'The Biggest Loser' eliminates contestant Jessica Limpert
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/02/2011
The Biggest Loser's twelfth season eliminated Jessica Limpert during Tuesday night's broadcast of the NBC reality weight-loss competition's seventh episode.
Jessica, a 26-year-old travel nurse from San Francisco, CA, became the seventh contestant ousted from the competition's twelfth season after her newly-formed Red team lost the Week 7 weigh-in, which featured the nine remaining contestants weighing-in as three new teams, and she was subsequently voted off by the Blue and Black teams' contestants.
"It's going to be so hard to go home to the place where I gained a lot of my weight -- going home and not having [new boyfriend Ramone Medeiros] by my side 24 hours a day. And now, I'm going to be going to a place where I do have to fend for myself. I'm scared to do things on my own and make myself responsible for my outcome, but I have to," Jessica said following her ouster.
The Biggest Loser's seventh twelfth-season episode began following the elimination of Jennifer Rumple, a 39-year-old television producer from Alameda, CA, after the competition's sixth weigh-in.
While the contestants were all still in the voting room with The Biggest Loser host Alison Sweeney, Alison explained how everyone was wearing a gray shirt on the first day of their Biggest Loser journey and would need them again. Alison proudly told the contestants they had lost 504 pounds altogether since the beginning of the season and would need to wear those same gray shirts again the following day.
The next day, the contestants met with Alison again and were instructed to line up according to age. Once in a line, they had to divide themselves into the three youngest contestants, the three oldest contestants and the three people in the middle. They then learned they would be picking their own teams for the next weigh-in.
Each team was instructed to go one at a time and was given three dishes -- one dish to match each team member's favorite meal -- on a table for them to observe as a whole. The person from each group to guess the closest to the total number of calories from all three dishes would be declared the winner and receive the opportunity to choose their trainer out of veteran trainer Bob Harper, new trainer Anna Kournikova and new trainer Dolvett Quince.
The person who was the second closest to getting the correct answer would be able to choose out of the two remaining trainers, while the person furthest from the correct number of total calories would not have a choice in the matter.
According to Alison, the trainer each of the teams -- which would end up being comprised of one contestant from each age group -- received would remain their trainer until the end of the competition.
Jessica won on behalf of the youngest group and chose Dolvett. Vencent "Vinny" Hickerson came in second place and selected Bob afterwards, leaving Ramon's fate in Anna's hands. Antone Davis won out of his middle team contestants and picked Bob, while Sunny Sinclair then chose Anna. That left John Rhode with Dolvett.
Rebecca "Becky" Comet won on behalf of the oldest group and selected Bob. Joe Mitchell then got to pick Anna, leaving Bonnie Griffin with Dolvett.
Bob's Black team was then made up of Vinny, Antone and Becky. Anna was given Ramon, Sunny and Joe for her Blue team. Lastly, Dolvett would be working with Red team members Bonnie, Jessica and John.
Afterward, the teams got to know their new trainers personally and worked out with them.
Later on, the three new teams met with Alison again for the week's challenge. Each team was instructed to slide down a waterslide, and at the bottom of the slide, would be 12 blocks. They were required to slide down, grab a block, race back up to the top of the hill, and then unscramble the blocks to reveal three prizes.
The teams had to pick the prize they desired based on all the letters they were given on each box which could form three different combinations, and each team was told they could slide down in any order but had to go one person at a time.
The team to finish the race first would win the prize displayed on the boxes that featured their unscrambled letters in order. The Blue team ended up winning the challenge and their prize revealed that one person on the team could receive immunity from the upcoming weigh-in. The Blue team was given five minutes to decide who would receive that prize.
Joe, Ramon and Sunny all felt they were worthy of receiving immunity and didn't know how to decide who to give the advantage to, so they finally opted to play "Rock, Paper, Scissors" to discover who the lucky person would be. They were told all their weights would count at the next weigh-in, but only one person would be ultimately safe from elimination. Joe ended up winning their little game and won immunity.
The three teams then participated in their last chance workouts with their trainers.
That night, The Biggest Loser's seventh twelfth-season elimination weigh-in commenced.
Alison explained that the team with the lowest percentage of weight-loss would face elimination and the person to get sent home would come down to a vote by the other two teams' contestants who had survived the weigh-in.
The only person that could not be voted for was the contestant on the losing team who had posted the highest percentage of weight-loss on their team. In addition, if the Blue team lost the weigh-in, the Red and Black teams could not vote for Joe thanks to his team's big win in the previous challenge.
Dolvett's Red team was the first team to weigh-in and Bonnie, a 63-year-old retired payroll supervisor from Picayune, MS, was the first member to step on the scale. Bonnie dropped from 228 to 221, losing seven pounds.
Jessica then stepped on the scale and fell from 209 to 201 pounds after she lost eight pounds over the course of the week. Lastly, John, a 40-year-old special education teacher and football coach from Mesa, AZ, lost 15 pounds after he dropped from 344 to 329 pounds.
The Red team lost a total of 30 pounds and posted a 3.84% weight-loss percentage.
It was then time for Bob's Black team to weigh-in.
Vinny, a 27-year-old songwriter and entertainer from Nashville, TN, went first and he shed 12 pounds after falling from 367 to 355 pounds, while Becky, a 51-year-old math teacher from Benton, AR, went next and lost 11 pounds. She dropped from 203 pounds to 192 pounds.
Antone, a 44-year-old restaurant manager and former NFL player from Knoxville, TN, then stepped on the scale and fell from 369 to 353 pounds, losing 16 pounds total.
The Red team shed a total of 39 pounds and posted a 4.15% weight-loss percentage.
Anna's Blue team was the last team to weigh-in and they had to show some big numbers in order to be safe.
Sunny, a 41-year-old fifth grade teacher from Frisco, TX, lost nine pounds after dropping from 227 to 218 pounds, while Ramon, a 27-year-old tattoo artist from Florence, CO, fell from 302 pounds to 286 pounds after shedding 16 pounds over the course of the week.
Joe, a 46-year-old home health therapist from Knoxville, TN, was the last Blue team member to step on the scale and learned he had lost 15 pounds. He dropped from 286 pounds to 271 pounds.
The Blue team lost a total of 40 pounds and posted a 4.91% weight-loss percentage.
Alison then announced Dolvett's Red team would face elimination, but John lost the most amount of weight and received immunity for his success.
All the teams then entered the voting room with Alison and revealed their votes. The Blue and Black teams all split their votes between Bonnie and Jessica.
The Blue team's Sunny and Joe voted to oust Jessica from The Biggest Loser competition, while the Black team's Becky and Antone also voted for Jessica. Blue team member Ramone -- who had formed a serious relationship with Jessica on the ranch and refused to vote for her -- voted for Bonnie, while Black team member Vinny voted for Bonnie as well.
In a post-elimination update, Jessica, who startedThe Biggest Loser weighing 254 pounds, said she currently weighs 185 pounds. She explained how she had found support from the Pittsburgh Steelers and was able to work out with a couple of their players in their training facility. Jessica said their tough workouts really helped her get on track and prepare for the marathon to be held at the end of The Biggest Loser's twelfth season.