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 DietsInReview.com 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.

129 Responses to Interview with Biggest Loser’s Heba Salama and Ed Brantley

  1. jeff says:

    Thank God Vicki, Heba, or Ed didn’t win the big prize. Its unfortunate that Heba won the $100,000 though. Because of her disgusting attitude on the show its virtually impossible to be happy for her. Thankfully someone who truly has an amazing attitude won. Congratulations to Michelle

  2. Love Heba says:

    You all need to be nice Heba she was the niceis one on the show

  3. Michelle says:

    Congratulations to Michelle, America loves you. Heba & Vickey, too bad that the only side you have is an ugly one. Heba loved the look on your face when America picked Ed, goes to show you that America saw your ugly side and would never of picked you. Vickey glad you didn’t win anything, you are a hateful and ugly person. Ed good luck, can’t understand how you could of picked such a mean spirited hateful person for a wife.

  4. Lea Ann says:

    Woooow Michelle!!!!!!! She is a role model for everyone thats ever felt alone but has gotten up and fixed it all in a matter of time she is a great person and deserved everything she worked so very hard for. As for Ed honey you deserve better……Heba i dont even know what to say ive been in aaawww all season long i agree with everybody and i think that they would agree with me wen i say that she is such a freakin drama queen she should have went on big brother or something like that she would have blended in a lot better!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Sherry says:

    Congratulations to all of the BL cast. Heba and Ed and all of the contestants did a WONDERFUL job and they ALL looked amazing. I do not understand why everyone gives Ed, Heba, Brady and Vickey such a hard time. Basically – they went to the ranch and worked hard and said what was on their minds and I guess people just can’t handle the truth. It is always best to let stuff out instead of holding it in. GREAT job to ALL and CONGRATULATIONS to Heba and Michelle for being the top 2 Biggest Loser’s.

  6. Norskie says:

    To the last poster. We are just speaking our minds about Vicky and Heba, the truth is that those two are coniving snakes with whipped husbands. Beside it’s best if we all just let it all out instead of holding it in anyway….right?

  7. Heba and Vicky detester says:

    I could not be happier that Michelle won. Vicky and Heba are really not very nice. I wouldn’t give them the time of day. Michelle was so sweet. Also, I think Bob isn’t as good as Jillian. If I were ever on the show, I’d want Jillian as my trainer.

  8. Wisdom says:

    There is a lot of negativity in this world. While I can understand the feelings that people have for the way Heba and Vicki acted on the show there is little gained from the vitriol that people are spewing on this blog. It is enough to say that the two of them acted very inappropriately and that it is sad that some people are so angry and misguided inside. It is short sighted of people to believe that they know anything about the two of them from a couple hours a week. Even so it is better to express positivity and a hope that they might learn something of themselves when they watch the way they appeared on the show. I too watched this show less this season because of the behavior of some contestants. I wish the best for everyone and am looking forward to a more positive message in the next season.

  9. dhc says:

    If Heba would watch the show, she would see why America voted 84% for Ed to her mere 16%. But then again, she is so arrogant she wouldn’t see it. I hate that she won anything but glad Vicki got NOTHING. Ed looked pretty upset that he was chosen over his wife the rest of the show. The look on Heba’s face when Michelle won and realizing she could have won it all if America had voted for her to compete was PRICELESS. She and Vicki were the worst competitors I’ve seen since watching Biggest Loser. The right person won. Michelle is a beautiful person inside and out.

  10. Sherry says:

    Oh well – I guess this is the very reason God made all of us different. So everyone would not have the same opinion. It is just sad that there is so much negativity in the world. CONGRATULATIONS again to ALL of the BL cast – past, present and future!!!! You ALL did a wonderful job and should be proud of how you have changed your lives. I know you all don’t, but just in case you do, don’t give a thought to all of the negative stuff put on any boards or posts anywhere. No one should judge someone they don’t even know. You cannot know someone just by watching them on tv for a couple of hours 1 day a week. We ALL have a good side and a bad side. I want to wish EVERYONE a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We are all Blessed.

  11. Michelle says:

    I love BL and I have been blogging about what has been going on with the show, the results at the finale and about the new contestants that will be on season 7. Come over and vote my polls & leave some comments :0)

  12. CCBloom says:

    I am thrilled that Michelle won. Pleased as punch. To the “mean girls” of the show. I’m GRATEFUL they were given the fruits of their labors. You give out crud and you’ll get it right back in your face. We saw that clearly, especially when America voted in a land slide for Ed, sending Heba a huge message, that the way they were playing was NOT okay. The awful foursome left a bad taste in my mouth about the show. If this is the way it’s heading, I’m done. LOVED Phillip and Amy’s success. They looked great and really got the raw end of the stick with the “nasties” on the show. Glad to see that the good guys won this year. Congrats.

  13. Liz says:

    I am so glad to see that there are many others that share my views. I am embarrassed to be from Raleigh with “the ones that shall not be named” living here. I am thrilled for Michelle. My only wish is that Amy and Phillip would have walked away with something. I feel for them. An experience that should have been enlightening in a positive way turned into a horrible one.

  14. Penny says:

    It was wonderful to see good triumph over evil this time. The BL needs to go back to the way they were picking contestants on Seasons 2, 3, and 4. I liked all of those people. At least on seasons 5 and 6 the viewers had a voice at the end. And both times we voted in the lesser of two evils. I love it!!

  15. LordyGordy says:

    “I think Bob isn’t as good as Jillian. If I were ever on the show, I’d want Jillian as my trainer.”

    Has anyone noticed that JILLIAN’s trainees tend to WIN biggest loser? That’s right!!!!

  16. moobie says:

    will someone please tell me why Heba was not wearing a bra at the finale? Those puppies were hitting her waist! You lose all that weight, you have millions of people watching and that’s the best you could do? Amy looked great, so did Phil! All the girls looked great (except for dogface icky Vicky)…

  17. Penny says:

    Heba now (Dec. 22) says that she actually won, that the voters were the voted for her because “they may have thought I was a bigger threat” (no, heba, we just can’t stand a bullying witch like you), the producers portrayed her falsely, that everyone she meets is saying they love her, that Phil was sneaky while she was honest, and still does not admit any of her actions were wrong. Also, she feels better than if she were Michelle since Heba claims that 3 people actually beat Michelle. (her jealousy is so obvious, why can’t she be happy for Michelle who looks beautiful, won the 250K and has a great personality?)
    she probably feels that the interview was rigged against her.
    the interview is at :

    http://www.realitytvworld.com/news/exclusive-heba-salama-talks-about-the-biggest-loser-families-8189.php

  18. Marie says:

    Yes, I agree with Penny. I didn’t get to follow the show, but caught the episode where America was asked to vote for Heba or her husband. Just after watching that one show, I was compelled to call in and vote for Ed. Heba was so controlling and selfish- I mean, wouldn’t you want your husband to do well also? I wouldn’t be surprised if they get a divorce in a few years.

  19. Susan says:

    just read the Heba interview. This woman is in serious denial. She said that she really won the game because she had a bigger percentage loss. I am stunned that she would say that. Part of the game is to make it to the final three. Heba did not. She did not win the game, Michelle did. Heba has mental issues masked with “I get things done” rationalization. She’s crazy.

  20. shirley says:

    I love the Biggest Loser show. I hope they never have another Vicky and Heba again. They were the perfect example of why our world is so corrupt. I did not like either one of them and Vicky you need ot cut yyour hair Yuk Yuk you are ugly. Heba you are ugly just for befriending her,,,,,ugly ugly

  21. Rosie says:

    Heba~ What part of winning the biggest loser at home prize do you not realize? You won that because you were eliminated, and were the biggest loser at home. Now could that be because…. Maybe that you were sent packin… before the final three and the Finale? You were not one of the final three, America, the general public did not feel that you would represent the Biggest Loser if you won, so therefore you did not win the vote, your husband did, oh yeah, and by a landslide. He got 84% of the votes, which means that you went home so to speak. Now, with that money please either get a really good support bra or get a reduction on those girls… PLEEEEAAAASSSEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!! Yikes…..

  22. HEBAS FANS!!!! says:

    OMG! You ALL are sitting there, BEHIND A COMPUTER, hoping heba reads these comments, being rude and saying cruel things and.. really, what is the difference between ALL OF YOU, and her? Oh, thats right, she was SPEAKING HER MIND behind a CAMERA FOR ALL U PEOPLE TO HEAR/WATCH.. where as you are behind an computer! GET A LIFE! seriously, Heba did an AMAZING job, she looks GREAT! Most of you people are probably FAT and ANGRY because of the fact she got thin so fast, which getting thin fast, that ALWAYS happens on BL.. what show do you all usually watch?? :S Dont judge heba, vicky or anyone else by what you see on TV.. We met Heba after the finale, and let me tell you guys somethin.. SHE DESERVED EVERY DAMN PENNY SHE EARNED.. no matter what you say, or do, nothing can take that away from her!! Heba is amazing and a very sweet girl, and one of our rolemodles and she is a GOOD ONE!!!! I KNOW because – I MET HER – TALKED TO HER AND GOT TO KNOW THE REAL 100% HER… U GUYS just watch her ON TV!! You fans are the TRUE losers, , and fat cows, and everything else u just called Heba!!! “SHAME ON YOU?” – Shame on ‘YOU’ fans!

  23. Bubba says:

    This is addressed to HEBAS FANS!!!! (aka HEBA). Nice try!

    You did a great job losing that weight, as did everyone on the show. We must give you credit for that. But, you showed yourself to be someone most of us would not want as a friend. Did you forget the public’s vote where we had a landslide to have you eliminated? Have you ever evaluated that in an HONEST way?

    On second thought, you might be Ed and not Heba… Of course if you are Ed, you’re likely taking orders from her.

    Have a nice day.

  24. Bubba says:

    How it must grind Vicky, Heba, Ed and Brady that America’s sweetheart, Michelle, won…. and, at the same time, how happy the rest of us are.

    ps… we hope you maintain your weight loss.

  25. Bubba says:

    I just saw an interview with one of the contestants from the just-finished season who stated emphatically that Vicky and Heba were accurately portrayed in the show. Any lip from V and H to the contrary seems to be wishful thinking.

  26. HEBAS FANS!!!! says:

    THATS SO FUNNY. We’re not heba or ed. If we were heba or ed, we would be posting as heba or ed, not FANS! we just love heba and we need to stick up for her since no one else seems to be. 🙁 what about the people out there that look up to heba and like her? we are those people, and we dont like hearing all the heba bashing, is all. we really did meet heba, and talked to her for a long time, she is really nice. you guys just only see what the producers let you see. so did we, but we never judged heba or vicky or brady or ed, because its OBVIOUS the producers are editing their show that way, to make drama, and to make the show more interesting. i bet you the other people on the show were like that too, they just dont let us FANS see it. We’re not heba, ed, vicky, brady or anyone that has anything to do with that show. lol. atleast u were nice about it though.

  27. bill says:

    TO HEBA FANS: quit sticking up for Heba, if she reads these, she probably does not appriciate it anyway, you are nice for being one of the few fans she has, but she probably doesnt appriciate any fans she has. She seems to be very hormonal. I feel bad for you for even speaking up for her. She doesnt need ANY fans but since (suprisingly) she has a few, why don’t you kids (im guessing late teens by the typing) look up to anyone else from a different season. Heba is not a very good rolemodel.

  28. Smanticus says:

    You know, reading all these comments, I’m really heartened. I was beginning to think I would have to raise my children in a world that didn’t care enough about TV. But you’ve all proven me wrong. I see now that there are plenty of Good Americans out there who are still willing to take their heart and soul–their feelings and passions–and invest them in reality shows filled with people they don’t personally know; and that this passion is so deep and so overwhelming that they are compelled to either jump to the defense of or spew bile and venom at these people on an anonymous message board–people who, I must say again, are COMPLETE STRANGERS but who they nonetheless believe they “know”–in the same way all people who obsess over the lives of celebrities in tabloid newspapers and then turn around and complain about paparazzi “know” the celebrities they obsess over.

    Thank you all for renewing my faith in the fundamental intelligence and common sense of the average human being. My children need to understand that there are priorities in life, but I can’t do it alone. So keep watching TV! Don’t ever lose your PASSION!

  29. Biggest Loser Fan!! says:

    Just wanted everyone to know that I had lunch today with Ed & Heba at a local elementary school. They are really nice people in the real world and I hope they continue to succeed in all there ventures!!

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