'The Biggest Loser' eliminates Holley Mangold, devastating trainer Bob Harper
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/27/2013
The Biggest Loser eliminated Holley Mangold during Tuesday night's seventh broadcast of the NBC reality weight-loss competition's fifteenth-season.
Holley, a 24-year-old Olympic weightlifter and caterer from Columbus, OH, was automatically ousted after her Blue Team lost the season's seventh elimination weigh-in and she fell below the red line by posting the lowest weight-loss percentage of all the team's members.
The Blue Team's trainer Bob Harper used his one "trainer's save" of the season last week on Matt Hooper, so Holley's elimination could not be prevented.
Bob was visibly torn up over the revelation, because he admitted during last week's episode he had been wanting to hold out on using the "trainer's save" until Holley needed it since she was such a dedicated hardworker.
"It's been a wonderful experience. I'm going to miss everything. I'm going to miss every person. Every person in that house is unique and fun and crazy all at the same time. These people mean so much to me now. It does break my heart to leave them. The Biggest Loser definitely changed my perspective on a lot of things," Holley said following her ouster.
"When I started doing Olympic weight lifting, I always thought, 'Well it's okay that I'm large because I'm a weight lifter and since I'm a super heavyweight, I can be as big as I want,' and I don't think that way anymore. I think that I can be healthy and fit while being a competitive weight lifter. And now, I have motivation from within. I'm losing weight because I want to, because I think it will be a good idea for me, my life, and my career. I think that's a huge difference."
The Biggest Loser's fifteenth-season seventh episode began with host Alison Sweeney meeting with the Blue Team, Dolvett Quince's Red Team, and Jillian Michaels' White Team for the challenge of the week. Each team was instructed to load 40 heavy boxes -- some weighing 15 pounds and others weighing 30 -- filled with food items onto a truck in order to help Oklahoma tornado victims.
A team's members could only carry one box at a time, and the first team to get all their boxes in the truck would have its loved ones flown out to The Biggest Loser resort for a visit.
In the end, the Blue Team won. Hap Holmstead, a 26-year-old sales consultant and entrepreneur from Pleasant Grove, UT, got to see his wife and meet his new baby son for the first time, which was an emotional moment. He also got to spend some time with his two daughters. While everyone enjoyed time with their loved ones, the Blue Team also had a Thanksgiving dinner together with Bob.
All the season's contestants and their trainers then arrived for the season's seventh elimination weigh-in. Alison explained there would be a red line, so the person on the losing team to post the lowest percentage of weight-loss would automatically be eliminated.
The Red Team weighed-in first.
David Brown, a 43-year-old construction company project manager and phone company social commerce leader from Edmond, OK, stepped on the scale first and lost 11 pounds, dropping from 317 to 306 pounds. Jennifer Messer, a 42-year-old clerk and bookkeeper from Abingdon, VA, lost nine pounds after falling from 220 to 211 pounds.
Tanya Winfield, a 41-year-old restaurant franchise chief operating officer from Plainfield, IL, dropped from 220 to 216 pounds, only losing four pounds. Rachel Frederickson, a 24-year-old voice-over artist from Los Angeles, CA, went from 195 to 183 pounds, losing 12 pounds. Ruben Studdard, the 35-year-old former second-season American Idol winner from Birmingham, AL, dropped from 401 to 394 pounds. Ruben therefore lost seven pounds.
The Red Team lost a total of 43 pounds and posted a 3.18% weight-loss percentage.
The White Team was next to weigh-in.
Marie Pearl, a 30-year-old senior staff accountant at a community college from Springfield, MO, fell from 207 to 203 pounds and shed four pounds. Jay Sheets, a 38-year-old food company marketing associate from Farmington, MO, dropped from 226 to 219 pounds, losing seven pounds. Tumi Oguntala, a 41-year-old brand strategist from Clifton Park, NY, lost six pounds after falling from 256 to 250 pounds.
The White Team lost a total of 17 pounds altogether and posted a 2.47% weight-loss percentage. As a result, the Red Team was deemed safe.
Lastly, the Blue Team weighed-in.
Matt, a 38-year-old retail manager from Georgetown, MA, dropped from 290 to 281 pounds and therefore lost nine pounds. Chelsea Arthurs, a 28-year-old clinical research professional and event planner from Raleigh, NC, shed six pounds and fell from 197 to 191 pounds. Hap dropped from 340 to 334 pounds, losing six pounds.
Bobby Saleem, a 28-year-old attorney from Chicago, IL, dropped from 293 to 284 pounds and therefore lost nine pounds. Holley then stepped on the scale and learned she had lost only three pounds, falling from 291 to 288 pounds.
The Blue Team lost a total of 33 pounds and posted a 2.34% weight-loss percentage. As a result, they lost the weigh-in and Holley fell below the red line.
"I'm sorry, I'm so sorry," Bob said in tears.
"It's alright, you know, I lost so much weight. I'm still happy... I'm so proud of everybody and everything that you guys are doing. I came here an Olympian but I've seen so many people just change their lives and do amazing things, and I don't think you guys will ever understand how much you've meant to me and what an amazing experience this has been," Holley began.
"Bob, you're someone I respect so much for everything you've done for me and my sport. You know I love you and I wouldn't have made it this long without you."
Bob got so emotional he basically began bawling.
"You have made my whole season. Being able to work with you, you have taught me so much. This has been such a joy, every single day, to talk to you not only as a contestant on the show but as a peer. And I want you to just get everything you want out of this life of yours, because you deserve everything you put your mind to," Bob explained.
"Next to the Olympics, this has been one of the best experiences of my life and it's thanks to everyone that's standing right here. So thank you for everything! It's been a lot of fun," Holley said.
Alison then announced Holley wasn't the only person who would be going home. However, the episode ended there and will be continued next Tuesday night.
(Photo credit NBC)
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