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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Anyway, last night began with host Alison Sweeney wishing the Final Four well as they headed home with a DVD in hand. After showing them all greeting their families, they showed each of them watching the DVD of their journey. It was particularly painful to watch Ada’s while her mom burst into tears, not realizing how much pain they have caused Ada for most of her life. Ada’s dad even told her he loves her….yikes, now I have to take back those “douche” comments I made in an earlier post. But hey, I’m just glad her parents have a less-evil side.

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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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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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