For once, I watched "The Biggest Loser" live and didn't wait until halfway through so I could zip through the commercials. In a way, it was nice to have a few breaks during the show to be able to talk about it. If you missed it, you can watch all kinds of videos on the NBC site, including clips that didn't make it into the show.
The big news was that Amanda won the America's Choice vote to compete for the "Biggest Loser" prize. She looked fantastic. Liz looked sadder and grayer than the last time we saw her. I think she's had a tough time getting back to her old life.
I enjoyed seeing all the contestants, and it became really clear that they had started out with a really big group this time around once they started doing the weigh-ins. People who didn't look like they had lost much to me had actually lost 100+ pounds, they had just started out very big. You get so used to seeing the contestants smaller that it's easy to forget where they started. That's why the animated "befores" that walked out onstage with some of the contestants were really amazing -- you could actually compare the contestants side-by-side and see how far they had come.
The competition for the at-home prize was even more exciting to me than the competition for the final "Biggest Loser" title. There were some amazing weight losses among the at-home players, as player after player posted huge losses. For a while, it looked like Tracy was going to take the title, but then Rebecca smashed her record by losing almost 50% of her starting weight. You can see the full numbers breakdown on the season's wikipedia site.
I was excited for Rebecca. She seemed like a great person and she obviously worked like crazy. I don't like her new look much, because I think it makes her look old, but she was obviously thrilled to win and seems very genuine. The miniskirts and the blonde helmet hair don't suit her well -- it seems like she's trying to be someone's idea of a pretty girl, instead of just being her adorable self. But I think that a huge weight loss like that would add a lot of new pressures, and after some time she will figure it out. She seems too level-headed to let herself get knocked off-kilter for long. (I have to say that maybe being a dark brunette myself is coloring my perceptions here -- I loved Rebecca's old hair color, if not always being crazy about its style.)
I was glad that the much-hinted-at proposal was not between Daniel and Rebecca, but between Antoine and Alexandra. They seemed a little more ready for that kind of thing. They make a cute couple and they've had plenty of time together to get to know each other in real life. They also didn't seem to have brought as much baggage to the show as some of the other contestants.
Speaking of baggage, Abby looked radiant. I was happy to see her doing so well. Shay also seemed to be getting along fine, and was given a little extra incentive to keep losing -- Subway is going to give her $1000 per pound she loses by the next season's finale.
Both Rudy and Danny had lost a lot for the finale, but looking at the two of them, it was pretty clear that Danny had lost more. It was amazing that Rudy was able to do as well as he had -- we found out that he works 70 hours a week. I guess that takes away any excuse I ever thought I had for not working out. But Danny had lost a higher percentage and got the title. I think, though, that it is pretty clear that everyone who went on the show this season feels better off for it.
We don't have to wait long for our next TBL fix -- Season 9 is already well underway and will premiere in early January, just in time for all those New Year's Resolutions.