Exclusive Interview: Ali and Bette-Sue of 'The Biggest Loser'
Exclusive Interview: Ali and Bette-Sue of 'The Biggest Loser'
On last night's episode of The Biggest Loser, the teams faced a huge twist.  After sending the white team home, teams were sent to deliberate for an hour about who they would send home next if they could.  Paul and Kelly, the yellow team, received the most votes and prepared to head home.  Host Alison Sweeney surprised them and said that they wouldn't be leaving just yet.  For this week only, all teams competed against the yellow team in both the challenge and the weigh in.  If they won, they could pick any team to eliminate but if they lost, they'd immediately be the ones sent home.  The orange, blue, and purple teams saw this as an opportunity to get rid of the black team and threw the weigh in.  The problem was that Mark and Jay were The Biggest Losers this week, giving them immunity.  Paul and Kelly were forced to eliminate another team and chose the pink team, Ali and Bette-Sue.  Today, the mom and daughter talked to BuddyTV about their unfair elimination and the teams who betrayed them.

Below, you will find the complete transcript and mp3 of the interview.
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Hey , this is Gina from BuddyTV and today, I'm talking to the pink team, Ali and Bette-Sue, from NBC's The Biggest Loser.  Let's start with Bette-Sue. Last night, when you were eliminated, you implied that you never would have done this show if it wasn't for your daughter. How much did she have to pull or twist your arm to get you to join the show?


Bette-Sue: It didn't take a lot of pulling, but I was ready to go to Mexico and get a lap band, you know. Forget this hard stuff. So I wasn't happy about it, but I was happy to do it for Bubba.


Ali, when you first heard about The Biggest Loser: Couples, was your mom the only person in your mind that could be your teammate?

Ali: Actually yeah, we didn't even think of any other alternatives.

Bette Sue: We never considered other fat people that we know.


On a scale of one to ten, how unfair did you think your elimination was last night?


Bette Sue: Ten.

Ali: I think it was unfair because people that were supposed to be part of our team did things to not get us the highest weight loss that they could have for that week, therefore throwing the weigh in. I also think that, if you're going to go the other route, pink has never been below the yellow line. When we left, we had the highest percentage of weight loss, so that just kind of sucks. As a total couple, we had the highest percentage of weight loss, not that week. It was just kind of sh****.


How aware were you that there was an alliance formed in the house and that they were going to throw the weigh in?

Bette Sue: Not at all.

Ali: We didn't know for sure, but I definitely thought that certain people, the purple and the blue and the orange, were not doing what they usually did. Then, Bob even sat us down and said, "If you're doing this, you need to tell someone," because it reflects on him as a trainer. Everybody swore they weren't, or whatever. You know what, quite honestly I don't know, maybe some teams did tell Bob that they were doing that. I don't know, but I noticed 'cause they weren't doing their homework, there was staying up really late, they were eating extra food. I mean, they were eating pie, they went to the movies and had popcorn, you know, it's just like what in the heck? They weren't putting in what they usually did in their workout, so it was obvious to me that they were throwing the weigh in.

Bette Sue: I was sick that week, so I missed out on a lot of group dynamics in the house cause I was in bed running a fever. I'm more suspect and more naive sometimes to these younger kids than Ali is, because she's smarter and more in tune with that, but I was totally just...you could have blown me over with a feather. I didn't know.


Now what's the deal with the black team? I know they had that fight at that challenge, but what is the hatred for them and the need to get them out? Is it about game play, or is it really about a group of people who just don't like Mark and Jay?


Ali: It's a group of people who get mad that Mark and Jay win all the challenges.

Bette Sue: We are not part of that group of people. Orange, she always thought that we were buddies with black, but we weren't buddies with black as far as people.  Maybe there was a jealousy that they won challenges.


What's life been like for the two of you since you've been home? Have you relied on each other and worked out together often?

Ali: Well at first we didn't work out together, we kind of were working out at our separate gyms because we live on opposite sides. I'm in Chandler and mom's in Mesa, so we were working out at the gyms closest to us. Then we just realized that we wanted to work out together and we work out better together. Now mom comes out to the gym that I work out. I do work out a little bit more time than mom, and I work and stuff like that, so I kind of have to really schedule my schedule and even think of time driving as time I could be working out.

Bette Sue: Ali is definitely more driven, and I was kind of settling in and being depressed and stuff. It helped me a lot that night I kind of hit a plateau in weight loss, until I went back out and worked out with Ali. Then we were together five days a week, for sure.


Now on next week's episode they separate the couples and there's a chance that someone will lose their partner. Are you two went out together and that you didn't have to risk losing one or the other while you were on the campus?

Bette Sue: No, we knew at some point in time they were going to have to split the couples, because it's only one biggest loser. And I begged them to leave us until I could leave by myself. I came for Ali, I wanted Ali to be there, and I would have happily left if it meant Ali could stay, but that didn't happen.


Well, we're sorry you went out the way you did, but we can't wait to see you at the live finale. I just wanted to thank you both for your time.

Ali: You're welcome.


- Gina Scarpa, BuddyTV Staff Writer
(Image courtesy of NBC)

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