I've been watching the first season on youtube the last few days and it's been interesting to see the differences from their version (or at least their first season) from what we see here in the U.S.
One big difference is their scenes are so much longer. Whereas in the US, the scenes are more clipped, more about showing the shock or surprise value, theirs spend more time on things...sometimes to the point of rather boring redundancy. Also, for anybody that thinks the few seconds of recap we get after each commercial break is annoying, this show repeats minutes of the prior show. And the stuff that comes out of the host's mouth would totally tick us off here. I mean, at elimination she says "it's time to cut the fat." This Ajay chick comes off pretty cold, actually.
One funny thing...these guys actually admit when they waterload, and they admit it at the weigh-in. Our guys/gals all put on the innocent face and act like they don't do it but these guys put on like 5-10 pounds of water weight when they had immunity....and, at least in that first season, there was no penalty for doing so.
Anyway...the first season final three act like total babies when they brought an eliminated contestant back, they actually wouldn't even stand next to him, saying he doesn't deserve to be there. Seriously, it was like having a bunch of Vickys all in one season...and the guys who worked hard and didn't act deceptive or had cliques were voted out.
I'm in the middle of the finale now and don't really like any of the final four except for the guy who came back to the ranch! But my favorite was Shane. I had to peek at his MySpace to see what he looks like now. Totally hot.
He and Mark Kruger now both top my list of TBL hotties.
Shane looked so good that Jillian, who'd been his trainer, jokingly proposed marriage to him at the finale, lol. HUGE difference in this guy's appearance. Actually, I just found out, he's on some of Jillian's DVDs.
Incidentally, if anyone is interested in watching, Bob & Jillian are their trainers. However, Bob's mother died unexpectedly during taping and he returned home briefly. Even though there were Bob & Jillian teams, the contestants did get trained by both.
LOL, I actually did the conversion from kilograms to pounds at their starting weights (1 kilo=2.2 pounds) just so I'd have a frame of reference of how much they weighed and how much they lost.