Tonight is challenge night for us here at home AND for those over at Camp Biggest Loser. Tonight, the challenge will be a little different. Like an old tradition, these contestants are about to get down and dirty with a truck load of mud! Oh yes, Biggest Loser at its finest!
Last night, we found out that in temptation, the blue team consumed over 2,000 calories. All other teams but the white team consumed nothing. But, what did the white team consume? It’s time to find out!
The recap was quite long, but we find out that Luke on his own consumed 818 calories. Pretty solid effort if you ask me! Ryan consumed 836 calories. Eek!
Hamish consumed 1,091 calories. Oh my deary me!
To the white team and Bek talks about how much they considered the temptation. In the end, they consumed nothing! Good on them!
The blue team are therefore the winners of immunity- and they’ve guaranteed their week at The Biggest Loser camp. But they consumed about 2,070 calories more than they needed!
The other team’s chances of elimination have increased!
To the training session and Shannan comes into the gym. Knowing exactly what went down in temptation, but knowing that none of his contestants are allowed to know, he wants to see their version of events.
He does call them all up on not being able to look him in the eye. Luke explains the rules before telling him they won immunity. Shannan quizzes them all about their eating habits and they all seem to confess. He’s not happy about Hamish’s chocolate eating. Neither is Hamish!!!
Hamish ate chocolate ‘for both immunity and satisfaction’. That didn’t go down well. Again, Luke goes on about how he gives 110% and tells Shannan that they all burnt so many calories.
Shannan now tries to get them to recreate their ‘training session’ which he knows did not go down. This was going to be fun!
They do it, and he slams them because Hamish and Ryan are just sitting down!
Opinion point: What did you think of that ‘training session’?
After the break, Shannan shows them a real training session- he wants to make them sick!
He gets them on the treadmill. No talk, no words, just actions! After the first round of running, he ups the speed on their treadmill. He tells Hamish not to cry and tells them all that they can do it. They sweat, they moan, but boy do they do it!
Shannan sees that his team is exhausted, but there will be no charity for today. Luke ups his own speed to maximum. It usually takes Shannan six weeks to get his team to max speed- being in week three; Luke could smash a Biggest Loser record.
Luke goes for it but the other two just watch. Why don’t they train!!! Anyway, Luke pulls it off and he breaks down. They now know what proper exercise is!
Opinion point: Do you think that it should be all up to Luke to inspire the other two blue team members?
To the red team and Michelle turns up to hear the news. We already know that while Michelle was happy they didn’t take temptation, she was annoyed that they did NO training at all.
She congratulates them before asking what they did instead. Brenda and Lisa talk about their beauty sessions while Margie confesses her ugly truth as well. Lydia tells Michelle that she read a book.
Michelle is annoyed about their ordeal, but is happy that they didn’t lie about it.
With that, she sends them to their bedroom for another hour, and Michelle has a bit of a go at them for their complacency. Michelle then shows them what they could have done in those twelve hours. She needs to tell them that wherever they are, they can always train. They pick up puffy’s, roll over beds, do crunches, sit ups and all the go, which turns out to be a pretty decent training session.
Opinion point: Is Michelle being too harsh to her heavily- will powered team?
After the break, the contestants head off to their challenge at Glenworth Valley. It’s a lush, green area that is cold and wet! They see a lot of obstacle course items, and realise pretty quickly what they may be in for.
Hayley welcomes them all to the valley and tells them that they will be taking part in a course filled with 2km worth of obstacles. It’s the Valley Stampede!
From the shots we see, there is a lot of mud! She tells them that this challenge will be the one to break them!
Instead of ‘the winner getting a 2kg advantage’, the loser of this challenge will instead incur a 2kg weight penalty. That’s the entire team! It could mean the difference between safety and danger.
Each team must choose 2 members to battle it out. To complete the course, both team members must cross the finish line together and to even it out, teams must wait for their partners to finish the obstacle as well before moving onto the next one.
To ensure that they don’t drag their heels, Hayley has invited the trainers to come along. Shannan has vowed to push his boys despite their team immunity!
They get suited up and head to the start line. Luke and Hamish will be playing together for the blue team. Bek and Kasey are on for the white team, Lydia and Lisa are the red team representatives and Graham and Simon have it for the black team!
They are off and already, there is a LOT of mud.
They climb over and under the logs. Luke is first to finish, but Hamish is last, slowing him down. The white team are out in front and the red team also get ahead. The black team are in last place. Graham is slowing them down but Simon just wants to be there for him.
Commando gives Graham some encouragement, at Hamish’s expense. Hamish is already dragging his feet. Luke calls him ‘his 13th obstacle’. The next obstacle is climbing over a bus! The white team and red team clear it easily.
Graham makes it to the top of the bus easily, leaving Simon and Hamish to head it off neck and neck.
The black team manage to overtake the blue team, but the red team and white team are neck and neck.
They reach a massive track of pure mud. The red team overtake the slightly less agile white team, but they too get a bit stuck in the mud, proving an interesting battle. It isn’t long before the teams are made to crawl due to the slipperiness of the mud. It also gives the red and black team a way to build ground.
Graham is struggling, meaning the black team may still be in for last place. Graham can hardly move, and the Commando is getting annoyed. Simon has to help him. Watching Hamish and Graham struggle in this mud is somewhat entertaining, which will probably send me to hell, but that would be difficult!
Hamish is overtaken and he hardly moves. He begins to cry, however Shannan keeps his morale up. After slipping so much, he punches the ground in fury.
Opinion point: What do you think of this very tough challenge?
After the break, the red and white team manage to reach a net. If they weren’t forced to crawl through mud before, they are now!
Bek gets her hair bun stuck in each groove, which frustrates her. The red team’s lead is increasing as they head for the tunnels. Anyone who is claustrophobic will start panicking now!
The white team look like the black team with all this mud.
They finish the mud track and are hosed down by some maintenance guy, haha. The red team finish first and with such uplifting music, the two hold hands as they run to their next hurdle.
Hamish’s pants are now falling down.
‘Do you think I care?’ Shannan blurts out.
‘YES!’ says an aggravated Hamish!
I LOVE Hamish- I think he is so bloody funny! This has got to be the funniest scene in the entire history of this show.
Hamish seems to have a mojo going and the blue team come up closer to the black team. The two white team girls can’t stand up due to the mud. They needn’t worry, as Graham slows the black team down. Luke moves past the black team under the mud net. The black team are not fussed because they know Hamish is struggling up the rear.
Meanwhile, Lydia is hopping over the barrels for the red team. The red team are flying through this. They head for their next obstacle. They wetten the barrels up enough for the white team to also cruise through it.
Back to the tunnels and Graham is not convinced that he will fit in them!
Opinion point: Which team is showing the best example of team work?
The blue team are hot on their tails and Luke seems to be pushing Hamish along. Luke is comically not impressed with having Hamish’s crack in his face. Oh, god, I am seriously tearing up!
As they exit, Graham finds the mud to be overpowering and he can’t get up. Hamish encounters the same problem.
To the red team and they swing into the river which would be refreshing. They swim to the other bank and they only just get out of the river when the white team enters!
Tiffiny yells at them as they cross the river.
The black team are at the cable rolls. They struggle a bit, especially Hamish.
The red team gets to the fun bag- a massive air-filled pillow. They have to climb over it. Now, I’ve been on a smaller version of one of these. After a massive obstacle course, that would be SUPER hard.
The boys make it to the zip swings and are still neck and neck. Remember, if the red team gain weight this week, they lose immunity.
Hamish slows the blue team down by refusing to take the zip rope. He is there for so long with Shannan punishing him to get on it. He keeps saying ‘no, no, no’ but Shannan is convinced that he can do it!
After the break, Shannan is still screaming at him. It is quite painful to watch- why won’t Hamish just give in?! Shannan won’t take no for an answer.
Shannan just ends up throwing him off (he had the rope, of course) and hey, no problems!
They now have a lot to pick up on. The black team are still on the air bags, and are struggling intensely!
The red team are heading towards a waterslide which usually signals the end of an obstacle course.
The white team are next to finish. Graham is still struggling with the air bags so the Commando hurries them up. We see that when the blue team get over, the black team are pretty much out of sight. Will they make it?
The red and white team finish and they are all so happy- no girl will be getting penalties this week!
The black team are at the slide. They get it done quick and even the commando joins in.
Graham slows down a bit as he begins to cough up…whatever. The blue team slips down the slide and while Shannan is convinced they are still in the race, I doubt it heavily.
Graham and Simon enter the mud and Luke knows that if he can get Hamish moving, they could beat the struggling Graham. Luke and Hamish just push it out and this is quite tense. Of course, we won’t see who will finish until Monday!
That episode had to be the tensest, funniest, and most entertaining yet! Heck, jumping from that very interesting training session to this brilliant idea-of-an-obstacle course, I couldn’t fault the entertainment this episode brought.
I don’t think there was any need to hold over the results of temptation, only to have the entire 10 minutes of last night’s episode played out again at the top of this one. I felt it was just a very cheap way of getting viewers to follow over to today.
There was no real explanation of the rules as to what happened if the blue team, who have immunity, finished last. As there is a good chance that they will, it would have been very beneficial for the crew to alert viewers as to what the 2kg penalty may mean for them.
The Biggest Loser Australia: Singles next airs Feb 13 at 7PM on TEN.
Production Values (visual and audio techniques, overall ‘bling’ of the show): 4.7/5
‘Sell-out’ factor (Cross-promotion and product placement free?): 2/2
Entertainment Value (emotional feel, storyline, eventful?): 2.9/3
Courtney’s Verdict: 9.6/10