After a long season with a winter break, the finale is finally here. And with it comes a record-breaking, controversial weigh-in!
The opening of the show was fun and clever, with some former contestants showing how their hard work is still paying off. Olivia and Hannah from Season 11 still look fabulous. And Pete from Season 2 - well, check out those abs! Bob mentions how proud he is of everyone, and how it feels like they're all his and Jillian's kids since the beginning of the series.
As we move into introducing the 12 eliminated players, Dolvett says it was difficult to pick just 15 people for the season, yet empowering to those 15 that were chosen to change their lives. All 12 of the eliminated players look amazing. Jennifer announces that her daughter Taylor has lost 30 pounds so far and her husband lost 50. Tanya mentions that she is no longer working in fast food, instead opening her own place which will focus on serving healthy comfort foods. And Holley tells Bob he is invited to be part of her training squad if she makes it to the Summer Olympics in Rio. Sounds like everyone is paying it forward and making their mark!
After all 12 of them get on the scale, Tumi walks away with the $100,000 at-home prize by losing 175 pounds and over 54% of her body weight. She's also looking forward to running her first marathon soon.
Ruben lost 119 pounds and looks good, but sounds even better as he performs his new single "Meant to Be" live. Before you know it...it's time to catch up with our three finalists.
All I can say is WOW. Bobby and David look amazing. I hope Rachel puts at least few pounds back on because she looks too thin. I'm sure she lost extra to try to win - but once she starts training to swim again she'll need to eat more to stay strong and be healthy. Even Jillian and Bob looked shocked at her dramatic weight loss.
Bobby lost 188 pounds and 52.51% of his body weight. Rachel lost 155 and 59.62%. (She only weighs 105 pounds now!) David lost 222 and 54.28%. Rachel is the winner of Season 15 and takes home the $250,000 prize. Her percentage also breaks the record held by Danny Cahill from Season 8 - who was the biggest loser ever at 55.58%. (I can't even say "congratulations" to Rachel...she was healthy, fit and athletic at one point but now she needs help. Becoming so frail you can't even walk up the stairs without falling is NOT an accomplishment.)
David, however, sums up the season nicely as he takes his turn on the scale. After thanking God and his family for everything, he tells his fellow contestants that the confetti will fall on all of them and they ALL win. And it's the truth...they all get their lives and their health back, which is what really matters.
I'm looking forward to Season 16 already...and praying that nobody else becomes anorexic just to win a lot of money. Stay tuned for future announcements on the upcoming season!