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 and patient care technician will be giving
intouchweekly.com readers all the exclusive
behind-the-scenes dish every week! In the third episode of
season eight, fellow contestant Tracey’s rash decisions
caused trouble at the ranch. “I don’t think she really
understood how crazy she was getting,” Amanda tells In
Touch. “But the rest of us obviously all saw it.”
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It was a pretty dramatic episode last night!
Amanda: Yeah, it was a good one. I enjoyed that
Was it pretty accurate or did they make Tracey look
Amanda: It was pretty accurate. In that first
challenge when she stepped over that bar to get the
2-pound advantage over the trainers for the week, that’s
when we all start wondering, “What is going through her
head?” None of us realized she had that side of her until
that moment. Since then, things just kept happening where
she made split decisions that were affecting everybody
else. I think I can speak for almost everybody when I say
it ticked us off. We were like, “What is she doing? It’s
only week three, we all have a good relationship right
now, and all of a sudden this crazy lady starts coming out
of Tracey and she just wants to take control of
everything.” I think it was because of fear. She hadn’t
been on the ranch for a while because she had been in the
hospital. I think she felt like she needed to do something
to try to get herself back in the game.
It was a week of choices, and Tracey jumped on them. Did
you ever consider taking the 2 pounds or eating the
Amanda: The first challenge, Rebecca, right away
was like, “We need anything we can get.” I said, “No. We
need these trainers more.” I would rather try to burn off
two extra pounds with the trainers than give up the
trainers for a week. They are essential. That’s why we
came to the ranch, to work with them. I remember telling
Rebecca, “Maybe if it goes to 8 pounds, then I’ll
think about it.” Rebecca was just nervous and scared. I
definitely talked it out of her.
What about the cupcakes?
Amanda: I told Rebecca in the beginning, I would
never ever give into a temptation. They didn’t show me a
lot, because I didn’t even pick up a cupcake. Cupcakes do
nothing for me. They didn’t tempt me at all. If it was
Chinese food or something, maybe I would have thought
about it. I was lucky that I wasn’t tempted at all and
then I decided it wasn’t worth it to get the power. A part
of me kind of wanted Rebecca to do it because she was
doing well. She was losing enough weight to carry her side
and I knew that if she had eaten some, no matter what if
she didn’t win, somebody would have put me on the scale.
Which is what Tracey did, even though you asked her not
to, as a favor. Did she try to explain herself in a moment
that we didn’t see?
Amanda: After the weigh-in when she put me on the
scale, she apologized. At the time I wanted nothing to do
with her. I was like, “You’re lying to my face.” Tracey
and I had a really close relationship. She was like my
mother figure on the ranch. In that first episode when she
went down in the sand, I was by her side nonstop because
I loved the woman. All of a sudden a couple of weeks
later, the roles are reversed. I needed her help, and she
put me on the scale. She let game play get in the way of
our relationship. It was hard for me because I’m young and
I trust people easily and I trusted that she was going to
take care of me and she didn’t. It was sad that it had to
go down like that, but I’m glad that I was able to step up
and prove to her that I could do it. I lost 5 pounds.
After that, I was upset with her for a while. It took me a
while for me to actually want to talk to her again.
You really worked hard to make sure you wouldn’t fall
below the yellow line. Bob seems to have made you his
Amanda: It was week three that Bob and I got
super-close. He told me it was because he had seen me
struggling so much the first couple of weeks and he just
wanted to take charge. Since then, he still hasn’t let go.
He’s held my hand through the whole process. Truly, that’s
when our relationship started. You’ll see how close we get
and how much I rely on him because he helps me not only
physically but mentally. He’s become a huge part of my
In the end, Antoine and Sean made a huge sacrifice by
offering to go home so Shay could stay. How did you feel
Amanda: For Rebecca and I, that was our worst
nightmare. We were best friends with the orange team and
the red team. Poor Sean was still over 400 pounds and I
felt bad because Shay has a lot of work to do but so does
Sean. At the end of the day we did feel like Shay needed
it a little bit more. Rebecca and I wrote letters to
Antoine and Sean, just letting them know how much we loved
them and how much we were going to miss them.
How is your relationship with Tracey now?
Amanda: It took some time for Tracey. I was
obviously disappointed by what she had done. I felt like
she betrayed me. I forgive but I don’t forget. The day
after I was still talking to her. It’s not like I gave her
the cold shoulder or ignored her, because that’s not who I
am. I know that she was playing the game, and I know that
she was doing it out of fear. I was cordial and worked with
her, but I never forgot that she basically threw me under
the bus. But we’re still friends. We talk. I was glad I
was able to rise above it.