'The Biggest Loser' auditions: Jeff Nichols from Season 14 on what to expect

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"The Biggest Loser" is on a nationwide hunt for its next round of contestants, and some of your favorite contestants are coming to a casting call near you. 

Season 14 runner-up Jeff Nichols will be at the Chicago casting on May 4, and he has a little advice for anyone hoping to land a spot on the Biggest Loser Ranch. "Be yourself," he says. "Because it is these people's job to judge character and they can tell when someone is acting." 

Jeff recommends arriving at a casting call three hours early, and advises potential contestants to be prepared to "hurry up and wait." But he maintains the potential gains -- or, losses -- are worth it. "I would tell anyone to go that has ever thought about doing it," he says. "Anyone who thinks they need a bigger kick in the butt to start their weight loss journey."

Jeff decided to go to a "Biggest Loser" casting call after watching Jeremy Britt win Season 11. "He was from Michigan, was only 1l lbs. more than me, and he won," Jeff says. "So I figured if he could do it, I could too." Since coming in second place to Season 14 winner Danni Allen, Jeff has maintained his newfound fitness and is studying to become a certified personal trainer.

Jeff says he and Francelina Morillo, who found love on the show, are still going strong. But he hasn't put a ring on it just yet. "Maybe one day, but right now were just taking things one day at a time," Jeff says. "And maybe when she becomes a doctor, she'll put a ring on me."

"The Biggest Loser" is looking for contestants aged 18 and older, who have at least 80 lbs. to lose and want to compete for a grand prize of $250,000. Here is the 11-city casting call schedule:

Sat, May 4

Charleston, S.C.
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Music Farm
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Planet Fitness
Los Angeles
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Citadel Outlets
Oklahoma City
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Crossroads Mall
Salt Lake City
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sat, May 11

10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
The Georgian Terrace Hotel 
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Planet Fitness
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Planet Fitness
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Gilley's Dallas
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
The Shops at Liberty Place
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Embassy Suites Phoenix-Scottsdale

For more information, check out "The Biggest Loser" casting website.
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