First, a happy dance: Ada was the "overwhelming winner" in the vote against Elizabeth to determine who would compete with Patrick and Frado for the $250,000 grand prize on last night's finale of The Biggest Loser.
I wasn't surprised by the vote results; the finale is about celebrating transformation, and Ada's was one of the biggest -- both physically and mentally.
Then came the not-so-good news: trainer Jillian Michaels is leaving the show after next season. Reality junkies (and anyone who can Google) have known for days, and yet they tiptoed around the subject on the show -- focusing instead on the two new trainers (a martial arts expert and boxing champion) who will "join" Bob and Jillian next season. Jillian fan or not ... the woman knows how to get results.
That much is clear: this season's contestants looked absolutely incredible (notwithstanding some of their outfits).
As always, three solid competitors ended up in the final three ... but does anyone else find the walking holograms of what they used to look like creepy beyond belief?
Adam was one of the first to weigh in to compete for the at-home contestant prize of $100,000, and though he came to The Biggest Loser ranch tipping the scales at over 400 pounds, he managed to shed almost half of his weight -- and immediately claim the lead.
Nobody held a candle to Adam's loss until Jesse weighed in. He needed to have dropped more than 166 pounds to beat Adam ... and he lost exactly 166 pounds. Ouch. Think about that next time you step on a scale and beat yourself up for "only" losing one pound. Every one counts!
It was Rick, a 58-year-old grandfather of nine, who lost an unbelievable 165 pounds and finally sent Adam packing. I love to see such mind-blowing results from people you wouldn't necessary expect ... like Tina, also a grandmother, who looked stunning (and at least 15 years younger), or Burgandy, a mother of five who yanked herself out of bed every morning at 5 a.m. to work out and shed almost 70 pounds. Then there was Lisa, who was little miss I-want-to-go-home the entire season ... and she was almost unrecognizable after a 97-pound loss.
It all came down to Rick and Mark, the final person eliminated from the show and the one who had a big red target on his back the entire season: He managed to hold on to the highest percentage of weight loss since the first week. Mark looked like a completely different person, and he went home $100,000 richer after losing 213 (!) pounds for the win.
Throughout the show, host Alison Sweeney kept flashing forward to the stories of some of the contestants who will appear on the show next season (January 4, mark your calendars!) -- like a former Olympic gold medalist, a mom who has had multiple miscarriages due to obesity, and a young woman who needed to lose 100 pounds on her own just to get the doctor's "OK" to quality for the show. Well, they do always say the next season will be even bigger (no pun intended) than the last.
Finally, it was time to see who would be going home with lots and lots of money and the title of the 10th 'Biggest Loser.' Frado lost 162 pounds, and Ada lost 99. To trump Frado's 44.14 percentage of weight loss, Patrick, formerly 400 pounds, needed to lose more than 176 pounds.
... and he did it!
Of course, I would have loved to see Ada take the prize, but I'm thrilled Patrick won. He had been unemployed for over a year, and was begging and borrowing from friends and family just to support his wife and two young sons. At 28, he had no idea he was actually suffering from sleep apnea, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure -- or that he was pre-diabetic! Now he's a devoted family man who's committed to changing his life ... and the lives of others. Best of all, he was offered a position at MindStream Academy in South Carolina: a school specializing in helping overweight teens.
If that's not the definition of a happy ending ... I don't know what is.
What did you think of the contestants' transformations ... and Patrick claiming the title of 'The Biggest Loser'?
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