The Biggest Loser has unveiled the cast for its upcoming 15th season.
NBC announced that the show will have a 'Second Chances' theme, with American Idol winner Ruben Studdard becoming the first celebrity to take part in the weight-loss series in the hopes of winning the $250,000 grand prize.
Olympic weight-lifter Holley Mangold will also take part in the competition along with a man who postponed his wedding to get fit and a father whose own dad passed away from a heart attack when he was 32.
Other contestants who have been cast include a father whose first wife passed away after a battle with cancer, and a single mom whose own mother suffered a drug addiction.
Trainers Bob Harper, Jillian Michaels and Dolvett Quince will all return to the show and were involved with the casting for the first time in Biggest Loser history.
NBC also confirmed a 'trainer save' twist, in which Harper, Michaels and Quince will each be allowed to save one eliminated contestant.
The new season of The Biggest Loser, again hosted by Alison Sweeney, will premiere on October 8 on NBC.
The full list of contestants taking part in the new season of The Biggest Loser is as follows:
- Fernanda Abarca (32) - 3D animation artist/cake sugar artist from Montrose, CA.
- Craig Arrington (30) - warehouse supervisor for pharmaceutical company from Wilson, NC.
- Chelsea Arthurs (28) - clinical research professional/event planner from Raleigh, NC.
- David Brown (43) - project manager for construction company/social commerce leader for phone company from Edmond, OK.
- Rachel Frederickson (24) - voiceover artist from Los Angeles, CA.
- Hap Holmstead (26) - sales consultant/entrepreneur from Pleasant Grove, UT.
- Matt Hooper (38) - retail manager from Georgetown, MA.
- Holley Mangold (24) - Olympic weightlifter/caterer from Columbus, OH.
- Jennifer Messer (42) - clerk/bookkeeper from Abingdon, VA.
- Tumi Oguntala (41) - brand strategist from Clifton Park, NY.
- Marie Pearl (30) - senior staff accountant at a community college from Springfield, MO.
- Bobby Saleem (28) - attorney from Chicago, IL.
- Jay Sheets (38) - marketing associate for a food company from Farmington, MO.
- Ruben Studdard (35) - singer from Birmingham, AL.
- Tanya Winfield (41) - chief operating officer of a restaurant franchise from Plainfield, IL.
Source : http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/the-biggest-loser/news/a512950/biggest-loser-to-have-second-chances-theme-ruben-stoddard-confirmed/