In one of the most emotional episodes yet, Tracey’s rash decisions and game play caused everyone heartache. In the end, Antoine Dove and Sean Algaier asked their fellow contestants to vote them off instead of the Orange Team, so that Shay Sorrells — the heaviest contestant — didn’t have to leave the ranch. “I said it from the beginning and Antoine is my witness, I don’t care about winning money or winning the show at all,” says Sean, who has lost 150 pounds so far and has no regrets. “The Biggest Loser gave me my life back.” His partner agrees, attributing that attitude to their post-show successes in weight loss. “We didn’t come there with a game play mentality,” says Antoine, who has dropped 105 pounds. “We came there to try to better ourselves, which is also why we sacrificed ourselves for Shay.”
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The Biggest Loser
Sean Algaier and Antoine Dove
Eliminated September 28
Did you ask your fellow contestants to target Tracey next, after all of the trouble she caused?
Sean: No, I have nothing but hopes of success for Tracey and her battles with weight and also with the medical issues that she had. I actually would love for her to succeed.
Antoine: Yeah, I totally agree. I wish Tracey the best as well. Although this is a game in some sense, people’s lives are very important. I would never try to mess up her chances of her losing weight. I want her to have as many opportunities as everybody else has.
How did Tracey’s actions affect morale on the ranch?
Sean: I don’t think anybody was happy about how that all played out, and I think that a lot of people were gunning for her. Obviously, she made some crazy decisions, and the morale was low.
Antoine: The morale definitely did take what I would call somewhat of a dive after that. I really felt bad for Tracey in many ways because basically she was having to determine the fate of everyone’s team. People felt no longer like they could control their situation. It was definitely tough. I have to say when we went back to the house, it was dead silence in the room, as you can see whenever Tracey weighed in on the scale.
Have either of you talked to Tracey since the night of elimination? And how is your relationship with her since the show?
Sean: I have talked to her. I talked to her during the airing of the show. I said, "Tracey, you know you’re crazy, but I love you so much." There was a big element of game play, and she takes responsibility for that for sure. But things happened how they happened, and then we just move on.
Antoine: I have spoken to Tracey, and our relationship hasn’t really changed. I think she had a lot that was going on going through her mind during that episode. She made decisions out of fear. She was going through some stuff at that time, and she made her choices, but that doesn’t mean that I’m now like, “I’m never going to have anything to do with you ever again,” because that’s not true. I completely still respect Tracey and I also talk to her.
Antoine, did you get some backlash for eating a cupcake during the temptation challenge?
Antoine: My backlash came from Bob basically wiping the floor up with me! My thing was, I wanted a cupcake and I had it in my calorie budget, so I ate two cupcakes. Not to mention seeing Sean’s face after he found out I ate two cupcakes.
Sean: I’ve got to be honest, I was shocked.
Antoine: At the end, even though I ate two cupcakes, I still worked hard. I didn’t allow it to stop my progress. I lost 11 pounds for the week, so I was good to go.
Amanda and Rebecca wrote you letters when they voted for you, right?
Sean: They did. I wouldn’t have even thought about doing something like that, just because it was so emotionally heavy at that moment, and I was so carried away. They were like, “Here, take these.” They gave them to us in the elimination chamber, because we didn’t see them. Later, I cried and read mine. They’re just lovely women. They have a great, bright future and life ahead of them.
Sean, your wife is pregnant with a girl that you plan to name Jillian — what made you decide to do that?
Sean: The name is beautiful for sure, and it’s one of those things where we really wanted to mark a place in our life that was significant. Everything about my life changed, mentally and physically, and having this girl, we’ll forever remember this time in our lives. Every time we say the name Jillian and every time we see our baby girl, even when she’s 30, we’ll look back on this time and say, “Wow, that was the time Daddy changed his life.”
Does Jillian know?
Sean: Oh yeah, we debated about it for a while because you know there’s definitely a "cheese factor" that goes into this. But I was like, “Look, Jillian, we don’t idolize you. I mean, we love you, but we just feel like this is a good way to remember and mark an incredibly important time in our lives.” I’ll be on my deathbed and I’ll look back to these days.
Who will you guys keep in touch with from the show?
Sean: I’ll definitely keep in touch with Antoine, I mean that guy’s a stand-up dude, giving his life for another. I like that in a partner, you know what I’m saying? I’m super, super-close to Abby and super-close to Shay and Daniel, obviously. You know they were people that were close to us and worth that sacrifice. I also have a big place in my heart for Amanda and Rebecca and the rest of them — they all fill a different piece of my heart, for sure.