Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Helen wins "Biggest Loser"
Somehow Mikey's transformation seemed a whole lot more impressive, but Helen won "Biggest Loser" last night in the bloated finale.
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – May 13, 2009 – Helen Phillips, a 48-year-old retired retail manager and mother of two, won NBC’s “The Biggest Loser: Couples” and $250,000 at last night’s live season finale of the hit series. Helen lost 140 lbs. and 54.47% of her body weight to claim the prize. She started the show at 257 lbs. and ended weighing just 117 lbs.
Helen came on “The Biggest Loser: Couples” with her daughter, Shanon Thomas, who started the show at 283 lbs. and weighed 191 lbs. at finale, losing 92 lbs. and 32.51% of her body weight.
The runner up among the three finalists was Mike, the youngest contestant in the history of the show, who began at 388 lbs. and weighed 181 lbs. at finale. He lost 207 lbs. and 53.35% of his body weight. Coming in third place was Tara, a 24-year-old model/finance manager from New York, NY, who lost 155 lbs. and 52.72% of her body weight. She began the show at 294 lbs. and weighed only 139 lbs. at finale.
The winner of this season’s $100,000 “at home” prize among eliminated contestants went to Jerry Hayes, a 64-year-old retired engineer and grandfather from Wheaton, Illinois.