Picks and Pans Review: Brian Dunkleman from Idol to Fit Club!

UPDATED 03/31/2008 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 03/31/2008 at 01:00 AM EDT

Ryan Seacrest's first-season American Idol cohost, 36, is shedding the fat on VH1's Celebrity Fit Club: Boot Camp—for love.

YOU'RE NOT OVERWEIGHT. I thought, "Why are they calling me? Do you think I've let myself go?" But it was great timing. I needed to get in shape for my wedding [to restaurant publicist Kalea Nassif] last December.

YOUR GOALS? I was 161 lbs. (as pictured, right). I wanted to lose body fat and build muscle. This is the best shape I've been since high school.

DO YOU MISS IDOL? It was very difficult for me to watch those kids being rejected that harshly. It was something I was real uncomfortable with.

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