Utah contestant Scott Mitchell survived yet another week on “The Biggest Loser.”
It looked dire for Mitchell two episodes ago, after getting voted off the Biggest Loser ranch. But, this season’s “Comeback Canyon” twist has two eliminated contestants going head-to-head all week for a chance to come back into the game. The week before, he won the weigh-in against Damien Woody, and this week, he won the weigh-in against JJ O’Malley. Can he continue to keep his position at Comeback Canyon, under Bob Harper’s intense training?
“I want to walk back in the door at the ranch and have everyone just terrified,” said Mitchell.
Meanwhile, the remaining contestants were off in Hawaii, running the beaches, kayaking and snorkeling. As trainer Jessie pointed out, historically the weight loss hasn’t been as good when they go on location. But their numbers were pretty solid, so maybe the sun helped burn some calories. Jordan Alicandro won a scenic helicopter ride in the physical challenge, which included kayaking and putting together a puzzle. Why is it that so often, the challenge winner ends up going home that week?
Although Jordan’s Hawaii trip was cut short, we know that he’s still got at least another week of training ahead of him at Comeback Canyon. So we don’t feel too sorry for him yet. Damien Woody was the only contestant to win two weeks at Comeback Canyon, and then he lost to Scott Mitchell. Will Mitchell be the first contestant to make it to three weeks?
Unfortunately, we won’t know for awhile. According to an NBC press release, the next episode won’t air until New Year’s Day, January 1. On Jan. 8, it’s the makeover episode. The two eliminated players at Comeback Canyon will also receive makeovers. But this takes place separately, because the folks at the ranch don’t know Comeback Canyon exists.
January 15 marks Bob’s stunning return to the ranch with his Comeback Canyon player, ready to re-join the competition. It’s a game-changing surprise for the ranch contestants. On Jan. 22, the final four become the final three.
Finally, on January 29, in a two-hour finale, all of the Season 16 cast return to weigh in one last time. Those who have been eliminated will compete for the $100,000 “at home” prize. Then one of the three finalists will win the grand prize of $250,000.
Mitchell wrote of his time on “The Biggest Loser” on his Facebook page, calling it a “time out” from a long list of fried foods, bacon, cheese, buffets, creamy pasta dishes, cheese, and so on.
“Every day in the Biggest Loser Gym, hiking the hills surrounding the ranch, swimming in the pool, on the spin bike, and running the mile, I made a small sacrifice on the altar of health and wellness of my sweat and fat from the above mentioned foods. Over time those small daily sacrifices turned into a grand transformation. For the rest of time there will always be a part of me that remains on the floor of the gym, the dirt on the hills, the bottom of the pool, and on the roads around the ranch. I deposited the worst of me (my fat) on the ranch and discovered the best of me, which I took home. Make those small daily sacrifices by depositing the worst of you on the floor of a gym, dirt on the ground, the bottom of a pool or the roads in your neighborhood and discover how great you really are. Scott Mitchell #Biggestloser
For more on Scott Mitchell, here’s my post responding to questions about whether or not he’s a Mormon.
Other posts about past Biggest Loser contestants:
Matt Miller’s exit interview.
Jackson Carter’s weight loss tips.
Jackson Carter’s behind-the-scenes info back at “the ranch.”
And lots more! Just click on the “Biggest Loser” tags and you’ll find more interviews and updates of contestants, as well as my musings as I’ve followed each season for the past several years.