In the two-hour season premiere episode, the contestants are dropped in the middle of the desert and trainers Bob Harper and Kim Lyons dramatically skydive to the ground below about a mile away from them. New host Alison Sweeney explains that the first two contestants to reach the trainers will become team captains and will have the tough decision of picking five team members each. Sadly, they realize that means six people will be going home before the game has even begun. Once the teams are picked, the rejected contestants are heartbroken that their journey is already over. But in the new season twist, former trainer Jillian Michaels returns and the rejected contestants learn they will comprise a secret black team!.