Wednesday, December 9, 2009

And the Biggest Loser is...

Danny. I had a feeling after last week's episode that Danny was on track to win the crown tonight, but I had no idea how close it was going to be between him and Rudy. Both men lost more than 50 percent of their body weight and more than 230 pounds each. That's amazing! There was only a five-pound difference in how much they lost, and I think Danny had a bit of an edge because he's shorter and started at a lesser weight (430 to Rudy's 442). That's not taking anything away from Danny; he has done a phenomenal job in just seven short months. Both men looked great and seemed really happy.

America voted last week on who to send to the final three with Rudy and Danny, and Amanda won that vote. She is also looking great and very happy. She's lost 87 pounds and currently weighs what I do. Liz didn't make the cut to be in the final running for the Biggest Loser title, but she looked wonderful tonight, glowing and very stylish. It was great to see how she's looking now because I interviewed her a couple of weeks ago via phone for the magazine I used to work at full time and for which I still do contract work. (If you're in Tennessee and get your electricity from an rural electric co-op, watch for the January issue of The Tennessee Magazine in your mailbox for the story about Liz's experience.)

The at-home prize for the contestant with the biggest percentage weight loss went to Rebecca who started out at 279 and now weighs 140. And she's blond. I liked her dark hair better, but hey, it's not my hair. :) Now she's slim, rocking a new 'do and $100,000 richer.

Another moment in Biggest Loser romance history was made tonight when Antoine proposed (on one knee, no less) to Alexandra. Many tears and smiles, and I loved the happy hugs between who I assume were their mothers. Very sweet.

Shay inspired many people this season, and though she acknowledges that her journey isn't over she nevertheless looked so much better, healthier, happier. In recognition of her continuing journey, Subway issued her a challenge tonight. She's coming back to the next season finale in May to weigh in again. For every pound she loses between now and then, Subway will give her $1,000. She immediately said she'd be down 100 pounds. More good news for Shay came from Biggest Loser physician Dr. Huizenga. According to the latest tests, the weight she's lost has added 13 years to her life. And Daniel has added approximately 23 years to his life estimate for his two seasons of work.

Among the other contestants who showed off impressive losses were Antoine (152 pounds lost), Julio (180 lost; he looked like a different man); Sean (155 lost); Abby (100 lost; she looked absolutely fabulous); and Tracey (118 lost, though I have to admit I worried maybe it was too much -- something about how the loss presented itself on her face; had the same feeling about Rebecca, though all may be perfectly fine and it's just dramatic losses).

If you're a Biggest Loser fan, you don't have to wait long for more inspiration each Tuesday night. The next season starts Jan. 5.


Sarah J. Bradley on December 9, 2009 at 8:38 AM said...

Trish I agree with you about Tracey and Rebecca. Both of them looked really, really old in the face. Julio was amazing! I was cheering for Danny and Liz most of the series, so I was so happy for Danny. Shay and Abby were my heroes this time out and I'm so pleased for their success. Can't wait to see if Shay loses another hundred with Subway!

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) on December 9, 2009 at 9:17 AM said...

Sarah, I think that's it, that they'd lost so much that it had actually aged them, while many of the others looked younger. And Julio was stylin', wasn't he?

I'm very curious how different Shay will look in six months too. This is so wonderful for her.

Michelle Butler on December 9, 2009 at 9:27 AM said...

It was very strange that Tracey and Rebecca's faces looked healthier and more attractive when they weighed more. I'm not sure why that was. They're at healthier weights now for their height. Had they stretched out their faces so much when they were bigger? (And, I sure hope comments like these don't mess up their psyches.) I've not really noticed this before with previous contestants who lost the same amount percentage-wise. Rebecca might have been partly because her hair color is NOT complimentary to her skin tone. I did wonder about the makeup too. I have heard that after a certain age you actually look younger with just a little bit of meat on your bones so to speak.

Danny looked better at his thin weight. And, add me to the list of folks who would not recognize him. He looked so different. The other contestants looked great too. Always motivational. I really do love the transformation. I'm looking forward to 1/5 when the next season starts.

Michelle Butler on December 9, 2009 at 9:36 AM said...

I do wonder how they handle the big transformation emotionally and mentally. I've just lost 30 pounds, and there are times when it feels like a big transformation - and something that needs to be worked out emotionally/mentally.

From the Programming Insider:

In season-finale news, NBC's The Biggest Loser rose to a season-high, with a 7.5 rating/12 share from 8-10 p.m. and growth in every half-hour as follows:

The Biggest Loser (NBC)
8:00 p.m.: 6.2/10 (#2t)
8:30 p.m.: 7.0/11 (#2)
9:00 p.m.: 8.0/12 (#1)
9:30 p.m.: 8.7/14 (#1)

Needless to say, inspirational The Biggest Loser will certainly score among adults 18-49. Congratulations, Danny Cahill, who shed a record 239 pounds.

Out of The Biggest Loser and against repeats, NBC's The Jay Leno Show perked up to a 5.6/10 in the overnights at 10 p.m. But that still only ranked second in the hour behind a repeat of CBS' The Good Wife (6.3/11), and overnight retention out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of The Biggest Loser was only 64 percent. Considering retention among adults 18-49 will, no doubt, be considerably lower, this is still a "losing" performance for Jay Leno.

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