August 21, 2009 11:00 AM by Britteny Elrick
The newest season of The Biggest Loseris sure to offer several changes and surprises. The main theme this season will be “second chances.” In other words, the show will feature contestants who may have experienced a recent tragedy or loss that has left them feeling helpless and out of control. This season will also feature Daniel Wright, a favorite from season 7, and Slay Sorrells,the show’sheaviest contestant to date – a woman weighing 476 pounds. Keep reading for more details…
The backgrounds of the contestants are extremely varied but they all have one thing in common: their weight has spiraled out of control. Allen Smith, one of the season 8 contestants, is a firefighter who’s at risk of losing both his health and his job because of his weight problem. A military wife and mother of four, Tracey Yukich, has never put herself first and is hoping that this will be her chance to rearrange her life. Contestant Abby Rike is also looking for a new start after losing her husband and two children in a tragic car crash.
The new contestants competing for the $250,000 grand prize are:
SEAN ALGAIER (Youth Pastor), 29, Tulsa, OK.
AMANDA ARLAUSKAS (Patient Care Technician), 19, Butler, NJ.
DANNY CAHILL (Land Surveyor/Musician), 39, Broken Arrow, OK.
MOZZIZ “MO” DEWALT (Youth Mentor), 56, Louisville, KY.
ANTOINE DOVE (Health Insurance Agent), 23, Dudley, NC.
JULIO GOMEZ (Mortgage Loan Officer), 40, Algonquin, IL.
DINA MERCADO (Custodian), 28, Commerce, CA.
REBECCA MEYER (Student/Nanny), 25, Des Moines, IA.
RUDY PAULS (Engineer), 31, Brooklyn, CT.
ABBY RIKE (Teacher), 35, Mabank, TX.
ALLEN SMITH (Firefighter/EMT), 44, Columbus, IN.
SHAUNTINA “SHAY” SORRELLS (Social Worker), 30, Newport Beach, CA.
ALEXANDRA WHITE (Student), 20, Harrisburg, PA.
DANIEL WRIGHT (Student), 20, Willow Spring, NC.
LIZ YOUNG (Salesperson), 49, Lewisburg, TN.
TRACEY YUKICH (Homemaker), 37, Allen, TX.
Photos Courtesy: nbc