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Naked auditions: Letting it all hang out for TV

Nov 15, 2010 2:14:00 AM - thestate.com
Horace Tidwell is so over Kmart. If walking around naked for an entire month will propel him to stardom, he’ll do it.

“I lift boxes all day,” said Tidwell, 23, who works at the discount chain’s Ocala distribution center. “I can’t do this for the rest of my life.”

The chance to avoid a blue-collar future prompted Tidwell to strip to boxers and sing America the Beautiful Saturday for a panel of judges choosing cast members for “The Nak’d Truth,” a nude reality television show being filmed at the clothing-optional Caliente Resort & Spa. Each of the five judges gave people a “yes” or “no” vote, with brief explanations.

The show, which has yet to find a network home, features seven people, ages 20 to 35, who will work for a month at the resort. The catch is they must remain nude 24/7. Producers say private parts will be blurred.

During auditions at the resort’s pool deck, about 125 potential cast members, clothed in swimsuits or underwear, had about five minutes to make their case.

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