Exclusive Interview: Mark Kruger of 'The Biggest Loser' - Second Time Around
Exclusive Interview: Mark Kruger of 'The Biggest Loser' - Second Time Around
It's been an interesting season of The Biggest Loser for Mark Kruger.  He was voted out of the game in February, only to be brought back in March for being the eliminated male contestant to have lost the most amount of weight.  Soon after, his brother was sent home.  Then, Mark made it to the final four this month but to get to the three that will compete at the live finale, he had to put his fate in the hands of America.  It is between him and Roger and they won't know which one of them has been voted in until the first five minutes of Tuesday's live finale.  Mark spoke to BuddyTV for a second time about his time on the show and his dreams of winning The Biggest Loser.

Below, you will find the complete transcript and mp3 of the interview.
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Hey everybody, this is Gina from BuddyTV, and today I'm talking to Mark from NBC's The Biggest Loser.


Hey Gina, how are you doing?


Hey Mark, I'm glad to talk to you for a second time.

Second time, I know.


If you win it'll be three times. We'll be best friends.

That would be awesome. I only hope that that happens.


I'm really pulling for you on Tuesday. I'm wondering how you felt when you fell below the yellow line, because you had a great alliance with Ali and Kelly. I thought for sure you'd be a shoo-in.


Yes, so did I actually. It was funny, Ali and I even kind of hugged each other after Kelly's number was put up, because we pretty much knew what was gonna happen right up until Alison Sweeney came up with the online twist.


When I spoke to Roger, he said you guys didn't even have any time to figure out what you were going to say before you had to plead your case to America.


We had a few moments, and I was able to jot down some notes and go up and grab the pictures that I used. In my speech to America, I wanted to make sure that they knew exactly how I felt about my journey, about where I was, and why I was involved in the show.


You and Roger did a really great job of not campaigning against each other, or trying to get people to not vote for them. How important was that, to stay true to yourself and to your friendship with him?


I mainly wanted to just talk about myself and my journey, and let Roger talk about himself and say whatever he was gonna say. But I basically just wanted to get my message out to America and speak more to what I was feeling and what I thought, as opposed to getting into a negative campaign. Those things never really go over very well anyway.


I'm wondering if you went on the website and voted for yourself.


Yes I have. I used up all 100 votes.


Do you think it would be easier for you to win the biggest loser in the final three, or the biggest loser at home?


I'm not sure, there's good competition with both ways. Ali is definitely a competitor, and I'm sure she's going to do a great job next week. Curtis and Bernie, a couple of those guys I know are out there working really hard, and I think that they would be tough to beat at home. I think that there's good competition either way. The way I'm looking at this, Jay and I have talked about it numerous times, regardless of what happens next week, whether I'm a finalist or I'm not a finalist, or I win at home or I don't win at home, I'm going to still have already won. I know that sounds cliche, but it's 100 percent true. I've already won in this whole game thing, because I've gotten my life back, and I've gotten health and fitness that I've never known in my life. I feel terrific.


Have you and Jay relied on each other in preparing for the finale?


Not really from a physical standpoint, we're on two totally different schedules, but from an emotional and just being there talking every day standpoint, yes. We haven't worked out a lot together, again because our schedules don't work out really well, but we talk every single day and we discuss what's going on. We've been there as far as a shoulder to cry on.


Are you guys competitive with each other?


We have been since day one. We're brothers, so we're always going to be competitive against each other. But in this particular scenario we're there more to try to support each other than we are competing against each other. I want him to lose as much weight as possible, he wants me to lose as much weight as possible.


I think you and your brother should win an award for the most tears shed in a single season of a reality show.


I've been getting so much crap over that it's not funny, but I don't regret any of it. For me, it's been an experience, and it's been an emotional experience. It was emotional when I got eliminated and I had to leave him, and it was emotional when he got eliminated and had to leave me. We had a close bond together, we were the last duo in the game, and we love each other very much. I think that's evident. We come from a very close family, so we're very fortunate that way, but it's all part of the process as well. It's as much emotional and mental as it is physical.


It's really been a crazy season for you, because you've been in the game, out of the game, you lost your brother, your brother lost you. How do you stay focused?


It's very difficult at times. As you could see last night, midway through that episode I was kind of breaking down with Bob a little bit. It really did get to me after a while, and it was tough to maintain focus and keep my eyes on the prize because of everything I'd gone through from the beginning. If you look at my entire journey, from all the game play junk that went on in the beginning, to getting eliminated to getting back on, to losing Jay and having to go through that final week on my own. It really took a toll on me mentally, and I think that was evident in a lot of the episodes as well.


What do you think will be going through your mind in the first five minutes of the finale?


Please let me be the finalist. That's probably what I'll be focused on more than anything else, just thinking about that and trying to hopefully will myself there.


Well hey, I voted for you, so I'm wishing you the best on Tuesday.

Thanks Gina, I appreciate that.

- Gina Scarpa, BuddyTV Staff Writer

(Image courtesy of NBC)

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