The Biggest Loser, Season 12 Finale Review


Season 12 of The Biggest Loser has come to an end and it is time to crown a new winner.

Before revealing whether John, Antone or Ramon would take home The Biggest Loser crown, we were treated to a performance by Train, previews of Season 13 and of course the best part, a chance to see the eliminated contestants reveal their new looks in something other than a team t-shirt.

The format for the finale was a bit different this year. In past finales, each at-home contestant would come out in their new look, do an interview with Alison and perhaps share a few memories with their trainers. That segment would then be followed by those same contestants returning to the stage in their team t-shirts for individual weigh-ins. Like last night’s show, the returning contestants were grouped into sets of three or four. Last night, the contestants came out in groups of three in their new, fancy looks. After completing their individual interviews, Allison then let them know which one of the three would be eligible to do a final weigh-in for the at-home prize. This was a HUGE improvement. I recall in past seasons just fast-forwarding through that entire segment so that I could get to the end of the weigh-in. Last night’s format was much more efficient and for the first time, I watched the entire show without getting bored or feeling like the producers were needlessly filling time.

The at-home contestants looked amazing. It was not a huge surprise that Sunny and Vinny looked so great because they had such an extended stay on The Biggest Loser campus. I was really shocked by how great Becky looked. Although she was the last woman to leave, it was clear that she lost a significant amount of weight between her return home and the finale. Patrick also looked great and it was good news to hear that he is still pursuing his dream of becoming a police officer. He is certainly physically ready for the challenge! Jennifer was probably the most shocking of the at-home contestants. I had no idea who she was when she initially came on to the stage. The montage of her crush on Bob was a nice touch, although it did feel a little creepy when she kept insisting on hugging and kissing him. I don’t blame her. As Allison asked, don’t we all have a crush on Bob?

The at-home challenge ultimately came down to Vinny, Patrick and Jennifer – all of whom looked fantastic. By a margin of less than 1 percent, Jennifer eeked out the win and took home $100,000.

Before the final weigh-on Antone, Ramon and John got a chance to see each other for the first time since leaving the ranch to return home. We also got a sneak peak of Season 13, which is being called the season of “no excuses.” Thanks to the preview, we know for sure that Dolvett will be part of Season 13 of The Biggest Loser. It looks like he and Bob will be the only trainers. This is great news. The show really needs more stability in this area after having gone through roughly 6 trainers in a two-year period (including Bob).

There was one uncomfortable moment of the night during John’s interview with Allison. He was adamant about how much Bob helped him and how he owes everything to Bob. Although Bob did train with John for most of the show, it was Dolvett who brought it home with John during the final weeks on the ranch. It was also Dolvett who went out of his way to bond with John and to try to get John to open up and believe in himself and others. After all the time spent on that story line during the season, it was weird to see how insistent John was on crediting Bob. It was even more awkward after Allison asked Dolvett for his thoughts on John, at which point she too noted that it was Dolvett who stuck by John towards the end when everyone had grown tired of his game play. After Dolvett’s comments, John once again thanked Bob. Awkward! I’d really like to know what happened there because it was obviously intentional.

With an overall weight loss of 220 pounds, which was 49.4% of his starting weight, John was crowned The Biggest Loser. John literally almost lost half of himself this season – wow! Kudos to all of The Biggest Loser contestants for their hard work. In less than a month, we will be checking out a brand new crop of contestants vie for the coveted title. Until January!

Sound off below about the season finale of The Biggest Loser. Which contestant do you think had the most impressive transformation?