This Week in Reality TV

Rachel Frederickson

Rachel Frederickson

Samantha O'Connor, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:00 PM ET

Who’s the Biggest Loser of them all? The 15 contestants from season 15 weighed in for the final time during the anticipated finale where Rachel Frederickson was crowned the Biggest Loser, winning the $250,000 prize and breaking the record for the highest percentage of weight loss in the show’s history. But her extreme transformation sparked controversy and came with intense online criticism after her final weight tallied in at only 105 pounds. The former state champion swimmer, who started the competition weighing in at 260 pounds, went from obese to skin and bones in a matter of a few months on the ranch. But the shocking win couldn’t ruin the night’s celebration as all the contestants were given a chance to reveal their new bodies and gush about their newfound happiness after leaving the ranch. Tumi Oguntala took home the $100,000 At Home prize and jaws dropped when she walked on stage 144 pounds lighter in a gorgeous red dress. Fan-favourite, David Brown came in second place having lost 222 pounds, followed by the season’s king of second chances, Bobby Saleem weighing 188 pounds lighter and looking incredible.

Sea Changes: One bachelorette proved that taking it all the way is taking it too far this week. Juan Pablo chose Renee for the first one-on-one date of the week and whisked the single mom off for a fitting of a custom-tailored dress that she wore during their romantic night out. She tried her hardest to earn a kiss from El Bachelor but no matter how hard she leaned in, their lips never locked. On the group date, things got awkward when the ladies paired off during a bamboo boating trip. Since Clare has no friends in the house, she ended up in Juan Pablo’s boat where the two sucked face during the majority of the date. After the ladies went back to their hotel, she snuck over to Juan Pablo’s suite at four in the morning to go swim in the ocean. The two literally got carried away, hooking up in the water. Odd how Juan won’t kiss some of the ladies but will go all the way with others. At the cocktail party, Renee finally got her kiss, but for Clare, things spiraled downhill once Juan admitted that things went too far with them in the ocean and even called it ‘his mistake’. There’s such thing as sharing too much, Clare. But her rose kept her safe. In the end, Juan Pablo broke down when he sent Kelly, Alli and Danielle home.

From state of the art equipment, to a stocked pantry with every vegetable and spice known to man, the Smelt ya later: MasterChef Canada kitchen is any chef’s dream. The 16 finalists entered the brand new digs ready to whip up their first mystery box challenge this week and were given peanut butter, pork, chocolate and honey to create an impressive dish for the judges. Some chefs went sweet and some went savoury, but it was Marida Mohammed’s pork and noodle stir fry that earned her the first win of the season. The personal trainer from Toronto was able to sit out of the elimination challenge and was given the power to control the main ingredient that the remaining chefs would use to try and prepare a culinary masterpiece. She chose Judge Alvin Leung's smelts, a small fish found in Canadian waters. The tiny fish proved to be a terrifying choice for many of the cooks. Eric Chong had never even heard of them, but he pulled through with a braised and deep-fried concoction that even the Demon Chef (a.k.a. Leung) enjoyed. Ben Miner and Meghan Toth, on the other hand, failed to live up to the judge’s expectations. Judge Claudio Aprile spit Meghan’s smelt quiche out of his mouth before sending the two packing. Smelt quiche just sounds gross.

Surviving group round: American Idol’s Hollywood week was far from glamorous. The 13th season implemented a new round that caught the Idol hopefuls off guard, when many of the 212 contestants who made it past the audition process had to sing for their spot on the main stage in the brand new Hollywood of Home round. “You have to bring your A game. You don’t have another chance,” Harry Connick Jr. said applying pressure. After the expectant singers belted for the judges, they were split into two groups and boarded separate busses, one of which was headed to their hotel and the other was sent straight to the airport, where the group’s chance at the American Idol crown ended. The whittled down hopefuls who made it through to the next challenge found themselves amongst the drama of the group rounds when they were forced to perform with three other strangers. With names like Backstreet Cowboys, Loud and Fierce and Sparkles, this season’s group dynamics brought some soul, some harmony and a lot of bickering to their quartets. Some made it through that shouldn’t have (sick Sikenya), others got sent home that deserved to stay, and this season saw its first quitters, but in the end, 77 contestants survived.

Quote of the week: “Tonight is not the winning step. The winning step was the first one.” – The Biggest Loser runner up David Brown.

Congressman Clay: Former American Idol winner, Clay Aiken has announced that he is running for U.S congress.

New Seasons: The Amazing Race, The Voice and Survivor all return with new seasons this month.

New Addition: Married to Jonas stars Kevin Jonas and his wife Danielle Jonas are now the proud parents of a baby girl.


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