‘The Biggest Loser’ Offers Second Chances

by | August 20, 2009 at 5:54 PM | The Biggest Loser, TV News

'Biggest Loser' Trainers Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper (NBC)

Everybody deserves a do-over and that’s exactly what ‘The Biggest Loser‘ is offering this season, as Bob and Jillian lovingly whip 16 contestants’ butts into better health (and better jeans).

Season 8 of the inspiring reality show returns Sept. 15th with a theme of ‘second chances.’

Last season’s heaviest contestant Daniel Wright, who became a fan favorite, will return to continue his weight loss journey. He’ll join other compelling contestants like firefighter Allen Smith, whose job is at risk due to his weight, and a mother named Abby Rike, who is recovering from the tragic loss of her husband and two children in a car accident.

Meet the cast of ‘The Biggest Loser’ Season 8:

~ Sean Algaier (youth pastor), 29, Tulsa, Ok.
~ Amanda Arlauskas (patient care technician), 19, Butler, N.J.
~ Danny Cahill (land surveyor/musician), 39, Broken Arrow, Ok.
~ Mozziz ‘Mo’ Dewalt (youth mentor), 56, Louisville, Ky.
~ Antoine Dove (health insurance agent), 23, Dudley, N.C.
~ Julio Gomez (mortgage loan officer), 40, Algonquin, Il.
~ Dina Mercado (custodian), 28, Commerce, Ca.
~ Rebecca Meyer (student/nanny), 25, Des Moines, Iowa
~ Rudy Pauls (engineer), 31, Brooklyn, Ct.
~ Abby Rike (teacher), 35, Mabank, Tx.
~ Allen Smith (firefighter/EMT), 44, Columbus, Ind.
~ Shauntina ‘Shay’ Sorrells (social worker), 30, Newport Beach, Ca.
~ Alexandra White (student), 20, Harrisburg, Pa.
~ Daniel Wright (student), 20, Willow Spring, N.C.
~ Liz Young (salesperson), 49, Lewisburg, Tn.
~ Tracey Yukich (homemaker), 37, Allen, Tx.

‘The Biggest Loser’ returns with a two-hour premiere on Tuesday, Sept. 15th at 8 p.m. on NBC.