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March 19, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
"The Biggest Loser" has a new winner: Danni Allen, who takes home the title and the $250,000 grand prize by one of the slimmest margins in the competition's history. And America just might have a new fitness model. Allen, 26, of Wheeling, Ill., had been working multiple jobs to pay off college bills until she joined the cast of the weight-loss reality show weighing 258 pounds. She lost 121 pounds -- or 46.90% of her body weight -- over the course of the competition. But Allen drew gasps when she walked on stage Monday night for the big reveal at the finale.
March 12, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
America, you've got Gina McDonald all wrong. "The Biggest Loser" contestant said she has shed many tears watching herself on TV this season and said that viewers were only seeing one side of her -- the side that whined, kicked, screamed and pouted like a baby, and committed the most unspeakable crime possible at the ranch: lashing out at Bob Harper. (Worse, she lashed out at Bob even though he has been unwavering in his support of her.) But this week, she said, America saw the real Gina, the graceful, gracious Southern woman who took it all in sweet stride when she was eliminated after falling below the red line for failing to lose enough weight.
March 5, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
Here we thought Gina was just self-absorbed and clueless. But she knows the score. It was makeover week, the week that "Biggest Loser" fans love second only to the finale, and every competitor got his or her due, kids included. While everyone looked swell, Sunny and Gina were standouts because of their great new 'dos. (Can we all agree that Ken Paves and Tim Gunn should handle makeovers forever and always?) The makeovers had a twist this season -- they were revealed at home, with friends and family, and came with a challenge.
February 26, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
"The Biggest Loser" race sees this happen every season. Someone loses a jaw-dropping amount of weight -- and still goes home. This season, this week, it was Alexandra Reid. The 24-year-old legal assistant from Carrollton, Texas, lost eight pounds -- eight pounds! -- but it wasn't enough. She fell below the yellow line and was eliminated.  Speaking during a media conference call Tuesday morning, Alex said she continues to lose weight at home -- and finds it far easier to do so at home than at the ranch where personal dramas can swirl.
February 19, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
Fans of "The Biggest Loser's" Francelina, fear not. If you were thinking "Why does Francelina have to go home? Why can't it be Gina? know this: Francelina says she's happy -- in a bittersweet sort of way -- that it was her time to go. "I knew I had gathered the tools in there that I needed to survive in the real world," Francelina Morillo, 25, of Albany, N.Y., said Tuesday morning during a media conference call. "I was ready to face the real world. " She said she couldn't say the same about the rest of the remaining competitors, including Jeff -- her newfound love.  Francelina stopped short of predicting the future, but said that she and Jeff formed a close, intimate bond on the ranch due to shared heartbreak: They both lost their fathers at a young age and turned to food for comfort.
February 16, 2013 | By Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times
Jillian Michaels didn't think she had another weight-loss book in her. She'd already written several, including "Master Your Metabolism," "Winning by Losing" and "Making the Cut. " What else was there to say? Plenty, as it turns out. Her latest book is "Slim for Life," and it represents Michaels' most accessible approach to health and fitness. Not exactly what you might expect from the star of NBC's "The Biggest Loser," known for ripped abs and a no-excuses, take-no-prisoners approach to diet and exercise.
February 5, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
David Jones wasn't surprised when he was sent home this week on "The Biggest Loser. " He expected it -- and, in a sense, he courted the elimination. "I kinda knew the plan was, if we ever failed, if we ever lost the weigh in, I would be the guy to go," he said during a media conference call Tuesday morning. He said that despite an injury that kept him from running, he was still able to keep up his weight loss, a factor that made him a threat to win the grand prize for largest percentage of body weight lost.
January 29, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
"The Biggest Loser's" red team sent Lisa Rambo home this week. But the 37-year-old special education teacher from Houlton, Wis., suggested Tuesday morning that the elimination might have been the best thing that could have happened to her. Rambo returned home to a family eager to learn what she learned at the ranch. Her support system appears unshakable: Her four children didn't complain a bit when she swept through the kitchen and tossed all the junk food. Her husband recently yanked the laundry basket out of her hands: You need to stay focused on the finale, he told her. That's right, Rambo is gunning for the at-home prize and just might have the edge given the unwavering determination of her husband: He's lost more than 70 pounds so far. PHOTOS:  The Biggest Loser: Season 14 tackles childhood obesity "I'm over 80 pounds down" so far, Rambo said Tuesday morning during a media conference call, adding: "I'm not finished yet. " She said she told her teammates as much when she was leaving the ranch, challenging them: "You'd better work hard, because I am going to work twice as hard.
January 22, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
"The Biggest Loser" could rename the white team "Team Danni. " That's because she's the only left standing after a week in which the trainers were dispatched to check in on the kids, leaving the players to work out on their own. This week's episode was playing out like the blue team was poised to lose - the way the cameras caught the blue team members relishing some down time when they were supposed to be working out on their own. And it seemed they...
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