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Meet the Biggest Loser 7 Contestants

Get ready to meet a record-breaking cast on Biggest Loser’s seventh season. This time, 22 contestants will compete as couples, and during their first weigh-in we’ll see they have a combined weight of 3.5 tons. Don’t miss the two-hour premiere Tuesday, January 6, as we meet the oldest players, the youngest male contestant, the heaviest female contestant and the heaviest contestant in the history of the show. Once again, they will all be competing to win a prize of $250,000, and the opportunity to train as long as they can with Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper. Alison Sweeney will host Biggest Loser: Couples.

Meet Jillian’s Team

ORANGE Team: Daniel Wright, a 19-year-old student from Willow Spring, NC, competes with his best friend David Lee, a 23-year-old student from Fuquay-Varina, NC.

BLACK Team: Blaine Cotter, a 27-year-old college counselor from Gilbert, AZ, competes with his cousin Dane Patterson, a 27-year-old real estate appraiser from Mesa, AZ.

GREEN Team: Tara Costa, a 23-year-old finance manager from New York, NY, competes with friend and fellow former model Laura Denoux, a 24-year-old sales director from Miami, FL.

WHITE Team: Estella Hayes, a 63-year-old retired nurse, competes with her husband Jerry Hayes, a 63-year-old retired engineer. These retired grandparents reside in Wheaton, IL.

YELLOW Team: Mandi Kramer, a 30-year-old cosmetologist from Boise, ID, competes with her younger sister Aubrey Cheney, a 28-year-old information and education specialist from Gooding, ID.

Meet Bob’s Team

BLUE Team: Sione Fa, a 28-year-old landscape business owner from Maricopa, AZ, competes with cousin Filipe Fa, a 26-year-old lube technician from Mesa, AZ.

GREY Team: Carla Triplett, a 36-year-old assistant bank manager, competes with best friend Joelle Gwynn, a 41-year-old non-profit founder. The friends live in Southfield, MI.

RED Team: Damien Gurganious, a 31-year-old industrial engineer, competes with fiancee Nicole Brewer, a 37-year-old wardrobe stylist. The engaged couple reside in Brooklyn, NY.

BROWN Team: Ron Morelli, a 54-year-old city councilman and retired food distributor, resides in South Lyon, MI with his teammate and son Mike Morelli, an 18-year-old student.

PINK Team: Helen Phillips, a 47-year-old retired retail manager from Sterling Heights, MI, competes with daughter Shanon Thomas, a 29-year-old massage therapist from Centerline, MI.

PURPLE Team: Cathy Skell, a 48-year-old real estate sales closing agent from Shiocton, WI, competes with daughter Kristin Steede, a 28-year-old business owner from Greenville, WI.

December 31st, 2008

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29 Responses to “Meet the Biggest Loser 7 Contestants”

Heather K
Jan 1st, 2009
7:51 pm

I’m just curious why Bob has a bigger team than Jillian.

Jan 2nd, 2009
12:00 pm

Not really sure. 11 teams of two, someone had to have more.

Cassidy Whissett
Jan 2nd, 2009
12:45 pm

I LOVE biggest loser!
but why is bobs tesm bigger????????

Jan 2nd, 2009
4:05 pm

FOUR of Bob’s teams are from Michigan?!?

Jan 3rd, 2009
1:43 pm

Ummm, Maybe there is some kind of twist to Bob having an extra team? I thought they might split one team up right away, but umm, who knows??? Maybe it is to give Bob a greater chance to have a winner this season? LOL!

Heather K
Jan 4th, 2009
12:58 pm

Poor Bob! Jillian always wins. Maybe he should say things to his team like “I want you to gargling your heart after this workout!” It seems to work for Jillian.

Biggest Loser Blog
Jan 4th, 2009
10:01 pm

@Michelle – I was going to say the same thing (looks like 3 though). I was born in Michigan (Sterling Heights actually), and I saw the 3 from Michigan. There was one team from Michigan last season. Michigan must be one fat state.

Denise W
Jan 8th, 2009
3:21 pm

I AM SOOOOO Mad at Carla (the ‘Sliver Bullet’ team). WHY the hell did SHE leave. She weighs 370+ pounds! If any of the two needed to stay was HER! And she had the NERVE to get mad at her friend for not giving her best. Im still going for their team; Im really hoping that Joelle makes it so Carla can come back. From the looks of next show, Bob is getting in her butt! GOD I hope they win!

Jan 13th, 2009
7:17 pm

Bob got a bigger team because the Purple team was the last team to be picked and as a bonus they got the choice of trainer.

Jan 14th, 2009
12:15 am

I think Carla left so that she could blame Joelle if they are defeated. She has already voiced her concern and her threats. Joelle has about as much motivation as a snail. There is something more to Joelle… I am happy to see that team spirit is back! These teams seem to be really supporting each other in contrast to Season 6. It will get interesting to see the competition unfold.

steven smith
Feb 18th, 2009
11:12 am

I love Bob’s team. He pushes them hard.But I also love to tara ending results,acualy I would love to see them all they are doing wonderful

steven smith
Feb 18th, 2009
11:17 am

I was wondering if Jillian is married?I’am so glad that the silver team is gone wow what was up with them. This is the first season I’ve seen ans I love it. It seems to me that everybody is there for there family and friends but not for the money, I think that’s unbelievable.They all look so great I’m so proud of the brown team Mikey os working so hard for him and his father.

Feb 18th, 2009
1:19 pm

@steven – as far as I know Jill is not married. Apparently a few years ago she dated Jackie Warner for awhile and they started a company together (Sky Sport & Spa) but then they broke up Jackie bought Jill out. I don’t know if Jill is currently in a relationship with anyone or not.

Feb 19th, 2009
11:14 am

Man, I love this show, this is the first season I’ve watched and I started on the episode where Damien got booted off. I am so happy I watch it though, I started going to the gym last Monday and I don’t have a trainer but when I’m ready to quit it’s like I can hear Jillians voice saying, “if you quit now, you’ll have to start all over again. ” and so far I haven’t quit. I signed up for the pound for pound challenge, and so far I’ve lost 6.5lbs in the week and a half I’ve been going to the gym and I’m eating good referring to the tips that we’re given on the show, eating my Fiber One cereal, eating Chicken skewers, man I love it! I’m a 5ft tall, 22 year-old that was weighing 163lbs and now weighs 157 thanks to this show! Thank you Jillian, Thank you Bob, thank you NBC!

Feb 25th, 2009
9:33 pm

I am going to school to be an exercise physiologist and i love what you just said. Keep up the good work!!!

Jane D
Mar 8th, 2009
10:14 pm

Does anyone else notice how much Tara Looks like Kate Winslett since she has lost so much weight.? It’s uncanny.

Mar 10th, 2009
1:57 pm

Tara is gorgeous…but i dont think she looks like kate winslet.

Mar 10th, 2009
8:29 pm

I am so disappointed with the Black Team Phillpe is a cry baby…He behaved like a toddler having a tantrum, I hope his team loses and they send him back to the island.

Mar 10th, 2009
9:54 pm

Is it just me, or is Kristin the most annoying commentator in the history of the Biggest Loser?!?! She’s so exaggerated with her expressions and comments, and all she does is repeat what just happened, as if we didn’t see it. “OH…MY…GAAAAAADDDDDDD!” If I hear her say that one more time I’m gonna slap her. And what’s with all the crybabies this season? I’m glad I record the show so I can fast forward thru the crying and the unnecessary commentating. Aside from that, I am rooting for Tara and the Tongan cousins. I think they have what it takes to win!

Mar 14th, 2009
12:42 pm

I have watched every season of this show. Is it me or are the writers getting more creative and complicated as far as the challenges go? Bob is my favorite trainer.

Mar 19th, 2009
5:46 pm

when is the finale for this season (2009)?

Mar 19th, 2009
6:09 pm

According to our sources at NBC, it is tentatively slated for Mid-May. That could change, and we’ll keep you updated.

Mar 22nd, 2009
4:55 pm

do they tape 2 seasons at the same time…or is alison prego agian?

Mar 23rd, 2009
11:38 am

Cheryl- they only film one season at a time. Alison is not currently pregnant, she had her baby in January. Season 7 filmed from early fall through the first of the year, so on TV she is still pregnant.

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Mar 24th, 2009
2:18 pm

I am rooting for Mike. He rocks. This whole season has been a blast. Go Jillian!

Mar 25th, 2009
8:25 am

who was eliminated last night (3/24) I fell asleep minutes before.

May 13th, 2009
4:03 pm

I think that Helen is/was selfish. She should have let her daughter stayed on the show in lieu of being eliminated. After watching the finale it’s apparent that she needed the training more than her mother.

May 14th, 2009
7:17 am

As far as I am concerned Mike won the competition. He looked good and not emaciated like Helen. She was selfish and I hate that she won.
I was already sick of hearing her praising herself. She should have been as good a mom as Ron was a dad and put her daughter first. She went to an extreme and I thought she looked better when she left the ranch. It should have been Kristen in the final four instead of Helen. I may never watch biggest loser again.

Pat Cox
May 14th, 2009
9:44 am

I wish that there was something like this for 70 year old very overweight arthritic grandmothers. I would love to try it. I have been on a fat/not so fat rollercoaster al my life. Thanks for the show. I love NBC.