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Anna Kournikova to Replace Jillian Michaels on The Biggest Loser

Anna Kournikova

Credit: Yahoo! Entretenimiento

With The Biggest Loser finale just an hour away, there’s breaking news that the next star of the show—and the replacement for Jillian Michaels—will be former tennis star and Enrique Iglesias lovah Anna Kournikova. LIKE WHOA. We sure as heck didn’t see this one coming.

New York Magazine just broke the news, and I can hear Biggest Loser fans all over going, “Huh?” (I’d be one of them.) I, for one, love me some tennis, so I’m curious on that fact alone, but Jillian Michaels’ sneaks are huge bad-ass shoes to fill. I really don’t know who could fill them, but a leggy blonde wasn’t exactly who I had in mind.

The announcement is supposed to be officially made tonight during the finale. And I am more than curious to see what explanation and introduction they give. (Not to mention that I am fascinated by imagining Bob’s and Jillian’s reactions to the new addition.) Still no word on if Cara and Brett will make the cut for next season, but me thinks there’s a lot of change a-brewin’ over at the ranch.

What the heck do you think about this? —Jenn

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  1. Tamara says:

    Sorry, but if she’s not a certified trainer, then that’s a really irresponsible decision to make.

  2. hakirby says:

    According to some sources, neither is Jillian Michaels.

  3. Tamara says:

    True. This seems a little more convincing though: http://www.everydayhealth.com/about_michaels.aspx

    Either way, I guess I’m of the opinion that the show, which basically made Jill a celebrity, is just trying to keep that momentum going with an already well-known name, regardless of whether or not he/she is a good choice for the well-being of the contestants. Assuming Anna is indeed the replacement. Guess we’ll see.

  4. Jaime says:

    Love it! I am very excited about the new season and Anna! I liked Cara, but I was afraid they were going to keep her. So very glad to see it’s Anna! I think she will do just fine!

  5. Alyssa says:

    I’m thinking that maybe TBL has hit its peak. I’m sorry, but I REALLY don’t agree with this decision! It seems like the producers are more interested in getting a name than they are in getting someone who’s really qualified.

    But, then, who knows? Maybe she’ll be brilliant!

  6. Tamie says:

    This choice is ridiculous they are trying to kill the show. I feel so sorry for Bob Harper he is gonna have to carry the show by him self after working with Jillian for so long. Lack of send off for Jillian upset a lot fans who said that they wont watch next season. They are erasing every trace of Jillian by redoing the ranch. they gutted the place. This shift in the show they are planning to make for more health and well-being should have been done while Jillian was still there since she was doing that behind the scenes. Again NBC sucks they totally blew it

  7. In most cases these days I hold my tongue when it comes to fit biz, because life is too short. However, I must comment on this outrageous decision. Having an unqualified lay person train regarding of how hot, blond and/or sexy they may be is dangerous and flat out wrong, wrong, wrong. Training with a qualified, certified personal trainer is really about prescribing exercise for a group of morbidly obese individuals who have multiple medical challenges.

    Most health clubs who deal with overweight populations require trainers have top certifications and a minimum of two years on-the-job training experience. Why wouldn’t the producers of this show have the same standards? Think about it my fit bottomed sisters. If you were sick and needed to see a doctor, would you make an appointment to see a B-lister celeb versus a qualified MD?

    If you agree with me, then vote with your TV remote and stop watching the show for now until they get their $hi! right again. Then maybe the network and producers will get the message that losing weight is not just about getting TV ratings and endorsements or product placement. Like you said Jenn–Bleck!

  8. It should be interesting, I wish it was a non-celebrity I like to watch how they grow and all that. But I am a creature of habit – may it will work, all I know about her is that she plays a good game of tennis, is hot, and sleeps with or slept with Enrique. I’d love to know if she is certified to train – when I worked with a trainer they were very specific on how I stood, positioning my hands on certain weights0-they new the body and what to do – will Anna? Only time will tell!

  9. cher says:

    who has she helped? where is her training background with people trying to lose weight? just because she’s an athlete, it doesn’t make her a personal trainer. i liked the fact the show was bringing on popular trainers, with successes of their own, and showing their style and skills to the world. bad choice NBC.

  10. cher says:

    and Jillian Michaels holds two professional training certifications. FYI

  11. Ann says:

    I am upset with this decision as well. I love the show for Sending a positive healthy message. What message are they sending now? If u r beautiful & blond u r qualified to do anything?

  12. Jenn (GH) says:

    Hi Jenn. Just wanted to say it was so nice to meet briefly at Fitbloggin’ and what a fun site you have!!!!

    My two cents on Anna is that I want to give her a chance. There can be amazing trainers with and without certifications. I have on the the top certifications myself and to be honest it wasn’t thaaaat difficult to obtain. My point being just because someone holds a reputable cert doesn’t mean they are awesome and just because someone doesn’t have a cert doesn’t mean they suck. While I think it would be good for Anna to get a cert (and I wouldn’t’ be surprised is they have many skilled trainers behind the scenes afterall it is Hollywood)I would like to give her a chance before making judgements.

  13. Julie says:

    There’s no replacement for Jillian. She’s AWESOME!! She’s has truly given her heart and knowledge of how to live a better life through all aspects of life along side with Bob for years. They make a great team and although I very much want to respect Jillian for wanting to move on, I’m sad to see her go.

    What I’m most upset about is NBC not giving her a bigger tribute and good-bye on the finale. I’m sure behind closed doors they gave her a party. Speaking for myself I would of loved to see something in her honor.

  14. Hey Jenn (GH)-Again, my grave concern is that the show is dealing with an obese population that has more than a few potentially life-threatening medical issues. That’s why having a well-credentialed trainer with the right and real education, experience and qualifications is crucial.

    And, yes I unfortunately agree with you when it comes to some trainer qualifications. Also, looked at your site and it looks awesome–so nice to meet you:)

  15. Amanda says:

    She is no Jillian Michaels, I miss Jillian! She is a far more knowledgeable trainer. I hope they replace Anna next season with someone with more knowledge.

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