Season 15 of The Biggest Loser premieres in just one week! We can't wait to see trainers Bob, Jillian, and Dolvett back on the ranch and get to know a new crew of inspiring contestants. As always, this season is bringing a number of new twists and exciting things to look forward to. Here's a sneak peek at what you can expect come Oct. 15.

By Lizzie Fuhr, POPSUGAR
October 15, 2013
NBC

Season 15 of The Biggest Loser premieres in just one week! We can't wait to see trainers Bob, Jillian, and Dolvett back on the ranch and get to know a new crew of inspiring contestants. As always, this season is bringing a number of new twists and exciting things to look forward to. Here's a sneak peek at what you can expect come Oct. 15.

The Casting Process
Wonder what it takes to be selected for The Biggest Loser? For the first time ever, The Biggest Loser trainers played a significant role in the casting process. Hopefully, this will insure that only contestants who are both physically and emotionally prepared to make these big lifestyle changes have the chance to compete. As for whether the trainers enjoyed this process or not, Bob Harper said "it was heart-wrenching." Instead of just 15 contestants, he wished he could have invited everyone he interviewed to the ranch!

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Two Familiar Faces
Checking out the lineup, you'll see two faces you probably recognize. One is Olympic weightlifter Holley Mangold and the other is 2003's American Idol winner Ruben Studdard. Both had very different reasons for being on the show but jumped at the opportunity to compete. Holley has always been comfortable being a "bigger girl," but is planning to compete at the next Olympic games in Rio. While Holley is a proud Olympian, she explained that "the one thing that has been limiting me [from medaling] is my weight." It will be interesting to see how these fierce competitors fair this season!

At one point, you might remember that Ruben lost 100 pounds by going on a vegan diet but eventually put the weight back on. He explains that veganism didn't translate to "a real lifestyle change" for him; instead, he treated it like a fad diet. He's hoping his time on The Biggest Loser ranch will solidify his commitment to living a healthier life.

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