'The Biggest Loser' determines Jeremy Britt as third finale finalist
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/25/2012
Jeremy Britt was revealed to be The Biggest Loser's third finalist, joining previously-determined finalists Conda Britt and Kim Nielsen, during Tuesday night's penultimate broadcast of the new NBC reality weight-loss competition's thirteenth season.
Jeremy -- a 22-year-old banker from Rockford, MI, who was ousted from the competition last week after posting the lowest weight-loss percentage of the season's remaining players at the Week 16 weigh in -- advanced to next week's finale and will have a shot at winning the $250,000 grand prize and being crowned "The Biggest Loser" after he beat out seven fellow thirteenth-season previously eliminated contestants in a series of challenges.
"The reason I stayed up on this thing was to prove that I could fight this out and I could do it, and it was just like, I did it! I did it. For me, it is almost more rewarding to do it this way. To go from the lowest of lows this week and then to get to this highest of highs after I won that challenge, this will easily go down as the most triumphant moment of my life," Jeremy said following his big win.
Meanwhile, Kim, a 38-year-old former professional wrestler from Roswell, GA, and Conda, a 24-year-old nutrition health services technician from Rockford, MI, became the other two finalists during last week's broadcast after they both had posted a higher weight-loss percentage than Jeremy at the Week 16 weigh-in and therefore landed above the red weigh-in line.
The Biggest Loser's seventeenth thirteenth-season episode began right where last week's episode had left off, with all the former thirteenth-season contestants joining Jeremy, Kim and Conda on the ranch.
The Biggest Loser host Alison Sweeney then explained to everyone that because Allen "Buddy" Shuh, a 42-year-old pastor from Wayne, MI, and Mark Cornelison, a 43-year-old youth pastor from Magnolia, TX, had both decided to quit the show, they would not be able to participate in the finale or be eligible to win the at-home consolation prize of $100,000.
Alison then went on to explain all the contestants would be competing in a series of challenges to determine who would earn the third and final spot in the finale broadcast. The players were told they all must first step on the scale and weigh-in individually to reveal how much weight each player had lost over the course of the season.
The top eight people -- who ended up posting the highest weight-loss percentages -- would move onto the next stage of the challenge, while the remaining seven contestants would be sent home again for good.
Jeremy's weight was already determined prior to the contestants' arrival, so Alison announced he had lost 150 pounds since the beginning of The Biggest Loser season and posted a 38.56 total weight-loss percentage.
Chris Pickler, a 42-year-old who is self-employed and from Middlebury, IN, was then the first contestant to step on the scale. She dropped from 240 to 166 pounds since she began her journey on the show, losing 74 pounds and posting a 30.83% weight-loss percentage.
Megan Stone, a 21-year-old student and support staffer for an organization that assists disabled adults from Dittmer, MO, fell from 259 to 189 pounds, shedding 70 total pounds and posting a 27.03% weight-loss percentage.
Kimmy Stone, a 48-year-old registered nurse from Dittmer, MO, lost 65 pounds and posted a 29.68% weight-loss percentage after she dropped from 219 to 154 pounds.
Emily Joy, a 29-year-old teacher from Huntersville, NC, posted a 33.71% weight-loss percentage after losing 89 total pounds. She fell from 264 to 175 pounds over the course of the season.
Cassandra Sturos, a 25-year-old in-home senior caregiver from Fowlerville, MI, shed 81 pounds since she started The Biggest Loser by dropping from 239 to 158 pounds. She posted a 33.89% weight-loss percentage.
Isaac "Chism" Cornelison, a 19-year-old student from Magnolia, TX, lost 96 pounds and posted a 26.59% weight-loss percentage after falling from 361 to 265 pounds.
Daphne Dortch, a 37-year-old paralegal and kids activity team member from Evanston, IL, fell from 271 to 204 pounds. She posted a 24.72% weight-loss percentage and shed a total of 67 pounds.
Roy Pickler, a 63-year-old self-employed Santa Claus from Middlebury, IN, then stepped on the scale and learned he had lost 79 pounds over the course of The Biggest Loser's thirteenth season. He shed 79 pounds and posted a 25.82% weight-loss percentage as a result.
Adrian Dortch, a 34-year-old music producer and community activist from Evanston, IL, dropped from 370 pounds to 291 pounds since he first began his journey on the show but had to lose mostly all of his weight at home. He lost 79 pounds and posted a 21.35% weight-loss percentage.
Nancy Rajala, a 63-year-old retiree from Fowlerville, MI, fell from 217 to 168 pounds, shedding 49 total pounds and posting a 22.58% weight-loss percentage.
Gail Lee, a 57-year-old realtor from Poolesville, MD, lost 73 pounds and posted a 22.67% weight-loss percentage after she dropped from 322 to 249 pounds.
Lauren Lee, a 26-year-old exercise physiologist from Poolesville, MD, posted a 30.08% weight-loss percentage from losing 74 total pounds since she first started The Biggest Loser. She fell from 246 to 172 pounds.
Mike Messina, a 41-year-old cook from Oakland, CA, then weighed-in and learned he had dropped from 358 to 244 pounds over the course of the season, posting a 31.84% weight-loss percentage and shedding a surprising total of 114 pounds.
Ben Shuh, a 34-year-old retail store manager from Howell, MI, lost 99 pounds after falling from 396 to 297 pounds. He posted a 25.00% weight-loss percentage.
As a result of the weigh-in, Jeremy, Chris, Megan, Emily, Cassandra, Lauren, Kimmy, and Mike got to move onto the second round of the challenge. Chism, Daphne, Roy, Adrian, Nancy, Gail, and Ben were sent home and considered out of the running to become the third Biggest Loser finalist.
After the weigh-in, the contestants worked out withThe Biggest Loser trainers Bob Harper and Dolvett Quince. Jeremy voiced how he was upset because he felt like he had already earned that finalist position after being in the competition and working hard for 17 weeks but was about to lose the opportunity to a person who didn't necessarily deserve to be one of the final three contestants.
However, Bob told Jeremy to channel that anger and use it as a motivator rather than a setback.
The eight contestants vying for a spot in the finale then met with Alison again and discovered what the next stage of the challenge was going to entail. The players were required to run a 100-yard dash in the form of a race.
Chris was not medically cleared to compete in the challenge, so she automatically lost the chance to be a finalist. In the end, the first five contestants to cross the finish line would move onto the third stage of the challenge, and those players were Cassandra, Mike, Lauren, Jeremy, and Megan -- eliminating Kimmy and Emily.
The third stage of the challenge consisted of a difficult puzzle. Each of the five players had to stack their own set of puzzle pieces in order to match different foods with the number of calories they contain. The first three people to finish the puzzle would move on to the fourth and final round, while the other two people would be out for good.
Although it took them numerous attempts to get it right, Mike, Jeremy and Lauren solved the puzzle first and could advance. Megan and Cassandra lost their chance to compete in the finale for the grand prize.
Alison then explained to the three remaining contestants the last stage of the challenge would require them to each stand on a post while holding a ticket to the finale over his or her head. The last person standing would win a spot in the final three, a shot at the 250,000 grand prize and the title of "The Biggest Loser."
About an hour into the challenge, the three contestants were instructed to hold onto the ticket with one hand, and they were not able to switch off arms. Later on, Alison told them to stand on one foot. Two hours and 35 minutes into the challenge, Lauren began to feel nauseous and her body just gave out and collapsed. She was disappointed to be the first one out.
Both Mike -- who was eliminated from The Biggest Loser in Week 2 of the thirteenth season -- and Jeremy were determined to win and had absolutely no intention to quit upon Lauren's elimination. However, after just about three hours and 10 minutes, Mike couldn't hold on anymore and he fell.
Jeremy was thrilled about his victory, and Mike was at least glad he could show America how it was possible to lose a lot of weight at home without anyone's help.
"This week, I exceeded my expectations. They said I didn't work hard on the ranch, I proved them wrong at home. I came back and I proved that I was a tough competitor, so I fulfilled everything that I wanted to fulfill," Mike explained after his loss.
Later on, Jeremy joined Conda and Kim, and the Final 3 visited their hometowns and were thrilled to receive "welcome home" parties from their families and friends.