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Makeover Night is always a cause for a party- and that’s just what the contestants are going to get. But what happens the next day, when their high comes crashing down?! For such a volatile group, this is going to be very interesting!
Of course, because we didn’t get through all the makeovers last night, we have to sit through a massive recap before going onto the final reveal- Michelle!
Wow, she looks great! She is very much over the moon with the reception, which is great. She looks up at images of her old self and she can’t hold it back. She says she feels more confident in herself. She hasn’t seen her family since she began the competition and she breaks down when she finds out she is allowed to see them here tonight!
It’s such a teary reunion and her mother is so proud of her- she can’t keep her emotions back. Her father, who has Parkinson’s, does not have shakes in his hand. With that, Michelle sings. It’s a fitting end to the ceremony.
With that, the contestants are asked back on stage one last time to strut their stuff.
As this was filmed on Saturday- it’s only fitting they head out…in a HUMMER…for a night on the town.
It doesn’t take long for the champagne to flow for them. They head to the clubs and just all round have a good time dancing. Michelle feels like she fits in. She sure does have a good time! And Graham; well, he plucks a kiss from some girl!
They then head home for some needed sleep. I also notice that the song being played overhead was the title music for The Biggest Loser US.
Opinion point: Who had the best makeover?
The next morning, the contestants are back in their training gear with hair back in ponytails. The trainers tease the contestants about their night out. They are particularly interested in Graham’s story, haha.
Michelle says she feels like shit because she’s come down from a big high. The trainers tell her that what she is doing is making her family proud. We recap her makeover experience, not 20 minutes after it happened. Michelle breaks down in training.
Tiffiny brings her out and she can’t speak because she is crying so uncontrollably. It is quite scary, actually. She says she has lost motivation and admits to binging yesterday. She claims to be at her lowest point.
Tiffiny reminds her that she used to binge on cake, but now she’s binging on fruit and nuts. With that, she gets back on the treadmill, and the training continues.
Meanwhile, Shannan sneaks the eliminated contestants into the house for a massive ‘leg up’. He takes them all into the bunker. Selena is having so much fun with all the evilness.
They are all shocked by the twist and Bek is particularly paranoid.
Opinion point: Should the eliminated contestants have gotten access to the Bunker?
Shannan reveals to Simon & Lisa that they knew about their relationship before they did. Shannan also tells Ryan that he knows all about his binging.
He tells them all that the contestants are in the gym and they flick on to see how they’re going and Bek is surprised at how tiny Michelle is. And her reaction to Kasey is fantastic!
‘Zzzzzomgaaawwww….sheezzztiinnyy’ Yeah, thanks Bek.
They are all surprised at their determination in the gym. Brenda is fired up after seeing that. Simon wants to go in and show them what they’ve got. Shane now knows how hard he has to go.
With that, they go to train.
We’re back at the Manly fight gym, where they are about to train with Billy the Kid! Bek seems to like him! He tells them all about his experiences.
Opinion point: If you could train with one athlete, who would it be?
Then, the training begins, and it will separate the weak from the strong. Bek seems to flirt with him a bit.
Hamish fires up in the boxing ring, and Shannan hopes this is the edge he needs to get back into the competition. Michelle is his motivator.
After the break, it is challenge day. Oops, I was expecting this on a Thursday, haha. Today, it’s a race, with a twist! They have to use their brain to build a raft, and they need their strength to build it. They need endurance to paddle it 500m to the finish line. They won’t be building their rafts alone- they will be pairing up.
Lydia mentions how people look around to their former team mates, but it’s obvious that they’re gonna be split up.
A tarp covers all the instruments they can use to build their raft. Hayley runs through the 500m course, which also involves carrying it to the finish line. Lydia reveals that she used to be a brownie.
Hayley then reveals that pairs will be chosen by random draw. Michelle would want to pick Lydia. Margie is asked to choose a length of strong first and is paired with Graham. Damn, I was hoping for an Alex-Margie pair.
Lydia is next up and she chooses Kasey, who is stoked to be paired with her. This means Alex is paired with Michelle.
They then find out that they are playing for a 1kg weight advantage. The losers will be in bedroom lockdown until the weigh in and will only get the use of 1 spin bike to share.
Opinion point: Who has the best chance of winning? Who would you like to be paired with?
After the break, they lift the tarpaulin which contains heaps of inflatable tyres, old doors, wood and pipes. With that, the building commences.
They all have their different strategies which they implement. Michelle keeps apologising as she can’t really do much of the knot tying. Graham and Margie seem to be building fast. He doesn’t seem too impressed with Margie’s rushing.
Kasey and Lydia are well ahead and get their mast in first, launching off into the water. Michelle and Alex are next into the water in second place.
Graham and Margie set off third and Margie is very annoyed at the time it has taken to build the raft. Still, it floats really well.
Lydia and Kasey’s vessel doesn’t seem too water worthy and Kasey realises they have gotten banked. Lydia thinks they aren’t rowing properly. She does not want to lose this challenge. Michelle and Alex are trying to win this to stay in the competition.
We find out that both Alex and Michelle are from Glenroy.
They overtake Lydia and Kasey which aggravates Lydia. Alex is getting goose bumps- they could win this!
Margie and Graham then pass Lydia and Kasey, which is a real turnaround in events. They are now after Michelle and Alex.
Alex and Michelle’s mast gets caught on a pole, slowing them down.
Opinion point: Are you surprised by how this is going?
They forget that they have to take their mast off before heading under the bridge. They get under the bridge and around the buoy and are on their way back. They are nearly neck and neck to Margie and Graham, but the latter will probably not catch up. Meanwhile, Lydia and Kasey are pretty much out of this.
Lydia feels bad about designing the raft.
Michelle and Alex are raring to get to the finish line and they are so close. Margie and Graham are still trying to beat the two; however Michelle and Alex hit the shore and drag themselves to the finish line and that 1kg weight advantage.
Margie and Graham then get to the finish line second, leaving Lydia and Kasey in last place. They just seem to be making a joke of it, haha.
Looks like Lydia wasn’t the best decision after all. Sorry, Kasey. They are worried that they may go under the yellow line because of this.
That concludes the episode, which on the whole was OK. Michelle’s makeover reveal was spectacular, but was victim to being buried with the rest of the episode. With so much content, including the bunker reveal, the eliminated-contestant training session, Michelle’s breakdown and the challenge, it was so hard to keep up with it all.
Production was great, but at times, a bit repetitive. Still, a wonderful job and a great end to the week (already!).
Production Values (visual and audio techniques, overall ‘bling’ of the show):4.8/5
‘Sell-out’ factor (Cross-promotion and product placement free?): 2/2
Entertainment Value (emotional feel, storyline, eventful?): 2.7/3
Courtney’s Verdict: 9.5/10