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Biggest Loser Season 9 Week 12 Recap with Amanda Arlauskas

This episode opened with Alison Sweeney standing in the gym alongside a podium with a big red button. Alison tells the contestants that they each have access to the scale all week, but only once. Each contestant has to compete in losing two percent of their body weight first, and once they are confident they have done just that, they have the chance to hit the red button, which alarms all across the Biggest Loser campus. The contestant will then weigh in, and if they hit the two percent they win immunity!

After only two days, Victoria Andrews feels the pressure and hits the button. She loses only three pounds compared to the six she needed, and has lost her chance at immunity. Just two days later, after a killer late night workout, Sam Poueu feels confident that he has lost his six pounds. As the sirens blare and the contestants gather to watch his weigh-in, everyone is shocked to see him not only surpass six pounds, but achieve an incredible 10-pound weight loss. Super impressive!

This week’s physical challenge is to retrieve 100 pounds of weights from the bottom of a pool and stack them onto a scale. Each contestant can only transfer two pounds at a time, which means 50 trips will be made by everyone. The winner will receive a two-week stay at The Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge. Whoever comes in last will receive a one pound disadvantage. Sunshine Hampton keeps the lead and wins the challenge. Unfortunately for Melissa Morgan, the contestants all give their help elsewhere, which lands her in last place.

The weigh-in starts off shaky, as contestants are losing both big and small numbers. Sunshine Hampton breaks out of the 200s as her father reaches a milestone of his own by surpassing the 100 pound weight-loss mark. Melissa Morgan and Drea Hough both fall below the yellow line; and it isn’t surprising that during elimination each vote seems to be for Melissa. After five votes in a row, she is eliminated, and is no longer eligible to be The Biggest Loser.

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April 7th, 2010

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Hey Amanda, nice to see you back making recaps :)

I thought this week was one of the most creative weeks I've ever seen on the U.S. version of the show. I thought the immunity challenge was pretty awesome, it brought together strategy, gameplay, and hard work.

It seems like most of the players are starting to look "average" instead of obese. Only a few players still appear like they have a lot of weight to lose.

Sam and Melissa in particular do not look like they need to be there any more. Drea and Sunshine are almost there.

I liked the swimming pool challenge this week. I think it would have been one of the more fun challenges to do.

I have actually developed a soft spot for Melissa. She's never been a sore loser, overly manipulative, or vindictive, her main issue was that she doesn't know how to bluff and is very direct with everyone. Since she has no qualms about playing the game, this distances herself form the others. But something has happened to her in spite of her apparent initial desire to just make money. She's become a much more likable person, her and Lance have evolved as individuals and as a couple. I find her story inspirational because her attitude towards life has improved so much in such a short time. She also does not look fat anymore. She seriously does not seem like she was ever obese at this point. I think she came for the money but she left as a truly better person, and other than her outburst at Jillian she has pretty much been very respectful of everyone...she just doesn't bluff very well unlike Koli, Michael, and Ashley.

I must say though that the most inspirational folks this season have definitely been Sunshine and O'Neal. They just have the best attitude and the most focus. I can see why Jill is grooming Sunshine to be the winner of the competition. I am rooting for her too. It was so nice to see Sunshine realize that she's been really codependent on her dad and to start seeing herself as a full person and as a potential winner of the competition. I was very happy for her. She kicked butt in the competition and achieved a major milestone. I also liked how everyone pitched in to ensure that O'Neal did not get the disadvantage this week. That was pretty cool.

My final four picks would be Sunshine, Daris, Michael and Sam. I hope Vicky grows on me more though, just I haven't seen enough of her yet to know if I want to root for her.

posted Apr 8th, 2010 12:22 am


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