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Raj plays the villain on The BiggestLoser Asia2.
Raj is the biggest villain on reality TV show TheBiggest
THERE is a villain in every reality show and Viveganandam Deveraj (Raj) is the one everybody loves to hate on the second season of The Biggest Loser Asia (TBLA2).
Dubbed “the snake” by fellow contestants, the 3D modeller from Singapore with a penchant for computer games has been applying his tactical gaming skills on the show. It all began when he won the first challenge, when 16 hopefuls were put through an obstacle course soon after they landed on location at Putrajaya JW Marriott in Bangi, Selangor. The winning male and female of the challenge get to become the respective captains of two teams.
TBLA2 contestants are Norziana Mohamad Azmi (Yana), Saw Liang Wei (Saw) and Izana Shakira Mohd Isa (Shakira) from Malaysia; Jonathan Wong, Scott Hanna, Leonardo Di Capati and Rico Michael from Indonesia; Raj, Nurhafiza Mohammed (Fish) and Manjit Kaur from Singapore; Atikom Laksanapanai (Nai), Picharatch Phunthawornnawin (Peachy) and Pattanavadee Soonsinpai (Patty) from Thailand; Genghis Khan Enrique and Desiree M. Vinoya from the Philippines; and Lori David Granito from Hong Kong.
The captains get to pick the colour and team members. The Red team will be coached by the notoriously mean Kristy Curtis while the Blue team will train under Dave Nuku.
Fish, who was the first female to reach the finish line, became Red captain while Raj leads the Blue team. Raj led Fish to believe he was being gentlemanly when he let her have the Red team and that he wanted to be in the team as well. But what he really wanted was to have Nuku as trainer.
Small-time villainy aside, the format is the same as the previous season – contestants put up in a remote location with no contact with family or friends; they are divided into two teams and have to work out six hours a day and adhere to healthy meal plans; and take part in challenges that determine if they stay on the show or not.
At the end of each weekly episode, participants have to go for a weigh-in and the team with the lowest percentage of weight loss will lose a member, who will be voted out by their peers. The last one standing walks away with US$100,000 (RM312,000).
The Blue team was the first to taste defeat when two of their members – Rico and Desiree – were eliminated at the first weigh-in.
Bummed by the loss, the Blues tried to pick themselves up while their captain Raj went about trying to infiltrate the Red team. He managed to befriend some of the Red team members, namely the fast-mouthed, whiny but likable Genghis.
When the Red team lost in the second week, there was a tie in votes for Manjit and Patty to be booted out.
As the rules go, Raj, being captain of the opposing team, had the power to pick a person to send home. He chose Scott – Red team’s strongest contestant who lost 15kg in the first week alone. Raj, who was later seen with a smirk on his face, called it the “best week ever”.
But what do we know, karma soon bit Raj in the ass when the Blue team lost the following week. Once again, he set his schemes to work by teaming up with the boys of his team and they voted Yana out.
The Blue girls have only themselves to blame for their dwindling numbers. Yana, Shakira and Peachy – while extremely likable and upbeat – were too submissive. They let Raj decide their fate and made no effort to break the alliance of the guys.
Fan favourite Peachy was the next to go when the Blue team again lost the weigh-in the following week.
This season of TBLA has not been very eventful, not even with Raj and his villainous schemes, though there are some very charismatic contestants onboard.
Sometimes annoying but mostly endearing Genghis, who has been peppering the show with his wry humour and occasionally princess-y attitude when it comes to sweating it out at the gym, is definitely one to look out for.
Malaysia’s very own Saw won over viewers when he fell from the treadmill but picked himself up still smiling and game to push on, in the pilot.
I would love to see the supersluggish Patty, the heaviest contestant in the competition, try harder. Everyone loves a good underdog story.
Till Raj’s next scheme ... n TheBiggestLoserAsia2 airing on Diva Universal (Channel 702) on Tuesdays at 9pm.
Viveganandam Deveraj (Raj) is the one everyone loves to hate on the second season of TheBiggest LoserAsia.