This is the week all the contestants wait for, whether they are big Tim Gunn fans or not. By not allowing the contestants to shave or cut their hair, the producers make sure the guys atelier just as excited for makeover week as the women. And since we haven't seen the contestants in anything but workout wear, the transformations are sure to be a big improvement.
This year, though, I think that the reveal was anticlimactic. I think that showing us the contestants' new looks as they are greeting screaming crowds keeps us from getting a good, undistracted look at the changes. Because Danni's welcome home event was in a stage environment, I couldn't even tell what color her hair was until later in the show.
I don't pretend to know more about fashion than Tim Gunn, but I don't think skin-tight, shiny jeans were the best look for an athletically-built girl like Danni, though I loved her black top. I thought a skirt would have been more flattering. I didn't love the electric-blue legging look on Gina, either. I thought the other adult contestants looked good but none of the looks really bowled me over. Joe looked very confident and relaxed. The kids' makeovers were cute. I thought both girls looked good with shorter hair and brighter colors. It was hilarious to see Biingo's reaction to the whole fashion situation.
The makeovers also got short shrift because they were crammed into an episode with awkward heart-to-heart talks between the contestants and family and friends, and the contestants' struggle to apply what they learned at The Biggest Loser ranch to their home lives. Interestingly, Joe's identical twin brother launched his own weight loss program at home, and has lost almost as much as Joe without all the extreme conditions the contestants endure. I thought it was telling and annoying that Gina, when given the wrong order at a restaurant, couldn't just nicely and calmly send it back instead of making a big production of trying to be "accomodating" by loudly complaining while digging through the food. If she had deflected the wrong order before she touched it, the restaurant could have served it to the right table. The choice is not between passive-aggressively putting up with errors and being a jerk -- there is a way to be assertive without getting nasty about it.
Contestants had a big incentive to stay on track while at home -- they had to lose 5% of their body weight or face elimination. Everyone who made the goal got to stay for another week.
It was nice that we got a peek at everyone's home situations. It makes it more apparent that for many of them, the overeating was an attempt to comfort themselves in troubling situations or to fit in with families that used food as their main source of entertainment and nurturing. I think this season has done more to promote empathy and understanding of the contestants than any other season.
BUT, I still want better makeovers next time. Glamorous clothes, a big uncluttered reveal, and a discussion of the hair, makeup, and clothing choices. Is that too much to ask?
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