The latest season of 'The Biggest Loser' is about to begin. Competing this season will be a contestant from the Show-Me State.

According to the Springfield News-Leader, Marie Pearl is a 249-pound Springfield woman who tried out for, and was cast in, 'The Biggest Loser.'  Pearl will be among the contestants competing for a $250,000 grand-prize which will be awarded at the end of the season.

NBC claims that, to date, 'The Biggest Loser' has helped contestants lose "over 26,600 pounds collectively during 14 seasons of the motivational show." Former 'American Idol' winner Ruben Studdard is also scheduled to appear as a contestant, this season. The season 15 theme for 'The Biggest Loser' is "second chances."

'The Biggest Loser: Second Chances' debuts October 15 at 7 p.m. on NBC.