Articles for The Biggest Loser Season 9

Wasn‘t it just a few weeks ago when Danny won The Biggest Loser?Well, there‘s still many more of us who have huge weight issues that they need to lose, and fast, so yes, it‘s another season of The Biggest Loser. It‘s a couples season, so we get 11 pairs. Parents and children, brothers and sisters, married couples, and this season, we have twins, too.  Read more »
Well, here we are again. Another run of The Biggest Loser--eleven couples, apparently the heaviest ever, kicking off their emotional weight loss journey to change their lives... well, and the grand prize, too.Emphasis on emotional--the very first thing they have to do is learn of their current weight, in front of family, friends, and basically everybody else in their hometown. Hometown weigh-ins! It‘s quite a strong moment for all teams, as they virtually have to fess up to their weight problems. There‘s talk about why they got there--Sherry, for example, turned to food after her husband died--and there‘s the usual "we can do this!" lines. The crowds have been supportive, but personally it feels a bit too much. I blame the editors and the absolute silence that surrounds the very moment when their weight is revealed.  Read more »
Umm, sure, okay.At least 600 people have posted comments on a Facebook post by The Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels, calling offense over her choice of words in talking about the latest bunch of contestants on the show.  Read more »
The Biggest Loser: Couples returned last week with the usual stuff--the hard challenge, the eye-opening (this time, literally) weigh-in, the issues that come with the weight... yeah, I‘d like to think they‘re the usual stuff. What struck me last week, though, was what happened to Cherita at the bikes: her vicious cramps literally stopping her from finishing the challenge, and forcing her elimination. It was scary looking at Dr. Huizenga come over, and check, and stop her, and stop her again. Eeek.That‘s not exactly happening this week, but there‘s a reason why Dr. H is around at the ranch.  Read more »
The Biggest Loser‘s second week has become a tradition: of trainers anxious about the contestants‘ performance, of contestants anxious about suffering a steep drop in weight loss (or gaining them), and of course, the medical eye-openers. These contestants are sick, and in that other tradition of the show--hyperbole--this bunch is the sickest bunch yet.Dr. Huizenga was around to, as always, tell everyone the impact of their weight on their health. But he decides to be a bit more creative, by giving everyone a medical task--and the results are both life-affirming and amusing. I mean, the trainers became the guinea pigs! Michael, who began the show as the heaviest contestant yet, watched on as Bob walked around with the extra weight that he carries.  Read more »
We‘re past the second week curse now, which means whatever complication that comes up from now until the very end would solely be the fault of the contestant. So, Melissa, you don‘t have to worry about you getting an extra pound last week. Do the same tonight, and we‘ll have an argument of sorts. Also helped that you had immunity. Now that‘s supernatural lucky.Anyway, tonight‘s The Biggest Loser: Couples sees what Allison calls "student/teacher week". One contestant from each team will act as the teacher, and the other, as the student. Easy, really, until you realize this brings us to our very first temptation of the season--that temptation will determine who‘ll take what role.  Read more »
At the very least, this week‘s The Biggest Loser: Couples was peppered with tension, tension, and lots of tension. Then again, we should‘ve seen it coming--it‘s teacher/student week. We never always got along with our teachers, didn‘t we?Anyway. One member of each team gets named as the teacher, and will be the only person who‘ll get to train with Bob and Jillian. The teacher‘s responsibility is to pass everything he learned to the student. The student‘s responsibility is to represent the team at the weigh-in, and like with other episodes where only one contestant represents the whole bunch, this could mean the bottom of the yellow line.  Read more »
I know questions about game play is often frowned upon on The Biggest Loser, but I‘m tossing one here. We have to, unfortunately. Here goes, then.Is Melissa throwing the weigh-in?  Read more »
I think we have found this season‘s evil figure.Consider this: the last season of The Biggest Loser had Tracey, whose "supernatural" sense gave her many opportunities to flip things around until karma came biting back. This season, it‘s Melissa--and it‘s not just because of her last two weigh-ins.  Read more »
Yep, that‘s a photo from The Biggest Loser: Couples‘ first episode. And yes, Cherita was later eliminated, along with Vicky and another team, because they weren‘t able to finish their first challenge on time. But remember what happened when they left, when Bob and Jillian stopped the limos from leaving the ranch, and told them that they‘re still in it--that they have 30 days to work out at home before returning to the ranch for a final slot, and that they have access to the trainers?Well, those 30 days have passed. It‘s time for that face-off.  Read more »
Last week on The Biggest Loser, it was war, between the red team and the trainers, and later, between the red team and the green team--well, sort of, but there was still a casualty in Migdalia, who was eliminated. This week there should be a ray of sunshine, with the first two teams eliminated at the beginning of the season returning for one more shot at the ranch......but not before Miggy was sent to the hospital. In the middle of the night. Stomach pains, apparently, although I think it was aggravated by a very stressful last week. Alison‘s confident everything‘s going to be fine, though. She tells the remaining contestants of the situation, brings them outside, and surprises them with two limos--and those two eliminated teams. There‘s Cherita and Vicky, the blue team, the team that went through the dramatic cramps at the very first challenge. And then there‘s O‘Neal and Sunshine, the yellow team, the one where the girl went, "I‘ve never had a boyfriend in my entire life." Read more »
First, a quick reminder: this is going to be the last episode of The Biggest Loser: Couples before the Winter Olympics kick in. You know NBC‘s doing wall-to-wall coverage of the game, cleaning their entire schedule for that... and maybe even more, as tonight‘s episode will feature a lot of Olympians. I told you it‘s wall-to-wall.So, after last week‘s dramatic return (and admittedly anti-climactic elimination), the remaining contestants head to the national team‘s Olympic training facility in Colorado Springs. There, they get to meet a load of athletes: paralympic athlete Allison Jones, skiers Julia Mancuso and Jeret Peterson, speed skater J.R. Celski, and figure skater Rockne Brubacker. They‘ll be around to welcome the contestants, help them work out, and cheer them on in a sliding challenge.  Read more »
With The Biggest Loser: Couples being sidelined for a month thanks to the Winter Olympics, it‘s no surprise that they‘ll pull off all the stops. And that means guests, guests, guest, guests galore--and, well, a twist at the very end. And since it‘s the Olympics that will bench the show, what better way to bid a temporary adieu than with... the Olympics?It‘s not really a trip to Vancouver, but rather, a trip to Colorado Springs, and the US Olympic Training Center, where the remaining contestants will spend a week working out and, maybe, having fun. Before paralympian Allison Jones could welcome everyone with a torch lighting ceremony, Alison (okay, notice the L‘s) tells everyone that the game shifts from team mode to individual mode. Also, two people will be eliminated, one from the yellow line, and the other from the red line--that deadly level that automatically eliminates you.  Read more »
After the Winter Olympics and a strong performance from our kids in Vancouver, we‘re back to losing weight.And we sure did leave them hanging. First, a recap of what last happened on The Biggest Loser: Couples almost a month back: after an Olympic-themed week, Melissa fell below the red line and finally got eliminated. But they‘re eliminating two people, and Darrell and Cheryl were below the yellow line. Nope, there wasn‘t a vote: we left them balancing a torch on their heads, an endurance challenge to determine who goes home. Man, they must‘ve been balancing that torch in their heads for a looong while.  Read more »
It‘s been a while, hasn‘t it? Three weeks without The Biggest Loser, three weeks of that deadly cliffhanger with Darrell and Cheryl balancing a torch on their heads, three weeks of wanting to know who between those two were eliminated...And that person is Darrell. He lost his balance after ten minutes, resulting in a pretty emotional goodbye between him and his daughter Andrea. Seems even Alison‘s "you‘re not the biggest loser" line, which you could take many ways, didn‘t help.Now that‘s done with, on to the actual program.  Read more »
On The Biggest Loser: Couples last week, the remaining teams were split into two, and were also split by the way Michael split them. Still, he‘s safe, and I honestly don‘t see him going away any sooner. So, might as well work with what you have, right?That last thought seems to be the theme of tonight‘s episode. It‘s work week, and yes, it means everybody will be doing extra work today, as if working out isn‘t stressful enough. And no, I‘m not referring to the challenge, where both teams have to pull a truck. A truck each team. A truck each team! And judging from the photo up there, it‘s not just any truck, but a cargo truck, with crates that also serve as puzzle pieces.  Read more »
The idea of The Biggest Loser: Couples this week is simple: work hard. And by "hard", they mean "as hard as you used to before you got to the ranch". And they aren‘t just referring to the weight loss: it‘s their real-life jobs, those 9-5ers they went to, those same jobs that got in the way of time to exercise. Which, it seems, is the point of the challenge.It‘s work week this week, and the remaining contestants have to work full-time jobs--in this case, alongside the folks at Feeding America--and do everything that goes with it: pack their own lunches, go on their own commutes, you get the idea.  Read more »
On The Biggest Loser: Couples last week, the remaining contestants had to face the wrath of real-life living... err, I meant working eight-hour shifts and squeezing in exercise within what‘s left of your free time. Luckily they still lost some pounds (although a hard-fought last minute workout helped) and they posted considerable losses during the weigh-in.Now, they all say you deserve a reward once in a while, and it seems the show‘s recognized that. Want a day in the spa, anyone?  Read more »
Last week was work week on The Biggest Loser: Couples. This week, well, maybe you could call it spa week. Or food week. Or something. Anything. There should be a name for this week that isn‘t "any other ordinary week" right? Well, that‘s not really a point, but sometimes these labels are nice--and they help a lot, too. Anyway, before I get distracted.  Read more »
For a moment, let‘s ponder this photo of Sam and Stephanie. One, they look good. Two, there‘s sparks between them, something pretty evident in past episodes. Three, if the official synopsis for tonight‘s episode of The Biggest Loser: Couples is correct, these two will have their first date.Yep, I did say first date. But a part of me also thinks it‘s Sunshine who‘ll get it.  Read more »
This week‘s episode of The Biggest Loser: Couples should be full of tears. I mean, what do you expect with all the contestants returning home and reuniting with their loved ones? Save from the emergency home visit--remember Mike, who visited her ill grandmother last week?--this is the first time the contestants will meet their families, and their transformation, which not yet finished, should be a shocker. Read more »
Call tonight‘s episode of The Biggest Loser: Couples another huge step up for the contestants. They came in as pairs, and later they competed as teams. Tonight, they‘ll finally compete as individuals.You know what that means. With nine contestants left, we really are getting closer to the home stretch.  Read more »
This is--no pun intended--a pretty heavy episode of The Biggest Loser: Couples. Two contestants return to the ranch. Two contestants find themselves in a position nobody wants to be in. And a fan tells us about how his life changed thanks to the show. But first, to the ranch, and to really odd events.  Read more »
In Jillian‘s words last week, once The Biggest Loser reaches the individual stage, the competition really heats up. Gone are the days of players trying to lose as much weight as possible while still working as a team. At this point, throwing weigh-ins seem more natural than in the earlier stages of the competition.And with two players back on the ranch after last week‘s events, things have never been tougher. Vicky, for one, has never been on the ranch--she was eliminated twice--and suddenly has to cope with both adjusting to the ranch‘s dynamics and the increased competition. Melissa also returns, and we can safely guess she‘ll be back to her tough playing tactics again.  Read more »
The moment I learned that Melissa was returning to The Biggest Loser: Couples, I was scared. Really scared. Things were going just fine when she got the boot, and now she‘s back, she‘s going to mess things up a bit again. Well, what did we expect?  Read more »
There really is a lot in store on The Biggest Loser: Couples tonight. The two-hour running time looks like the perfect fit.One: Suze Orman will be visiting again, to give her usual pep talk about the connection between physical and financial help to the contestants. But there‘s also her predictions on who will win this season, something she did correctly the last time around, when she pegged Danny Cahill for the win. And Danny did win, and this week he‘s also returning to the ranch. Must be a sweet homecoming. Read more »
Now that Melissa is eliminated from The Biggest Loser: Couples, there‘s no need to worry about game play rearing its ugly head, distracting everyone from the ultimate goal--losing weight. And tonight‘s episode seemed really, really fun.  Read more »
As if shedding a couple of pounds isn‘t hard enough, The Biggest Loser makes it even more difficult for contestants this week by closing the kitchen and giving them a buffet table with all sorts of mouthwatering treats. But like all challenges, the smorgasbord has a catch: Whoever eats the most calories will cast the only vote in this week‘s elimination! Will they give into temptation? We find out in tonight‘s episode.  Read more »
With Vicky out of the game, we‘re now down to seven contestants on The Biggest Loser who will do whatever it takes to be in the final four. The question is: Will they be able to withstand this week‘s challenge?  Check out Vicky‘s Season in Review Read more »
This week‘s episode of The Biggest Loser left viewers with a heavy heart as O‘Neal Hampton and daughter Sunshine found themselves below the yellow line after their adventure in Texas, where they participated in a 5k run and a Longhorn challenge. It was painful to see either of them go but the remaining contestants had to make a difficult decision of whether to vote for a father, who obviously still has a long way to go in his weight loss journey, and a daughter, who has proven herself worthy of staying in the game.  Read more »
Are you one of those people who think that the contestants on The Biggest Loser lose weight only because of the money? Jillian Michaels vows to change all that with an upcoming reality spin-off Losing It with Jillian.On the series, slated for a June 1 premiere, the Biggest Loser trainer takes a leave of absence from her show to hit the road and show overweight Americans that they can lose the pounds even outside the strict controlled environment of The Biggest Loser. Read more »
Besides the finale, the makeover week is probably one of the episodes most fans are looking forward to on The Biggest Loser. After all, it‘s the time when contestants are pampered with new clothes, transformed with new looks and beaming with confidence. Most of the contestants look chick and sassy tonight--Sunshine rocks her new look while Koli has that charming geek drama going.  But of course the episode isn‘t just about looking good and feeling because there‘s also the challenge that involves the Jacob‘s Ladder. Read more »
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With five contestants left on The Biggest Loser, pressure runs high as the show explores what could be their toughest challenge yet: gaining all of their weight back on and running up and down hills of sand while dropping their weekly weight loss as it was shed off during the season. Can Sunshine, Michael, Koli, Daris and Ashley withstand this week‘s test? We find out in tonight‘s episode.  Read more »
Tonight‘s episode of The Biggest Loser is chockfull of tension for many reasons. For one thing, it reveals which of the five remaining contestants will move on to the semi-final round. Additionally, it also presents one of the biggest challenges players will have to face once they‘re off the ranch, while another contestant flares up over his frustration to lose weight. More on the highlights of episode 17 after the jump. Read more »
Summer is upon us and that means it‘s time to mark our calendars and bid farewell to some of our favorite shows, including Lost, Grey‘s Anatomy, Glee, and 24, just to name a few. To help you plan your TV schedule, here‘s a rundown of shows that are about to wrap up and their respective finale dates. Read more »
Now that we know who our final four contestants are on The Biggest Loser, it‘s time to determine which two contestants will definitely move on to the finale, and which two contestants will fall below the yellow line, leaving America to vote for the third finalist to compete for the grand prize of $250,000. Read more »
In the penultimate episode of The Biggest Loser, the final four players are sent home for 30 days to prepare for a marathon. Mike heads Chicago, Daris heads to Oklahoma, and Ashley comes home to Tennessee while Koli opts to train in Las Vegas away from home and distractions. Training home, however, proves to be harder than expected. Daris, for instance, has reverted back to his old eating habits as he indulged in a midnight binge. On the other hand, Mike and Ashley turn to each other for backup.  Read more »
Tonight‘s episode answers the most important question this season: Who will be The Biggest Loser? With Daris and Koli vying for the third spot in the finals to go head to head with finalists Ashley and Michael, the competition for the coveted title and grand prize of $250,000 is stiffer than ever.  Read more »
After months of blood, sweat and tears, it all comes down to the final four: Ashley, Mike, Daris and Koli--all vying for a chance to be crowned The Biggest Loser and to take home the coveted grand prize of $250,000. While Ashley and Mike are already secured in the final round, Daris and Koli have to go against each other for the third spot in the finals, which relies on America‘s votes. So who got the third spot? And more importantly, who was named The Biggest Loser? You‘ll find the answers after the jump.  Read more »
After a midseason kickoff last season, Chuck is back on NBC‘s fall calendar, prematurely leaked by The Hollywood Reporter. Chuck returns to its old Monday 8pm slot, followed by two rookies: global-conspiracy-theory drama The Event and another action drama, this time about a team of US Marshalls who track down fugitives, Chase.See More:The CW‘s Fall Lineup>>CBS‘ Fall Lineup>>ABC‘s Fall Lineup>>FOX‘s Fall Lineup>>Wednesday, meanwhile, is Law and Order night, featuring the spin-off Law & Order: Los Angeles at 10, while J.J. Abrams drama Undercovers and Law & Order: SVU open the night. Mercy and Trauma, as well as former NBC flagship Heroes, are nowhere in sight, although network execs are reportedly in talks to give both Heroes and Law & Order "special event" or two-hour finale send-offs next fall. Read more »