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Utahns audition for 'Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition'

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - The hit ABC show “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition” was in Salt Lake City Saturday trying to find its next contestants.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - The hit ABC show “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition” was in Salt Lake City Saturday trying to find its next contestants.

It's not a typical weight loss show. There is a high-energy trainer who coaches contestants as they drastically shed pounds, but it all happens inside their own homes.

“As opposed to where folks go away and then come back Chris Powell, our trainer, comes to them, cleans up their cabinets, cleans out their refrigerator, sets up this workout equipment and sets them up for success to lose the weight at home in their environment,” said Vanessa Bond, casting director.

It's a weight loss strategy that has given hope to many Utahns, some who showed up to the Boys and Girls Club in Sugarhouse for a shot at getting on the show.

“It's what I need, it's what I need in my life right now,” said Phoebe Barry, who auditioned. Barry said she's been heavy her whole life-- something she had in common with friend who went on to be one of the most famous heavy set women in America.

“I grew up with Roseanne Bar and we were best friends in high school, the two chubbiest girls there and we kept our friendship going,” said Barry. “Her and I joke about it, I need to lose the weight so she can get skinny too.”

Getting skinny to many of those at the casting call isn't just about looking better, but for one woman it's a matter of life or death.

“I’m a one-year cancer survivor, doctors all my life have said 35 max,” said Vinita Trujillo. “If I can beat cancer then I know that I’m not going to let my weight beat me.”

If you would like to learn more about how to apply for the show online, click here.
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