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Biggest Loser Season 12′s Contestants Prepare for the Battle of the Ages

On September 20, fifteen new contestants will walk in to our lives on NBC’s Biggest Loser. It’s the twelfth season for one of TV’s most popular reality shows, and it promises to make us laugh, cry, yell, and cheer for these perfect strangers who will soon feel like our family.

Season 12 comes with a lot of change. There aren’t just 15 new faces to familiarize ourselves with, there are new trainers, too. Anna Kournikova and Dolvett Quince replace the spot previously held by Jillian Michaels (now a co-host on The Doctors). And for those fans who haven’t heard, season 11 trainers Brett and Cara will not be back at the gym. That leaves veterans Alison Sweeney, the show’s host since season four, and Bob Harper, training since day one, to indoctrinate this group in to the Biggest Loser lifestyle and family.

This season includes eight men and seven women, competing as individuals, in a battle of the ages.

  • Oldest contestant: John Forger, 65
  • Youngest contestant: Courtney Rainville, 24
  • Average contestant age: 42.6

The 15 contestants will be divided in to three groups of five according to youngest, middle-age, and oldest.

John Forger: 65, 328 pounds

John Rhode: 40, 445 pounds

Mike Danley: 61, 309 pounds

Patrick Ferrari: 26, 387 pounds

Ramon Medeiros: 27, 355 pounds

Sunny Sinclair: 41, 277 pounds

Vinny Hickerson: 27, 426 pounds

Jennifer Rumple: 39, 330 pounds

Jessica Limpert: 26, 254 pounds

Joe Mitchell: 46, 348 pounds

Courtney Rainville: 24, 270 pounds

Debbie Lounds: 60, 239 pounds

Bonnie Griffin: 63, 254 pounds

Antone Davis: 44, 447 pounds

Becky Comet: 51, 238 pounds

View Biggest Loser 12 Contestants Slideshow

In seasons past, the oldest contestants have won, the heaviest contestants have won, men have won, women have won. There’s no way to know who will take home the $250,000 grand prize this season, but when that person is announced, we hope it lays to rest any notion that age has anything to do with losing weight.

Biggest Loser 12 Interviews, Live from the Ranch!

We sent correspondent Brittany Aberle out to the Biggest Loser Ranch during the first week of filming. She met with several contestants, and the trainers. Watch now to hear everyone’s initial thoughts on the new season.

Anna Kournikova

Bob Harper

Dolvett Quince

Courtney Rainville

Ramon Medeiros

Debbie Lounds

Patrick Ferrari

John Rhode

Jennifer Rumple

Joe Mitchell

August 25th, 2011

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Rooting for you John!!! Maybe we'll see a little of your singing on!! Goodluck!!

posted Sep 9th, 2011 8:27 am


I am looking forward to this season. I have read the bios of all the people and already hate to see any of them leave early. They all sound like they deserve to be there. Hopefully there will be no "villians" as in the past. I am looking forward to seeing the new trainers, particularly Dovett. I think he is going to be as tough or tougher than Jillian.

posted Aug 29th, 2011 9:08 pm


Would love to see interviews from the rest of the cast!! Will they be posted soon?!?

posted Aug 29th, 2011 1:37 pm


How is Bonnie the oldest contestant if she is 63 and John Forger is 65??? BL12 contestant story

posted Aug 27th, 2011 10:45 am


Not sure if I'm excited about this season without Jillian. Is Anna Kournikova a certified trainer? Why didn't Brett & Cara come back? I think this season may be the last. Bob will always have his own stuff and Alison should stick to her crappy soap.

posted Aug 25th, 2011 4:48 pm


So excited to see where the contestants are from after having met many when I went to the Boston auditions (not as a hopeful but to blog about it). Fingers crossed for all the new contestants that they'll leave the ranch with their health restored! :)

posted Aug 25th, 2011 3:13 pm


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