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: 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: 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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The Biggest Loser: thank you, elections

Last night’s “Biggest Loser” proved that this show doesn’t need to be TWO HOURS long every week. Thanks to the elections, last night’s episode was a brisk one hour long, and I do mean brisk. There were no fluffy pieces with trainers making contestants cry, no Dr. H showing contestants that they’ve added 30 years to their life, and most of all–no Alison Sweeney asking each contestant what they’re thinking as they weigh in. With that, here we go…

After eliminating Adam, the contestants were whisked off by US Marines to Camp Pendleton. Once they got there, they had to hike to their barracks, and I do mean hike–up a steep hill. They were awoken early and stretched, then ate breakfast. The breakfast was greasy french toast and sausage–not at all what they were used to eating at the ranch. Then they had to compete in an obstacle course, and the winning team would get to call their families right there on the beach. All was good except when Elizabeth on the black team passed out, which slowed them down, allowing the blue team to win. But nobody was bitter, they just helped Elizabeth to the finish line.

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The Biggest Loser: why am I loving the switcheroo?

It used to be that when “The Biggest Loser” producers messed with the show, I would get annoyed and want to stop watching. But since this season began, and started with wrenches all over the place, my outlook has changed and I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because they stopped playing that awful “What have you done today to make me feel proud?” song that was the theme for like five years. I mean, whoever wrote that can retire now, but we’ve all certainly heard it enough times. More likely, it’s the fact that they started changing things up with the yellow line and when they weigh the contestants in right from Week 1. That way, they can’t play games or mess with the weigh in at all….more below the line, pop weigh-ins, no monkeying around. So I like it that way, and when host Alison Sweeney announced that they would be going to blue vs. black as they have in seasons past, I was all for it. Let’s break up the alliances that are forming now.

So the episode began with those who fought to get onto the ranch in the first episode having a shot at getting on again. Five of them–Corey, Anna, Montina, Shanna, and Sandy–would weigh in now for that second chance. No games this time, just a straight weigh in. The person with the highest percentage of weight loss would get a spot on the ranch. Corey went first with his man boobs, those boobs that I swear are bigger than Alison’s. He lost 37 pounds, or 9.46%. Shanna lost 21, Montina 17 and Sandy 25. So Sandy was now in the lead. Anna was last and she lost 39 pounds, or 11.82%, and earned that spot on the campus.

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