Chicago’s Season 13 ‘Biggest Loser’ Casting Call

Several hundred reality TV hopefuls turned out Saturday for an open casting call for NBC's hit show, The Biggest Loser.

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Several hundred people waited in line outside the Chicago Home Fitness, at 2070 N. Clybourn Ave., in Chicago, for an open casting call for NBC's hit show, The Biggest Loser.
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Some wannabe-competitors said they began lining up before 6 a.m.
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An impending thunderstorm couldn't keep these hopefuls and their supporters away. The line stretched around the shopping center, where Chicago Home Fitness is located, and down an alley.
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In order to be eligible, hopefuls needed to have at least 85 pounds to lose.
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While competitors stand to win $250,000, most of those who spoke with NBC Chicago said money wasn't their prime motivator.
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Once homeless, this man said he's now back on track. Improving his health is the next step to improving his life, he said.
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Yes, there's sweat and tears on the show, but this woman -- a military veteran -- said she expected the show to be less difficult than boot camp. She wants back a level of fitness she once had, she said.
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This man, who came to the casting call with his friend of 14 years, said his weight has held him back from doing things he wants to accomplish in his life.
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"Because I'm awesome!" this man said when asked why he was the next Biggest Loser.
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For many, losing weight is just one step in their long journey to improve their lives.
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These always-competitive sisters were both looking forward to meeting the show's producers.
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"I just came shopping for a new treadmill," this woman joked as she neared the entrance to meet with producers.
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"There are too many things I want to do yet with my life," said this man.
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A very wet Chicago was just one stop on the producers' 13-city tour to find the next Biggest Loser.
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