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Interview with Biggest Loser’s Heba Salama and Ed Brantley

There is something to be said about the folks that wear the orange shirts at Biggest Loser. Like their predecessors, Jackie and Dan, Heba Salama and Ed Brantley are enthusiastic and prepared to push through to the end.

orange teamIn our first interview of the new Biggest Loser: Families season, Heba and Ed talk about what lead to their decision to join Biggest Loser (casting director plucked them out of an open casting call crowd!), how the newlyweds (married two years) had to sleep on twin beds at the ranch and how the show is giving them the best chance to live a healthier life.

Ed said that Bob was not easy on them, worked their fingers to the bone, but was also compassionate. In their audition tape, Heba mentions how it would make her mad to watch contestants in previous seasons complain when there were people like her and Ed who wanted to be there so much more. She said you’ll see her complain a little this season, but only because sitting at home watching versus going through the “physically demanding” workouts is vastly different. She even shares that the workouts made her sick, as she predicted would happen.

Ed expressed concern about the school lunches being fed to children at schools in the South. That would be the first thing he’d like to see changed as an effort to change the obesity problems plaguing southern states.

Listen to hear the interview with Heba and Ed in its entirety. Tune in Tuesday night, Sept. 16, to see them and all the new contestants on the premiere.

September 11th, 2008