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The Biggest Loser Season 11

'The Biggest Loser: Couples' Season 11, Episode 21 (Season Finale) Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted May 25th 2011 5:30AM
Irene, Hannah & Olivia, 'The Biggest Loser' finale['The Biggest Loser: Couples' - 'Live Finale']

These shows being what they are, it can be a bit of an endurance test at times. Alison Sweeney has improved as a live host, but she still has some very awkward moments delivering lines.

And then there are just those awkward moments production-wise as they try to get through 20-odd weigh-ins and everything else. In fact, the weigh-ins is about all they had time for on this Season 11 Finale of 'The Biggest Loser.'

As this is Jillian Michaels's last season on the show I thought for sure we'd get some emotional tribute video to her and the impact she's made, but all we got was a few quick words when the trainers were brought out. Speaking of which, they did introduce her replacement.

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'The Biggest Loser' Season 11 Finale: Before & After

by Maggie Furlong, posted May 25th 2011 2:22AM
When a show gets to its 11th season, you'd expect things to get a little predictable, but not on 'The Biggest Loser.'

This season saw women nab three of the top four slots -- including the series' first sisters to make it to the top together, fierce competitors Hannah and Olivia -- and some amazing transformations all around.

With over 2,000 pounds lost this season, the reveals were jaw-dropping and the stories were tear-jerkers in tonight's live finale. They also introduced brand-new trainer for next season, tennis pro Anna Kournikova.

!!!SPOILER ALERT!!! Take a look at some of the show's biggest losers of the season after the jump, find out who won the at-home $100,000 prize, and find out who took home the grand prize of $250,000 and the title 'Biggest Loser.'

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'The Biggest Loser: Couples' Season Finale: And the Winner Is ... (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 25th 2011 1:50AM
'The Biggest Loser: Couples' finaleAlison Sweeney started the night by reminding us that this has been the longest season of 'The Biggest Loser: Couples' (Tue., 8PM ET on NBC) so far. After 20 weeks of competition on the Ranch, it came down to a pair of sisters at the top of the heap, a father who was eliminated and earned his way back into the competition, and a young woman who lost her mother in the first week.


While sisters Hannah and Olivia were locks for competing for the $250,000 prize, Jay and Irene had their fates handed to them by America's vote. So they came out at the top of the hour and both looked absolutely fantastic -- though Irene should be careful about doing high kicks in a dress when coming through a paper picture of herself.

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'The Biggest Loser: Couples' Season 11, Episode 20 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted May 18th 2011 5:40AM
Final Four, 'The Biggest Loser: Couples 4'['The Biggest Loser: Couples' - 'Week Twenty']

"I want to say I can't believe it. But that's not true, because I CAN!" -- Hannah

Four entered this final week on The Biggest Loser campus and ... well, four people walked out. Couldn't we have had a two-hour makeover episode and shortened this penultimate installment to a single hour?

There may have been two challenges, a weigh-in and trips home for all four contestants, but it still felt like there was just so much padding. I felt like I could probably go ahead and do laundry or cook dinner while the episode was running and still not really miss anything.

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Which Two Finalists Guaranteed Their Spot in 'The Biggest Loser' Finale? (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 18th 2011 12:48AM
'The Biggest Loser'The penultimate episode of 'The Biggest Loser' (Tue., 8PM ET on NBC) always seems to drag as there are only four contestants left, no one gets eliminated, and we've still got two hours to fill. But there are heartwarming moments, and this is a pretty special Final Four.

Jay is the comeback kid, who's decided he must have nine lives. He's been eliminated once, saved from elimination a second time and is still hanging in there. Then there's Irene, who lost her partner in the first week of the competition.

They're joined by sisters Hannah and Olivia, who nobody gave a shot at making it this far in the beginning. That they did it together is even more impressive. This week's weigh-in determines the top two, who are guaranteed a shot at the $250,000 prize in the finale. The bottom two plead their case to America and hope for a vote to put them in the Top Three.

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'The Biggest Loser: Couples' Season 11, Episode 19 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted May 11th 2011 6:40AM
The Final Five, 'The Biggest Loser'['The Biggest Loser: Couples 4' - 'Week Nineteen']

It was back to two-hour shows this week, and just in time. I don't think they could have covered five rounds of "exams," two challenges and a weigh-in this week in just one hour. That's right, Alison Sweeney announced that this was Final Exams week.

The contestants would be subjected to one test for each of the trainers, and then a final test with Alison. It was Spinning with Bob, Health and Wellness with Brett, Boxing with Cara, and Motivation with Jillian. Alison's test was a surprise for later.

The tests were to win a $10,000 prize, but it was a one-pound advantage at the weigh-in on the line in the physically brutal challenge of the week.

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The $10,000 Decision That Could Change the Game on 'Biggest Loser' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 11th 2011 1:45AM
Olivia, 'The Biggest Loser'The results of this week's weigh-in determine the Final Four on 'The Biggest Loser' (Tue., 8PM ET on NBC), which is the culmination of the contestants' work on the show. From there, two are definitely into the finale while the other two fight for America's vote. So this week was the last week your peers could vote you out.

Add that to the fact that you're smaller than you've ever been, and that a one-pound advantage can make a huge difference on the scale. But is it worth $10,000? Two contestants this week were given that very choice.


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Makeover Week Is Full of Surprises, And Tim Gunn, on 'The Biggest Loser' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 4th 2011 1:19AM
Tim Gunn, 'The Biggest Loser'"Makeover Week" is always a highlight of 'The Biggest Loser' (Tue., 8PM ET on NBC). It's great to see all the blood, sweat and tears the contestants have poured into their workouts pay off with fantastic new looks. Plus, those emotional reunions with loved ones who are always stunned at the beautiful transformations.

With a double-elimination last week, there were only five contestants to fix up this week, and it was a good thing too as they only had an hour to get through this episode.

That's one hour for a makeover with Tim Gunn -- their self-stylized fairy godfather -- a concert from One Republic, a car challenge and a memorable weigh-in.

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'The Biggest Loser: Couples' Season 11, Episode 16 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 20th 2011 7:45AM
Alison Sweeney, 'The Biggest Loser'['The Biggest Loser: Couples' - 'Week Sixteen']

The rather blatant theme of the week was conquering fears. To help drive this point home, we had contestants diving off of cliffs, scaling mountains, riverboarding and bungee jumping. Alison Sweeney even got in on the action with a death-defying stunt of her own.

But it wasn't all fun and games, as the competition shifted to its final phase. That's right, while these guys haven't made it to Makeover Week yet, they did make it to Singles. Eight contestants, three trainers and another week in the paradise that is New Zealand.

After last week's uneven and in some cases disastrous turn on the scale, the contestants needed to buckle down and focus on their weight loss, which wasn't so easy to do with all those crazy adventures they were being taken on.

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'The Biggest Loser' Season 11, Episode 15 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 13th 2011 7:20AM
Jillian Michaels, 'The Biggest Loser' - 'Week Fifteen'['The Biggest Loser' - 'Week Fifteen']

Before the contestants even got a chance to recover from the "double" elimination last week when Brett was sent packing right behind Courtney, Alison Sweeney hit them with a bombshell.

For the next two weeks, 'The Biggest Loser: Couples' is relocating to Auckland, New Zealand. It's a huge trip and a very exciting opportunity for the contestants, but also a very daunting and frightening situation.

Travel wreaks havoc on weight-loss regimens, particularly if you're going to the opposite end of the world where your sleep schedule is going to have to be rewired. As expected, we saw some very interesting numbers on the scale, but the tension started long before that, as one contestant confronted his trainer for what he perceived as a lack of skill or effort.

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'The Biggest Loser' Season 11, Episode 14 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 6th 2011 7:30AM
Moses, 'The Biggest Loser' - 'Week Fourteen'['The Biggest Loser' - 'Week Fourteen']

"Final Four. It's everything to me." -- Eliminated contestant

Finally, nobody played it stupid. Nobody got distracted by gameplay or made bad decisions to sabotage themselves. As such, we may have gotten our first genuine Weigh-In for weeks and weeks.

Unfortunately, that does nothing to make the eliminations themselves any easier to bear. This week's was especially poignant as it's an absence that will be felt throughout the rest of the competition.

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'The Biggest Loser' Season 11, Episode 12 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 30th 2011 8:30AM
Alison Sweeney, 'The Biggest Loser'['The Biggest Loser' - 'Week 13']

"How is this a prize?" --Contestant, after winning a Challenge

Easter was the theme this week, and because NBC is shoving 'Hop' down our throats this week, it was all over this episode of 'The Biggest Loser.' Alison hyped the premiere this weekend, made a sneak preview of the film a prize at one of this week's challenges and even had a massive Easter egg hunt.

But that's not where most of the drama happened. Thankfully, it wasn't from anyone throwing the weigh-in this week ... or did someone?

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Caught Cheating on the Diet at 'The Biggest Loser' Ranch (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 30th 2011 12:48AM
Rulon, 'The Biggest Loser'It's been a wild few weeks on 'The Biggest Loser' (Tue., 8PM ET on NBC), and nowhere has it been crazier than on the scale. It's gotten to where you just have no idea what to expect from these contestants with their constant gameplay and multiple thrown weigh-ins.

This week's drama, however, came from a secret that's apparently been burning beneath the surface of one contestant's journey through much of the season. No one can deny that Rulon has had impressive numbers on the scale, and more than proven himself a capable athlete in the gym. His Olympic gold medal proved that years ago.

His demons clearly lie more in the area of food. You don't get to nearly 500 pounds, obviously, without some food abuse problems, but usually contestants leave that behind when they come on the ranch.

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'The Biggest Loser' Season 11, Episode 12 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 23rd 2011 7:30AM
'The Biggest Loser' - 'Week Thirteen'['The Biggest Loser' - 'Week 13']

"This is not a prison!" -- Alison Sweeney

Last week it was all one, big happy family. But this is 'The Biggest Loser.' You didn't expect that to last, did you?

This week, the game changed in a most unexpected way as the show took advantage of the four trainers to divide up the contestants in a way we've never seen before. In doing so, they opened up new challenge possibilities, a whole new strategic element and threw out everything that had come before.

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'The Biggest Loser' Season 11, Episode 11 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 16th 2011 7:50AM
'The Biggest Loser' - 'Week Thirteen'['The Biggest Loser' - 'Week 12']

Justin's family got a lot bigger this week as the contestants abandoned red and black and united as the Blue Team. They now could work together toward a single goal: Losing more weight combined this week than they did last week, when they dropped 64 pounds. If they could pull it off, no one would go home.

It was certainly a lofty ambition, and one worth fighting for. As I said last week, the elimination of Sarah seemed to be the last "easy" cut these people were going to be able to make. On both sides of the original colors now all that remained were people they considered family.

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