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The Biggest Loser kicked off its 15th season last night with its biggest contestant to date.

Not literally. Though not that far from it, either.

Former American Idol champion Ruben Studdard became the show's first-ever celebrity competitor, but the Alabama native isn't appearing on the series as any kind of publicity stunt: the singer's weight recently ballooned to 462 pounds.

"I just want to be Ruben Studdard. I’m tired of being ‘Big Ru,'" he told trainer Dolvett Quince of why he's joined the cast. "Since I was 11 years old, it’s always been B-I-G in front of my name. And my mama didn’t name me ‘Big.’”

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Is Tara Costa, a Biggest Loser fan favorite, being sued for putting on weight again?

When she took part on the NBC show in 2009, Costa was a fan favorite, sweeping challenges almost every week and ending the season in second place.

Tara Costa Pics

She lost 155 pounds (seriously), and was so popular, she even came back to compete against players in a one-off challenge in 2011 (which she also won).

That popularity led to business deals, and therein lies her current conundrum.

FC Online Marketing Inc., which owns ILoveKickboxing (dot) com, signed her to a deal that included a guarantee that Costa maintaining her weight loss.

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Danni Allen is your new Biggest Loser winner.

The 26-year old advertising executive banked a cool $250,000 this week after shedding a ridiculous 121 pounds during her run on the NBC series.

Danni Allen Wins!

"I’m on cloud nine right now," Allen told OK! not long after taking home the title. "I’m so excited and my heart is racing so much. I sound like a blabbering idiot."

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The Biggest Loser isn't simply returning with new episodes in January. It's bringing back an former favorite and focusing on an issue that plagues the nation.

That's right, Jillian Michaels - who exited the NBC competition in 2011 in order to focus on her new family - will once again be the head trainer next year, but this time she will be barking orders at a cast of 13-17-year olds, as The Biggest Loser tackles the issue of childhood obesity.

Cue that fist pump, Michelle Obama!

Jillian Michaels Close Up

Michaels will join trainers Bob Harper and Dolvett Quince on a season that will feature three teams, each comprised of adults and one teen. The younger contestants will play a role in the success of their squads, but will not be eligible for elimination.

“As a former overweight teen, I know firsthand how dramatically weight issues can affect every aspect of a child’s life,” said Michaels. ”Having recently become a mother of two, I am more passionate than ever about helping empower children and families with the information and resources they need to live a healthier life.”


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The Biggest Loser: No Excuses was a season full of unexpected twists and turns ... but, well, few excuses. At the end of the day, the final three stepped on the scale.

With Mark Cornelison and Buddy Shuh, who quit just before the finals, and Joe Messina, who quit earlier in the season, ineligible, the field was narrowed a bit.

In their absence, fan favorites Chism Cornelison, Emily Joy and Cassandra Sturros took to the stage with 11 other contestants to show off their new figures.

That was for the at-home prize of $100,000.

  • Jeremy Britt, Biggest Loser
  • Jeremy Britt, The Biggest Loser

Mike Messina won the at-home prize by losing a total of 160 lbs., or 44.69 percent of his body weight. He beat out Cassandra Sturos (who lost 92 lbs., or 38.49 percent) and her friend Emily Joy (who lost 102 lbs. lost, or 38.64 percent).

The grand prize came down to single mom Conda Britt, 24, her brother Jeremy Britt, 22, and former pro-wrestler Kim Nielsen, 38. The weigh-in results:

  • Conda went from 294 lbs. to 179, a loss of 115, or 39.12 percent of her body.
  • Kim went from 252 lbs. to 134, a total weight loss of 118 or 46.83 percent.
  • Jeremy went from 389 lbs. to 190 for a weight loss of a whopping 199, which is 51.16 percent of his previous body weight.

That makes Jeremy Britt, who is now half the man he used to be, but only literally, the winner of The Biggest Loser and $250,000! Well done man!

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Almost seven months after suffering severe injuries in a fall, Sam Poueu exchanges vows yesterday with Stephanie Anderson.

The former Biggest Loser contestants got married in San Francisco, the bride confirmed on her wedding website, adding that she wore a Vera Wang gown and "wept tears of excitement, relief, joy," while feeling like the "most beautiful woman" the first time she donned the dress.

Sam Poueu and Stephanie Anderson

In September of last year, Poeueu fell from a four-story building and underwent number surgeries, along with extensive rehabilitation. He now works as Biggest Loser Fitness Ridge Resort in Malibu, California.

Poueu proposed to Anderson about a year prior to his accident, during a taping of an episode of The Biggest Loser. We wish the couple nothing but happiness.

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Jessica Simpson had a busy night few watched on NBC, rewarding winners on The Biggest Loser and then judging aspiring designers on the premiere of Fashion Star.

"People across America can change their lives, and I think Conda and Kim are setting such great examples," Jess said on the former, promoting her own products.

In addition to a year's supply of BeautyMint products, the winning pair scored free Simpson-brand clothes, shoes and necklaces with diamond butterfly charms.

Jessica Simpson on Fashion Star

"Any time you get discouraged, look down at your butterfly," she encouraged Conda Britt and Kim Stone, both single moms triumphantly fitting into size 10s.

"These girls have lost so much weight and it just shows how determined they are to feel good," Simpson said. "To be able to be a part of that is very special."

Speaking of special, Jessica Simpson posed nude in Elle recently. And, last night also marked the premiere of NBC's Fashion Star, hosted by Elle Macpherson.

Featuring Simpson, Nicole Richie and John Varvatos as mentors who both meet with contestants behind the scenes and offer opinions, the show made its debut.

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