Viewers chose to give Amanda Arlauskas a chance to change her life during last season’s Biggest Loser finale. Now a member of the formidable Pink Team, the 20-year-old nursing student will be giving InTouchWeekly.com readers all the exclusive behind-the-scenes dish every week! In the fifth episode of season eight, an ill wind blew through the camp and in a twist that Coach Mo called “supernatural,” Tracey once again gained control of the game. “I can’t even put it into words,” Amanda tells In Touch. “Everyone was like, ‘There is no way this girl is going to win this because she’s already done so much.’ What are the chances? Of course it was going to happen!”
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The show started with a temptation in which you had to spin a big wheel, where you could either win a chance to control the game or be forced to eat a lot of calories. Why did you decide to play?
When I found out we were splitting into black and blue, I knew that my relationship with Bob and Rebecca was on the line. It was like, “If I don’t play this game, I have a chance of losing my trainer and my best friend on the show.” I didn’t want to have power over everyone else, but I wanted to have power over myself. We lined up by percentage of weight loss so far, so I was the end. It was definitely scary, after watching Rudy, Rebecca, Allen and Danny all eat. I remember thinking, “I wonder what the chances are of me getting the ticket or a monetary prize over having to eat something?” But at that point, I was wiling to do anything: if I had to eat a 1000-calorie piece of cake, I would have done it, because I wanted that chance at controlling my fate in the game.
But you didn’t get a chance to spin the wheel, because Tracey got the ticket. What did you think?
As soon as she went, it was a crazy feeling I think we all had and when it stopped, we all just knew. It was a repeat of the week before: now Tracey has the power again and what will she do with it?
It seemed so dramatic, like it couldn’t be real!
It wasn’t fake at all. They didn’t show it, but Tracey spun the wheel two times before that time, but each time she landed on a spot that someone else had already hit. So it was actually the third spin, which made it even crazier.
Then your worst fears were realized when she split up you and Rebecca and put you on Jillian’s team instead of Bob’s. Did she know you were so close to Bob?
Tracey claimed that she had no idea the relationship that Bob and I had. But everybody on the ranch knew how close we were. I would spend time with Bob, cry with Bob, talk to Bob. I would be the first one to hug him and the last one to say good-bye to him. It was always just me and Bob, so for her to say she didn’t realize it, I didn’t believe that. At the end of the day, she did what was best for her and tried to stack her team with who she thought were the best players. I believe she chose Bob because she was scared of Jillian. She said, “Bob, I feel like we have a connection!” And he was like “What?!” If anyone had a connection, it was Bob and I. She was pulling things out of nowhere, trying to make sense of everything and saying she was making decisions from the heart. She was not making decisions from the heart — she was doing it on a game play perspective, not putting anyone’s feelings into consideration.
What was the mood after she split up the teams?
People were angry. You could see how upset I was. I was heartbroken. Liz was heartbroken, Dina was heartbroken, Rebecca was heartbroken, Bob was heartbroken. No one truly understands the relationships that you form with people that you’re with every single day. Bob was my mentor, my friend. I knew he had my best interests. There’s a clip on nbc.com where I confront Tracey after her decision. She was like, “I didn’t know, blah blah blah.” All of a sudden Bob comes up and goes, “Tracey, this is the one that hurt the most.” So Bob was definitely affected by it too. What was done was done and there was nothing I could do about it and I had to move on. But it was hard to move on when I had to walk into that gym to start working out with Jillian and my new team and I could see Bob and Rebecca working out on the other side of the gym and knew that there was no way I could be a part of their world. I wanted so badly to be over there. I loved my team and loved Jillian, but part of me felt like I needed to be with Bob.
Did you and Jillian talk about how upset you were?
Jillian knew how close I was with Bob and when Tracey picked me to be on Jillian’s team, I hugged Jillian and she whispered, “I know you’re upset, but it’s going to be okay. You’ll be fine. Go over and hug Bob.” After, we had a conversation and she said, “I saw your relationship with Bob from day one, so I kind of just let him have you. But now that we’re together, I’m going to focus on you and work just as hard as Bob does to help you.” At that point, I finally realized I had to start trusting Jillian and adjust to my new world.
What did you think of what Coach Mo did, offering to go instead of Tracey?
I was surprised. I thought for sure they would get rid of Tracey the first chance they had. As the Black Team waited in the house for the Blue Team to come back, we were positive Tracey was gone. All of a sudden, we saw Tracey and we were in shock!
Everyone who has left seems to have no hard feelings against Tracey. Why is that, because it seems like everyone hated her?
We go through so much on the show. I was furious with Tracey, absolutely furious. She had betrayed me three times and I remember wanting nothing to do with her. But at the end of the day, you still have to go back in the house and Tracey’s going to be there. It took time before I even wanted to talk to her, but eventually I realized she was doing whatever she could to save herself. I couldn’t really be mad at someone for doing that, because had I been in her shoes, I might have done the same thing. I’m not one to hold grudges. Did I like her decisions? No. Do I think she could have done things differently? Yes. Do I think she lied a lot? Yes. But eventually we all sucked it up and decided we’d rather just deal with her. I do have a good relationship with Tracey now. We talk once in a while. She apologizes. She sees the way her decisions affected me, and she will tell me she’s sorry, that she didn’t realize how much it affected me at the time. I appreciate that, but I don’t care anymore. It was so long ago and I know she was doing what she had to do at the time. Obviously I survived it. It is what it is.