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Well another BL season has come to a close with the finale last night. This season was so much better than last year with everyone seemingly genuine in their support and concern for each other with the game first and foremost being about becoming more healthy and fit.

I took notes throughout the show, however, tvgrapevine.com/index.php/82-nbc/the
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did a much better job of summarizing all the details.

All the losers returned even Nicki who quit after the first couple of days, however, she couldn't participate in the weigh-ins for the prizes, but, she did look very good sitting in the audience - she obviously has lost a lot of weight so as short as her BL stay was it did motivate her to take her health back and a good job she obviously did do.

Everyone else did extremely well with their losses losing anywhere from 27% to almost 47%. See the above link for all the stats.

Jeff won America's Vote and was the 3rd finalist, but he was a distant third to Danni and Jeff who were only 1 lb. apart when it came to percentages with Danni coming out on top - Jeff was 46.65% and Danni 46.9%.

The three teens did very well also having all lost significant amounts of weight and now feeling so much better about themselves.

Interestingly there were no details about Season 15 at the end of the show, however, the show's NBC site does have a link thebiggestlosercasting.com/ about casting for it which they say will commence "soon". I can't confirm whether the show has been renewed, but I've read reports that say the ratings were up which is a good sign.

So, that's a wrap, for now anyway!

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gives us our second to last recap of BL 14.

The losers' last challenge gave the winner - Joe - a one pound advantage at the weigh-in. The challenge took place at a ski resort where the losers had to climb a ski hill while pulling weights of their shed weight on a sled. While Joe won, Danni was a very close second. Next was Jackson with Gina struggling - the others went back and helped her finish.

Gina, lost 2 lbs. which was her lowest ever - it put her below the red line and consequently she was sent home not qualifying for the Finale. She started her journey weighing 245 and while at the ranch had lost a total of 84 lbs. At the end of the show we saw her at home where she's continued to lose weighing now 145 - hitting the 100 lb. loss mark. She looks amazing and her goal is to weigh 125 at the Finale and hopefully win the at-home prize.

Danni lost the highest percentage of weight for the week - an astounding 6.32%. She started her journey at 258 and while at the ranch lost 95 lbs. She is the first finalist.

And Jeff lost 3.99% making him the second finalist. His start weight was 388 and while at the ranch he lost 123 lb.

That left Joe and Jackson below the yellow line. America will determine by voting online who the third finalist between these two will be. I really don't like that they've brought this back. What the viewers see on TV is just an edited version of their journey, and in the past, America has gotten it wrong. The coaches don't like this and based on the chat boards neither do a lot of the viewers so it boggles my mind why the producers brought it back.

Joe lost 2.46%. He had lost 125 lb. during his time at the ranch.

Jackson lost 2.13% and while at the ranch he lost 98 lbs.

Next Week: Finale Night!! In this must-see, exciting live finale, the contestants from this season return for a special reunion and a chance to weigh in one last time – and show America how much weight they’ve all lost since beginning their weight-loss journeys. Kid participants Biingo, Lindsay and Sunny will also return to show off their inspiring transformations. America’s vote will be revealed for who will be the third finalist, eligible for the grand prize, and all the players who have been eliminated will compete for the $100,000 “at home” prize. Then it’s the moment viewers have been waiting for, when one of the three finalists will be named this season’s “Biggest Loser” and win the coveted grand prize of $250,000!

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For a recap of Episode 10, see www.rickey.org/the-biggest-loser-sea
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The final 5 losers made it to makeover week and got a nice surprise - they would do their reveal at home where they were going to stay for two weeks. Before leaving they were told that if they lost 5% of their weight they would gain immunity, if not then whoever fell below the red line would automatically be sent home.

The three kids got to have a makeover as well and while everyone looked nice there really were no outstanding transitions. And despite the challenges of living in the real world while at home, each loser lost more than the required 5% so no one was sent home.

Jeff: 295 – 19 = 276 6.44% (112 pounds total)
Joe: 261 - 17 = 244 6.51% (120 pounds total)
Jackson: 250 - 15 = 235 6.00% (93 pounds total)
Gina: 173 - 10 = 163 5.78% (82 pounds total)
Danni 184 - 10= 174 5.43% (84 pounds total)

During the show, Alex was shown at her photo shoot and she looks amazing having lost a total of 75 lbs. at that point.

Next week, Episode 11, the second to last show of Season 14 and final week at the ranch: It is down to the final five and the stakes have never been higher. This week, a red line will determine which contestant is going home, and a yellow line will determine which two players America will vote for (I'm sad to see they've brought this back) to determine who the third finalist will be for season 14. But first, the contestants compete for a weigh-in advantage during a “put their weight back on” challenge, pulling all the weight they have lost up a mountain by sled, and then dropping weights incrementally representing how many pounds they lost each week.

Kid participants Bingo, Lindsay and Sunny return to the ranch and see just how far they’ve come watching videos of their journeys alongside the trainers, and later get an update from child obesity expert and pediatrician Dr. Joanna Dolgoff on their great progress. The adult contestants also watch emotional highlights of their weight loss journeys and get impressive health updates from Dr. H. Then it’s time for the last weigh-in on the ranch, determining who is sent home and who the final four players are for season 14.




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gives a great summary of last night's Episode 9, "Face Your Fears".

Not my fav episode, I gotta say for lots of reasons. Following an elimination comp, two losers were sent off site to face their fear of being away from their coaches, the exercise facilities and the ranch - Jeff and Jackson volunteered. Danni faced her fear of singing in front of an audience. Gina faced her claustrophobia by being placed in a coffin with the lid shut for 20 min. while Jillian talked discussed her emotional problems - pretty lame to me. Joe was afraid of sharks and swam in the ocean 500 yards out back to shore - dah like the production crew would allow sharks to get even close to him. Didn't see anything about Alex.

The three kids faced their fears at home - see the above summary for details. They seemed manufactured for the show to me.

All the losers did really well with their weight losses, but still two had to fall below the yellow line. Alex (7 lbs. lost) and Jeff (11 lbs. lost) had the lowest percentage losses and were up for elimination and Alex was voted off the ranch.

When she started her weight loss journey, she weighed 240 and at the time of filming at home she weighed 170 having lost 70 lbs. and now fits into the same sized clothing as her Mom who she has always admired. Her goals are to weigh 140 by the Finale and to take the LSAT.

Next week: Fashion Guru Tim Gunn and Celebrity Hairstylist Ken Paves will return for the fan favorite makeover episode! It’s the eagerly-anticipated makeover week for the final five contestants, who also get the promise of immunity at the next weigh-in if they each lose a certain percentage of body weight. The makeover fun begins with fashion expert Tim Gunn, who works his magic helping the contestants pick out stylish new outfits to flatter their new slimmer selves. And celebrity hairstylist Ken Paves crafts incredible new looks for each player, leading to amazing and dramatic transformations. Then for the first time ever in “Biggest Loser” history, the contestants will all go home for their makeover reveals, where family and friends will all gather to celebrate their transformations in heartwarming, emotional reunions. Later, back at the ranch, the anxious contestants weigh in to see if they all lost enough weight to keep everyone safe from elimination.





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See tvgrapevine.com/articles.html/_/nbc-
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for a complete summary of last night's Episode 8.

The losers were told that if they collectively lost 70 lbs. then no one would go home this week. Daunting when you consider that the 7 contestants would each have to lose 10 lbs., but two competitions could shave a possible 10 + 10 lbs. off that almost unobtainable total. If they don't meet that goal, the loser who falls below the red line automatically will go home.

The first comp was a pop quiz where only the kids would answer the questions. They got 9/10 equalling 9 lbs. less for the contestants to lose = 61 lbs. Then the losers won the second digging comp shaving another 10 lbs. off leaving them with a total goal of losing 51 lbs.

We got to see Nate who was eliminated during Week 2 during his photoshoot. His start weight was 359 and at the time of the shoot he had lost 90 lbs. He is now engaged and Jillian is invited to the wedding as he gives her credit for how well he's losing.

Speaking of Jillian, she was at her bullying yelling ways culminating in two losers leaving the gym and her ranting with Bob & Dolvett. She finally had to leave to ... keep going is what I say, she's definitely not my favourite.

Jared, Subway's spokesperson visited the ranch with subs for the losers. He announced that the winner of BL's Season 14 would be starring in a commercial with him. Also at the NBC BL website, www.nbc.com/the-biggest-loser/exclus
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, viewers can vote for another former loser to costar in the commercial as well.

At the weigh-in, the losers did not collectively lose the 51 lbs. and as Francelina lost the lowest percentage of weight she was automatically sent home.

When Francelina arrived at the ranch, she weighed 267 (she had previously lost 100 lbs. on her own at home) and at the time of filming at home she weighed 190 having lost thus far 77 lbs. She has a new confidence and intends to work towards getting into med school as her dream has always been to be a doctor During this episode, there were hints made that Jeff and her had made a connection sharing the experience of losing their fathers at early ages. At home, she revealed that Jeff and her are in fact dating and she plans to move to Chicago to train with Jeff for the Finale.

Preview of Episode 9, Feb. 25th: It’s “Face Your Fears” week, and the fear of leaving the ranch is the first one addressed when a “save your neighbor” challenge determines which contestant has to leave the ranch and go out on their own for the week – along with another player of their choice. One by one, with the help of trainers Bob, Jillian and Dolvett, each contestant is forced to face their fear – ranging from a fear of sharks to claustrophobia to a fear of singing in public. And they all face fear in a harrowing challenge off the top of a seven-story building that will reward the winner with the most coveted prize of all. Back at home, the kid participants are also facing their fears head on. Sunny’s very real fear of losing her Mom due to her mother’s weight prompts her to have a very difficult and emotional conversation, while Dolvett arranges for pre-diabetic Lindsay to face her fear of developing the disease by meeting someone with diabetes and learning about their daily challenges. On the lighter side, Biingo faces his fear of eating vegetables! Later, the weigh-in will reveal how the two players out on their own did this week, and will also determine who is leaving the ranch for good, leaving the final five contestants of the season.



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For a full recap of Episode 7 - see tvgrapevine.com/articles.html/_/nbc-
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The players go to singles as previewed and as such sad to say the game is on. I do believe this is a great group of contestants very supportive of each other, but the time has come when they're are thinking of their own best interests not others.

The food temptation challenge involved the losers being in the dark with tables full of Valentine's Day high calorie goodies. Whoever ate the most would win and that was Francelina, eating 1150 calories for a two-pound advantage at the weigh-in. As part of the prize, she also chose Alex to receive the same two-pound advantage.

Again Danni won the weekly ,the prize being a visit from a family member as well as Danni chosing someone else to receive the same. She chose Gina and then surprised everyone by giving up her prize for Michael. In a previous weekly challenge win, she had received a letter from home as the prize and felt that she wanted someone else to be able to have some time with a loved one knowing that Michael had a young baby at home.

The yellow line is back now that the losers are playing as singles with one of the two players with the lowest weight loss percentage to be voted off the ranch by the remaining contestants. Despite Francelina having the two-pound advantage she had the lowest percentage of weight loss along with Michael.

Even though the voting off takes place immediately following the weigh-in, Gina still had time to whisper to Jeff that this was the time to get rid of Michael even though Jeff had promised to Mike that he would never write his name down. But that's what he did along with the majority of other losers as Michael was seen as the biggest threat. He tried to put his game face on, but it was obvious he was shocked and hurt about being blindsided.

Michael started his weight loss journey at 444 and at the time of filming at home he weighed 320 having lost 124 lbs. thus far. He already looks half the person he was, but he's determined to continue to work hard losing more with the goal of winning the at-home $100,000 prize. Losing has become a family affair for him and his loved ones as they all get together at the gym working out together.

Preview of Episode 8 next week: The players learn they’ll have the chance to win immunity for all this week if they lost a collective 70 pounds. They have a chance to shave 10 pounds off their total with the help of returning kid participants Bingo, Lindsay and Sunny, whose brains and brawn are tested in a pop challenge. With emotions and tensions at an all-time high, this week’s theme of “working together” might be a tougher challenge than losing the amount of weight that will keep them all safe for another week. Two contestants clash, as do Jillian and one of the players that she feels is not performing at the level she should be. But all the contestants will have to work together in an exhaustive sand-digging challenge that could give them another weigh-in advantage. And the trainers and players participate together in an intense team-building challenge, forcing them all to rely on and trust one another. Also this week, Subway’s Jared stops by for lunch and a pep talk, and Jillian and the kids sign Seventeen’s “Body Peace Treaty,” encouraging self-esteem and body acceptance, before a tension-filled weigh-in reveals whether they’ll all be safe – or have to send another player home.

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I love watching BL. I go to my exercise room and work out - treadmill, bike, eliptical, weights, ball ... totally mesmerized for 2 hours. Goes by quickly. Last year my daughter joined me every week. She is currently taking some evening college courses, so she hasn't worked out with me. Miss her. She should be done in a couple of weeks.

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Episode 6 - halfway through the season - and here's another great recap from tvgrapevine.com/articles.html/_/nbc-
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It was nice to see a follow-up of how Pam, formerly of the White Team, has been doing since she's been home. At the time of filming she had lost 65 lbs., looks great and was quite sassy at her photo shoot, even the photographer was laughing along with her and best of all she has her confidence back - well done Pam!

Just as only one member's weight loss from each team would count at the weekly weigh-in, so the week's competition involved only one member from each team participating. As Danni is the only member of the White Team, she had to play and won yet again. This gal is becoming a powerhouse and definitely someone to watch. Her prize was getting a letter from home that came at the right time to reinforce her commitment to her journey to better health and fitness.

Before the weigh-in,, Dolvett and Bob rolled a large dice that had each team member's pic on the sides - whoever's pic landed face-up would be the one who's weight would count for their team. Joe, from the Red Team (Dolvett), Jeff from the Blue Team (Bob) and Danni of the White Team (by default as she's the only member of Jillian's team) weighed in with Jeff losing the lowest percentage of weight meaning someone from the Blue Team had to go home.

I like that the losing team stays back and votes right then and there with each member going into a booth and casting their vote - no time for deliberation, strategizing or plotting. David from the very beginning has been injured, few details of which have been revealed except that being on crutches for the most part he was unable to participate in the regular workouts or competitions - he still did very well losing weight - but it seemed obvious to me that he should be the one that went home and indeed that is how his teammates voted.

David started his weight loss journey weighing 307 and at the time of filming he weighed 220 having lost thus far 87 lbs. - he looks so slim and trim in his police uniform and has more energy to keep up with his family responsibilities which includes tending to his severely autistic daughter. His goal is to be below 200 lbs. at the finale.

Next Week: It’s halfway through the competition, and the remaining eight players go to singles this week. The contestants face their first temptation in honor of Valentine’s Day, featuring favorite Valentine’s Day treats and the promise of the winner getting a weigh-in-advantage for themselves and a friend. Meanwhile, the trainers continue to motivate the kid participants to stay active and work toward their goals at home. Jillian arranges for Sunny to take a Bollywood dance class, Dolvett motivates Lindsay to attend a cheerleading practice, and Bingo anxiously waits for news from the doctor about whether he’ll be able to start practicing for the youth baseball league tryouts that Bob set up for him. Back at the ranch, one player displays an amazing act of kindness, and another has an emotional, heart to heart talk with a trainer about the circumstances leading to his weight gain. Later, a racing challenge leads to two players winning heartwarming reunions with loved ones, and in this week’s Challenge America segment, Season 11 winner Olivia Ward and her husband share a healthy way that couples can celebrate Valentine’s Day. And finally, the elimination following the weigh-in forces one contestant to make their most difficult choice yet at the ranch.

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It was nice to see the softer side of Jillian. I was worried with just Danni left, how she would be. I was surprised.

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I find that I am enjoying this season so much better than the last few. It seems the producers have gone back to how the show first started out concentrating on the weight loss and exercise instead of drama. It was nice to see the first two losers who went home and how they are doing: Nikki who quit after the first week because she just couldn't take Jillian looks great and says she hasn't felt this good since she was a freshman in high school - she's lost 50+ lbs. and she wants to lose another 50 - she credits BL for helping change her life; TC another member of Jillian's White Team, who was the first loser to be eliminated after week one, has lost 80 lbs. - he says that spending just that one week at the ranch is responsible for giving him a better perspective and he learned he can do more than he thought he could - he loves his life now.

During the weekly challenge, Danni won again and had a choice of either getting a phone call from loved ones at home or taking a two-lb. advantage at the weigh-in. She took the 2 lb. advantage and while Jillian was happy for her she didn't want Danni to let up and lose focus as she still could go home - and she wouldn't be the only one - since Danni is the last of the White Team if she goes, so does Jillian. Jillian later says (away from Danni) that she realizes that her yelling and screaming tactics with Danni don't work and that she's just going to have to be different with her. She says that if the viewers wanted to see a different Jillian than the one from past seasons this was going to be it. We'll see.

Last night's episode showed Alex of the Blue Team having a breakthrough finally. She has consistently been one of the lower losers and she was feeling quite frustrated watching others do better than her when she felt she was working at it just as hard. Bob told her to get over the tears and to take it up another notch - it worked because she won the weigh-in with finally getting a double-digit number of 10 lbs.

Dolvett's Red Team lost the weigh-in, second week in a row. As Joe was the biggest loser on the team, he was safe from elimination leaving it to be either Jackson, Lisa or Francelina. Lisa was chosen to go home as it was felt she was the strongest and would do the best at home of the three.

Lisa started out at 246 lbs. and at the time of the at-home filming she was down to 170 having lost 76 lbs.! Her family is so happy that she is now able to do things with them that in the past she could not do. Well done Lisa!!!

What to expect on next week's show: It’s the halfway point in the season, and the contestants find out that the weight of only one player on each team will count this week, but they won’t know who it will be until the weigh-in with a roll of the dice. With this week’s theme of “Leading by example,” trainers Bob, Jillian and Dolvett skype with kid participants Bingo, Sunny and Lindsay, and motivate each one to do just that. While Sunny creates a circuit training routine for her fellow classmates, Bingo tries to recruit more friends to his after-school sports club. Lindsay gives an anti-bullying speech to her peers, joined by special guest Cody Simpson, who also talks about his experience being teased before performing for the kids. The adult contestants compete in a crazy challenge requiring them to avoid three swinging pendulums while walking on a balance beam to retrieve calorie-coded plates matching five specific dishes. Later, during last chance workouts, Dolvett’s team has a special visit with five-time undefeated world champion fighter Laila Ali, who put them through a fun and challenging boxing workout.

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I agree with you although I thought it was worse in previous seasons when a couple of times, people who thought they were going to the ranch didn't make it through the front door because they lost a competition just before getting started. So in that respect one week was better than none. I often wonder if when they are sent home do they get any support from the BL up to the finale??

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I still think that is wrong to send someone home the first week. The reason they came there was to get on the right track, with just one week of help that will be hard.

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I agree with you 100%! Her tactics wouldn't work with me and if she was my trainer I would fire her, however, the losers on the BL are not in that same position to be able to do so since they are there at the auspices and expense of the show. I've never seen in previous seasons as in this year with so many people arguing with her and/or leave because of her. Jeff said it right that her negative approach does not work on him and he's not unusual in that regard. Bob obviously understands that you can't treat everyone the same way and we can see that sometimes he does use the tough approach and other times the opposite - he treats them individually. I've never been a fan of Jillian. Bob says she does care and some other former contestants swear by her tactics, but overall I do not think it is the right approach.

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My concern with BL is Jillian. Is she way over the top, screaming in people's faces, ordering them out of her gym, making them work harder, go faster, turn it up a notch, not complain? It seems that as the viewing audience watches her we might get the wrong idea about exercise. Most of these people are quite overweight and have accompanying medical issues. I just wonder if her immediate tough demeanor is wise, and whether this is really an appropriate approach to beginning exercise when people are falling to the floor, vomiting, and falling off of treadmills.

I do understand about motivating people to get going and not turning back. She, however, seems to me to put the wrong face on what people just beginning might be able to do, and her negative approach bothers me. I would much rather see an encouraging, yet firm, hand and attitude.

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The three coaches spent the week with the kids at their homes which meant the losers would be without their trainers. However, each coach left a training plan with their teams to follow.

This week's challenge was a surprise - a 5 km run (this is only week 4), but with a nice cash incentive. The three teams would compete against each other with the 1st place team getting to split $15,000, second getting $5000 and third $2500. The white team had the advantage having only two players to cross the finish line and it worked - they won the top prize with Danni coming in first place and Pam in third. Joe of the Red Team came in second place and then each member his team followed Pam - leaving them to come in second as a team. Then the blue team, one player after another crossed the finish line placing them in third.

At the weigh-in, things did not go well for the white team and again they lost the weigh-in. Because there were only two on the team, the one who lost the lowest percentage of weight automatically was sent home and that was Pam.

When she first started her weight loss journey she weighed 237 and at the time of filming at home she weighed 182 having lost 55 lbs. at that point - well done Pam! She plans to lose another 30 pounds and fit into a size 9 dress by the Finale.

Next Episode #5 - Mon. Jan 28th: The week kicks off with the players returning from a workout, only to find that the kitchen and refrigerators are empty. Tasked with trying to affordably stock the kitchen with a week’s worth of healthy food, the contestants race against time to make healthy purchases within their budget at a grocery. Later, one contestant struggles to keep trying her best despite weight loss setbacks, while Dr. H and one of the trainers help a contestant realize the importance of addressing the emotional issues that contribute to weight gain. Trainers Bob, Jillian and Dolvett skype with kid participants Bingo, Lindsay and Sunny, and then a swimming challenge puts the players to the test as they compete for one of the most coveted prizes of all. Finally, a tearful elimination sends another player home.

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I really enjoyed this week I do not watch it till saturday morning but that is when I have time. I am making a new start to weight loss now I just restarted with Spark people but I love that I can track on my phone.

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Dolvett's Red Team won the first and second weeks' weigh-ins, but not this week. Three of their losers lost only 2 lbs. each, Lisa, Cate and Jackson. Something new in the voting process, there was no yellow line so the entire team could vote off anyone and that it took place immediately after the weigh-in when everyone else left. Each member went into the voting room, one at a time and cast their vote so there wasn't any time for strategizing with each other.

Cate was the one chosen to go home. It was felt that she had a good support system and would be able to continue her journey away from the ranch. She was of course very disappointed to leave as she felt she had just made a breakthrough and was just starting to find herself, but felt that indeed she would be able to continue losing at home. Her starting weight was 237 and at the time of filming weighed 196, having lost to that point 41 lbs. Her dream is to run a full marathon and she plans to do so next year - Dolvett has promised to meet her at the finish line.

Next episode: The contestants are on their own this week when trainers Bob, Jillian and Dolvett leave town to surprise kid participants Bingo, Lindsay and Sunny and their families with a visit to their hometowns. Some players struggle without their trainer, but others rise to the occasion, and an unexpected leader emerges. In honor of this week’s “Pay it Forward” theme, contestants run a 5K and money is donated to a local Boys and Girls Club, with the winning team earning $15,000 to split among themselves. The trainers plan special surprises for each kid in their hometown before returning to the ranch in time for last chance workouts, when Jillian has a run-in with a player on another trainer’s team. Later, the weigh-in brings welcome news to one player who has been struggling, before another player is sent home.

I wonder if it is young Jackson who finally sees good news on the scale after a couple of rough weeks?

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See tvgrapevine.com/articles.html/_/nbc-
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for a full recap of Episode 2 on Mon. Jan. 7/13.

Definitely so far this group of losers is a much nicer, friendlier, supportive one!

This episode covered the dreaded Week Two where losses historically have been much lower than the first week so obviously there was much trepidation by the coaches and the losers all working extra hard to prevent it from happening again. And while the losses weren't as high as last week they still were excellent except for one person, Jeff on Bob's Blue Team who shed 29 lbs. at his first weigh-in, lost nothing this time around.

Once again there was no yellow line meaning that the person who had the lowest percentage of weight loss on the losing team was automatically sent home.

Bob's Blue Team had losses ranging from 0 - 14 pounds for an overall percentage weight loss of 2.35%. Dolvett's Red Team losses ranged from 4 to 12 for 2.38%. But even though all the teams' weigh-ins were close and Gillian's White Team only had to lose just one more pound than Bob's, they couldn't do it and they lost again. Their losses were 8, 5 & 5 - still excellent for Week Two.

As Nathan was the lower percentage loser he was automatically eliminated. In just two weeks at the ranch he lost 25 lbs. At the time of filming at home he weighed 299 having lost a total of 60 lbs. (start was 359). Although he has more to go, he already feels so much better about himself so much so that he got up the courage to ask his girlfriend to marry him and of course she said yes. He'd like to win the $100,000 at home prize to pay for his wedding and his goal is to weigh 240 by the time the nuptials take place.

This leaves Gillian with only two losers left.

Next episode on Mon. Jan. 14th at 8:00 p.m. EST: “Cutting the junk” is the week’s theme, and the players begin with a trivia challenge testing their knowledge about childhood obesity. The losing team will have to spend 4 ½ hours each day – the amount of time the average kid spends watching TV – in a room surrounded by junk food, soda and video games. Meanwhile, Dr. Joanna Dolgoff, “The Biggest Loser” childhood obesity expert and pediatrician, travels to the homes of kid participants Sunny, Lindsay and Bingo, to help the kids and their families cut the junk food and get on track with healthy eating. Then it’s one of the show’s craziest challenges ever when contestants have to race through a gooey bubble gum pit carrying 10 pound balls to win an amazing prize that everyone wants. Later, after a tense weigh-in, the players enter the show’s new voting booth to decide which contestant will be going home.


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Thank you BL!!!

"'Biggest Loser' producer: There was no bullying this season"

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"This season, we have not had any bullying," executive producer Dave Broome told The Clicker. "This is such a different cast this year. The tone of the show for us this season, we found very likable, rootable characters. We wanted to get back to that. We know our audience loves that, and that’s what we look hard for when we’re casting our people."

Finding a more likable group of players wasn't a reaction to viewer outcry from the past season, though, said executive producer Eden Gaha. "One of the things we’ve always known is (fans) love great characters, wonderful people to whom they can relate," he said. And not having two seasons in one calendar year helped with that process. "We had more time to find those people. And given that time, I think we’ve found the best cast we’ve had in a really long time."

"Finding a more likable group of players wasn't a reaction to viewer outcry from the past season, though, said executive producer Eden Gaha" I don't believe this. There was a huge outcry from fans of the show and because of it there possibly was not going to be anymore BL. I believe the show took a wrong direction and almost paid for their mistake! Thank goodness they are back on track.




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for a recap of Episode 1 (Jan. 6/13).

The first good thing about this season is that all the losers get memberships to Planet Fitness when they go home to help them continue their weight loss journeys - very nice!!!

Well, Gillian's back and parenthood has not softened her way of "training". She's just way too abrasive, in fact abusive, to me. She talks down to her team demeaning them - I've never been a fan of negative tactics. She lost one loser after a few days - Nicki - who left the ranch feeling that she wants to continue to improve her health at home - she couldn't deal with Gillian (I sure know I couldn't!) and realized that this was going to be harder than she thought. As another loser from the Red Team Francelina said, "Gillian got to her." I hope she does well at home.

Gillian says she's making soldiers out of her losers. Well I've seen military training camps for new recruits, it is brutal and so is she - they knock you down in every way possible and I think she's doing the same and then she'll come in and "save" them. There are other ways to do it non-military style. Bob and Dolvett seem to be able to achieve them - yeh I know they have their moments, but they just never seem to be as bad to me.

Thank goodness she's better with the kids.

And I don't believe in taking a non-fit person and dropping them in the deep end, so to speak. I question why vomiting because you're working so hard is a good thing.

Well enough of my ranting. There are so many things I do like about this show when it comes to motivation and inspiration, but there are also many things I disagree with.

At least all the losers got to stay at the ranch for a week before an elimination, but a bit of a change - there was no yellow line, only a red one. That is, the person with the lowest percentage of weight loss on the team that lost the weigh-in was sent home. I actually like that the losers couldn't vote someone off - I'd like to see it continue this way for all the eliminations, but I doubt it will.

Gillian's White Team won a 5 lb. advantage at the weekly challenge which was a pretty nice advantage. The four remaining members did well losing from 10 to 20 lbs. each giving their team an overall loss of 5.61%.

Bob's Blue Team lost from 9 to 29 lbs. each giving their team an overall loss of 5.79%.

And Dolvett's Red Team lost from 12 to 26 lbs. each giving their team an overall loss of 6.59%.

So Gillian's White Team despite having a 5 lb. advantage lost the weigh-in. Even though TC lost 15 lbs. his percentage loss on the team was the lowest and he had to leave. Of course he was quite broken up about it and all the losers really felt for him.

TC feels although being only at the ranch for a week that he learned what he needed to be able to continue to lose his weight. At the time of filming, he weighed 320 lbs. (start weight was 361) so he had lost 41 lbs. His goal is to weigh 245 by the Finale.

Tonight's Episode 2 is:

The contestants are encouraged to “Get Moving,” and find themselves pushed to new limits when they are introduced to the new outdoor gyms that each trainer has custom designed. The stakes are high, with another red line looming for whoever loses the least amount of weight, and the dreaded “week 2 curse” that has instilled fear in all the contestants. Dr. H visits the ranch, giving the adult players an eye-opening wake-up call about just how unhealthy they really are, and one trainer has a heart-to-heart talk with their team to try and get them on track. Later, NFL star and San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates cheers on the adult contestants and kids at a football-themed challenge testing the speed, agility and strength of the adults as they compete for a special prize for the child on their team. Plus, the trainers do a special fitness test with the kids and season 10 winner Patrick House makes a special appearance before the dreaded red line at an emotional weigh-in sends another player home.

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Reminder:

Finally, The Biggest Loser is back, Season 14 begins tonight, Sun. Jan 6th, 2013 at 9:00 p.m. EST.

I'm hoping they've gone back to what I thought the show was originally all about - inspiring and motivating others to work on becoming healthier and more fit - and not the nonsense that went on the last season!

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On Dr. Oz's show today (Fri. Jan. 4/13)

"Over the past 13 seasons The Biggest Loser has helped 236 contestants lose over 29,000 pounds! On today's show, Dr. Oz sits down with the star trainers for the first time to take you behind the scenes of the hit show. Learn how the biggest winners have kept the weight off and what you can do to lose big in 2013."

"Dr. Oz is joined by the stars of The Biggest Loser take you behind the scenes to reveal what you didn’t see on the show! The biggest weight-loss winners reveal how they lost the weight and kept it off. Plus, the star trainers share secrets to lose big in 2013!"

Should be interesting, I'm taping it!




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Finally, the 14th season of The Biggest Loser will premiere with a two-night event on Sunday, January 6 at 9PM ET/PT and Monday, January 7 at 8PM ET/PT.

As already mentioned, Jillian Michaels is returning as a coach along with Bob Harper and Dolvett Quince.

And accordingly to
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the new cast has been revealed.

In addition to the 15 fourteenth-season adult contestants, The BL will also be attempting to tackle childhood obesity by featuring a group of teenagers 13-17 years of age for the first time in the show's history. Childhood obesity expert and pediatrician Dr. Joanna Dolgoff will assist the kids in getting healthy and achieving their personal goals.

Similar to prior BL seasons, the adult contestants will be divided into 3 teams and trained by Michaels, Harper and Quince. However, each trainer and team of 5 adults will also "be paired with one child participant who will compete with and contribute to their respective teams," but the teens will not be eligible for elimination nor will they weigh-in on-camera.

Unlike the adult contestants, the teenage participants will also not be secluded on the ranch for the majority of the season, as they will have to take lessons learned on the ranch and apply them at home as well in their normal everyday lives. Their progress and transformation will be featured in each episode.

The show's three kid participants will be:

- Noah "Biingo" Gray, 13, Grade 8, who wants to be a professional baseball player and believes himself to be "a skinny kid trying to get out of a fat teenager's body;"
- Sanjana "Sunny" Chandrasekar, 16, Grade 11, who takes Advanced Placement classes and enjoys singing and tennis but lacks self-esteem;
- Lindsay Bravo, 13, Grade 8, who once gave up her love of cheerleading because she was teased for her weight.

The 15 adult contestants competing for the $250,000 grand prize are:

- Dannielle "Danni" Allen, a 26-year-old advertising account coordinator from Wheeling, IL

- Jackson Carter, a 21-year-old volunteer coordinator for LGBT resource center and movie theater assistant manager from Layton, UT

- Nicole "Nikki" Davis, a 26-year-old make-up artist from Chatsworth, CA

- Michael Dorsey, a 34-year-old college professor and communications consultant from Baltimore, MD

- Pamela Geil, a 43-year-old executive assistant from New York, NY

- David Jones, a 51-year-old police officer from Kiefer, OK

- Cate Laughlin, a 28-year-old student from Ransomville, NY

- Gina McDonald, a 47-year-old attorney and law firm owner from Hoover, AL

- Nate Montgomery, a 25-year-old financial advisor from Colorado Springs, CO

- Francelina Morillo, a 25-year-old student and store manager from Albany, NY

- Jeff Nichols, a 24-year-old pharmaceutical representative from Monroe, MI

- Joe Ostaszewski, a 43-year-old senior sales executive from Williston, FL

- Thomas "TC" Pool, a 31-year-old purchasing manager from Albany, OR

- Lisa Rambo, a 37-year-old high school special education assistant from Houlton, WI

- Alexandra "Alex" Reid, a 24-year-old legal assistant from Carrolton, TX





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Have to share this pic, at the end of the People article, of Jillian Michaels with her little ones. Now this is a side of her I like to see instead of that ranting, abusive "trainer" I'm used to.

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Apparently she's put on "5 lbs." since becoming a parent which supposedly makes her look "chubby". Are you kidding??? 5 lbs. makes that much of a difference on her?? Anyhoo, apparently parenthood has indeed softened her and that's a really good thing.

Great pic!!!

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i like some of the tips they give out. for the average person is show is unrealistic. they are under 24 hour care with doctors.

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Thank you very much for info. Sad that there isn't one this September. Will have a hard time waiting.

At work we did a mini Biggest Loser. I did lose some but not the winner.

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I hope these changes make it better. It has always been one of my favorite shows, but to be honest, I was losing interest in it.

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Honestly I wasn't sure whether I would watch this show ever again after the disastrous Season 13. However, it looks like they are making changes which are encouraging.

Season 14 won't start until January 2013. Jillian Michaels will be back along with Bob Harper and Dolvett Quince as trainers each having a team of 6 losers. Now for something different, each team will have additionally at least one overweight teenager (between ages 13 & 17) or more. The teens will be exempt from elimination and weekly weigh-ins, but will still work on losing weight and becoming more fit. Child obesity experts will be brought on board to assist them. I don't think teens will be eligible to compete for the $250,000 prize though.

Jillian advises that, "the goal is to focus on the kids' health rather than their weight, Michaels said, adding, "It's about getting them on the softball team, not into a size four."

According to the Centers for Disease Control, childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past three decades, with about 17 percent of children and adolescents ages 2 to 19 considered obese based on height and weight measurements."

Jillian now has a couple of little ones with her partner and it remains to be seen whether she will still be her tough self or whether parenthood has softened her approach - I hope at least it will be towards the teens.

I like the sounds of these changes and hope that the show will get back to its original premise of focusing on regaining health and not on the competition aspect of the show - time will tell.

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