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We’re just weeks away from the September 15 premiere of Biggest Loser season 8, as the show introduces the newest group of contenders to battle the bulge on a national stage. This season, it’s all about second chances, and we’ll see 16 people who are ready to take everything this chance has to offer.biggest loser 8 contestants

Trainers Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper will join host Alison Sweeney once again at the Biggest Loser ranch, and work with these 16 contestants to overcome emotional, physical and mental barriers that helped put on this weight and kept them from taking it off.

Without further ado, meet your Biggest Loser 8 contestants!

Daniel Wright – 20, Willow Spring, NC. Sound familiar? He should. He was a participant in Biggest Loser 7, and still has plenty of weight to lose!

Rudy Pauls – 30, Brooklyn, CT. Works as an engineer.

Allen Smith – 43, Columbus, IN. Works as a firefighter/EMT.

Amanda Arlauskas – 19, Butler, NJ. Patient Care Tech/RN Student. During the season 7 finale, America voted for Amanda to participate this season.

Antoine Dove – 23, Dudley, NC. Works as a Health Insurance Physician Contractor.

Liz Young - 49, Lewisberg, TN. Comfort Consultant.

Dina Mercado - 27, Commerce, CA. Works as a custodian.

Shay Sorrells – 29, Newport Beach, CA. Is a social worker and studying her MBA in social work. Will weigh-in as the heaviest contestant in the show’s history, at 471 pounds.

Mo Dewalt - 55, Louisville, KY. Works as a youth mentor.jillian michaels bob harper alison sweeney

Abby Rike - 34, Mabank, TX. Works as a teacher.

Sean Algaier - 29, Tulsa, OK. Works as a youth pastor.

Rebecca Meyer – 25, Des Moines, IA. Is a student and works as a nanny.

Danny Cahill – 39, Broken Arrow, OK. Works as a landscaper and musician.

Tracey Yukich – 37, Allen, TX. Works as a homemaker.

Alexandra White – 20, Harrisburg, PA. Is a college student.

Julio Gomez - 39, Algonquin, IL. Works as a mortgage loan officer.

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August 20th, 2009

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I am stuck on this show. I saw it last night and cried just to see how the red team put there oportunity to stay in the ranch on the line to keep Shay in.

posted Sep 30th, 2009 6:10 pm


great show

posted Sep 15th, 2009 10:38 am

Janet Wilson

I can't wait

posted Sep 9th, 2009 4:42 am

Kimmy Vogel

OMG...I totally Love Love Love this show. It is the best reality show ever! I am counting the days and ready for Sept 15th.

posted Sep 8th, 2009 10:27 am


I am so excited for this season to start. I cried to see Dan is back. He is such a great kid. I would do anything to get on the ranch and have the experience the contestants do. I probably will never be blessed enough with that opportunity, however, the show means more to me than anyone could imagine. I am sure that holds true for so many others as well.

posted Sep 8th, 2009 1:43 am


I can't wait!!

posted Aug 27th, 2009 10:13 am


looks like it's going to be a great season. Keep your eyes open for some wonderful motivation. Make it your year to get the weight off.

posted Aug 25th, 2009 10:44 am


I have to say this is a motivating show for so many people. When it comes to reality tv this is definitely one of the best programs to have come along if you get past some of the cheesiness of reality TV. Real people making a change and inspiring others.

posted Aug 20th, 2009 5:25 pm


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