THE ‘weight’ is almost over for Sunderland’s Kevin McLernon who is through to the finals of The Biggest Loser.
After eight gruelling weeks, millions of viewers watched last night as Kevin, and his niece Amy, from South Shields, became the first couple on the show, hosted by Devina McCall, to both make it through to the grand final.
The 38-year-old, who was the ITV show’s biggest-ever contestant when he entered the Biggest Loser House at 32st 2lbs, also broke the record of the contestant losing the most weight during their time in the house, shedding six-and-a-half stone, more than 20 per cent of his body weight.
Property developer Kevin, who lives in Seaburn Dene with his partner Joanne, said: “It was a huge nail-biting time because we didn’t know how they were going to pick the three finalists.
“The competition was really building up during the last week because we knew of the five of us only three were going through to the final.”
A challenge to climb peaks in the Brecon Beacons during the week saw Sarah secure the first place in the final by beating the others to the top.
Kevin said: “When it came to the weigh-in, it was so nerve-wracking because we knew there were only two places left, we were so over the moon when we both got through.”
Now, the whole McLernon family is rooting for both Kevin and mum-of-one Amy, 23, when they take part in the final, which will be aired on Tuesday, March 13.
Kevin said: “It has been a dream of mine to win Biggest Loser for a few years, so everyone is thrilled I am in the final.
“When I phoned my mam she was so excited that her son and granddaughter were both in the finals.”
Since leaving the Biggest Loser house in December, Kevin said he has worked tirelessly to shed even more weight.
He said: “I have worked so hard, I know I can go to the final with my head held high knowing I have done everything I can.
“It was a worry leaving the house, because when you are in it there are no distractions.
“All you have to do is concentrate on is your training and diet, but when you leave you have to motivate yourself.
“I haven’t had any chocolate, crisps, alcohol or anything like that since I left the house.
“The worst thing I have eaten is some roast potatoes on Christmas Day.”