Wednesday, March 12, 2008

musings on Season 5 of "The Biggest Loser"

I've been a longtime fan of "The Biggest Loser." I didn't watch the first season but have watched every season since. Season 2 is still my favorite, followed by Season 4. We won't talk about Season 3, except to say that I'm glad the producers realized their mistake and got rid of Trainer Kim.

A commenter asked what I think of this season. So far, it has been middling. Because of the writers' strike, this season has been all two-hour episodes, which has meant more time for character development but also more time for soap-opera drama to be stirred up. I prefer to see people to come to the show as individuals. As couples, too many contestants seem to have brought along unhealthy, codependent relationships. There was the complete lack of sympathy that Lynn had for Jenni's goals (the older guy and his daughter who were kicked off first), the one-sided longing of Paul for his ex Kelly, and the strange big-brother Mark treating 30-something little brother Jay like a child. It has all been a little weird to watch. My favorite "couple" was Brittany and Bernie, who started out the show as strangers. At the start of the last episode, it seemed like we finally were down to individuals again, but of course, there had to be a twist.

I do really like a lot of the contestants, especially Brittany, Roger, and Maggie. I really didn't like Dan at first, but he's starting to grow on me now that his mom is off the show. I keep rooting for Kelly to go home, because like the commenter I feel like she is awfully whiny.

Last week's twist seemed to be a cheap ploy to put Mark back on -- I really thought Jay would have benefited from a little time out of his shadow. I do like having Ali back, though, and can't say I blame her for not wanting to get caught up in all the gameplay. The Black Team gets too caught up in the idea of themselves as victims to the Big Boy Blue Team. I am surprised that Jillian hasn't been able to snap them out of it. She doesn't seem like the type to let her contestants sit around feeling sorry for themselves.

What do you think?

Anyway, someone from the show sent this announcement along and I thought I'd pass this along for other fans:

MSN and NBC's "Million Pound Matchup" Sweepstakes

It's a weight loss sweepstakes from MSN and NBC! (January 1, 2008-April 15, 2008)

How to Enter: You must answer (3) of (3) MSN Health and Fitness trivia questions via multiple-choice answers on the entry form. A correct answer is not required for entry.

Trivia questions will be presented in video format, each approximately 30 seconds in length, and will direct you to articles where the answers can be found at the Health and Fitness section of Watching video clues is not required for entry. You can play every day to increase your chances of winning.


Grand Prize
(1): A luxury fitness trip for two people to a resort of the winner's choice from among a list of resort options provided by Sponsor at the time prize is awarded in either the U.S. or Mexico. $7,000 ARV

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(106): A Zune 30GB digital media player is given away each day ($199 ARV each.)

Play until April 15, 2008 at

I entered, though I would rather play for a couple of weeks of beatings from Jillian. Where can I find that contest?


  1. I love that the biggest loser of the week was a woman after all the whining about how none of the women could ever out lose the massive guys of the blue team. Go Ali! She worked her butt of when Jillian tortured her extra during the work outs...and what was that about anyway? Punishment because she was voted off earlier in the show?

    Oh, and "hi"...never been here before. I like your blog, though.

  2. I thought maybe Jillian was just trying to see what Ali could do. Also, the closer you are to goal, the harder it is to lose.

    Obviously the extra attention paid off! I am guessing the other women were a little jealous.

  3. Hi Jen,

    I used to enjoy the Biggest Loser much more than I do now - I really prefer the "regular" season instead of the ones they do that seem like fillers between the main season.

    Thanks for the info on the Million Pound Matchup daily prizes, too - I love a 30GB Zune!

  4. I think Ali was smart to stand back and see how things are falling into place and not get caught up in the drama of depression over Bernie leaving. I can't say I'm sorry to see Maggie gone, I just hope Brittany can rise to the challenge and stay above the line and not get caught up in missing her friends.

  5. Great post! I'm a Biggest Loser fan too. I posted about my weight gain/loss story if you are interested.

  6. i was glad to see ali back, and she looks fantastic! i can't stand dan, he's just really arrogant and obnoxious, and i can't stand kelly because she cries too much. and i totally agree that the black team have "victimized" themselves, but jillian even seems to be supporting it! like this week, when she was saying brittany can't win because she's a girl. i couldn't believe how jillian went off this week. i don't know who i hope wins, i wish it would be a girl, but we all know with the weight the guys have to lose, it won't happen.

  7. First, I'm a HUGE Biggest Loser fan, too!!! Can't get enough of that show!

    Second, I agree with everything Laura Brandon said above.

    And thirdly, I think this season has turned into a whining and crying festival. I've never seen so many grown people cry like babies. I mean, I know the situation their in is tough. They live and breath this diet, exercise and competition CONSTANTLY. But would somebody tell Mark that big boys aren't supposed to cry THAT much. And Kelly is getting on my nerves from all of her "poor me, I can't do ANYTHING". And I'm not sure what's up with Brittany. It's like, if there's nothing going on, she'll invent something to complain about. And yea, I don't like the couples thing that much either.

    Did you hear they're already recruiting for another season of couples???

    I miss Bernie the most. I wanted him to win!!!

    Can you tell I'm passionate about this show? I LOVE it so much!!

  8. Brittany, blah. Blahblahblah. Can't stand her. Kelly crying doesn't bother me NEARLY as much as this one's crocodile tears. I just get a really bad vibe from her. Bernie was a sweetie to offer himself up for her. I don't think she would have done the same in any circumstance.


"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07