NBC's Biggest Loser schedules Season 10 auditions in Tampa on March 6
The last time casting directors from NBC's The Biggest Loser came to Tampa, more than 700 people showed for the chance to join the Peacock Network's popular weight loss competition -- one of their best responses anywhere in the country.
So the show is coming back, with auditions for the show's 10th season scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 6 at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino, 5223 N. Orient Rd. Tampa.
Just as before, some rules are the same: you must be 18 years old, as of May 24 2010; you should bring a non-returnable photo of yourself for producers; the show promises to try and see the first 500 people in line and there's no lining up earlier than three hours before casting starts.
Anybody who has watched the show knows that Biggest Loser digs heartrending stories, and the contestants have gotten bigger every year.
Casting director D.J. Feldman says men should be at least 130 pounds overweight and women should be about 100 pounds over -- noting that most winners lose about 50 percent of their body weight in the competition.
Feldman said he doesn't yet know if the 10th season will feature single competitors or pairs, so they are looking at both types of competitors.
And as I noted last year, talk about using seat belt extenders on airplanes or hoping to touch your toes won't cut it; they want to hear about how you need to drop pounds to have your first child, or get control over a killer case of hypertension.
Expect to shed lots of tears.
There's a Web site with tips on how to do well on auditions here. And if you can't make the in person auditions, there's an online form for registering to be found here; the show will hit 16 cities by the time casting is complete this year, Feldman said.
Mostly, veterans advise applicants to show lots of personality, show casting directors how their lives could fit into poignant reality TV storylines, and try hard to make an impression.