'The Biggest Loser's' newest trainee? First Lady Michelle Obama
First Lady Michelle Obama is throwing open the doors of the White House to "The Biggest Loser" with a two-part makeover episode that promises to see trainers Bob Harper and Quince Dolvett putting the first lady through a workout alongside the remaining Season 13 contestants.
As grueling as a Bob-and-Quince workout will be, we suspect the first lady won't have a problem keeping up. (Basing that on how she smoked Ellen DeGeneres during a recent push-up competition, as well as the sneak peek photo above.)
"The Biggest Loser" makeovers are always the most hotly anticipated shows of the season -- save the finale. But they've grown a little stale of late as the show tries to tinker with the formula, and outdo themselves season after season. So they are pulling out all the stops this time.
In part one, celebrity stylist Ken Paves and fashionista Jeannie Mai return to give the final six competitors their makeovers. The competitors learn they have a special message awaiting them: a video invitation from the first lady. But first, there are emotional reunions with family members...
In part two, competitors meet the first lady, who will use the encounter to promote her own initiative to combat childhood obesity, "Let’s Move!" From the press release: "The First Lady talks to the contestants about how adult behavior impacts kid behavior, congratulates the contestants on being good examples of health and fitness, and visits with each player and their family members."
Then, the moment we're all waiting for: Bob and Dolvette lead the first lady, the contestants and their families through a White House workout.
The first lady also uses the platform to talk about the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award, a six-week pledge to get adults and children more active. Mrs. Obama then challenges the players to see who can get the most people to pledge -- with the winner earning $30,000 worth of gym equipment donated to their respective communities by Planet Fitness. The winner will be announced at the finale.
Despite such heady environs and scenic workouts around the nation's capital, the episode will nonetheless end with another player heading home.
This week's eliminated player, Megan Stone, 21, of Dittmer, Mo., followed her mom's elimination one week earlier.
Megan said she was disappointed to be sent home, especially when she worked so hard this past week carrying out Bob's marching orders and losing a respectable four pounds at the finale. She was asked whether her elimination was fair when the other person on the chopping block -- Mark -- didn't lose any weight.
"I would say it was a judgment on overall performance, not just the weigh in," she said of the vote. No one doubts how hard Mark has been working while at the ranch. Megan herself admitted that she slacked off much of the time when Bob wasn't around.
Megan said she is focused on continuing to lose weight in advance of the finale. But after that? She's going "gung-ho" planning her wedding. She declined to predict who will be the last competitor standing when the confetti falls. Right now, Kim holds the title for the highest percentage of weight loss.
"I'm happy for whoever gets it," she said.
Parting thought: If we put together a list of "funniest ever" moments in "Biggest Loser" history, I nominate Buddy's fist-pumping, Zumba-licious turn.
-- Rene Lynch
Photo: First Lady Michelle Obama looks like she can do those crunches all day long. Credit: NBC