updated 05/01/2012 AT 8:00 PM ET
•originally published 05/01/2012 AT 9:15 PM ET
The Biggest Loser: No Excuses was a season full of unexpected twists and turns – but all the drama was put aside Tuesday as an at-home winner was crowned and the final three stepped on the scale for the last weigh-in to determine who would take the title of the Biggest Loser.
The night was a celebration, but the season’s ups and downs were evident with the absence of ineligible contestants Mark Cornelison and Buddy Shuh, who quit just before the finals, and Joe Messina, who quit earlier in the season to spend more time with his family.
In their absence, fan favorites Chism Cornelison, Emily Joy and Cassandra Sturros took to the stage with 11 other contestants to show off their new, slimmer figures and compete for the at home prize of $100,000. But the grand prize was reserved for one of the three finalists. Seven weeks after leaving the Ranch, single mom Conda Britt, 24, her brother Jeremy Britt, 22, and former pro-wrestler Kim Nielsen, 38, all three stepped on the scale – but only one of them walked away with $250,000. Keep reading to find out who was named the Biggest Loser …
Mike Messina won the at-home prize by losing a total of 160 lbs., or 44.69 percent of his body weight. He beat out Cassandra Sturos (who lost 92 lbs., or 38.49 percent of her body weight) and her pal Emily Joy (who lost 102 lbs. lost, or 38.64 percent of her body weight).
As for the big $250,000 prize: Conda went from 294 lbs. to 179 lbs. for a total weight loss of 115 lbs., or 39.12 percent of her body; Kim went from 252 lbs. to 134 lbs. for a total weight loss of 118 or 46.83 percent; and Jeremy went from 389 lbs. to 190 lbs. for a weight loss of a whopping 199 lbs., which is 51.16 percent of his body weight. That makes Jeremy, who is half the man he used to be, the winner of The Biggest Loser!