(Columbia) – Casting producers for NBC's popular weight-loss series, "The Biggest Loser", are launching a cross-country search to find new contestants for the next edition of the hit show.
On Saturday, July 31, they are coming to Columbia's Colonial Life Arena to interview potential cast members. Individuals and teams of two who each have at least 100 lbs. to lose are encouraged to apply for the show's 11th season, which will premiere in January of 2011.
"The Biggest Loser" casting producers are looking for outgoing and charismatic individuals and teams of two who have the personality, desire and competitive edge to vie for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lose weight, change their lives forever and compete for a grand prize of $250,000. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and legal residents of the United States.
The Columbia casting call will take place at Colonial Life Arena, 801 Lincoln Street in downtown Columbia from 10 am to 6pm. While casting teams will try to see everyone who comes for an interview, they plan to see at least the first 500 people in line.
People will not be allowed to line up prior to three hours before the start of the open call. Candidates should bring a non-returnable photo of themselves (and their partners if applying as a team).
For those who are unable to attend a casting call, information on how to apply to the show and submit a videotape is available on www.nbc.com/casting and www.thebiggestloser.com.
Alison Sweeney is the host of "The Biggest Loser," which challenges and encourages overweight contestants to shed pounds in a safe and recommended manner through comprehensive diet and exercise as they compete for the grand prize.
On the unscripted and life-altering series, contestants face real-life temptations, while being provided with approved weight-loss skills and resources in an effort to help them transform their bodies, health -- and ultimately -- their lives. Contestants work out under the supervision of professional trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels.
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