Previous episode: Excess Baggage Season One – Endurance Challenge #5
Now, standby for the structure of this episode. It could well pull a Biggest Loser and leave the elimination until Monday. For the show’s sake, I hope it doesn’t. But one thing is for sure, a check in is needed to be had! Two teams WILL fall to the bottom and face elimination and that result WILL be revealed. Let the competition, REALLY begin!
We’re still on the Gold Coast, but not for long. Today, it is time for the weekly fitness test, and it will reflect in the final scores that could send someone home. No one is really ready for the fitness test with all the illnesses people are coming down with. We review what a tough week this has been.
Ajay, who isn’t well, cannot compete today, so it will be up to Matt to try to drag that score up. Darryn thinks Ajay is a disgrace to the competition and should be disqualified. Well, umm, that’s a bit of an overreaction from Darryn, even moreso than usual!
Well, the thoughts seem to resonate through the camp. Brant even goes up to Christian all fired up, claiming other people are sick and continue to perform. Hell, I don’t see Brant’s problem. That is until Kate Ceberano clarifies that she will just take the same points as last week. Actually, that does make Ajay a bit of a cheater!
The fitness test, which is the same as usual, seems to take its toll on already shaken bodies. Lisa, who has shown improvement in the past weeks, is back at the back today in the sprint and Darryn thinks something is wrong. He goes to push her along as he feels she is ‘too fat’ to go. He pleads to Christian not to tell Lisa that it was a good effort.
We’re back to an uncooperative red team as the elimination stresses takes its toll.
Christine knows that the fitness test could well be the thing that saves her. She breaks down under the pressure, but Kate DeAraugo is on hand to support her. She manages to push her body through it and puts in a considerable effort.
Ben also works his arse off. He’s another one to look out for in check in. But, who will lose?
Opinion point: Who do you think deserves the best score this week?
After the break, it is the first elimination. Kate talks us through how the three judges, Tim, Christian and Joanna, will be deciding who will be eliminated.
As they all walk into the hangar, a pyramid of bottles full of what looks like fat is staring them in the face. Ross Walker, from the Kimberly’s week. He tells them that the pyramid of bottles represents the 200kg of fat the contestants have lost already.
Then, it is time for the check in and elimination. We are reminded that all contestants have been accumulating their scores since the beginning. The two at the bottom after the addition of today’s check-in scores will be facing elimination.
The blue team are first for check in. Kevin has lost 0.8% of his body fat and 0.5cm off of his waist. His fitness score is 7.4, giving him an 8.7.
Renee had a BFP of 44.2%. It is now…41.7%. She loses 3.5cm from her waist and her fitness score has gone to 6.4. Her score is 12.3. The blue team’s score is111.0 overall. This is the score to beat.
The orange team are next. They’ve had a rough week this week, so we recap it. Dipper, before the check in, reminds Lana that despite their arguments, he is proud of her doing the stairs. Her BFP drops by 0.2%, however she loses 4cm off her waist.
Her fitness test score was 5.2. It is now 5.3. Christian reminds her that she will have her bad weeks but she can take out of it all those stairs she climbed. Dipper personally thanks Christian for his support behind Lana.
Her score is 9.1, which isn’t bad.
Dipper’s body fat drops by 3.6%. His waist circumference was 114.5cm. It is now…111.0cm. His fitness test score was 6.9. It is now…7.3. His score is now 14.0, quite big. They get 113 points, putting them at the top of the list.
Opinion point: We’re rushing through this check in. Is this making it more confusing?
Team purple have had a pretty average week, not helped by Ajay skipping the fitness test. Matt is first. His BFP was 34.4%. It is now…32.1%. His WC was 125.5cm. It is now…119.0cm! His FTS has gone from 5.1 to 5.5. His score is therefore 13.0.
Ajay has only lost 0.1% of her body fat. She does lose 3.5cm from her waist. Her fitness score remains at 5.5. Matt does acknowledge that Ajay sat out because of medical advice, but Ajay knows what the contestants have been saying and is quite upset about it.
Christian says she is not training and that she is not eating the way Joanna has asked her to. Ajay says she is. Corny thunder sounds play as Christian tells her that Matt is essentially pulling all the weight in her team.
Christian says there are a lot of things she can do but Ajay insists she is doing everything she can and has only missed one voluntary training session.
Ajay reiterates that she was told by the medic not to compete. She is quite upset as Christian keeps calling purple team a ‘one man’ team. Matt also arks up, telling Christian that she needs more support.
Ajay is crying as Christian continues to support Matt, but puts Ajay down. He does acknowledge that she is an inspiration.
The purple team ends up with 122.3 and on top of the board…for now. Technically, they’re safe. Ajay is still upset with Christian’s comments and in a break; Ajay goes to confront him further. Nathan feels everyone else thinks the same things Christian is.
Ajay feels she is being manipulated into being a lazy person. Christian doesn’t want to hear her excuses and Joanna has to come in to stop the bickering. She tells Ajay to turn up to training sessions, which Ajay says she will all the time. Hmm, maybe Christian is giving her a bit of tough love, because something seems to be clicking now.
Joanna also offers personal nutritional advice.
Opinion point: Do you think Ajay needs more support from Christian?
The green team are up for their check in. Gabby is a bit worried about her fitness score but says she used it as an excuse to see how she would do under crook conditions. Christian says she had integrity for turning up, an obvious jab at Ajay. Now that is just adding salt to the wound!
Gabby’s BFP was 37.7%. It is now…34.5%. Her WC was 98.0cm. It is now…95.0cm. Her fitness score drops to 5.6 but she gets a total of 11.9 for her score.
She remembers the Whitsundays where she recaps her argument with Christian.
Ben’s BFP drops by 2.9% and his WC drops to 124.0cm from 131cm. His fitness score was 5.5. It is now…6.7! His score is now…14.9! An absolute knock out. That gives them a score of 113.6, making them safe.
After the break, it is the pink team’s turn. Sarah’s BFP decreases by 3.7%. Her WC drops from 97.5cm to 94cm. Her FTS was 4.7. It is now…5.6! Huge! Her score is now 12.9. Kate feels Sarah is carrying her. Kate has fallen back into bad habits this week, so will this be reflected?
She feels she is about to let her partner down. Her BFP was 37.2%. It is now…37.2%. Her WC was 96.5cm. It is now…97.5cm. She gets quite teary. Her FTS went to 6.7, giving her a 6.7 check in score.
She wants to forget being a celebrity- she just wants her life back. She is very teary.
Opinion point: Would the result’s sensitivity to contestants having ‘bad weeks’ be a weakness or strength in the check-in’s process?
The combined pink team score is now 105.2cm, putting them in last position, and saving the orange team.
Next up is the yellow team. They feel quite confident. Let’s see how well they do.
Christine’s BFP was 34.4%. It is now 32.5%. Her WC was 94.5cm. It is now…94.5cm. Her FTS was 7.4. It is now…7.5. This gives her 9.4 all up. Christine feels a bit discouraged and worries about being in the bottom two.
Nathan is next and he is expecting big numbers. His BFP was 35.3%. It is now…35.0%. His WC goes from 122.5cm to 119.0cm. His FTS is still 5.1. He gets an 8.3. He is very disappointed and gets teary. He says that this competition is everything for him.
He can’t go home.
Their score is now 102.4, giving the blue team a safe pass.
The grey team are next and Brant thanks John for the support. John’s BFP was 39.7%. It is now…36.1%! His WC has gone from 139.5cm to 133cm! Huge again! His FTS is now 2.7! His score is now 11.0.
Brant needs 8.0 or more to secure a safe pass. His BFP was 22.4%. It is now…22.7%! His WC was 99cm. It is now…99.5cm! His FTS remains at 6.4, giving him a score of 6.4. The pink team are therefore safe.
Joanna feels Brant is doing well in supporting John, but isn’t taking his own journey seriously.
John thought Brant could have done better, so he is a bit shocked. They get 104.4, putting them in the bottom two. This means the yellow team will definitely be up for elimination.
After the break, we see a recap of red’s journey. They could definitely pull a win off this week.
They need 24 or more to beat the grey team.
Darryn’s BFP goes down 1.3% and his WC goes down by 2.1% and his FTS is 8, giving him a score of 11.4.
Lisa now needs 12.6 to win. A big score! I’m nervous now! She hopes she can do it. She knows that if she goes today, she will be back at the gym tomorrow.
So, her BFP was 44.8%. It is now…44%. Her WC was 127cm. It is now…118cm! A massive 9cm! Her 6.2 FTS gives her a score of 14.1! They’re safe on 106!
Now, it is time for the elimination. The yellow and grey team are in the bottom two and they now plea to stay in the competition. Christine knows there is more she can learn and do. Nathan says it has taken some time for him to get over his mental problems, but he now gives all he can to be here. He promises to continue the 100% commitment.
Brant says that he doesn’t need to be here but knows John needs to be here. John would like to stay but knows Brant is at the stage that he can grow on the outside.
He breaks down as he wants to inspire others. Dipper tells him that he is an inspiration.
With that, they are all made to go upstairs to wait while the judges deliberate on who should go.
The judges aren’t too impressed with Brant however Tim sticks up for him. Joanna doesn’t think Nathan is being honest.
Opinion point: Who should go home?
After the break, it is time for the results. No screwing around. The judges will cast their vote for the team they want to leave. The team with two or more votes will leave.
Christian wants the grey team to stay.
Tim wants the yellow team to stay. Of course he does.
Joanna seals the deal. The team to go home today is…the grey team. Joanna says that she doesn’t get Nathan’s honesty, but how can he fake those tears?!
John however is devastated that he is going home. He doesn’t want to let go of the bonds he has made, but he will continue to lose weight. Joanna tells them that her and the judge’s support does not end here, or even after the show finishes.
With that, Brant & John say their goodbyes and we are left with seven groups!
We leave them by way of an emotional hangar exit and a recap of their journey.
The two share an emotional farewell outside where John tells Brant that he taught him to be a winner.
Back in the hangar and we remember that the green team won Gold Coast week, and Gabby wins $10,000 for CMRI.
Christian tells them that the board of accumulated points will now reset and they will now be basing eliminations on only the points accumulated during the week.
Kate reveals that next week is a special week. Set in Sydney, it’s Super Sports Week! They are all quite happy.
So the first elimination is done and dusted, and to be honest, it was a little tacky. Due to the amount of content, the check in had to be squashed a little, and it became a little rushed. This caused the usually confusing system to become even more confusing.
Also, when Ajay was confronting Christian, the use of sound techniques, such as the thunder, was tacky, and just weird.
I also didn’t feel emotional at the elimination. Maybe it is a case of ‘finally!’, but I also put it down to that whole scene feeling so damn scripted.
Other than that, we had a few surprises and when the red team checked in, I felt a lot of tension. I’m also glad that we were able to end the week with some personality from some of the contestants (like Ajay’s dilemma and Nathan’s overwhelming desire to stay in the game).
And FYI, the Swisse Logo featured in the ad bumpers for this show is still product placement, and makes the show look 1-part brochure.
Excess Baggage next airs Mar 5 at 6.30PM on GO!
Production Values (visual and audio techniques, overall ‘bling’ of the show):3/5
‘Sell-out’ factor (Cross-promotion and product placement free?): 1.8/2
Entertainment Value (emotional feel, storyline, eventful?): 2/3
Courtney’s Verdict: 6.8/10