ready for another season of heavy string music, teary confessionals and personal triumphs.

Behold, the roster:

Sean Algaier, 29, a youth pastor from Tulsa, OK

Amanda Arlauskas, 19, a patient care technician from Butler, NJ

Danny Cahill, 39, a land surveyor and musician from Broken Arrow, OK

Mozziz "Mo" Dewalt, 56, a youth mentor from Louisville, KY

Antoine Dove, 23, a health insurance agent from Dudley, NC

Julio Gomez, 40, a mortgage loan officer from Algonquin, IL

Dina Mercado, 28, a custodian from Commerce, CA

Rebecca Meyer, 25, a student/nanny from Des Moines, IA

Rudy Pauls, 31, an engineer from Brooklyn, CT

Abby Rike, 35, a teacher from Mabank, TX

Allen Smith, 44, a firefighter/EMT from Columbus, IN

Shauntina "Shay" Sorrells, 30, a social worker from Newport Beach, CA

Alexandra White, 20, a student from Harrisburg, PA

Daniel Wright, 20, a student from Willow Spring, NC

Liz Young, 49, a salesperson from Lewisburg, TN

Tracey Yukich, 37-a homemaker from Allen, TX

The contestants, totaling over 5,300 pounds, include last season's Daniel Wright who is back to "finish what [he] started," and Amanda Arlauskas, who was voted in by America during last season's live finale. The winner this time around will take home $250,000.


  • Lowbrow says:

    I find it a bit ironic that a patient care technician, health insurance agent, and an EMT would appear on a show geared towards the exploitation of the morbidly obese. The only thing more plentiful here than rolls of cellulite is the hypocrisy.

  • Tiffany says:

    I'm a bit disappointed that they're going in this "Now bigger and better!" direction. Biggest Loser started out as a very inspiring show but like all t.v shows, they're just pushing for ratings now. Nevertheless I'll be watching this season. I'm glad that Daniel is back. 🙂

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