'The Biggest Loser' Recap: Going to Singles and a Game Changing Twist
'The Biggest Loser' Recap: Going to Singles and a Game Changing Twist
Eva Des Lauriers
Eva Des Lauriers
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
The competition heats up as the contestants go to singles in this week's episode of The Biggest Loser. From now on, the contestants compete in the challenges for themselves, rely on themselves and weigh in by themselves. This is the part of the season where it all gets very interesting. Plus, there's a shocking double elimination and a twist that could turn the whole competition around.

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Checking in with Bobby

Bobby was sent home last week after the Blue Team lost the weigh-in. We get to check in with him this week, and he reports that he has lost over 90 pounds. Bobby was also inspired by Bob and decided to come out to his dad as gay. His dad is supportive and proud of him and it is a very sweet.

Going to Singles

The contestants have abandoned their team colors and now are on their own as singles in the competition. Also, in a new development this season, the contestants that make it to the final week on the ranch will compete in the first ever Biggest Loser triathlon. They have traditionally done a marathon during the final week, so this is adding a whole new challenge for contestants. The winner of the triathalon automatically earns a spot in the finale. 

The Challenge: The Ring of Fire

With a focus on building their endurance, contestants must hold a metal arm that weighs 20% of their weight in a ring 20 feet away. Dropping the arm into the flame eliminates the contestant from the challenge. The last person standing wins. The person who wins the challenge wins a one-pound advantage at the weigh-in, a huge advantage at this point.

After 45 minutes, a few contestants are already out, but an impressive number of them are still in the challenge. It gets down to Rachel, Jay and David. Rachel with a stellar poker face is so strong, and I love that she is in green, the color of my favorite past contestant Tara (season 7). After an amazing 92 minutes, Rachel wins the first individual challenge. 

It is revealed at the end of the challenge that there will be a double elimination at this week's weigh-in. Rachel is pretty happy about her one-pound advantage this week.

The Workouts

With the contestants unable to rely on one another to get through the weigh-ins, they are giving it their all in the workouts. The trainers get to work with other contestants this week now that they are not on teams. Going to singles really shakes things up in a great way.

After getting kicked out of the gym on day one, David is looking to prove to Jillian that he has come a long way. He works his butt off in the gym and impresses Jillian and feels redeemed. 


David's performance in the gym inspires a heart-to-heart between him and Jillian. She encourages him to focus on his healing and to dream again, focusing on his own dreams after having to sacrifice so much in the past to take care of his family. It is a sweet moment after their confrontation.

Jennifer is mad at herself for not performing well enough in the workout with Bob. They have a heart-to-heart about how she doesn't feel good enough. Bob encourages her to face what scares her and be vulnerable in the open so she knows how to deal with them in her life. 

Last Chance Workout

In what seems to be the first last chance workout that we have seen all season, the contestants push themselves to the limit. This is the Biggest Loser I have been missing this season. It's that motivation that makes all the viewers at home want to get to the gym themselves.

The Weigh-In

Across the board, the contestants are hitting their goals for weight loss. Jay hits the 100-pound weight loss goal, Tumi hits a weight she hasn't been at in over 10 years, David loses a whopping 12 pounds, etc. This is what singles does and it is great. Then the numbers start to shrink to reveal the bottom two who fall below the red line and are eliminated tonight. 

In this double elimination, Hap and Matt are going home. These are two of the biggest guys in the house, which is incredible. David is now the only man left on the ranch! Has there ever been a female-dominated season?


Just when we think the show is over, The Biggest Loser drops another bomb. Each eliminated player, including Hap and Matt, are given a chance to earn their spot back on the ranch. How this will go down, we won't know until the next episode. This could really be a game changer!

The Biggest Loser returns in three weeks on Tuesday, January 7 at 8pm on NBC.

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