Hopeful 'Biggest Losers' to audition Saturday

Staff - ocregister.com - 08/26/2011

You can debate whether “The Biggest Loser” inspires people to live healthier lives or presents an unrealistic model for weight loss. But what’s inarguable is that many obese people see the popular reality show as their only real hope to make the changes necessary to transform themselves.

That’s the ideal that hundreds of candidates will have in mind Saturday when they stand in line for an open casting call for Season 13 of “BL” on Saturday in Los Angeles.

The call will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Citadel Outlets, 100 Citadel Drive.

“We are looking for people who have the burning desire to make a change. A personality, story and opinion will always help,” casting director Brandon Nickens said via e-mail.

If you can’t attend the event, you can still submit a videotape to be considered for the show by visiting www.thebiggestlosercasting.com.

My colleague Courtney Perkes went to the casting call two years ago, and as you can see from this slideshow, it’s a festive atmosphere. Even though would-be competitors are there for hours trying to prove to casting directors that their story makes them just right for NBC’s grueling prime-time show, there’s still a sense of hope.

What if you make it through the casting call, then get invited back for a more formal audition, and you still don’t make it on the show? Former competitor Adam Hurtado of Santa Ana, who went from 402 pounds when he began the show last year to 220 today, says acknowledging that changes need to be made is the first step.

“You need to start the journey today,” Hurtado told Peter Larsen of the Reg’s “Pedro and the Watcher” blog. “The main thing is that they’re already doing it, because they’re admitting that they need help. That was the first step for me as well.”

Hurtado will attend the audition to provide moral support for the other people waiting to get their chance.

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