‘The Biggest Loser’ accepting contestant applications

Felicia Bufkin on episode 1706, “Ready? Set. Auction!”

The reality show “The Biggest Loser” is accepting applications for its upcoming season, giving Valley residents the chance to focus on their health and diet.

“Everyone has a different story to tell, and everyone’s story and journey is so unique and powerful,” said Allison Kaz, “The Bigger Loser” casting director. 

“We’re looking for people who are truly in a place in their life where they’re ready to transform and start a healthy journey.”

“The Biggest Loser” is taking applications for the next two months, and the network expects to begin filming in the fall. To enter, visit blcasting.tv. Contestants who make the show will be filmed for two months and will have access to experts and trainers equipped to give them the tools necessary to reach their goal.  

“During the show, they come to ‘The Biggest Loser’ ranch and, over the course of a couple months, they will work out with trainers and have access to learning the tools of diet and exercise,” Kaz said. 

On NBC for 17 seasons, “The Biggest Loser” will air on the USA Network in 2020. Both networks are owned by NBCUniversal. The show features obese or overweight contestants competing to win a cash prize by losing the highest percentage of weight relative to their initial weight.

This time around, the show is taking a holistic approach to weight loss, according to Kaz. 

“The show is about getting healthy from the inside out. It’s not just about shedding weight. It’s really about how to stay healthy long term,” Kaz said. 

As for the contestants, Kaz said, the casting department is looking for people who need to lose roughly 100 pounds. 

“We really are looking for all types of people, whether you’re in your 20s, you’re single and you’re looking to kick-start your life; or you’re married with kids and you’re looking to create a healthy lifestyle at home; or you’re an athlete who’s looking to get back into shape,” Kaz said. 

“The Biggest Loser” impacts the lives of contestants and viewers, said Kaz, who has been part of the show since the beginning. 

“As a casting director, it’s the most rewarding show I’ve ever worked on,” she said. “I can’t tell the countless number of letters I’ve received from people who have watched the show and gotten healthy and lost weight or made some dramatic change in their life because of watching the show.” 

“The Biggest Loser” offers contestants the chance to really change 

“For the contestants, it’s really a time where they get to focus solely on themselves without distractions from all other things that are going on in their lives,” Kaz said. “They get to focus on what’s the most important thing to them right now.”