The Biggest Loser Season 16 Winner

Posted by Shane on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 8:02 pm


Woody fell below the red line in The Biggest Loser Season 16 Episode 17 and was eliminated, bringing us down to a final three of Toma Dobrosavljevic, Rob Guiry, and Sonya Jones.

They rushed through just about every other episode, but now when they probably need it least is 2 hours to conclude the season. I am prepared for lots of filler, though they usually do a pretty good job with their finales.

Now we start the weigh in for the at home prize. What order are we going in? Random I guess.

Damien: 296 pounds (-92, 23.71%)
Emmy: 212 pounds (-48, 18.46%)
Lori: 210 pounds (-91, 30.23%)
Woody: 274 pounds (-124, 31.16%)
Scott: 246 pounds (-120, 32.79%)
Andrea: Andrea: 174 pounds (-70, 28.69%)
Jackie: 225 pounds (-66, 22.68%)
Zina: 226 pounds (-37, 14.07%)
Chandra: 270 pounds (-71, 20.82%)
Blake: 154 pounds (-97, 38.65%)
Mike: 249 pounds (-150, 37.59%)
Gina: 177 pounds (-65, 26.86%)
Vanessa: 299 pounds (-67, 18.31%)
Matt: 231 pounds (-155, 40.16%)
JJ: 225 pounds (-167, 42.60%)
Rondalee: 187 pounds (-93, 33.21%)
Jordan: 180 pounds (-143, 44.27%)

The Biggest Loser at home winner of the $100,000 prize is Jordan.

Now for the grand prize of $250,000. Or maybe not now but eventually since 40 minutes remain in the show.

Sonya: 139 pounds (-144, 50.88%)
Rob: 245 pounds (-238, 49.28%)
Toma: 165 pounds (-171, 50.89%)

By 0.01%, The Biggest Loser Season 16 winner is Toma.

With the move to Thursday and the continued weird scheduling, this season’s ratings have been rather lackluster. Better than last year’s doomed comedy block but not by much. It’s cheap to produce, but I’m not sure that’s enough. If it could retain these ratings on a Friday, that would probably work. I’d like to see NBC do a reality TV night with this and The Apprentice, which is still entertaining despite the fact that Trump tends to fire people who bring the least drama or who refuse to play his games rather than using the task as any basis. In any event, I’m not holding my breath for another season next year. NBC seems to have happily sacrificed this show.

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The Biggest Loser Season 16 Episode 17

Posted by Shane on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 3:16 am


After falling below the red line in The Biggest Loser Season 16 Episode 16, Lori was eliminated.

Here to promote The Today Show is Jenna Wolfe. She will workout with the contestants while pregnant, and Bob will train the new trainers.

They return to the Los Angeles Coliseum, where the season began. Their challenge is to put the weight back on and then shed it. They will run up and down thousands of steps, stopping at 16 different checkpoints where they can deposit the weight they have lost each week. Reward is a 1 pound advantage and $5,000.

With the least amount of excess weight, Sonya takes the lead. Woody’s just about staying with her at first, but he falls behind. At the 7th checkpoint, Toma manages to take the lead, and he never looks back. Rob takes his time to slowly get through the process, but he does finish what for all of them is an emotional challenge that serves as a reminder of how far they have come.

Speaking of which, their next task is to watch a recap of their progress throughout the season.

After the last last chance workout, it’s time for the final weigh in, where the top three finishers will head to the finale.

Toma: 199 pounds (-3, -1, 1.98%)
Rob: 302 pounds (-13, 4.13%)
Woody: 270 pounds (-4, 1.46%)
Sonya: 163 pounds (-6, 3.55%)

His comeback is short-lived, as Woody falls below the red line and has been eliminated. From his starting weight of 398 pounds, he is down 148 pounds to 250 today.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of The Biggest Loser Season 16 Episode 18, where we will find out who The Biggest Loser Season 16 winner is, which airs Thursday at 8/7c on NBC.

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The Amazing Race 26 Cast

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:26 pm


The Amazing Race 26 cast consists of 11 teams of 2 each with a pre-existing relationship. Oh, wait. This time, there are 6 dating couples and 5 single blind date couples. Meh. This is not The Amazing Race I know, but I guess they get points for being different.

The Preexisting Dating Couples:

Name: Aly Dudek
Age: 24
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wis.
Occupation: Olympic Athlete *won bronze at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics in short track speed skating

Name: Steven Langton
Age: 31
Hometown: Boston, Mass.
Occupation: Olympic Athlete *won 2 bronze medals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in bobsledding

Length of relationship: 7 months

Name: Harley Rodriguez
Age: 41
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
Occupation: Group Fitness Trainer

Name: Jonathan Knight
Age: 46
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
Occupation: Entertainer (New Kids on the Block member)

Length of relationship: 7 years

Name: Jeff Magee
Age: 57
Hometown: McCall, Idaho
Occupation: Airline Pilot

Name: Lyda Grawn
Age: 49
Hometown: Scottsdale, Ariz.
Occupation: Flight Attendant

Length of relationship: Known 20 years, dating 4 years

Name: C.J. Harris
Age: 26
Hometown: Tuskegee, Ala.
Occupation: IT Technician

Name: Lebya Simpson
Age: 25
Hometown: Tuskegee, Ala.
Occupation: Medical Support Assistant

Length of relationship: Known for 15 years, dating for 10

Name: Matt Cucolo
Age: 30
Hometown: Scarsdale, N.Y.
Occupation: Hairstylist

Name: Ashley Gordon
Age: 28
Hometown: Scarsdale, N.Y.
Occupation: Hairstylist

Length of relationship: Known 10 years, dating 3 years

Name: Rochelle Nevedal
Age: 29
Hometown: Kalkaska, Mich.
Occupation: Contract Engineer

Name: Michael Dombrowski
Age: 26
Hometown: Traverse City, Mich.
Occupation: Truck Stop Manager/Pro Wrestling Promoter

Length of relationship: 2 years

The Blind Date Couples:

Name: Hayley Keel
Age: 28
Hometown: St. Petersburg, Fla.
Occupation: Registered Nurse

Name: Blair Townsend
Age: 31
Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.
Occupation: Navy Physician

Name: Jackie Ibarra
Age: 27
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.
Occupation: Professional Dancer

Name: Jeffrey Weldon
Age: 26
Hometown: Tampa, Fla.
Occupation: Account Executive/Sales

Name: Laura Pierson
Age: 29
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
Occupation: Talent Booker

Name: Tyler Adams
Age: 26
Hometown: Santa Monica, Calif.
Occupation: Mobile App Developer

Name: Jenny Wu
Age: 32
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
Occupation: Blogger and Lawyer

Name: Jelani Roy
Age: 32
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
Occupation: Lawyer

Name: Bergen Olsen
Age: 23
Hometown: Sunnyvale, Calif.
Occupation: Human Resources Project Manager

Name: Kurt Jordan Belcher
Age: 24
Hometown: Butler, Ky.
Occupation: Pageant Consultant

The Amazing Race 26 premieres Wednesday February 25 at 9:30/8:30c on CBS before moving back to Fridays.

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Survivor: Worlds Apart Cast

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:13 pm


The Survivor: Worlds Apart cast consists of 18 castaways divided by collar (white collar, blue collar, and no collar).

White Collar (Masaya Tribe)

Tyler Fredrickson, 33
Current Residence: Los Angeles
Occupation: Ex-Talent Agent Assistant

So Kim, 31
Current Residence: Long Beach, Calif.
Occupation: Retail Buyer

Carolyn Rivera, 52
Current Residence: Tampa, Fla.
Occupation: Corporate Executive

Max Dawson, Ph.D., 37
Current Residence: Topanga, Calif.
Occupation: Media Consultant

Shirin Oskooi, 31
Current Residence: San Francisco
Occupation: Yahoo Executive

Joaquin Souberbielle, 27
Current Residence: Valley Stream, N.Y.
Occupation: Marketing Director

Blue Collar (Escameca Tribe)

Kelly Remington, 44
Current Residence: Grand Island, N.Y.
Occupation: State Trooper

Sierra Dawn Thomas, 27
Current Residence: Roy, Utah
Occupation: Barrel Racer

Mike Holloway, 38
Current Residence: North Richland Hills, Texas
Occupation: Oil Driller

Lindsey Cascaddan, 24
Current Residence: College Park, Fla.
Occupation: Hairdresser

Dan Foley, 47
Current Residence: Gorham, Maine
Occupation: Postal Worker

Rodney Lavoie Jr., 24
Current Residence: Boston
Occupation: General Contractor

No Collar (Nargarote)

Jenn Brown, 22
Current Residence: Long Beach, Calif.
Occupation: Sailing Instructor

Hali Ford, 25
Current Residence: San Francisco
Occupation: Law Student

Joe Anglim, 25
Current Residence: Scottsdale, Ariz.
Occupation: Jewelry Designer

Nina Poersch, 51
Current Residence: Palmdale, Calif.
Occupation: Hearing Advocate

Vince Sly, 32
Current Residence: Santa Monica, Calif.
Occupation: Coconut Vendor

Will Sims II, 41
Current Residence: Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Occupation: YouTube Sensation

Survivor: Worlds Apart premieres Wednesday February 25 at 8/7c on CBS.

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The Biggest Loser Season 16 Episode 16

Posted by Shane on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 8:40 pm


Pretty much nothing happened in The Biggest Loser Season 16 Episode 15. Makeover week concluded with an unsurprising non-elimination, and although someone at Comeback Canyon won to return to the house, they didn’t want to tell us who.

So that’s where we open up this week’s show. Bob walks through the door of the weigh in room. They are happy to see him until they find out he’s not alone. Behind him is Woody, who survived one whole week at Comeback Canyon.

Rob particularly overreacts as is his pattern. He just thought he was in the final three. A few minutes later, he realizes he’s back to the final five. Dolvett wants him to embrace some emotion other than anger. At least he’s not quitting like the bunch of whiners from a few season ago.

From his starting weight of 366 pounds, Scott is down to 240 pounds today.

Bob identifies with Rob right away. He sees himself in him. One of his first courses of action is to help him tackle a familiar obstacle, the vertical jump on to a box.

Their challenge is to row 2000 meters then shoot medicine basketballs of various weights up to 10 pounds from behind or on the free throw line. Toma is the first to finish rowing with Woody behind him then Rob, Lori, and eventually Sonya. Rob, Lori, and Toma are neck and neck. If anyone thought this was a skill-based event, Rob’s granny shots suggest otherwise. In a photo finish, Toma comes out just ahead of Rob to win a 1 pound advantage. His overhand shots arriving at the basket quicker seem to be the difference.

On weigh in day, Sonya will turn 40, which is an emotional day of regret of what she has not accomplished, despite what she may have done over the past few months.

Toma: 202 pounds (-14, -1, 6.94%)
Lori: 220 pounds (-6, 2.65%)
Sonya: 169 pounds (-6, 3.43%)
Rob: 315 pounds (-15, 4.55%)
Woody: 274 pounds (-11, 3.86%)

With his best week of the season, Toma’s advantage proves irrelevant. Lori put up what seemed to be a pretty good number and is now at the weight she was when she left the Olympic team in 2004, but she has fallen below the red line.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of The Biggest Loser Season 16 Episode 17, which airs Thursday at 8/7c on NBC.

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The Biggest Loser Season 16 Episode 15

Posted by Shane on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 10:37 pm


After falling below the red line in The Biggest Loser Season 16 Episode 14, Woody was eliminated.

It’s makeover week. With only 4 people and a 1 hour episode, they won’t have much time to spend on this or much else.

More importantly, this is the final week at Comeback Canyon, and either Scott or Woody will be going back to the ranch after it is over. Scott was not happy when Woody voted him out and took it personally.

After their makeovers, they will be in a photo shoot with Us Weekly magazine. I guess there are people who still read those things. Bob decides he won’t leave his guys out and brings Tim Gunn by to give them a makeover as well. The transformations are stunning as always.

Rob: 330 pounds (-2, 0.60%)
Toma: 216 pounds (-1, 0.46%)
Sonya: 175 pounds (-3, 1.69%)
Lori: 226 pounds (-1, 0.44%)

The contestants may look pretty, but the numbers from spending the week being made over sure do not. Lori and Toma have fallen below the yellow line. But nobody’s really going home, as Tim Gunn reveals that everybody is safe.

Woody: 285 pounds (-6, 2.06%)
Scott: ???

Yeah, they’re not going to tell us who is coming back. So basically nothing of consequence happened this week.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of The Biggest Loser Season 16 Episode 16, which airs Thursday at 8/7c on NBC.

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The Biggest Loser Season 16 Episode 14

Posted by Shane on Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 8:18 pm


Jordan fell below the red line during their first week in Hawaii in The Biggest Loser Season 16 Episode 13 and was sent back to Comeback Canyon.

Dolvett takes Rob to a waterfall to face his fears. They’re going to rapel down it. This promptly leads to another meltdown, but obviously that’s not the end of the story this late in the season. When we return from the commercial break, he agrees to try again and is successful.

Lori hops on a swing in the treetops, and not to be left out, Bob takes Jordan and Scott to climb some poles and jump when they get to the top.

Today’s challenge is to play lacrosse using coconuts while crossing balance beams. Reward is a 1 pound advantage. Toma is finding this to be pretty easy, but he is struggling to make a goal. Lori’s struggle is to complete the limbo stick toss. She figures it out, and as Toma keeps missing his shots, she starts to run away with the challenge, ultimately winning it.

Jordan: 219 pounds (-8, 3.52% - over 100 pounds lost
Scott: 242 pounds (-9, 3.59%)

By a narrow margin, Scott beats Jordan for his third win in a row.

The others head back from Hawaii to the ranch to face the red line.

Lori: 227 pounds (-3, -1, 1.74%)
Toma: 217 pounds (-8, 3.56%)
Sonya: 178 pounds (-5, 2.37%)
Rob: 332 pounds (-6, 1.78%)
Woody: 332 pounds (-3, 1.02%)

Woody has fallen below the red line and is eliminated.

From his starting weight of 323 pounds, Jordan is down 128 pounds to 195 today. He gets home in time to see his son’s birth.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of The Biggest Loser Season 16 Episode 15, which airs Thursday at 8/7c on NBC.

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The Amazing Race 25 Winners

Posted by Shane on Friday, December 19, 2014 at 8:19 pm


Following a to be continued leg in The Amazing Race 25 Episode 11, for the first time, the final leg will feature a final four instead of a final three.

Teams depart in the order in which they arrived.

First: Brooke & Robbie
Second: Adam & Bethany
Third: Misti & Jim
Fourth: Amy & Maya

So I got started watching this a little late, and I see we’re in a new country, back in the United States. I take it we’re in California now with all this talk of making movies.

There’s the hope that when you get into an English speaking country things will be easier, but for Brooke & Robbie and Misti & Jim, the self driving is proving to be a challenge because you’re not just relying on a taxi driver to know where he’s going.

The road block is to shoot a stunt scene. It’s an interesting task, but it’s not something that should make any difference in the standings.

Road block (in order of arrival): Maya, Adam, Jim

Following that, teams participate in a US Coast Guard search and rescue training exercise. If this is all that’s going to happen before the elimination, it again is not going to make any difference, so I think we can pretty predictably conclude the still lost Brooke & Robbie are gone. They haven’t pieced together any tasks where someone could make up some ground.

When Brooke & Robbie finally show up at the road block, Phil is there waiting for them. This is stupid. Here I was disappointed in the task creation, and they’re not even going to get to try, not that they had a chance anyway.

Brooke & Robbie have been eliminated. Lame. They may not have been the brightest team, but I would argue they were among the best three.

The next road block requires teams to find 9 specific containers in a shipping yard with labels (and corresponding numbers) representing 9 cities they have visited during the race, and they must put those cities in order by which they traveled to them. Now this is a task that might actually take some time. They have to find the containers, remember how the numbers correspond to the cities, then put them in order by city.

Road block (in order of arrival): Bethany, Misti, Amy

Amy & Maya are the weakest team left standing if we look at the past legs, including the last one where they should have been eliminated, but a memory task heavily favors a couple of scientists over dentists and surfers. There is no attempt to fake us out here and pretend someone else has a chance to win.

Point Vincent Lighthouse is the finish line for the race. The Amazing Race 25 winners are Amy & Maya. Misti & Jim finish second, and Adam & Bethany place third.

I was worried when this show went to Fridays, but it seems to be just barely performing well enough to stick around. It’s doing better than the tragic Sunday night lineup from where it was booted anyway. For starters, The Amazing Race 26 will air Wednesday February 25 following the Survivor premiere before returning back to Fridays.

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