'The Biggest Loser' eliminates contestant Jennifer Rumple
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/26/2011
The Biggest Loser's twelfth season eliminated Jennifer Rumple during Tuesday night's broadcast of the NBC reality weight-loss competition's sixth episode.
Jennifer, a 39-year-old television producer from Alameda, CA, became the sixth contestant ousted from the competition's twelfth season after all the contestants failed to meet their weight-loss goal as a group at the Week 6 weigh-in, which featured the 10 remaining contestants weighing-in collectively rather than for their three teams, and was subsequently voted her off by the rest of the season's cast.
"I think there are some things about me that just didn't mesh with others and I think I should've just been more open to the process of living in the house. I think that's where I made my mistake," Jennifer said following her ouster.
"When I arrived here on The Biggest Loser ranch, I was kind of broken. I kind of had given up on myself. I thought that I was going to be fat for the rest of my life, but the Jennifer leaving this ranch knows differently. Exercise has become my new fuel, my motivation. It's the most amazing feeling to ever have, and to also think that I've been called an athlete in this gym by the world's best trainer, I'm going to become the athlete that he sees in me. Biggest Loser and Bob Harper have instilled in me the confidence to keep the weight off my body and everything that I accomplish from this day forward, I owe to [them]."
The Biggest Loser's sixth twelfth-season episode began following the elimination of Courtney Rainville, a 24-year-old internet marketing specialist from Scottsdale, AZ, after the competition's Week 5 weigh-in.
The next day, the show's three teams -- which consisted of contestants ages 31-49 on the Black team led by veteran trainer Bob, Blue team members over the age of 50 training with new trainer Anna Kournikova, and the Red team comprised of people under the age of 30 led by new trainer Dolvett Quince -- met with The Biggest Loser host Alison Sweeney and learned it was going to be Halloween Week.
Alison explained the contestants would be competing in a temptation challenge throughout the entire week. They'd be tempted by a large caldron of candy hanging in the kitchen, and for every pound of candy a contestant chose to eat, he or she would receive a one-pound advantage on the scale at the upcoming weigh-in.
The contestants then learned they would not be competing against each other as individuals or as teams. They would be working as an entire group to meet an overall weight-loss goal of 100 pounds. If the contestants met the target, everyone on the ranch would survive. However, if they failed to reach 100 pounds total at the weigh-in, all the contestants must vote to send one person home.
The trainers could choose to work with whomever they wanted and the only person that would be safe from elimination would be the person to lose the most weight over the course of the week. Each person was given the opportunity to eat up to 10 pounds of the candy, meaning each person could gain a 10-pound advantage at most for the next weigh-in.
Afterward, everyone worked out with the trainers and the contestants attempted to avoid eating the candy in the kitchen at all costs.
The following day, the three teams of contestants met with Alison again and learned they'd be working together in the week's challenge, which required them to walk through a Halloween-decorated maze full of hundreds of apples. As a group, they were given 10 minutes to gather as many apples as they could, find their way through the maze and then dump all of the apples they had gathered into a barrel at the finish.
If all the contestants together could gather 150 pounds of apples, they would receive a five-pound advantage at the upcoming weigh-in. If they could gather 200 pounds or more, they'd gain a 10-pound advantage on the scale.
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However, there was a catch. The contestants were allowed to pile their apples into the barrel at the finish and then re-enter the maze to gather more, but if even one person was still in the maze once the 10 minutes ran out on the clock, the advantage would disappear and they would get a five-pound disadvantage at the weigh-in -- five extra pounds added to their total pounds lost.
After attempting the maze and hustling as much as they could to find apples, they ended up earning the 10-pound advantage after they gathered well over 200 pounds of apples. They all got out of the maze in time, and Alison explained they would now have to only lose 90 pounds rather than 100 pounds as a group because they were successful in the challenge.
After days of workouts with Bob in the gym, Anna on the tennis court and Dolvett in the "prison yard," the contestants participated in their last chance workouts and used the candy in their kitchen as weights and dumbbells.
Alison explained that not one contestant chose to eat the candy over the course of the week, so no additional pounds were going to be taken off the scale. They still had to reach the goal of losing 90 pounds total, and if they failed to do so, all the contestants would have to vote off one person. The person who achieved the highest weight-loss percentage would receive immunity.
Bob's Black team was the first team to weigh-in and John Rhode, a 40-year-old special education teacher and football coach from Mesa, AZ, was the first of its members to step on the scale.
John dropped from 354 pounds to 344 pounds after shedding 10 pounds. He lost 101 pounds since the beginning of his The Biggest Loser weight-loss journey, surpassing the record set by former eleventh-season contestant Moses Kinikini by one pounds.
Antone Davis, a 44-year-old restaurant manager and former NFL player from Knoxville, TN, shed eight pounds after falling from 377 pounds to 369 pounds, while Joe Mitchell, a 46-year-old home health therapist from Knoxville, TN, lost a total of eight pounds over the course of the week. He fell from 294 pounds to 286 pounds.
Sunny Sinclair, a 41-year-old fifth grade teacher from Frisco, TX, was the next person to step on the scale. She surprisingly gained five pounds, increasing her weight from 227 pounds to 232 pounds, while Jennifer lost four pounds after dropping from 274 pounds to 270 pounds.
It was then time for Anna's Blue team to weigh-in and Bonnie Griffin, a 63-year-old retired payroll supervisor from Picayune, MS, was the first one to step on the scale. She shed one pounds after falling from 229 pounds to 228 pounds.
The Blue team's only other member Rebecca "Becky" Comet, a 51-year-old math teacher from Benton, AR, then weighed-in and learned she lost one pound as well after dropping from 204 pounds to 203 pounds.
Dolvett's Red team was the last team to weigh-in.
Vencent "Vinny" Hickerson, a 27-year-old songwriter and entertainer from Nashville, TN, started it off. Vinny shed five pounds after falling from 372 pounds to 367 pounds.
Jessica Limpert, a 26-year-old travel nurse from San Francisco, CA, dropped from 213 pounds to 209 pounds after losing four pounds, while Ramone Medeiros, a 27-year-old tattoo artist from Florence, CO, lost two pounds after dropping from 304 pounds to 302 pounds.
All the contestants as a whole lost a total of 38 pounds, which was not even close to reaching their goal of 90 pounds. Alison announced the contestants would face elimination, but John lost the most amount of weight and received immunity for his success.
The contestants were then given time to deliberate and all the people who thought they were in danger of elimination pleaded their case, begging their fellow teammates to allow them to stay on the ranch.
Jennifer claimed she still needed Bob's help and wouldn't be able to achieve her weight-loss goals alone at home. However, Vinny felt her attitude towards the other contestants was not "all for one and one for all." Many of the other contestants agreed that Jennifer's attitude was not how it should have been.
Once in the voting room, the contestants revealed their votes. Vinny, Jessica, Ramone, Joe, Antone, and Sunny all voted to oust Jennifer from The Biggest Loser competition. Jennifer and John voted for Ramone.
In a post-elimination update, Jennifer, who started The Biggest Loser weighing 330 pounds, said she currently weighs 228 pounds. She explained how she can now run 20 miles and looks forward to competing in marathon to be held at the end of the show's season. She was also excited she could finally fit into a dress that she had longed to buy for quite some time.