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Trainer Bob Harper Feeling ‘Possessed’ By Jillian Michaels These Days

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Trainer Bob Harper tells us that although Jillian Michaels left “The Biggest Loser” after last season, her spirit lives on, in a way.  “I’ve gotten possessed by Jillian a lot,” he jokingly admits.  “You’re going to see me in a different way, not taking ‘no’ for an answer, getting people to stand on their own two feet.”

 The beloved Bob, who has been known to shed a tear and share a hug with an emotional contestant every few episodes, has never been easy on his subjects.  But he’s even tougher these days, to hear him tell it.  He says, “Now that Jillian has moved on and is working with ‘The Doctors,” I’m getting a chance to spread my wings in my own way.  I’ve got to do what I can for these people, as passionately as possible.” 

Anna Kournikova NBC photo by Chris Haston

According to Bob, his new, high-profile fellow trainer — tennis star Anna Kournikova — is bringing plenty of passion to the show.  “She’s a sweet woman and a really strong competitor,” he says.  However, he points out that she is brand-new to the game of helping morbidly obese people get into shape.  “It’s going to be a real struggle, I think, because it’s such a specific job.  You can come in with all the heart you want, but you also have to know what to do.”  Trainer Dolvett Quince is also newly aboard “The Biggest Loser,” which launches its Season 12 on Sept. 20.

His friendship with Jillian continues.  “Of course!” he says.  “We talk all the time.  I’m about to leave for dinner with her right now.”

Alison Sweeney Adds New Activities to Hectic Life, Including Getting Your Pet Fit

Alison Sweeney, Bob Harper, Jillian Michaels NBC photo by Mitchell Haaseth

Alison Sweeney doesn’t sound terribly enthusiastic about the two new trainers on “The Biggest Loser” this season.  Asked how she feels about the male-female duo so far, she demonstrates a side-stepping capability that ranks up there with the most seasoned politicians:

“They’re certainly different, but I was a new person at one time myself,” points out the “Biggest Loser” hostess and “Days of Our Lives” daytime TV star.   She also says, “I think the show is as strong as ever.  ‘The Biggest Loser’ is all about change and people getting their lives back.  I think we’ll see how the fans feel about what they’re seeing as it all unfolds.”

Does she like the two newcomers who are competing against popular trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels this season?

Her answer:  “They’re amazing trainers.  They certainly have an important contribution to make.”

Viewers should not expect to get a big reveal all at once about the new trainers, either.  They’re being kept mysterious.  Sweeney is doing her part.

She laughs.  “I’ve been on a soap opera a long time.  I know how to keep a secret.”  In fact, she won’t even say how much chance she’s had to get to know the pair herself.

“Every week they’re going to show a little more.  I can’t speak for the producers, but I think the idea is for viewers to see the effects of the work they put in.  They wanted America to see what they do before really seeing who they are.  I can tell you for sure that the contestants who went to train with them love them and are passionately enthusiastic about the choice they made to go with them.”

A few weeks ago, Michaels announced that she would be leaving the show at season’s end in hopes of focusing on motherhood as she wants to adopt a baby.  Sweeney notes, “As long as she’s a part of ‘Biggest Loser,’ we’re lucky to have her.  Even last week at the weigh in, I was so moved by her passion.  I know whatever road Jillian takes she’s going to be successful and put her whole heart into it.”

As far as her own feelings about changes on the show, Sweeney says, “It’s just one of those things.  These things are going to happen.  It’s like the contestants’ journeys.  At a certain point there are going to be extraneous factors you can’t control, but you can’t let that keep you from doing what you need to do.”

MEANWHILE:  Sweeney has been living the life of a master multi-tasker for years now, what with her prime time and daytime shows, plus her toddler son and daughter and her husband at home.  This year, she adds to her activities list with her “The Mommy Diet” book, and stumping for the Hill’s Science Diet for pets and its current Million Dollar PetFit challenge.  Fur real!

Her own beloved family dog, fivish-year-old rescued Boston Terrier, Winkie, inspired her involvement.  “There are crazy statistics out there about overweight dogs.  You start to say the words and realize it’s the exact same mistakes people make with their children; they associate food with comfort and love.  But being overweight really does impact the health of the pet.  They’re going to be in pain, they’re going to have low energy, it will impact their longevity.  Our vet made it clear a fitness program is vital to keep your pet healthy.”

Speaking of fitness, how are the current crop of “Biggest Loser” contestants doing, deep into filming of the season that just started to air last week?

“They’re amazing,” she says.  “The weight loss is spectacular — they’re definitely meeting and exceeding the standards.  We had people getting whistles on the catwalk because of how great they look.  You would say, ‘That person doesn’t belong on a weight loss show.'”

We’ll see.

‘Biggest Loser’ Ali Vincent Back to TV

Ali Vincent

Ali Vincent, a.k.a. “The Biggest Loser’s” first female winner, has been in meetings this week for a potential reality show on which she’d serve as host.  It has to do, she reports, with people at crisis points in life who use training for triathlons and other vigorous athletic competitions to help them surmount their challenges.

“It could be a soldier who’s returning from war after losing a limb or someone reinventing themselves after losing their job,” she says.  “It’s not about weight loss, although there could be people who lose weight in it.”

Whether the new show sells or not, Vincent will be back on the tube come Nov. 24, as part of  NBC’s “Biggest Loser: Where Are They Now” special.  She was thrilled to return again to the show on which she lost 112 pounds — the show that launched her as an author (“Believe It, Be It”) and popular motivational speaker.

Does she still weigh the same as in those ubiquitous “Biggest Loser” promo and product photos in which she’s clad in a pink stretch tank top and black spandex bike pants?

“I weigh 125-130 pounds depending on the day, so it’s not that different in weight,” she tells us, “but I was so much more toned when I won.  I’d been training so much, I was hard core.  I won’t be like that again unless it’s right before I do a triathlon myself.”  Vincent, who has run marathons — including the Boston — says she wants to do an Iron Man triathlon.  ‘It’s on my bucket list, and it’s something I’ll put out there for 2012 if I’m not pregnant.  I have plans for a baby, so we’ll see.”

She also says she’s in love, and that she recently moved from Arizona to Spokane, Washington to be near her sister, a pilates instructor.

“My sister and I are working on different types of workouts — in-flight workouts, workouts you can do while traveling, even during airport layovers.  We’ll do them as podcasts people can download.  That’s in its beginning stages.”

She adds, “I get to be with my niece and nephew which is great. I’m only going to be the cool aunt so long.”