Jillian Michaels Quits The Biggest Loser. Again. (Again.)

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 5:33 pm

Jillian Michaels is planning to leave The Biggest Loser again and will not be appearing as a trainer during the upcoming season 16 according to a report from Us. The last two times she left the show, it lasted for less than a year before she ended up coming back.

Of course, the way things are going, it seems that NBC has completely given up on the show because it’s not called The Voice. With the awful scheduling and now dumping it in Thursday night deathslot, I’m not sure there will even be a show to come back to a year from now.

There is no word yet on who might be the replacement trainer. I don’t think they even really need a third trainer, but it does make sense to keep a female trainer in the mix.

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The Biggest Loser Season 15 Winner

Posted by Shane on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:10 pm

Following Rachel’s win at the triathlon in The Biggest Loser Season 15 Episode 14, Chelsea and Jennifer were eliminated.

Up first, the eliminated contestants weigh in to compete for the at home prize.

Jennifer: 162 pounds (-104, 39.10%)
Fernanda: 163 pounds (-84, 34.80%)
Hap: 322 pounds (-81, 20.10%)
Matt: 223 pounds (-133, 37.36%)
Chelsea: 146 pounds (-95, 39.42%)
Holley: 255 pounds (-96, 27.35%)
Tanya: 175 pounds (-87, 33.21%)
Craig: 223 pounds (-162, 42.08%)
Marie: 138 pounds (-111, 44.58%)
Ruben: 343 pounds (-119, 25.76%)
Tumi: 144 pounds (-175, 54.86%)
Jay: 183 pounds (-114, 38.38%)

Tumi Oguntala is The Biggest Loser At Home winner of $100,000. I wasn’t sure she was that much of a threat, but these numbers are huge. 54.86% is second only to season 8 winner Danny.

Now we get to the final showdown for the grand prize of $250,000. They all look like they have lost about half or more.

Bobby: 170 pounds (-188, 52.51%)
Rachel: 105 pounds (-155, 59.62%)
David: 187 pounds (-222, 54.28%)

And I thought Tumi’s numbers were impressive. The Biggest Loser Season 15 winner is Rachel Frederickson, who blows away all previous records, weighing in at just 105 pounds.

Based on the ratings for this season, it’s a pretty safe bet that this show will be back again for season 16. Eventually. Wherever NBC can find an hour or two to cram it into random weird time slots. Unfortunately, though the ratings were enough, they were relatively lackluster, down quite a bit from last season. This was a real rough season to get into, and as NBC shows it has lost interest in the show, the fans seem to be following.

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The Biggest Loser Season 15 Episode 14

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 9:35 pm

During makeover week, Marie and Tanya fell victim to the double elimination in The Biggest Loser Season 15 Episode 13.

The final five contestants will compete in a triathlon. Whoever wins will automatically be part of the finale. Is there even any reason for this challenge? It’s obvious Rachel is going to win.

Beyond that, this will serve as primarily a recap/reflection episode.

From her staring weight of 262 pounds, Tanya is now down to 174 pounds. She has decided to make a change from running a fast food restaurant to running one that serves healthier food.

The triathlon consists of a 0.5 mile swim, 12 miles of biking, and a 3 mile run. In addition to a place in the finals, the winner will receive a car. Beyond the fact that she has proved to be the best runner, this race starts off in a place where Rachel spent 10 years of her life, the water. Of course, she gets off to an early lead, and of course, David is second behind her. Chelsea is behind them in third. Jennifer and Bobby are bringing up the rear. Rachel retains her lead on the bike, far enough ahead that she can’t see the person behind her. As expected, Rachel wins the triathlon (in 1 hour and 32 minutes). The remaining places are the same as they were coming out of the water.

Marie has gone from 249 pounds down to 150 pounds today.

Having won the challenge, Rachel is immune at the weigh in. Two more people will be joining her in the finals.

Rachel: 150 pounds (-1, 0.66%)
Chelsea: 157 pounds (-7, 4.27%)
Jennifer: 182 pounds (-3, 1.62%)
Bobby: 231 pounds (-17, 6.85%)
David: 243 pounds (-16, 6.18%)

Had she not won the challenge, Rachel would have been eliminated at the very last hurdle after dominating the season so far. Instead, she joins David (who likewise has been very strong) and Bobby (who was eliminated once and then would have been voted out after that if they were smart) in the finals. Jennifer and Chelsea have fallen below the red line and are eliminated.

I would think that they would care enough to keep the scheduling simple for just one last episode. I guess not. Next week’s episode will begin 1 hour later than usual.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of The Biggest Loser Season 15 Episode 15, where we will find out who The Biggest Loser Season 15 winner is, which airs Tuesday at 9/8c on NBC.

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The Biggest Loser Season 15 Episode 13

Posted by Shane on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 8:02 pm

With the voting continuing for a second week in The Biggest Loser Season 15 Episode 12, their decision was to eliminate Jay, the least threatening player who was almost at his goal weight.

It’s makeover week. Unlike usual, they’re not going to pretend that the visit from home is a surprise. They tell them their family and friends are on a plane coming to see them.

When he returns home, Jay is able to go roping for the first time in over two years. Before, he was forced to stop riding horses because he could not safely do so due to his weight.

If there were an episode they could squeeze into an hour, this is it, but the changes they go through are great. David is completely unrecognizeable after they shave him and cut his hair, and then they chop off all of Marie’s hair, too, much to her dismay. As for Rachel, she is now down to a size 6.

After spending the week being made over, they are hit with a surprise at the weigh in. There will be two people below the red line.

Bobby: 248 pounds (-6, 2.36%)
Tanya: 192 pounds (-4, 2.04%)
Chelsea: 164 pounds (-4, 2.38%)
Rachel: 151 pounds (-4, 2.58%)
Marie: 175 pounds (-3, 1.69%)
Jennifer: 185 pounds (-4, 2.12%)
David: 259 pounds (-7, 2.63%)

Marie and Tanya have fallen below the red line and be eliminated.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of The Biggest Loser Season 15 Episode 14, which airs Tuesday at 8/7c on NBC.

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The Biggest Loser Season 15 Episode 12

Posted by Shane on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 8:03 pm

With the yellow line making its first appearance this year, Tumi was eliminated in The Biggest Loser Season 15 Episode 11.

This week, the contestants go away. They will be training at the Olympic Training Center in Utah. Though they get to see some sights and meet some new people, they’re ultimately worried that the change in routine will bring about bad results on the scale.

Rachel has come prepared. She made all her food for the week before they left, so unlike the others who can easily fall off the wagon, she should be good to go. She at least has clearly learned her lesson.

Their challenge is curling, an actual sport we’re told. They will be pushing 100 pound curling stones and try to get inside the red circle. First to 3 points will advance. Jay says he has no interest at all in winning because he is too much of a threat. Rachel has no such hang ups, and she joins Bobby in the final round. In the second heat, David and Chelsea advance. Rachel ends up winning the $5,000 prize, and not everybody is happy about it.

Bob predicts the weigh in is going to suck, and somebody is going to gain weight. That somebody may well be Bobby, who ended up binging at the start of the week, turning to food because of the pressure of being back at the ranch.

From her starting weight of 319 pounds, Tumi is down to 180 pounds today. With those numbers, she’s a threat to win the at home prize.

Their next challenge is at the bobsled track. But they won’t be going down it. No, they have to run up it. This track is 1 mile long, and the elevation ranges from 7000-7400 feet above sea level. The prize this time is a 1 pound advantage. Jay and Rachel are the only ones who are actually running. They run neck and neck until about half way when Rachel pulls ahead by a good distance. As Jay struggles to regain control of his breathing, Rachel easily wins the challenge plus a ride on the bobsled.

Becky from season 12 has kept the weight off and continued losing. She is now participating in Teaching Gardens, a program designed to teach kids about planting healthy foods.

The weigh in takes place at the Nordic Ski Jump.

Rachel: 155 pounds (-6, -1, 4.35%) - over 100 pounds lost
Jennifer: 189 pounds (no change)
David: 266 pounds (-4, 1.48%)
Marie: 178 pounds (-5, 2.73%)
Chelsea: 168 pounds (-3, 1.75%)
Tanya: 196 pounds (-2, 1.01%)
Jay: 193 pounds (+1, 0.52%)
Bobby: 256 pounds (+2, 0.79%)

Bobby and Jay, the two people who gained weight, have fallen below the yellow line. Jay has done an awesome job, but he’s at a wall with very little more weight left to lose.

Tanya: Jay
Jennifer: Jay
Rachel: Jay
Marie: Bobby
David: Jay

With 4 votes, Jay is not The Biggest Loser. He leaves 8 pounds away from his goal weight. Bobby is the bigger threat, except in the triathlon, but they want to keep him around because he is struggling.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of The Biggest Loser Season 15 Episode 13, which airs Tuesday at 8/7c on NBC.

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The Biggest Loser Season 15 Episode 11

Posted by Shane on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 1:31 am

It’s been a few weeks since The Biggest Loser Season 15 Episode 10 when Hap and Matt were both eliminated, and we were left with a cliffhanger that one person will be returning to the house.

In a strange turn of events, the scheduling of this show is unlinke any other reality TV show that comes to my mind. Rather than doing two seasons on opposite ends of the winter break, they decided to do a single long season. I just hope the second part of the season picks up because the first part felt so rushed with the 1 hour time frame that it was hard to get into.

The good news is that The Voice does not return for several weeks, so at least for now NBC is forced to deliver 2 hour episodes again. It would be nice if they would just stop screwing around with this show and trying to kill it. It’s not like they have a lot of successes. Why mess up a show that has been successful for a decade when almost the entire rest of your lineup is a disaster?

Matt, Hap, Ruben, Fernanda, Craig, Bobby, and Holley will have a chance to win a spot back in the house. Unlike a couple of seasons ago when a bunch of whiners/quitters got all up in arms about this twist that happens every single season, everybody seems happy to see them. The player with the highest percentage of weight loss is the one who will be returning. At least we know they have not invented another excuse to let Ruben return again. I’m surprised there won’t be a singing contest.

Matt: 26.12%
Hap: 21.59%
Ruben: 377 pounds (-85, 18.40%)
Fernanda: 208 pounds (-42, 16.80%)
Holley: 277 pounds (-74, 21.08%)
Craig: 307 pounds (-78, 20.26%)
Bobby: 261 pounds (-97, 27.09%)

Bobby was just sent home last week, so he has not been on his own for very long, but he does manage to edge Matt out for the spot to return to the ranch. He’s not happy about the triathlon, seeing as he does not know how to swim.

Finally this week, there will be a yellow line, and the contestants will be forced to vote after months of being on easy street.

Jillian’s noticing something with Tanya. Every workout, she does great, right up until the very end when she deliberately sabotages herself.

Hap has learned to stop making excuses. Just because his job requires travel does not mean he has to gain weight. To help himself, he has bought a portable grill, allowing him to cook his own lean meats, rather than restaurant foods doused in fat and sauces.

They head to the beach for a challenge, which means lots of running in sand. The winner will receive $25,000 in home gym equipment. They must grab kettlebells out of the sand and bring 10 of them to the top of the hill. If they get the golden kettlebell, that is worth 5. The losing player will have a 1 pound disadvantage. Jay quickly takes the lead, and once he starts, it becomes clear this is going to be a fairly simple challenge for him to win. The kettlebells are all scattered in a line up the hill, so they can just grab the closest ones. Rachel is giving him a run for his money, but by the time anybody else even makes it there, he’s half way done, taking all the closest kettlebells in the process. Marie finds the golden kettlebell, which puts her in a tie with the leaders. Jay wins the challenge. Rachel and Marie are obviously next. They are followed by Chelsea, Jennifer, David, Tumi, and Bobby. Tanya places last and will have a disadvantage.

After this challenge that’s really a promotional opportunity for Planet Fitness, Abby from season 8 joins them to offer some words of encouragement but really to promote The Biggest Loser Resort. It’s hard to say whether she has kept the weight off because she never looked overly thin in the first place, but what she has done is to keep positive and has since found a new husband. She’s followed by a commercial for Subway and then another for Yoplait and another for Larabar. Holy product promotion. Granted, I eat at Subway all the time, and I learned about Larabar, which is indeed a good snack, from this show.

Rachel has been carrying a pair of jeans around with her everywhere she lives for 6 years. The size 8 pants fit her, down from her starting size of 20.

Marie is starting to think that perhaps she does want to win after all. This is a change of pace from her original goal of just losing enough weight to have a baby and gain it back again.

Matt has renewed his plans for a wedding. His jacket was originally a 60. His new jacket is a 48.

The yellow line looms over the weigh in.

Tanya: 198 pounds (-3, +1, 1.00%)
Bobby: 254 pounds (-7, 2.68%) - over 100 pounds lost
David: 270 pounds (-12, 4.26%)
Chelsea: 171 pounds (-6, 3.39%)
Rachel: 161 pounds (-6, 3.59%)
Jennifer: 189 pounds (-6, 3.08%)
Jay: 192 pounds (-4, 2.04%)
Marie: 183 pounds (-4, 2.14%)
Tumi: 221 pounds (-4, 1.78%)

Tumi and Tanya have fallen below the yellow line. Tanya is non-threatening, whereas Tumi can easily be viewed as a threat, since she’s one of the biggest females who could easily drop over 50% with enough effort. Presumably, they will vote along team lines, which means 2 votes each. That leaves Bob’s team of 4 to make the decision, which gives them a lot of power that would take the other two teams joining forces to beat.

The dynamic this season is different than usual. Everybody’s just been having fun at summer camp so far. Now they have to actually start playing the game, without any alliances or background of previous votes to cloud the situation.

Bobby: Tumi
David: Tumi
Jay: Tumi
Marie: Tumi

With 4 votes, Tumi is not The Biggest Loser. Surprisingly enough, even Marie did not vote for her own teammate, as she wants to get rid of the bigger threat.

From here, the remaining contestants are heading the Olympic Training Center in Park City, Utah. Bob provides a warning: that weigh in is going to suck.

Although we’re getting treated to 2 hour episodes now, it’s not going to last long. Turns out the finale is only 1 month away. Which brings me to the rant at the top of this post. Why bother, NBC? There is no way to describe this scheduling other than… weird. And they actually paid people to come up with it.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of The Biggest Loser Season 15 Episode 12, which airs Tuesday at 8/7c on NBC.

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The Biggest Loser Season 15 Episode 10

Posted by Shane on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 8:12 pm

After falling below the red line, Bobby was eliminated in The Biggest Loser Season 15 Episode 9.

We’re going to singles. Perhaps now things will get interesting in this otherwise dull season. Maybe I can even start to recognize the contestants all these weeks in.

For the challenge, each contestant will be holding 20% of their weight. Reward is a 1 pound advantage on the scale. Tanya’s the first one eliminated. Then Tumi. It goes to 10 minutes, 15, and 20. Jen is the next one to fall. Hap is next. Marie, Chelsea, and Matt go next. The three people who remain are also the biggest losers on campus so far this season. After an hour and a half, David drops. Jay falls a couple minutes later, and Rachel wins.

This week, they will finally start thinning the herd. This week’s red line will have two people below it. Whatever happened to voting on this show?

With everybody in singles, the trainers split their duties for the week and get the chance to train new people. Most people shine in the workout, including David, who runs an 11 minute mile, much better than the 15 minutes he was aiming to do and even better than the 12 minutes Jillian asked of him. Jennifer not so much, as she leaves the workout crying after being unable to make the jumps Bob had her try.

Following a commercial for Subway breakfasts and a brief last chance workout, it’s time for the first individual weigh in.

Rachel: 167 pounds (-4, -1, 2.92%)
Chelsea: 177 pounds (-4, 2.21%)
Jay: 196 pounds (-5, 2.49%)
Marie: 187 pounds (-5, 2.60%)
Tumi: 225 pounds (-9, 3.85%)
David: 282 pounds (-12, 4.08%)
Tanya: 201 pounds (-7, 3.37%)
Hap: 316 pounds (-5, 1.56%)
Jennifer: 195 pounds (-5, 2.50%)
Matt: 263 pounds (-5, 1.87%)

Two people who I would have predicted would be staying have a bad week, and Hap and Matt fall below the red line and are going home. Or are they? They, along with everybody else who has been eliminated (yes, that includes Ruben, who was eliminated for a second time two weeks ago) will have a shot at returning to the game.

This is different. I was wondering how they’d get the season done in time, and the answer is they won’t. Rather, the season will be returning in three weeks for midseason, and on January 7th, we’ll pick back up where we left off.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of The Biggest Loser Season 15 Episode 11, which airs Tuesday at 8/7c on NBC.

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The Biggest Loser Season 15 Episode 9

Posted by Shane on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Ruben was eliminated in The Biggest Loser Season 15 Episode 8. Again.

They will compete in a challenge, and the team that loses will have to work in a diner all week long. The competition is simple: 4 multiple choice questions.

What percentage of full-time employees in the US are overweight or obese? 2/3.
Red and blue teams are correct.

What is the #1 source of food workers bring into the office? Fast food restaurant.
All three teams are correct.

Which occupation has the highest rate of obesity? Transportation workers.
White and blue teams are correct.

What percentage of administrative assistants have reported gaining weight on their job? 69%.
Red and blue teams are correct, and they are the winners, leaving the white team to work in the restaurant.

Since he’s not working, Hap gets to work with Bob. He knows he’s doing the workouts. The problem must be his diet, no matter what he claims.

Upon their return from work, they provide some cookies to the boys on the opposing teams, putting them in their bedrooms so they may or may not eat them in private.

Hap: 321 pounds (-11, 3.31%)
Chelsea: 181 pounds (-4, 2.16%)
Matt: 268 pounds (-9, 3.25%)
Bobby: 269 pounds (-3, 1.10%)
Blue Total: 1039 pounds (-27, 2.53%)

David: 294 pounds (-5, 1.67%)
Tanya: 208 pounds (-4, 1.89%)
Jennifer: 200 pounds (-7, 3.38%)
Rachel: 171 pounds (-7, 3.93%)
Red Total: 873 pounds (-23, 2.57%)

Jay: 201 pounds (-6, 2.90%)
Marie: 192 pounds (-6, 3.03%)
Tumi: 234 pounds (-9, 3.70%)
White Total: 627 pounds (-21, 3.24%)

Red team squeaks ahead of blue by just 1 pound. After his big 12 pound weight loss last week, Bobby has fallen below the red line and been eliminated.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of The Biggest Loser Season 15 Episode 10, which airs Tuesday at 8/7c on NBC.

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