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Julie Tam, NBC 5
Hundreds lined up Saturday for an open casting call for season 13 of NBC's "The Biggest Loser" at Gilley's Dallas.
Hundreds of people in need of losing at least 85 pounds brought their hopes and dreams of weight loss to Gilley's Dallas to audition for season 13 of NBC's "The Biggest Loser" on Saturday.
The prize is $250,000. But for some, the bigger prize is the chance to lose a lot of weight and change their lives.
A Dallas foster mother brought her foster daughter to join the hopefuls who came from North Texas to Maryland.
"For me, I've been taking care of everybody else for a long time, so it's time for Mom to do something for Mom," said Sandy Curtis.
A number of people brought photos and wore T-shirts with special messages.
"This is how I'm going to get from "fat 2 phat," said one woman reading the words on her shirt.
Some people waited eight hours to get in to the casting call.
Twin brothers, Dan and Don Evans, the Oklahoma City police officers who each lost about 130 pounds season 11 of "The Biggest Loser," wished auditioners good luck.
"We're here just to kind of pay it forward a little bit because this is where we started. We started standing in line just like everybody here," said Don Evans.
Inside, we found a familiar face -- Earl Kennedy -- we've followed him from his first audition last year to his third attempt Saturday. At 448 lbs, he's less than half the size he used to be.
"By golly, it can be done," said Kennedy. "I have the ridden the Texas Giant in weight loss. A roller coaster."
He says this will be his last trip from Durant, Okla. to try out. He's hanging his hopes on being chosen for season 13.
"I'm writing a new chapter. And you know, 13 may be my lucky number," said Kennedy.
He and all the others hope a reality TV show will be their life-changing ticket to good health.