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These casting calls might make you majorly famous

November 30, 2011|By Dana Moran | RedEye

The Situation and those chicks on "16 and Pregnant" know there's great fame to be found through casting calls -- and you could be next. (Well, we're hoping you'll use slightly fewer hair products and be slightly less accidentally knocked up, but you get the picture.) Check out these opportunities to become majorly, ridiculously famous -- or at least gossip blog-worthy. | @redeyedana

"Tough Love"

Network: Vh1

Premise: Desperate single ladies go through a boot camp to fix their awful dating habits while living in a house together.

Skills needed: Crying into lots of tissues, dancing on various pole-like objects, throwing multiple liquids into a man's face

Perfect celeb: Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry

How to audition: Open casting call from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Moe's Cantina, 155 W. Kinzie St.

"Love in the Wild"

Network: NBC

Premise: Men and women are paired up to find love on a wild adventure. Does this involve sleeping in a bed with a total stranger on national TV? Yes, yes it does.

Skills needed: For the women, the ability to look all doe-eyed, wear really long nails and create a pillow barrier. For the men, the ability to lift semi-heavy things, row a canoe and overcome a pillow barrier.

Perfect celeb: Ryan Phillippe, Jennifer Love Hewitt

How to audition: Open casting call from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 14 at Angels and Kings, 230 N. Michigan Ave.


Network: Fox

Premise: Gordon Ramsay yells at a bunch of terrified chefs, who eventually win his respect (we hope) or get canned (ouch). Oh, and Graham Elliot is there.

Skills needed: Not cutting yourself while cooking super-fast, not crying while being yelled at on national TV, having great taste in loud music so Graham will like you

Perfect celeb: The Swedish Chef, Pete Schweddy of "SNL's" "Schweddy Balls"

How to audition: Open casting call from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at Le Cordon Bleu, 361 W. Chestnut St.

"Avenue Q"

Seen at: The Bailiwick Theater in 2012

Premise: New York City 20-somethings hang out with a bunch of puppets and talk about fun stuff like how useless a degree in English is, and the fact that the Internet is for porn.

Skills needed: Awesome singing ability, even more awesome snarkiness. Also, looking like Gary Coleman can't hurt.

Perfect celeb: Nicki Minaj, Ryan Gosling

How to audition: All open call audition slots from Thursday to Monday have been filled, but you still can email in a YouTube audition. More info at

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