'The Biggest Loser' votes Anna Wright off the weight-loss ranch
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/03/2010
The Biggest Loser eliminated Anna Wright during Tuesday night's broadcast of the NBC reality weight-loss competition's seventh tenth-season episode.
"I'm most proud of all the hard work that I did to get back on the ranch. I didn't think I could do it -- But I did it. America, the next time you see me, I'm going to win the at home 100,000 dollar prize," Anna said following her ouster.
Anna, a 39-year-old administrative assistant and songwriter from Atlanta, GA, was voted out of the competition after her Black team teammates lost the season's third Blue vs. Black team weigh-in.
The weigh-in took place after the teams spent several days living as U.S. Marines at Camp Pendleton -- including eating a starch and calorie-filled military diet and competing in an obstacle course challenge in which the winning team received phones calls from home.
Elizabeth Ruiz, a 31-year-old medical assistant from Lawrence, MA, passed out during the obstacle course challenge, resulting in the Black team losing it when her teammates were forced to stop and then slow their pace for the reminder of the course.
"I want to finish," Elizabeth grunted. "I need to finish."
Once the teams returned to the ranch, both teams participated in their last chance workouts.
The Biggest Loser's seventh tenth-season weigh-in then commenced as the Blue and Black teams met host Alison Sweeney to determine the losing team in what was later deemed to be the worst weigh-in The Biggest Loser history.
The Blue team was the first to step on the scale. Mark started the week at 336 pounds and lost seven, Jessica began at 244 pounds and shed four, while Lisa started at 242 pounds and dropped only two.
The Blue Team had two surprises: Jesse, who started off weighing 297 pounds, learned he had gained one pound. Also, Aaron posted a 14 pound weight-loss -- greatly surpassing each individual member of his team by losing more than double their combined total of weight-loss.
The Blue team posted a combined weight-loss percentage of 1.71% and lost a total of 26 pounds.
The Black team then weighed-in with high hopes that they could beat the Blue team's low numbers.
Ada and Patrick both lost seven pounds, while Brendan started off the week at 302 pounds and lost four. Anna began at 283 pounds and only lost two, while Elizabeth started at 213 pounds and gained one.
Alfredo "Frado" Dinten, a 43-year-old futures commodity trader from Staten Island, NY, apologized on the scale before his number was even determined, revealing his lack of confidence in the work he did over the week.
"I just feel like I'm swelling up. I just feel it. I feel like I gained weight... I just don't have confidence in it -- I don't," Frado said before his weight was calculated.
Frado had to lose more than nine pounds to beat the Blue team's weigh-in -- he started off at 294 pounds, but actually gained a total of four pounds.
The Black team's entire percentage of weight-loss was 0.91%, as they lost only a total of 15 pounds -- meaning the Blue team won the weigh-in.
After deliberating among themselves, the Black team revealed their elimination votes. Patrick, Ada and Brendan voted for Anna, while Anna voted for Elizabeth.
During a post-show update, Anna -- who left The Biggest Loser ranch weighing 281 pounds -- said she now weighs 250 pounds, losing 80 pounds total from when she started on the show. Anna said she works full-time but prepares her meals at night, can now run one mile and tries to incorporate exercise into her daily routine.
"When I ran the mile at the very beginning of this whole journey, I just felt like I was going to pass out -- just doing a mile," Anna said. Now, it's like a mile. It's nothing."