Bill Germanakos wins 'The Biggest Loser 4' by losing 164 pounds
By Christopher Rocchio, 12/19/2007
The Biggest Loser's live fourth-season finale turned out to be a very good night for the Germanakos brothers.
Bill Germanakos became The Biggest Loser's fourth-season champ during last night's live finale broadcast of the NBC reality weight-loss competition series. He started the competition at 334 pounds and dropped 164 for a 49.10% weight-loss percentage, claiming the show's $250,000 grand prize
"Thank you so much!" said Bill after being the last fourth-season finalist to weigh-in during the finale. He was quickly mobbed on-stage by his family. "This is what I did it for... These guys right here."
The 40-year-old from Long Island, NY defeated fellow finalists Julie Hadden, Hollie Self and Isabeau Miller based on his total percentage weight-loss since his initial The Biggest Loser weigh-in. (After competing against each other on the show's campus for nearly four months, the contestants returned home and continued to lose weight on their own after filming concluded.)
Julie, a 34-year-old from Jacksonville, FL who finished as the runner-up, started the competition at 218 and dropped 97 pounds for a 44.50% weight-loss percentage. Hollie, a 28-year-old from Phoenix, AZ who had her mother pass away during the competition but still managed to finish third, began at 255 and lost 105 pounds for a 41.18% weight-loss percentage.
Isabeau, a 21-year-old from Franklin, TN, began the competition as the heaviest female contestant in The Biggest Loserhistory at 298 pounds. She finished fourth, shedding 113 pounds for a 37.92% weight-loss percentage.
Despite having three women as fourth-season finalists, Bill's victory over his fellow former Black Team members means a woman has still never won The Biggest Loser.
Bill's identical twin brother Jim -- who was eliminated during the fifth week of the competition -- won the weigh-in of the seasons's 14 other previously eliminated contestants and thus claimed a $100,000 consolation prize. Jim started the competition at 361 and lost 186 pounds for a 51.52% weight-loss percentage -- a percentage that was actually higher than his brother's.
Neil Tejwani, a 25-year-old from Marblehead, MA who finished the competition fifth, had the second-highest weight-loss percentage of the 14 previously eliminated contestants. Neil -- who lost double digits in 11 of the 14 campus weigh-ins and also strategically gained 17 pounds one week -- started at 421 and dropped 211 pounds for a 50.12% weight-loss percentage that was also higher than Bill's winning percentage.
The start and finish weights and final weight-loss percentages of the 12 other previously eliminated contestants -- as well as the order in which they were booted from the competition -- are as follows.
Amber Walker, a 30-year-old from Houston, TX, started the competition at 295 and lost 84 pounds for a 28.47% weight-loss percentage; Lezlye Donahue, a 34-year-old from Metairie, LA, began at 255 and dropped 55 pounds for a 21.57% weight-loss percentage; and Jerry Lisenby, a 62-year-old from Peoria, IL who was the oldest The Biggest Loser contestant in the show's history, started at 297 and shed 110 pounds for a 37.04% weight-loss percentage.
Patty Gonzalez, a 34-year-old from San Diego, CA, began at 280 and lost 64 pounds for a 22.86% weight-loss percentage; Phil Hawk, a 27-year-old from Powell, OH, started at 403 and dropped 186 pounds for a 35.98% weight-loss percentage; and Jez Luckett, a 24-year-old from Garden City, KS, started at 345 and shed 150 pounds for a 43.38% weight-loss percentage.
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David Griffin, a 31-year-old from Cedar Hill, TN, began at 368 and lost 140 pounds for a 38.04% weight-loss percentage; Ryan Rodriguez, a 29-year-old from Jackson Heights, NY, started at 374 and dropped 133 pounds for a 35.56% weight-loss percentage; and Amy Zimmer, a 28-year-old from Rochester, NY, began at 297 and shed 126 pounds for a 42.42% weight-loss percentage.
Bryan Washington, a 29-year-old from Riverdale, GA, began at 346 and dropped 122 pounds for a 35.26% weight-loss percentage; and Nicole Michalik, a 26-year-old from Philadelphia, PA, started at 279 and lost 105 pounds for a 37.63% weight-loss percentage.
The Biggest Loser: Couples -- the fifth-season of the series that for the first time in the show's history will see contestants compete while paired in teams with somebody they have a pre-existing relationship with -- is scheduled to premiere on Tuesday, January 1 at 8PM ET/PT on NBC.