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The Biggest Loser Couples: Contestants Announced For New Season

December 21, 2008 01:00 PM by Paulene Hinds

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NBC has announced the newest teams for season 7 of the hit reality series, The Biggest Loser. This time couples will be competing to lose the most weight and win the $250,000 grand prize. The series will begin witheleven couples that have a combined weight of more than 3.5 tons.

Season 7 of The Biggest Loseralso marks several firsts, with the series’ oldest players yet (63-year-old grandparents), youngest male contestant (18), heaviest female contestant (379 lbs.) and heaviest contestant ever in the history of the show (454 lbs.). Teams of two, including; mother/daughter, father/son, sisters, best friends, grandparents, cousins, an engaged couple and former models, will all come together hoping to transform their bodies, their health, and ultimately, their lives.

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

BEST FRIENDS:
Carla Triplett (Assistant bank manager), 36, and her best friend Joelle Gwynn (Non-profit founder), 41, Southfield, Michigan.

Daniel Wright (Student), 19, Willow Spring, North Carolina, and his best friend, David Lee (Student), 23, Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina.

COUSINS:
Sione Fa (Owner, landscape company), 28, Maricopa, Arizona and his cousin, Filipe Fa (Lube technician), 26, Mesa, Arizona.

Blaine Cotter (College counselor), 27, Gilbert, Arizona and his cousin Dane Patterson (Real estate appraiser), 27, Mesa, Arizona.

ENGAGED COUPLE:
Damien Gurganious (Industrial designer), 31, and his fiancÃe Nicole Brewer (Wardrobe stylist), 37, Brooklyn, New York.

FORMER MODELS:
Tara Costa (Model/Finance manager), 23, New York, New York, and her friend Laura Denoux (Model/Sales director), 24, Miami, Florida.

FATHER/SON:
Ron Morelli (Retired food distributor, currently City Councilman), 54, and his son, Mike Morelli (Student), 18, South Lyon, Michigan.

GRANDPARENTS:
Estella Hayes (Retired nurse), 63 and her husband, Gerald “Jerry” Hayes (Retired engineer), 63, Wheaton, Illinois.

MOTHER/DAUGHTER:
Helen Phillips (Retired retail manager), 47, Sterling Heights, Michigan and her daughter, Shanon Thomas (Massage therapist), 29, Centerline, Michigan.

Cathy Skell (Title sales closing agent at real estate firm), 48, Shiocton, Wisconsin and her daughter, Kristin Steede (Business owner), 28, Greenville, Wisconsin.

SISTERS:
Amanda Kramer (Cosmetologist), 30, Boise, Idaho, and her sister, Aubrey Cheney (Information and education specialist), 28, Gooding, Idaho.

The Biggest Loser: Couples, premieres Tuesday, January 6 at 8 PM ET with daytime drama queen, Alison Sweeney from NBC’s Days of our Lives hosting. Trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels will return to crack their whips, hoping to get these couples into shape.

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