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Who'll represent Long Island on next "Biggest Loser"?

Long Islanders on NBC's "The Biggest Loser" have fared remarkably well. Two have been grand-prize winners (Erik Chopin and Bill Germanakos), another an elimination-challenge winner (Jim Germanakos) and still another a third-place finisher (last season's Tara Costa).

Are there more Nassau or Suffolk residents ready to join this elite group? The long road begins next month. NBC announced Monday nationwide auditions for the ninth season. Locally, they are set for July 11 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the NBC Experience Store at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in Manhattan.

Family teams of two - including parent/child, siblings, husbands and wives, couples, cousins and in-laws - are eligible for the ninth season, which will air in early 2010. Season eight will premiere in September.

Candidates must be at least 18 and legal U.S. residents.

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