Well, we knew this was coming. The Biggest Loser has been doing whatever they possibly can to make the upcoming season a bit more exciting for viewers. First, we learned that Bob Harper would be taking over as the show’s host after Alison Sweeney decided to step down. Then we learned that two celebrities would be joining the cast for the new season, but we were all left scratching our heads wondering who it could be.
So, who exactly will be competing on season 17? Well, sorry to bum out all of you Kardashian fans, but Rob Kardashian will not be one of the reality stars that you will see on the upcoming season. Instead, we’ve got one former Survivor winner and one former contestant from The Voice.
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First up is Erin Willett, who came in 5th place on the second season of The Voice. The now 26-year-old has been battling bulimia after falling short on the show, and then losing her father shortly after. Weighing in at 238 pounds, Willett now realizes that bulimia is dangerous and she wants to change that.
“When someone calls me stupid, I know that I’m smart. When someone says I can’t sing, I know I’ve done the work and I can sing. But when they call me fat, I know I’m fat. I’d done things to put myself in that position and I didn’t want to be there anymore,” Erin told People Magazine recently.
The second reality star is none other than Survivor season 1 winner, Richard Hatch. At 54, Hatch now knows that it is now or never to drop some weight. And if you watched him on Survivor, Hatch has something he wants you to know – being overweight is not going to stop Hatch from showing too much skin on The Biggest Loser. “Yes, I’m naked here, too, all the time,” Hatch told US Weekly recently.
Richard says that he did ask if it bothered anyone before going without clothing, and as long no one is offended, he will keep doing it. “We know we’re fat, for Christ’s sake — it’s not a secret. Many of us, I don’t think, are interested in hiding it, and the makeup, and the covering clothes… I think that’s just stupid,” Hatch went on to admit.
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