Although it's always lovely to see Alison Sweeney on the Biggest Loser ranch, her appearance is always marked by a temptation or challenge. This week, she tells the contestants that for one day, they'll have to eat every meal in the temptation room because the kitchen will be closed. At the end of the day, the person who eats the most calories will cast the single vote for the week. The catch: That person must stay above the yellow line. Otherwise, the power will be lost and voting resumes as normal...
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Don't let all the good feelings fool you: for all the teamwork — and even romance — on the Biggest Loser, host Alison Sweeney tells TVGuide.com there was "definitely some friction" during filming this season. "Let's not forget Michael's choice of teams, the elimination of Stephanie, and Melissa's strategy" the 33-year-old says. She also talked about why Stephanie's surprise elimination wasn't a surprise to her and why she doesn't play favorites.
TVGuide.com: Were you surprised at how much of a game-player Melissa was?
Alison Sweeney: At this point, I'm never surprised to see a game player. People watch reality TV, most of our contestants are fans of Biggest Loser before they join the show, and at that point, it's just a personal choice how to play the game. Melissa chose her path, and that's...
It's been exactly three months since entering the Biggest Loser ranch and the stakes are getting high. Alison reveals yet another twist that can result in immunity for the week with the push of a button. As Ali presses it, lights go on, sirens go off and the scale is revealed. The first player to lose two percent of their body weight gets the reward, but the trick is, a contestant can only press the button to weigh-in once. So it's essentially a guessing game. Everyone is shocked when after only a short amount of time working out, Victoria takes her shot at immunity. She steps on the scale needing to lose 6 pounds, but doesn't do it.
We're down to the final four, folks, and only three contestants will make it to the live finale. The first few minutes of this week's episode featured flashbacks from Week 1 on campus. But now it's time for Danny, Rudy, Liz and Amanda to head home for 60 days to finish up their journey there.
Alison Sweeney has a plum hosting gig (The Biggest Loser) and a role on a long-running soap (Days of Our Lives), but neither brings her as much joy as the work she does with Feeding America, the country's leading non-profit hunger-relief charity. "I was introduced to Feeding America through Biggest Loser, and I've been lucky and so proud to work with them," Sweeney tells TVGuide.com. "It's such a great organization and they show what a big difference we can all make in people's lives just with our time." Sweeney recently hosted the Hallmark Celebri-Tree Holiday Open House benefiting Feeding America at her L.A. home and tells us more about the event and how we can all contribute to the cause.
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The Biggest Loser has had its share of inspirational success stories, but this cycle aims for a whole new level of drama. This season is all about "second chances": Abbey, who lost her husband and children in a tragedy, and Daniel, the former heaviest contestant in Biggest Loser history, returning to finish the journey he began, are among this season's contestants. Alison Sweeney, soap star and host of the reality weight-loss series, shared her thoughts about Season 8 with TVGuide.com and explained why health and fitness have become so important in her own life.
TVGuide.com: This season's theme is "second chances." What sets it apart from the past seven seasons?
Alison Sweeney: Each season is a different experience [because] it's all based on the contestants. We're saying "second chances" because it's just that — the Biggest Loser campus is a second chance at life and health for them. And [former contestant]...
Alison Sweeney may already be known as the devious Sami on Days of Our Lives, but these days she's taking her other job as host of NBC's The Biggest Loser one step further by challenging herself to new fitness goals with EA SPORTS Active for Wii. New mom Sweeney opened up to TVGuide.com about how The Biggest Loser has had an epic season, how the contestants have inspired her to lose the baby weight quickly and what advice she has for other busy moms trying to stay fit.
TVGuide.com: You're a busy woman these days. Tell me about the EA SPORTS Active product you're working with?
Alison Sweeney: It's fantastic because it's not just the workout — it's a whole journal that you do so you really get a sense of the entire health picture. It's a trainer in a box and the nice thing about the workout is that it's interactive, so it makes sure you're challenging yourself and trying to be as fit as you can. I'm trying to get back into shape after my pregnancy so...
The Biggest Loser's Alison Sweeney may be pulling double duty as host of the hit weight-loss show and mom to newborn girl Megan, but she's also spreading awareness about the allergies from which 36 million people suffer. Hollywood 411 spoke to the daytime vet about her new cause. Plus: Alison opens up about being a "cheerleader" for the Biggest Loser contestants.
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Alison Sweeney's family just got bigger.
The host of the popular weight-loss reality show, The Biggest Loser, gave birth to a baby girl named Megan Hope Sanov, just before midnight on January 12th, People reports. She weighed 6 lb. 7 oz.
"It was a very easy delivery, and everybody is great," her rep, Carrie Simons, reported. Sweeney, who worked up until the last moment, was still in her hair and makeup from shooting when she gave birth.
Sweeney is married to Dave Sanov, and the couple is already parents to 3-year-old son, Ben. "Both mommy and baby — and daddy, too — are doing well," says Simons.
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Life just got a little more complicated for the hardest-working gal in showbiz. Alison Sweeney, the NBC darling who is currently doing double duty as a star of Days of Our Lives and the host of The Biggest Loser, is pregnant with her second child, due Jan. 20. Days has yet to announce if her crazy-ass character, Sami, will also get knocked up, but Sweeney hopes she does. "I'd feel bad if the crew had to hide my pregnancy for months and months," she says. "Besides, Sami just gave birth to twins. What's one more?" Sweeney broke the news to the next batch of Loser contestants during their Episode 5 weigh-in. (It'll air when Season 6 of the series returns this fall.) "It's going to be so weird gaining weight while everyone's trying so hard to lose it," says Sweeney, who has no rest in sight. She'll start shooting Season 7 in September and host the live finale for Season 6 on December 16 when she's at the eight-month mark. Michael Logan