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X-Factor Judges “Give a Fat Boy a Chance,” Advancing 540-Pound Freddie Combs to Next Round

Auditioning for a show can be nerve-wracking for anyone, especially when the judges who determine your fate are Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, Simon Cowell, and LA Reid. You want everything to be perfect during the audition.

This week the ‘X Factor’ judges were put to the test when Freddie Combs sang on stage in his wheelchair. He wanted the judges to “Give a fat boy a chance.” Freddie Combs is a 540-pound, 41-year-old minister who is a Tennessee native. Before Freddie sang to the judges, he talked about his weight struggle. In 2009, Freddie weighed 920 pounds and was on his death bed. But, through a proper diet and exercise he has lost close to 400 pounds. After his near-death experience, Freddie continues his fight with obesity. He has a whole new outlook on life, which made him want to audition for the show.

Once Freddie started singing “Wind Beneath My Wings,” the audience and judges were stunned. They heard a beautiful voice coming out of a man that many people wouldn’t think is beautiful. Freddie’s sound was reminiscent of Clay Aiken’s gospel voice. After Freddie finished singing the judges made it clear that they were judging him on his voice, not outer appearance. (more…)

Bachelorette Emily Maynard Stays in Shape By Being a Mom

Bachelorette season 8 has got America talking about southern sweetheart and bachelorette Emily Maynard.

If you don’t know Emily’s heart-touching story, about six years ago Emily was engaged to a race car driver and the love of her life, Ricky Hendrick. But just six months after their engagement, he passed away in a tragic plane crash. Days after Ricky’s death, Emily found out she was pregnant with his child. Emily named her now six-year-old daughter Josephine Reddick “Ricki” Henrick.

Four years after the death of Ricki’s father, Emily jumped back into the dating world and appeared on season 15 of The Bachelor. She turned out to be the winner on the show by winning over bachelor Brad Womack’s heart. Although the couple got engaged on the season finale, they eventually called off the wedding due to a number of reasons. But now, Emily’s back to find true love as Bachelorette Season 8’s woman to win over. (more…)

Dr. Drew Makes Sex Talk OK and Addictions Go Away

Dr. Drew Pinsky straddles the line between medical expert and media personality, often combining the two. After graduating from Amherst College, Pinsky got involved with radio during medical school at the University of Southern California. That’s when he started guest starring on his friend’s radio call-in show Loveline. His popularity soared as he spoke with frankness about sexuality and relationships, and soon he became a regular host. The show went national in 1995, airing live five nights a week, and the following year MTV picked it up for a television version hosted by Pinsky and Adam Carolla, running for four years. Loveline has been taking calls since 1983 and can still be heard Sunday through Thursday from ten to midnight.

Pinsky has appeared on numerous television shows as a guest, and has also hosted several of his own series. Strictly Sex with Dr. Drew aired on Discovery Health Channel in 2005, followed by the currently-airing Strictly with Dr. Drew. Strictly focuses on general medical topics. His show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew began in 2008 and has proved to be very popular.. He also appears on HLN (formerly CNN Headline News) for the nightly show Dr. Drew, and on the CW’s daytime talk series Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers. (more…)

Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Audition Casting Calls this Weekend

logo for weight loss television showThe casting team of Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition is making its way to several locations across the U.S. for an open casting calls this weekend. They will be looking for candidates to appear on the show’s third season under the guidance of trainer and host Chris Powell. On Saturday, February 11th, they will be in New York, Chicago and San Diego, below are the location details.

New York City, NY
Time: 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Address: Dave and Busters, 234 W. 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10036

Chicago, IL
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Address: Dave and Busters, 1030 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60610

San Diego, CA
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Address: NTC Promenade – Command Center at Lierty Station, Point Loma, 2640 Historic Decatur Rd. San Diego, CA 92106

Addtionally, the following open calls will be held on Saturday, February 18th.

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Emily Maynard Is a Health-Food Freak

head shot of emily maynardIt’s not hard to understand how Emily Maynard stays so slender. Just announced as the next Bachelorette, Maynard says she’s a health food “freak” even though she doesn’t cook much. “I eat as clean as can be – no sugar, no sodium, nothing,” she said in an interview with People Magazine. She confessed that she’s an “awful” cook, and depends on eating prepared meals from her local health food store and is known to shop at Whole Foods.

Although it doesn’t have any calories, one of Maynard’s unhealthy habits is an obsession with Diet Coke. “I drink way too many but can’t get through the day without it!”

When it comes to fitness, Maynard loves exciting, outdoors activities. She says Aspen is one of her favorite places because “after being outside all day you can sit in front of the fire.” As much as Maynard likes being out in the sun, she’s careful to protect her skin and always has tunes on-the-go. “I don’t go without music and sunscreen!”

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Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition Now Casting for New Season

ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition is now casting for the upcoming season. The highly successful transformation show will air its new season Monday nights on ABC. They currently are holding open casting calls around the country in various cities along with accepting applications.

The show will select a few individuals who will be documented as they set out to lose half of their body weight in a year’s time. Trainer Chris Powell will be by their side as the participants learn how to properly eat, exercise, and live healthy for the first time. Viewers watch all this take place in the course of an hour. The transformation is so surprising that it is properly called the “metamorphosis.”

Individuals who want to apply are encouraged to either see if an open casting call is coming to their city or submit their application online. Formal applications must be accompanied by a video. The video is intended to help the producers get to know the applicant. They explain the elements they’re looking for on the website. “For example, if there is a high school letterman’s jacket, military uniform or wedding dress you hope to wear again, show us. If you are doing this for your kids, show us!”
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Biggest Loser’s Brett Hoebel Joins Food Network’s Fat Chef

If you’ve ever wondered how chefs manage to work around food all day and maintain a healthy weight, you’ll want to tune into the new Food Network series The Fat Chef, which premieres on Thursday, January 26 at 10pm ET/PT.  Though the media portrays images of slim chefs like Giada De Laurentiis and Sandra Lee, there are many who do not fit this stereotype but play a huge role in determining how and what people eat.

The six episode series will offer viewers a behind-the-scenes look the struggles chefs face when their love for food affects their health. Twelve overweight culinary professionals from Illinois, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio will be featured over the course of their four-month venture to overcome weight issues with the help of therapists, nutritionists, and personal trainers.

Each episode will showcase two chefs working with their health consultants, including nutritionist and author Christine Avant, fitness guru Robert Brace, and former Biggest Loser trainer Brett Hoebel as they work to overcome their abusive relationships with food.

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Is Snooki Still Struggling with an Eating Disorder?

snooki in bathing suit 2011

December 14, 2011

Jersey Shore star Snooki recently tweeted a number of pin-up worthy shots of herself looking awfully thin. The star admitted that she struggled with anorexia in the past, and we can’t help but worry that her rapid weight loss could be due to some less-than-healthy habits. It’s often said that people who are diagnosed with anorexia and similar eating disorders will struggle with the disease for the rest of their lives.

The four-foot-nine celeb once said that her goal weight is 85 pounds, which is the lowest weight that could be considered healthy for someone her height. This is also only five pounds more than her lowest weight in high school, which she admits was dangerous. We hope she’ll know when to stop for the sake of her health, although moderation isn’t something we associate with Snooki.

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Biggest Loser is a Leader in Primetime Product Placement

Nielsen just announced that Biggest Loser has the second most product placements in primetime, second only to American Idol. It’s not likely to surprise the millions of loyal fans who watch NBC’s hit reality show, as it’s often bantered about amongst viewers.

Every Tuesday night the sarcasm on Twitter is thick. A scene will open, for instance, at the Biggest Loser Ranch with trainer Dolvett in the kitchen with a couple of contestants. As he starts to talk about the merits of keeping healthy snacks on hand to avoid temptations or keep energy high, the Tweets start rolling in with messages like “oh here it comes” and “what are they selling now?” And then, as expected as confetti at the finale, several flavors of Yoplait yogurt will appear on the counter. Spoons dip in, “yums!” are exchanged, and everyone skips out to the gym for a well-fueled workout.

It’s a scene that loyal Biggest Loser fans know well, and one that plays out at least once in every episode, going on 13 seasons. Most of them laugh it off, knowing that it’s just part of the deal. Some are offended and annoyed, but you probably couldn’t call them loyalists.

All of these product placements, or as those involved with the show call them “product integrations,” are what pay the bills. “Brand integrations, in general, help make TV more affordable to the networks,” David Norton, president of Ladder Up Media, told us today in an interview. “They keep your favorite shows on TV, including Biggest Loser.” He says the money the programs earn from such product placements allow them to do a lot more with the show because they don’t have to hassle with budget constraints. (more…)

Kate Middleton’s Diet Not to be Revealed on NBC’s Inside the Royal Marriage

Royal watchers will get an inside look at the first six months of marriage for Prince William and his new wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, in a special airing on NBC December 13. Hosted by Natalie Morales, “William & Kate: Inside the Royal Marriage” will delve deep into the personal lives of these newlyweds. Today we spoke with Matt Drury, executive producer, and Chris Jackson, Getty Images’ award-winning Royal photographer, who worked on the special and let us in on a little bit of what we’ll see on the program and what it’s like to work so closely with the couple.

We’ll see how William and Kate are building a private life that resembles normal as much as the most famous couple in the world can. Drury told us that their home is quite remote and that they do not have any live-in staff. He also noted some insight shared by Royal friend Ben Fogle, who said that the Duke and Duchess are very selective about the friends they associate with, suggesting an “informal agreement that if anyone does talk, they’ll very quickly find themselves banished from the inner circle.”


One of the things that no one ever discusses is Kate’s diet. In fact, Drury let us know that nothing about Kate’s diet will be revealed on the NBC special. (more…)