Personal trainers Charlotte Ord and Rob Edmond join Biggest Loser – premieres January 2012!

ITV have announced that Davina McCall is coming back with a new series of The Biggest Loser in just a few weeks time.

The former Big Brother star – who is currently fronting Channel 4 gameshow series Million Pound Drop Live – will return to our screens with 14 overweight hopefuls who are desperate to shed some pounds and change their lives.

Instead of a sprawling ranch in which the US version takes place, the contestants will instead take residence in an English Leicestershire mansion and will combine a programme of rigorous exercise with healthy eating in a bid to triumph on the reality TV show.

In the first episode, viewers meet the UK’s heaviest ever Biggest Loser contestant, as well as seeing oneteam member making a devastating discovery which leaves them alone to face the trials ahead.

The series premiere will see the contestants split into seven pairs and each will have to head home and face their families and their fears in a hometown weigh-in. Davina will shake things up even more, as she sets them an opening challenge and informs the chunky hopefuls that they must run 5K to the Biggest Loser house before they even get to unpack their bags. The couple who arrive over the finish line first have immunity at this week’s while the couple who arrive last are automatically up for elimination and will face the couple who have lost the least amount of weight at the end of the week.

After the departure and then death of former trainer Angie Dowds, the contestants will instead work with veteran Biggest Loser fitness expert Richard Callender along with 2010 Personal Trainer of the Year, Charlotte Ord, and ex-Special Forces, Rob Edmond.

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