The Biggest Loser: Season 15 - Episode 1
WOO WOO! The Biggest Loser is Back! This season is all about Second Chances.
Lots of changes. This is the first season that the trainers get to choose the contestants. They sorted through them and brought 50 to LA. They met with them personally and then will narrow it down to the top 15.
So why are these contestants here?
"For a reality check."
"Because of 40 years of fear."...she also admits to a crush on Dolvett...but really, who doesn't have one? #NotThisGirl #IHeartDolvett
Jillian describes this process as a "Life or death Intervention." So true!
So what are some of the backgrounds that the trainers are hearing?
-One woman has a 9 yr old daughter who is 70lbs overweight and she knows it's her fault.
-One woman has been married for 7 years and her husband has never seen her fully naked.
-One woman is a former athlete who has gained so much weight that she is too embarrassed to go home.
Bob (Oh Bob I have missed you!) says this is going to be hard. People are pouring our their heart and souls to be picked.
The 15 selected contestants were brought to the Biggest Loser Ranch and walked through a path that is lined with flags that have pictures of every previous contestant. Lots of success stories.
The first person we meet is David. David is 43 yrs old. When he was 22 he got married. He and his wife were married for 6 months before she started having seizures. After a 10 year battle with cancer he watched her take her last breath. His wife made him promise to take care of their girls.
The worst kept secret ever, is that former American Idol winner Ruben Stoddard is on the ranch. He won American Idol in 2003. Today is looking to reinvent himself on the inside and the outside. He doesn't want to have his career shortened
Next we meet Rachel. She is 23 and a former National level swimmer. She gave up her swimming career for a boy and in doing so lost her identity.
Tanya is 40 years old and has a crush on Dolvett.
It's time for Allison to welcome everyone to their Second Chance. The trainers will be picking picking their teams, but first they must workout.
The good news is that Planet Fitness will be giving each contestant a 1 year membership.
My favorite quote of the night: Allison - "You cannot change the past, but this is your chance to rewrite your future."
*During the commercial they were advertising the Biggest Loser Run/Walks. They are popping up all over the country. It's your chance to be active and interact with former contestants.*
Walking in to the gym each person was wearing a shirt with a number on it. The number was how many pounds they weigh. Ruben is the heaviest.
Jillian says that this is the time to see who works best with whom. Day 1 is the true test.
Ruben was full of great quotes all night. During the first workout "Only someone full of evilness would come up with this."
One of the contestants is former Olympian Weightlifter. Weightlifting is Bob's passion. He is practically salivating to workout with Holley.
Dolvett makes an early prediction: Rachel is the person to watch. She is the former swimmer. "I'll take the pain of the workout to never see this weight again.
Jay is 38 years old and used to compete in Rodeos. He wants the trainers to fight over who wants him the most. This is his Second Chance to be a role model for his kids.
Craig...ahhh Craig. To quote Jillian "He had me at Hello." He is too sweet. He has a little girl and another child on the way. He wants to be a role model for the overweight people in his family.
Everyone loves David. "I've been broken before. But, never this physically broken." Jillian wants to help him. She says that the gym needs to represent the New David.
*There was a nice plug for Larabars...which I have to say that I Love! Yum...try the apple pie flavor.
After the workout we find Ruben in the Ice Bath. He used to take them after football and calls them "Jesus in a steel container." Oh I hope he lasts a long time. I love everything that comes out of his mouth. Jillian tells him that they need to get rid of his back hair. He says no. "That's my manliness."
Back in her room, Tanya shows a picture of her daughter. She gained 125 lbs when she was pregnant with her. Her daughter was born overweight. "I did this to her. I am here to save myself and my daughter."
So here's how the teams break down:
Jillian - The White team
Craig, Kimmy, Jay, Fernanda, and Marie
Bob - The Blue team
Holley, Chelsea, Bobby, Matt, and Hap
Dolvett - The Red team
Ruben, Jennifer, Rachel, Tanya, and David
Dolvett sits and talks with Ruben. He wants to know why he is there. Ruben has been on a roller coaster. He lost 100 lbs. He got married. He got divorced in the same year. He's tired of being "Big Ruben". "My mama didn't name me BIG" Dolvett tells him that they are going to put the 'Big' behind them.
*Subway commercial featuring Danni and Cortney*
Dolvett tells the Red team that their common denominator is their Strength.
The White team admits that they don't have any big name contestants, but they are small and quiet like a snake in the grass.
Chelsea is 28 years old and on the Blue team. When she was 11 her father became an alcoholic. She took on the role of the parent to him and put her needs aside.
Jillian tells her team that they need to find their "Why". She tells them to be proud of themselves. She likes her team. This may be her favorite team ever.
So now it's time for the Weigh In.
Allison drops the news. There is no yellow line. There is only a red line. So the person with the lowest percentage on the losing team is going home. There will be no vote. But, there is a chance. Each trainer will get 1 Trainer save this season.
*Commercial - Featuring past winner Olivia for www.OABReality.com This is for Overactive bladders.
Before the first person steps on the scale, Jillian tells her team not to rely on her save.
First up, The Blue Team.
Holley started the week at 351 lbs. She now weighs 335 lbs for a total loss of 16 lbs.
Hap started the week at 403 lbs. He now weighs 386 lbs for a total loss of 17lbs.
Chelsea started the week at 241 lbs. She now weighs 229 lbs for a total loss of 12 lbs.
Matt started the week at 356 lbs. He now weighs 333 lbs for a total loss of 23 lbs.
Bobby started the week at 358 lbs. He now weighs 338 lbs for a total loss of 20 lbs.
Total: 88 lbs - 5.15%
The Red Team is next. They need to lose more than 85 lbs.
Ruben (called Hollywood by his team) started the week at 462 lbs. He now weighs 441 lbs for a total loss of 21 lbs.
Jennifer started the week at 266 lbs. She now weighs 255 lbs for a total loss of 11 lbs.
Tanya started the week at 262 lbs. She now weighs 246 lbs for a total loss of 16 lbs.
Rachel started the week at 260 lbs. She now weighs 239 lbs for a total loss of 21 lbs.
David (Needs to lose more than 16 lbs) started the week at 409 lbs. He now weighs 371 lbs for a total loss of 38 lbs.
Total: 107 lbs - 6.45%
The Blue team is nervous. Hap is doing the math and he has the smallest percentage on his team.
It's time for The White Team. They need to lose more than 77 lbs.
Tumi started the week at 319 lbs. She now weighs 305 lbs for a total loss of 14 lbs.
Fernanda started the week at 250 lbs. She now weighs 238 lbs for a total loss of 12 lbs.
Marie started the week at 249 lbs. She now weighs 240 lbs for a total loss of 9 lbs.
Jay started the week at 297 lbs. He now weighs 274 lbs for a total loss of 23 lbs.
Craig (Needs to lose more than 19 lbs) started the week at 385 lbs. He now weighs 372 lbs for a total loss of 13 lbs.
Total: 71 lbs - 4.74%
Craig is below the Red line. "I came here feeling like I could be a leader. I turn out to be the weakest link."
Jillian uses her Trainer Save. He worked hard. She knew that.
Looks like it's going to be a good season.
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