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Published:April 28th, 2011 19:51 EST

Kaylee Kinikini Finds Romance on The Biggest Loser

By Paulette Cohn

Despite losing 68 pounds while on The Biggest Loser ranch, the big news when Kaylee Kinikini was ousted was that she had met her first-ever boyfriend " Vance Jackson -- and received her first kiss!


The Biggest Loser is famous for couples finding love on the ranch, but Kaylee and Vance had only seen each other from a distance and didn`t actually meet until after Kaylee was sent home.

Now, thehollywoodknow talks to the 20-year-old from Shelley, ID to get the inside scoop on how they hooked up!


So you mentioned on The Biggest Loser this week that before going on the show, you had never been kissed. Then we saw Vance kiss you.  So was it worth the wait?

Kaylee Kinikini: I had never been kissed before the show. I don`t really know what to say. I didn`t know what to expect. Now, it is really nice and I am glad to finally get that out of the way. It is nice.

How did you meet?

Kaylee Kinikini: Actually, there is a lot behind the story. I actually met Vance before that episode. Back when we were auditioning for the show in California, we were going through the process of trying out for the show. We weren`t allowed to talk to each other " all of us contestants -- but I would see him from my hotel window. We always waved to each other. I was attracted to him and he was attracted to me. I didn`t know his name or anything.

I remember the day that it was announced we made the show, we were getting ready to leave. I saw him again. He pulled out this sign that said, "I heart you." I was totally caught off guard and I was totally flattered by it. Then, I left for the ranch and I didn`t know who my mystery window boy was, but I thought about him When the show brought him back, I was completely shocked, when he walked in, it was crazy to see him.

After I got home, he sent me a message over Facebook. Then, we started texting. I would go to Utah and visit Justin [Pope] and Vance. Then, he came to Idaho and we started dating.

So your first date involved Justin as well as Vance?

Kaylee Kinikini: Vance is living in Logan [Utah]. Once we found out that Vance lived close enough to Justin, we told him to go see Justin and he would help him out, because that is just the kind of guy that Justin is. I went down to Logan to visit Justin and Vance was living there, training. That is how Justin is involved.

What did you do on your first date?

Kaylee Kinikini: When I went down for the first time to spend time with Vance " I don`t know if you would call it a date " we just spent time at Justin`s house and with his family. We worked out together. We went to Justin`s Call-Out Class. I guess our first date was kind of working out.

You said on the ranch you had to find empowerment in yourself. What has this relationship meant in that process?

Kaylee Kinikini: For me, the relationship with Vance it`s a product of now I feel comfortable with myself. Before, I never dated anybody. I never had a boyfriend. I just never believed in myself or had the self-worth to think anyone could like me or even love me. Now, coming from The Biggest Loser, I am more confident to open myself to being loved. That was a huge step for me. So, my relationship with Vance goes to show that I am comfortable enough in myself to share that part of me with him

In regards to your relationship with Vance, does it help or make it harder to have weight issues in common?

Kaylee Kinikini: I think it absolutely helps. The journey that we have gone on is such a major change, especially at our age, they are hard. To have somebody side by side that you can talk to, who can relate to how you are feeling and just be there for you when you are going through all these different emotions, it is so helpful and supportive to know that someone understands. We understand what each other is going through, our struggle and our successes.

The Biggest Loser airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. on NBC.