'The Biggest Loser' Season 16 Latest News, Cast Rumors: Show Adds Former Athletes

Season 16 of the popular reality television show "The Biggest Loser" is returning huge with 20 former athletes that will try to get back to their fighting weight, according to reports.

Reuters/FileTrainers Jillian Michaels (left) and Dolvett Quince (right) take part in a panel discussion of NBC's 'The Biggest Loser' during the 2013 Winter Press Tour for the Television Critics Association in Pasadena, California (January 2013)

The upcoming season's theme, "Glory Days," is a spot on as there will be former NFL pros, Olympians and college players aiming to return to their athletic builds from years ago.

The show will also feature the expertise of the two new trainers: Jessie Pavelka, fitness expert and TV host, and Jennifer Widerstrom, who is set to replace Jillian Michaels. Fans will also see trainer Dolvett Quince and Alison Sweeney return as hosts.

This forthcoming season will also offer a new kind of twist. Contestants who are eliminated will be trained with Bob Harper in a place called "Comeback Canyon" for chance to return to the main show.

As stated from NBC's press release, the full lineup of this season's contenders are as follows:

  • Jordan Alicandro – 32, regional sales manager, British Columbia
  • Rondalee Beardslee – 28, nursing student, Michigan
  • Blake Benge – 18, student, California
  • Howard Carter – 46, car salesman, Nevada
  • Toma Dobrosavljevic – 33, senior project manager, Illinois
  • Zina Garrison – 50, coach, Maryland
  • Rob Guiry – 26, head coach, Massachusetts
  • Gina Haddon – 41, makeup artist/photographer, Texas
  • Lori Harrigan – 44, head of security, Nevada
  • Vanessa Hayden – 32, child welfare specialist, Florida
  • Sonya Jones -31, PE coach/teacher, Illinois
  • Chandra Maple – 26, optometric technician, Kansas
  • Matthew Miller – 31, entrepreneur, Oklahoma
  • Scott Mitchell – 46, bill collector, Utah
  • Emmy Lou Munoz – 32, teacher, Texas
  • Mike Murburg – 58, attorney, Florida
  • John "JJ" O'Malley – 22, bouncer, Arizona
  • Jackie Pierson – 36, clinical care coordinator, California
  • Andrea Wilamowski – 43, VP of Operation –Detroit Pride Cheerleaders, Michigan
  • Damien Woody – 36, ESPN analyst, New Jersey

"The Biggest Loser" returns to NBC on Thursday, Sept. 11