Biggest Loser: Scott Mitchell or Woody Carter?

Scott Mitchell competes on "The Biggest Loser."
Scott Mitchell competes on “The Biggest Loser.”

Talk about leaving us hanging. In tonight’s episode of “The Biggest Loser,” we saw the makeovers, the family reunions, and even the trash-talking between Scott Mitchell and Woody Carter. We even know that Woody, who was eliminated from The Ranch last week and thus spent the week at Comeback Canyon, lost 6 pounds. That’s a decent number that potentially could get him a shot at coming back to the Biggest Loser Ranch.

But, those producers want to keep us in suspense. Now we have to wonder all week whether Scott Mitchell was able to hit the magic number to send him back into the main competition again.

I wondered if something was up, because usually I get a notice from The Biggest Loser’s PR folks about a conference call interview with the eliminated contestant. When that didn’t happen, I emailed and asked to be sure to be included. No response. Perhaps they didn’t want to give away their decision to wait until next week to let us know which eliminated player made it back.

If it’s Scott Mitchell, it would be the fourth weigh-in in a row that he was able to win at Comeback Canyon. If it’s Woody, he would get the second shot at the $250,000 grand prize.

I’ve enjoyed the Comeback Canyon twist; it adds another suspense factor. In past seasons, there’s often been some type of twist allowing eliminated players to earn a spot back on The Ranch. Viewers of the controversial Season 13 may remember that was the bone of contention that caused a couple of contestants to pack it in and go home. I like seeing the two eliminated players going head-to-head, with trainer Bob Harper at the helm. In past weeks, it’s all been friendly competition. But this week, things heated up between Scott Mitchell and Woody.  We heard that Scott is out to settle a score, when he says, “I wasn’t happy that Woody voted me off the show. I took it personally.”

And then the two of them started trash-talking each other, and Woody said Scott had “got my blood boiling.” It’s hard to know if most of that was for real, or just playing to the camera.

Who had the most dramatic makeover? I thought that was Toma, with his new clean-shaven look and cute bow tie.

I was disappointed when Tim Gunn announced there would be no “yellow line” elimination after all. Since Lori and Toma were the ones who fell below the yellow line, I was curious to see how Rob and Sonya would have voted. Lori and Sonya have an obvious bond, but they also seem close to Toma. Had Rob fallen below the yellow line, I think he would have been gone. I realize a lot of Facebook commenters say Rob is annoying, but I still remember that when he won a phone call home, he gave it to Lori because she was so despondent from missing her family.

Here’s a sneak peek at what’s up for the next few weeks, according to an NBC press release.

Obviously, the next episode will be centered around the appearance of Bob Harper with the Comeback Canyon contestant.

The “Today” show’s lifestyle and fitness correspondent, Jenna Wolfe, will be a guest trainer on January 22, putting the contestants through an intense workout during their final week on the ranch.  Then contestants watch their journeys and see just how far they’ve come since stepping on the ranch over four months earlier.  Later, at a weigh-in where the stakes are higher than ever, the final four become the final three.

Finally, on January 29, in a two-hour, live finale from 8-10 p.m. ET, all of the former athletes in 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 be named this season’s “Biggest Loser” and win the coveted grand prize of $250,000.

For embeddable clips and full episodes from “The Biggest Loser,” please visit’s official show site:

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.

Deni Hill’s Mormon mission in Mongolia

Deni Hill’s weight loss tips.

Sarah Nitta’s weight loss tips.

Justin Pope’s weight loss tips.

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.