The Biggest Loser 9 – Offers Second Chance

I just saw a preview for Biggest Loser premiering September 15th. They’re having a second chance edition, which will include Daniel from last season. Daniel was one of the most heartbreaking contestants, because he was so obese (450 pounds) at such a young age (19). He was sent home after 4 short weeks, but still managed to lose over 100 pounds before the finale.

Daniel Biggest Loser

He still has a long way to go though and he’s getting a second chance to work out with Bob Harper or Jillian Michaels.

Appearing on the show is a dream come true for many desperate dieters.

Open calls for are happening all over America in August. In Nebraska, more than 300 people lined up for the chance to pitch their case to a “Biggest Loser” casting director, undeterred by the extremely high odds of being selected. Those who try out for the show may see it as a last chance to live a long and healthy life.   Many have struggled with obesity all their lives, attempted diets, taken pills or even undergone weight loss surgery with little or no long term success.

Ron arrived on campus weighing 430 pounds. He battled his weight his entire life, weighing over 200 pounds at just nine years old, and has yo-yo dieted to almost 500 pounds as an adult. Ron underwent gastric bypass surgery, but still couldn’t lose the weight on his own. Ron participated in the show last season with his son Mike. I was hoping the producers would give Mike’s brother, Max, an opportunity to be on the show.

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Reality Wrap Up – 03APR09

The Biggest Loser – These week we lots of faces from the past.  Allison had her baby, so Ali and Michelle both showed up to host.  And the show brought back Estella, Nicole and David, who didn’t have a chance to come back to the ranch earlier. The biggest loser of the three got to come back into the game, and won immunity. But wait, there’s a catch. They only have immunity if they don’t gain any weight in the first week.  Nicole was the biggest loser of the bunch, losing 87 pounds at home.  In fact, she was nearly the biggest loser of all players, second only to Tara.  Tara was happy to have another competitor in the house, to take the target off her back for a least a couple of weeks.  The biggest event on the show was Ron being rushed to the hospital with chest pains and dizziness. Turns out he had a bleeding ulcer in the part of his belly bypassed by surgery.  He was able to come back into for the weigh in, but since they pumped him full of fluids, he wasn’t very optimistic about the results. Sure enough, he gained weight (3) and so did Laura (1) but the real shocker was Nicole. She gained 5 pounds and lost her immunity.  She and Ron fell below the yellow line.  Filipe exacted a little revenge on Ron, voting for his once-upon-a-time ally.  Sione followed suit and showed just how pity they both can be. Ultimately Kristin stayed true blue to her crew and sent Nicole back home.  I bet she wished she had just stayed home to start with.


American Idol – This should have been a kick ass week, since the singers could pick any song for iTunes. They really had a chance to showcase their skills and show America what kind of artist they’ll be. Instead, several picked classics and aimed to give them a contemporary spin. Scott played piano like his idol Billy Joel and Adam got funky with Wild Cherry.  Lil surprised me when she picked a song by Celine Dion instead of more current artist, like Mary J. Blige or Mariah.  The only ones who stepped into this decade were Matt (The Fray), Allison (No Doubt) and Danny (Rascal Flatts).  But the one who refused to conform, Megan Joy Corkrey, was sent home. She sang “Turn Your Lights Down Low” by Bob Marley and refused to apologize for the song choice when the judges blasted her. She was even defiant on results night which earned her a one way ticket back to Utah.


Survivor – Finally back after two week break.  Well technically it was only one week, but recap shows just don’t count.  Anyhow, we join the Survivors where we last left off…with Coach annoying his tribe mates. This time there was bean burning blame heaped on his plate.  Though it seemed like the great bean incident blew over quickly (we can only hope).  Timbera won a challenge and got to eat meat as reward. They also got to send a member of Jalapao to Exile. Finally giving Taj a break, they sent Joe packing. Joe picked Erinn to keep him company; sure he could charm her into betraying her tribe.  She did share the clue about the immunity idol hidden back at camp, so maybe some of that charm paid off.  Taj and Stephen replaced the original idol with a fake, to throw Joe off their scent. They also brought JT into the alliance, confiding they had the idol.  The immunity challenge was a close race, but Timbera won again.  Joe promised Sydney he’d take her to the merge, not realizing he was odd man out in his tribe. He suggested they send Taj home and met resistance from Taj’s alliance; Stephen and JT.  In the end Sydney was eliminated and Joe had a lot of thinking to do.


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Reality Wrap Up – 14MAR09

The Biggest Loser – OMG! Now I know why the producers left us hanging last week with Mike’s weigh in. There was just too much show to cram into one week: much like chicken fingers and Filipe’s mouth.  Wait – I’m getting ahead of myself. 


First off, Mike lost 11 pounds and secured everyone’s place in the house for another week.  Before they have a chance to celebrate, Allison takes them outside for another challenge. The players will have to squat against the wall to win the power of teaming up the Blue Team and the Black Team. The next weigh in will be a face off, with each player weighing in against one player on the other team.  Not too surprisingly Tara won the challenge and the right to pair off the players.  The Black Team is high on back to back to back wins and getting pretty darn cocky. 


They also won the reward challenge, a relay race through the gym.  As a reward the Black Team got 24 Hours of Luxury.  They went Buck Wild.  Laura was drinking shots of tequila.  Helen was smoking and Filipe….oh boy….Filipe ordered up a platter of chicken fingers and French fries. 


The next morning, hung over and shame faced, the Black Team went back to the ranch and had to face the wrath of Jillian.  Jillian let them have it, but in the middle of her rant, Filipe started to fight back.  He was mad that Jillian didn’t work him out during the last chance workout.  Whaaaaaaaa.  After his little tantrum, he and Sione ran back to Bob (who was soaking it up like a smug sponge).  They’re still on the Black Team, but they refuse to work out with Jillian, so the Blue Team, who desperately needs Bob’s attention is sharing him with their rivals. All so Bob can get a little ego bust and Filipe doesn’t have to be accountable for his chicken finger binge.


Now you would think that if the world were just and fair, the Blackies would pay for their behavior at the weigh in, but the world is neither just nor fair. The Blue Team lost again and this time Mandi was sent packing.


American Idol – The idols perform MJ hits, which the judges usually advise against.  I don’t get this show sometimes. Oh Well.  Lil Rounds was great.  No surprise there, this is right up her genre.  Scott MacIntyre finally got to tickle the keys.  He looked more comfortable this week, sitting down at the piano, but he didn’t sound great.  Danny Gokey delivered a solid performance.  He certainly won’t lose any fans this week.  Michael Sarver is setting himself up as the sole country performer this year, which is a smart move.  He won’t have to share those votes with anyone else.  Unlike Jasmine Murray who can’t find her voice or audience and was eliminated.  Jorge Nunez should have gotten more support from the Latin community, but he was eliminated too.  Adam Lambert is too dramatic for my taste.  But he oozes sex appeal and that’s going to appeal to girls and boys alike.  Anoop Desai was underwhelming singing pop anthem “Beat It.” Allison Iraheta and Alexis Grace are surprising standouts.


Survivor – Taj found the idol back at Jalapao’s camp and gave it to Stephen for safe keeping.  Little does she know he’s already plotting ways to keep the little bugger for himself.  The reward challenge was fun, watching the players spin on platforms then navigate a balance beam while dizzy. Jalapao won a relaxing afternoon at the Charmin café, complete with coffee, Danish, toilet paper and letters from home.  They didn’t do so well in the immunity challenge though.  Taj got a little mouthy with Joe and it looked like she might be the next to go, but in the end Spencer was sent packing. 



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Reality Wrap Up 27FEB09

Biggest Loser – The couples learn they’ll be split into two teams, the Blues (Bob) and the Blacks (Jillian). But first, they have to compete for their trainer, doing 100 up/downs in the mud.  Whoever wins will get to keep their trainer, but the other pairs have their fate decided with the flip of a coin.


Sione seemed like a ringer for this challenge, but once again, Tara proved she is a Warrior!  That girl is Russell Crowe, Gladiator tough.  She and Laura stayed together and stayed will Jillian. The other pairs weren’t so lucky. Sione, Filipe, Mike and Helen switched from Bob’s team to Jillian’s.  Kristin, Cathy and Ron stayed with Bob, but Mandi, Aubrey and Dane weren’t too happy about their new team.  


Bob was the unhappiest of them all, seeing his hopes of finally winning a season go up in smoke.  The new teams didn’t have much time to get settled in before they had to compete in a 24 hour bike-a-thon.  Half way through the night, the Blue Team, lead by Mandi and Aubrey, offered a truce to the Blacks but Sione wanted to finish the challenge. His determination got everyone fired up.


Biggest Loser – Part Duex – Weigh ins on Wednesday.  Dane lost a whopping 13 pounds.  Now that he’s on the Blue team I bet Bob is happy he wasn’t voted out.  He has lost 100 pounds in 8 weeks – the fastest any player has lost 100 pounds.  I would dare to say the fastest any PERSON has lost 100 pounds. That’s insane! 

Cathy was the Biggest Loser on the Blue Team, with 14 pounds.  

Kristin and Mike each lost 10 pounds. Mike better step it up because Kristin is kicking his butt. 

Everybody on the Blue Team had decent numbers, from 5, 7, 8, to 14 pounds but it wasn’t enough to beat the Blacks.  Dane was sent home, packaging a lot less baggage for his return trip.


American Idol – The second set of 13 performed. Is it just me or are these contestants even worse than seasons past?  I don’t know if it’s because I’ve forgotten how shaky everyone is the first time they perform or if it’s because of all the hype that this is the BEST season EVER.  I’m trying to keep an open mind, despite appalling performances.  Even my faves, Jasmine, Matt and Kai were disappointments.  Kris, Allison and Megan were pleasant surprises. 

American Idol – Results night – Ugh!  Does any one actually like the group performances or guest performances from past season rejects?  Just give us the results – Kris, Adam and Allison made it through.  Now was that so hard?  I was bummed that Matt Breitzke and Megan Joy Corkrey didn’t make it through, but there’s always wild card night.  Right?

Survivor – So much drama, so little time.  Coach is proving to be quite the prima donna. When Timbira loses another reward challenge, he had a little temper tantrum.  He called it a primal yell, I call it a hissy fit.  And he wasn’t done yet.  Back at camp Erinn realized Jerry was sick and saw a reprieve.  Coach caught her grinning and was ready to burn her evil ass at the stake.  When Timbira lost the reward challenge, Jalapao got to send one member to Exile and they picked Brandon.  He grabbed his girl Taj and off they went to collect more clues to the hidden immunity idol.  At the immunity challenge, Timbira’s losing streak kept going strong. Jerry couldn’t fake feeling well and his tribe considered him too weak to stay and play another day.

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Reality Wrap Up – 26SEP08

It was a big week in reality world.  Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency was as crazy as ever.  Last week we got a hint that Polina Tretiakova may be bulimic.  If being stick thin and stashing empty cheesecake boxes under your bed is any indication.  Brian Kehoe offered Crystal Truehart his diet advice.  “Go blow some coke.” Janice was so pissed she had him removed from the house and the agency.  He didn’t get back in her good graces when he popped in at the TINTe photo shoot and later at the house.  Even his ex crush, Traci Moslenko, wasn’t missing his nonsense in the house.  She’s too busy busting Xian’s and Chandler’s romance to Janice.  Traci found a love note from Xian to Chandler and slipped it under Janice’s door. Janice is worried about Xian getting hurt by the affair.  They have a girl talk and Xian shares how hard it was growing up gorgeous, a complaint Janice appearently relates to, saying models are perfection so it’s hard to relate to ordinary people.  Oh WHAAAAAA.

Kehoe drops in on photo shoot to talk to Janice

Kehoe drops in on photo shoot to talk to Janice

Sorin keeps Kehoe at the door

Sorin keeps Kehoe at the door

Traci, Paul and Payton at Ed Hardy photo shoot

Traci, Paul and Payton at Ed Hardy photo shoot


Biggest Loser contestants experienced the dreaded week two, which is notorious for weight loss plateaus.  Undeterred, Coleen and her dad Jerry risked it all by bidding they could lose 2.4% of their starting weight (14 pounds).  If the succeeded, they would win $10,000, but if they failed, they would automatically fall below the yellow line.  Coleen did her part, losing a whopping 6 pounds.  The girl earned it though because she had to compete by herself in a reward challenge.  The players would slide down a hill and then have to sprint back up in the allotted time.  Since Jerry had to sit out, Coleen didn’t get a break, completing every round for her team. She went 16 rounds before she gave up.  Ed and Heba won the challenge and got a phone call from home. They also got to pick another pair to receive a call and they chose Amy and Phil.  In the end,Coleen and Jerry only lost 11 pounds, but they were better off then Joe and LT.  LT actually gained 3 pounds so it was the perfect opportunity to send the Grey Team back to Boston.

Sprint and Slide reward challenge

Sprint and Slide reward challenge

Tom and LT are NOT the Biggest Losers

Tom and LT are NOT the Biggest Losers


Project Runway is down to 6 designers and they’re asked to take on the toughest client yet – each other.  Not only that, the design has to reflect a specific music genre.  Korto wasn’t thrilled when she learned she’d have to design menswear for Suede, plus she had to make it punk. She was even less happy when she found out her outfit would be country.  The one who really missed the mark was Kenley designing for Leanne.  She was supposed to create a hip hop look and ended up with soccer mom in hoops.  Not only was her outfit ugly, but her attitude was too. She got really defensive with Tim and the judges.  Suede was booted, but I think it was due to his annoying habit of referring to himself in the third person, rather than his rock and roll design.  The best part of the show of seeing LL Cool J drop in as a guest judge.  


Suede designed rock and roll outfit for Jerell

Suede designed rock and roll outfit for Jerell


Survivor Gabon premiered with a two hour episode and double eviction.  The contestants were split into two tribes: Fang and Kato.  So far, Fang is the serious underdog, losing three out of three challenges and failing to find a leader.  During the first tribal council, GC (Golden Child) was railroaded into taking the title of leader, but he quit by the next day.  No one was willing to step in to the void, even after they lost two more challenges.  The first player to be eliminated was Michelle, due to her negative, whining attitude.  Gillian, on the flip side, was the tribe’s cheerleader, but she couldn’t keep up in the challenges so she was eliminated next. 


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Reality TV Wrap Up – 05SEP08

It’s been a slow season in Reality TV World. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of shows on, just few I care to write about.  I have been blogging on Big Brother, because the drama is just too delicious.  The end is in sight now that it’s down to the final four.  


Dan went back on his deal with Ollie and back doored Michelle. Michelle was voted out and the houseguests were surprised with a double elimination week. Ollie didn’t even have a moment to plot his revenge, because Keesha won HOH and put him and Jerry on the block. Ollie was voted out, leaving Jerry in hostile territory.  Jerry’s only hope of staying in the house was to win HOH – which he did.  He went from humble pie to Hitler in about 2 seconds.  Memphis kept himself off the block when he offered Jerry a deal to go to the final two. Memphis has the same deal with Keesha and Dan.  Jerry put Keesha and Dan on the block – but when Memphis won POV he took Dan off.  Jerry was pissed but he had no choice other than putting Renny up. Renny was evicted leaving Keesha, Memphis, Dan and Jerry- the final four.  We also got to see the jury house. Libra was thrilled to see April walk in the door. I don’t think she was thrilled to see Michelle and Ollie arrive next, because now she’s really outnumbered.  Hopefully they can all get along since there’s no money at stake.  Last night Dan won HOH – all indications point to Keesha and Jerry going on the block this week.


Project Runway designers had a high fashion challenge, with guest judge Diane von Furstenberg. They had to design a 40’s inspired outfit for a tough dame, one who might travel from Berlin to Shanghai carrying military secrets. Leanne finally came out of her shell and delivered a gorgeous gown with caplet overcoat.  Stella couldn’t get her groove back working with tweed and was eliminated.


Thankfully there are plenty of my favorite shows starting in September.  


The Amazing Race premieres September 28th with more pairs battling to come in first.  I like the way the Amazing Race picks all sorts of pairs, couples, friends, parents and children and even divorced couples. It’s interesting to see how they all interact. 


Survivor Gabon premieres September 25th and it promises to be another exciting season. The competition is back in Africa, with competitors from all walks of life. That’s what makes this show so interesting – the cultural clashes and buried prejudices.  Although I still think the last few seasons the players have had it too easy, with fruit & fish – some of them actually gained weight!  If they’re going to get a million bucks, they should have to suffer and starve!   Now that’s entertainment.


Speaking of suffering and starving – my absolute favorite Reality TV Diva, Janice Dickinson is back!  I absolute adore her. Sure, she’s brash and bossy, obnoxious, annoying and downright rude – but she’s also honest, motherly and smart.  You have to admire a woman who overcame personal hardships, sexual abuse and alcoholism, to rise to the top of the modeling industry.  Whether you love her or hate her, you have to admit Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency is addictive TV!  I’m so happy to see my favorite models again: JP Calderone, CC Fontana and Traci Moslenko.  JP is just as sweet as ever (sweet eye candy too) and CC still looks up to Janice and wants to please her.  Traci has gotten a little pudgy in her off time and she’s gotten an agent with hopes of getting into film. Neither of which went over well with Janice.  In fact, this week Janice told her she had 2 wks to get her bod in shape and commit to modeling or she’s cut from the agency.  CC also got on Janice’s bad side when she showed up an hour late to a photo shoot.  There are also new faces in the crowd, including Xian Mikol who is drop dead gorgeous, Chandler Maness and Polina Tretiakova.  Xian and Chandler have a mutual attraction while Polina and Maurice Townsell are flirting too. Just to turn up the heat, these hotties are living in the same house with Mama Janice watching their every move.  

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Reality TV – Survivor Gabon

It’s been a slow season for reality TV fans.  In fact, if it weren’t for Big Brother and Project Runway, I’d be going through withdrawals.  


But salvation is on the horizon, with Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency, Amazing Race 13, America’s Next Top Model and Survivor Gabon premieres.


CBS just released a sneak peek of the Survivor Gabon contestants. They come from all walks of life, from a jewelry salesman to a maintenance man, and range in age from 22 to 61.




I’m giddy as a school girl.

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