You’d think earning the chance of a lifetime to be on Biggest Loser and then being forced to leave because of a “red line” elimination just four weeks in would knock the wind out of your sails. But not for Sophia Franklin, the first of two eliminations in week four’s episode. Not only was she OK with leaving, she was ready to go, positive she could do the work at home. Of the mere two pounds she lost that sent her packing? “None of my weight loss was disappointing. I was ecstatic for every pound I lost,” she says.
Her upbeat and positive attitude was shared by Burgandy Keel, who fell below the yellow line and then lost the vote after a carpet-rolling challenge. Similarly happy despite being forced out of the ranch, Burgandy says she was constantly inspired by her fellow contestants, who could sometimes be seen on treadmills at midnight.
The recent Biggest Loser castaways talked to us following their eliminations. Burgandy shares the unique experience of a vegan dinner at Bob Harper‘s home, a first for the show’s contestants. And Sophia tells us all about her “very clean, very lean, extremely green” diet at home. Listen now to hear the interviews!
We’re just a few short weeks away from there premiere of Biggest Loser, beginning its 10th season September 21, 2010 on NBC. Already casting for season 11, it’s proof that this show is in the right place and right time as more and more Americans work to overcome the obesity epidemic that is plaguing young, old and everyone in between.
Each season the inspirational show, hosted once again by Alison Sweeney, takes overweight men and women and isolates them at the infamous Biggest Loser Ranch, located outside of Los Angeles, California. For several months (varying each season) contestants work side-by-side with esteemed trainers Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper to lose weight, re-learn how to eat, and overcome the personal, emotional issues that have precluded them from living a healthy life before now.
While the Couples or Families versions of the show have become quite popular, pitting teams of two family members or friends against one another, season 10 goes back to the show’s roots with individuals competing against individuals.
For season 10, Biggest Loser is introducing the “pay it forward” theme – working to help these competing individuals as well as the communities from which they call home. The premiere episode shows trainers Bob and Jillian in seven hometowns for city-wide workouts. Amongst the crowd are three people vying for spots on the show, the two who finish the challenges first will become contestants.
Without further adieu, meet the 21-person line-up for season 10. Click in to each to see their complete bios. (more…)
Keep up with Sophia Franklin’s journey during Biggest Loser season ten. DietsInReview.com will update each contestant’s weight loss, as well as accomplishments, videos, and more following weekly episodes.
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