PHOTOS: Casting ‘The Biggest Loser’ in Chicago

Show hopefuls lined Columbus Avenue Saturday to audition.

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Hannah Chanpong
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"Biggest Loser" hopefuls lined Columbus Avenue Saturday to wait to meet the reality series' casting directors. Jayson Szymaszek, 34, went shirtless to show why he wants to be on the show.
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Szymaszek weighs 305 pounds, about 50 more than he weighed a year ago when he moved to Oswego, Ill. from Mexico, where he was doing missionary work. He says he is determined to lose the weight as part of his mission to inspire others.
The line started to form at midnight Saturday. Nine hours later, it was around the block.
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Ashley Sawyer-Whitelow, 23, and Ashley Cole, 20, of Kokomo, Ind., started the line. Sawyer-Whitelow says they represent "two different sides" of weight loss.
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Sisters LaQuita and LaTricia Frederick, 38 and 34, of Chicago say they want to be "fit and fabulous."
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Casting staff started to usher the line inside the NBC Tower at 10 a.m.
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The auditioners kept coming.
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Tammy Ryan, 46, left, of Cedar Rapids, Ia. is a special education teacher. She says competing on the "Biggest Loser" will help her be a role model for her students.
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Many who were in line said they were thankful for this week's warmer temperatures.
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Nickole Brown, left, was ready to audition for "The Biggest Loser" two years ago, but she said she chickened out. She and fellow school bus driver Renae Brockman drove from Janesville and Milton, Wis., to try out.
A view of the line from above.
Hannah Chanpong
Hannah Chanpong
Auditioners fill out forms while they wait.
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Patrick Lowe, 19, says he wants to lose weight so that he can better care for his aging grandmother, who lives in Chicago. Lowe relocated to the city from Woodbury, Minn., two months ago to be closer to her.
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Many brought lawn chairs and blankets.
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Casting staff told potential contestants that they will call those who make it to the next round at 7 p.m.
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