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Extreme Makeover
Image credit: Extreme Makeover: Carol Kaelson/ABC
Extreme Makeover
Image credit: Extreme Makeover: Carol Kaelson/ABC

Extreme Makeover

ABC, season premiere Thursday, Sept. 23, 8-9 p.m.

THE GIST Plastic surgery, personal trainers, teeth-bleaching systems, and stylists of every stripe convert plain Janes and Joes into tan, toned hotties.

WHO SHOULD APPLY Big nose, lumpy thighs, monobrow? Sign up! And if you have an equally plain buddy or mate, the show is especially interested in pairs.

DO Be fun. As much crying and freaking out as you see on the show, producers say they're looking for someone ''creative, exciting, and personable.'' And, you know, kinda ugly.

DON'T Have political ambitions. You must agree not to run for any public office for a year after your episode airs.

HOW TO APPLY Fill out the online application, and shoot a three-minute video explaining why you need a makeover. Don't forget to include a 30-second close-up of your face and a full body shot.

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