“The Biggest Loser” returned for its 10th season Tuesday night, and as usual, the early action was all about introducing the latest group of competitors. What wasn’t usual was the way that was done.
After receiving a frightening new round of warnings concerning the national obesity epidemic from a montage of talking heads, trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels explained they would travel to seven cities to motivate the masses and collect the newest ranch residents as part of a new “pay it forward” theme.
During stops in Detroit; Los Angeles; Portland, Ore.; Atlanta; Phoenix; Oklahoma City; and Boston, the townsfolk gathered to watch and workout as three would-be “Losers” competed for a shot on the show. Only two out of three made it from each town.
Cue the hankies.
See, if this season has more of anything, it’s not pounds. The trend toward the “biggest ever” participants seems over. Instead, this time, it’s about the biggest, saddest backstories of all time. That’s what made the selection of Adam Hurtado, who recently lost his mother to an obesity-related heart attack, all the more heartwarming. It’s also what made the elimination of Sandy Dolan, whose older brother died in his sleep five days after trying out to be on “The Biggest Loser,” all the more heartbreaking.
For the chosen 14, life on the ranch begins kicking their backside next week. For the unlucky seven left behind, well, here’s hoping we’ll see them again. If past seasons of “The Biggest Loser” are any indication, they’ll likely be part of one of those trusty second-chance twists.
Better keep those hankies at the ready.
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