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'The Biggest Loser' votes Michael Dorsey off the ranch as singles gameplay begins


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/12/2013 

The Biggest Loser eliminated Michael Dorsey during Monday night's NBC broadcast of the reality weight-loss competition's seventh fourteenth-season episode.

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Michael, a 34-year-old college professor and communications consultant from Baltimore, MD, was ousted from the competition after he finished with one of the lowest weight-loss percentages at the season's seventh weekly elimination weigh-in -- which featured the eight remaining contestants weighing-in individually as singles -- and was subsequently voted off by the majority of the rest of the season's cast.

"I didn't think I'd be sitting here this week, but I do believe that all things happen for a reason. It is my time to go, and I'm okay with that. What bothers me is how it went down," Michael said following his ouster, referencing how his former Blue Team teammate Jeff Nichols voted him off the ranch although they had made a pact to support and keep one another safe all season.

"This has been therapy for me. The old Michael was slowly committing suicide. I knew that I was living an unhealthy lifestyle, but yet I still chose to keep that going on day by day by day. Now that I'm seven weeks away from that man, I realize that I said goodbye to that other guy Week 1 and I am doing things that I never thought I would be able to do. Two weeks here on the ranch, I ran a 5K, which I could barely walk at two miles per hour when I first started. I am so happy and proud that my son's going to be able to look back on this and know that not only did I do this for him, but that I did it for myself. Little Mike is going to have his daddy back."

The seventh broadcast of The Biggest Loser's fourteenth season began with host Alison Sweeney telling the eight remaining contestants that, going forward, they'd be competing as singles.

All the contestants received their new colored T-shirts and then Alison explained that at the next weigh-in, they'd face the yellow line -- meaning the two players with the lowest weight-loss percentages would fall below the yellow line and then everyone else must vote to send one of those people home. Michael's Blue Team had a majority alliance since four of them still remained, so Michael felt good about his chances. He also felt Jeff was going to stand by him at all costs.

The next day, the contestants met up with Alison again and learned they'd be participating in their first Temptation Challenge. For the challenge, each player had 10 minutes to eat as many calories as possible of Valentine's Day cookies, chocolates and cake. The winner would receive a two-pound advantage on the scale for him or herself and then an extra two pounds to give out to someone else.

In a twist, the players were required to consume their treats in the dark, so no one could see if their opponents were choosing to eat or refusing to eat.

In the end, Francelina Morillo, a 25-year-old student and store manager from Albany, NY, won the challenge after eating 1,150 calories. Alexandra "Alex" Reid, a 24-year-old legal assistant from Carrolton, TX, came in second with 1,036 calories, and Jeff finished in third after consuming only 270 calories.

Francelina chose to give the second two-pound advantage to Alex since she took a risk by eating and therefore deserved the prize. 

Afterward, The Biggest Loser trainers Bob Harper, Jillian Michaels and Dolvett Quince checked in with the three teen participants of the season -- Sanjana "Sunny" Chandrasekar, a 16-year-old eleventh-grader from Rochester, NY; Noah "Biingo" Gray, a 13-year-old eighth-grader from New Windsor, MD; and Lindsay Bravo, a 13-year-old eighth-grader from Fillmore, CA.

In the episode, Sunny took on a difficult Bollywood class, Biingo started to prepare for youth baseball tryouts and got his boot removed from his previously-injured foot, and Lindsay began practicing in order to potentially become an honorary member of a school's cheerleading squad.

All the adult contestants then worked out with the trainers, and things were changed up a bit.

Dolvett wanted to work with Michael and Gina McDonald, a 47-year-old attorney and law firm owner from Hoover, AL. Jillian asked for Jeff and Alex, and Bob got left with Joe Ostaszewski, a 43-year-old senior sales executive from Williston, FL; Jackson Carter, a 21-year-old volunteer coordinator for LGBT resource center and movie theater assistant manager from Layton, UT; and Dannielle "Danni" Allen, a 26-year-old advertising account coordinator from Wheeling, IL.

After working out, all the contestants met with Alison again and learned they'd be competing in the week's challenge.

The challenge required each player to race towards a spotlight shining in a random area of a huge arena. The last person to arrive at the light would lose and be out of the challenge, and the rounds would continue until only three players remained. In the final round, the first person to the light would win and receive the opportunity to bring one family member to the ranch for 24 hours.

In addition, the winner would be allowed to select one other contestant to get a visit from a loved one at home. In the first round, Gina got eliminated and she was followed by Jackson, Michael and Alex in subsequent rounds. In the fifth and final round, Joe, Danni and Francelina fought for victory. But in the end, Danni won yet another challenge and gave both home visits away to Gina and Michael.

Later on, Michael and Gina were visited on the ranch by their beloved spouses and all the contestants eventually participated in their last chance workouts.

All the players then arrived for The Biggest Loser's seventh fourteenth-season elimination weigh-in.

Alison reiterated how the yellow weigh-in line worked and explained that one of the two contestants to fall below it must be voted off by the season's remaining contestants.

The contestants then stepped on the scale one by one to learn their fate.

Francelina shed four pounds over the course of the week after she dropped from 217 pounds to 213 pounds. With her two-pound advantage from the challenge, Francelina posted a 2.76% weight-loss percentage.

Alex fell from 204 pounds to 198 pounds after she lost six pounds. Combined with her two-pound advantage, Alex posted a 3.92% weight-loss percentage.  Danni posted a 2.90% weight-loss percentage after losing six pounds. She dropped from 207 pounds to 201 pounds.

It was then time for Joe to weigh-in. Joe shed 12 pounds after falling from 291 pounds to 279 pounds and posted a 4.12% weight-loss percentage.

Jeff dropped from 323 pounds to 312 pounds after losing 11 pounds total and posting a 3.41% weight-loss percentage. Gina posted a 4.66% weight-loss percentage and shed nine pounds after she fell from 193 pounds to 184 pounds. 

Jackson dropped from 279 pounds to 266 pounds after he lost 13 pounds and also posted a 4.66% weight-loss percentage. Michael was then the last contestant to step on the scale for the week and learned he had shed 10 pounds after dropping from 363 to 353 pounds and posting a 2.75% weight-loss percentage.

As a result, Francelina and Michael fell below the yellow line and the other contestants had to deliberate to decide which of the two contestants would be eliminated from The Biggest Loser's fourteenth season. 
 
In the event of a tie, Francelina would be safe from elimination because she posted a higher weight-loss percentage than Michael.

The contestants then cast their votes individually in the voting room and later revealed their decisions to Alison. Danni, Gina and Jeff all voted for Michael, while Alex voted for Francelina. Therefore, Michael was eliminated in a 3-1 vote.

Jeff's vote surprised Michael the most because he apparently went against his word. Michael was excited, however, about taking a new man home even though he felt "blindsided" and realized The Biggest Loser truly was a game after all.

While Michael acknowledged he should've had his poker face on the whole time, Jeff told the cameras he simply voted for Michael because he needed to remove a threat and worry about himself and his own success in the competition.

In a post-elimination update, Michael, who started The Biggest Loser weighing 444 pounds, said he currently weighs 320 pounds. Michael shared the fact he made health and fitness a family affair because he wanted to take care of his loved ones. In addition, Michael said he feels he's on his way to becoming the man he needs to be as a father for his young son.



(Photo credit NBC)


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