Dropping 164 lbs. and all but dropping to his knees, Bill Germanakos, a 40-year-old medical sales representative from Long Island, N.Y., was crowned The Biggest Loser last night at the live fourth-season finale in Los Angeles. The win was doubly sweet–while Bill took the title and $250,000, his twin brother Jim won the $100,000 prize given to the top finisher among the non-final four.
During the show, Germanakos admitted that at his starting weight of 334 lbs., he had “a body built by baklava.” He professed that being around for his children and family motivated him to change his life. “The Biggest Loser Campus is a place of hope,” he said. As part of the dominant Black Team, Germanakos was one of a final four that lost a total of 479 lbs. The rest of the Black Team finalists were: Julie Hadden, a 34-year-old working mom from Jacksonville, Fla., who placed second going from 218 to 121 lbs.; Hollie Self, 28, who relocated from Phoenix to Los Angeles and dropped from 255 to 150 lbs.; and Isabeau Miller, 22, from Franklin, Tenn., who in going from 298 to 185 lbs. has now become a personal trainer herself.
In just two weeks, NBC will premiere The Biggest Loser: Couples, in which 10 pairs (including a mother and son team, best friends and a husband and wife) will encourage each other to a healthier life. The fifth season will start Tuesday, Jan. 1. –Cynthia Wang
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