'The Biggest Loser' Celebrity Prospects

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Though "The Biggest Loser" has yet to feature a slew of celebrities, they have dappled in high-profile contestants with Olympic weightlifters Rulon Gardner and Emily Joy. It seems the natural next step would be to bring on an even bigger name to join in the weight loss journey.

Contestants who prove successful on "The Biggest Loser" become celebrities in their own right as we follow them week to week and get to know them in the national television spotlight. The individuals who cast the contestants on the show seem to look for the same thing you might find in any celebrity: charisma, charm, personality, and perseverance.

It also makes sense that celebrities who have struggled with their weight might welcome the opportunity to change their lifestyle and emerge a slimmer version of their former selves. Nobody is held up to public scrutiny like celebrities, and it seems everyone likely strives to improve their health and longevity.

This is not to suggest something along the lines of VH-1's "Celebrity Fit Club," which was a watered down version of "The Biggest Loser" at best. "Celebrity Fit Club" did not push contestants to change themselves or their lifestyle. Compared to "The Biggest Loser," "Celebrity Fit Club" was a walk in the park.

One of the positive aspects of "The Biggest Loser" is also that the contestants are relatable. They remind you of the guy who does your taxes or the woman who lives next door. This would be lost in a cast of all celebrities, but it would still be fun to throw one or two high-profile contestants in the mix.

Here are some celebrity candidates that might be fun to follow, and benefit from, "The Biggest Loser":

Abby Lee Miller - If you watch "Dance Moms" you know Abby Lee Miller. Abby is the plus-size queen bee of the Abby Lee Dance Company featured on Lifetime's hit show. Abby is tough on her students - and their moms - and expects nothing short of perfection. Though she has always seemed an imposing force to be reckoned with, Abby broke down in tears on the last episode of the season. Perhaps she would feel better if her body were as strong as her personality. Besides, what fan of "Dance Moms" wouldn't love to see Abby Lee Miller put through a workout on "The Biggest Loser"?

Carnie Wilson - Member of the vocal group Wilson Phillips, Carnie Wilson has been very public about her struggle with her weight. Wilson actually appeared on "Celebrity Fit Club" and recently ventured onto a number of talk shows discussing her second weight loss surgery. Carnie Wilson clearly desires to be healthy and slimmer, but success seems to continue to elude her. "The Biggest Loser" might be exactly what she needs to finally come out on top.

Jorge Garcia - If the name sounds familiar, but you can't quite place it, Jorge Garcia was Hurley on television's "LOST" and is now featured on the show "Alcatraz." How many millions likely thought of this fellow, "great hair, great smile, great personality . . . if only he would lose some weight." Garcia has recently gone vegan in an attempt to lose weight, but has not been successful. Perhaps he should set his sights on "The Biggest Loser" with fellow vegan Bob Harper at his side.

Melissa McCarthy - Best known for her role on television's "Mike & Molly" for which she has an Emmy, and the movie "Bridesmaids," which earned her an Academy Award nomination, Melissa McCarthy has proven to everyone the you don't need to be thin to be successful in Hollywood. And yet she admits she is trying to lose weight and considers it a work in progress. With her quick wit and general likeability, it's hard to image anyone would be more enjoyable to watch on "The Biggest Loser" than McCarthy.


Us Weekly, "5 Things You Don't Know About Alcatraz's Jorge Garcia" tv.yahoo.com

Corinne Heller, "Melissa McCarthy talks weight loss struggle, cheerleading past," ontheredcarpet.com

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