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You know what I’ve always thought about these weigh in and elimination episodes? Do you know what I’ve always thought was missing? That added ‘Sunday’! Well from tonight, ALL weigh in and eliminations come with added Sunday!! Tonight should be a doozie though- two contestants have immunity, one has a weight disadvantage and one has a weight advantage; both of the latter being 1kg! Should be interesting to say the least.
We seem to be going straight into last chance training- which is absolutely fantastic! Michelle is training Lisa solo after the latter won the exclusive rights to the former in the walk last week. We get a small recap of Lisa’s loss in the challenge where she won the 1kg disadvantage. We also see how her former-red team members reacted to the possibility of Lisa leaving.
She’s very empowered and I just hope more than anything that this week works out for her. I would love to see Lisa go all the way. She gets emotional as she talks about how this 1kg weight disadvantage is a ‘slap back’ from what was a fiery week. Michelle thinks the fire is still there to push her through the next weigh in.
The former white team, Michelle and Kasey, are walking around in the pool, talking about how much the other teams underestimate them.
In the shed, Commando is back to smash Graham yet again, just to make him feel like a winner. He gets Graham to reset a spin bike and go for a kilometre ride. He gets Graham to yell out that he will stay above the yellow line. Commando also gets him to do weights and rope pulls.
Alex is next to partake in the challenge. He has to beat Graham’s time of 3 minutes 42 seconds. He gets 3 minutes 36 seconds, winning round one. Wait, round one of THIS?! Gosh, I’d hate to be the black boys.
Graham gets 3 minutes for round two, so can Alex do better? No, he gets 3 minutes and two seconds. Graham is now one-one with Alex.
Opinion point: Who is most prepared going into this weigh in?
After the break, it is round three for the black team. Graham is first again, and scores a time of 2 minutes and 51 seconds- a huge improvement! Alex just says ‘shit’! Alex goes for his third do-or-die shot. Who can take out the title of tonight’s last chance training?
Commando grabs both their hands and raises Graham’s before showing Alex that he scored 2 minutes 53 seconds.
Meanwhile, Shannan is back in Adelaide (looks like a recycled scene of Shannan driving out of Adelaide Airport there) but this time for his other South Australian contestant, Luke! Luke was expelled from the contest, and we are reminded as to how Shannan said to Luke that he will judge him on his actions between his expulsion and the finale.
He heads to his house and it looks like Luke had a makeover of his own- he looks fantastic! His father has lost 11 and a half kilos thanks to Luke as well; it’s a changing family!
Luke promises Shannan that he has had zero drinks since the incident, and Shannan can see the clarity in his eyes.
Looking back at a flashback, and we can just see how much Luke has lost; he looks SO different, words cannot describe.
Opinion point: Are you proud of Luke?
His father and himself have a teary bonding moment before we head back to camp for weigh in. Ooh, so exciting! Hayley welcomes them to the weigh in and tells them all how they are ‘survivors’. Hayley talks about Michelle’s immunity grabbing binge at temptation. She also reviews Margie’s 1kg weight advantage and Lisa’s 1kg weight disadvantage.
To begin the weigh in, Michelle steps up. Again, Hayley makes note of the gaining-weight-lose-immunity rule, which is a bit odd, before she steps up. She weighed 80.5kg. She now weighs…80.2kg, and she retains immunity with a loss of 300g, or -0.37% weight loss percentage. She is safe, but Tiffiny is concerned.
Kasey also has immunity, but if she has put on weight, will lose her immunity- however she did not eat at temptation. She weighed 100.1kg. She now weighs…97.7kg, a loss of 2.4kg or a WLP of 2.40%. She is finally under one hundred kilos and now wants to go home and ride her horse, Santa. She looks much better. She breaks down as she talks about her years of not riding.
Now, the real weigh in begins. Two will fall below the yellow line, but which two?
Graham is first up. He weighed 163.2kg. He now weighs…157.1kg, a loss of 6.1kg, or a WLP of 3.74%, putting him in first place. Pretty amazing. Commando uses that ‘proud’ word now and he even cracks a smile. I love it when Graham laughs; it’s quite a funny laugh.
Margie is next. She weighed 121.0kg. She now weighs…115.2kg, 5.8kg loss or 6.8kg loss with her advantage, or 5.62% WLP. She is overwhelmed but unhappy about her friend, Lisa’s, predicament. She reminds us all why she is here; saying she wants to surf again and find someone special out there.
Opinion point: Who has made the biggest change since launch?
Lisa is next to weigh in. This should be interesting. She weighed 81.3kg. She now weighs…79.8kg, a loss of 1.5kg, or a loss of 0.5kg with the weight penalty. This gives her a 0.62% WLP, putting her last and into near elimination. This means Margie is safe. At least she is now in her seventies.
She tearily talks about her friendship with the red team.
Alex and Lydia are left. Lydia has to lose at least 600g to remain safe from elimination. She currently weighs 103.3kg however this week she weighs…100.2kg, a loss of 3.1kg, or a WLP of 3.00%, putting her in third place, saving Graham and throwing Lisa into elimination. Lydia is not happy looking. She knows she will go home if she falls below the yellow line.
Alex is last to weigh in. He weighs 118.3kg. He now weighs…115.8kg, a loss of 2.5kg, or 2.11% WLP, putting him below the yellow line with Lisa. Very emotional, but Lydia is happy to be safe. This means Margie is this week’s Biggest Loser. She dedicates it to her mother.
Opinion point: Did you expect this week’s results?
Hayley tells them that they have all lost more than 25% of their starting weights and reminds them that no one gained weight this week.
The contestants then walk into elimination. The dream is about to end for either Lisa or Alex.
Lisa says that facing elimination again is really hard, saying it is just as tough on ‘this side’ than on ‘that side’. She thinks Alex is the bigger threat in this game as he has more weight to lose. She also thinks Alex is here to win the game, and so he should be. Playing strategically, Alex is the one to go.
Alex thinks he has given ‘close to 100’ per cent to this game and feels less fatigued and sore as he did before. He can see the changes and feel the changes.
Margie feels devastated that Lisa is in that chair and feels she still needs to be here for other reasons. She hopes she gets through today. If that means Alex should go, she is sorry, Alex needs to go!
Kasey sees Alex as the biggest threat but thinks voting wise, Lisa is a threat. Margie scoffs, saying the red team vote differently depending on who they feel.
With that, the voting begins. Three votes are needed to be eliminated.
Opinion point: Who deserves to stay more?
After the break, it is time for the vote reveal. Graham is first and not surprisingly, he votes for Lisa.
Margie is next and she is voting for the bigger threat and has a lot of weight to lose. Yep, Alex. Alex gave her very odd looks during that.
Kasey reveals her vote next. She sees them both as massive threats. She is a wildcard, but true to the white team’s word, she votes against the stronger team, and votes off Lisa.
Margie does not seem happy about this at all. I feel a fight coming along.
Lydia is next and shall I explain more? No. She votes for Alex.
Michelle has the final and deciding vote. She votes strategically to even out the playing field; voting out Lisa, sending the lightest contestant home.
The music intensifies as Margie looks shocked. Lisa says she feels she has been eliminated to destroy the red team ‘but it won’t work’. Margie laughs at this and makes a warning to the rest of them- the red team are going to come out faster, stronger and fitter (they’re fit already). This will add fuel to the fire.
Margie says they are honest which makes Alex mad. Alex doesn’t think she is being honest, saying she promises that he, her and Lydia were going to go all the way. Margie denies this.
Margie says she is allowed to be upset. Alex tells her she doesn’t have to bully everyone and she tells him she isn’t, while insinuating that he is an ‘old man’. Alex is very hurt at this.
Lydia then tells them all that they respect all of their decisions, but reminds them that Alex is more capable at sending someone to elimination than Lisa.
To soften this situation up, Hayley reminds Lisa that she is going home to see her kids and possibly Simon. We see her best bits before she hugs her contestants goodbye, and leaves. Let’s just say…she may not be gone for long!
So that episode was definitely worth a watch! Production wise, this episode is on par with pretty much every other episode- however little things, like the Clarke Rubber PP and the recycled shot of Shannan rolling out of Adelaide Airport were somewhat noticeable.
The weigh in was done brilliantly tonight; there were definitely plenty of surprises. The fight between Margie and Alex at the end though seemed very edited in the way it looked like their comments were taped together to make the situation seem more controversial.
But other than that, extremely enjoyable stuff.
For more on Lisa’s elimination, read here.
Production Values (visual and audio techniques, overall ‘bling’ of the show):4.5/5
‘Sell-out’ factor (Cross-promotion and product placement free?): 1.9/2
Entertainment Value (emotional feel, storyline, eventful?): 2.9/3
Courtney’s Verdict: 9.3/10