It’s the only reality show where being a loser is being a winner as African American contestants Michael Dorsey and Alexandra Reid know. The two are losing this season on “The Biggest Loser” with the hopes of earning the show’s top prize. This was a particular challenge for Dorsey, a huge fan of The Tom Joyner Morning Show, who was the biggest of the contestants this season.
The 34-year-old Baltimore native began the season at 444 pounds. Despite struggling with weight after injury ended his high school athletic career, the now married father with a divinity degree from Faith Evangelical Seminary wants to return to wrestling, coach his son in sports and do normal things he can’t now do, like ride a roller coaster. Though Dorsey was eliminated, he lost 91 pounds on “The Biggest Loser” and has lost even more since he left the ranch.
Reid, a 24-year-old from Carrollton, Texas got real about her weight when she had to drop out of a friend’s wedding because she thought she’d fail to fit into the bridesmaid’s dress. Now 240 pounds, the Prairie View A&M graduate says “I want to be the best me that I can be in all aspects of my life, including winning this losing battle with my weight. I no longer want to be insecure and self-conscious.”
On the next episode of “The Biggest Loser” which airs on NBC Mondays at 8 p.m., contestants must “Face Their Fears” which includes sharks, enclosed spaces and singing in front of people. One contestant even feared eating vegetables. A seven-story building challenged the entire cast to face their fears in order to advance.