“The Biggest Loser” announces Season 8 contestants

NBC’s hit reality series The Biggest Loser is back September 15, and with it comes 16 new people getting another chance to transform their bodies and lives. Among them are a returning fan favorite, as well as the heaviest contestant in the show’s history.biggest-loser

Last season’s heaviest contestant, 20-year-old student Daniel Wright from Willow Spring, NC, was popular among fans and will have another chance to finish the weight-loss journey he started in Season 7, when he went from 454 pounds to 312 pounds. Wright looks to inspire 30-year-old social worker Shauntina “Shay” Sorrells of Newport Beach, CA, who has now taken his place as the heaviest contestant in Biggest Loser history — weighing in at 476 pounds.

Also competing is Amanda Arlauskas of Butler, NJ, a 19-year-old who was voted in by America during the Season 7 finale; Allen Smith, a 44-year-old firefighter from Columbus, IN, whose health and job are at risk because of his weight; Tracey Yukich, a 37-year-old military wife and mother of four from Allen, TX; and 35-year-old teacher Abby Rike of Mabank, TX, who endured losing her husband and two children in a deadly car crash and who now gets a chance to restart her life.

Rounding out the contestants:

Sean Algaier, a 29-year-old youth pastor from Tulsa, OK

Charles Daniel Cahill, a 39-year-old land surveyor/musician from Broken Arrow, OK

Mozziz “Mo” Dewalt, a 56-year-old youth mentor from Louisville, KY

Antoine Dove, a 23-year-old health insurance agent from Dudley, NC

Julio Gomez, a 40-year-old mortgage loan officer from Algonquin, IL

Dina Mercado, a 28-year-old custodian from Commerce, CA

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

Rudy Pauls, a 31-year-old engineer from Brooklyn, CT

Alexandra White, a 20-year-old student from Harrisburg, PA

Liz Young, a 49-year-old salesperson from Lewisburg, TN

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