The FINALE – where to begin? First of all, I gotta admit I was pretty nervous to do a LIVE two hour finale. My first real experience hosting live tv. But, as soon as we started talking about the contestants, Jim, Phil, Nicole, B, Amy… seeing their successes, everything else just faded away. It was so thrilling to be up on that stage with everyone – and hearing their families cheering from the audience. And weren’t their transformations just unbelievable?! I was blown away by everyone – how great they looked and how confident and proud they seemed – as well they should! They all clearly learned so much from Bob, Kim and Jillian, and they took it home and have transformed their lives.
Kae looked fabulous and adorable in her sleek little black dress. Amy totally rocked in her fab short hair cut and sassy dress. I could go on and on about everyone and how great they looked – how hot did Phil, Neil, B… how hot were all the boys! Jerry, ripping his shirt off?? That was definitely unexpected! Lol. But man, he worked his butt off, and he deserved a moment to show off. I’m so glad I got the chance to ask Neil about those 17lbs. seriously – how do you tell your family about that? “see, mom, dad… what happened was…” But, Neil is a really great guy, and everyone in the house – even the black team – loves him. That’s when you have to remember it’s a game, too… Honestly, if I didn’t’ have a million things to concentrate on I would have been crying with everyone with pride over all 18 of them.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t sit back and enjoy the show because I was working! Ha! Since the contestants didn’t get a real rehearsal, I was basically in charge of making sure everything went smoothly out on stage. So, I had about a million things on my mind – but when Julie popped through that old photo, in her gorgeous pants and strapless top, she took my breath away. As did Hollie, Isabeau and Bill. The final Four were all dressed to kill and looked ready to take on that scale one last time.
How cool is it that Isabeau is a personal trainer? I loved her ‘pay it forward’ attitude about wanting to share what she’s learned from Jillian. And I hope you all see how sweet, awesome and funny Julie is. I love her attitude towards life, and her quick wit. Nicole and I spoke during a commercial break about how weird it was that some fans thought Julie was being mean about Nicole’s ‘accident’. Nicole definitely dishes it out to everyone, she should practically do stand up, and she can take it too. Julie just has a funny, clever way of commenting on everything that’s happening, and certainly can make fun of herself too, as you saw when she talked about speaking before Congress… I love that you saw Hollie’s emotions when she talked about making it all the way to the final four with her teammates. Bill and Jim doing their ‘dance’?? How insane is it that the TWINS won? So amazing. Everyone deserved all the applause and cheering and love that was in that room – and I was so glad/lucky to be a part of their journey. I am going to miss them SO MUCH!!!
I care about everyone in the house so much, and had such a good time with them for four months, they are all such special people, and I’m so glad you got to get to know them, and see them as I do… And we’re in the middle of shooting season 5, another awesome group of people, so tune in January 1st, to meet them!!!
Happy New Year!!!!
Oh and – the confetti tasted great. Ha ha. Seriously? What can you do? Rehearse it a million times, and there are still some things you just can’t control. lol. That's live tv for you! :)