June 18, 2009 07:00 AM by Cindy Adams
Oxygen has come up with a great new concept modeled after the tons (no pun intended) of dance shows out there. But this show has one goal in mindÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â¬”for contestants to dance off that excess junk in the trunk or as Oxygen calls it Dance Your Ass Off. This is really a great concept because it combines dancing and weight loss.
Judging the contestants will be choreographers Mayte Garcia and Danny Teeson, along with actress and dancer Lisa Ann Walter.
The casting special began with some audition tapes,with some thatwere hilarious, some that were really good, and some that were just plain scary! From this, 30 people were chosen to fly to LA and strut their stuff, while the judges whittled the group down to 12 people.
After all was said and done these are the lucky contestants:
Aliciais 23, 5’4″ and 254. She is single, from Scranton, Pennsylvania, and LOVES to dance!
Angelais 24, 5’7″ and 180. She is from Boise, Idaho, has been a model, and loves the song “Single Ladies” by Beyonce.
Brandon is 20, 5’6″ and 229. He is from Canton, Ohio and plans to be an R&B sensation.
Karla is 29, 5’2″ and 175. She hails from Scottsdale, Arizona and is a working comedian.
Mara is 32, 5’2″ and 259. She is from Detroit, Michigan, but lives in Los Angeles and works as a substitute teacher. She is diabetic and is sure dancing will save her life.
Miles is 29, 5’10″ and 257. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, and loves to Swing dance.
Sophia or “Pinky” is 29, 5’3″ and 187. She is from Phoenix, Arizona and is the founder of an all-female dance crew, which has taken heras far away as Japan to dance battle.
Ruben is the oldest contestant at 43. He is 6’0″ and 220, and lives in Las Vegas. He loves the song “Save the Last Dance For Me” because it was his parents’ favorite.
Shayla is 27, 5’7″ and 203. She loves Salsa and Swing dance and lives in Corona, California.
Tara is 32, 5’8″ and 240. She is from Orlando, Florida and works at an advertising company.
Trice is 24, 5’3″ and 270. She is from Chicago, Illinois and has been overweight most of her life.
Warren is a 29-year-old nurse, who is 6’0″ and 351. He is from Orem, Utah, is married, and has two children.
The season looks really exciting, and I think myself and every other Biggest Loser fans will love this show. I’m looking forward to the first episode to watch the contestants dance like there’s no tomorrow, lose that excess luggage, and get happy and healthy!
Photo credit: Oxygen Network