Editor’s Note: NBC has announced Dolvett Quince as the newest trainer to join Anna Kournikova and Bob Harper this season.
Last night’s finale of “The Biggest Loser” was poignant as two sisters hugged and the confetti rained down. Another typical end of the season filled with hope, amazing transformations, and lots and lots of tears. Major props to Olivia for winning handily and to Hannah for being right behind her sister in total percentage of weight lost. I wish them nothing but the best and lots and lots of success.
The finale was also filled with big announcements. Anna Kournikova is joining the cast to replace the departing Jillian Michaels. Perhaps what you didn’t know is after the show it was announced that Brett Hoebel and Cara Castronuova, the “mystery” trainers from this season, will NOT be returning to the ranch. The Hollywood Reporter also has a story on their departure.
On the one hand I appreciate the producers dilemma. Long-time trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels are good TV, they hit their shots, they emote appropriately, and they motivate the contestants. Brett and Cara seemed to struggle with their on-air work and as the season progressed you saw them less and less on screen. Not surprisingly, it was only Jillian and Bob’s contestants that made it to the final four. Despite the fact that I have some major problems with their training styles, they have proven, quite definitively, that they know how to get the job done and the pounds off.
Clearly, the producers and medical staff of the show have come up with a system that is highly effective and difficult for newbie trainers to grasp.
Enter Tennis Pro
So where does Anna fit into all this? Well, she’s been a celebrity for years, perhaps even more so than an athlete, and is quite used to the limelight and being on camera. She’s remarkably pretty and has a very confident attitude.
What she doesn’t have is ANY experience as a trainer, but Cara barely had any, so that obviously doesn’t bother the producers at all who are more focused on ratings than a proper training background. Honestly, at this point, I’m wondering if the on camera trainer really matters … is it really more about the “machine” of “The Biggest Loser” and the trainers and medical staff that you don’t seen on TV? Maybe …
Show Style Change
Producer Todd Lubin said the show will be “getting slightly away from just the tape measure, and getting into overall well-being and health.” The show was already shifting in that direction this season as more and more contestants had one-on-one camera time talking about their lives and you saw much less of the actual training regimen in the gym. It was quick glimpses of exercises and time on the treadmill and not a whole lot else by the end of the season.
So “Biggest Loser” is going in a new direction. It really didn’t have a choice with Jillian announcing her exit. She has outgrown the show, apparently not for the baby she planned as she said last December when announcing her departure, but to work on two new shows which will raise her profile. Maybe she thinks “The Biggest Loser” has jumped the shark and she wants off. Who knows.
What do you think of the changes planned for the show? How do you feel about Brett and Cara as trainers? Do you think it was right to get rid of them? What do you think about bringing in Anna Kournikova, another “trainer” with limited credentials?