Next, the Magical Blistery Tour moves on to Los Angeles, where fans congregate on the beach. It is very windy. Sami introduces Jillian, who sprints up onto the stage. She looks like a teenage vandal in her hoodie and sunglasses. Sami cuts right to introducing the potential contestants -- Ada, Adam, and Montina. We start with Adam, who is a 26-year old non-profit manager from Santa Ana, California. He says that he's always been the heaviest kid in class, and was often ridiculed, but he had an amazing mom who saw the heart inside of the fat layers. Adam's mom died rather suddenly in July, 2009, and he's still devastated by it. She had a heart attack caused by obesity-related complications as well as diabetes, and Adam knows he's on the same path. He's determined to put himself and his health first, and knows that he won't lose the weight until he truly focuses on it. His starting weight is 402. He tells the crowd that he's ready to change, be happy, and be confident. Obesity took his mom, but he's not going to let it take him.
Next we meet Ada, a 27-year old consultant from Gilbert, California. Ada's parents are immigrants from China, and she's first-generation American. When she was two or three years old, her brother drowned in a kiddie pool and she was the only one there. Her parents had another son, who died of SIDS. Her parents had a third son, Sam, and when Ada was 16 and had just gotten her drivers license, she totaled her car while driving with Sam. When her dad saw her afterwards, he walked in the room, slapped her, and said, "What are you trying to do, kill another one?" Just hearing that story makes me want to eat for comfort! And/or become an alcoholic. Ada is still trying to make her parents proud and says that she knows for a fact that if she were thinner they'd be closer, and be prouder. Wow, Jillian is going to have a field day with this one. Ada's starting weight is 258 pounds.
Finally there's Montina, a 35 year old professional singer. She's a background singer for Beyonce -- whoa! -- and has been for seven years. Montina has been singing since she was a toddler, and spent her life chasing a dream. However, the music business is rough when it comes to image, and being overweight was a problem. It was painful for Montina to hear that she wasn't marketable. She's sick of being in the background, and would like her body to be not quite so bootylicious. Montina's starting weight is 287 pounds. She tells the audience that it's time for her to make a change.