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Anna Kournikova Scores Gig on 'Biggest Loser'

5/25/2011 5:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

It's official, tennis hottie Anna Kournikova has signed a deal to join "The Biggest Loser" next season -- while THREE current stars of the show will be on their way out.

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Producers confirm the 29-year-old will join the show as a celebrity trainer ... but trainers Jillian MichaelsBrett Hoebel and Cara Castronuova will not return for Season 12.

Exec. producer Todd Lubin tells New York Magazine the decision to hire Anna was all part of an effort to reboot the show for it's 12th season.

We're "getting slightly away from just the tape measure, and getting into overall well being and health. That's where Loser needs to go" explains Lubin.

He continues ... "She grew up with very little in Moscow, pounding tennis balls every day when she was 5. That's the drive she's bringing to the show."

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KittyKittyKitty    

Yikes!

1247 days ago
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LongJohn69    

All she has to do is to promise that the winner can "do" her when the competition is over. Talk about your incentive!!!

1247 days ago
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justsaying    

At least they got rid of that lesbo.

1247 days ago
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Jim in Cali    

Haha the Biggest Loser, sums up her single tennis career well.

1247 days ago
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alisemaria    

AK looked so thin on BL last nite - almost anorexic and not much muscle tone. Nothing against her but they coulda made a better choice. Time will tell. . .

1247 days ago
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MojoMomma    

Thank GOD they got rid of Jillian. What a bitc*!

1247 days ago
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Jackie    

Biggest tennis loser joins biggest obesity losers....lmao America.

1247 days ago
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Scatmann    

Maybe she can take cig breaks with the contestants too... Great choice NBC! http://img210.imageshack.us/img210/1037/annasmoker35.jpg

1247 days ago
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aquanet    

The Biggest Loser just jumped the shark. This chick looks like she has an eating disorder. She doesn't look healthy- just skinny.

JIllian might have been a bitch, but she got to the psychological issues that are really at the heart of why people are as big s they are. This has been has NO credentials as a trainer and has never been heavy.

Bad choice. Just going for a name and some blonde T&A

1247 days ago
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Cujeaux    

This may provide the means of escape from that woman hater Enrique. She probably blew a lot of her money if she is still with him and is willing to do this show. She better hope she can speak proper english or else she'll only last one season.

1247 days ago
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Stupid People Hater    

The show had a good run but should end. Same with American Idol. It should have ended the moment they added a new permanent judge.

1247 days ago
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Carl    

What drive? She never pushed herself to the next level when she played tennis. She never won a major tournament and was always happier being a celebrity than doing what it takes to be #1. Great example for the contestants.

1247 days ago
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gitRdun    

Anna is a big upgrade in the looks department.

1247 days ago
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Rhubino    

Carl, do you subscribe to the Ricky Bobby "if you ain't first, you're last" credo?

1247 days ago
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FlipTheCrip    

justsaying, could you be anymore ignorant and closed minded or hateful?????

1247 days ago
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