NEW YORK – New York City's Roseland Ballroom was transformed into lipo-land last night when more than 100 people panting for plastic surgery auditioned for ABC's bizarre new reality show, Extreme Makeover 2.
On the reality show people get to change their appearances with plastic surgery, dental work, tummy tucks and stylist makeovers.
Extreme Makeover was a one-time reality special that aired last month -- and turned out to be a surprise hit for the network when 13.2 million viewers tuned in. Now the network is mounting a second edition targeted for next spring.
The majority of the crowd were seeking liposuction, nose-jobs, breast implants or eye-surgery. Almost all said they would be willing to go under the knife in order to look and feel better about themselves.
Among them were moms from New Jersey, a transgender man seeking to become a woman and a man who, after dropping 200 lbs., needs to have rolls of leftover flesh cut away.
"I think this would be a great opportunity for the country to be educated about transgender surgery," said Laverne Cox, a six-foot-plus blond originally from Alabama. Cox was born male but says he's been living as a woman for four years.
Jenny Rosetti, from Hopelawn, N.J., said she wanted to appear on the show to get rid of "the pouch" she's had since giving birth about 20 years ago and to get breast implants.