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I have a confession to make: I'm secretly obsessed with NBC's The Biggest Loser. I really don't understand it ... as a general rule, I'm not a big fan of reality television, but there's something about that show that keeps bringing me back again. And again. And again. I held a special soft spot for last season's winner -- the first-ever female Biggest Loser -- Ali Vincent (pictured in her Got Milk? ad above). The season finale is guaranteed to bring tears to my eyes, not just for the winners, but for all the participants and what they've gained (as well as lost!) in a measly few months.

Maybe this next season (which starts in October; mark your calendars!), you'll be one of the contestants I'm rooting so hard for. On Saturday, July 12, The Biggest Loser: Families, the sixth season of the show, is holding a casting call at 24 Hour Fitness, 2650 West Belleview Avenue in Littleton. Get there early: Casting teams can only guarantee the first 500 people in line will be seen. And if you can't make it, you can always visit www.nbc.com/casting to get another chance. Good luck -- and say hi to Alison Sweeney for me! -- Amber Taufen

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