'Biggest Loser' casting for eighth-season contestants -- and trainers
By Christopher Rocchio, 02/10/2009
NBC has announced open casting calls for The Biggest Loser's eighth season, however the contestants who end up competing on the season may apparently find themselves working with unfamiliar trainers.
In addition to announcing the 14-city casting tour, NBC also revealed it is looking for "certified trainers with strong personalities who have a solid track record of taking the weight off of overweight clients."
NBC is casting new trainers "to keep creative options open for the new season," according to the network's casting tour press release.
When contacted for clarification by Reality TV World, the show's NBC spokesperson was unable to confirm whether current The Biggest Loser trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels will be part of the show's eighth season and declined to comment beyond the release.
Harper and Michaels served as The Biggest Loser's trainers for the show's first two seasons before Kim Lyons replaced Michaels prior to the show's third season. All three served as trainers for The Biggest Loser's Fall 2007 fourth season, however Lyons did not return forlast winter's fifth season.
Both individuals and teams of two who are interested in competing in the reality weight-loss series are encouraged to attend one of the upcoming auditions. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and legal residents of the United States.
NBC announced that it had renewedThe Biggest Loser for two more editions that will air during the 2009-2010 television season last month.
The Biggest Loser eighth-season casting call dates and locations are as follows. All auditions will be held from 10AM to 5PM.
NBC Experience Store 30 Rockefeller Plaza New York City, NY 10112
Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill 310 Johnny Bench Dr Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Louisville Athletic Club 951 E. Lewis and Clark Parkway Suite 830 Clarksville, IN 47129
NBC Tower 454 N. Columbus Dr. Chicago, IL 60611
Dave and Buster's Stemmons 10727 Composite Drive Dallas, TX 75220
Gardner-White Furniture 45300 Hayes Rd. Macomb, MI 48044
Fitness Together 1318-E2 Central Ave Charlotte, NC 28205
Wildhorse Saloon 120 2ND Avenue N Nashville, TN 37201
Dave and Buster's 7620 Katy Freeway #100 Houston, TX 77024
Buckeye Hall of Fame Cafe 1421 Olentangy River Rd Columbus, OH 43212
US Airways Center 201 E. Jefferson St Phoenix, AZ 85004