Rachel Frederickson at the start of the season (left), and at the season finale
*Many “Biggest Loser” fans feel that contestant Rachel Frederickson lost too much weight to win the show this week. And the man who was instrumental in helping her shed all 155 pounds – trainer Dolvett Quince – is weighing in on the controversy.
Frederickson shocked viewers, her fellow contestants and the show’s other trainers when she revealed her new skeletal frame on Tuesday night’s finale. The 24-year-old, who stands 5’4″, dropped from 260 to 105 lbs., morphing to a size 0/2.
In a statement, NBC and the show’s production company Shine America threw their support behind Frederickson, saying that they “remain committed to helping contestants achieve healthy weight loss and live healthier lifestyles, and to inspiring viewers to do the same.”
*Ruben Studdard may now be a two-time “loser” on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” but shedding 70 pounds is nothing to hang one’s head over in real life.
The 35-year-old “American Idol” winner from Birmingham was automatically ousted during Tuesday’s episode after his Red Team lost the season’s eighth weigh-in and he posted the lowest weight-loss percentage of his team – just two pounds (from 394 to 392).
“I’m very proud that I lost 70 pounds. Those pounds were hard fought. I earned every one of them,” he said. “This is just a great beginning. It really showed me I can do anything I want to if I put my mind to it. There are so many things that could lead to us leaving this earth prematurely. I don’t want health problems to be one of those. I’ve given myself over to the process. I’m going into another year of my life with a change.”
The Red Team’s trainer Dolvett Quince used his one “trainer’s save” of the season in Week 3 on Tanya Winfield, so Ruben’s elimination could not be prevented. Ruben had already been eliminated from the reality weight-loss competition in Week 4 but was brought back as a result of trainer Jillian Michaels violating one of the show’s rules.
After Ruben was eliminated, Dolvett told him to “shock the world” with his success. In return, Ruben announced he was going to turn into the “baddest, finest, freshest” person in the theater at the finale.
Reuben Studdard holds up a shirt bearing his starting weight of 462 on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser”
*Fans of Reuben Studdard will have to wait a little longer for his debut on “The Biggest Loser.”
Last week, NBC announced the premiere date for Season 15 has been pushed back from Oct. 8 to Oct. 15.
Studdard, a resident of Birmingham, Ala. and the 2003 “American Idol” winner, is the first celebrity to compete on the series, and is also the heaviest contestant this season, weighing in at 462 pounds.
The Velvet Teddy Bear has lost weight before. In 2006, he dropped close to 100 pounds through Duke University’s weight-management program, which limits participants to a strict 1,200-1,500 calorie diet.
But by spring of 2012, he had gained all of his weight back, plus some – most of it due to stress eating. He told talk show host Wendy Williams at the time: “I just started going out and kicking it.”
Beginning Oct. 15, viewers will get to watch Studdard’s journey toward a healthier weight that will hopefully last a lifetime.
Below, the crooner says he’s getting older now, and can’t help but imagine how his obesity would impact the family he hopes to have someday.
“The Biggest Loser” is set to air on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Watch a featurette with Reuben below.
*Ruben Studdard has the most weight to lose out of all contestants competing this season on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.”
The 35-year-old crooner says he’s been steadily adding pounds to his already-big frame since winning “American Idol” in 2003, and will be the 15th season’s heaviest contestant at 462 pounds when the show returns Oct. 8 at 8 p.m.
Studdard could have entered the show even heavier, had he been able to enjoy one last pig-out session before being shuttled to “The Biggest Loser” ranch.
“You know, the funny thing is, I was actually working the night before, so I didn’t get an opportunity to have a pig-out session, no,” Studdard told the Associated Press in a phone call. “I actually flew from a concert to the ranch. … I’m sure I probably would have had a piece of cake or something before I went up to the ranch for months and months.”
The Grammy-nominated artist said after the show, he’ll record his sixth album, but he will also make sure to “give every day of my life some Ruben time.”
“That’s what I’ve been taught, as you know. I have to get up every day and give myself the two hours that I need to keep myself together before I even get into any music stuff, and that’s just going to have to be how I do it,” he said.
Studdard will become the first celebrity to compete on NBC’s weight-loss reality show.
In 2008 Studdard was able to drop quite a few pounds after his marriage to Surata Zuri McCants. But after their divorce in 2012, he packed the weight back on.
“I’ve never had an issue with my weight,” said Studdard. “But my family has a history of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart-related issues—thing I didn’t have to deal with yet because I’m young [sic]. But I don’t want to be worried at 40, and if I don’t fix things now, I will be.”
Past strategies Studdard has utilized to shed the extra pounds included working with a trainer and joining a Duke University weight-loss program. “We’re from Alabama, we love to eat!” he told the Today show several years ago. “So I basically had to change my thinking and as it pertains to the foods I wanted eat. [Duke] put me on a 1,200 to 1,500 calorie diet a day. It ended up being pretty easy.”
Season 15 of “The Biggest Loser” begins airing on October 8.
Dolvett Quince of “The Biggest Loser” (L) guest stars on “Real Husbands of Hollywood” with Kevin Hart and Nelly (R) in the episode, IT’S GETTIN’ HOT IN HERRRE”, premiering Jan. 29, 2013 at 10 p.m. on BET.
*A special guest star will beef up Tuesday’s episode of BET’s “Real Husbands of Hollywood.”
Celebrity fitness trainer Dolvett Quince of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” will play himself in a workout video spearheaded by Nelly. Things go sideways for Kevin Hart when his nemesis Robin Thicke slips and reveals that Nelly asked the guys to invest and star in the video — without Kevin.
There is considerably less drama on Quince’s day job – unless you call pushing overweight contestants to their breaking point each week must-see TV.
The new season of “The Biggest Loser” includes three obese children; Lindsay Bravo, Sunny Chandrasekar and Noah “Blingo” Grey, shown here with trainers Dolvett Quince, Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper
For the first time ever, “The Biggest Loser” includes kid participants (ages 13-17) in an attempt to address the nation’s epidemic of childhood obesity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2-19 are obese, with obesity prevalence among children and adolescents almost tripling since 1980.
Producers are hoping the kids featured this season will serve as ambassadors to inspire other kids to get healthy.
“And the goal is to help parents get excited, too, to help them get involved, because we can’t do it alone,” Quince told reporters at the recent TCA Winter Press Tour. “We need the parents’ help. The parents have to be a part of this panel in a lot of ways, helping the kids say, ‘Hey, eat this, not this.’ Let’s go outside as a family. Let’s be active. That’s the message. That’s the ripple effect you’ll see this season.”
Quince’s episode of BET’s “Real Husbands of Hollywood” airs Tuesday (Jan. 29) at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. [Scroll down to watch a clip from the episode.] Below, Kevin Hart talks about the challenge of coming up with different ways to lampoon reality shows that are already bordering on ridiculous.
“The Biggest Loser” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on NBC. (Watch a clip below.)