January 06, 2013 09:37 PM by Lisa Princ
Tonight, The Biggest Loser returned for season 14, with a new group of contestants, whom we were all hoping would be more appreciative than the last season – and so far, so good…almost. Jillian Michaels also made her return tonight and she was back with a vengeance!
Finally, The Biggest Loser returned tonight with the much awaited new season, and while it’s still early in the season, I don’t think we will be watching any Conda-like contestants this season. Most of the contestants seemed very appreciative of the opportunity…most – we’ll get to that later.
Competing this season are: Illinois; Jackson Carter (Volunteer coordinator for LGBT resource center and movie theater assistant manager), 21, Layton, Utah; Nicole “Nikki” Davis (Make-up artist), 26, Chatsworth, California; Michael Dorsey (College professor and communications consultant), 34, Baltimore, Maryland; Pamela Geil (Executive assistant), 43, New York, New York; David Jones (Police officer), 51, Kiefer, Oklahoma; Cate Laughlin (Student), 28, Ransomville, New York; Gina McDonald (Attorney and law firm owner), 47, Hoover, Alabama; Nate Montgomery (Financial advisor), 25, Colorado Springs, Colorado; Francelina Morillo (Student and store manager), 25, Albany, New York; Jeff Nichols (Pharmaceutical representative), 24, Monroe, Michigan; Joe Ostaszewski (Senior sales executive), 43, Williston, Florida; Thomas “TC” Pool (Purchasing manager), 31, Albany, Oregon; Lisa Rambo (High school special education assistant), 37, Houlton, Wisconsin; Alexandra “Alex” Reid (Legal assistant), 24, Carrolton, Texas.
But, in a new twist and an attempt to tackle childhood obesity, the show brought in three teenagers who would be training (but not competing) this season. The teenagers who are taking part this season are: Lindsay Bravo (eighth grade), 13, Fillmore, California, Sanjana “Sunny” Chandrasekar (11th grade), 16, Rochester, New York, and Noah “Bingo” Gray (eighth grade), 13, New Windsor, Maryland.
While most of the contestants had a sob story behind their weight, the one who stood out the most to me was TC. TC, who weighed in at 376 pounds, shared the horror story of a car wreck that injured his son. But it wasn’t the actual wreck that injured his son, it was his weight, which broke the driver seat, in turn flinging him onto his son, leading to eye and brain injuries. After his son underwent surgery, TC vowed to his boy that he would lose the weight and get healthy.
As soon as the contestants hit the gym the very first day, the drama was flying. No, I don’t mean Conda drama, I mean the dramatics of staying on the treadmills and not puking every five minutes. Jillian Michaels, who was working her contestants to death, watched in horror as two of her big guys could not manage to stay on the treadmills. But, Jillian was not taking no for an answer – she actually told her contestants to get out if they couldn’t take the workout! And one of them, Nikki, actually did walk out (and off the ranch) at the last chance workout because she could not handle the emotional stress. Can you say drama queen? That really irks me as someone else could have gotten that spot on the show, yet they chose her. Oh well, I’d rather see the Conda dramatics gone sooner than later, you know?
Bob Harper’s team did not fare too bad tonight, with the exception of some occasional vomiting, but Bob had his work cut out for him with two of the oldest contestants being on his team. Dolvett Quince, however, appeared to have his hands full at first with another drama queen, aka Jackson. Jackson actually fell off the treadmill, and was shown lying on the ground with oxygen, while mumbling to himself. Jackson made me want to yell at him to suck it up, but then he came back and worked harder, although he did seem to be the biggest vomiter of the first week.
Jillian continued her butt kicking streak, and it seemed to pay off as her team won the endurance challenge, earning them a 5 pound advantage at the weigh in. Too bad the momemtum didn’t carry over to the weigh in for her – perhaps she lost her knack by being gone for two seasons?
This is how the teams did at the weigh in:
Bob Harper’s Blue Team:
Jeff from 388 to 359 (-29)
Michael from 444 to 423 (-21)
David from 307 to 287 (-20)
Alex from 240 to 231 (-9)
Gina from 245 to 230 (-15)
Total team loss of 94 lbs (5.79%)
Dolvett Quince’s Red Team:
Lisa from 246 to 230 (-16)
Jackson from 328 to 306 (-22)
Francelina from 267 to 248 (-19)
Cate from 237 to 225 (-12)
Joe from 364 to 338 (-26)
Total team loss of 95 lbs (6.59%)
Jillian Michaels’ White Team:
TC from 376 to 361 (-15)
Pam from 237 to 227 (-10)
Nathan from 359 to 339 (-20)
Danni from 258 to 239 (-19)
Total team loss of 69 lbs (5.61%)
Now, there was also no yellow line tonight, but simply a red line. Jillian’s team had the worst percentage, so sadly, it was TC who was automatically eliminated. However, since being home, TC has lost an additional 40 pounds, and he is commited to getting healthy for his son! I can’t wait to see him at the finale.
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