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'The Biggest Loser' launching nationwide, seven-city search for new contestants

by jmaloni


Mon, Mar 24th 2014 05:45 pm

Season 16 auditions to be held in Los Angeles, Boston, Birmingham, Charlotte, Chicago, Oklahoma City and Salt Lake City

The Biggest Loser Resort giving away a one-week resort stay to one lucky "contestant hopeful" in four of the cities

NBC's popular reality series "The Biggest Loser" is launching a seven-city cross-country search to find new contestants for the next edition of the hit show. Individuals, families and former athletes who have at least 100 pounds to lose are encouraged to apply for the new season.

Casting producers are looking for charismatic individuals who have the desire to change their lives forever and vie for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lose weight and compete for a grand prize of $250,000. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and legal residents of the U.S. 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 http://www.nbc.com/casting#bl16 and www.thebiggestlosercasting.com.

The Biggest Loser Resort, Planet Fitness and NBC stations WCNC (Charlotte) and KSL5 (Salt Lake City) will be hosting casting calls in select cities. The Biggest Loser Resort will host the Chicago auditions at its local resort location on Saturday, April 19, and give away a one-week stay at that resort to one lucky person auditioning for the show.

It will also be giving away a one-week resort stay at the Los Angeles auditions on April 5 (for the resort in Malibu), the Boston auditions on April 12 (for the resort in Niagara Falls), and at the Salt Lake City auditions on April 19 (for the resort in Ivins, Utah). In addition, the resort will provide one of its trainers to exercise and energize "contestant hopefuls" standing in line at the Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston and Salt Lake City auditions.

Planet Fitness will host the casting calls in Boston on April 12 and Oklahoma City on April 19. NBC station WCNC will host the Charlotte auditions on April 12, and station KSL5 will the host the Salt Lake City casting call April 19. Local past season "Biggest Loser" contestants will also appear at many of the auditions to cheer people on.

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.

Saturday, April 5

Los Angeles

10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Citadel Outlets, 100 Citadel Drive

Saturday, April 12


10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Planet Fitness, Northgate Shopping Center, 270 Charger St., Revere, Ma.


10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, 2150 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. North, Birmingham


10 a.m.-6 p.m.


1001 Wood Ridge Center Drive

Saturday, April 19


10 a.m.-6 p.m.

The Biggest Loser Resort, 1475 Nordic Road, Itasca, Ill.

Oklahoma City

10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Planet Fitness, 9118 S. Western Ave.

Salt Lake City

10 a.m.-6 p.m.

KSL5 TV, 55 N. 300 West

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 a grand prize of $250,000. The series provides the contestants with challenges, temptations, weigh-ins and eliminations until the final contestant remains to claim the title of "the biggest loser." Contestants work out under the supervision of professional trainers Bob Harper, Jillian Michaels and Dolvett Quince.

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"TBL" fans can visit NBC.com's official show site, http://www.nbc.com/the-biggest-loser/ and "Like" the show on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/biggestloser and follow it on Twitter http://twitter.com/biggestlosernbc.

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