'The Biggest Loser' eliminates returning contestant Daphne Dortch
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/22/2012
The Biggest Loser's thirteenth season eliminated Daphne Dortch during Tuesday night's broadcast of the NBC reality weight-loss competition's eighth episode.
Daphne, a 37-year-old paralegal and kids activity team member from Evanston, IL, became the eighth contestant ousted from the competition's thirteenth season after her Black team intentionally threw and lost the eighth week's weigh-in in order to send her home by posting a lower total weight-loss percentage than the Red team -- which then resulted in the Black team's remaining contestants voting her off the ranch.
"I'm basically leaving the ranch because I fought for what I believed in. Let's just be real. I was real and I was true to myself, and for that, I have no regrets. Being here on the ranch and being with [Bob Harper] has made me feel like anything in this life that I want to do, I can do it. I'm so happy that I will be leaving and I can continue my weight-loss journey at home with my family -- with the people that I truly love," Daphne said following her ouster.
The Biggest Loser's eighth thirteenth-season episode began following Roy Pickler's elimination after the season's previous weigh-in. The contestants met with The Biggest Loser host Alison Sweeney and then learned they'd be participating in a Temptation Challenge to test the common excuse of "I have no self control" when attempting to lose weight.
The Temptation Challenge featured all the contestants' favorite foods ranging from sausage pizza to venison and when individually left alone in the room for three minutes, the player to eat the most and consume the most calories would win the opportunity to change the teams however he or she desired.
In addition, Alison explained the winner of the challenge would remain anonymous and she would reveal that person's decision of how to alter both teams after everyone had a turn.
Some contestants chose not to eat at all while others consumed over a thousand calories.
In the end, five people ate and Christine Pickler, a 42-year-old who is self-employed and from Middlebury, IN, chose to eat 1,039 calories worth of peanut butter cups, while Daphe -- who, with her brother Adrian Dortch, got eliminated during the premiere episode but were able to return to the ranch and rejoin the competition after accomplishing their goal of losing a combined total of 50 pounds in one month while at home -- opted to consume a shocking 1,890 calories worth of the same chocolate treat.
Once the challenge was over, Alison revealed the results without announcing Daphne's identity and told the two teams that there would be a switch up. The contestant who won wanted to swap Black team member Jeremy Britt, a 22-year-old banker from Rockford, MI, with Red team member Conda Britt, a 24-year-old nutrition health services technician from Rockford, MI.
As a result, Jeremy was forced to join the Red team -- who trained with previously new trainer Dolvett Quince, who returned to the show for his second season -- and Conda had to become a member of the Black team, who worked under the guidance of veteran trainer Bob.
Both teams agreed there was absolutely no strategy behind the move and it ultimately made the Red team stronger, which would work to Daphe's disadvantage.
"Huh? That was it? That was all you wanted to do?" Jeremy said in a confused state. "Whoever ate the food is just hungry at this point. They didn't switch sh-t."
"Why would you make that kind of a switch? Obviously, it wasn't somebody using their brain," Kim "Kimmy" Stone, a 48-year-old registered nurse from Dittmer, MO, said.
Jeremy and Conda, along with both teams, were extremely upset over the change and although the results were revealed unanimously, they all speculated that Daphne had made the decision over a personal and emotional matter that was ongoing between herself and Conda -- who never got along with her brother while he was on the show and influenced her teammates to vote him off two weeks prior.
However, Daphne denied that she had won the challenge and had no intention to tell anyone otherwise.
"I'm not telling anybody anything. That would be like committing suicide around here," Daphne said.
"Everyone's thinking it's Daphne. She's had a beef with both of those people before and so if it's her, I think she just needs to come clean. She'll almost be held guilty just by virtue of no one else coming clean," Allen "Buddy" Shuh, a 42-year-old pastor from Wayne, MI, explained.
Once Bob discovered Jeremy was no longer going to be on his team, he wasn't happy, while Conda was extremely sad to no longer be training with Dolvett. Conda attributed all her success so far on the ranch and positive mental state to Dolvett, so she feared the workouts would be too different.
Both teams then worked out in the gym and the atmosphere was very tense and emotional. Jeremy clearly wasn't enjoying himself and Conda didn't feel comfortable. Both contestants began to worry they were going to be the weakest links on their teams and it stirred up drama. Daphne admitted she didn't realize it would end up being so clear to everyone that she had made the decision to change the teams.
Later on, the Red and Black teams met with Alison and learned they'd be competing in the week's challenge.
Alison explained that each team would have a giant puzzle they must solve. They had to work together as a team to move the puzzle pieces around to put them in the correct spot and end up spelling out "The Biggest Loser." Each piece was 200 pounds, and only one person one each team would have the opportunity to look at the bigger picture of the puzzle and call out commands. So the challenge was ultimately about communication.
Isaac "Chism" Cornelison, a 19-year-old student from Magnolia, TX, viewed the bigger picture for his Black team, while Mark Cornelison, a 43-year-old youth pastor from Magnolia, TX, led his team by telling them where to move the pieces. Daphne volunteered to sit out for the Black team and then the team opted not to have Christine participate either to even up the numbers.
The Red team ended up winning the challenge, and as a result, every person on that team received the chance to spend two weeks at The Biggest Loser resort and join some past contestants to work out and train with at a later date.
Afterward, Bob tried to convince Daphne to tell everyone the truth about the switch-up because she was "coming across as a liar." Daphne was aware that she ultimately weakened her team and she said she was surprised that Bob wasn't mad at her. Bob told her he hoped she could just rebuild the bridges that had been burned down.
Due to Bob's advice, Daphne finally admitted to her Black team that she had won the Temptation Challenge. She apologized for her actions and expressed how she didn't want to talk about the situation any more after admitting it was an erratic and emotional decision.
Both teams then participated in their last chance workouts.
Based on the behavior of the Black team all week and how Daphne had caught them eating carbohydrates often, Daphne assumed they were going to throw the weigh-in in order to eliminate her from the show right away and hopefully restore some peace in the house.
Daphne then realized it would be vital to try and win immunity by posting the highest percentage of weight-loss on her team so if her teammates followed through with their strategy, she would still be safe and her team's plan would backfire.
Later on, The Biggest Loser's thirteenth-season's eighth elimination weigh-in commenced.
Alison explained the team with the lowest weight-loss percentage would lose the weigh-in and be put up for elimination. She said the person who achieved the highest weight-loss percentage on the losing team would receive immunity, but all the team's contestants must then vote off one of its other members.
Dolvett's Red team weighed-in first.
Jeremy was the first member to step on the scale in his new T-shirt. He started off the week weighing 320 pounds and dropped to 309 pounds after he lost 11 pounds.
Kim Nielsen, a 38-year-old former professional wrestler from Roswell, GA, fell from 200 pounds to 193 pounds after she shed seven pounds, while Mark lost eight pounds after dropping from 234 to 226 pounds.
Kimmy then weighed-in on behalf of Dolvett's Red team and fell from 184 pounds to 179 pounds after she lost five pounds, while Buddy lost a total of 12 pounds after he dropped from 329 pounds to 317 pounds.
Dolvett's Red team lost a total of 43 pounds and posted a 3.39% weight-loss percentage.
It was then time for Bob's Black team to weigh-in.
Chris lost five pounds after dropping from 201 pounds to 196 pounds, while Megan Stone, a 21-year-old student and support staffer for an organization that assists disabled adults from Dittmer, MO, fell from 219 pounds to 217 pounds, losing two pounds since the beginning of the week.
Chism shed five pounds after dropping from 298 pounds to 293 pounds, while Cassandra Sturos, a 25-year-old in-home senior caregiver from Fowlerville, MI, fell from 189 pounds to 188 pounds after shedding only one pound.
An argument then broke out at the weigh-in and Dolvett interrupted the bickering, calling everyone's behavior childish. Bob felt all the contestants were very emotional and had to express how they were feeling, but he believed it would all end up being okay.
Emily Joy, a 29-year-old teacher from Huntersville, NC, then stepped on the scale and learned she had lost two pounds after she fell from 218 pounds to 216 pounds. Conda started off the week weighing 245 pounds and actually gained a pound, rising to 246 pounds.
It was clear the Black team had thrown the weigh-in and then it became Daphne's turn to weigh-in.
Daphne gained two pounds, jumping from 224 pounds to 226 pounds over the course of the week.
Bob's Black team lost a total of only 12 pounds and posted a 0.75% weight-loss percentage, losing the weigh-in.
Alison then announced the Black team would face elimination but the contestants could not vote for Chris, who had received immunity for posting the highest weight-loss percentage on her team.
Daphne knew she was going to be the one going home, and she announced that she was happy to finish her weight-loss journey there surrounded by her family and people who loved her. Bob then reiterated how personal and emotional decisions in the game were not the smart way to go.
The Black team's contestants then took their seats in the voting room and revealed their votes. Cassandra, Emily, Megan, and Conda all voted to oust Daphne from The Biggest Loser's thirteenth season as to be expected. Chris, who admitted she had an alliance with Daphne, voted for Chism and Daphne voted to eliminate Conda.
However, four votes were enough to constitute for Daphne's elimination and she attempted to leave the show drama free.
In a post-elimination update, Daphne, who started The Biggest Loser weighing 271 pounds, said she currently weighs 200 pounds. Daphne explained she was able to cut down on her medications thanks to losing weight and that she was moving into a place of her own with her children. She said her new home represented freedom, independence and the start of a new chapter in her life.
(Photo credit NBC)
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