ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition hits the road this April for a live casting call tour in 13 cities nationwide. It’s an exciting opportunity to be on one of the most popular weight loss reality shows, but more importantly to change your health and life with the help of leading experts.
— DietsInReview (@DietsInReview) March 29, 2013
You’ll have an exclusive opportunity to meet the casting directors for the show and win a front of the line pass to the casting call of your choice during our G+ Hangout on April 2 at 8:00p EST. We’re hosting this event with Holland Weathers and Brandon Nickens, as well as season two success Jacqui McCoy. There are five open seats and we want to put you in one! GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED!
At the live casting calls, you’ll meet one-on-one with casting agents, interviews that could land you one of a few coveted spots on the show’s fourth season. Unlike other reality weight loss shows, Extreme Makeover is not competition based and follows an individual’s journey from start to finish for 365 days under the direction of trainer Chris Powell. (more…)
Sunday night America was able to witness Ashely Johnson’s extreme transformation that took a year to accomplish. With the help of Chris Powell, the trainer on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition,” Johnson went from 323 pounds to 167 pounds on her final weigh-in.
Her journey wasn’t easy and she had to deal with challenges that included her family. They would bring junk food into the house and holiday meals were full of unhealthy entrees.
On the show she talked about trying to get her family to understand how they were making it difficult for her and they would reply that she just needed to have more willpower. Her family’s lack of support may be because Ashley was the only one in her family who struggled with weight. Arguments between Johnson and her mother also added to the stressful environment.
All of theses issues had Powell concerned when Ashley failed to reach her first weigh-in goal. A friend of Johnson’s offered her to move-in rent free. Being away from all the negative influences of her family, Johnson was able to really focus on her weight loss and succeed.
Powell also had her meet with a therapist so she could find out why she gained the weight in the first place. Through the therapy she discovered the root of her problem and was finally able to admit she was a compulsive eater and had an addiction to food. This helped her begin the inner-healing she needed that was just as important as the weight-loss itself. (more…)
The casting team of Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition is making its way to several locations across the U.S. for an open casting calls this weekend. They will be looking for candidates to appear on the show’s third season under the guidance of trainer and host Chris Powell. On Saturday, February 11th, they will be in New York, Chicago and San Diego, below are the location details.
New York City, NY
Time: 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Address: Dave and Busters, 234 W. 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10036
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Address: Dave and Busters, 1030 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60610
San Diego, CA
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Address: NTC Promenade – Command Center at Lierty Station, Point Loma, 2640 Historic Decatur Rd. San Diego, CA 92106
Addtionally, the following open calls will be held on Saturday, February 18th.
ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition is now casting for the upcoming season. The highly successful transformation show will air its new season Monday nights on ABC. They currently are holding open casting calls around the country in various cities along with accepting applications.
The show will select a few individuals who will be documented as they set out to lose half of their body weight in a year’s time. Trainer Chris Powell will be by their side as the participants learn how to properly eat, exercise, and live healthy for the first time. Viewers watch all this take place in the course of an hour. The transformation is so surprising that it is properly called the “metamorphosis.”
Individuals who want to apply are encouraged to either see if an open casting call is coming to their city or submit their application online. Formal applications must be accompanied by a video. The video is intended to help the producers get to know the applicant. They explain the elements they’re looking for on the website. “For example, if there is a high school letterman’s jacket, military uniform or wedding dress you hope to wear again, show us. If you are doing this for your kids, show us!”
Anyone who watches reality television knows that it isn’t all real, after all, whether it’s Loser, Housewives, or Hills, they still have a story to tell and a show to produce. But it’s one of those things that no one talks about. Until now. James Garrison, a participant in Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition‘s first season earlier this year, is calling himself a whistle blower and exposing what he describes as mistreatment of the shows participants.
“You read it here first… The Biggest Extreme Makeover Loser WhistleBlower,” said Garrison at the end of a nearly 2000-word diatribe against Extreme Makeover’s producers and cast, calling out by name JD Roth (the man also behind Biggest Loser) and the show’s trainer Chris Powell.
In our interview with James after his episode aired he described health problems he was having as, he says, a result of his rapid weight loss, which meant losing 313 pounds in 365 days. This month he had another rush to the hospital which resulted in the removal of his gall bladder. It got him thinking.
“Well it took another near death stay in the hospital, my second in a year, to realize exactly what I was promoting. Yes, I lost 313lbs in one year on ABC’s Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition, but should you? The answer is no. No one should lose that much weight that fast and if anything I am proof positive as to why its not a good idea. Those are unrealistic expectations that in reality are more harmful than good,” is the statement Garrison wrote in the blog post that started it all.
He says that post was also followed up by personal emails to Roth and Powell, explaining his health problems, the $50,000 in hospital bills from the past year, and asking for help with it all, which he says were ignored.
“I guess what is hard to understand is, after emailing JD. Roth and Chris Powell asking for assistance with my medical and over $50,000 in hospital bills I was ignored.”