'The Biggest Loser' crowns Patrick House its tenth-season champion
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 12/15/2010
The Biggest Losercrowned Patrick House its tenth-season champion during Tuesday night's live finale broadcast of the NBC reality weight-loss competition.
The 28-year-old sales representative from Vicksburg, MS, began the competition at 400 pounds and weighed-in at 219 pounds during the finale, giving him a 181-pound weight-loss and 45.25% weight-loss percentage that won him the show's $250,000 grand prize.
"Winning The Biggest Loser means everything to me. Not only the title and the notoriety that goes along with it, but the ability for me to pick my family back up -- get our two feet back on the ground," Patrick said before his weigh-in.
Alfredo "Frado" Dinten, a 43-year-old futures commodity trader from Staten Island, NY, whose starting weight was 367 pounds, finished as the runner-up. He shed 162 pounds for a 44.14% weight-loss percentage.
Ada Wong, a 27-year-old high-tech company project coordinator from San Francisco, CA whose starting weight was 258 pounds, finished third.
Ada became the season's third finalist by overwhelmingly defeating Elizabeth Ruiz by a home viewer vote that took place after last week's episode. She lost 99 pounds for a 38.37% weight-loss percentage.
Elizabeth, a 31-year-old medical assistant from Lawrence, MA, whose starting weight was 244 pounds, dropped to 173, losing 71 pounds for a total percentage of weight-loss of 29.10%.
Mark Pinhasovich -- a 31-year-old bartender and recruiter from East Brunswick, NJ, who was ousted during the eleventh week of the competition -- won the weigh-in of the tenth season's previously eliminated contestants and thus claimed the $100,000 consolation prize.
Mark started off the competition weighing 421 pounds. He lost a total of 213 pounds while dropping down to a shocking 208 pounds, posting a 50.59% weight-loss percentage that would have won him the season's $250,000 prize if he had not been previously eliminated.
The start and finish weights and final weight-loss percentages of the other previously eliminated contestants are as follows.
Adam Hurtado, a 26-year-old non-profit manager from Santa Ana, CA, whose starting weight was 402 pounds, shed 180 pounds. He dropped to 220 pounds, posting a 45.27% weight-loss percentage, while Allie Ishcomer, a 22-year-old student from Moore, OK whose starting weight was 322 pounds, slimmed down to 248, losing 74 pounds for a 22.98% weight-loss percentage.
Tina Elliott, a 58-year-old retired homemaker from Boring, OR, whose starting weight was 263 pounds, shed 72 pounds, dropping to 191 and posting a 27.38% weight-loss percentage, and Brendan Donovan, a 32-year-old special education teacher from Boston, MA whose starting weight was 362 pounds, lost 117 pounds and slimmed down to a weight of 245 for a 32.32% weight-loss percentage.
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Sophia Franklin, a 28-year-old high school counselor from Germantown, MD, started off the competition weighing 272 pounds. She fell to 207 after losing 65 pounds, posting a 23.90% weight-loss percentage, Lisa Mosley, a 31-year-old sales representative from Norman, OK whose starting weight was 288 pounds, shed 97 pounds for a 33.68% weight-loss percentage, and Anna Wright, a 39-year-old administrative assistant and songwriter from Atlanta, GA, started off the competition weighing 330 pounds, lost 109 pounds and dropped to 221 for a 33.03% weight-loss percentage.
Jesse Atkins, a 28-year-old law clerk from St. Paul, MN whose starting weight was 369 pounds, slimmed down to 203 after he lost 166 pounds. He posted a 44.99% weight-loss percentage, leaving him only one pound short of Adam.
Burgandy Keel, a 25-year-old stay-at-home mom from Eagle Mountain, UT, started off the competition weighing 231 pounds and lost 64 pounds for a 27.71% weight-loss percentage, and Richard "Rick" Deroque, a 54-year-old pediatric physical therapist from Conway, AR whose starting weight was 350 pounds, dropped down to 185, losing 165 pounds and posting a 47.14% weight-loss percentage.
Jessica Delfs, a 27-year-old professional bridal consultant from Tucson, AZ, lost a total of 92 pounds after starting the competition at 282 pounds and dropping to 190. Her loss gave her a 32.62% weight-loss percentage, while Aaron Thompkins, a 29-year-old graphic designer from Kent, OH whose starting weight was 468 pounds, shed 172 pounds. He slimmed down to 296 and posted a 36.75% weight-loss percentage.