'The Biggest Loser' Season 15: Jillian Michaels talks Ruben Studdard and the trainer save


Jillian Michaels is back for Season 15 of "The Biggest Loser" and she is pumped about the new twists added to the competition, particularly the trainer save, which will allow each of the three trainers -- Michaels, Bob Harper and Dolvett Quince -- one chance to save an eliminated contestant from going home.

"It's something that I've been fighting for for a really long time," Jillian says of the trainer save. "This game is fundamentally unfair ... You can't always control week to week what is going to happen with someone's weight ... And a contestant who's been killing themselves all season has one bad week and gets sent home -- it's not fair."

Michaels believes the trainer save will help keep the contestants honest, and that they will put in the work for the trainers so they are "worth saving," rather than relying on alliances to with fell contestants to keep them from being voted out.

As for how the trainers' involvement in casting will aid the process this season, Jillian says this is the first time trainers can identify contestants they can help in the accelerated pace of "The Biggest Loser."

As for Season 15's celebrity contestant, Michaels says she doesn't watch "American Idol" and was not aware of Ruben Studdard's fame. "What I can tell you is he's a funny guy, he's a likable guy, he's a sweet guy," she says of the Velevet Teddybear. "But like all 'Biggest Loser' contestants, there is definitely an underlying pain, sadness, and anger underneath the cool, funny facade. I'm curious to see how deep those issues run, and how capable he is of managing them."

As for Ruben, he says his weight has not affected his singing career, but "the picture of optimal health" has been out of reach for him. "I've worked so hard to sustain myself in the music industry, that I haven't really paid attention to taking care of myself," Studdard says.

The Grammy-winning singer says he's looking forward to learning how to make a real lifestyle change at "The Biggest Loser" ranch, as opposed to just losing weight quickly with a fad diet. "Anything good for you, you can;t get fast," says Studdard, as he describes sending a roadie to McDonald's to get $100 worth of sandwiches.

"The Biggest Loser" Season 15 premieres Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. on NBC.

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