One of NBC's most popular television programs is looking for participants from the North Texas area, with auditions scheduled in Dallas this week.

Jodi Thomas is one of the casting directors for season nine of "The Biggest Loser", which will be hosting an open casting call from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. this Saturday at Dave and Buster's Stemmons, 10727 Composite Drive in Dallas. Thomas contacted the Herald-Banner recently, in hopes of drawing interest especially among people who live in the Hunt County area, as Thomas is from Greenville.

"The Biggest Loser would love to get a contestant from one of the surrounding cities on the show," Thomas said. "I would love to see someone from Greenville win the show. That would be great."

Producers are seeking two-person family member teams — parent and child, siblings, married couples, cousins and/or in-laws — who each have at least 100 pounds to lose, who are outgoing with personality, to compete for a grand prize of $250,000.

Those individuals who do not have a partner may audition on their own, but those trying out are asked not to line up more than three hours before the open call start time

Thomas said she and her fellow casting director, DJ Feldman, would do their best to see the first 500 people in line.

Anyone not able to make the open call can go to to apply.

Season nine of "The Biggest Loser" will air in will air in early 2010. Season eight of “The Biggest Loser” will premiere in September 2009.

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