WOW WOW WOW WOW.
OM Effing G!
What a superb
finale!!! About a bazillion times better than last year's!
Rather than my usual post...because a lot of the show was flashbacks etc...let's just summarize...I might go into more detail later.
Let's see. First off, just as I suspected, NICK did NOT show up.
(I mean, what are the producers going to do, DRAG him there by force? This is supposed to be a POSITIVE show, and trust me, he would have been anything BUT positive. Actually I was kind of hoping that since the update, he would have 'seen the light' and started really working hard and be able to stand with PRIDE. You know if he did that, I bet the guys would have been glad to see him...and happy that he turned things around! Ah well, so much for Nick.)
Okay - except for Kathryn, EVERYONE LOOKED GREAT. Kathyrn basically...looked the same as she did the first day at the ranch to my eyes. It was easy to see she didn't want to be there...but I digress.
Since it was a live studio audience (at least for you East Coasters) the excitement of the audience was electric! Before bringing out the eliminated players for the $100k weighin teasers were shown of the three finalists - they looked like they were having a hard time once they got off the ranch...
anyway...everyone was in anticipation to see the other team members who were presented in the order of their elimination...after they all came out it was pretty obvious to me, anyway, who was going to walk away with the $100k.
Anyway...to the weigh in...jumping ahead a bit.
RUBEN gets up first. He looked great in his recap on the first show...well now he is even HOTTER...I'm telling you. For the one who spent the least time at the ranch, he definitely took what he learned and RAN with it. Jillian should be proud of him, incredibly proud, even tho he was an insufferable goof at times during his short stay.
Ruben's starting weight - 278...he is now 197 for an 81 lb/29.14% loss! (right then he pulls up his shirt to show six pack abs!!)
KATHRYN...well...this was funny because when she first came on stage, the applause just DIED. I kind of felt bad for her, except she had a snarky look on her face. I do have to give her snaps for actually showing up though...unlike the rest of the players she didn't seem to have bonds with anyone there really.
Starting weight - 217...end weight 201 for 17 lb/7.37% loss (same weight she left the ranch at...hmm I wonder if the producers threw her a sympathy bone and just defaulted the scale at that weight because she looked the same last night as she did in her before pic...)
RYAN - oh man does she look CUTE and SEXY! She gets on the scale...
starting weight 225...now she's a very hot looking 147 losing a tremendous 78 lbs/34.67%, knocking Ruben out of first (but he doesn't seem to mind...)
SUZANNE - as Caroline commented, damn she does look like Jessica Simpson now!
WOW what a diff! During the weigh in she has her ABS showing...remember in the recap she vowed to be 100 lbs lighter by the finale?
starting weight 229 - now 142 for an 87 lb/37.99% loss (maybe she didn't get to 129 but she definitely looks like she's at GOAL weight to me!)
JEN - looks great also - athletic and happy...
Starting weight 267...now 176 for a 91 lb/34.08% loss. Not that far away from goal - maybe another 20 lbs at most (she's pretty muscular IMO).
After a commercial, it's PETE's turn and the crowd goes WILD! Definitely a favorite!! You know his wife has lost 70 pounds as well! What an inspiration this man is...and the biggest smile! OMG I can't get over Pete -- he looks even better than he did in People Mag - like a basketball star!
starting weight 401...end weight 216
for an amazing 185 lb/46.13% loss!!!
MARK looks almost as good as Pete though! What a cutie! (oh heck ALL the men are cute...most of the women too except Kathryn...)
starting weight 358...now 193!!! With a 165 lb/46.09% loss, he's only a hair behind Pete!!! WOW!
SHANNON'S turn...starting weight 257 - now 149 for a 108 lb/42.02% loss! She's looking sooo good...
Commercial and then down to the last two...
DR JEFF a BIG favorite - he looks really great!!! Not only has he inspired his patients, but the whole WORLD.
Starting weight 370...now 217 for a 153 lb/41.35% loss! I don't think he cares much that he didn't beat Pete - by now it's clear that Pete will win the $100k.
ANDREA - they show her farewell interview which wasn't aired last week. She looks great!
Starting weight 220...now 145 for a 75 lb/34.09% loss...
PETE WINS! WOOHAH! SO much better than Dave's win last season, because Pete is so likeable, where Dave was not.
(BTW...I thought some of last season's contestants were going to make an appearance...guess not!)
A commercial and then on to the three finalists. They go through some footage shot during their time between leaving the ranch and the finale. It wasn't easy for any of them...but they worked hard and made it thru (I'll have to go into more detail later...) I didn't know Matt was a recovering alcoholic - he started drinking at 13 years old, so he has a double weight to carry.
Anyway the three finalists are introduced.
SETH looks great - he definitely looks like a MOVIE STAR. Like most of the other male contestants, he shows his six pack (I note he has some loose skin, but he had a BIG gut before so to be expected).
SUZY - comes out in a gorgeous black dress looking like a MODEL and gives Seth a big hug!
Last is MATT - WOW...OMG...he looks amazing! All three give each other hugs and it's obvious they are great friends no matter what the outcome...
Before the weighin Caroline introduces Bob and Jillian, who look ASTOUNDED when they see the three finalists. Then Caroline announces that Jell-O has decided that all THREE finalists will get prizes - 2nd place gets $50k and 3rd, $25k!! SO COOL because that really sucked last year - I thought Gary should've gotten SOMETHING.
Seth up first...starting weight 291 - now 168!!! 123 lb/42.27% loss...
Now Suzy who looks confident...was 227...now she's 132 for a 95 lb/41.85 loss - just a hair behind Seth! VERY close!!!
Of course before Matt there's a commercial.
I notice they left out the bodyfat test which was such a big part of last season's final weigh in. Interesting...
Okay time for Matt - love him or hate him, you can't say he hasn't been motivated or inspirational - before weighing, he announces he has been sober for nine months as of tonight. WTG!!
Starting weight...339...now 182!!!
157 lb/46.31% loss and Matt is the BIGGEST LOSER!!!
And the crowd goes wild!!!
(it was SO close between the three finalists...)
Oh and announced at the end of the show is a January "Special Edition" of the Biggest Loser with families, couples, Navy Wives etc...something to look forward to!