I met up with Dolvett, and his smile, in his dressing room just a couple of hours before the star trainer takes to the Biggest Loser 13 finale stage. He was noshing on a beautiful spread of fresh berries, salmon, almonds, chicken, and hummus, and admitted feeling a little nervous about tonight. After all, two of the three finalists are his contestants. Ultimately, he wants the best person to win.
We reminisced about this season, and how it took him from ballet tights and Zumba clothes, to the White House and Hawaii, something he was able to mark off his bucket list.
In the coming weeks you’ll see Dolvett starring as the first male to lead SELF’s Workout in the Park, taking place in San Francisco, New York City, and Chicago.
He’s mum on any other projects he has in the works, noting they are plenty, and still didn’t share any more details when I remembered he’d previously mentioned a book and workout DVDs. Maybe the DVDs will progress in three weeks or so when he finally kicks the custom made Louis Vuitton boot protecting his broken foot.
He wasn’t supposed to be standing on that finale stage. But Jeremy Britt knew all along he was. And not only was he one of three final competitors last night, but he won the whole thing and walked out more than 51 percent thinner and $250,000 richer.
We were live on the finale stage moments after confetti fell. Watch our interview with Biggest Loser 13’s winner now, with Courtney Crozier.
UPDATE: 4/18/12, 6:05pm: We just spoke with NBC publicity, who shared an update on last night’s episode. As of now, Mark and Buddy are planning to attend finale, although we’re told they will not be eligible for any prize money. There will also not be any legal ramifications for their decision to leave the show. “They chose to leave and the show wishes them well,” said Jill Carmen with NBC.
In the nine seasons we’ve watched Biggest Loser, we’ve never seen an episode like this. In the second to last episode before finale, the first 20 minutes were filled with packed luggage, executive producers, and lawyers. The contestants were walking out.
The episode opened with camera crews searching for the contestants, only to find empty rooms and no one with a mic on. Kim started to come out of her bathroom but quickly shut the door. Passing through the kitchen, Mark requested that he not be filmed. The five final contestants (Mark, Buddy, Kim, Conda, and Jeremy) had just returned from a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Washington, DC for makeovers and meetings with the first lady, but when they caught wind of a game-changing twist, they were out.
What kind of twist could create such a storm? All fourteen eliminated contestants would be returning to the ranch for a spot as a finalist. The current contestants didn’t think it was fair. The producers explained it’s all part of the game. “This is a matter of right and wrong. In my heart I feel like this is wrong,” Jeremy told Jeff Friedman, the show’s attorney.
It appeared to be a frantic scene on the set as faces from behind the cameras started revealing themselves. Todd Lubin, executive produer, met with the rogue five and explained that a member of legal would soon be out. Bob and Dolvett tried to intercept their seemingly rash decision, but Kim remarked, “This isn’t about you.” Dolvett replied, “Are you prepared to leave?” Mark’s intentions were clear, saying, “Yep. I’m good with that. I’m ready to go.” (more…)
This week starts the eagerly anticipated “Biggest Loser” makeover episode. During this two-part event, the contestants go to the White House. There they reunite with their loved ones, visit with first lady Michelle Obama and take part in the show’s first-ever White House workout.
During their visit with Mrs. Obama, the contestants learn about PALA (Presidential Active Lifestyle Award), a six-week pledge based program. The program is designed to get both adults and children more physically active and healthy. Anyone can participate in the challenge. From children to senior adults, it is geared towards helping people get on the path to a healthier lifestyle through positive changes in physical activity and eating behaviors. Anyone with strict dietary needs, such as vegetarians, vegans and diabetics. You can sign up for just yourself or you can get a form a group and sign up together.
The challenge is broken down into two age groups, one is for adults and the other is for kids and teens between the ages of 6 and 17 years.
For the adults, the first part of the challenge involves becoming physically active. To meet this challenge you need to be active 30 minutes a day, at least five days of the week, for six out of eight weeks. An alternative can be to use a pedometer and reach a daily goal of 8,500 steps. (more…)
As the contestants prepare for the highly anticipated makeover show, they will meet with fashion expert Jeannie Mai and visit the salon of celebrity stylist Ken Paves. Just before the fun begins the contestants receive a surprise video message from the first lady inviting them all the the White House.
Once the newly made-over group arrives at the White House, they will first be surprised to reunite with family members. The makeovers, transformation reveals, and family reunions will all take place in the first episode and all before they meet the first lady.