As you know, nothing is ever the same on our show from one season to the next. It was exciting this week to surprise the contestants with the First Lady Michelle Obama's invitation to the White House.
The week started out just like any other – with a challenge. We were cold, it was raining and the contestants were vying for a 1-lb. advantage on the scale – and to avoid the 1-lb. disadvantage. As I stood there trying to not have a reaction to anything, it really was hard to contain my laughter, as Conda could not figure out the slingshot.
At the end of the challenge, it was fun to surprise the contestants by announcing that they’d made it to makeover week – a major milestone each season. I'm most excited for Chris to change her hair, Mark to get rid of his facial hair and to see everyone with their new looks. It's also fun to surprise them with their families – particularly in such a iconic place as the White House.
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My favorite moment of the week: The smile on Buddy's face and the emotion from Kim when she was reunited with her kids. Those are the moments that make me love my job – to see people change their lives in such positive ways, thanks to all they learn on the show.
Be sure to watch next week for the rest of the reveals, and a special workout with Mrs. Obama – I hear Dolvett and Bob really made her sweat!