Hundreds Turn Out for “Biggest Loser” Casting

Casting call was held Saturday in Lincoln Park

For hundreds of aspiring reality TV stars, an impending thunderstorm wasn't going to keep them away from a chance to significantly improve their lives.

An open casting call for Season 13 of NBC's "The Biggest Loser" was held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Chicago Home Fitness location in Lincoln Park.

For hours prior to the start of the casting call, wannabe contestants -- including at least one woman who'd driven 11 hours from Upper Michigan -- lined up outside the shopping center, down the block and around an alley.

Despite a chance to win $250,000, many of those who turned out said the prize money wasn't their prime motivator. They want to improve their health to ensure they're with family and friends for a long time, and they want reconnect with the smaller person they remember in their minds.

"The show will provide a focus, one goal -- away from the distractions of jobs and family," one woman told NBC Chicago.

In order to be eligible, contestants must have at least 85 pounds to lose and be a U.S. resident over the age of 18.

Chicago was just one stop for the producers' 13-city tour. The casting calls began July 30 in Austin, Texas and finish up next Saturday in Los Angeles.

Potential contestants were able to apply as an individual or with a partner. Casting information is available at

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