People have had plenty to say about Bachelor Season 14’s Jake Pavelka, but no one could fault the controversial pilot for his traditionally handsome good looks. Looks like those good looks run in the Pavelka family, as Jake’s cousin Jessie Pavelka has just been announced as one of the two new trainers being added for Season 16 on The Biggest Loser!
Jessie and Jennifer Widerstrom are the two new faces that will replace the recently departed Jillian Michaels. E! News sources say the celeb trainer chose to “distance her name” from the NBC weight loss competition after the shocking weight loss of Season 15 winner, Rachel Frederickson. “She wasn’t happy with how last season went,” the insider claimed, referring to Rachel’s controversial 155-pound slimdown.
But despite the negative press surrounding last winter’s results, the network execs and the incoming trainers are looking forward to adding a new flavor to the long running show.
"We are excited to welcome Jessie and Jen into The Biggest Loser family, and know they will be valuable players on this life-changing show that continues to inspire millions of people to embrace a healthy lifestyle," NBC exec Paul Telegdy. "We look forward to viewers meeting them and to revealing more great changes we have in store for the new season."
If Jessie’s face seems familiar — beyond the obvious comparison to his cousin (and Vienna Girardi’s ex) — that’s probably because he’s had plenty of TV experience. The 31-year-old fitness model and trainer has had small roles on shows like Friday Night Lights and Lifetime’s original movie, 12 Men of Christmas. But aside from his acting work, he’s also competed on American Gladiators, and is the lead female trainer for InterContinental Hotel Group’s new Even wellness line.
We can’t wait to see what Jessie brings to the show. Just don’t hold out for any cameos from his cuz… these two have actually never even met!
Biggest Loser premieres Thursday, September 11 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Source: E! News