Today was the first installment of the "From a Lard Ass to a Hard Ass Contest" sponsored by Bally Total Fitness. For the past few months the show has solicited entries from women who, if they lost 15-20 pounds and got into shape, could be smoking hot. The guys had narrowed down all the entries to six women who were invited down to the station this morning so Howard and the crew could pick the 3 who will spend the next three months working with personal trainers at Bally's in hopes of turning hot - and winning the $10,000 grand prize. Howard sounded very impressed as the girls were led into the studio. Here are the six contestants:
•Kim - Kim says she's an 8 put could stand to loose a few pounds as she's gotten a little "thick." Howard correctly guessed that she was a B cup, but was surprised to learn that Kim is 31-years-old. Kim says she eats a little too much wine and cheese, which add to her weight problems.
• Jennifer - Howard thought Jen had a great face, but definitely needed to loose some weight. Jen said that when she was a dancer (as in ballet, not stripping) she had no problem keeping the weight off, but now she sits at her desk all day and never gets any exercise; she thinks she needs to loose about 25 pounds.
• Keira - Howard said Keira was just 10-15 pounds shy of being a perfect 10. Keira said she's in school and doesn't have much time to work out, plus she eats a lot of Taco Bell. Howard made Keira promise to make time for working out if they picked her.
• Talita - Talita, who is Brazilian, thought she needed to loose 10-15 pounds and Howard agreed, a little work would go a long way with her. Apparently Talita likes the desserts and chocolate a little too much. Talita also admitted to having a boyfriend (which was a minus for Artie) and to having gained 15 pounds recently.
• Nickie - On the plus side, Howard said Nickie was already a 7 or 8, but she needs to loose about 20 pounds. Nickie works as a model and a bartender (or was that a model bartender?) and, unfortunately, does have a boyfriend.
• Leah - Howard was immediately impressed with Leah's boobs which she said were real, but she wasn't too thrilled with their size. Leah says they're always getting in the way, but Howard told her they were great assets so she shouldn't feel that way. Leah thought she needed to loose about 10 pounds. Howard said he already had his three finalists picked out, as did Gary. So, after figuring out how to manage the voting, the judges gave their picks; Howard - Kim, Keira and Leah Robin - Kim, Keira and Leah Gary - Keira, Talita and Leah Fred - Kim, Talita and Leah Artie - Keira, Talita, Leah