Richard “Rick” Deroque, 54, from Conway, Ark. was eliminated from “The Biggest Loser” season 10 on Tuesday’s episode. Rick entered the competition at 350 pounds and left the competition at 287 pounds.
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Since leaving the ranch, Rick has lost an additional 55 pounds for a total weight loss of 118 pounds. He told viewers his family has been a huge support, and Rick is now leading his family to a healthier, more fit life. Rick hopes to be 170 pounds (the weight he was the day he got married) by the finale.
Rejected players return
At the beginning of episode five, five of the players who were rejected at the city auditions returned to compete for one open spot on the ranch. Anna, Corey, Montina, Sandy and Shanna were excited about the possibility of getting their chance on “The Biggest Loser” ranch but nervous that their efforts at home wouldn’t be enough.
After each contestant weighed in in front of the current “Biggest Loser” players and Alison Sweeney, the show’s host, it was determined that, based on percentage of weight loss, Anna Wright, 39, from Atlanta, would get her chance to become this season’s biggest loser. Anna weighed 330 pounds five weeks ago at the city audition. At the night’s weigh in, Anna weighed 291 pounds, making her weight loss total 39 pounds and her percentage loss total 11.82 percent.
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Black vs. Blue
After Anna had been named the winner of the rejected players weigh in, Ali announced that it was time to become two teams. Everyone panicked, as they always do, because they knew things would become cut throat and competition would become fierce as soon as they became two teams. Everyone panicked even more when they were told that Anna, the newest contestant on the ranch, would choose the teams; she would also choose one person, possibly herself, to have immunity at the week’s weigh in. This was a huge shock that everyone was uncomfortable.
After speaking with each of the contestants about which trainer they were working best with and whether or not she (Anna) should keep immunity, Anna decided the following:
Blue (Bob) – Jessica, Aaron, Lisa, Mark, Jesse, Adam
Black (Jillian) – Rick, Ada, Frado, Brendan, Elizabeth, Anna
The decision of immunity came down to Anna or Patrick, and Anna chose to give Patrick the immunity so she could be on Jillian’s team. She told Jillian she started the journey with her and didn’t want to run the risk of not being teamed with her through the rest of her “Biggest Loser” journey. Although everyone thought Anna was an idiot for giving away immunity, everyone was fairly happy with their trainers and with their teammates.
As soon as Patrick was given immunity, he lost his status as a human being and became pure strategy because Patrick was set to join whichever team lost a player at the next weigh in. Patrick, who has consistently lost double digits at the weigh ins, could be the key to being the strongest team; this thought popped in to everyone’s minds, and some players started to think that maybe it wouldn’t be so bad to throw just one weigh in. The topic was so hot that there were actually open discussions on both sides about throwing the next weigh in, something that is never discussed.
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Later, Jillian found out that Brendan and Frado were thinking about throwing the weigh in. She knew that they would vote out Anna if they lost the weigh in, so Jillian went to bat for the woman that she believed deserved a chance. She went to the men with the rumors, and Brendan and Frado promised her and the rest of the team that no one, especially one of them, would be throwing the week’s weigh in.
The reward challenge on episode five was a mix of a race and trivia questions. As a team the players had to travel to five different restaurants within the city. At each restaurant they would face a trivia questions. If they answered the question correctly, they received directions to their next destination; if they answered the question incorrectly, they received a penalty card with an activity that had to be completed by the person who incorrectly answered the question. The first team to cross the finish line received 40 weeks of meals from “The Biggest Loser” meal plan and letters from home. Because Patrick had immunity, he did not have to compete in the challenge. He was not eligible for the meals, but he did automatically receive a letter from home.
The teams were neck-and-neck at the last task because they both had completed several penalties. The last penalty was incredibly difficulty (climb 21 flights of stairs), and while several black team members struggled with the final flights, the team made it to the top of the stairs first and were declared the winners of the challenge. Lisa was visibly upset about losing letters from her children, so Brendan, without any hesitation, stepped up and gave up his letters from home to Lisa. Three other black team members followed, showing that emotionally the two teams are still there to support one another.
Weigh in, week five
- Aaron – lost 12 lbs (total loss = 61 lbs)
- Ada – lost 9 lbs (total loss = 43 lbs)
- Adam – lost 11 lbs (total loss = 67 lbs)
- Anna – lost 5 lbs (total loss = 44 lbs)
- Brendan – lost 2 lbs (total loss = 47 lbs)
- Elizabeth – lost 5 lbs (total loss = 36 lbs)
- Frado – lost 9 lbs (total loss = 59 lbs)
- Jesse – lost 16 lbs (total loss = 64 lbs)
- Jessica – lost 6 lbs (total loss = 34 lbs)
- Lisa – lost 8 lbs (total loss = 36 lbs)
- Mark – lost 9 lbs (total loss = 69 lbs)
- Patrick – lost 10 lbs (total loss = 54 lbs)
- Rick – lost 10 lbs (total loss = 63 lbs)
After his talk of throwing the weigh in earlier in the week and only a loss of two pounds, there were a lot of negative thoughts surrounding Brendan’s weigh in. He had promised Jillian and the team he would not throw the weigh in, and he promised that he had played the game straight right before stepping on the scale, but contestants and trainers couldn’t help thinking that maybe Brendan hadn’t been true to his word. Even after the weigh in, Brendan continued to swear on the lives’ of his family members that he did not throw the weigh in.
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