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Overweight vie to ‘Diet’ on ‘Big’ sib reality show

Contestants must lose weight in 100 days in front of Sat 1 crowd

BERLIN — “Big Diet,” a reality show in which 10 overweight people will vie to lose the most weight in a “golden cage” full of temptations, is the latest variation on “Big Brother” destined for the small screen.

Hundreds of people have already registered for the series that the creator of “Big Brother,” Dutch entertainment giant Endemol Entertainment, is developing for Berlin-based commercial web Sat.1.

The “Big Diet” contestants will be locked up for 100 days in a deluxe wellness center turned living quarters, complete with swimming pool, fitness center, personal trainers — and a wealth of temptations.

The producers are considering ways to make the task of losing those extra pounds more difficult. Possibilities here include leaving out cakes on the tables, building a gourmet restaurant into the complex or even taking participants out to eateries in town.

Golden chance

Making it even tougher to walk off with the prize — bars of gold equivalent to amount of weight lost — will be the job of pleasing audiences. Every two weeks, viewers can vote out one participant.

Two separate contests for men and women are being considered since the two sexes lose weight at varying speeds.

Show is due to broadcast daily next spring — the “high season,” according to a Sat.1 spokesperson, for Germans trying to lose weight.

“We are looking at one of the best wellness and fitness centers in Germany,” he enthused.

SAT.1 is currently airing “Survivor” clone “Insel Duell.”

(Ed Meza contributed to this report.)

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