TV’s ‘The Biggest Loser’ hosts contestant search in Chicago Aug. 20

Online Staff Report

CHICAGO — NBC’s popular reality series The Biggest Loser is launching a 13-city, cross-country search to find new contestants for the next edition of the hit show. The search will make a stop in Chicago from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20, at Chicago Home Fitness, 2070 N. Clybourn Ave.

Individuals and teams of two who have at least 85 pounds to lose are encouraged to apply for the new season, which will begin airing in January 2012.

Casting producers are looking for outgoing and charismatic teams of two and individuals 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.

People are asked to not line up prior to three hours before the start of the casting call. Candidates should bring a nonreturnable photo of themselves (and their partners, if applying as a team). Casting call applications will be provided on-site.

For those who are unable to attend a casting call, information about how to apply to the show and submit a videotape if you cannot attend is available on and

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