NBC to Unveil Bigger ‘Biggest Loser’

Jan. 5 debut to include heaviest contestant ever

Last Updated: December 14, 2009 @ 6:34 AM

“The Biggest Loser” keeps getting bigger. After last week’s finale scored the program’s highest ratings since 2005, drawing an estimated 13.4 million viewers, NBC announced that the ninth season of the show would begin Jan. 5 with, once again, the heaviest contestant ever. At 526 pounds Michael Ventrella, a 31-year-old D.J. from Chicago, will be the first contestant to start the show weighing more than 500 pounds.

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