Biggest Loser adds Justin Bieber’s trainer

Bob Harper and Anna Kournikova will be joined as trainers on The Biggest Loser 12 by Dolvett Quince, who NBC says has served as Justin Bieber’s trainer.

NBC said in a press release that he is “an accomplished trainer who has been helping people get fit and healthy for 10 years” and “Janet Jackson has worked out at his Atlanta studio, and Quince recently went on tour for three months with pop superstar Justin Bieber, creating a workout and nutrition regimen designed to keep the in-demand entertainer in top shape.”

The press release does not mention season 11 trainers Brett Hoebel and Cara Castronuova, who have been unceremoniously dumped from the show.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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