'The Biggest Loser' eliminates Jessica Delfs, determines final seven
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/17/2010
The Biggest Loser eliminated Jessica Delfs during Tuesday night's broadcast of the NBC reality weight-loss competition's ninth tenth-season episode.
"One of the things I learned when I was there is that I cling to people and I depend on them --which is fantastic, and there's always a place for that -- but I've never stood on my own two feet, and I've never done it by myself, and I've never pushed myself, and I've never encouraged myself, and that's something I need to learn," Jessica said following her ouster.
"The best journey that I saw while I was there was just how precious the journey to me and my mom was... people can fix what's broken, and I feel like I really fixed a lot of what was broken with me."
Jessica, a 27-year-old professional bridal consultant from Tucson, AZ, was voted out of the competition after she finished with the lowest weight-loss percentage at the week's weigh-in, which featured the eight remaining contestants weighing-in individually.
The contestants participated in the weigh-in after competing in an earlier challenge in which they were required to balance on one platform on one foot above a pool. The increment of time increased by five seconds every time each remaining competitor survived its length without falling in the water. When a contestant succeeded, he or she was afforded the chance to pick the next individual to go.
Mark Pinhasovich, a 31-year-old bartender and recruiter from East Brunswick, NJ, won the challenge --giving him a one-pound advantage at the subsequent weigh-in.
Mark started off the week weighing 317 pounds and lost eight pounds, dropping to 309 pounds. He posted a 2.84% weight-loss percentage, which included the one pound advantage from the challenge.
Patrick House, a 28-year-old sales representative from Vicksburg, MS, went from 311 pounds to 301, losing 10 pounds and posting a 3.22% weight-loss percentage at the weigh-in. The weigh-in results left Patrick with a total loss of 99 pounds so far, as he had started off The Biggest Loser weighing 400 pounds.
Alfredo "Frado" Dinten, a 43-year-old futures commodity trader from Staten Island, NY, lost nine pounds at the weigh-in, dropping from 276 to 267 pounds. Frado posted a 3.26% weight-loss percentage and became the second player this season to lose 100 pounds as he had started off the show weighing 367 pounds.
Brendan Donovan, a 32-year-old special education teacher from Boston, MA, started off the week at 280 pounds and slimmed down 272, losing eight pounds and posting a 2.86% weight-loss percentage.
Elizabeth Ruiz, a 31-year-old medical assistant from Lawrence, MA, lost four pounds and posted a 1.95% weight-loss percentage -- she dropped from 205 pounds to 201 at the weigh-in.
Jessica only shed one pound with a 0.44% weight-loss percentage. She started off the week weighing 228 and dropped to 227 pounds.
Lisa Mosley, a 31-year-old sales representative from Norman, OK, dropped from 234 to 228 pounds. Her six-pound loss gave her a 2.56% weight-loss percentage which ensured she would finish above the yellow weigh-in line that would determine which two contestants would be in danger of elimination.
Ada Wong, a 27-year-old high-tech company project coordinator from San Francisco, CA, lost a total of eight pounds. She fell from 198 pounds to 190 and shed a 4.04% weight-loss percentage. Afterward,The Biggest Loser host Alison Sweeney noted Ada was the first woman to post the largest weight-loss percentage at a weigh-in this season.
The results left Elizabeth and Jessica below the yellow line and the other six contestants in the position to decide which of the two women would be sent home from The Biggest Loser ranch.
After deliberating among themselves, the contestants met with Alison Sweeney, Elizabeth and Jessica and revealed their elimination votes. Brendan, Frado and Lisa all voted for Jessica -- resulting in her automatic elimination as three votes were enough to constitute for her exit given her status as the weigh-in's least loser.
During the episode, all eight contestants also participated in a challenge in which they had to make a subway sandwich judged on taste and calories, where everyone served as the judges. Lisa won the task and received a gift card for 100 free foot-long subs.
During a post-show update, Jessica said she now weighs 200 pounds, losing 82 pounds total from when she started on the show. Jessica said she wants to help her local YMCA and reform nutrition policies in schools by educating and encouraging the children.
"The Biggest Loser was the key that opened that door that's always been locked. Once I was able to unlock that door, it's more than I thought it could ever be," Jessica said.
"I'll always be indebted to the show, because without it, I don't know where I'd be right now, and where I am is pretty exciting. There's absolutely nothing holding me back -- absolutely nothing."