Craig Arrington's life-long battle with obesity began at the age of 10 after he lost his father to a heart attack. But thanks to The Biggest Loser, he is feeling lighter both on the scale and in his heart.
"It felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders," Arrington, told reporters Wednesday of visiting his father's grave after being eliminated from the NBC show. "I really felt for the first time he was proud of me and I couldn't wait for him to see me."
Arrington, 30, arrived at the Biggest Loser ranch with a lot of guilt for having allowed himself to get to 385 lbs., but after being saved by his trainer Jillian Michaels when he was eliminated the first week, the warehouse supervisor began to find the inner-strength needed to be successful on his weight-loss journey.
You can't blame it on the champagne. Mariah Carey sipped non-alcoholic sparkling cider during a radio interview on Tuesday, but she didn't hold back when asked about her time as a judge on American Idol admitting, "Honestly, I hated it."
The singer, who butted heads with fellow judge Nicki Minaj on the most recent season of the reality show, told Hot 97's Angie Martinez, that the experience wasn't at all what she thought it would be like when she signed on.
"I thought it was going to be a three-person panel," she admitted, thinking she'd have fun working with her longtime friend Randy Jackson. "But it wasn't that."
Alison Sweeney is the host of NBC's The Biggest Loser, the award-winning star of Days of Our Lives, and author of The Star Attraction and The Mommy Diet. She's also a director, producer, wife and mom. Like she has for the past three seasons, Alison will blog each week about the latest episode of The Biggest Loser. Follow her on Twitter: @Ali_Sweeney
This week started out particularly fun because we had Sam Kass, the executive director of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative and senior policy advisor on nutrition, on the Biggest Loser set to talk with the contestants about nutrition and to lead them in a cooking challenge. I could not love Sam more. He's so passionate about nutrition and about combatting childhood obesity.
It's a lazy Sunday for most of Springfield, Mo., but not for Keith Urban. Having just bused in from his show in Oklahoma City the night before, the singer is trying to work in both a photo session and his second video shoot in two days before heading to tonight's show, the 30th stop on his 58-city Light the Fuse tour.
Later in the week, he's due back in L.A. to continue taping his second season of American Idol, all while promoting his latest album, Fuse.
Still, Urban, 46, can't help but notice the bright blue October sky and the sunlight spilling across the trees outside. He pauses to share the moment with his wife of seven years, Nicole Kidman, back home in Nashville.
Daughtry's new album, Baptized isn't being released till Nov. 19, but the band is giving fans the chance to listen to it online a week early.
The album, which features the singles "Waiting for Superman" and "Long Live Rock & Roll," is being streamed on Vh1, but you can listen to it right here!
It's the first new music from the band (which has undergone some lineup changes) in two years.
It's not easy to keep the romance alive when you're miles apart, but Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman work hard at making their relationship strong despite their hectic schedules.
The country star and American Idol judge, appearing on Monday's The Ellen DeGeneres Show, happily reveals just how he and his wife of seven years stay in touch.
"We just make it work," says Urban, 45, who is currently juggling touring with his Idol duties, while Kidman, 46, is shooting a movie in London. (The couple's two kids, Sunday, 5, and Faith, 2, are in the U.K. with Kidman.)
"We never text, we never email," he says. "Phone calls only, which I really love that."
He then owns up to DeGeneres that he and Kidman occasionally send other messages.
Kelly Clarkson is married!
After plenty of speculation about whether she and fiancé Brandon Blackstock would elope after they canceled their original wedding plans, Clarkson confirmed the happy news via social media on Monday, Tweeting, "I'm officially Mrs. Blackstock :) We got married yesterday at Blackberry Farms in TN, the most beautiful place ever!"
The singer shared two photos from her big day, for which she donned a long-sleeved lace gown.
Jennifer Lopez is happy to be back in her seat on American Idol's judges' panel.
"I love this show and I'm glad to be back," the singer and actress said Wednesday at a press conference in Boston, where she appeared alongside her co-judges, newbie Harry Connick Jr. and veteran Keith Urban, for their first stop of season 13.
"Last year I went off and toured the whole world for the first time," Lopez, 44, added. "It wasn't the easiest thing to fit in this season of Idol, but I do love it so much ... I did miss it."
There was a time when American Idol runner-up Justin Guarini was on top of the world.
The 34-year-old, who came in second to Kelly Clarkson on the show's first season in 2002, remembers the days when "I couldn't walk the street without being stopped a hundred times" by fans.
But on his blog Wednesday (which had been removed but is back up), the father of two admitted that he now spends "days skipping meals in order to make sure I have enough. To make sure my children and my wife have enough."
Clay Aiken is letting his colors show.
The former American Idol finalist, 34, could be mistaken for a walking rainbow in a photo released by the Ogunquit Playhouse, a local theater in Maine. The vibrant shot promotes Aiken's lead role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat musical.
With wavy hair past his shoulders, a wide-eyed Aiken flashes a grin in the image.