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It feels like just yesterday that we weighed in these contestants and sent one packing (well, two really), but we’re doing it all over again. With Simon safe, only nine contestants spread across four teams are eligible. At this stage of the competition, this really is dog eat dog!
Back at the quarry, we recap the end of the challenge where Graham won the challenge for the black team. He now has to choose one trainer to leave their team until the next weigh in.
Graham chooses Hamish and he feels horrible but thinks they are spurring him on to try harder. With that, it’s time to go back to camp.
The next day, it is time for the contestants to engage in their other challenge prize which the black team shared with everyone- a video call home!
Graham is first and his family seem as happy and go-lucky has he does. Then, one by one, the contestants go in to take their call.
Back to the bush, and the white girls are going through last chance training with Tiffiny. She wants tough and resilient team members.
Afterwards, Tiffiny feels as if the teary Michelle needs some encouragement. The good thing is that the whole emotional plea of love to Michelle Hamish did in training, was recorded. It all seemed like a bit of Window’s 7 product placement, but finally, Michelle shows genuine emotion over her friendship with Hamish. She claims to have never felt so special.
Opinion point: Is Michelle’s biggest advantage in this game the love she shares with Hamish?
After the break, Shannan arrives for last chance training but Hamish has to tell him the news that he was chosen as the trainer to leave his team until weigh in. Shannan is fuming and now realises the strength of this alliance.
Shannan reminds Hamish that he can trust him, and with a bit of a pep-talk, Shannan leaves him to train.
He goes strong, but with so many negative emotions running through his head due to this gruelling week, he breaks down and cries. He wants Shannan there. It puts it in perspective for you- this is what the black team and the red team have done over their powerful alliance.
When an alliance affects one person this much, you have to question the ethics behind it. Luckily, Hamish picks his speed up again while the red team just sit around and discuss the power they had.
Right now, Simon is to receive the power and Lydia feels, as women of their word, he should still receive it. Margie just realises that the only people they can trust is themselves.
Product placement alert- Yoplait Yoghurt.
Now, it is weigh in time- my favourite time of the week!
Hamish feels very nervous, but let’s just see. Hayley welcomes them all to the weigh in room, but Tiffiny is without contestants. Hayley then welcomes the white team back from the grub, and Selena’s hair is just out of place everywhere like an afro. A bit of makeup probably exacerbated this.
Hamish is so glad to see Michelle before Hayley then recaps the week. With that, Margie announces who will have their percentage discounted from the weight loss. They honour their agreement and sit Simon out.
Shannan then questions whether they are in an alliance. The red team tell Shannan that there are no alliances. Us viewers, and thanks to the bunker, Shannan know that this is a blunt lie, so to see Margie then tell Shannan to basically stay out of things was downright rude!
When asked officially by Hayley whether he thinks there is an alliance, he feels that if it looks like a duck and quacks, it’s usually a duck. So yes, he does.
The black team are first to weigh in, and Simon, discounted and immune, will weigh in first. He weighed 136.5kg. He now weighs…135.3kg, a loss of only 1.2kg. He is devastated, but surely he saw this coming.
Shannan can see the co-incidence of Simon’s low weigh in and him getting the power.
Alex is next and he weighed 131.6kg. he now weighs…129.3kg, a loss of 2.3kg. Graham is the last to weigh in. After facing elimination twice before, he says he has pushed himself to his limits.
He did weigh 177.9kg. He now weighs…173.0kg, a loss of 4.9kg, giving the black team a loss of 7.2kg, or 2.33%.
Commando is happy, but it isn’t the weight loss he requires and he needs to pull bigger numbers.
He does say he is in the mind set, so he should see bigger numbers from now on.
The red team are next to weigh in are the red team. Lydia will be first. She weighed 115.7kg. She now weighs…111.7kg, a loss of 4kg. Pretty good for her.
Hayley asks what Lydia is focussing on and she says it is herself. She won’t be worrying about anyone but herself, her team and her trainer.
Margie is next. She weighed 129.7kg. She now weighs 126.8kg, a loss of 2.9kg.
Lisa weighed 86.7kg. Her current weight is…84.8kg, a loss of 1.9kg. That gives her team an 8.8kg weight loss, or 2.65% WLP.
Next up are the white team, who need to lose 8kg to stay safe. Will their week in the bush help or hinder them. Selena is first up.
She weighed 138.5kg. She now weighs…135.8kg, a loss of 2.7kg. She feels good about the number, considering the week she had. Tiffiny says that Selena really needs to be here, but she needs to stop making excuses and become accountable for her own journey.
Next up is Kasey. She weighed 111.4kg. She now weighs…106.5kg, a loss of 4.9kg! She is extremely happy with this number.
Michelle is last, and she needs to lose at least 400g to keep her team safe. Don’t discount any outcome. She weighed 91.3kg. She now weighs…86.4kg, a loss of 4.9kg! That gives the white team a weight loss of 12.5kg, or a WLP of 3.66%. Solid effort.
Opinion point: What can the black team do to get above the yellow line?
Hamish is last to weigh in and needs to lose 3.4kg. Can he do it? He feels he has pulled his thumb out this week. His biggest fear is the chance he could be below that yellow line.
He weighed 127.0kg. He now weighs…124.0kg, a loss of 3.0kg, not enough with only 2.36%. His heart sinks. He feels as if he was a victim this week, but thinks he did well to pick himself up and continue. He feels that if he goes home, he won’t have that chance to say goodbye to Michelle. Well, actually, he will have some time to say goodbye.
He has a lovely message for Michelle before stepping down and hugging his love interest.
White and red are safe, meaning another boy will go. The trainers, white and red team leave the weigh in room but Michelle goes to hug Hamish tearily.
So, who will Hamish have to face? Well, Graham wants to play strategically. With the highest weight loss percentage, if Graham goes up again and it goes to a hung vote, he will still beat Hamish. Good strategy.
In elimination, the six contestants wait for the contestants to enter.
Opinion point: Who from the black team deserves to go up the most?
After the break, it does turn out to be a Hamish v. Graham vote. If Graham goes home, they will finally have eliminated the lovable bear! But will the red team turn on Graham? I doubt it somewhat.
Graham reveals truthfully why he is up for elimination, which is quite graceful. Graham could not bear to see Alex, who had a lower weight loss percentage than Hamish, leave.
Graham still feels as if he deserves a fourth chance, after facing elimination three times now.
Again, the black and red team alliance is called into question and Lydia says there is no more of an alliance between them than there is between Hamish and Michelle.
Hamish feels he had one of the toughest weeks and wonders why everyone is targeting him. He then says he knew he would be targeted after Luke left.
Michelle is thinking like she wants to go back to the bush.
As the contestants vote, Hayley tells Hamish he will leave if he gets a hung vote.
Kasey is first to vote. She says this was a hard decision, but decides to vote for Graham.
To Lydia. She voted for the person she believed can be a threat. She votes for Hamish.
To Selena and she votes with her head and not with her heart. She decides that the person who needs to be here the most is Graham, sending Hamish home.
Everyone is shocked. The music goes sketchy and Michelle puts it down to her change in emotion. Kasey however said that they discussed that they would vote black all the way.
Selena says that she didn’t know Graham would be put up which makes Kasey shake her head. Selena would have voted for Alex, but Graham needs to be here.
If Hamish receives one more vote, he will be eliminated.
Opinion point: Do you agree with Selena’s view?
Margie is next and she could not vote for the one person who has ‘never given up’. Yeah, Graham has given up a few times, so that’s pretty tough to swallow. She votes for Hamish, and Shannan’s last member leaves the group.
This also means that at the current state of play, one finalist WILL be female.
Michelle is shocked and cries as she gives him some parting words. Hamish knows that while it will be difficult, he has to accept that he now has to complete his journey on the outside.
We recap his best bits before he is told to say his goodbyes.
Hayley asked what the one thing he will miss would be. It is obvious and as he leaves, Michelle breaks down, understandably. There’s gonna be words with Selena!
He leaves the last but definitely not least member of the blue team. Seeing him say goodbye to Michelle is pure heartbreak.
We see how he is doing 4 weeks later, and we find out he has lost 32kg and wants to lose 25 more.
Well if this episode will be known for anything, it will be for its controversial elimination and its emotion. That elimination was simply, an event. The last blue team member voted out due in part to Selena, a member of Michelle’s team. Technically, Hamish would have been voted out anyway, but that was very heartbreaking to see.
That conveyance of emotion, which was evident throughout the episode, is what I’m looking for and they did it brilliantly tonight.
In fact, other than some product placement here and there, this episode was perfect!
Production Values (visual and audio techniques, overall ‘bling’ of the show): 5/5
‘Sell-out’ factor (Cross-promotion and product placement free?): 1.7/2
Entertainment Value (emotional feel, storyline, eventful?): 3/3
Courtney’s Verdict: 9.7/10