'The Biggest Loser' sends contestant Nancy Rajala home from ranch
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/01/2012
The Biggest Loser's thirteenth season eliminated Nancy Rajala during Tuesday night's broadcast of the NBC reality weight-loss competition's fifth episode.
Nancy, a 63-year-old retiree from Fowlerville, MI, became the sixth contestant ousted from the competition's thirteenth season after her Red team lost the fifth week's weigh-in by posting a lower total weight-loss percentage than the Black team -- which then forced the Red team's remaining contestants to vote off one of their own members.
"The person that came here had lost who she was, and by coming here, I feel like my old self again! I'm much happier and I'm more myself. [My granddaughter Cassandra Sturos] saved my life by bringing me here. It was really scary for me, but once I got here, it was the best thing that could have happened to me. Sometimes, people think it's going to be really too hard to do this at home, but I don't think it will be. I think it'll be easy for me, because I've learned to actually really enjoy doing what I'm doing," Nancy said following her ouster.
The Biggest Loser's fifth thirteenth-season episode began in the voting room immediately following Gail Lee's elimination. The Biggest Loser host Alison Sweeney told the competition's Black team, who worked under the guidance of veteran trainer Bob Harper, they must meet with the Red team -- who had won the fourth week's weigh-in and trained with previously new trainer Dolvett Quince, who returned to the show for his second season -- in the gym for an undisclosed reason.
Once both teams gathered at The Biggest Loser scale in the gym, all the contestants welcomed back former Aqua team members Adrian Dortch, a 34-year-old music producer and community activist, and his sister Daphne Dortch, a 37-year-old paralegal and kids activity team member from Evanston, IL -- who got eliminated during the premiere episode but were told they could return to the ranch if they could lose 50 pounds total in one month at home.
Alison told Daphne and Adrian that if they accomplished their goal of shedding a combined 50 pounds since they had lost the season's first challenge and their initial spot on the ranch, they could return to the game and earn immunity for the week as long as they didn't gain weight.
Daphne then stepped on the scale and learned she had lost 26 pounds after dropping from 271 pounds to 241 pounds. It then became Adrian's turn to weigh-in on the ranch for the first time and he shed 34 pounds after falling from 370 pounds to 336 pounds. The siblings team lost a total of 60 pounds, surpassing the goal the show had set for themselves.
As a result, Daphne and Adrian were thrilled they could stay on the ranch but quickly discovered they'd have to split up into two different teams. The brother and sister jokingly argued that they both wanted to be on Bob's Black team, so after a short game of "Rock, Paper, Scissors," Daphne got to train with Bob and Adrian got put onto Dolvett's Red team.
Alison then told both teams that although Adrian and Daphne would be safe from elimination at the upcoming weigh-in, their weight-loss percentages would still count on behalf of their team's total. Therefore, they'd be expected to pull their weight and come through for their teammates.
Afterward, both teams worked out with their given trainers and Adrian and Daphne got a taste of what training on The Biggest Loser ranch and completing homework on their own was going to be like. All the other contestants had mixed feelings about Adrian and Daphne's return. They thought the siblings were a little cocky about their weight-loss progress, didn't deserve to have immunity or shouldn't be able to be fully accepted into their teams so soon.
The following day, the Red and Black teams met up with Alison again and learned they'd be competing in the week's challenge. Alison then explained that each team would have a collection of balls and two players from each team must take a ball, race 100 feet, and using a trampoline, bounce the ball over a wall to their teammates on the other side. If the contestants missed it, the ball would be dead and out of play. But if they could catch the ball, the players would be required to race to put it in their team bin.
The purple balls were worth one point, the yellow balls counted for two and the blue balls were worth four points each. The first team to earn 100 points would win the challenge, and the winning team would receive the opportunity to pick one member from each team whose weight would not count at the weigh-in -- giving them a big advantage.
Before the challenge kicked off, Isaac "Chism" Cornelison, a 19-year-old student from Magnolia, TX, and Roy Pickler, a 63-year-old self-employed Santa Claus from Middlebury, IN, were not cleared medically to compete in the challenge. Therefore, the Red team had to sit out one player and they selected Nancy to not participate in the challenge.
In the end, the Red team won the challenge and they had until the weigh-in to decide which players' weights would not count.
Meanwhile, Conda Britt, a 24-year-old nutrition health services technician from Rockford, MI, and Kim Nielsen, a 38-year-old former professional wrestler from Roswell, GA, had problems with their new teammate Adrian. They talked about him behind his back, and finally, the Red team got together to discuss their issues and hopefully solve them.
Conda and Kim didn't like how Adrian felt entitled to everything they had worked so hard for, and they felt he came to the ranch bragging about how much work he had done at home as if it was more than what they had been accomplishing over a four-week period.
After Adrian indirectly brought to Dolvett's attention that there was tension amongst the Red team, Dolvett then sat down with his team and tried to get them to open up. The contestants seemed like they had reached at least a temporary solution and tried to get along.
The teams then participated in their last chance workouts.
Later on, The Biggest Loser's thirteenth-season's fifth 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. Adrian and Daphne also had immunity.
In addition, the Red team chose to discount the weight of Black team member Megan Stone, a 21-year-old student and support staffer for an organization that assists disabled adults from Dittmer, MO, and Nancy's weight. Their weights would not be included in each team's final percentage of weight-loss, so the Red team was ultimately hoping that their teammate Nancy would lose a small amount of weight and Megan would shed a lot.
Nancy and Megan weighed-in first.
Nancy was the first member of the Red team to step on the scale, and she lost a total of four pounds. She dropped from 200 to 196 pounds, while Black team member Megan fell from 238 pounds to 229 pounds after shedding nine pounds.
The rest of Bob's Black team then stepped on the scale.
Daphne lost only one pound after dropping from 245 pounds to 244 pounds. Chism fell from 320 pounds to 318 pounds, losing two pounds since the beginning of the week. Emily Joy, a 29-year-old teacher from Huntersville, NC, shed five pounds after dropping from 235 pounds to 230 pounds.
Christine Pickler, a 42-year-old who is self-employed and from Middlebury, IN, lost four pounds after she fell from 215 pounds to 211 pounds, while Cassandra, a 25-year-old in-home senior caregiver from Fowlerville, MI, started off the week weighing 206 pounds and fell to 200 pounds after she lost six pounds.
Jeremy Britt, a 22-year-old banker from Rockford, MI, then weighed-in and learned he lost nine pounds after he dropped from 347 pounds to 338 pounds.
Bob's Black team lost a total of 27 pounds and posted a 1.72% weight-loss percentage.
It then became time for Dolvett's Red team to weigh-in.
Adrian was the first member to step on the scale. He started off the week weighing 336 pounds and dropped to 334 pounds after he lost two pounds.
Kim fell from 220 pounds to 215 pounds after she shed five pounds, while Kim "Kimmy" Stone, a 48-year-old registered nurse from Dittmer, MO, lost four pounds after dropping from 197 to 193 pounds.
Roy then weighed-in on behalf of Dolvett's Red team and fell from 272 pounds to 268 pounds after he lost four pounds. Mark Cornelison, a 43-year-old youth pastor from Magnolia, TX, lost a total of four pounds after he dropped from 255 pounds to 251 pounds.
Allen "Buddy" Shuh, a 42-year-old pastor from Wayne, MI, shed eight pounds after falling from 353 to 345 pounds, while Conda dropped from 265 to 263 pounds after losing only two pounds.
Dolvett's Red team lost a total of 29 pounds and posted a 1.53% weight-loss percentage, losing the weigh-in despite the advantage they had won earlier in the week.
Alison then announced the Red team would face elimination but the contestants could not vote for Kim, who had received immunity for posting the highest weight-loss percentage on her team, in addition to Adrian.
After the contestants deliberated and stated their cases as to why they deserved to stay on the ranch, they all took their seats in the voting room and revealed their votes.
Kimmy, Mark, Buddy, Kim, and Conda all voted to oust Nancy from The Biggest Loser, while Nancy and Adrian both voted for Mark. Five votes were enough to constitute for Nancy's elimination.
In a post-elimination update, Nancy, who started The Biggest Loser weighing 217 pounds, said she currently weighs 178 pounds. Nancy said her huge family was extremely pleased with her weight-loss and new healthy body. Nancy also explained she started jogging all the time when she could only walk before appearing on the show.
(Photo credit NBC)
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