LDS Utahn on 'The Biggest Loser' wins immunity for his team
The challenge included members from each of the three teams picking pumpkins from a field of 100. Some of the pumpkins had candy, some had cash and one had the immunity reward. To stay in the competition, the contestants had to eat the candy in the pumpkin.
After 36 pumpkins and hundreds of calories, Holmstead, 26, of Pleasant Grove, was up for his team and Tumi Oguntala, 41, of Clifton Park, N.Y., was up for the White Team. Both had their eye on the same pumpkin, but Holmstead got to it first.
When he opened his pumpkin, it looked like a chocolate bar.
“A chocolately yummy goodness bar,” Holmstead said as he held it up. When he opened it, it was the immunity prize. His team has immunity as long as they don’t gain weight.
In a previous round, Holmstead also picked a pumpkin with $500 cash in it.
“Here’s a surprising fact: The average kid collects up to 7,000 calories worth of candy in one night,” host Alison Sweeney said before she introduced the challenge.
“When I was kid, I probably collected like 10,000 and that’s why I am like this,” said Holmstead, who is the father of three young children.
Holmstead played baseball for American Fork High School and has competed in powerlifting. He also served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ohio.
The episode became Red Team vs. White Team as both Jillian Michaels and Dolvett Quince had previously used their only trainer saves. The team members knew that whatever team loses will have a member going home. The teams worked out, and several team members, including "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard, 35, of Birmingham, Ala., hit the gym to swim after their scheduled workouts.
During the Blue Team’s workout, trainer Bob Harper brought in some women weightlifters to help show Olympic weightlifter Holley Mangold, 24, of Columbus, Ohio, who was 10th in London, that losing weight doesn’t mean losing her competitive edge.
“I want to show Holly that she can be smaller and stronger. Weight goes down. Strength goes up,” Harper said.
At the weigh-in, the Blue Team members each lost four or five pounds. Holmstead lost five pounds, putting him at 363. He’s lost a total of 40 pounds since starting the show.
The Red Team lost the weigh-in and Studdard lost five pounds, which gave him the least percentage of weight lost, making him the one to go home. The 6-foot-3 singer was 462 pounds when he started the show and lost 39 pounds during his time at the ranch.
“I worked really, really hard this week,” Studdard said at the weigh-in. “I swam extra — I walked extra.”
His team and trainer were surprised.
“I have most definitely enjoyed every person at this ranch, every minute, every second that I was here,” Studdard said.
“This experience is one of the toughest I have been through,” he said, mentioning two-a-day football practices and the “American Idol” experience. “This ranks right there at the top.”
He plans to continue using what he’s learned to lead a healthier life.
“America, my voice may be soulful, but the next time you see me, my body will be sexy,” he added.
The winner of “The Biggest Loser” gets a $250,000 prize and eliminated contestants are also in a competition for an at-home weight loss prize.
“The Biggest Loser: Second Chances” airs Tuesday evenings on NBC.
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