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Biggest Loser’s plan for increasing drama: forcing couples to compete against each other

The Biggest Loser has a new plan to make people cry, and I’m not talking about stretching 40 minutes of content into two hours. For the show’s 13th season, couples will be split up and be forced to compete against each other while being trained by Bob Harper or Dolvett Quince, as the show isn’t replacing exiting trainer Anna Kournikova.

NBC announced today that the teams of two “will not only be split up” but “will also be competing against the person they came with.” There are no other details about how that works, although you can be sure it will force as many tears from them as possible, although two of them will be strangers paired together and then split up, so they clearly have the advantage of not caring about their opponent.

The cast has also been revealed, and includes former pro wrestler Kim Nielsen and Junior Olympic weightlifter Emily Joy, the two strangers who will be paired, and Adrian Dortch, who NBC says “has been a background vocalist for artists like Seal and David Foster.”

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