Like many fans, I watched the finale of The Biggest Loser with a heavy heart as longtime trainer and role model Jillian Michaels appeared on the show for the final time. We knew entering this season that Michaels had decided to not renew her contract with the show and new trainers would be introduced this past season. While it was speculated that the addition of Cara Castronuova & Brett Hoebel meant 3 trainers going forward, we had no idea their time on the show was a brief one — one season!
While I’m not going to lie, I hated their time on the show, I would have much rather had them on the show than Anna Kournikova. Sure, Anna is a pretty young famous person but she does not inspire you to want to get into shape. She is a person who is a known smoker and during her brief appearance on the show previously (season 10), was a complete bore. The men were far more interested in getting closer to her than they were of working out with her. Somehow I don’t see how that will help future contestants going forward.
This is all NBC’s plan as an Executive Producer said they’re more into the “well being and health” of the contestants. If this is true, then that’s why I believe it’s the perfect time to make a change to the overall game show. Now is the time to truly focus on the person and not the contestant that apply and appear each season. Now is the time to change the whole landscape of what The Biggest Loser is all about. How do we do that?
ELIMINATE THE ELIMINATIONS!
Ok, let me rephrase that. They will keep the eliminations because someone has to win the game. Let’s eliminate the going home part. If NBC, The Biggest Loser and everyone involved truly cares about their health and well being, how about keeping the “eliminated” contestants on the ranch or somewhere else to keep working out and improving their lives? We’ve seen it in previous seasons that someone would go home and not work as hard anymore. This season latest example was Q. He clearly could have benefited from staying with trainers and having his entire time focused on working out and not his actual life away from the ranch. I’m sure many of those contestants would choose having more time on the ranch than competing for the “at-home prize” and would be more valuable in the long run to the contestants.
If The Biggest Loser is looking to change from the scale to their actual health, then they should prove it by keeping them on the ranch, working with different trainers (off camera) and allowing them to have the entire ranch experience. That would make this change worth it.