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.
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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