"Wow... just WOW!! I'd say we need to put our seat belts on for Season 12 because I think we're in for a ride full of twists and turns. Okay, let's start at the beginning. We get these sweeping aerial views of the California desert near Death Valley... wait WHAT?? Now, having gone through The Biggest Loser myself, I am literally saying (out loud to the TV) "Oh, no. Oh, no." Why, you ask? Well, this is just DAY 1!!! We all know that Day 1 is the day they kill you the hardest, and these poor contestants are in the desert. I have to give it to the contestants; they are all still happy and excited. Oh, man they have NO idea what is coming. :) Speaking of what's coming, Alison Sweeney makes an entrance in a military Hummer and welcomes all the new contestants to Season 12. Woohoo!! She gestures behind her, and up in the sky are these three military planes that are delivering some precious cargo. As they land, we see it's the trainers... talk about an entrance!! All three trainers look like they are chomping at the bit to get on with the first workout. Yep, I said three! In addition to superstar trainer (and my mentor) Bob Harper, we are introduced to the two new trainers: Dolvett Quince and world-class tennis star Anna Kournikova. I think contestant Ramon said it best... "That Dolvett is yoked!" Yes, Ramon, I will have to agree, and I am hoping we see his abs this season. Yep, you were all thinking it. Don't lie. So, onto the rules of the season. We find out that this season will be a "Battle of the Ages." Genius. Alison also explains that ALL the contestants will return to the desert to participate in a marathon... Okay, sounds normal... BUT then the kicker is the winner of that marathon will automatically solidify his or her place as a finalist because there's not going to be an "America's vote." Amazing.
Now that everyone is accounted for, Alison informs the contestants that they are going to get to pick their trainers. They all look excited about this prospect... I, on the other hand, know this means a CHALLENGE... cue the music theme from "Jaws." The contestants are divided into their teams by age. The Red Team is the "young" contestants who are all under 30. The Black Team is the "middle age" contestants who are from 30 - 50 years of age. Lastly, the Blue Team is the "older" contestants who are all 50+. The challenge is simple. Carry your team's flagpole a mile down the desert where the three trainers are waiting. The first team to finish gets to pick their trainer and so on. The middle age group came in first, picking Bob. Duh... that would have been my choice. :) Next, the young group comes in and they pick trainer Dolvett Quince. I think what happened next was the most MOVING moment of the entire episode. The older group was struggling to go the mile, and instead of everyone standing and waiting for them to finish, all the teams and Anna Kournikova ran out to help them to the finish line. THIS is the truth behind The Biggest Loser. No man left behind because it's not just about a game; it's about EVERYONE changing their lives. I am now in a puddle of tears on my couch in a way only this show can do, and it feels great.
The rest of the episode is full of workouts and really great introductions about the contestants and their stories. One other very special moment was with Bob and Antone. I can tell you those "breakdown moments" with the trainers is where the real growth happens, and I love watching that happen... so inspiring. Not to mention Bob is amazing at those types of moments. I admit I was once again in a puddle of tears. At the end of the first weigh-in, Debbie from the "older" team was left on the chopping block. She is such a spitfire; I have no doubt we will see a major transformation in her by the marathon.
Whew... well, that was Episode 1. There is no doubt I am already hooked. I can't believe we have to wait another week for the next episode! AH!!!! Let me know what you thought... I'm dying to know. Until then...
Health and Happiness,