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.” Read Full Post >
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”.