With The Biggest Loser finale just hours away, New York Magazine has confirmed that tennis star Anna Kournikova will be joining the cast next season. Biggest Loser producer Todd Lubin told the mag that Anna isn't a replacement for Jillian as much as she is the right person to move the show in its new direction. Instead of having such a straight focus on a "tape measure," Lubin says the plan is to make it more about general health and wellness. This isn't Anna's first time on The Biggest Loser; fans of the show will remember Anna from an appearance she made during season 10. It was then that Lubin realized the motivation and drive that Anna is able to impart on contestants.
While there is no word on how Anna will fit in with the newest trainers, Brett and Cara, there are rumors that the two won't be back for another season. As of now, Lubin is remaining tight-lipped, but based on finale previews, we do know that there will be a "big announcement" revealed on tonight's episode. But, Lubin did tell New York Magazine that viewers can expect to see a different-looking show next season with the same core fundamentals: "Loser is about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. The idea of the show is that you watch these contestants and realize, 'Holy sh*t, I can do anything.'"