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The Biggest Loser Asia (season 1)

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The Biggest Loser Asia
Created by Riaz Mehta
Presented by Sarimah Ibrahim
Starring Kristy Curtis
Dave Nuku
Country of origin Malaysia
Running time Around 1 hour or more
Original network Hallmark Channel (Asia)
Original release November 24, 2009 – March 9, 2010
Followed by Season 2
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The Biggest Loser Asia is a reality television series that began broadcasting on the Hallmark Channel in Asia on November 24, 2009. The show is a spin-off of the American programme The Biggest Loser, in which overweight and obese contestants attempt to lose weight for a large sum of money. David Gurnani emerged as the champion of the first season, winning US$100,000 and Renault sponsored by TC Euro Cars.[1] The first season was recorded at the A Famosa Resort in Malacca, Malaysia during late 2009. It is hosted by Malaysian television personality, Sarimah Ibrahim. The trainers are Kristy Curtis, who is the Group Exercise Manager from Fitness First Australia[2] and Dave Nuku, who is the Fitness First Asia’s Regional Fitness Manager[2] will train the red and blue team, respectively.


After the audition, 30 contestants were brought to the filming location. From there, 16 contestants were chosen by the trainers after an elimination challenge. The other 14 who were not chosen were sent home.

Contestant1 Team2 Starting Weight Status Total votes
Singapore Desmond Charles, 31 Red Team 123 kg Quit Week 1 0
Philippines Delfin Bacho (Del), 38 Red Team 143 kg Removed Week 2 0
Singapore Nurai'Sha Binti Hassan (Aisha), 35 Red Team 109 kg Eliminated Week 2 4/7
Philippines Leonore Lorelei Veronica Hipe Llamas III (Goddess), 33 Blue Team 81 kg Eliminated Week 3 4/8
Thailand Garry Holden, 41 Red Team 120 kg Eliminated Week 4 3/6
Indonesia Damietha Mataram, 28 Blue Team 97 kg Eliminated Week 5 4/6
India Rashmi Jaiswal, 32 Red Team 117 kg Eliminated Week 6 3/5
Malaysia Nadia Yusof, 32 Red Team 133 kg Eliminated Week 7 3/4
Singapore Mohammad Hafiz Bin Amat, 25 Blue Team 167 kg Eliminated Week 8 3/6
Philippines Christine White, 27 Red Team 128 kg Eliminated Week 9 3/6
Philippines Kevin Yue, 27 Red Team 215 kg Eliminated Week 10 3/5
Thailand Suthat Charnvises (Tony), 36 Blue Team 136 kg Eliminated Week 11 3/4
Singapore Marilyn Tay, 30 Blue Team 158 kg Eliminated Week 12 04
Hong Kong Martha Lai, 19 Blue Team 127 kg 3rd Runner-Up
Malaysia Aaron Mokhtar, 30 Blue Team 159 kg 2nd Runner-Up
Philippines Carlo Miguel3, 32 Red Team 132 kg Runner Up
Indonesia David Gurnani, 25 Blue Team 157 kg The Biggest Loser

1. The contestants' name on the weigh-in screen may different

2. Starting in week 9, the teams were then dissolve and the contestants will compete as individuals in the Black Team

3. Carlo filled in Del's vacated spot after he was removed in Episode 2

4. The yellow line determined the elimination. Marilyn was in the 4th place, but Martha's immunity meant Marilyn would be below the yellow line and was eliminated

At home contestants

Contestant Starting Weight
Singapore Shen Ow, 26 95 kg
Singapore Zul Mohammad "Big Zul", 32 200 kg
Singapore Amanpreet Kaur, 19 142 kg
Philippines Austine Casenas, 35 134 kg (2nd Place)
Philippines Ruby Rodriguez-Aquino, 43 96 kg (4th Place)
Philippines Perfecto Arturo Dillera, 32 158 kg (3rd Place)
Malaysia Nurasjikin Binti Azman, 25 116 kg
Malaysia Herukh Jethwani, 26 139 kg
Malaysia Jonathan Pravin, 19 138 kg
Malaysia Amreek Singh, 33 128 kg
Malaysia Simran Kaur Hari Singh, 23 154 kg
Malaysia Zenny Salihuddin, 19 104 kg (Winner)
Hong Kong Alicia Wing (Allie), 46 124 kg

At the finale, it was revealed that the contestants were secretly having their own competition, each having their own Fitness First trainers. The top four were announced. Ruby lost 20 kg (20.83%), P.A. (his nickname) lost 36 kg (22.78%), Austine lost 37 kg (27.61%) and Zenny lost 33 kg (31.73%). She won $10,000, $2,000 courtesy of PayPal and a lifetime membership in Fitness First. Her trainer, Fidie, won a trip to Gold Coast, Australia with $1000 allowance.


The weights are measured in Kilograms.

Contestant Age Starting
Week Finale Weight
of Weight Lost
of Fat Lost
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
DAVID 25 157 144 140 135 129 125 122 122 114 112 106 102 74 83 53% 45% 98
CARLO 32 132 127 122 120 116 114 110 107 104 102 93 90 83 49 37% 27% 64
AARON 30 159 149 146 141 137 135 131 129 122 119 115 113 99 60 38% 25% 63
MARTHA 19 127 119 117 113 111 109 109 106 101 101 98 97 87 40 31% 18% 49
MARILYN 30 158 149 145 141 137 136 134 130 125 122 119 1163
TONY 36 136 126 126 121 120 122 112 112 106 103 99
KEVIN 27 215 203 200 194 191 188 184 181 177 174
CHRISTINE 27 128 119 117 113 111 109 105 103 102
HAFIZ 25 167 153 149 145 141 138 134 132
NADIA 32 133 126 124 119 117 115 111
RASHMI 32 117 111 108 106 105 103
DAMIETTA 28 97 93 90 X2 88
GARRY 41 120 113 110 106
LEONORE 33 81 75 73
AISHA 35 109 102
DEL 38 143 1361
DESMOND 31 123
     Member of Kristy's team
     Member of Dave's team
     Week's Biggest Loser
     Immunity (Challenge)
     Week's Biggest Loser & Immunity (Challenge)
     Last person eliminated before the finale
1. Since Carlo, who took Del's spot, didn't go through the entire week, Del's weight loss was added to the Red Team's total.
2. Mietta was not weighed since she was taken to the hospital for a blood test due to a fever.
3. Marilyn was immediately eliminated for having the lowest percentage in the Elimination Weigh-In. She came in 4th place, but was pushed below the line by Martha, who had immunity

Weight Loss History

Contestant Week Finale
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
David -13 -4 -5 -6 -4 -3 -0 -8 -2 -6 -4 -28
Carlo -5 -5 -2 -4 -2 -4 -3 -3 -2 -9 -3 -7
Aaron -10 -3 -5 -4 -2 -4 -2 -7 -3 -4 -2 -14
Martha -8 -2 -4 -2 -2 -0 -3 -5 -0 -3 -1 -10
Marilyn -9 -4 -4 -4 -1 -2 -4 -5 -3 -3 -3
Tony -10 -0 -5 -1 +2 -10 -0 -6 -3 -4
Kevin -12 -3 -6 -3 -3 -4 -3 -4 -3
Christine -9 -2 -4 -2 -2 -4 -2 -1
Hafiz -14 -4 -4 -4 -3 -4 -2
Nadia -7 -2 -5 -2 -2 -4
Rashmi -6 -3 -2 -1 -2
Damietta -4 -3 X -2
Garry -7 -3 -4
Goddess -6 -2
Aisha -7
Del -7
  • Bold means that he/she was the biggest loser of the week.

Elimination Voting History

Name Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12
Eliminated Aisha Goddess Garry Damietta Rashmi Nadia Hafiz Christine Kevin Tony Marilyn
David X Goddess X Damietta X X Hafiz Christine Kevin Martha X
Carlo ? X Rashmi X Rashmi Nadia X Sarimah3 Martha Tony X
Aaron X Goddess X Damietta X X Hafiz ? Kevin Tony X
Martha X Goddess X Damietta X X ? Christine X X X
Marilyn X ? X Damietta X X Hafiz Christine Kevin Tony Eliminated Week 124
Tony X Tony X X1 X X ? ? ? X Eliminated Week 11
Kevin Aisha X Nadia X Rashmi Nadia X X X Eliminated Week 10
Christine Rashmi X Garry X Rashmi Nadia X X Eliminated Week 9
Hafiz X ? X ? X X I ♥ Christine2 Eliminated Week 8
Nadia Aisha X Garry X Christine Kevin Eliminated Week 7
Rashmi Aisha X Garry X Christine Eliminated Week 6
Damietta X Goddess X ? Eliminated Week 5
Garry Aisha X Rashmi Eliminated Week 4
Goddess X Damietta Eliminated Week 3
Aisha Rashmi Eliminated Week 2
 X  Below yellow line, unable to vote
 X  Not in elimination, unable to vote
 ?  Vote not revealed
     Last person eliminated before finale
     Valid vote cast

1. Tony could not attend the elimination at Week 5 as he was in the Prince Court Medical Hospital due to kidney stones.

2. Hafiz did not want to write anyone of the Blue Team's name. Instead, he wrote his affections for Christine on the card.

3. Carlo could not bear to vote for either of his countrymen, so instead, he ended up voting for the host to make Biggest Loser history.

4. Marilyn was automatically eliminated for falling below the yellow line in the Elimination Weigh-In.

Episode Summaries

Episode 101: "The Relentless Pursuit"

The episode shows the auditions held at the Fitness First outlets in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Episode 102: "Bring It On!"

The chosen 30 were taken to the a field in A Famosa Resort in Malacca, Malaysia, where they were greeted by the host, who, later, told them to pair up and face an on-the-spot elimination challenge. They would perform three different forms of exercises and the trainers will choose 8 people each to join their team. The Red Team consists of Del, Aisha, Garry, Christine, Desmond, Rashmi, Nadia and Kevin, while The Blue Team consists of Leonore (a.k.a. Goddess), David, Marilyn, Tony, Damietha, Aaron, Martha and Hafiz, a paramedic who lost his job to get there. The rest were sent home.

That night the team checked out the villa. The next day they were given a small talk on nutrition and then taken to their first exercise, where The Reds were facing a hard time with the notably tough exercise, while Damietha fell into a pothole and twisted her ankle in the simpler workout, which resulted in her taken to the hospital. After training, the humorous Desmond went to Kristy and said that he was homesick, felt pressure from being looked up to and the exercise was too hard. Kristy told him to think long and hard with his decision. That night, he phoned "baby" to consult. She said that she missed him and should return home. He was still unsure what to do. The next day, Damietha return from the hospital, with a crutch.

The team were introduced to their gym were taken to their first ever weigh-in to find out their starting weights. Desmond was last to weigh and announced that he has decided to pull out of the show, stating that his heart is not there. He left the room, leaving a sad Red Team behind.

Episode 103: "Red Alert!"

The Red Team became even more demoralized because Del, who initially injured his arm during a Typhoon before the show having to leave for a surgery, as he had to have surgery for his then dislocated elbow. Kristy surprised them the next day by bringing back Carlo, who was originally one of the 14 who were not selected. In his first workout, he was shown to be strong.

In the first challenge, a team member will race up a flight of stairs to a water slide at A Famosa Water World. He/She would then raise up a flag, signalling the next one to go. The last member will race up and go down the slide. The winning team will spend the day at the park. Damietha sat out due to her recovering ankle. The Blue Team had a lead which grew stronger and they finished before the last Red, Carlo, even took his turn.

Kevin, during a workout, had a headache and then suffered hypoglycemia in bed. He was sent to the ambulance and returned normal the next day.

At the weigh-in, Goddess, the smallest Blue sat out. Since Carlo did not have as much time of training, Del's weight loss was added to the Red Team's. They led the entire weigh-in, until David, second to last, lost 13 kg. Hafiz lost 14 kg, giving his team victory, 68 to 60 and the title of the week's Biggest Loser. After rumours, deals and discussions, Rashmi received 2 votes for being the weakest while Aisha received 4 votes as her members thought she was strong enough to continue her journey at home. She said to us that she wanted to be at 50 kg.

Episode 104: "The Plateau Effect"

Kristy is still proud of her team.She reminded them that there will eventually be a plateau in the Blue Team's weight loss and to keep focus. Meanwhile, The Blue Team played a convincing prank on Dave, telling him they lost the weigh-in, its fake details and voted out Hafiz, who later surprised him by sneaking in through a door behind him. He was happy and they were then reminded not to be confident with their victory.

One night, Carlo made a Skype call to her wife and discovered that she was pregnant with their first child. He told everyone and they were happy for him. Later, they suggested names for the baby.

The challenge had 3 team members taking turns running across a paintball field while an opposing team member shoots paintballs at him/her. Marilyn and Mietta sat out. The Blue Team won with five hits to one, earning themselves a night bowling at the A Famosa's Cowboy Town, while The Red Team were punished to reluctantly clean the villa, both sides.

The weigh-in had The Blue Team sitting out their two smallest members, Mietta and Goddess. All the numbers appeared lower than last week. Tony eventually needed 2 kilos for a second win. He lost nothing and The Red Team won 18–17.

While discussing about the elimination, the team agreed that the voting will be done by integrity. It ended up 4 votes to Goddess, 1 for Mietta, and a vote from Tony to himself, which Sarimah said to be a Biggest Loser first. Goddess than had and intense, emotional blow-up, stating that she was the outcast, the vote were based on popularity and accused the team deliberately alienated her. They argued until Sarimah stopped her at a point. In her parting words, she said if they lose, they'll know one of the reasons why: its because they voted out the wrong girl.

Episode 105: "Two Face"

Dave is disappointed with the loss and urges the Blue Team to work harder, while Kristy is thrilled with her team still fully intact and overjoyed that they have finally won something. She reminded them that the competition has only begun and that things will be heating up in the weeks to come.

Having lost the weigh-in, Dave pushes the blue team even harder and introduces the TRX workout that uses a person’s own body weight in a resistance training regime. Dave is encouraged at the progress of each blue team member. Despite a more confident red team, Kristy is concerned at the amount of effort that the women in red are putting into training. At the villa, Kristy introduced both the teams a valuable tool in the form of the website, where one can calculate the amount of calories consumed by a person, and the amount of calories being worked off on a daily basis.

The Challenge had 2 male and 2 female members from each team in a race consisting taking turns riding a Malacca trishaw 200 meters down a stretch of road and make a u-turn before returning to the finishing line. Both trainers will ride with them as passengers and to provide moral support. The Red Team had an early lead. At one point, Carlo said that The Blue Team is not starting at the official starting point. David, annoyed by Carlo’s comments, throws a water bottle to the ground in anger. Tony apologises to Carlo for David’s blow up. Rashmi last red, struggled with her trishaw. The Blue Team took the lead while Rashmi's bicycle chain had fallen off, giving The Blue Team another victory. They were rewarded with a Halloween celebration at the A Famosa’s Cowboy Town.

The next day, Damietta was suffering from a high fever. Despite taking medication and getting a dose of antibiotics from the doctor the night before, her condition still does not improve. The doctor becomes concerned that Damietta could be suffering from Dengue fever and decides that it is best to send her to the hospital for a blood test. Both teams experienced a rigorous bootcamp-style training in the mud and rain for their last chance workout.

At the weigh-in, since Damietta still has not returned from the hospital, she was automatically excluded from the weigh-in, evening out the numbers between the blues and reds. Once again Tony needed 2 kg. He lost 5 and The Blue Team eventually won 27-23.

As the Red Team deliberated on elimination, the women are convinced that Garry is two-faced and has talked behind their backs about his fellow red team members. Garry however defended himself, claiming that the accusations are lies and that he had been “played” by Rashmi who started the rumours. Garry also brought up the Filipino alliance and argued that the alliance has to be broken if any of the other non Filipino red team members wanted a chance in the game, but Carlo responded, that despite looking out for his fellow Pinoys, “there are no free rides in this red house, if we don’t pull calories, if we don’t put in the performances then that has to be addressed.” Rashmi, is also concerned of her place in the red team, knowing that it was her fault that the red team lost the challenge and that she had proven to be the weakest member.

Garry had 3 votes, Rashmi had 2 when Kevin had to give the deciding vote. Thinking that she missed her children he voted for Nadia, resulting in Garry's elimination. He left the red team with his blessings.


The final show that witnessed David Gurnani winning The First Biggest Loser Asia lost more than 80 kg


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