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The Biggest Loser: Season Eleven Premiere!

January 04, 2011 09:30 PM by Lisa Princ

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Although we just wrapped up Season ten of The Biggest Loser on NBC, our favorite weight loss show returned tonight for a brand new season. Season eleven premiered tonight with some big changes and we even met an Olympic gold medalist wrestler who is on the ranch trying desperately to get back in shape. Keep reading for all the exciting details on tonight’s premiere!


That’s right my fellow The Biggest Loser fans, season eleven premiered tonight on NBC and they kicked us off with twenty two new players, or eleven teams of friends and/or family members. Here is a rundown of the season eleven contestants:

Ana & Irene (orange team) – a mother and daughter team both weighing in at 255 lbs each. Irene is hoping to become the first college graduate in her family.

Denise 256 lbs & Sarah 261 lbs (pink team)- a mother and daughter team. Sarah has suffered multiple miscarriages and attributes that to her weight, while Denise has had eight children and never really lost the weight between kids.

Justin 365 lbs & Rulon 474 lbs (yellow team) – a team of friends who desperately need this help. Rulon is a former Olympic gold medalist wrestler who gained his weight when he continued to eat like he was still training for the Olympics but did not train for the Olympics. Rulon won a gold medal in 2000 and a bronze in 2004 before losing control of his eating. Rulon says his inspiration for doing the show came from season 9′s Michael Ventrella, the biggest player in the history of the show to lose the most weight ever. Rulon’s friend Justin is a family man who has watched the show and ended in tears realizing he weighed what most contestants do and that is when he decided he needed to change his life.

Moses 440 lbs & Kaylee 233 lbs (grey team) – a father and daughter team who live the food filled Tongan life. Moses says he was inspired by Danny Cahill, and also by watching Sam and Koli from season 9. Kaylee realized at her age of 20 years old that she is falling in to the same pattern as her dad and she wants them to both get healthy.

Hannah 248 lbs & Olivia 261 lbs (purple team) – a pair of sisters who both seek their health back. Hannah, who used to be an athlete had an accident which put an end to her athletic days and instead sent her in a downward spiral towards eating and gaining weight. Olivia, an opera singer is tired of losing roles to folks who look healthier than her and she was also diagnosed with PCOS which ultimately pushed her to realize that she may never have children if she does not get healthy.

Jaquin 437 lbs & Larialmy 301 lbs (red team) - husband and wife team who both want to get the weight off and get healthy so they can live long lives together and raise children with a healthy lifestyle.

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Ken 377 lbs & Austin 396 lbs (brown team) – a father and son team looking to get healthy. Ken says his primary reason for doing this is his son, who he does not want to face the same difficulties he has from being overweight. Austin, at the young age of 21 suffers from sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and is pre-diabetic. Austin says he is doing this for himself and his health and he will pay it forward to motivate others after he is done.

Jay 400 lbs & Jennifer 278 lbs (green team) – a father and daughter team desperate to get the weight off and learn how to keep it off. Jay decided to do the show for his daughter, as it has been a dream of hers, but quickly came to realize that he needed the help more than she did. Jennifer has struggled with gaining and losing weight all of her life and would like to put that to an end once and for all by getting and keeping it off.

Jesse 293 lbs & Arthur 507 lbs (blue team) – a father and son team both looking to change their lives. Jesse was inspired by his son’s motivation to make the show and when he saw the hope in Arthur’s eyes that was it for him. Jesse was also inspired by one our favorites from season 9 – O’Neal Hampton. Arthur, the heaviest contestant this season has numerous health issues and being a dad now has made him realize he needs to get healthy. While he may be compared to Michael Ventrella, the shows heaviest contestant ever, Arthur at 507 lbs only stands 5’8 while Michael was well over 6′ tall. Arthur has proven his motivation as he has lost some weight at home as well in quest to regain his health.

Dan 287 lbs & Don 309 lbs (black team) – a team of identical twin brothers, both police officers looking to get healthy for their children. Dan told a heart wrenching tale of how he lost his 24 year old son to drugs, but how he overheard his son commenting on how proud of his dad he was for losing some weight prior. Also having a 9 year old daughter, Dan is determined to change his life and make her proud of him as well. Don, also has a son who won’t even speak to him because of his weight gain, thinking his dad is just going to die. This has Don determined as well to change his life for his family and become healthy again.

Marci 238 lbs & Courtney 323 lbs (aqua team) – a mother and daughter team both determined to lose weight. Marci wants to get her weight off and prove to be a good role model for her three daughters. Courtney, who actually lost over 100 lbs at home know the remainder of her weight will be harder to get off, thus why she wanted to enroll the help of The Biggest Loser.

Now that you have met the season eleven teams of The Biggest Loser, how did they fare their very first week on the ranch? Ali kicked us off tonight with a challenge and some big news. First she told the contestants that they would be completing the 500 step challenge and the reward would be the choice of whom to train with. Then she decided to drop the bombshell filling the contestants in that it would not be a choice between Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels, but a choice between working with both Bob and Jillian or two new unknown trainers. As if that were not enough, any team who chose the unknown trainers would be automatically given 4 weeks of immunity, while those who chose Bob and Jillian would risk elimination each week. Whichever team came in first would have the option of one week of immunity if they chose Bob and Jillian versus 4 weeks of immunity.

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On to the challenge, the yellow team finished up first closely followed by the grey team. In a shocker, because I would have thought an Olympian would have wanted to work extremely hard with Bob and Jillian, the yellow team chose immunity and to work with the unknown trainers. The grey team also chose the unknown trainers and immunity as did the brown team, pink and red team. The blue team, green team and purple team all chose Bob and Jillian and the remaining three teams were given no choice but Bob and Jillian as they only had five spots for the unknown trainers. As for the new trainers, we once again did not get to see more than a mere, dark, silhouette of them and we barely saw any of the workouts from these teams, not that it mattered as they would not be weighed in yet anyway due to the immunity.

Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels were hard at work with the remaining contestants though, and Jillian even vowed to stop yelling….yeah maybe that is not going to happen! Bob and Jillian not only had the contestants work out in the gym, but they also had to pull a pick up truck around the ranch, talk about a workout! Unfortunately though, it was then time for their first weigh in and someone would be heading home. Here is how the teams fared at the weigh in (remember those teams working with the unknown trainers did not weigh in):

Aqua Team
Marci from 238 lbs to 224 & Courtney from 323 lbs to 308 lbs for a total loss of 29 lbs

Blue Team
Jesse from 293 lbs to 286 lbs & Arthur 507 lbs to 476 lbs for a total loss of 38 lbs

Green Team
Jay from 400 lbs to 374 lbs & Jennifer from 278 lbs to 258 lbs for a total loss of 46 lbs

Purple Team
Hannah from 248 lbs to 232 lbs & Olivia from 261 lbs to 245 for a total loss of 32 lbs

Orange Team
Ana from 255 lbs to 246 lbs & Irene from 255 lbs to 242 lbs for a total loss of 22 lbs

Black Team
Dan from 287 lbs to 266 lbs & Don from 309 lbs to 290 lbs for a total loss of 40 lbs

This meant that the orange team fellow below the yellow line tonight and were up for elimination. It was an easy first elimination however, as Ana pleaded with the contestants to send her home and keep her daughter there and they all respected her wishes. To date, Ana has dropped 50 lbs and is living a much healthier lifestyle. She also hopes to be down 100 lbs by the finale, see you there Ana!

Be sure to tune in next week at 8 pm EST on NBC for a brand new episode of The Biggest Loser! See you after the show!

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5 Responses to “The Biggest Loser: Season Eleven Premiere!”

  1. Dennis Erbert Says:
    January 6th, 2011 at 3:19 am

    BRAVO TO THE PEOPLE ON THE BIGGEST LOSER, IT DOESN’T MATTER IF THEY LOSE 20 LBS OR 400 LBS MY HEART GOES OUT TO THEM FOR GETTING IT DONE… NOW ABOUT MYSELF… I AM 44 YRS OF AGE, BORN WITH ALERGIES AND SEVER ASTHMA, WOULD ALSO STOP BREATHING WHILE ASLEEP(NOW IT IS CALLED SLEEP APNEA). IN AND OUT OF THE E.R. AND HOSPITAL ALMOST EVERYDAY OF MY FROM THE TIME I WAS BORN TILL I WAS ABOUT 18YRS OF AGE FROM ASTHMA ATTACKS, LUNG INFECTIONS, FLU AND SO ON. NOW AT 44 I HAVE BEEN LABELED BY DOCTORS AS A SEVER CHRONIC PERSISTED ASTHMADIC, TYP 2 DIABETIC, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, HEART PROBLEMS, SLEEP APNEA, 4 KNEE SURGIES(2 ON EACH KNEE), LOWER AND UPPER BACK PROBLEMS(FROM A CAR ACCIDENT IN 08/04. I GET DEPRESSED ALOT AS WELL, HAVE NOT WORKED SINCE 12/17/2010 BECAUSE THEY DON’T HAVE WORK FOR ME, AND SINCE THEN I HAVE BEEN VERY DEPRESSED ALOT. HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT SELLING EVERYTHING AND PUTTING THE MONEY INTO AN ENVELOPE AND MAILING IT TO MY DAUGHTER, THEN JUST GIVING UP. TIRED OF ALL THE MEDS, THE BREATHING PROBLEMS, THE ACHES AND PAINS. WAS NOT AN OVER-WEIGHT GROWING UP, WAS VERY,VERY ACTIVE(MAYBE THAT IS ONE REASON WHY I WAS ALWAYS HAVING ASTHMA ATTACKS). WAS ON EVERY MED FOR MY ASTHMA THAT THEY HAD AT THAT TIME AND WENT IN FOR SHOTS A COUPLE TIMES A WEEKS FOR MY ALERGIES. WHILE GROWING UP I COULD RIDE MY BIKE, JUMP RAMPS, JUMP OVER CARS, TRASH BINS, BUT ALWAYS HAD TO HURRY HOME AND TAKE MY EMERGCY MEDS THEN WAIT 30 MINUTES TO SEE IF IT WAS GOING TO WORK, IT WORKED ABOUT 35% OF THE TIME. SHOTS AND BREATHING TREATMENTS IS WHAT HELPED 95% OF THE TIME.

    I AM OUT OF BREATHE 99% OF THE TIME, GETTING DRESSED, TAKING A SHOWER OR EVEN TRYING TO EAT THROUGHS ME INTO AN ATTACK. I WEIGH A LITTLE OVER 250 LBS. I WOULD LOVE TO TRY TO WORK OUT, BUT I CAN’T BECAUSE OF THE ASTHMA, PAIN AND ACHS THAT I HAVE. CAN’T STAND OR SIT FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME. I WORK AS A AIRCRAFT INSPECTOR, WHEN I CAN MANAGE TO FIND THAT KIND OF WORK. CAN’T WORK IN MACHINE SHOPS ANY MORE…. I HAVE AN 18 YR OLD DAUGHTER THAT LOVES ME VERY MUCH AND LOOKS UP TO ME MORE THEN ANYONE ELSE IN THIS WORLD.

    NOT SURE HOW SHE CAN DO THAT WHEN I AM IN SUCH BAD HEALTH AND CAN’T MANAGE TO GET BETTER. SHE IS ALL THE SUPPORT THAT I HAVE IN THIS WORLD..MY DAD HAD HIS FIRST HEART ATTACK TWO WEEKS BEFORE HE TURNED 41, I WAS BORN 1 DAY AFTER HIS 41ST BIRTHDAY. HE DIED FROM CANCER AT 67 IN 1992, I FOUND MY MOTHER DEAD AT AGE 76 IN 2004 FROM A MASSIVE HEART ATTACK, MY SISTER WAS FOUND DEAD CHRISTMAS MORNING AT AGE 42 FROM A MASSIVE HEART ATTACK.

    I WOULD DO THE BIGGEST LOSER FOR FREE, I WOULD GIVE ANYTHING TO LOSE THIS WEIGHT AND TO SEE HOW FAR A CAN BE PUSHED TO GET IT DONE… I WANT TO GIVE UP SO BADLY, BUT JUST HAVEN’T DONE IT YET..

    AND YES I HAVE WRITTEN TO THE BIGGEST LOSER AND MISS MICHAELS HERSELF, BUT NEVER GOTTEN A REPLY BACK.

    ANYWAY, THE PEOPLE THAT HAS BEEN ON AND WILL BE ON THE BIGGEST LOSER SHOW, MY HEART SOUL GOES OUT TO ALL OF YOU. ALL OF YOU ARE MY HERO’S IN LIFE AND FOR THE ONES THAT HAS MADE IT THEIR LIFE’S MISSION TO HELP ALL OF YOU..

    GOD BLESS

  2. Lisa Princ Says:
    January 7th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Hi Dennis,

    I am sorry to hear about your struggles. Have you tried going through the casting page to apply for the show? You can check it out here: http://www.thebiggestlosercasting.com/

    Best of luck to you, hopefully we will see on the show soon!

  3. April Says:
    January 12th, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    This is one of the shows proving that with the proper determination, we will and we can achieve our goals. This is one of the reason I saw that The Biggest Loser stays for similar type of people who have weight problems. In contrast and determination issue aside, I wonder why people have reached the point where weight becomes a problem. It seems from the very start, weight has not been a priority until it became a problem. Just for thoughts….. so for those who wonder, try watching its season premiere.

  4. Lily Says:
    January 14th, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Hi! I have to admitt I have never heard about The Biggest Loser before. This atricle about season 11 premiere makes me want to watch it! Seems like a great show!

  5. Gargi Says:
    January 18th, 2011 at 8:05 am

    I never know about The Biggest Loser. Now after reading this article I will defintely watch season premiere.

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