The Biggest Loser: longest season ever comes to a close

Last night on the finale of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” host Alison Sweeney mentioned that this is the longest season in Biggest Loser history. Since it began shortly after New Year’s Day, I can see the math adding up. There were also 22 contestants this season.

The live finale of the show is always a big event, probably why “American Idol” decided to move its performance show to Tuesday this week–to compete head-to-head. Of course, I blog about both here, so that was annoying to me. Anyway, the first order of business was to bring out Jay and Irene, and find out who America voted to compete for the $250K grand prize along with sisters Hannah and Olivia. The winner was…Irene! So there would be three women competing for the grand prize, and Jay was relegated to compete for the $100K “at-home” prize.

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The Biggest Loser: the big merger

We’re not talking about a multi-national corporate merger here, just a merger between the Biggest Loser ranch contestants, and the “unknowns,” as they have come to be known.

Since the President’s speech last week cut the episode short, they had to finish up the weigh-in of the Ranch group. But first, they showed the unknowns working out, and Q being disrespectful to his trainer Cara and the rest of the team by walking away from a group workout. The dude didn’t feel like he was getting his “burn” and I have to be honest here–I know he walked away without saying anything, but I understood why he did it. Still, many of those around him don’t feel like he’s pulling his weight, so to speak; the same way the ranch contestants feel about big Arthur.

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The Biggest Loser: abbreviated episode

Last night’s episode of “The Biggest Loser” was cut short because of the President’s State of the Union Address, so it ended in a “to be continued” fashion, which was fine by me. So here is what went down…..

You may remember that last week the twins, Dan and Don, each GAINED nine pounds. NINE. So the rest of the ranch group was extremely annoyed with Don after they voted Dan off. Kind of like, “How dare you throw the weigh-in like that!” And who could blame them? Don tried to argue that they did not fix it, but really? Bob and Jillian were even more pissed, and Jillian, as she usually does in these situations, told Don not to insult her intelligence.

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The Biggest Loser: the masks are off

So in its third episode of the season last night, NBC’s “The Biggest Loser: Couples” revealed the faces of the “unknown” trainers–Cara Castronuova and Brett Hoebel. Man, it’s gonna suck having to write those names and trying to remember how to spell them! But in all seriousness, these two seem tough as nails. Bob and Jillian tend to have soft sides, and these two seem like they don’t have any–they both are all business.

Then they showed the “unknown” camp, and how Rulon and Justin were calling out a couple of their fellow contestants for not giving their all last week, when they lost the weigh-in to the Biggest Loser ranch contingent. They called out Q and Austin, both of whom realized that they indeed had to step things up.

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The Biggest Loser: bitter rivalry developing

It’s on. The producers of “The Biggest Loser” have now created a rivalry that goes beyond what they have had before–a rivalry between those on the ranch and “the unknowns.” They know who the competition is, but not the other two trainers or even where they are (less than ten miles away at the Biggest Loser Fitness Ridge Resort).
They promise we’ll see the faces of these trainers next week. At this point, whoop-dee-freaking-do. But the rivalry is very real. That’s because, the “unknowns” lost more weight with five teams last week than the ranch group lost with six teams.

So this week, host Alison Sweeney proposed a challenge to each group–if the ranch team lost a higher percentage of weight this week, they would all have immunity and also $10K to split among them. For the unknowns, they all had immunity anyway, so their incentive was the $10K as well as pride. And I don’t know if it was all staged, but this unknown crew is damn cocky. They proved that by sending the ranch group a few dozen donuts for temptation purposes. Poor Arthur, all 500-plus pounds of him, almost ate donuts that were crushed under their boxes that he and his teammates had stepped on. Thankfully he didn’t give in, but yikes!

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