'The Biggest Loser' eliminates contestant John "Johnny" Forger
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 09/28/2011
The Biggest Loser's twelfth season eliminated John "Johnny" Forger during Tuesday night's broadcast of the NBC reality weight-loss competition's second episode.
Johnny, a 65-year-old realty company owner from Canton, MA, became the second contestant ousted from the competition's twelfth season after his Blue team lost the second week's weigh-in by posting a lower total weight-loss percentage than the Black and Red teams -- which then forced the Blue team's remaining contestants to vote off one of their own members.
"I'm sad to be leaving the ranch and for today to come up the way it did, it still blows my mind. But my mission is to go home and get healthy. Age does not matter. I got a spring in my step again. [New trainer Anna Kournikova] has brought me to the mindset of a new person and showed me things that I never, ever, ever thought I could do," Johnny said following his ouster.
"So to Anna, I thank her. My family, are they proud of me? They're proud of me. I'm proud of them, because without them, this wouldn't have happened. They did it."
The Biggest Loser's second twelfth-season episode began following the elimination of Deborah "Debbie" Lounds, a 60-year-old senior administrative assistant from Ann Arbor, MI, after the competition's Week 1 weigh-in.
The next day, The Biggest Loser host Alison Sweeney met with the three teams divided by their ages and trainers -- veteran trainer Bob Harper worked with the Black team which consisted of contestants between the ages of 31 and 49, Anna trained with the Blue team comprised of members over the age of 50 and new trainer Dolvett Quince worked with the youngest group all under the age of 30 on the Red team -- and revealed they would be competing in a temptation challenge.
The temptation challenge put age stereotypes to the test in which Alison discussed how people often think older people go to bed early, while young individuals tend to enjoy sleeping in late. She then explained that while The Biggest Loser gym was normally always open and the trainers were ready to work with the contestants whenever they desired, the gym would only be open three times a day for the upcoming week: 5AM-7AM, 12PM-2PM and 9PM-11PM.
Each team would only be able to workout and train during one of the given time slots, and they would have to stick with that small window for the entire week. The winning team of the temptation challenge, which required each contestant to eat as many 35-calorie donuts as they could in three minutes, who ate the most total donuts would be afforded the chance to designate which time slot each team would be given.
The Red team ate zero donuts, the Blue team ate a total of 11 donuts worth 385 calories and the Black team ate 37 donuts worth 1,295 calories. As a result, the Black team won the challenge and they opted to have the 5AM-7AM workout. The Black team then gave the Blue team 12PM-2PM and the Red team 9PM-11PM.
Mike Danley, a 62-year-old high school teacher and football coach from Spencerville, IN, ate all 11 donuts for the Blue team, while John Rhode, a 40-year-old special education teacher and football coach from Mesa, AZ, took down all 37 donuts on behalf of his team.
The following day, the contestants met with The Biggest Loser physician Dr. Rob Huizenga and received intensive medical evaluations, where tests were conducted and bad news about their health and approximate lifespan was delivered. Ramon Medeiros, a 27-year-old tattoo artist from Florence, CO, learned he had diabetes and got very upset over his situation.
Afterwards, the contestants met with Alison and learned they would be participating in their second The Biggest Loser challenge, which required them to all stand upon large raft one team at a team that featured a maze on it. The teammates had to use their body weight to steer a ball into the finish hole.
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The first team to finish the maze in the fastest time would receive a two-pound advantage at the subsequent weigh-in, while the team to come in second place would receive a one-pound advantage.
The goal for all the teams was clearly to not come in last place because no prize would be rewarded. Because Debbie got voted off the Blue team last week, Jennifer Rumple, a 39-year-old television producer from Alameda, CA, sat out for the Black team and Vencent "Vinny" Hickerson, a 27-year-old songwriter and entertainer from Nashville, TN, did not compete for the Red team so the numbers were equal.
The Black team ended up finishing the maze in seven minutes and 42 seconds, putting them in first place. The Red team came in second place after they completed the maze in seven minutes and 45 seconds, and the Blue team came in last place with 14 minutes and 45 second racked up on the clock. As a result, the Black team gained the two-pound advantage, while the Red team received one pound.
Later on, all the teams participated in their last chance workouts.
Alison explained the team with the lowest weight-loss percentage would lose the weigh-in and be put up for elimination. She said the person who achieved the highest weight-loss percentage on the losing team would receive immunity, but all the team's contestants must then vote off one of its other members.
Vinny was the first member on Dolvett's Red team to step on the scale. He started off the week weighing 405 pounds and dropped to 400 pounds after he lost five pounds.
Jessica Limpert, a 26-year-old travel nurse from San Francisco, CA, fell from 239 pounds to 232 pounds after she shed seven pounds, while Courtney Rainville, a 24-year-old internet marketing specialist from Scottsdale, AZ, lost seven pounds after dropping from 254 to 247 pounds.
Patrick Ferrari, a 26-year-old mental health adult foster care worker from Albany, OR, then weighed-in on behalf of Dolvett's team and fell from 367 pounds to 361 pounds after he lost six pounds. Ramone shed nine pounds after dropping from 338 to 329 pounds.
Dolvett's Red team lost a total of 35 pounds with the one-pound advantage and posted a 2.18% weight-loss percentage.
It was then time for Bob's Black team to weigh-in, and Joe Mitchell, a 46-year-old home health therapist from Knoxville, TN, was the first to step on the scale.
Joe shed only two pounds after falling from 326 to 324 pounds, while Jennifer dropped from 311 to 305 pounds after losing six pounds.
Sunny Sinclair, a 41-year-old fifth grade teacher from Frisco, TX, started off the week weighing 261 pounds and dropped to 255 pounds, losing six pounds. Antone Davis, a 44-year-old restaurant manager and former NFL player from Knoxville, TN, then stepped on the scale and lost a total of 10 pounds. He fell from 415 to 405 pounds.
John then weighed-in and dropped from 408 pounds to 393 pounds after shedding 15 pounds.
Bob's Black team lost a total of 41 pounds with the two-pound advantage and posted a 2.38% weight-loss percentage.
Anna's Blue team was the last team to weigh-in.
Rebecca "Becky" Comet, a 51-year-old math teacher from Benton, AR, fell from 228 pounds to 223 pounds, losing five pounds over the course of the week. Mike shed seven pounds after dropping from 297 pounds to 290 pounds.
Bonnie Griffin, a 63-year-old retired payroll supervisor from Picayune, MS, lost three pounds after she fell from 250 to 247 pounds, while Johnny surprisingly gained two pounds after he went from 311 pounds up to 313 pounds.
The Blue team lost a total of 13 pounds with no advantage and posted a 1.20% weight-loss percentage.
Alison then announced Anna's Blue team would face elimination, but Mike received immunity for posting the highest weight-loss percentage on his team.
All the Blue team contestants were then given time to deliberate and Johnny hoped he would be given a second chance because he posted a high number of 17 pounds the prior week. He felt he could be a key player on the team if given another shot to keep competing.
The contestants then revealed their votes. Becky and Bonnie both voted for Johnny, while Johnny voted for Bonnie. However, two votes were enough to constitute for Johnny's elimination since Mike's vote -- if in favor to keep Johnny on the ranch -- would result in a tie. In the case of a tie, the person who posted the lowest weight-loss percentage out of everyone on the team would automatically be eliminated.
In a post-elimination update, Johnny, who started The Biggest Loser weighing 328 pounds, said he currently weighs 269 pounds. He said he can now play with his grandchildren and keep up with them tirelessly, while he has gone out much more with his wife in public. Johnny said he's also been walking and working out a lot in preparation for The Biggest Loser marathon that will take place at the end of the season.
In a new game-changing twist, all the contestants will be returning to the desert where they had started their The Biggest Loser journeys before the final three contestants are chosen and compete in a 26.2-mile marathon whether or not they had already been eliminated at the time.
The winner of the marathon will automatically be guaranteed a spot in the finale -- a format The Biggest Loser has never introduced before in the show's history.