Words cannot express the disappointment.
Except maybe these words: Not right. Not fair. Not reasonable. Not good.
Not good at all.
She won this show in every way, shape and form that counted - excepting that last frivolous stipulation, "weight loss percentage," as if this show should be called "The Biggest Weight Loss Percentage."
Oh, that would be catchy. Really rolls off the tongue.
Speaking of tongues, I bit mine in the newspaper wrap, which I posted below. I couldn't say how much this stinks, and how ridiculous this outcome is. I couldn't tell readers in the short space allotted that this was someone who gave everything to pull this down and - but for five pounds - did not. The weight loss percentage accountants are sticklers. Rules must be followed.
But still, not good.
Of course, of course, of course:Congratulations to Helen Phillips. She seems like a very nice woman. She worked hard too.
But the real winner - as far as I'm concerned - is Tara Costa.
" In a game of inches and (of course) pounds, Bethpage native and the surest of sure bets on this season's NBC hit reality show, "The biggest Loser: Couples" didn't lose quite enough last night.
"Tara Costa, 23, who spent the last eight months of her life sweating off 135 pounds - a regular season record for a woman - needed to shed a total of 160 pounds to win the $250,000. Instead: .She lost 155 off of her original weight of 294. So winner of the seventh season is Helen Phillips of Sterling Heights, Mich., who lost 140 pounds off of her original weight of 257, meaning she had a higher weight loss percentage than Cost, while in third place was Mike Morelli, "TBL'' youngest competitor ever who started at 388 and lost 207 pounds.
"A disappointment for Costa? What else? An NYU grad and former plus-size model who’s been employed as an analyst for L'Oreal in New York, she returned from the so-called ranch weeks ago to continue her weight loss regimen which involved (among other things) endless hours on the treadmill, giving her time to develop her own Karmic brand of what goes around-comes-around: 'Sometimes,' she said in one chat with Newsday a couple months ago, 'you [have] to allow yourself to be weak because you'll become stronger in those moments of weakness.'
Time to think about friends, too: 'I know I have my friends,' she said last night. I love you all and thank you for being with me.
A couple dozen of them gathered at B.K. Sweeney's Parkside Tavern on Broadway in Bethpage, including. Lisa Buonagura. who couldn't leave work for the finale; she and a friend 'watch with her mom every week.' Another pal, Christine Frost, said, '"She's been amazing, and an inspiration to everyone.'"
And still is.
Meanwhile, Jerry Hayes, won the show's at-home prize of $100,000.
- Pat Burson contributed to this story.