Michelle wins Biggest Loser even though Heba lost more weight; Vicky gets death threats

The Biggest Loser 6, the family season, ended last night with Michelle Aguilar losing 110 pounds, 45.45 percent of her body weight, and winning the $250,000 prize. She’s the show’s second female winner in six seasons, following Ali’s win last spring.

Second-place Ed Brantley lost 139 pounds, 41.49 percent of his body weight, while Vicky Vilcan came in third after losing 101 pounds and 41.06 percent of her body weight. Ed made it to the finale after viewers voted overwhelmingly–84 percent–for him to join the final three instead of his wife Heba Salama, who viewers rejected for being such a bully. Heba would have won the prize, however, as she lost 138 pounds (46.94 percent of her body weight), earning her the $100,000 at-home prize.

Viewers weren’t happy with Vicky, either, due to her vicious game play. She “has been so widely reviled that she had to change her phone number because she was receiving death threats, and to this day continues to receive letters telling her what a horrible person she is,” the Los Angeles Times reports.

Vicky said, “Most people hate my guts. … I feel bad for the people who are writing those letters. They don’t know me.”

‘Biggest Loser': Victory for Michelle, death threats for Vicky [Los Angeles Times]

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