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'The Biggest Loser' - 'Week Fourteen' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 21st 2010 8:36AM
(S09E14) Half of the remaining contestants in the house will make up the Final Four, and the other half will be going home. Want to know how I know that? Because Bob explained the math to me. That Bob Harper, he's not only a trainer, but he's clearly an advanced mathematician as well.

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'The Biggest Loser' - 'Week Thirteen' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 14th 2010 3:03AM
Danny Cahill, 'The Biggest Loser 8'(S09E13) Danny Cahill, who won last season of 'The Biggest Loser,' was so much fun to watch on his journey to success. Who better to come and inspire the current batch of contestants? He was joined by CNBC's Suze Orman, who came back to offer financial advice to the contestants, or at least that's what we were led to believe.

In truth, she did little more than ask a couple of them how in debt they were, and then made her prediction as to who would win based on various financial factors she knew about them. She made a last minute change to her pick based on a revelation one of the contestants made right there.

I remember last year her talking about the financial burden of being overweight, and really getting into some real discussion, but this time she had virtually nothing to say. Maybe they saved all the good stuff for her CNBC show this weekend; which would mean her appearance was little more than another blatant 'Biggest Loser' commercial.

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'The Biggest Loser' - 'Week Twelve' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 7th 2010 11:15AM
Jillian Michaels, 'The Biggest Loser'(S09E12) Is there any point in saying it was a crazy week in the house anymore? The producers seem determined to make every week more intense and stressful than the week before, and that's exactly what happened.

Right off the bat, Alison Sweeney announced that contestants would have a chance throughout the week to earn immunity. They stuck a button in the middle of the gym. The first person to hit the button opened the scale. If they lost at least 2% of their total body weight, immunity was theirs. If they didn't, they were out of the hunt for that week.

Right away, the queen of gameplay, Melissa, was gunning for that button. With no allies in the house, she would need it to save her bacon should she fall below the yellow line. And then there was the challenge.

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'The Biggest Loser' - 'Week Ten' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 24th 2010 5:15AM
Melissa & Lance, 'The Biggest Loser: Couples 3'(S09E10) This week, the contestants got a chance to see what life will be like after their time on the show when they were all sent home for a week. No trainers, no access to the gym, no ranch kitchen. It certainly wasn't going to be a walk in the park. But at least it means we got to see some of our favorite past contestants, as they were there to welcome their loved ones home.

And we got to see Melissa again. Lance's wife has to be one of the most controversial figures of this entire season. Not to let her original stint stand, she was back in über-competitive mode again this week when Alison revealed that there was a marathon of a challenge for the contestants while they were at home.

There've been competitive game players before on 'The Biggest Loser,' and there are some there right now. Michael has proven himself more than willing to strategize to better his position. So why does it come across so poorly when Melissa is doing it?

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'The Biggest Loser' - 'Week Nine' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 17th 2010 3:39AM
Ashley Johnston(S09E09) This was a very emotional week for the contestants. Remember when O'Neal thought Sunshine had been eliminated, and the producers made him wait until the last possible moment to see that she was still there? They were at it again this week with Daris, only the news wasn't so good. Why they can't just let the first person in say, "Sorry, bud," and put him out of his misery, I don't know.

Actually, I do. It's good for ratings. Also good for ratings is a sexy chef, which is why they brought Curtis Stone back for a food-themed week. Even the blatant product placement in-show commercials were food-based, covering avocados, milk and a silent shout-out to Subway.

There were two challenges this week, and I'm going to go ahead and spoil right here that the black team finally won a challenge, though I won't tell you which one -- or if it was both. It was a much needed boost of confidence for the team, coming off of that brutal weigh-in loss last week on top of all those challenge losses.

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'The Biggest Loser' - 'Week Eight' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 10th 2010 3:18AM
The Biggest Loser, Sam Poueu(S09E08) Poor O'Neal. Apparently, nobody clued him in to who the vulnerable members of the blue team were going into last week's elimination. That meant he could sit there at the house a completely and total emotional wreck for the cameras to zoom in on, fretting that his daughter Sunshine had gone home. How much do you want to bet a producer outside asked the blue team to go into the house with Sunshine last to up the emotional drama.

Gotta wring out those tears however they can!

This week it was all about wringing out sweat in double-time, as Alison dubbed it "Work Week." Contestants had to add an eight-hour-a-day job to their regular exercise routine for one week to give them a taste for what it will be like for them when they get back out into the real world. But first ... why don't you pull that semi?

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'The Biggest Loser' - 'Week Seven' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 3rd 2010 11:18AM
The Biggest Loser(S09E07) With Olympic fever finally over, we can get back to the real competition on NBC prime time: the one involving weight loss. 'The Biggest Loser' returned, dropping us right back to the last new episode, the competition between Darrell and Cheryl to stay on the Ranch.

From there, we get one of the nastier temptation challenges with the highest stakes yet. The winner of the challenge would get to divide the remaining contestants into the Blue and Black teams, as well as assigning Immunity to one player. They could even choose themselves for that latter position.

To say the winner's selections were interesting would be one of the bigger understatements of the year. Thankfully, this person was able at least to secure their own position on the Ranch into the next week, because there's no guarantee anyone else would have done so.

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Review: The Biggest Loser - Week Three

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 20th 2010 3:18AM
Migdalia Sebren and Miggy Cancel, The Biggest Loser: Couples 3(S09E03) The theme this week at the Biggest Loser Ranch was apparently anger. The first part of the episode focused on the Green team. Migdalia, the daughter, does a great job of bottling her emotions, thinking of tears as weakness. But those defensive walls almost prove her undoing. I thought her anger issues would be all we might get, but by the end of the episode, there was anger, bitterness and resentment flying all around.

Alison lets the contestants know that this week will be Student-Teacher week. One teammate will be the teacher, and will be the only one training with Bob and Jillian. The other teammate will be the Student. The only training they'll receive will be at the hands of the Teacher, and only the Student's weight will determine which team falls below the yellow line.

After that, she threw an Immunity Challenge at them that had more twists and turns in the way it played out than it did in what the contestants were actually doing.

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Review: The Biggest Loser - Week One

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 6th 2010 1:42AM
Alison Sweeney, Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels(S09E01) That was fast. It seems like just last month we were crowning Danny "The Biggest Loser," and yet we're back at it already. The series returned to the "Couples" format for this ninth season, but that didn't stop them from finding even bigger contestants to throw at Bob and Jillian.

In fact, that was one of the first things the trainers talked about: how hard they were going to have to work to beat these guys into shape. Five contestants are weighing in at over 400 pounds, with one smashing Shay's record of 476 by coming in at 526 pounds. Two of those contestants are a set of twins weighing in at nearly a thousand pounds combined.

If being the biggest combined group ever wasn't embarrassing enough, the first thing these contestants learned was that their first weigh-in wasn't going to be at the Ranch. It was going to be in their hometowns. Outside and in front of all their friends and families. Welcome to The Biggest Loser.

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'The Biggest Loser: Couples' Contestants Talk About Their Goals

by Jane Boursaw, posted Dec 22nd 2009 10:30AM
The Biggest Loser, Bob Harper, Jillian MichaelsThe fall season of 'The Biggest Loser' ended just a few weeks ago, and we've got another one coming right up. 'The Biggest Loser: Couples' premieres Tue., Jan. 5 at 8PM ET on NBC, and the 11 teams are starting with a combined total weight of 7,236 pounds.

Life & Style magazine sat down with three of the contestants to talk about their inspirations and goals heading into the challenge. We've got exclusive excerpts from their interviews, plus read more in this week's issue of Life & Style.

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'Biggest Loser' Season 9 to Premiere Jan. 5, 2010

by Leonard Jacobs, posted Dec 14th 2009 2:24PM
With NBC's 'The Biggest Loser' once more proving itself to be a heavyweight in the ratings -- the season 8 finale racked up the the show's highest ratings in four years -- season 9 is already looking like it will tip physical and emotional scales more dramatically than ever before.

According to the New York Times, three of the season 9 contestants, including 30-year-old identical twins from Florida, will start out weighing more than 400 pounds.

Yet it is the third contestant -- a 31-year-old Chicago D.J. named Michael Ventrella -- who many eyes will probably be fixed upon first. Ventrella has set a new record for the show, becoming the first overweight contestant in 'Biggest Loser' history to start off at more than 500 pounds -- 526, to be exact.

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