The Biggest Loser is back next year, minus Michelle Bridges and The Commando.
Is that… even a thing? Say it ain’t so. Without these two the show is just Saturday morning boot camp. We’re staying in bed.
And that’s not all. The show is nixing the morbidly obese contestants and replacing them with ‘average Aussies’. And let’s be honest, average means overweight, because more than 60 per cent of us fit the bill. Yikes.
This week on The Binge, we talk about whether we’ll be tuning in for the new season.
Loser veteran Shannan Ponton is back for season 11, and he’ll be joined by Sydney-based trainer Libby Babet.
“Rather than just the people who are 200 plus kilos, we want people who are on the slide — and if something doesn’t come up now then they’re going to end up super unhealthy and overweight in the future,” says Ponton.
Yes, okay, you are beautiful people. But can you
destroy their will to live motivate the contestants like Mich and The Commando?
We don’t know much about Libby just yet, although a little bit of Insta-stalking reveals she wants to bring a ‘fresh feel’ to the show and prove that exercise can be ‘fun and uplifiting.’ And yes, there are jumping shots. Many, many jumping shots. UGHHHHH. Bring back The Commando’s tough love.
The show is shifting to a holistic approach, to seem more relatable.
Sure, it’s a reality TV show. But is The Biggest Loser really meant to be realistic? Because I know I certainly don’t lock myself in a house and train for 5 hours a day. (Actually to be honest, I don’t even do that in a week.)
Does this mean we can say goodbye to the gruelling tasks? The shout-until-they-cry approach to training?