Hamish leaves with head held high
THE Biggest Loser trainer Shannan Ponton is going to have a lot of free time on his hands after the elimination of the last blue team member Hamish Elliot last night.
Despite drawing on newfound motivation from his romance with white team member Michelle Cortesao, Elliot lost only 3kg last week and found himself below the yellow line with black team member Graham Pilson.
The red and black teams were quick to pounce in the elimination room, seizing their chance to eliminate the last under-30s male competitor.
"I knew there was a high possibility that I might be going if I fell below the yellow line," Elliot said.
"I just had to put in that effort, and at the end of the week I could be positive and proud and know I've grown so much. I told myself even if I do go home at least I'm able to walk out with something much more than a whole pile of cash."
The 20-year-old revealed his romance with Cortesao, 24, is well and truly alive, despite their distance and lack of contact with Cortesao still competing on the show.
"We both just can't wait for that opportunity to go on a real date on the outside without any cameras or producers around, chatting about whatever we want," he said.
As if wooing his first girlfriend wasn't nerve-racking enough, Elliot had the added pressure of his first love becoming prime-time TV fodder.
"There was an element of both of us worrying how it was going to look on TV," he said.
"We both became very shy. She became very, very shy about the whole thing.
"There was a point where we both just thought 'why are we even bothered worrying about it'."
Thanks to his final, break-through week on the show, Elliot said he was finding training and controlling his diet easier at home in Brisbane than inside the Biggest Loser house.
"It's been really easy on the outside, not having the pressure from the game," he said.
"I've watched the first episode and that was enough for me to realise how far I've come since day one.
"I entered as a young boy and I know I left as a young man…. I'm becoming the person that I maybe should have already been."
Ponton's role on the show is in limbo now that he has no team.
The experienced trainer lost two of his charges in the span of a week after Luke Stephens was booted out of the show for going on a drunken binge.
The show's producers have yet to reveal what he will do for the rest of the series.
The Biggest Loser airs Mondays to Thursdays at 7.30pm and Fridays at 7pm on Ten.