The Biggest Loser is back and season 15 is all about second chances! In this week's season premiere, the contestants have their first days in the gym, are selected to teams by the trainers and experience their first weigh-in.
In a game changing twist, it's also revealed that trainers are allotted one Trainer Save for one contestant of their choosing at any point in the season. There's no yellow line this week, and there's no vote. The dreaded red line is back and one trainer already has to determine whether or not to use the Trainer Save.
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When the contestants arrive to the ranch, they are greeted by flags of all The Biggest Loser success stories. They are all highly motivated, especially due to the season's theme of second chances. We learn a bit about some featured contestants: Ruben Studdard's desire to sing again, David's loss of his wife, Rachel giving up on a swim career "for a boy" and Tanya's crush on Dolvett!
The contestants are immediately thrown into the rhythm of the gym so the trainers can get a sense of who works best with whom. Jillian has a tense moment with David, who leaves the gym after feeling as though he can't breathe. He ultimately quits the workout for the day because he feels too emotional, much to Jillian's chagrin. It is clear that they are not a good fit.
Otherwise, each contestant is matching up with their trainers nicely. Dolvett takes a liking to Rachel, a former swimming National Champion and says that she is "one to watch." I have to agree; there is something about her fire and determination that reminds me of Danni from season 14.
Following this first workout, the trainers have selected who they want on their teams. Bob's Blue includes: Olympic heavy lifter Holley, Chelsea, Bobby, Hap and Matt. Dolvett's Red includes: American Idol champ Ruben, Jennifer, Rachel, Tanya and David. Jillian's White team of the usual underdogs, or "snakes in the grass," include: Craig, Tumi, Jay, Fernanda and Marie. Each contestant seems happy with their choices and new jerseys.
Heart to Heart
After the teams are chosen, Dolvett wants to sit down and have a heart to heart with Ruben. He wants to start to get to know him and find out why a celebrity from American Idol would want to pursue a show like The Biggest Loser. Ruben admits that he wants to sing and perform again. To be able to do so, he needs to be in better health so he isn't held back by anything.
Dolvett commends Ruben for coming on a show "that reveals his weakness after being on a show that magnified his strengths." It's a great moment and good to see the two of them bonding.
Blue team weighs in first, putting up impressive first week numbers. In total, they lost 88 pounds, putting up a significant challenge for the Red and White teams to beat.
Red team weighs in next and the numbers are consistent with the Blue team until David, aka Warrior Heart, steps up. He lost a whopping 38 pounds in the first week! This is a momentous moment for him as he was the only one to have really struggled with the emotional demands of the first workout. The Red team's total weight loss is 107 pounds, flying past the Blue team.
White team weighs in last with consistently average or lower numbers. Craig weighs in last, and with only a 13-pound weight loss, he's fallen below the red line. Jillian had made it clear at the start of the weigh-in that, despite this new Trainer Save, she was likely not to use it since the contestants are on the show to save themselves.
However, she proves time and time again that often her bark is worse than her bite, and she uses her save on Craig! She feels that he put in just as much hard work as anyone else and deserves to be there another week. Now that her save is used, it is up to the White team to fend for themselves. Business as usual for Jillian's team.
There you have it; each team is still intact and ready for a season of intense physical and emotional challenges. Due to the one-hour premiere, many contestants didn't get air time, but we'll get to know them soon enough. After all, everyone on this show deserves a second chance!
The Biggest Loser airs Tuesdays at 8pm on NBC.