If you have at least 80 pounds to lose and aren't afraid of a lot of hard work, “The Biggest Loser” may be looking for you.
NBC's hit weight-loss show will hold auditions for Season 15 contestants in Oklahoma City from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads, formerly known as Crossroads Mall, 7000 Crossroads Blvd.
“I'm looking for someone who's charismatic, who is passionate and has the burning desire to lose the weight and keep it off,” said Randy Bernstein, the show's supervising casting director.
“It's one thing to lose it, it's another thing to keep it off and continue training, continue eating right.”
He said casting directors will be looking for contestants with a “laser focus” in their eyes who are ready for a challenge.
The show has featured many Oklahomans in past seasons, highlighted by Broken Arrow's Danny Cahill winning Season 8 of “The Biggest Loser” in 2009, losing 239 pounds and taking home the $250,000 grand prize.
“My dreams are back and I am ready to take on anything life throws at me,” Cahill told The Oklahoman after his 2010 win. “Every day, I thank God for ‘The Biggest Loser.'”
Cahill made the challenge look easy, but the workouts and lifestyle changes are far from it, Bernstein said.
“I think I should have gone on Netflix and re-watched a lot of the past seasons because I just didn't remember how difficult it was,” Sapulpa police officer David Jones told the Tulsa World during his stint on season 14 of “The Biggest Loser.”
“There is a lot of excitement about this. It's an adventure. I was looking forward to doing it and forgot how really difficult it looked on television.”
Jones was voted off the show after an injury but finished the season having shed 102 pounds.
Oklahoma City police officers and twin brothers Dan and Don Evans lost a combined 256 pounds during their time on the “Biggest Loser: Couples” season 11.
Allie Ishcomer, of Moore, and Lisa Mosley, of Norman, competed on Season 10 of the show.
Daris George, of Ardmore, made it to the final three in Season 9 of “Biggest Loser: Couples” when he competed alongside his mother, Cheryl George.
Other Oklahomans who've competed on the show include Sean Algaier, of Glenpool, Amanda and Neill Harmer, of Bethany, and Jason Ramsey, of Oklahoma City.
Bernstein said Oklahomans make great contestants on the show.
“We just love the energy and the motivation that not only the people have for themselves but their families and friends,” Bernstein said. “Oklahoma just seems like it's a warm town with friendly folks that get behind a person when they're actually trying to do something for themselves.”
On Saturday, contestants can start lining up at 7 a.m. They will be brought in for interviews in groups of 10 and will be seated at a round table.
“Everybody will get a minute to really share their emotions, share their feelings, share with us why they want to be on ‘The Biggest Loser' and why now,” Bernstein said. “I am looking for people to stand out, but I don't want them to stand out in a fake way, I want them to stand out in a genuine, heartfelt way.”
After the first round of auditions, many will be invited back for a second round, to be held the following three days. If selected to move past the second round of auditions, contenders will be flown to Los Angeles for thorough medical checks to ensure they are physically fit enough to endure the extreme nature of the show.
If selected to compete on the show, contestants will have to be ready to make a three- to-four month commitment. Season 15 will air in the fall. To audition, you must be at least 18, a lawful U.S. resident and meet other eligibility requirements as of June 15.
For more information, go online to www.thebiggestlosercasting.com.