NBC reveal identities of 'The Biggest Loser: Families' contestants
By Reality TV World staff, 08/28/2008
NBC has revealed the identities of the eight teams of two who will be competing on The Biggest Loser: Families, the sixth season of the reality weight-loss series scheduled to premiere Tuesday, September 16 at 8PM ET/PT.
Similar to last season's The Biggest Loser: Couples edition, The Biggest Loser: Families will begin with the team members initially competing and be eliminated together before later switching to individual gameplay.
Four of the teams feature husband and wife pairs while the other four are comprised of parent and child pairs.
"We really wanted to keep it the core family, keep it the nuclear family," The Biggest Loser executive producer Mark Koops told Reality TV World recently. "I think there's a lot of takeaway for everybody who's watching the show to take back and use it in their own family's lives."
And as the name implies, "family" will be a big theme throughout the season, according to Koops.
"Family is the key theme throughout the episodes," said Koops. "It's not just that they're related, but we really play the family dynamic throughout the series."
Unlike earlier The Biggest Loser editions, The Biggest Loser: Families' contestants all learned of their selection directly from trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels, who traveled to each team's hometown and personally surprised the contestants with news of their selection.
Another more significant change will come at the weight-in scale, where the producers decided to attempt to curtail what had been one of the show's increasingly common gameplay elements: throwing a weigh-in by intentionally gaining weight.
"I think the one thing we practiced and preached before this season was play the game hard, but don't play the game with the scale," said Koops. "Do the best you can every week on the scale, and let the game come secondary. The contestants this season really took that to heart."
The eight teams competing on The Biggest Loser: Families -- as well as their NBC-supplied bios -- are:
Renee Wilson and her daughter Michelle Aguilar
Renee is a 46-year-old event manager. Michelle is a 26-year-old assistant director. Both live in Ft. Worth, TX.
Tom Desrochers Sr. and his son Tom Desrochers Jr.
Tom Sr. is a 42-year-old cab driver. Tom Jr. is a 22-year-old cab driver. Both live in Everett, MA.
Shellay Cremen her daughter Amy Cremen
Shellay is a 51-year-old stay-at-home mom from Royal Oak, MI. Amy is a 26-year-old purchasing department representative from Auburn Hills, MI.
Jerry Skeaback his daughter Coleen Skeaback
Jerry is a 51-year-old police sergeant. Coleen is a 23-year-old receptionist. Both live in Cleveland, OH.
Ed Brantley and his wife Heba Salama
Ed is a 31-year-old chef. Heba is a 30-year-old pharmaceutical sales representative. They live in Raleigh, NC.
Brady Vilcan and his wife Vicky Vilcan
Brady is a 36-year-old pharmacist. Vicky is a 37-year-old anesthetist. They live in Houma, LA.
Adam Capers his wife Stacey Capers
Adam is a 39-year-old contracts manager. Stacey is a 33-year-old contract pricing analyst. They live in Gainesville, VA.
Phillip Parham and his wife Amy Parham
Phillip is a 41-year-old real estate agent. Amy is a 40-year-old real estate agent. They live in Greer, SC.