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 MSN.com. Watching video clues is not required for entry. You can play every day to increase your chances of winning.
(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
(106): A Zune 30GB digital media player is given away each day ($199 ARV each.)
Play until April 15, 2008 at http://biggestloser.msn.com/
I entered, though I would rather play for a couple of weeks of beatings from Jillian. Where can I find that contest?