This season's 'Biggest Loser' contestants include several who are Mormon

By Natalie Barrett

Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, March 1 2011 1:00 p.m. MST

Kaylee Kinikini has lost 53 pounds so far, but she said she has found this journey has taught her more about her individual worth than about weight loss.

"After coming here, (I started) realizing how much I am actually worth," Kaylee Kinikini said.

"There is so much more to me. I'm starting to see what my Heavenly Father sees and I think it just so important for people to realize that in anything they do, that to see what Heavenly Father sees in everyone of us, that he loves us and that we are all special and worth something.

"Once you see that and once you realize how special you are, that is when your dreams come true. That is when you can change your life and become a better person, when you have that eternal perspective to realize that you are a child of God, that you are worth something."

Gardner, an Olympic gold medalist in wrestling and another LDS contestant, has lost 107 pounds so far. He said he has found much success in losing weight and through his journey on "The Biggest Loser," he is slowly regaining his life and health.

"I never thought I could do this," Gardner said on the show.

"It is just amazing. My belly is going away. This is the most amazing thing just knowing that we are going to get something back that we didn't know we lost, and that means everything to me. I have my family, I have my life and I'm going to fight for it. It's time to get it back."

Natalie Barrett is a Brigham Young University student studying journalism.

2 NBC shows seeking contestants

Two NBC series will hold open casting calls in the Salt Lake area this month.

"Minute to Win It" will hold a casting call on March 5, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at Mountain America Credit Union's Corporate Annex at Jordan Landing, 7167 S. Center Park Drive in West Jordan.

According to Aaron Simnowitz, the show's casting director, producers are looking for energetic and confident competitors age 18 and older for the chance to win $1 million on the game show, which airs on NBC on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

A casting call for the 12th season of "The Biggest Loser" will be held March 12, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Maverik Center, 3200 S. Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City.

The show is looking for people who have at least 100 pounds to lose. Teams of two — parent and child, siblings, married couples, teammates, co-workers, best friends — or individuals without a teammate may attend the casting call. Home video submissions are also being accepted. Applicants must be 18 and a legal U.S resident. Contestants on the show, which airs on NBC Tuesdays at 7 p.m., compete for a prize of $250,000.

For more information, visit www.thebiggestlosercasting.com.

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