Michelle Bridges and Commando are missing from the lineup of the new season of The Biggest Loser.
• Host Fiona Falkiner with trainers Shannan Ponton and Libby Babet
• Missing from the TBL franchise for 2017: Michelle Bridges and Commando
Network Ten has commissioned one of Australia’s most iconic and enduring series to return in 2017 in what the broadcaster hopes will be the most aspirational and empowering season to date – The Biggest Loser: Transformed.
Hosted by Fiona Falkiner with trainers Shannan Ponton and Libby Babet, The Biggest Loser: Transformed will see a group of everyday Australians tackling relatable weight issues and undergoing transformations of their bodies and their minds.
The reimagined and uplifting show will take the latest advancements in health and fitness to create a contemporary and goal-driven approach to transforming people’s lives.
Epic physical tests and dynamic new food challenges are part of The Biggest Loser: Transformed. But the new series will also take a unique approach to helping people transform not only how they look, but also how they think and feel.
Shannan Ponton returns as trainer in the new season. With over 20 years’ experience in the fitness industry, including as a trainer on The Biggest Loser since 2007, Ponton boasts extensive knowledge and skills in the areas of health, wellbeing, exercise, fitness, nutrition and people management.
Libby Babet, the founder of Australia’s first “entertrainment” group the BUF Girls and the athletic performance studio AGOGA, is a health and fitness specialist for everyday people and joins The Biggest Loser: Transformed as a trainer. Her approach to fitness is to make it fun, stimulating and exciting.
Eleven years after she appeared as a contestant in Australia’s first season of The Biggest Loser, Fiona Falkiner returns as host for the second time.
Falkiner will again provide inspiration, support and encouragement to the contestants of The Biggest Loser: Transformed as they embark on their own journeys of self-discovery and weight loss.
Network Ten chief programming officer Beverley McGarvey said: “The Biggest Loser is an iconic brand on Australian television and an important and enduring show for Network Ten.
“The Biggest Loser: Transformed will reposition that iconic brand for contemporary Australia by focusing on people’s minds, bodies and souls. Our fresh approach will deliver the most remarkable, emotional and relatable transformations in the history of The Biggest Loser.
“We are very pleased to welcome back Fiona and Shannan, and to welcome Libby. They make a great team for a series that will be entertaining, aspirational, informative and – above all – transformative,” she said.
Endemol Shine Australia chief executive officer Mark Fennessy said: “We’re enormously proud to be producing a fully reimagined version of The Biggest Loser for our partners at Ten.
“Although transformed, the program will retain much of its traditional storytelling heritage whilst embracing greater health, fitness, self-empowerment and physical makeover aspects for today’s fast- paced world.”
The Biggest Loser: Transformed will commence production later this year and will premiere on TEN and WIN Network in 2017. It is produced by Endemol Shine Australia for Network Ten.