Behind the Scenes of the ‘Biggest Loser’ Season 12 Finale & After Party!

Another season of The Biggest Loser wrapped up on Tuesday night, with John Rhode being named the winner at the end of the night. (The Ashley predicted he would win before the season even began, as you might remember. That’s because she’s the best!)

Anyway, The Ashley spent Tuesday night creeping around the ‘Biggest Loser’ finale and after party to get you guys the inside scoop of what these finales are actually like. Here are my observations from that night:

Finale Taping:

Someone has to say it: was this not the worst ‘Biggest Loser’ finale ever? For the first time ever, producers decided to introduce the contestants in groups of four and then only allow one from each group suit up into their ‘Biggest Loser’ spandex suits and get on the scale. Um…whose bright idea was this? The Ashley felt so bad for the contestants who got cheated out of their moment in the spotlight.

The best part of watching these finales is getting to see how far the contestants have come from when they started the season. I love seeing the ‘before’ photos and then seeing the contestants burst throught them,  skinny and confident. For some of the contestants, such as poor Jessica Limpert, they didn’t even announce how much weight was lost.

The Ashley wasn’t the only one that thought this was a terrible idea. Several of the contestants were upset that they were robbed of their big moment.

Other things of interest:

  • Anna Kournikova was basically ignored throughout the whole taping. Even during the commercial break, she didn’t talk very much. It didn’t seem like she wanted to be there. (She did, however, insist on fixing her own makeup during the commercials, rather than let the makeup lady do it.)
  • The studio is not as big as it seems. The audience is actually quite small, compared to some of the tapings I’ve been to.
  • The audience was not really feeling John at all. Every time his competitors, Ramon and Anton, were announced or discussed, the crowd erupted in cheers. However, the cheers for John were noticeable less. (The Ashley cheered for him loudly. She felt bad for him, and he had lost a ton of weight and deserved it. People are crapnuggets sometimes.)
  • A ton of the past contestants show up for these finales. I would say at least 30 previous contestants attended this one, which I think is really cool.
  • I saw Bob Harper eat pizza. I told him it made me feel good to see that even Bob eats a slice once in a while.
  • The Ashley is in love with Dolvett Quince and made an “I Love Dolvett” sign. Dolvett was so excited to see a sign for him in the crowd that during a commercial break, he ran up and gave The Ashley a hug. I pretty much melted right there.

Click on the photo to enlarge it!



Ramon & Jessica: So Cute!

After Party:

This year’s after party was stale. No one was boozing it up or doing anything scandalous. Naturally, Anna Kournikova did not grace the after party with her presence, but Dolvett and host Allison Sweeney were there and were both very sweet.

The contestants from this year were actually all very nice. (Sometimes these people get a big head because they were on TV and aren’t very nice.) Every single contestant that The Ashley spoke with was incredibly sweet, especially Vinny Hickerson, Ramon Meideros and Jessica Limpert.

Speaking of Ramon and Jessica….they are pretty much the cutest reality TV couple I’ve seen in a while. Both of them were beaming ear to ear the entire night and you can see that they are so happy to have found each other. Both of their families seem to love the other and I think this couple will be headed down the aisle soon enough!


  1. I understand where your coming from for sure, I just got defensive on Ashley’s behalf because unlike most gossip/spoiler sites, her articles are accurate 🙂 I didn’t even notice the “gypped” comment myself nor would I have known it was a racist comment. So thanks for teaching me something as well!

  2. @Lisa….and The Ashley

    I’m sorry, but obviously she didn’t know it was a “racist” comment to and Romani culture. So maybe next time instead of calling her out and calling her a “so called journalist” maybe you could polietly let her know……just saying.

    1. Yes, you’re right. Thanks for pointing that out. I feel pretty passionate about social justice issues and feel like it’s a journalist’s responsibility to be aware of such issues, as well, especially when it’s such a large forum, like social media. My reply was pretty snarky and, admittedly, not the best approach.

  3. Your use of the term “gypped” in the article is incredibly racist and disparaging against those of the Rromani culture. As a so-called journalist, this is something you should be aware of.

    1. @Lisa The Ashley learned something new today…I’ve never heard this before and am sad to say that I use that expression in real life all the time, never knowing that it was in fact racist! I looked it up and you are correct. Because of this, I am changing it in the story. The Ashley never wants to come across as racist, because she is not. Thanks for letting me know. <3

      1. Thanks very much for making that change. I apologize for my cattiness (although I do appreciate your cattiness on your blog) and appreciate you taking the high road!

  4. THANKS! and i agree the finale was lame. I love seing everyone step on the scale. Biggest surprise of the night was when Jennifer won the at home prize -good for her, it was totallly deserved.

    And John deserved his win but I would have rather seen Ramon or Antone win

    Great Re-cap cant wait for next season

    1. I can appreciate that John lost a lot of weight…but he was a HUGE ass hat and I don’t think he treated his wife well either when he came home with his “She’s gonna work, take care of the family and I am going to work out”. I was disappointed he won. I really wanted Antone or Ramon.

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