Explosivity is the key theme here, people. This week, it wasn’t about the shows that were on air; but it was completely, 100% about what the hell was going on inside! Excess Baggage had blow ups and revelations. My Kitchen Rules featured the first four contestants in elimination. Biggest Loser prepares to expel one of their contestants. If any of that doesn’t whet your appetite, then what the hell will?
We began the week with Excess Baggage. This time, they didn’t bother going anywhere to out of reach; planting their arses down in the Hunter Valley; basically where the show films its weekly check ins and soon, eliminations.
It’s a beautiful place, but the challenges aren’t so crash hot! We began with a spirit challenges. Contestants had to assemble and ride bikes through the paddocks to an estate, where they would have to fill 8 team-coloured jugs up with crushed grapes- crushed by them!
The key word here was ‘team-coloured’ jugs. This little rule made the outcome the way it was. Darryn & Lisa showed some fire early, but they ended up coming second to last. The orange, green and grey teams come first, second and third respectively in this challenge- but everyone except the grey, red and blue team used their correctly coloured buckets! They end up winning the prize points.
The next day is the breakthrough experience, and this week it would be Ajay, Matt, Lana and Dipper to take on some aerobatics in 50 year old planes. A scary thought for everyone involved, but moreso Ajay, who has a fear of crashing on just regular flights.
They all completed the challenge without Dr. Tim having to come into the equation too much.
Nathan struggled this week, seeing Tim about his issues rather than train. It may have affected him in the check-in.
The endurance challenge saw the contestants drag hot-air balloons across a field, deflate and pack them, and then blow-dart the hell out of ten balloons. Former clown Ajay helped her team to a victory, but again, the red team didn’t come last! They came second to last.
In check in, well, the scores looked a bit like this;
AJAY & MATT: 90.9
DIPPER & LANA: 88.9
BRANT & JOHN: 83.0
KEVIN & RENAE: 82.0
CHRISTINE & NATHAN: 81.7
KATE & SARAH: 80.6
GABBY & BEN: 75.8
DARRYN & LISA: 75.5
That score was despite Darryn & Lisa winning this week and Lisa losing the most body fat. They obviously have a long road ahead of them and only one week to go before elimination.
This week saw contestants fire up. Lisa is now more vigilant against Darryn’s attacks, and Dipper got a little out of control in a boxing match with Christian.
But The Biggest Loser proved to have the biggest scandal of the week- and it hasn’t even played out on screens yet.
To begin the week, Hayley told them all that this week would be ‘Immunity Week’. The winners of three challenges would win immunity and a 24-hr pass where they could go wherever they wanted for one night away from camp.
Luke won the first challenge after hauling bricks from one pallet to another. A surprise weigh-in which saw Graham gain wait and Bek lose nothing brought down-and-out Lydia good news as she managed to lose nearly as much weight as she did the weigh-in before. This gave her the title of ‘Biggest Loser of the weigh in’ (not the week, as this was a mid-week weigh in) and immunity, with that second 24-hr pass.
After a chocolate eating temptation, Hamish showed his ‘mummy-boys’ side off and consumed nearly a box of chocolate despite knowing no one else was playing! It was a stupid decision frowned down upon everyone (probably even an absent Luke), but it still earned him that third 24-hr pass and what comes with every temptation, a spot of immunity!
The Challenge then aired in full on Thursday, with explosive consequences. All teams had to dig a kayak and an oar out of the ground, take it to the other side of the beach, row out to collect weights representing the contestant’s weight losses each week, and bring them back to shore in order to ‘not lose’. The loser would incur a 1kg weight PENALTY for each member of their team.
All teams worked well, except the white team. Selena was slow, and by the looks of it, she wasn’t helping at all. But Bek and mainly Kasey at one point’s actions proved to be nothing but bullying and overreaction. It caused Selena to storm off and ask her teammates to vote her off if they lost the challenge.
They ended up losing the challenge, as they didn’t even dig out their two items before the other three teams completed the entire task. Despite the team unable to actually ‘vote off’ one of their own (they can only nominate them for elimination), they all seem content in unanimously voting out Selena.
It was a tense challenge which also saw a small scuffle between Hamish and Luke. What better way to celebrate than to dress up and have a party? Harmless fun? Not for one. As we saw on Thursday, some contestants looked a bit wonky and woozy. Someone is providing them alcohol.
That is against the rules.
I’m seeing a lot of activity occurring around an article I created detailing the scandal. All I can say is that you guys MUST watch Monday, as this is where this incident will finally be addressed in full by the show.
To My Kitchen Rules now, and strategy has shown its ugly face. Its elimination week and we see Simon & Meg, Thomas & Carla, Megan & Andy, Peter & Gary, David & Scott and Emma & Andrew facing the chop.
After a shocking first dinner, Thomas & Carla managed to find themselves with a low score at the bottom of the leaderboard. Simon & Meg were able to provide a standout performance, and despite being Kiwi, I’m actually barracking for them here!
Megan & Andy came about, and after managing to beat Thomas & Carla, the Victorian Villains decided to stoop to a new low and provide Emma & Andrew, Thursday’s competitiors, a measly 1/10 based on pure strategy. Sure, their dinner wasn’t crash hot, but it wasn’t worth a 1.
They really do make Dr. Evil look like a cute puppy dog wrapped in cotton candy!
So the knives are out on all three shows, and next week, there looks to be no stopping this brutal train!
As we all know, The Biggest Loser has a shock expulsion on Monday. ONE male will be eliminated, and my money is on either Luke or Hamish. With Luke’s alcohol binge during his 24-hr pass made a note of by producers, I would say it is more likely him than mummy’s-boy Hamish.
Due to this scandal, it really is taking the gleam off of the rest of the week, so I’m not so sure how this will affect the next elimination, weigh in, or any other aspect of next week’s dynamics. Maybe Ryan, the last eliminated contestant, will get to come back in for some reason. He is the heaviest contestant ever, so I can see them pulling that trick.
Excess Baggage heads to sunny Gold Coast. It should be a week of fun, sun and all the rest in between that the wonderful Gold Coast can offer- until the first elimination that is!
Speaking of first eliminations, My Kitchen Rules finishes its elimination round, leaving someone out to dry. Currently, it’s Emma & Andrew who are most likely to go, but anything could happen.
So that’s the current state of play, ladies and gentlemen. I do hope you guys stick with these wonderful shows over the next week, and I look forward to seeing you reactions along the way. In the meantime, you can view any of this week’s episodic blogs below.