It's one of America's most popular weight loss shows, and next week NBC's 'The Biggest Loser' will give another 15 contestants the chance to regain their health and their lives while dropping dozens and dozens of pounds. One of those contestants is former 'American Idol' winner Ruben Studdard. At 462 pounds, he is this season's heaviest contestant.

"I didn't go into the show thinking about having a target on my back [because I'm a celebrity]," said Studdard in a telephone interview. "Once I found out how much I weighed at the ranch, I wanted to change that. That was my only concern."

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NBC's 'The Biggest Loser' pushes people to shed pounds and pounds of excess weight through exercise and good nutrition in order to get healthy. Twenty contestants lost a large amount of weight and inches throughout the 13th season including Jeremy Britt who lost a whopping 199 pounds to become this season's 'Biggest Loser' winner, beating out his own sister Conda, and former professional wrestler Kim Nielson. 

"The most important thing I learned was hard work pays off. In the end, everything I did paid off for me," Britt said. "You never underestimate anyone especially someone like Kim. I was doing whatever I could at home to make sure she wasn't outworking me. I knew Kim was going to give me a run for my money."

And she did. Kim lost 118 pounds and showed off her new, slim 134 lb. figure on the scale during Tuesday night's finale. As celebratory as the finale was, there were a few contestants like Buddy Shuh and Mark Cornelison, that didn't partake in the festivities because they quit the show.

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Monday, 23 April 2012 11:09

'Biggest Loser' players send momma home

'The Biggest Loser' contestants on NBC's weight loss reality show had a rough week (NOT!), when they were whisked away to Hawaii where they faced the challenge of losing weight on vacation. Instead of hitting the gym, they worked out on the beach. The players even got the opportunity to learn to surf courtesy of athlete Bethany Hamilton, the surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack and inspired the movie, Soul Surfer. After the weigh in, the two contestants who fell below the yellow line and risked elimination turned out to be the mother daughter duo - Kimmy and Megan Stone. Kimmy asked the players to send her home in order for her daughter to stay; a request they willingly granted. 

"I didn't feel like I was going home to face failure because I was 11 pounds away from my goal. I felt like I wanted Meghan to have more time on the ranch to lose weight. As a parent, you always want what is best for your child. I felt sacrificing my position on the show for Meghan to stay was a no brainer," Stone said.

Stone, a 48-year-old registered nurse from Missouri admits she never watched 'The Biggest Loser' before becoming a contestant on the show.

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'The Biggest Loser' didn't just lose the contestant with the lowest percentage of weight loss this week. Two other contestants, Buddy Shuh of Michigan and Mark Cornelison of Texas, voluntarily packed their bags and went home after learning the show's producers were bringing back one of the previously eliminated contestants, yet again, to compete with those still in the game. That left Jeremy, Conda and Kim as the final three on the ranch until Jeremy Britt fell below the yellow line and was sent home.

"We had gotten word the other contestants were coming back for a chance to compete. We thought we were the final five and this was just a dagger to our hearts. It just seemed wrong," Britt explained.

"It would've been Adrian and Daphne's third chance [getting to come back]. Everyone disagreed with what was going on."

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Twenty-one-year-old Megan Stone of Missouri was pushed and pushed by her trainer, Bob Harper, throughout the most recent episode of NBC's 'The Biggest Loser.' She got up before the rest of the contestants on the show to get in an extra run on the treadmill and went to bed after her fellow contestants just so she could burn a few extra hundred calories on the stationary bike. However, that wasn't enough to keep her safe from elimination. Stone fell below the yellow line along with youth pastor Mark Cornelison of Texas. When the rest of the players were asked which of the two contestants below the yellow line should be sent home, most of the votes were cast in favor of Megan.

"All I can say is I'm bummed that I got sent home," said Stone. "Regardless of how hard you work, you could be going home. Never once did I think I was safe."

Since losing weight on the ranch and at home, Stone has been able to enjoy her passion for horseback riding once again.

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The contestants on 'The Biggest Loser' are no longer divided into teams, but rather 'singles,' each fighting to stay on the ranch just one more week. The two contestants with the lowest percentage of weight loss now risk falling below the dreaded yellow line and being eliminated. And this week that was 29-year-old Emily Joy, a teacher and former Olympic weightlifter from North Carolina, and 48-year-old Kim Stone, a mom and registered nurse from Missouri.

"I couldn't believe it; my heart just broke," Joy said. "I knew when I saw the 5 pop up [on the scale] that I was on my way home."

For two weeks, Joy has felt like she was at risk of going home.

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Twenty-five-year-old Cassandra Sturos of Michigan is now continuing her weight loss journey at home since she was the latest 'Biggest Loser' contestant to be voted off the NBC reality show. During this week's episode the teams swapped trainers, something that Cassandra's all-female black team struggled with.

"I know speaking for myself that the switch was something I just never wanted to happen, not that I doubted Dovlett's capabilities in any way; it's just Bob is my guy. He knows my quirks and everything," explained Cassandra.

The other twist in this week's show was the team with the highest percentage of weight loss could choose which contestant from the other team would be sent packing.

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Nineteen-year-old Isaac 'Chism' Cornelison of Texas was the only one on his team not to lose 5 percent of his body weight this week on NBC's 'The Biggest Loser,' which cost him his spot on the coveted ranch.

"Going into the weigh in, I was pretty confident in what I had done over the two weeks at home," Chism said.

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