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Big Vinny Hickerson, the very large half of the duo Trailer Choir, is about to get smaller. The 426 pound singer is a contestant on NBC's The Biggest Loser, which premieres Tuesday (Sept. 20) at 8 p.m. ET. While Vinny feels like he accomplished many things in his life despite being heavy, a recent health scare caused by high blood sugar convinced him he had to get healthy so he could be there for his fiancé and future stepson.
Beginning Sept. 21, Vinny will pen an exclusive blog for CountryWeekly.com chronicling his weight loss on the always grueling, sometimes brutal show. In preparation for the show and for his first blog, the 27-year-old Vinny answered five questions for CountryWeekly.com.
CW: What made you decide to audition for The Biggest Loser
Vinnie: On Super Bowl Sunday, this past February, I was hospitalized for 5 days due to an infection in my body fed by my high blood sugar from diabetes.
CW: How did you feel when you found out you had been selected as a contestant?
Vinnie: I felt as if I had won the lottery. But, this lottery wasn't about money, it was about my life. There is no amount of millions or billions you can pay to buy your life back.
CW: How are you expecting The Biggest Loser to improve your life?
Vinny: I know The Biggest Loser will improve my health, but I also believe it will make me a better person all around. It will give me more confidence than ever and help to make sure I'm around to protect and provide for the ones I love. Also, I believe God will use me as a tool through this to help strengthen other people.
CW: What are you most excited about for Tuesday's premiere?
Vinnie: The thing I'm most excited about with the premiere Tuesday is knowing that I will inspire someone to realize they can do it too. All they have to do is want it. It will do my heart so much good to know I helped even one person through helping myself on The Biggest Loser.
Check back for Vinny's first blog, with his thoughts about the debut episode of The Biggest Loser, on Sept. 21.