February 12, 2014 |
The executive director of the Eating Recovery Center of California, Jennifer Lombardi, says it was no surprise to her that a contestant on “The Biggest Loser” lost a shocking amount of weight - in this case, Rachel Frederickson dieting to less than half her weight. “I have been waiting anxiously for this moment to arrive,” she said a few days later. Lombardi says the NBC reality show “puts people in the bubble” of constant supervision and grueling workouts to win a prize; Frederickson won $250,000 on Feb. 5, setting off a social media firestorm.
July 1, 2013 |
"American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard is joining the cast of "The Biggest Loser," becoming the first celebrity to compete on NBC's weight-loss reality show. The balladeer nicknamed "The Velvet Teddy Bear" was crowned the winner of "American Idol" Season 2 in 2003, edging out Clay Aiken in one of the tightest votes in that show's history. Studdard used the win as a platform to launch a singing-and-performing career, and also earned a Grammy nomination. One thing he hasn't been able to tackle?
November 6, 2013 |
NBC's Tuesday ratings streak is still alive, even with "The Voice" falling a bit with this week's round of live performances. With "The Voice" and "The Biggest Loser," NBC was the highest-rated network for the seventh Tuesday in a row, drawing a 2.9 in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, according to early numbers from Nielsen. Tuesday night's episode of "The Voice" -- a strong outing for judge-coach Christina Aguilera's team -- fell 8% to a 3.3 in the young adults demo, but it was still the top-rated telecast in prime time.
January 20, 2012 |
If you are like most Americans, you vowed to lose weight and exercise regularly in 2012. And, if you are like most Americans, you probably have already given up. Well, "Biggest Loser" trainer Bob Harper would like to get you back on the health-and-fitness path. And he'd like you to do it by talking to your food. And to your treadmill. Actually, he would like you to scream profanities at them. Welcome to Bob Harper's " ... You " diet. (You know what the expletive is, people, but we are not allowed to write it out on our website, so use your imagination.)
January 8, 2013 |
"The Biggest Loser" counts on Jillian Michaels being tough. Her no-nonsense, hands-off-the-treadmill, in-your-face antics make for exceptionally good TV! But is she being too tough, too no-nonsense as she returns to the show? (Put another way: Is she shooting herself in the stiletto?!?) And is the white team paying the price? Granted, the viewer at home is seeing just a sliver of the time that Michaels has spent with her team. And no doubt, we're seeing far more of the screaming, bellowing and ranting side of Michaels because, again, that makes for good TV. But it seemed like Michaels had zero mercy for Nikki and, in the beginning, T.C. and Nathan.
January 7, 2013 |
"The Biggest Loser" is back for Season 14. We could talk about Jillian Michael's return on sky-high heels. Or the jaw-dropping moment when Nikki said, "I'm gonna take the door. " Or the fact that T.C. lost 15 pounds in one week and yet was still sent home for not losing enough weight. But, really, there's just one thing to talk about: The kids. The decision to add three teenagers to the cast this year has been fraught with controversy, condemned sight unseen. The National Assn.