(PCM) We were already excited about Season 14 of NBC’s fan favorite series The Biggest Loser, but with the news of the return of Jillian Michaels, our excitement has exponentially increased! That’s right! The fitness expert and strangely charming Michaels will return to the show for the first time since Season 11.
But for all of you who, like me, have grown fond of Dolvett Quince over the past couple of seasons, never fear! He’s staying on the show, too. Once again, The Biggest Loser will return to a three trainer format: Michaels, Quince and the extraordinary Bob Harper.
Michaels won’t be the only addition to the season, though. It will also bring a new element to the show: teenagers. Sure, one of our favorite contestants from last season was 19-year-old Chism, but NBC is talking teenagers ages 13 through 17.
Now, this doesn’t mean it will be The Biggest Loser Jr. In order to help tackle the childhood obesity epidemic head on and inspire other children around the country to do so as well, kids will be joining the adult contestants on the show. The kids will not be eligible for elimination or the $250,000 grand prize and will not weigh-in on television, but they will compete with and contribute to their respective teams. All 18 contestants will be divided into three teams, supervised by the three trainers, with at least one child participant on each team.
The kids will work at both the ranch and at home with their progress featured in every episode. The trainers, the show’s medical staff and the behind-the-scenes childhood obesity experts will help the children get healthy, achieve their personal goals and transform their lives. As Michaels explained on the Today show, it’s more about getting kids on the softball team rather than getting kids into a size 4; it’s about health more than weight.
Michaels, who returns this season as a new mother of two, was a former overweight teenager herself and as a result is more committed than ever in helping kids who are struggling with weight issues. Sounds like it’s the perfect time for her to return!
The new season of The Biggest Loser will kick off in early January 2013. We just hope that these contestants will be more likable and less prone to drama than the individual’s on last season. We want to be inspired – and so far, it sounds promising for season 14!