It’s been another shell-shocking week in reality television! Biggest Loser had an emotional elimination; Excess Baggage went gangbusters on its challenges and My Kitchen Rules just got rid of half the competition in a one week swoop! So let’s slowly digest all of this and get around what went down last week!
Excess Baggage spent the week in the Southern Highlands. The first challenge saw the contestants milking 5L of juice out of cows and delivering certain amounts (determined by answering a maths riddle) to four different stations.
Ajay won the challenge for team purple, and proceeded to help the other four competing teams how to work out the riddles. While Christine worked on her own, Renae, Lana and Lisa formed a trio in order to help each other claim the most points. The three helped each other out adequately enough, leaving Lana, Renae and Lisa in second, third and fourth place respectively. Christine came last, which will be a common occurrence in a horror week for the yellow team.
The breakthrough experience saw contestants, and Tim, take to the skies for a skydive! Ajay, Kevin, Lisa and Christine were given this opportunity, but Kevin gave his spot up for Renae (who seemed to want to go), and Ajay, having confronted her fear of flying earlier in the season, sat this one out. Tim took her place. From there, every contestant took part.
On Wednesday, it was a dramatic endurance challenge, where one person from each team had to run up a hill and collect, one by one, horseshoes. They then had to deliver them back down the hill to their other team member who would then try to throw the shoe into one of three sand pits, each pit corresponding to either one, two or three points.
At the end of a fifteen minute period, the game was halted, contestants had to freeze and the lowest-scoring team would be eliminated.
The game didn’t last fifteen minutes before Kevin and Lisa were ruled out on exhaustion. Darryn was unable to run for the red team, inactivating them from the competition, but apparently, it was legal for the red team to compete if people scored points for them. Why would someone do that?
Co-incidentally, a fight had erupted between Matt, and everyone, causing Lana and Renae to help the red team and send the purple team out of the race. What I ask is, assuming the red team were out, and if no one helped them and they scored bottom of the list at the end of the fifteen minute period, would they be the eliminated team for that round; or would they be recognized as inactive, sending the lowest scoring active team to the bench?
The red team were eliminated, but I still feel their involvement in the competition was bizarre and out of order.
Christine from the yellow team, who again flied solo, Darryn & Lisa, Ajay & Matt and Renee & Kevin were all eliminated, scoring Dipper and Lana another win!
To the check in, and this far into the competition, is it just me, or do some of these contestants look the same as when they entered? Nonetheless, there were some surprises, like Darryn & Lisa slipping into the bottom two. They faced the yellow team, who after a disastrous week, were sent home, with Nathan unable to find reason in saving himself over the red team.
It was a high intensity week, but for The Biggest Loser, producers tried to not deviate away from the basic rules too much. The biggest event had to be the elimination of Simon, after facing his lover Lisa in the bottom two.
Lisa wasn’t going to let this beat her though, and after winning a contest which saw contestants avoid noodles attached to a rotating machine, she took the walk and won the right to have exclusive access to Michelle for the week.
Meanwhile, the Commando helped find the inner-anger of Graham after his confrontation with the trainer in the weigh in. Speaking of training, I recommend watching the training session which saw some contestants (notably Margie) trapeze, and the others (notably Alex) rock climb.
Temptation was a rather French affair; but after eating an 850 calorie V8 cake, Michelle took immunity. She’s managed to burn off the calories, but she runs the risk of gaining weight at the next weigh in. Hayley, for the first time this season, mentioned the immunity-losing penalty, suggesting that Michelle may gain that dreaded weight.
This all culminated in the challenge, where contestants had to stack ten tyres onto a pole, take them off, stack them onto another pole, and repeat that process ten times (in total). Margie wins the challenge by a long shot, earning a 1kg advantage. Lisa, who has been struggling with weight for a while now, and is finally having a good week, lost the challenge, earning her a 1kg disadvantage. For a contestant who regularly loses less than 2kg, this is massive.
And My Kitchen Rules, who can forget? It’s been elimination week this week; and the competition sought out to cull the competition by half. The first casualty was Simon & Meg, the Kiwi competitors. On Monday, we said goodbye to the bubbly Angela & Justine. Tuesday was even less kind, making us lose David & Scott. The week pretty much ended on Wednesday with the loveable Steve & Helen departing. This left SA contestant’s Nic & Rocco and Leigh & Jennifer, TAS couple Megan & Andy and VIC sisters Carly & Emily left to battle it out next week.
Speaking of next week, and with a week to go until the Easter non-ratings period (that time already?!), it’s time for the main cream of the crop to finish up with the end of quarter one, 2012!
Excess Baggage has four contestants left- Darryn & Lisa, Dipper & Lana, Ajay & Matt and Kevin & Renae- and one of them will be crowned the winner by Thursday in a NINETY minute episode to air on GO!
The Biggest Loser has possibly its biggest week yet. To begin with, another weigh in and elimination. Shannan also catches up with Luke. It is also Makeover Week, one of the highlights of a Biggest Loser season (who will look the MOST stunning?!). To top it all off, who’s that coming back???!!!
My Kitchen Rules also heads into its semi-finals ahead of its Tuesday Night Final. Leigh & Jennifer head off against Megan & Andy with Nic & Rocco going up against Carly & Emily to determine the two teams who will have to cook a five course meal to win the competition.
So as you can see, as we head towards Easter, things are really starting to heat up. Make sure you stay tuned, because if you miss anything this week, you’ll be stuffed!
And to finish, a BIG thank you goes out to AliciaB who has helmed the blogs of this year’s season of My Kitchen Rules. She’s done an amazing job, and has freed up time for me to make sure I can put in the most effort to the other two shows.