The Biggest Loser Comes to Asia

The Biggest Loser Asia is coming to Asia for the first time and Fitness First is its major sponsor.  Fitness First clubs around Asia (Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia) will be exclusive venues for the live screen test auditions for participants who want to be part of the show. In the Philippines, LIVE screen test auditions were held at Fitness First at SM Megamall from August 15-16, 2009.

Since its debut in 2004 in the US by NBC reality television, The Biggest Loser has become a worldwide hit viewed by millions, airing in over 90 countries and produced in 25 countries. This is the first reality show where obese contestants are challenged and encouraged under guided expert supervision to undergo strenuous physical and mental training in order to shed kilos. The one who loses the most weight not only wins a grand cash prize of USD 100, 000 but also gains a healthier and better quality life!

Produced by Imagine Omnimedia (producers of Contender Asia) for the Hallmark Channel in Asia, Biggest Loser Asia will help change the lives of obese Filipinos who want to take up the challenge of shedding bad lifestyle habits and embracing healthier ones. The Biggest Loser Asia will not just look into the physical challenges of the contestants’ personal journeys but also their emotional and psychological trials and tribulations as they lose the kilos while inspiring and empowering others to do the same.

When my girl C2 and I got to Fitness First, we were met by a long line of applicants, all looking like they really could lose all that extra weight but looking hopeful as well that they would be chosen as one of the wanna-be losers.


Applicants were ushered into THE screen test room in batches of 6. They were told that the panel of judges could ask them any questions like  why they joined The Biggest Loser or even personal questions that could have contributed to their obesity or desire to lose weight.

Simon Flint and Mark Ellis of Fitness First brief the applicants

Simon Flint and Mark Ellis of Fitness First brief the applicants

Here are some snippets from a jolly group of guys who I thought were friends since they were very animated as they sat around waiting for their turn.  But they all just met each other on that day.

And I did an ambush interview with actress Ruby Rodriguez, who I chanced upon also lining up:

The show is expected to come out on TV by end of this year. Watch for it and see who becomes the biggest Asian LOSER!


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. toni
    Aug 18, 2009 @ 22:03:51

    I love watching The Biggest Loser on the Hallmark channel. It’s a reality show that at least I know really benefits its contestants. 🙂 Can’t wait to see this Asian edition!


  2. Ashley
    Nov 09, 2009 @ 10:24:53

    i’ve been watching biggest loser since its started… and im happy that they are now around the globe to help overweight people. I will support ruby rodriguez since i knew that he auditioned… I will pray that Filipino is the first biggest loser asia


  3. christine white
    Jan 16, 2010 @ 13:41:00

    Hi Jane! Just passing by you’re awesome blog here and I’m surprised to see a photo of my family and I here. I’m on the sixth photo. Anyways, add me on Facebook!

    @Christine – Oh! So that is you! Wow, I’m glad you found me.


  4. Hanna
    Mar 12, 2010 @ 15:50:30

    Happy that David Gurnani is the very first Biggest Loser Asia. He walked away with US$100,000 (RM350,­000) and a Renault car. Who will be next ?


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