'The Biggest Loser' Season 15: Ruben Studdard, 'Second Chances,' and new twists

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"The Biggest Loser" returns for Season 15 with a new theme, "Second Chances," a celebrity contestant, and some exciting new twists.

For the first time in "Biggest Loser" history, the trainers, Jillian Michaels, Bob Harper and Dolvett Quince got to sit in on casting sessions and help pick the Season 15 contestants. They will also have a brand new "trainer save" at weigh-ins. Each of the three trainers will get to save one eliminated contestant along the way.

As was revealed earlier in the summer, "American Idol" Season 2 winner and Grammy nominee, Ruben Studdard, is getting his second chance at reality competition show fame -- and a new lease on life -- as the first ever celebrity contestant on "The Biggest Loser."

Other contestants include Olympic weight lifter Holley Mangold, who hopes the show will help whip her into fighting shape for the 2016 Olympic games, and Rachel Frederickson, a former nationally ranked Olympic swimmer who gave up her career and scholarships to pursue a relationship that fell apart.


Here are the 15 "Biggest Loser" Season 15 contestants, hoping to win their "Second Chances":

Fernanda Abarca (3D Animation Artist/Cake Sugar Artist), 32, Montrose, Calif.

Craig Arrington (Warehouse Supervisor for Pharmaceutical Company), 30, Wilson, N.C.

Chelsea Arthurs (Clinical Research Professional/Event Planner), 28, Raleigh, N.C.

David Brown (Project Manager for Construction Company and Social Commerce Leader for Phone Company), 43, Edmond, Okla.

Rachel Frederickson (Voice-over Artist), 24, Los Angeles, Calif.

Hap Holmstead (Sales Consultant/Entrepreneur), 26, Pleasant Grove, Utah

Matt Hooper (Retail Manager), 38, Georgetown, Mass.

Holley Mangold (Olympic Weightlifter/Caterer), 24, Columbus, Ohio

Jennifer Messer (Clerk/Bookkeeper), 42, Abingdon, Va.

Tumi Oguntala (Brand Strategist), 41, Clifton Park, N.Y.

Marie Pearl (Senior Staff Accountant at a Community College), 30, Springfield, Mo.

Bobby Saleem (Attorney), 28, Chicago, Ill.

Jay Sheets (Marketing Associate for a Food Company), 38, Farmington, MO.

Ruben Studdard (Singer), 35, Birmingham, Ala.

Tanya Winfield (Chief Operating Officer of a Restaurant Franchise), 41, Plainfield, Ill.

"The Biggest Loser" Season 15 premieres Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. on NBC.
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