'The Biggest Loser' loses Hap Holmstead and Matt Hooper in double elimination
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 12/18/2013
The Biggest Loser eliminated two contestants during Tuesday night's tenth broadcast of the NBC reality weight-loss competition's fifteenth season.
Hap Holmstead, a 26-year-old sales consultant and entrepreneur from Pleasant Grove, UT, and Matt Hooper, a 38-year-old retail manager from Georgetown, MA, were automatically ousted after both individuals fell below the red line by posting the two lowest weight-loss percentages of all the remaining contestants at the season's tenth elimination weigh-in.
"After all, this is a season of second chances, so right now, the two of you have a chance to win a spot back in this game -- along with everybody else. Everyone please welcome back this season's eliminated players," Alison said, after which all the season's contestants joined the individuals still in the game.
In three weeks, when The Biggest Loser returns on January 7, one of the previously-eliminated contestants will re-enter the game.
The Biggest Loser's fifteenth-season tenth episode began with an update on how Bobby Saleem is doing. Bobby started the show weighing 358 pounds and he's since lost over 90 pounds.
Alison then met with the Blue Team trained by Bob Harper, the White Team trained by Jillian Michaels and the Red Team trained by Dolvett Quince. Alison informed them they'd be working as singles going forward, so everyone therefore received a new shirt color.
Alison also revealed the players to make it to the final week on the ranch would compete in a triathlon and the winner of that event would automatically earn a spot in the finale, which means he or she could weigh-in for the $250,000 grand prize.
The contestants then competed in a challenge in the hopes of winning a one-pound advantage on the scale.
Each player was required to hold a metal arm inside a ring above a flame from 20 feet away. If the arm touched the ring, it would set the entire ring on fire and that person would be out of the challenge. Each person was holding 20% of his or her own body weight. Rachel Frederickson, a 24-year-old voice-over artist from Los Angeles, CA, ended up winning.
Later on, all the season's contestants and their trainers arrived for the season's tenth elimination weigh-in. Alison explained there would be a red line and a double elimination, so the two people to post the lowest percentages of weight-loss would automatically be sent home.
Rachel stepped on the scale first. She lost four pounds, dropping from 171 to 167 pounds. When adding in her one-pound advantage, she posted a 2.92% weight-loss percentage.
Chelsea Arthurs, a 28-year-old clinical research professional and event planner from Raleigh, NC, shed four pounds after falling from 181 to 177 pounds. She posted a 2.21% weight-loss percentage.
Jay Sheets, a 38-year-old food company marketing associate from Farmington, MO, lost five pounds and posted a 2.49% weight-loss percentage. He dropped from 201 to 196 pounds.
Marie Pearl, a 30-year-old senior staff accountant at a community college from Springfield, MO, fell from 192 to 187 pounds, losing five pounds and posting a 2.60% weight-loss percentage.
Tumi Oguntala, a 41-year-old brand strategist from Clifton Park, NY, shed nine pounds and posted a 3.85% weight-loss percentage. He dropped from 234 pounds to 225 pounds.
David Brown, a 43-year-old construction company project manager and phone company social commerce leader from Edmond, OK, fell from 294 to 282 pounds. David lost 12 pounds and therefore posted a 4.08% weight-loss percentage.
Tanya Winfield, a 41-year-old restaurant franchise chief operating officer from Plainfield, IL, lost seven pounds and posted a 3.37% weight-loss percentage. Tanya dropped from 208 pounds to 201 pounds.
Hap fell from 321 to 316 pounds, losing five pounds and posting a 1.56% weight-loss percentage.
Jennifer Messer, a 42-year-old clerk and bookkeeper from Abingdon, VA, shed five pounds and posted a 2.50% weight-loss percentage. She dropped from 200 to 195 pounds.
Matt fell from 268 pounds to 263 pounds. He lost five pounds and posted a 1.87% weight-loss percentage.
As a result, Hap fell below the red line.
"I lost 87 pounds, which is great. But there's so much I can take and learn from this experience. Working with these trainers here and meeting all the people I've met here has changed my life and I'm very grateful for that," Hap said.
Matt also fell below the red line.
"Going home, it is what it is. I was saved four weeks ago and Bob kept me in this game and kept me getting healthy. I'll tell you, those four weeks are the difference. Dude, I lost 93 pounds! It sucks, yes, but I'm happy with my results so far," Matt explained.
"At this point, I think everything I've done here has been worth postponing the wedding. I feel that I've done my fiancee, my friends, my family, very proud. I feel I've done Bob Harper proud; I feel I've done me proud. I came in here making a bunch of promises and I've held up those promises."
Before the men left the room, Alison announced one of them might be able to stay on the ranch thanks to the twist.