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Mike Morelli’s Biggest Loser Recap – 8.1

Biggest Loser is back and it seems to be bigger and better. Fifteen new contestants are competing for the title of The Biggest Loser and (the more important part) to get a second chance at life. In the spirit of second chances, Daniel Wright, a season 7 alum, got to come back to compete on this season. I’m glad to see him back and hope he can conquer his weight battle once and for all.

What do you all think of Daniel coming back?

daniel wrightThe first challenge for these new-comers was to finish the last mile of the marathon the Season 7 finalists had to complete. A mile may not seem like long for some, but believe me, when you are out of shape, it seems like a marathon.

Not surprisingly, Daniel won the marathon, but the real story here was Tracey. Tracey had to be airlifted to a hospital and was out of the game for the entire week!! Another personal favorite of mine, Coach Mo, was also taken to the hospital, but thankfully returned later in the week.

At the initial weigh-ins, the heaviest cast reported in. Four men over 400 pounds, and the heaviest contestant ever, Shay, weighed in at 476.

After the weigh-in, of course was the first workout. The thing that shocked me most out of the entire episode was Shay quitting the very first day. I can understand not liking being yelled at, but to walk out of the gym, knowing how much you need it, and how unhealthy you are is amazing to me. I hope Shay can get her act straight for the coming weeks.

The weigh-in this week was pretty impressive. The contestants all lost a lot of weight. The people who stuck out in my mind were Rebecca, who lost 18 pounds, Mo, who lost 19 pounds after being in the hospital, and Julio, losing only 13 pounds.

alexandra white biggest loserI say only 13 pounds, because being as big as Julio is, and how much water weight is lost the first week, something is fishy. Anywhere else 13 pounds is unbelievable, but on the Biggest Loser ranch, the first week is not good. Julio and Alexandra fell below the yellow line, and Alexandra was eliminated.

I would have voted differently, what about you all?

Of course I gotta give my three favorites for the new season:
1. Danny- I have to rep the brown team, and he seems like he’ll do great.
2. Coach Mo- he has a nickname ‘Coach’ day 1. ’nuff said.
3. Abby- her story is absolutely amazing. Someone who has overcome so much in her life already deserves to be there.

Well, that’s it for me this week, DIR nation! I’ll be back soon after next week’s new episode!

September 16th, 2009

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Great review.

- do the contestant have a scale (beside the one for the weigh in) available to them on the ranch (therefore, they more or less know what their weight is before the weight in)

- are the weigh in scales real, or are the contestant weighted before, and all we see is a fake one?

- any news from your brother max?

posted Sep 23rd, 2009 9:43 am


Hey Mike thanks so much for the recap, nice to see you here doing the reviews.

I felt bad for the pastor finding out he has diabetes. But if he didn't find out he could die very soon.

I like Coach Mo, I think as he gets in better shape he will be a serious contender in upcoming challenges. He "gets" it, just he hasn't had any training in many years. But he has had a lot of training in the past so I think it will be much easier for him to get into the routine. I don't see him whining and complaining.

Abby's story was very touching. It even pulled at Jill's heartstrings and that is quite hard to do. It is amazing that she is pulling herself together after such a tragedy and doing something positive with her life. As sad as her story is, if she embraces this journey she can grow enough to build a new life with a new family if she can get through the heartache.

Shay seems to be having a lot of baggage from her childhood to overcome. I like how Jill didn't give her any excuses. I think she's gained weight as a coping mechanism but after storming out she finally saw the light that hiding behind a tragedy is giving her a slow and painful death. Her story is sad, but it is not tragic like Abby's. She just needs to find herself and stop living in the past, and I am so glad she came back in. That little kick in the butt Jill gave her could be the catalyst to her turning over a new leaf.

I'm so glad Dan is back. I felt like he was robbed last season by virtue of his partner not being very committed to the process. I hope that this season he can finish what he started.

I like Allen the figherfighter. He just is a good person. I think he picked the right teammate to carry him through the game.

I don't care much for "america's pick", in fact I voted for her competition at S7 finale. Although her partner seems ok.

I was happy to see the girl who went home, she made a ton of progress.

I'm really hoping this year will be the best year so far. Everyone is so overweight this time though that I don't think we'll be seeing people getting super thin by finale. Even if you lose 200 lbs you're still going to be big if you started in the 450's.

I am quite glad that this year it's Bob and Jill instead of them competing. I found that the team loyalties and whatnot from last year ended up causing lots of unnecessary drama, like all the BS between Filipe and Jill. If they both work with everyone then there won't be this kind of sibling rivalry between Bob and Jill that last year really made for hard feelings and unnecessary stress. I tune in to feel inspired, not to watch bickering and drama!

But anyway I have good vibes so far for this season and I'm really looking forward to the weeks ahead.

I love this show because it gets me pumped up and motivated.

posted Sep 16th, 2009 9:15 pm


Mike, you did a great review. Do tell us how your brothers weightloss is going when you get a chance!

posted Sep 16th, 2009 4:10 pm


With the extremely high weights of these contestants I am anxious to see how everything plays out. How much weight/body fat will these contestants lose??

I definitely would not have voted for Alexandra. Maybe she was perceived to be a threat? Hard to say... I'm excited to see how the Pink Team, Coach Mo, Abby, and Daniel do! Looking forward to this season..

posted Sep 16th, 2009 1:51 pm


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