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‘Biggest Loser’ Hopefuls Include Military Mom, Ex-Swimsuit Model

”Paying it forward“ is theme for upcoming 10th season

biggest loser logoThe 21 new contestants on "The Biggest Loser" will be "paying it forward" this season.

NBC said Tuesday that is the theme for the upcoming 10th cycle of the inspirational weight-loss reality series, debuting Sept. 21.

In the season premiere, trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels and host Alison Sweeney lead community fitness challenges in seven cities — Detroit, Los Angeles, Portland, Atlanta, Phoenix, Oklahoma City and Boston — with three contestant hopefuls in each city competing for spot on the show.

New players include: Burgandy Keel, 35, a military wife, foster parent and mother of five from Eagle Mountain, Utah; Aaron Thompkins, 29, from Kent, Ohio, the son of an alcoholic who hopes to be a better role model to his own son; Montina Cooper, 35, a Houston-based background vocalist for Beyonce; and Tina Elliott, a 58-year-old retired homemaker and former swimsuit model.

The rest of the contestants competing to win the $250,000 grand prize include:

Jesse Atkins, law clerk, 28, St. Paul, Minnesota

Jessica Delfs, bridal consultant, 27, Tucson, Arizona.

Richard Deroque, pediatric physical therapist, 54, Conway, Arkansas.

Alfredo Dinton, commodities trader, 43, Staten Island, New York.

Sandy Dolan, stay-at-home mom and student, 30, Ft. Worth, Texas.

Brendan Donovan, special education teacher, 32, Boston.

Sophia Franklin, high school counselor, 28, Germantown, Maryland.

Patrick House, sales representative, 28, Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Adam Hurtado, non-profit manager), 26, Santa Ana, California.

Allie Ishcomer, student, 22, Moore, Oklahoma.

Shanna Masten, math teacher, 38, Pima, Arizona.

Lisa Mosley, sales representative, 31, Norman, Oklahoma.

Mark Pinhasovich, bartender and recruiter, 31, East Brunswick, New Jersey.

Corey Pinkerton, life coach, 27, Fairbanks, Alaska.

Elizabeth Ruiz, medical assistant, 31, Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Ada Wong, project coordinator, 27, San Francisco.

Anna Wright, administrative assistant and songwriter, 39, Atlanta, Georgia.