Airdate: Excess Baggage

By David Knox on January 17, 2012 / Filed Under Programming 21

More details are in on Nine’s Excess Baggage.

The weight-loss show is offering a weekly prize of $10,000 for the celebrity’s chosen charity. The series’ winning team will net $100,000, being $50,000 to a celebrity’s charity and $50,000 to the non-celebrity.

Teams won’t be weighing teams on scales, but will be measured on body fat percentage, waist circumference and fitness levels using a state of the art ‘bod pod.’

There will be three episodes in the first week: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday with cricket commitments airing on Wednesday (did we mention that’s the KFC Twenty20 International Cricket?).

Excess Baggage, a series delving into the hearts, minds and bodies of eight celebrities and eight everyday Australians to help them shed their physical and mental baggage, will premiere on Monday January 30 at 7pm.

The celebrities taking part are American dancer Kevin Federline, AFL legend Robert ‘Dipper’
DiPierdomenico, singer Christine Anu, international paparazzo Darryn Lyons, Beaconsfield miner Brant Webb, comedian and actress Gabby Millgate, Australian Idol winner Kate DeAraugo and TV presenter Ajay Rochester.

The 16 contestants, who will be paired up in teams of one celebrity and one ordinary Australian, come from different walks of life but all have one thing in common: they have excess baggage and want to reclaim their lives.

The stripped series, hosted by Kate Ceberano, will travel to some of the most spectacular and remote locations in Australia, with the back drops – including the East Kimberley, Whitsundays, South West Tasmania and Victoria’s high country – just as epic as the newfound freedom our contestants will discover.

The show will also feature nutritionist Joanna McMillan, trainer Christian Marchegiani, psychologist Dr Tim Sharp and cardiologist Dr Ross Walker as judges and mentors.

Together they will help turn around the lives of the contestants, educating and pushing them to make a permanent change. There will be no forced diets and no ‘lockdown’ that removes them from everyday temptations – they will need to take responsibility for their actions.

There are no scales on Excess Baggage.

They won’t be scored on weight loss; their success will be measured on body fat percentage, waist circumference and fitness levels, and will be encouraged to gain lean muscle.
A true indication of healthiness and fitness will be achieved by using a state-of-the-art ‘Bod Pod’. This enclosed egg shaped device measures body fat percentage calculated on air displacement.

With teams undertaking challenges to gain points, one by one the bottom pair will be eliminated until one couple remain.

Not only will the contestants be eyeing the prize of a complete overhaul of their lives, but also a cash prize.

The winning team each week will receive $10,000 for the celebrity’s chosen charity. And at the end of theseries, the winning team will be awarded $100,000, with the everyday Australian pocketing $50,000 and the celebrity giving $50,000 to a charity of their choice.

Each pair will need to commit to their partner and strive to achieve excellence over the series. They’ll be faced with intense challenges and the only way to succeed is through persistence, teamwork, dedication and trust.

Meet the teams:
RED TEAM: International Paparazzo Darryn Lyons and Lisa Giammaria
YELLOW TEAM: Singer Christine Anu and Nathan Pamenter
BLUE TEAM: Renowned backing dancer Kevin Federline and Renae Pratt
GREEN TEAM: Actress and Comic, Gabby Milgate and Ben Jones
PURPLE TEAM: TV Presenter Ajay Rochester and Matthew Palmer
PINK TEAM: Singer Kate DeAraugo and Sarah Robinson
GREY TEAM: Beaconsfield Miner Brant Webb and John Rose
ORANGE TEAM: AFL Legend Robet ’Dipper’ DiPierdomenico and Lana Pilakis

Excess Baggage Week One
Monday January 30, 7pm: Excess Baggage Launch (Episode One)
Tuesday January 31, 7pm: Excess Baggage (Episode Two)
Wednesday February 1, 7pm: KFC Twenty20 International cricket: Australia vs. India
Thursday February 2, 7pm: Excess Baggage Special (Episode Three)


  1. ompman January 21, 2012 at 3:01 pm -

    What a waste of tv time this will be

  2. Woody January 20, 2012 at 11:00 am -

    This looks bad and Darryn Lyons isn’t helping matters

  3. franz chong January 18, 2012 at 10:35 pm -

    something other than More Big Bang Theory to start the year off which is a good thing.

  4. DanR January 18, 2012 at 7:17 pm -

    Those ‘celebrities’ are the new biggest losers

  5. sarah h January 18, 2012 at 9:48 am -

    I saw an ad for TBL starting next week, thought it was rushed. Now I see why.

  6. Gary January 18, 2012 at 3:39 am -

    Oh well with Nine rolling out the show for 2 weeks by the time the ratings period comes along it will have to axe it because of the poor ratings. I still think its stupid that TEN in particular are rolling out so much new content 3 weeks before it even starts. I guess Nine and Seven are waiting till the tennis is over but that is still 2 weeks of content. Seven can afford to do it because they saved all their shows by not fast-tracking them but Nine and TEN fast-tracked a lot.

  7. ben January 18, 2012 at 1:14 am -

    This looks like absolute rubbish. A cheap rip-off of the Biggest Loser.

  8. Big V January 17, 2012 at 8:28 pm -

    Rubbish. Not interested in FTA as I got a plethora of Sporting events on Foxtel in 2012 .

  9. Cleavy January 17, 2012 at 6:04 pm -

    won’t be as good as Celebrity Fit Club

  10. Andy January 17, 2012 at 4:59 pm -

    Trashy reality TV taking up primetime hours.

    And some wonder why people either a) have foxtel (when if I want trashy reality tv I can watch it done properly) or b) p2p download the quality shows when they first air OS (Homeland, Justified, Parks and Recreation etc… shows stuffed around by networks) or both leading to lower ratings across the board

  11. Rob January 17, 2012 at 4:27 pm -

    @Ryan: Biggest Loser doesn’t go off body fat but any kind of weight loss.

  12. steven January 17, 2012 at 4:15 pm -

    When i first read the forth line i read it as KFC Excess Baggage. lOL

  13. Ryan January 17, 2012 at 3:22 pm -

    body fat percentage is the only way to go since its more fair that way and thats the way biggest loser does it.

  14. darren January 17, 2012 at 12:13 pm -

    Do Darren Lyons’ eight perfectly aligned abdominal implants (featured to sickening effect in Saturday’s Good Weekend) count as lean muscle?

  15. Mac January 17, 2012 at 10:23 am -

    Just like Celebrity Apprentice, some interesting casting. I won’t be watching this one though.

  16. David Knox January 17, 2012 at 10:16 am -

    Ratings return Sunday Feb 12.

  17. ME January 17, 2012 at 10:08 am -

    david on what date does the ratingsyear begin

  18. Vicky January 17, 2012 at 9:23 am -


  19. violet January 17, 2012 at 9:07 am -

    is it a half hour show or one hour show?

  20. lone_wolf January 17, 2012 at 8:17 am -

    Given that Ajay Rochester was the host of Biggest Loser is that the definition of irony?

  21. steve sydney January 17, 2012 at 5:58 am -

    I’m even less interested now…

    charitable donations are a wonderful thing but lately it’s like the Networks are just lumping them in to pull at the heart strings and drive up audience share i.e every Celebrity Apprentice board room episode..

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