The Biggest Loser: how gameplay makes a difference

After watching the finale of “The Biggest Loser” last night, and feeling all those heartwarming feelings for the winner and everyone else who lost a LOT of weight, reality set in this morning when I crunched the numbers. Let’s recap….oh but first, make sure to check out my review of The Biggest Loser Meal Plans by eDiets on my food blog, Mikey’s Kitchen.

First, host Alison Sweeney brought out the two contestants vying for the final spot to compete for the title, Ada and Elizabeth. Ada had been nicknamed “The Terminator” by her fellow contestants and as expected, she won the final spot in landslide over Elizabeth, who had been below the yellow line multiple times this season. So Elizabeth was escorted backstage where she would compete for the $100K “at-home” prize. They then introduced the trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels, and told them they would have two more trainers in Season 11 that they would also be competing against. How awesome is that?

Then they brought out the first round of contestants to weigh in.
Adam lost 182 pounds, or 45.27%. Nice way to start, and dude looks really good. Allie lost 74 pounds, or 22.98%. Sorry, but I barely remember her! Tina lost 72 pounds, or 27.38%; and Elizabeth lost 71 pounds, for 29.1%. Even she looked pretty good.

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The Biggest Loser: Final Four

Last night on “The Biggest Loser,” there was a small bit of redemption. Well, maybe a huge bit of redemption, and a bigger bit of even more gameplay. Here is how it went down….

Host Alison Sweeney told the contestants after the last elimination that there would be a yellow line and a red line at the next weigh-in, meaning two eliminations and the Final Four selection. Then they showed The Alliance, aka Brendan, Patrick and Frado, mouthing off about how the winner of the show was sitting in that room and that it was all working “according to plan.” Bogus!

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The Biggest Loser: the alliance is alive

Last night on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” it was makeover week for the remaining seven contestants. Not that it should or does matter, but some of these folks, errr, needed it. Anyway, after the makeovers and Mrs. Mike shedding a few tears when they all met their families backstage (except for Ada, who had a friend visit), it was time to get down to business. (Side note to Ada’s family–you guys have some serious growing up to do, and should be ashamed that you’re not supporting your daughter in her endeavor to better herself here).

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The Biggest Loser: can’t squelch the gameplay

Gameplay is part of every season on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.” It just is. Some seasons are worse than others, however, and this one is particularly blatant. Except that Frado, Brendan and Patrick have a hard time coming out and saying it.

So last week after Jesse and Aaron were sent home, Bob Harper (who seems to become attached to every contestant he works with) was pissed. He asked Brendan point blank, “I thought you said no gameplay?” and Brendan offered a lame excuse. He was pissed at Patrick too, because he thought that not only was Patrick different, but he thought Patrick was close to Jesse, which he was. Patrick admitted he wanted to win badly for his family, but Bob responded that he should want to compete against the best and biggest threats, rather than weaker competition. Good point.

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The Biggest Loser: gameplay is back

Well if you thought this season of “The Biggest Loser” was a love-fest, think again. Game play reared its ugly head again last night, and I don’t know about you, but I hate when it comes to this. Frado, Patrick, and Brendan are simply out for the $250K and nothing else. Weight loss means much less to them. Those guys are starting to resemble former Biggest Loser villains like Vickie or Melissa. Maybe it’s for ratings, maybe it’s to make us all hate that trio, but they are doing a good job of it. And I was starting to like all the changes, but the changes continue to play into the game play, and that’s what sucks.

With that, here we go. The show began with Bob Harper at the home of one of the eliminated contestants, but we had to of course wait two hours to find out who that would be, and there was an added twist of there being two eliminations. Then host Alison Sweeney offered the news that there would no longer be blue vs. black, and that they would be going to pairs. However, one person would get to pick the teams. Uh-oh. So the initial challenge that would determine the teams was this–the contestants had to sit around a table and choose menu items for dinner, and the person who ate the most calories would get to choose the teams. Of course, some of them just stuck with low-cal fare, while others, like Brendan, pigged out to the tuen of like 3500 calories. Lisa ate salad and such but then pigged out at dessert, something that infuriated Bob later on. That came after Lisa said she was 60/40 in favor of wanting to stay on campus. Say what? That also infuriated Bob.

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