At last night’s Biggest Loser season 12 finale, one of the big questions for the next season was about why Anna Kournikova will not be returning to show next season. Our corespondent, Courtney Crozier spoke with Anna after the winners were announced, and learned that Anna didn’t love being in front of the camera all the time.
“The whole TV thing wasn’t really the right fit for me,” says Anna, but she’s glad she had the experience and to have built relationships will all of the contestants. “I had the best time on the show,” Anna says, but that waiting for the finale to reveal her news was difficult. “I hate waiting around.”
Anna is looking forward to the coming holiday, and while she hasn’t planned ahead further than that, she does plan on continuing to work in the health and fitness field. “That’s something that I’m always going to be involved with–sports and health and fitness.” She particularly hopes that she can work with helping children to get involved with sports.
One lap around the Presidential Mile, so to speak, is all Anna Kournikova needed. The tennis star, and current Biggest Loser trainer, announced today that she would be leaving Biggest Loser at the end of season 12.
There was broad criticism at the announcement that she would be one ofJillian Michaels‘ replacements, and that didn’t wane much when the season began. Each week fans have lamented her presence during live Twitter chats, constantly wondering about her value to the contestants and calling in to question her experience and credentials. However, the contestants have had nothing but good things to say.
Each week we speak with the eliminated contestants and each time one of Anna’s people were sent home, which was often, they had only positive things to say about her. Recent eliminated contestant Joe Mitchell told us “Anna made me believe I could do it.” Mike Danley, eliminated early in the season, called her compassionate and told us “She can do the job.” (more…)
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, andBob 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.
The Biggest Loser season 12 is scheduled to premiere September 20, 2011 and there will, of course, be an entirely new cast to love, hate and celebrate. Amongst those new faces will be two new trainers: Anna Kournikova and Dolvett Quince. These fitness all-stars will be teaming up with veteran trainer Bob Harper and filling a gaping hole that Jillian Michaels is leaving.
We sent Brittany Aberle, of BL5, to speak with Anna, Dolvett, and Bob live from the ranch during season 12’s first week of filming. Everyone is excited, especially Anna for the new tennis court she’s having put in.
Click each video below to see these exclusive interviews, and comment below letting us know whose training style you’re excited to watch this fall.
It was announced that Dolvett Quince will join Bob Harper and Anna Kournikova as the newest trainer for season 12 of Biggest Loser, which begins filming next week. While it may take fans a while to warm up to the idea of the hit show without Jillian Michaels, Quince definitely has the fitness chops to whip a new batch of contestants into shape.
Quince is an IFFA and ISSA certified master trainer, meaning he has earned master fitness trainer credentials, and is the owner of BodySculptor Inc., and the exclusive Body Sculptor studio in Atlanta, GA which he opened in 2004 with wild success. Quince has used his expertise to train celebrities such as Janet Jackson, Justin Beiber, Boris Kodjoe and Baltimore Ravens Tight End Daniel Wilcox, but according to his website, Quince says his biggest accomplishment as a trainer was “helping one client lose 325 pounds”.
UPDATE: Watch our interview with Dolvett Quince live from The Ranch during week one!
NBC’s The Biggest Loser is set to begin filming Season 12 this week in Southern California. Well known for helping contestants transform their lives with astronomical weight loss, the trainers are arguably the best part of the show. Many tune in each week to see with what Jillian, Bob, Cara and Brett will challenge the contestants. With the announcement that Jillian Michaels has left the show, rumors swirled as to who would fill the slot. Anna Kournikova was announced at the live finale of season 11, but there were rumors that there was at least one more trainer to be added.
Today, NBC announced that the final trainer will be Dolvett Quince. The founder of Atlanta’s Body Sculptor, Inc., he’s been the city’s go-to trainer for more than ten years. Recently, he toured with Justin Bieber for three months, creating a diet and fitness plan to keep the superstar in top physical condition.
Unlike Jillian Michaels, who was once heavy and went through the struggle of weight loss, Kournikova is naturally tall and thin. But she doesn’t necessarily eat whatever she wants. “All in moderation. I try to eat a balanced diet but do not deprive myself of the occasional splurge,” she writes in the Question and Answer forum on her website. “I like plain Corn Flakes. My favorite meal really depends on what mood I am in but over all I could eat pizza anytime.” She adds that she likes all kinds of salads and raw veggies, but also enjoys the occasional indulgence. “If I am going to have something that rich I would rather have a good piece of cake.” Kournikova says she even goes to McDonald’s from time to time.
UPDATE: 5/24/11: During the live Biggest Loser 11 finale, Alison Sweeney announced that Anna Kournikova will be joining the ranch as a trainer for season 12. The leggy tennis star then walked out on the stage, much to the surprise of the live audience, and expressed her enthusiasm for being a part of the show. She also congratulated the current contestants on their success.
Several sources around the Web, including blogs and Twitter, are reporting that Anna Kournikova will be filling the gaping hole that Jillian Michaels is about to leave at the Biggest Loser trainer.
News is spreading quickly that the 29-year-old tennis star will be the show’s next trainer, and NBC will not confirm either way. We received this comment from our publicity contact: “We can’t comment at this time on the multiple casting rumors surrounding the show, but look forward to making a big announcement about season 12 of “The Biggest Loser” at our season 11 live finale next Tuesday, May 24 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.” Anna made an appearance during season nineas a guest star, offering motivation to the contestants during a tennis challenge, but does she have what it takes to move them all the way to finale?
In a brief post at ExtraTV, they report that Kournikova, along with Cara Castronuova and Brett Hoebel, will be formally announced during the season 11 finale on Tuesday, May 24. (more…)
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