I cried buckets of tears watching the BL finale last night. Buckets. What the heck happened between the marathon and the finale? I NEED to know how much REAL time transpired between the two events. While all the contestants appeared to still have a good deal of weight to lose at the marathon, most EVERYONE was looking at or close to their weight goals last night (though often I was surprised that they even weighed as much as they did getting on the scale).
I was sad that they changed up the format and we didn’t get to see all the contestants weigh in. Definitely took away from the “guess their weight” game we love to play. Took away a lot of the excitement, too. Instead they came out 4 at a time, having already weighed in before the show, and only one from each group of 4 would weigh and compete for the at-home prize. Johnny, Becky, Jessica and Vinny come out and while they all look great, it was Vinny who started my endless tears of awe. Fat Vinny to Skinny Vinny all in the same year. Things get even crazier when Courtney, Bonnie, Sunny and Patrick come out. OMG. What a great job the wardrobe, hair and make-up people did. Again, all 4 looking so good but Patrick is hot hot hot (seriously hot) and although Sunny looked like a sliver of her original self, Patrick beats her out by 1%. The final 4 come out and apparently Debbie, who went home in the very beginning, had the least success at home. She and Mike will not take place in the weigh in and the last spot on the scale belongs to either Jennifer or Joe. Down 133 pounds, Joe is squeaked out by the dark horse, Jennifer. Who of us thought she had it in her after we watched her on crutches, unable to do most of the physical work, at least at the ranch. As the three weigh we learn that Patrick has lost 151 pounds, Jennifer 145 pounds and Vinny, a staggering 184 pounds. These results actually give Jennifer the greatest percentage of weight lost and the prize of $100,000! Way to go, girl. I think you surprised us all.
Finally, it’s time to reveal the final 3. Ramon comes out first and of course I am hysterical crying and hoping, but knowing he can’t take it all. His starting weight was much lower than the other 2. Antone comes out looking like a basketball player instead of a football player. Then we see John, who we already knew was going to be the most transformed. I am not sure what the hair people did with his, but it was very weird. Sorry, I had to say that. John entered this competition to win and he never lost his competitive edge.
The moment of truth arrives and Ramon weighs first and is down 154 pounds. Antone is down 202 pounds, edging Ramon right out. John, who started this season at 445 pounds weighs in and has lost 220 pounds giving him the highest percentage of weight lost, the confetti in his hair, bragging rights, the title of Biggest Loser Season 12 and the $250,000 dollar prize!
While I was clearly disappointed that Ramon didn’t win it all, I wasn’t surprised and all-in-all, every contestant was a winner. with almost a TON of weight lost between them, they all regained a new life, they all won the gift of health, made new friends, won money and prizes along the way, finished a marathon and some even found love. Speaking of…Jessica better treat my boy Ramon right!