Kae Whang the eleventh contestant cut from 'The Biggest Loser 4'
By Christopher Rocchio, 11/21/2007
Kae Whang was viewed as an inspiration by her fellow The Biggest Loser fourth-season cast members since she managed to shed 30% of her original body weight during her time in the competition.
However because of that she was also viewed as a threat, and the 27-year-old from Clark, NJ became the eleventh contestant cut from The Biggest Loser 4 during last night's broadcast of the NBC reality weight-loss competition series.
"It's definitely sad to go because I felt like I wanted to complete this journey," said Kae following her elimination. "I feel like I'm so much stronger now and I feel more confident in who I am. That's definitely why I came here -- to change my life -- and I feel I've done that."
The Biggest Loser 4's eleventh episode began following the previous elimination of Amy Zimmer. Host Alison Sweeney informed the eight remaining contestants that since they had reached the three-month mark at The Biggest Loser ranch, they'd be receiving a surprise the following day.
Black Team trainer Jillian Michaels commented how it was a "big mistake" that Isabeau Miller, a 21-year-old from Franklin, TN, cast the deciding vote to eliminate Amy at the previous elimination ceremony since Amy was a quasi-Black Team member and part of their alliance. Isabeau had some regrets about the decision but was ultimately glad she followed her heart and booted Amy. Julie Hadden, a 34-year-old from Jacksonville, FL, thought Isabeau's decision "shot" the Black Team's strategy.
As Jillian and Bill Germanakos, a 40-year-old from Long Island, NY, bashed Isabeau's decision during a subsequent workout, Isabeau overheard them and felt like she was being treated as an outsider for not sticking to the "Black Team master plan." Similar to how Amy -- an original Red Team member -- ended up training with the Black Team in the first place, Isabeau said she'd consider training with Blue Team trainer Bob Harper if Jillian continued to ignore her.
The eight remaining contestant then arrived at NBC's Burbank, CA studios and were welcomed onto the set of Days of Our Lives by the show's co-stars, Alison and Bryan Dattilo. Alison revealed the contestants would be receiving makeovers and would then participate in a professional photo shoot for Prevention Magazine, with one of them receiving the honor of appearing on the health magazine's cover.
After the contestants went through hair, make-up and wardrobe, one by one they stood in-front of a large mirror and checked out their new looks. The contestants then received a surprise visit from family members and friends back home -- including an appearance by Bill's twin brother Jim -- and many of the reunions were emotional.
The contestants then took individual photos and a group shot before enjoying a meal with their visitors. While she was unaware of it at the time, Prevention chose Kae as the one who would appear on the magazine's cover [the issue is currently on sale].
Back on campus, the contestants met Alison for their next Reward Challenge. Alison explained each would be suspended to a rope and would have to climb up it. The catch was that the ropes were constantly moving closer to the ground, thus making it more difficult for the contestants to stay above a designated line. Once a contestant went below the line, they were eliminated from the challenge. Last contestant hanging would win a $5,000 shopping spree.
The challenge then commenced, with Bill and Kae quickly climbing their ropes and making it all the way to the top. Hollie Self, a 28-year-old from Phoenix, AZ; Isabeau; Julie; Neil Tejwani, a 25-year-old from Marblehead, MA; Nicole Michalik, a 26-year-old from Philadelphia, PA; and Bryan Washington, a 29-year-old from Riverdale, GA were all eliminated from the challenge in that order.
Kae eventually won the challenge, which was celebrated by the other contestants since Bill had been victorious in the previous two Reward Challenges, which saw him claim a car as well as $5,000.
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"This week has been the best week ever!" exclaimed Kae following her first challenge victory. "I got to see my husband, I won the shopping spree... Now I just have to stay above the yellow line at the weigh-in and life is complete."
During their last-chance workouts, Isabeau and Jillian seemed to put their problems behind them.
"Despite the fact that I'm disappointed in Isabeau's judgement, of course I will continue to train her as hard as ever," said Jillian. "Because now, I don't have any tricks up my sleeve to save her."
The Biggest Loser 4's eleventh weigh-in commenced. The two contestants with the lowest percentage of weight-loss would be up for elimination.
Neil started the week at 311 and lost eight pounds for a 2.57% weight-loss percentage; Isabeau began at 241 and shed seven pounds for a 2.90% weight-loss percentage; Bill started at 234 and lost six pounds for a 2.56% weight-loss percentage; Hollie began at 212 and dropped eight pounds for a 3.77% weight-loss percentage; Nicole started at 222 and shed four pounds for a 1.80% weight-loss percentage; Julie began at 180 and lost four pounds for a 2.22% weight-loss percentage; Kae started at 159 and dropped three pounds for a 1.89% weight-loss percentage; and Bryan began at 276 and lost six pounds for a 2.17% weight-loss percentage.
Nicole and Kae were the two contestants with the lowest percentage of weight-loss, and thus would be up for elimination.
"I think it's very important to stay above the yellow line -- because unfortunately -- I'm still one of those threats," commented Kae. "I know that if I go below the yellow line, I'm definitely going to be the person to be sent home."
Kae was correct in her thinking, as the Black Team discussed their options for elimination. They all came to the conclusion that Kae was the obvious choice. Bob and Neil also knew the target was on Kae's back -- and Neil was pissed about it -- especially since Jillian seemed to be smugly rubbing it in.
"I don't ever want to see [Jillian's] f**king smirk again," said Neil to Bob. "I'm going to do everything in my power in the next three weeks to make sure she doesn't get to smirk again." Neil used the rational that to be the best, you have to beat the best, which he considered to be Kae. He was sick of the weaker contestants picking-off the stronger ones .
The contestants then gathered for the elimination ceremony, with Bill and Bryan both voting for Kae before Neil cast the first vote for Nicole.
"I think it's pretty safe to say that Kae has been the biggest threat on campus since Day 1," said Neil, who said he understands the concept of voting off the biggest threats and added he's afraid once she's gone, the target will shift to him. "I just want to say from here on in, if you want me come and get me."
Isabeau and Julie both voted for Kae -- who was ousted from the competition after losing 30% of her original body weight -- the highest percentage of weight-loss of any female to ever play The Biggest Loser.
"It's actually possible for someone to inspire you and encourage you and motivate you in this game and still keep you from making in the game," said Julie after she voted for Kae, a response to Neil's earlier comments.
"I'm very grateful to be here and to have gotten to know all of you," said an emotional Kae. "It's been fun. This is definitely the chance of a lifetime. I was hoping to go to the end with you guys, but I am glad that it's you guys who are going to go, because you all deserve it. Just keep working hard, be yourself, and just try to remember why you're here. We're supposed to change our lives and better yourselves... You've just got to be proud."
Following the pre-taped portion of last night's The Biggest Loser broadcast, Kae weighed in live from the set of Access Hollywood. Since beginning the competition, Kae has lost a total of 88-pounds, or more than 39% of her original weight from when filming began. She was also reunited with Bob during the live broadcast.
"Oh my God! You look unbelievable!" gushed Bob. "You have been an inspiration to every single person that's ever been on this show. You are what this whole show's about... You are what this show is all about."