The contestants are even more determined to lose weight when the teams switch to singles

By Alison Sweeney
December 18, 2013 12:30 PM
Credit: Tyler Golden/NBC

Alison Sweeney is the host of NBC’s The Biggest Loser, the award-winning star of Days of Our Lives, and author of The Star Attraction and The Mommy Diet. She’s also a director, producer, wife and mom. Like she has for the past three seasons, Alison will blog each week about the latest episode of The Biggest Loser. Follow her on Twitter: @Ali_Sweeney.

There are some really pivotal moments each season on The Biggest Loser, and one of those is when the contestants go from teams to singles.

When I announced to the contestants that they had made it to singles, you could see how excited they were to reach such a huge milestone in their journey.

Then I told them about the triathlon at the end of the season, which will assure its winner an automatic spot in the finals. Immediately, the competition jumped into high gear.

The heat continued to rise when the challenge began, but I was quickly impressed with the strength and determination of many of the contestants. When the contestants were still holding strong after 30 minutes, I began getting nervous for them and worried about how much longer they could go.

After an hour, Rachel remained the only girl fighting against David and Jay. Her eyes were laser-focused and her determination was palpable, and in the end, it paid off with her winning the 1 lb. advantage in the next weigh-in.

When I left the contestants after telling them that two people were going home this week, I was worried about how they would react with the trainers and curious to see who would work out with whom in the gym for the first week of singles.

Once reunited in the gym for the first weigh-in as singles, the numbers really mattered, especially for Jay, who hit his goal of reaching “onederland” and a 100 lb. weight-loss milestone.

The numbers continued to be impressive with the contestants this week as they worked with different trainers, particularly for David, who couldn’t even complete his first workout on the ranch with Jillian. For him to lose 12 lbs. after working out with her again was astonishing.

For Jennifer to also hit “onederland” was so exciting for her, even though it pushed Hap below the red line. Just when Hap and Matt thought they were saying goodbye to their trainers and the ranch, I had another twist for them and the other contestants – that one of the eliminated contestants would earn a spot back on the ranch. Make sure to tune in on Jan. 7 to find out who will be back on the ranch!

Since this is our last episode before the end of the year, I want to wish you all happy holidays and a happy new year! In the meantime, get your workouts in and take time for a good book (maybe even – insert shameless plug here – my first novel, The Star Attraction).

As for my favorite moment of the week, I have to say it was the look on the faces of each contestant when the eliminated contestants returned to the ranch.