Category — The Biggest Loser
Network TEN are really pushing their The Biggest Loser franchise this year, with a second series set in the town of Ararat, Australia’s heaviest town. They have now announced there will also be The Biggest Loser’s Biggest Ever Makeovers to screen on Junte 24 at 8.30pm. It will feature contestants from the past eight series.
The press release also says:
Featuring everyone’s favourite contestants from the past eight series of The Biggest Loser and, of course, the makeovers that transformed their lives, The Biggest Loser’s Biggest Ever Makeovers will be hosted by Hayley Lewis and broadcast over two nights.
On hand to give their expert commentary will be trainers Michelle Bridges, Shannan Ponton and The Commando, who have helped all 124 contestants since season two. The contestants’ collective weight loss is a staggering 5,683.3 kilos.
A host of other household names will join them – including Hayden Quinn, Cameron Daddo, Kyly Clarke, Dr Chris Brown and Bondi lifeguards Deano and Hoppo – to give their thoughts, opinions and reactions to the most dramatic weight loss revelations in the show’s history.
It seems like it is going to be in the format that NINE did with a series they had where they had celebrities talking about things that had happened on TV. Not sure what some of these household names will add to the weight loss issue. But maybe this will kick off Kyly Clarke’s media career.
June 7, 2013 11 Comments
If you have always wondered how two endings of reality shows were filmed here is a little glimpse on how it works.
TV Tonight has photographic evidence of two photos released which shows shots of The Biggest Loser final.
The first the picture from the fake ending which I ran in my blog post here:
And you can see the other photo on TV Tonight here.
What I find interesting is how they get the contestants to make it appear real that they won maybe they are better actors then we think.
Also there is going to be a second series of The Biggest Loser this year this time set in Australia’s heaviest town, Ararat.
TV Tonight reported earlier this year that up to 20 participants taken from the town to The Biggest Loser house for the “accelerated course”, but also there will be educational programs and events in the town over the 12 week filming period.
It all sounds very worthy and it will be interesting to see the results achieved both this year and over the coming years in Ararat, however with all the different reality shows on TV I am not sure a second series of The Biggest Loser in one year is going to be a winner for TEN.
Also a former personal trainer on the show Andrew Meade has written an article in Daily Life criticising the weight loss techniques they use on the show.
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May 30, 2013 16 Comments
The winner of The Biggest Loser finale was always going to be between two teams the Orange, Kate and Robyn, and the Green, Gerard and Todd. In the end the orange team won but only won by 0.07% ahead of the green team to take out the $250,000. Hopefully Gerard and Todd won’t be too bitter and twisted.
It is unlikely they will be as they do seem like nice people and host Hayley Lewis confirmed this when she teared up and told Australia that these were the two of the nicest most genuine people.
Janet and Kirsten won $10,000 for losing the most body mass out of the eliminated contestants. Brett and Mandy missed out but they both had lost massive amounts of weight. It was interesting to hear their father/husband was a personal trainer. Brett after losing 50 kgs looked fantastic and he looked happy and Mandy just continued to look nervous.
Cher Liza lost 30 kgs which was less then her mother. You get the feeling she won’t be losing much more. Her mum looked brilliant. Hopefully Big Kev will continue his weight loss journey he still looked big but he has already lost 50 kilos.
However probably the most memorable thing about this season is The Biggest Loser romance with Commando and Michelle Bridges hooking up. For those watching there was no sneaky side eye or accidental touching well not that I saw.
Will The Biggest Loser be put into hiatus next year? Sure it did not rate as it used to but it is still a high rating show for TEN in its current line up at this stage for TEN’s rebuild it might be wise to stick with it.
May 29, 2013 25 Comments
The Biggest Loser finale is on tonight and the finalists are Richard and Amber, Gerald and Todd and Robyn and Kate.
It would be great to see the green team win as they have come across as the nicest but maybe Robyn was the smartest.
Richard has been giving out reality TV gold quotes this week in the gossip magazines and that is what makes reality TV contestants sometimes more interesting then the host and judges of the show.
In the Women’s Day he spoke about how the way he was portrayed on the show has resulted in online hate see previous blog post on that here. However now I have the hard copy in my hands he also states has more to say.
The article states:
Richard claims the show is “100 per cent fake” – from the moment producers covered his family coffee table in fast food, to refilming scenes because the team was “too happy”. While they expected that, to a degree, he says, “We couldn’t escape.
“The whole series is more of a game show than a catalyst for changing generational obesity.”
He is being a bit unfair, obviously he out of all the contestants this season would be aware of what The Biggest Loser is like and how reality TV works. In fact he used it as a game by creating alliances to get as far as he could. But on the plus side he has also lost a third of his body weight as has Amber. He should be insisting that Shine/TEN give Amber some ongoing psychological support to assist her with transitioning from the show and dealing with the online negativity.
He also weighed in on the Michelle Bridges and Commando affair in New Idea saying:
“It was obvious from back in mid-January, not long after we moved into Camp Biggest Loser, that there was a serious spark between them,” says salesman Richard, 46.
“From week three all the contestants noticed Michelle and Commando giggling and whispering together. It was serious come-to-bed eyes – from both of them.’
However, it was later in the series, Richard says, that the behaviour between the pair really steamed up and Michelle has confirmed her relationship with Steve turned romantic during that time.
“After the makeover episodes, Michelle was getting into the white wine. She and Commando were supposed to be meeting our families but she, Steve and his oldest daughter left together, without telling anyone,’ notes Richard, whose daughter Amber backs up the claims.
Michelle and The Commando’s decision to leave their partners doesn’t shock Richard.
‘There was something there early on, Michelle and Steve were always very quick to leave set – together. On the way to NZ, they sat huddled next to one and another while Shannan [Ponton] sat on his own. They’d sit together whenever we drove anywhere and they were contstantly giggling and flirting. I’ve got no doubt that this thing between them has been going on for a while.”
What is interesting is just how big a story the Commando/Michelle Bridges romance is I certainly did not realise it. Maybe if they had admitted it weeks ago the story would have been done and dusted now but maybe that was the point to generate some continuing publicity.
The Biggest Loser finale on TEN tonight at 7.30pm.
May 28, 2013 21 Comments
The Biggest Loser finishes up tomorrow night but it appears the blue team of Richard and Amber are not happy with how they are portrayed on the show.
Woman’s Day reports that Richard is unhappy with how he was edited on the show which has meant a backlash for him and his daughter from The Biggest Loser viewers.
A small excerpt from the Woman’s Day website says:
Resident Biggest Loser “bad guy” Richard Roach says he is paying a heavy price for his slim new frame. As the series reaches its climax this week, “King Richard” has gone on the offensive, speaking out to counter the online abuse and death threats directed at him and his Loser team-mate, daughter Amber.
The finalist claims he has been unfairly vilified and “hung out to dry” in the name of ratings, insisting he is nothing like the backstabbing bully he’s made out to be. But Loser fans reacting to the portrayal have issued a barrage of online barbs, sending his fragile, 20-year-old daughter into a tailspin.
“I’m a tough bloke and I can take whatever is thrown at me, but the [online] abuse my daughter has received has brought me to my knees,” says Richard, 45. “She’s too scared to go to work, because people are threatening to bash her. She now says this is the worst experience of her life.”
Richard says he went on the show to help save his clinically depressed, 112kg daughter’s life. The once happy-go-lucky Amber was living as a social recluse in her bedroom after piling on 30-40kg in just three years. But although both he and Amber achieved their weight goals – he lost more than a third of his 139kg – in many ways, he was happier before. He’s now in the cross hairs of angry fans every time he’s in public, and says the show has strained his relationship with his family.
Reality fans should not be threatening physical violence or sending death threats and if they have breached any laws appropriate action should be taken.
However it does raise the other issue that is talked about on this blog regularly is whether the Networks and production companies have to take some responsibility for what the fans think about the contestants?
Richard has been set up as the series villain both in the way he has been edited in the show, and also in stories in the press to promote the show. This story I wrote for The Punch is now getting old and probably needs an update but it certainly highlights what I think of this issue saying the armchair critics are not the only ones to blame it is the editing as well.
This issue continues to comes up often in comment threads on this blog and I still think the comment from regular commenter Georgie says it best when she wrote last year in response to a comment from a person working as a producer on reality TV saying they have to warn the contestants about the negativitiy of social media and how nasty it can be.
“Now, we’re going to start filming this show and we’re going to edit the footage in a way that will exploit and humiliate you by focussing everyone’s attention on your flaws and frailties. We’re going to milk your weaknesses and sad stories for all they’re worth in the name of entertainment and you may come out looking really bad. So you’ll need to ….”
Viewers also need to be a savvier as well to realise how the characters are being portrayed that it is a one dimensional portrayal we are getting of these people.
As Richard himself highlights he has been portrayed this way in a bid to draw in viewers and this leads to inevitable chatter on the social media and in his case some really unfortunate ramifications. Hopefully once the show finishes and people have forgotten about them they will start to enjoy their weight loss.
The Biggest Loser finale on TEN Tuesday night at 7.30pm, and the last weigh in is tonight at 7.30pm.
May 27, 2013 28 Comments