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January 9, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Telemundo is spinning off parent network NBC's hit "The Voice" with a singing competition for children called "La Voz Kids" and its coming to Chicago for auditions. Children between the ages of 7 and 14 can apply and register at lavozkids.com , call 1-855-VOZ-KIDS (1-855-869-5437) or send an email to castings@lavozkids.com. Those who are accepted will be invited to participate in one of several casting calls around the country. The Chicago call is set for Jan. 26 and 27. But you must register first.
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April 21, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Any Chicagoans fed up with the way they're living these days, or how society works in general, have a chance to create a brave new world - if they make it through auditions for Fox's "Utopia" reality series. Casting producers for "Utopia" will be in Chicago April 25-27 at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo as part of their search for motivated and adventurous people who possess the passion and determination to create and build a whole new society. Based on a Dutch series, the reality show follows 15 pioneers for a year as they make laws, build a civilization and learn how to coexist on their own. You...
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June 12, 2012 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
NBC's "The Biggest Loser" has launched a 13-city search to find new contestants for the reality series' 14th season, and casting directors are coming to Chicago June 23. They're looking for people who need to lose at least 85 pounds, are charismatic and "have the desire to change their lives forever. " Just in case you haven't seen the show, contestants work hard with trainers Dolvett Quince (left above) and Bob Harper (right) to lose weight while competing for a grand prize of $250,000.
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March 28, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Univision Network has announced May 10 open auditions in Chicago for its new reality singing competition, "Va Por Ti" (This One's for You). The Chicago auditions, at Resolution Studios, 2226 W. Walnut St., are part of a nationwide search for contestants that begins April 5 in Los Angeles and ends May 23 in Miami. Talent scouts will attend the auditions to spot the most promising candidates. For information on "Va Por Ti," audition requirements and contest rules please visit vaporti.com . The Chicago site information can be found by clicking this link.
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July 1, 2012 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
Test your trivia knowledge July 9 and you could become a contestant on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire. " The game show, which airs locally on WGN, will audition possible contestants for the upcoming 11th season on July 9 at Rivers Casino Des Plaines. Participants will take part in one of two early audition sessions in which they will take a timed, multiple choice test. Those sessions are set for 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Those who pass will be interviewed by one of the show's producers.
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January 10, 2012 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
Univision Network's hit reality beauty competition, "Nuestra Belleza Latina" ("Our Latin Beauty"), kicks off its search for the new season's contestants with open auditions Wednesday in the Chicago area. Reigning Season 5 queen Nastassja Bolivar, judges Osmel Sousa and Lupita Jones and the show's host, Giselle Blondet, will meet contestants starting at 8 a.m. Jan. 11 at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, 2001 N. Roselle Road in Schaumburg. Grammy winner Lupillo Rivera will make a special appearance as a guest judge.
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June 23, 2012 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
Auditions for Season 12 of "American Idol" began in early June, but Chicago-area hopefuls get their chance to impress the judges on July 12. Registration for Chicago auditions will be July 10 and 11, with auditions happening July 12. Both registration and auditions will take place at United Center, 1901 W. Madison St. "Idol" is looking for men and women between 15 and 28 as of June 5, 2012, and who are eligible to work in the U.S. Some restrictions...
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March 28, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Univision Network has announced May 10 open auditions in Chicago for its new reality singing competition, "Va Por Ti" (This One's for You). The Chicago auditions, at Resolution Studios, 2226 W. Walnut St., are part of a nationwide search for contestants that begins April 5 in Los Angeles and ends May 23 in Miami. Talent scouts will attend the auditions to spot the most promising candidates. For information on "Va Por Ti," audition requirements and contest rules please visit vaporti.com . The Chicago site information can be found by clicking this...
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February 4, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
After skipping over Chicago for last year's audition process, "So You Think You Can Dance" will conduct open-call auditions Feb. 27 and March 1. On Thursday, Feb. 27, producers from the show will audition candidates at the Oriental Theatre. Saturday's call-backs will be in front of judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, guest judge Jenna Elfman and possibly host Cat Deeley. Registration begins at 8 a.m. the theatre. Some rules via Fox: Dancers either must be U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents of the U.S. or possess current legal...
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December 13, 2011 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
With Fox reviving its 1990s sketch comedy series "In Living Color" for two specials in 2012, it's going to need some comics to make us laugh. What better place to find them then Chicago, home of the best improv comedy in the country? Jamie Masada, owner of the Laugh Factory, is teaming with Fox to host open casting calls for "In Living Color" at Chicago's new Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 20. The site doesn't open for business until mid-January, but people will be there accepting...
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March 17, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Aspiring singers, get ready to audition April 8 in Chicago for another TV singing competition.  ABC is getting into the singing competition business with "Rising Star," the first contest in which the audience has the final say in real-time voting. Says ABC: "The show follows a group of aspiring singers as they perform live. During the performances, viewers vote in real time via an App to determine if the singer will advance in the competition. If the voting reaches a certain threshold, the performer moves on. In addition, the performer can see how the voting is...
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February 4, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
After skipping over Chicago for last year's audition process, "So You Think You Can Dance" will conduct open-call auditions Feb. 27 and March 1. On Thursday, Feb. 27, producers from the show will audition candidates at the Oriental Theatre. Saturday's call-backs will be in front of judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, guest judge Jenna Elfman and possibly host Cat Deeley. Registration begins at 8 a.m. the theatre. Some rules via Fox: Dancers either must be U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents of the U.S. or possess current legal...
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August 27, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
When NBC's "Sunday Night Football" debuts Sept. 8, Carrie Underwood will be singing the theme song with the help of 13 NFL players. OK, that's the "big" news coming from the NBC Sports Group today, but the better news is the list of NBC stars who will not be performing "Waiting All Day For Sunday Night. " Over the summer, NBC had open auditions to find the perfect voice to sing the song, and created a compilation video showcasing the "talents" of stars Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, Joan and Melissa Rivers, Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al...
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June 22, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
With their costar both co-writing and co-directing a film, cast members of "Community" probably expected to have a leg up on the competition when they auditioned for a role in "The Way Way Back," the new comedy from Oscar winners Jim Rash, who plays Dean Pelton on the NBC sitcom, and Nat Faxon. As you can see in this newly released video from the casting process, things didn't go so well for Chicago native Danny Pudi, Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs and Yvette Nicole Brown or "Saturday Night Live" cast member Will Forte.
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April 20, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Wheeling resident Danni Allen lost 121 pounds to win Season 14 of NBC's weight-loss competition reality show "The Biggest Loser. " On May 4, the series' nationwide search for potential new contestants hits Chicago. Casting director Randy Bernstein will conduct auditions from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Planet Fitness, 3120 N. Pulaski Road. Allen won't be at the auditions, but past contestants such as Wheaton residents Jerry and Estella Hayes will be there to cheer on hopefuls. Season 14 runner-up Jeff Nichols and his girlfriend/"Loser" teammate...
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January 9, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Telemundo is spinning off parent network NBC's hit "The Voice" with a singing competition for children called "La Voz Kids" and its coming to Chicago for auditions. Children between the ages of 7 and 14 can apply and register at lavozkids.com , call 1-855-VOZ-KIDS (1-855-869-5437) or send an email to castings@lavozkids.com. Those who are accepted will be invited to participate in one of several casting calls around the country. The Chicago call is set for Jan. 26 and 27. But you must register first.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Aspiring singers, get ready to audition April 8 in Chicago for another TV singing competition.  ABC is getting into the singing competition business with "Rising Star," the first contest in which the audience has the final say in real-time voting. Says ABC: "The show follows a group of aspiring singers as they perform live. During the performances, viewers vote in real time via an App to determine if the singer will advance in the competition. If the voting reaches a certain threshold, the performer moves on. In addition, the performer can see how the voting is...
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September 27, 2012 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
* (out of four) “Pitch Perfect” doesn't deserve its star, Anna Kendrick. For the second time in two weeks (“End of Watch”) the actress' charm enlivens the screen, but this time it's in service of a movie that makes “Katy Perry: Part of Me” look like “Almost Famous.” To anyone thinking I don't believe women can be funny, my answer is simple: Of course they can. But “Pitch Perfect” would be a disaster starring women, men...
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