But she can be her own person." "We intentionally tried to not replace Jillian," Lubin adds, adding that producers looked at hundreds of trainers before settling on the blond beauty.One thing the 29-year-old Kournikova had going for her: She's already familiar to team; I've always been a fan of the show," said Anna in a statement today.Olivia beat out her sister, Hannah, after dropping from 261 pounds to an astounding 132 pounds for a total loss of 129 pounds.Kournikova's hiring is part of an overhaul the popular reality show is getting when it returns for its 12th season next fall.NBC has confirmed that trainers Brett Hoebel and Cara Castronuova, who joined the show last winter, will not be back next season.Executive producer Todd Lubin told Vulture that Kournikova will be different from the screaming, take-no-prisoners Michaels, holding court opposite fellow fitness guru Bob Harper and serving up her vast experience as a tennis pro to motivate the next batch of heavyweights. News that he's going to miss Jillian, but is really looking forward to working with and competing against Anna."I'm a huge tennis fan," said the trainer.The 10th Kingdom Director: Starring: Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Scott Cohen, John Larroquette, Dianne Wiest Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment Release Date: March 19, 2013 ASIN: B00B04NIZO Retail: .98 Number of Discs: 3 Running Time: 444 minutes Rating: TV-PG Buy Link: Mill Creek Direct, Amazon Review: Before One Upon A Time magically dazzled the television screens, there was an underrated miniseries called The 10th Kingdom that aired in five-parts on NBC in February 2000.With a stunning cast with Diane West, Ed O' Neill, Camryn Manheim, John Larroquette, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Ann-Margret, Rutger Hauer, and Scott Cohen, one would think this lavish event would be a ratings goldmine, but sadly it received low-ratings despite the fact that it garnered good reviews from critics and viewers.
"As a former professional tennis player and certified trainer, this is a wonderful opportunity for me to share my enthusiasm for staying fit across America's homes.I'm honored to join a program that embraces the values of a healthy lifestyle and is committed to fighting obesity."For any doubters out there, don't think Anna can't be a stern taskmaster when she wants to, Lubin said."But what's alarming about Anna is that when she really gets intense, she starts speaking Russian," Lubin noted.