Heavyweights trooped to the PBB Eviction Hall recently for the chance to be a contestant in ABS-CBN’s latest reality show. The "biggie-sized" Pinoys faced their first challenge as they lined up and waited in the hope of finally achieving their dreams by getting their ideal weight through the Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition (BLPE).
BLPE director Jon Raymond Moll said the huge turnout was a sign of the big things coming in the show. "With the variety of the people who auditioned, we can expect a very good first season," said Moll, who was one of the executive producers of the reality show Pinoy Big Brother Double Up.
There were applicants who were just a few pounds over the 250lbs minimum for men and 200lbs minimum for women while there were those whose weight went beyond the capacity of the weighing scales.
In the interviews, the applicants shared their colorful stories and even embarrassing experiences like when they were called "elephants" or "giants" by other people. Some also mentioned their over-the-top eating habits like finishing a whole chocolate mousse cake by himself or munching up food every 30 minutes.
Asked what they would do when they get fit, a hopeful said she would run and hang-out with friends while another joked that she will post her picture in a dating website.
Executive producer Reily Santiago assessed that the applicants where after self-improvement and really joined to improve themselves and not for the cash and prize package. "We hope that those who won’t advance to the next level of auditions will still pursue and achieve the change they hope for," he said.
Catch the Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition auditions on July 30 at Park Mall Cebu, August 6 at Embarcadero de Legaspi, Legaspi City, and on August 13 at SM City Iloilo. Men weighing 250lbs. up and women 200lbs. up, both in good health and aged 18-40 years old may tryout by simply bringing a valid ID and close up and whole body photos.
Filipinos abroad may also audition. Watch out for announcements on the global auditions on ABS-CBN.