Eliminated Rodger in Michelle's secret Biggest Loser team
HE left The Biggest Loser house 5.9kg lighter, but it's not the end of Rodger Turner's weight loss.
The baker from Ararat, Victoria returned home after being the first contestant eliminated from the 2014 series to find trainer Michelle Bridges waiting for him.
She handed him the first red shirt to join her secret team of eliminated town champions.
The 51-year-old was clearly disappointed with his early elimination, and urged blue team mate Mary - the largest female contestant in the history of the show - to make the most of her second chance.
Viewers first met the lovable larrikin in the audition process, where he told trainers Commando Steve and Shannan Ponton how he walked his dog by driving in his ute while holding the leash out of the window.
The father of three credits his children and grandchildren for giving him the motivation to reduce his 125.6kg weight and to quit smoking and drinking.
"There is a lot of life left in me yet," he said.
"I cannot wait to take my dog for a proper run."
As part of Bridges' secret team, Turner will be eligible to compete for a spot back in the show's main competition for a shot at the $250,000 grand prize.
Turner's first Ararat training session included trading places with his dog Nitro to run next to his ute, driven by Bridges, and hauling firewood.
"My belief in Rodger is that he can go all the way, why not?" Bridges said.
Tonight's first elimination weigh-in saw 34-year-old Cameron drop 15kg, the highest weight loss percentage ever achieved in the first week of the show.
Nipping at his heels was Craig, who lost 13.4kg.
The Biggest Loser: Challenge Australia continues tomorrow at 7.30pm on Ten, with the identity of which contestant consumed more than 3000 calories in temptation to be revealed.