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Biggest Loser Goes To New Heights (And Weights)

Dec. 26 2008, Updated 8:01 a.m. ET

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When The Biggest Loser: Couples debuts next Tuesday, January 6, Bob Harper may no longer be perceived as Mr. Cool.

"You're going to see me at my wits end this season," Harper told Reality TV World. "This one girl tested me to - tested me more than I've ever been tested on the show. I mean you're going to see me on this show have a nervous breakdown on this girl. I watch and it was like, 'Is that me? Did I do that? Was I yelling that much?' It was definitely a challenge, man, let me tell you."

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Producer Mark Koops said the new cast includes the show's two eldest participants, the youngest male contestant, the heaviest woman, and the heaviest contestant period.

"I think that's what hopefully the show is about: inspiring different communities," he said. "Whether that be people who are, like, 'Oh, I'm retired. I can't do it. It's too late,' or, 'I'm too young. I don't need to worry about it now,' or 'My culture says it's okay.'"

Harper pointed out that two contestants underscore the problem of overweight teens: Mike Morelli, an 18-year-old student who arrived at the ranch tipping the scale at 385 pounds, and 19 year-old Daniel Wright, a student who came in at 454 pounds.

Sounds like must-see TV to us.

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