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'Biggest Loser' Results: Shay Sorrells and Daniel Wright Elimination Interview

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 11th 2009 11:21AM
Shay SorrellsIn a first for 'The Biggest Loser,' there was a red line in this week's elimination, and there would be two contestants going home.

Daniel Wright had the lowest percentage of weight loss, and was immediately eliminated without a chance to plead his case.

Of the remaining contestants, both Amanda Arlauskus and Shay Sorrells fell below the yellow line, despite Sorrell's dramatic 17-pound weight loss. The feat established a new 'Biggest Loser' record, as Sorrells became the fastest female to shed 100 pounds. Still, it wasn't enough to keep her in the competition. Sorrells was eliminated in a close 3-2 vote.

Sorrells and Wright spoke to the press today about their experience on the show. Here's what they head to say.Shay SorrellsIn a first for 'The Biggest Loser,' there was a red line in this week's elimination, and there would be two contestants going home.

Daniel Wright had the lowest percentage of weight loss, and was immediately eliminated without a chance to plead his case.

Of the remaining contestants, both Amanda Arlauskus and Shay Sorrells fell below the yellow line, despite Sorrell's dramatic 17-pound weight loss. The feat established a new 'Biggest Loser' record, as Sorrells became the fastest female to shed 100 pounds. Still, it wasn't enough to keep her in the competition. Sorrells was eliminated in a close 3-2 vote.

Sorrells and Wright spoke to the press today about their experience on the show. Here's what they head to say:

SHAY SORRELLS


On if she felt more prepared to leave this time, after having nearly done so several times:
At home, you've never been successful, and at the ranch you've been super-successful ... I don't know if you ever feel prepared. You've just gotta jump with two feet and do it.

On what was going through her mind with Jillian yelling and her crying:
The emotional journey was very different than a lot of people on the ranch. All the weight you saw coming off every week, I probably cried it out in tears. Everything was emotional. It was coming out emotionally and the weight was just coming off. All my workouts and everything were cathartic for me to deal with my past and everything that's happened in my life, and just taking it off so I could run into my future.

On how hard it was for her to keep up her diet and fitness:
It was extremely difficult. On the ranch, I lost 100 pounds in nine weeks. It's taken me three times as long to lose half 54 pounds at home. I'm working two jobs, I have my family, my kids. 54 pounds is still incredible, but sometimes you're thinking "Why can't this be like the Ranch?" But the reality is the Ranch is not the reality. You can go there and do amazing things, but when you come home it's real life. I've just changed my whole lifestyle. We've just made different choices in the way we live our life.

On if her behavior caused Rudy to vote for her and if she was surprised:
I wasn't surprised by anyone's vote. I knew from day one that Ruday was a game player; he was open about it. When I hit 100 pounds in nine weeks, it shocked everyone that I actually could do it. The fact that Allen would have been below the yellow line had he not had the one-pound advantage; the fact that I could have beat him. I think it put a little bit of fear in their heart because before I wasn't a threat. All of a sudden, it proved I was a little bit more. All the emotional growth and learning to trust and love people again would not ruin that night. I walked away with it. Had I stayed there and that continued to happen, I don't know if I would have been able to keep everything. I'm much happier being at home, having lost 154 pounds, and having all of my integrity and knowing that every decision I made there was honest, and I was open and real with people. I can take that and live with it. I'm happy with the outcome in the end.

On breaking a record and being eliminated in the same night:
Weighing in first was a rarity. Unless we had immunity that never happened, so I knew something was up. But breaking a record was the most phenomenal moment. I'd already broken a record by being the heaviest person on campus. Breaking that record meant so much because I watched Kristin do it the season before and I was so inspired by Kristin. I thought she was such an amazing person, and an amazing fighter and a champion. To go and be able to do that. Wow, i still have like two more weeks and then to have it happen that night it was just mind-blowing; completely phenomenal. To walk up to that scale, I knew that everyone int hat gym worked just as hard as I did.

On how her spirit is today
I think every day it grows stronger. I knew walking into that Ranch that it wasn't going to be pretty or easy. I'd seen Jillian with people before so I fully expected it. Each breakthrough and each breakdown I just got stronger and stronger. I feel like the weight dropping every week was emotional weight. People who thought they couldn't do it watched me and now are doing it, and that to me is paying it forward and it's amazing and I love it.

DANIEL WRIGHT

On if he made different changes coming home this season over last:
Really getting into the issues. Being willing to explore what caused him to get where I'd gotten, and willing to explore the internal issues that were going to keep me from ever getting where I wanted to get is really what I had to work on the second season and the second time at home.

On if the "Old vs. Young" division had always been there:
It was more people who had been thin before and the people who hadn't. Shay and I always called it the "has been" versus the "has not." Rudy's the same age as Shay. It was more who related and hung out with each another rather than being an age separation.

On how the chance to go back to the Ranch came about, and was he worried he'd become a target:
The producers approached me about doing a "Second Chance" season, and they wanted to offer it to me and we'd start filming in three days. I knew that I could be targeted because of having an opportunity beforehand. I had internal struggles with whether or not I deserved to be there with fifteen other people who had just started their journey, rather than me who had already gotten a head start on it. All of us have a journey and they're all equally important. When you start comparing yourself to other people, you rob yourself of joy. Trying to come to terms with that he has a journey just as important as everyone else's.

On if he did anything differently, or worked at a different level, or changed his approach the second time around:
I was able to work out five times harder than I was able to last year. I could actually run and spring and do all kinds of things. For me, this season was struggling with issues and peeling back the layers of myself and having the courage to look through those things, struggling with my eating and my eating disorder. Getting a handle on that is really what I had to learn and come to terms with this season.

On how frustrating it is to hear David's excuses:
I don't know if it's as much frustrating as it is heartbreaking. I think about how my family felt when they were talking to me before I started my journey. I now see what everyone else was trying to get me to realize before I wanted to do it for me. I could never say anything to him to make him change. It's going to have to be him. Whatever eventually breaks his heart that makes it want to change, that's what's going to have to be the cause of it and there's nothing I can do to affect that change. I wish I could, the same way my family wishes they could have for me earlier. No anger. How dare I be angry at someone who's only hurting himself because he doesn't know any better? It's sad, not seeing the importance of getting healthy. All I can do is love him and be there for him.

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