New ‘Biggest Loser’ Cast to Include ‘Voice’ Contestant Erin Willett & First ‘Survivor’ Winner Richard Hatch

"Some of us are already famous!"
“Some of us are already famous!”

In recent years, celebrities have been incorporated into the casts of The Biggest Loser. From singer Ruben Studdard to Olympian Holley Mangold, these famous people have been turning up more and more on the show, and it looks like that trend will continue into Season 17.

NBC has released details of the upcoming new season, which will be called “Temptation Nation.” According to the official season description, “the theme of the show will be temptation and indulgences, including not just food but electronics and shopping.” As The Ashley previously told you, longtime trainer Bob Harper will take over for Alison Sweeney as host this season, with Dolvett Quince and Jen Widerstrom serving as trainers.

Sixteen new contestants will be stepping on the scale during Season 17, and a few of them have faces we recognize from other reality shows. 

"You KNOW I'm not gonna turn down the chance to be on TV again!"
“You KNOW I’m not gonna turn down the chance to be on TV again!”

Survivor Season 1 winner Richard Hatch will appear on the new season, telling People that at 54 years old and 314 lbs. he considers himself “old and fat.” However, he insists that he wanted to be that way. He joined the show to find out why he has those feelings.

“Most fat people I know say they don’t want to be fat. That’s a lie,” he told the magazine. “If I didn’t want to be fat, I wouldn’t be fat. So, why do I want to be fat? I want to know why so I can see if there is something I can do about wanting something different – something better.”

Richard, who won the very first season of ‘Survivor’ back in 2000, is best remembered for his habit of walking around camp naked, appearing on ‘Survivor All-Stars’ and ‘The Celebrity Apprentice,’ and for being sent to prison for tax evasion.

"'Member me?"
“‘Member me?”

Like Richard, contestant Erin Willett is no stranger to reality TV. We first met Erin on the second season of The Voice, where she competed on Team Blake and ended up finishing in fifth place.

Erin, who was dealing with the deal of her father during her time on ‘The Voice,’ says she packed on 40 additional pounds during her time on the singing show, bringing her to a starting weight of 238 lbs.

Season 17 will also include a variety of family members competing on the same team. (The Ashley has a hunch that this will not last for long, given the show’s tendency to throw twists at the contestants.) The family teams include husband and wife Colby and Hope Wright, father and daughter Rob Kidney and Sarah Gilbert, and twin brothers Roberto and Luis Hernandez.

The new season of ‘The Biggest Loser’ premieres Monday, January 4 on NBC. Click here to meet all of the new contestants!

(Photos: NBC)


  1. I wish they wouldn’t have famous people on, especially former sports stars who already know about training hard. It was better when they had ordinary people, who really need educated about diet and exercise, and have big time and budget restrictions.

    I want to see real people have real journeys, not people who are already used to being on camera. That Richard Hatch guy sounds awful – he is joining the show to find out why he wants to be fat? How fake. If that’s his real problem he needs therapy, not the Biggest Loser program with it’s amazing opportunity of working with world class trainers.

    Do another season of super huge ordinary people who have been trying to lose weight for years, that’s what I want to watch. When those guys lose weight, you feel like if they can do it then anybody can.

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