Category: The Biggest Loser

Moses of 'The Biggest Loser' talks sacrifice, walking in his father's footsteps, and why Cara rules

Moses Moses threw it all away this week on "The Biggest Loser."

He had a solid shot at making the final four, both because of the amount of weight he had left to lose and the close, fatherly relationship he struck up with the remaining players who would be loathe to eliminate him. If he made it to the final four, Moses also had a shot at winning the Season 11 title of "The Biggest Loser" along with the $250,000 prize and the lucrative promotional opportunites that come along with it.

Instead, he threw it all away this week when he volunteered — insisted — that he be sent home to allow Olivia at least one more week.

Do you think he did the right thing? Do you think Olivia was being a bit manipulative by playing the pregnancy card.

Well, Moses is the final word on this one, and in an interview this week he said has absolutely no regrets:

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'The Biggest Loser' recap: Two go home

Courtney Sometimes, I look at Courtney and am just amazed by her strength and determination, and sunny attitude.

Other times, I look at Courtney and think: Does she have rocks in her head?

Last week, Courtney and Jen dissed their trainer, opting to pass on "buying" Brett for the week and instead used their play money to get massages. This week, she's teary eyed at the thought of Brett being kicked off the game if she fails to lose enough weight. Last week, Courtney was convinced she didn't need Brett to counteract her month-long weight-loss plateau. This week, Courtney was sure that Brett was the key to her success. Then, she gets on the scale and loses only 1 pound and basically says it's the ranch's fault: "Obviously, I can't figure it out here," she says, but quickly predicts: "I'm going to be able to figure it out at home."


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'Biggest Loser' recap: A captain goes home and a brat gets to stay

Moses, I need you to turn away for a sec. 'Cause I am about to rip into your daughter.

As we near the end of Season 11 of "The Biggest Loser" we can look back at plenty of game-playing maneuvers over the years. But this week's game playing hit a new low with a petulent Kaylee's jaw-droppingly inept attempt to manipulate the scales. The result: Justin, one of the most beloved players in the show's history -- and a true leader if there ever was one -- got sent packing. Sniff, sniff. And Kaylee got rewarded for bratty behavior.

Here's what I want to know: What. Was. Kaylee. Thinking?

This all started when Kaylee claimed she had "a moment" this week, an epiphany where the clouds parted and a shaft of light shone down on her and she decided she was all better, she found herself, she discovered her inner voice, I am woman hear me roar, blah blah blah. And she decided she no longer needed "The Biggest Loser Ranch." In fact, she needed to bail. Pronto. 

Let's just assume, for a second, all this was true. And let's just forget, for a second, that it was just a few weeks ago that Kaylee did get to go home ... and immediately fell off the diet-and-exercise bandwagon, failing to lose much weight upon her return to the ranch. Why didn't all-grown-up Kaylee put on her big-girl pants, claim what she wanted and quit the game? Isn't that what a self-confident adult would do?

Instead, she decided to get what she wanted by sneaking around and manipulating the game -- very childlike and immature if you ask me. The problem with that, as we discovered last night, is that it puts everyone else at risk. Because there is simply no way to guarantee that everyone else will fall at the weigh-in.

Even worse: She did not take even the most basic steps toward trying to guarantee that she would fall below the yellow line. (We've learned from past contestants that all you have to do is down a gallon of water before stepping on the scale and that will do the trick.) Instead, she stepped on the scale and pulled a zero: neither gaining nor losing any weight. By not doing what it takes to guarantee a spot on the chopping block, Kaylee threw everyone else under the bus. She stripped the rest of the teams of their "captain," as Justin had come to be known to his teammates because of his encouragement and strength. He's been almost like a fifth trainer, and volunteered to be sent home rather than Courtney. And Kaylee's maneuverings also stripped Rulon of his rock and best friend in the house. 

I just don't get it. Kaylee is not at her goal weight. Why is she so eager to go home? And why was she so willing to (blank) over Cara? Surely Kaylee cannot be completely insensitive to Cara's tenuous position as a new trainer trying to prove herself. Couldn't Kaylee give it a few more weeks on the ranch out of deference to Cara, who has put so much time, dedication and effort into her? What a disrespectful smack in the face.

And if Kaylee could be so easily swayed into staying at the ranch -- her father basically mumbled something about her mom and told Kaylee to stay and Kaylee turned tail -- what was this whole thing really about? Lots of unanswered questions here about this bratty behavior.

The single best moment of the night came when Alison set the record straight: "The Biggest Loser" is not a prison (even though the workouts might seem like hard labor). If Kaylee wants to leave, she is free to walk out the door. But for all her claims that "I'm a big girl now and I can stand on my own two feet," she couldn't muster the courage to do just that. Some epiphany, Kaylee.

What do you think? Do I just have my knickers in a twist? Am I being too hard on Kaylee? I am looking forward to Wednesday's media conference call with Justin to get his take on it all. Any questions for him?

And despite all the shenanigans, does anyone think Kaylee is really ready to go home? (Although at this point, as you might have guessed, I don't wish her ill, but I really don't care what happens to her post show.)

-- Rene Lynch
Twitter / renelynch

Photo: Kaylee horses around with Austin, left, and Ken. Credit: "The Biggest Loser"

'The Biggest Loser' casting call this weekend in Venice

I wish I had a dollar for every time someone has e-mailed me to ask, "Can you help get me on 'The Biggest Loser?' "

As if.

But you can get yourself on "The Biggest Loser" without my help: There's a casting call this weekend in Venice.

So if you enjoy the thought of getting on a scale in public, here's the skinny. The casting call takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Boys & Girls Club in Venice, 2232 Lincoln Blvd. Ideally, they're looking for teams of two. But don't be discouraged if you don't have a partner -- you never know, they might find a partner for you. (Remember Brittany and Bernie? Exactly!)

And don't be discouraged if you cannot make the casting call. Details on how you can submit a video audition are at and

It might help if you also bring a good attitude. The show in recent seasons has, thankfully, steered away from stocking the ranch with contestants who will manufacture chaos and controversy beyond that already caused by the competition. No doubt there are haters who want all that drama. Me? These tearful eliminations are providing all the real-life drama that I need, thank you very much.

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'The Biggest Loser' recap: What's your call for the final four?

Sarah We're hitting the "winnowing of the herd" weeks on "The Biggest Loser," when we start to lose the players who can't quite go the distance, either because they've already lost enough weight or just had a bad week on the scales. That's what happened to Sarah, at left, who was sent home by the rest of the competitors on the black team, who have closer-knit relationships.

So what else did we learn this week?

-- Justin is da man. I was surprised when Justin was announced as the red team leader. I just assumed they would go with Rulon for the symbolism of it. But we learned there's nothing symbolic about Justin's leadership: Everyone promptly fell in line behind him.

-- Hannah has thin skin. Maybe I completely misread this moment. But didn't Marci say she wanted Sarah to work out with Hannah precisely because Hannah has made so many breakthroughs, and Marci hoped that grit would rub off on Sarah? Am I wrong? Somehow that got twisted by Hannah into her teammates not believing in her. Nonetheless, we got a good Jillian smackdown out of it.

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'The Biggest Loser' recap: Is Arthur a villain, a victim or a winner?

Arthur How can you lose 16 pounds in two weeks and be sent home for not losing enough weight? Happens every season on "The Biggest Loser" — someone posts big numbers, but they're not big enough. This season, it's Arthur.

Now, before we get into it, let's establish a few things about this week's elimination. I love Arthur. Everyone loves Arthur. The guy has heart and soul, a great sense of humor and would do anything for his family. He's also the unhealthiest person to ever step foot on "The Biggest Loser" ranch, and his elimination has the blogosphere up in arms. Arthur needs to be here, the argument goes.

There's no doubt about that. Even Bob and Jillian, who largely stay out of such matters, erupted at the weigh-in when it became clear that Arthur was up for elimination despite losing 16 pounds — a number he managed to hit despite being home for two weeks and surrounded by temptation. The realization sent Arthur spiraling through a number of emotions, ending with an attempt to hold his head high and act like it didn't matter, that he was ready to go and do it on his own. "Please!" Jillian yelled, asking him to at least fight, no matter the odds, for the right to stay. "We have fought for you to be here." Bob was equally distraught, saying that Arthur deserved to stay.

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'The Biggest Loser' recap: Brains versus brawn


Has the red team forgotten that this is "The Biggest Loser"? I can't believe they didn't choose Arthur.

The red team had the ability to send a black team member home if only they'd chosen wisely at the weigh in. They chose Irene as the pick for the person whose weight would not count this week. And although there's something to be said for that choice -- she puts up impressive numbers week after week -- the smarter choice would have been Arthur.

And not only because he went on to post a 20-pound weight loss that helped deliver the black team to victory.

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'The Biggest Loser': A squandered opportunity? No guilt, no regrets

Don_after Don feels no guilt. And Larialmy has no regrets.

Both were eliminated from "The Biggest Loser" this week under controversial -- and emotionally charged -- circumstances. And in a media conference call today, both said they wouldn't change a thing.

Don basically quit. He made it no secret that he wanted to leave the weight-loss competition because it was too hard, especially after his twin brother, Dan, left the show one weigh-in earlier. The pair, who are veteran police officers, had portrayed themselves as ideal candidates for the show because they could follow orders and were committed to getting fit for their families. Well, that very same law enforcement background ultimately worked against them, Don said.

"Like most police officers, we're used to being in control," he said. "I had absolutely no control whatsoever."

The pair raised eyebrows earlier in the season when they both got on the scale and shocked everyone: They had each gained nine pounds. They also insisted that they were not trying to "throw" the weigh-in. (Don said Wednesday that he blamed water retention from edema and being "overly hydrated," but not intentionally.) That weight gain led to Dan's departure and contributed to Don's growing desire to also leave. Well, this week he also gained weight. Six pounds. He stressed that he was not the instigator behind this week's results and said it was all his teammate Irene's idea. He said Irene came to him shortly before the weigh-in to say that she was going to rig it by drinking lots of water. That would put their team up for elimination, send Don home and save the struggling blue team from any chance of elimination. Follow all that?

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'The Biggest Loser': Meet your new trainers, plus a shocking night on the scale

Trainers The most shocking "Biggest Loser" weigh-in. Ever. Am I right?

Twin brothers Dan and Don apparently do everything together. They both work in law enforcement. Both gained more 100 pounds of excess fat. And both managed to gain nine apiece in their third week at "The Biggest Loser" ranch. They insisted they did not game the weigh-in, but do you think that's true? Dan was clearly looking for any way he could take to leave the ranch, even saying that he would volunteer to save another player from the chopping block if the "game" would let him. So he had motive. Let's hope we'll gain more insight Wednesday when Dan holds a media conference call.

Here's my question: We know Dan was in the gym each day busting his behind. So what the heck did he eat and drink to gain that much weight? (Maybe he water loaded, a la Season 4's Neil. I still think this week's was the more shocking weigh-in because I did not expect shenanigans from the twins.) We do have to give Dan this much: He ultimately did what he said he would: He's gone home and lost weight on his own, finally.

But let's get down to the real business at hand: How do you like your new trainers, America? (Other than the fact that they are kind of "hard" on the eyes. As in, it's "hard" to look away.) Do you deem Brett Hoebel and Cara Castronuova suitable replacements for Jillian when she leaves after this season? We've  had only a glimpse so far of their workout approach and philosophies, but it seems to be working. Will these two upstarts be able to play nicely with top dog Bob?

I interviewed both Brett and Cara on a cold morning at the ranch recently, here are some of the highlights:

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'The Biggest Loser' recap: Bob's revenge

Bob-Harper Not in my house.

Bob wasn't going to put up with this nonsense for two weeks in a row. Granted, the Unknowns crushed it at the weigh-in last week. But Bob -- and it was just Bob, giving us a glimpse of what it will be like sans Jillian -- wasn't going to let the dreaded Week 2 curse get in his way.

Speaking of the dreaded Week 2 curse. Did I just miss the memo? Did that just go away? Doesn't look like anyone was struggling this week with weight loss.

But before we get to that: Season 10 of "The Biggest Loser" was just one big hand-holding session, with the players largely getting along despite a few flare-ups here and there. Looks like the producers are determined to stir up some rivalry in Season 11, even though the two teams haven't seen each other in the flesh in weeks. The Unknowns supposedly sent over a box of doughnuts to knock the Ranchers off their stride and then some workout videos to rub it all in, and then Ali threw down a variety of challenges. There was a water-course challenge that the Unknowns ripped through without a hitch, while the Ranchers floundered. And if the Ranchers could win the weigh-in, they'd get $10,000 and a shot at immunity. In other words, it was game on.

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'The Biggest Loser' recap: The Unknowns rule, a front-runner named Courtney and the biggest player ever

The_Unknowns Forty-one pounds. 41 pounds. 41 POUNDS!

Have Bob and Jillian met their match?

It's a new season and a new diabolical choice: The 11 teams had to chose between working out with Bob and Jillian for a week and then facing elimination, or taking a gamble on two unidentified trainers and being guaranteed four weeks' immunity. Choosing the road less taken — the Unknowns, as they are now being called — led Moses to lose 41 pounds, setting a "Biggest Loser" record for weight loss in a single week. Bob and Jillian never beat such big numbers out of players. So what, exactly, are those Unknowns doing out there? And who are they? We got to see them in spooky sillhouette, and from the side — do YOU happen to know who these two new trainers are?

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'The Biggest Loser': Patrick House wins Season 10 and a chance to start over

Patrick Patrick House came to "The Biggest Loser" ranch in worse shape than most contestants.

He was obese, to be sure: He carried 400 pounds on his 6'2." But Patrick was also unemployed after losing his job as a sales rep. He was deeply in debt. He had a junker of a car. And he was also depressed, wondering how he would care for his wife and their two young boys. His situation was so dire that even his teammates rallied to help him. During one of the most poignant moments of the season, Ada and Brendan were the front-runners in a challenge to win a new Ford Edge. Instead of duking it out, they conspired to step aside so that Patrick could walk away with the vehicle instead.

On Tuesday, Patrick effectively won "The Biggest Loser" lottery, taking home a $250,000 payday after losing 181 pounds, or 45.25% of his body weight, and the Season 10 title. He'll use the money to settle debts and put his family on solid financial ground. Even better: He starts a new job in January. He'll help run an academy that will help obese children tackle their weight issues.
"It means everything to us," a jubilant yet-teary-eyed Patrick said of the win. "It means we can start over." (We'll have the chance to speak to Patrick during a Wednesday morning media call. If you have any questions for him, let us know in the comments section below.)

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