Looking to lose the pounds after the pending Festive Season (apologies, but it's essentially Christmas in a month)? Operation Transformation is looking for you-hoooo. Just think, you could have your entire neighbourhood behind you while you go for those nightly power walks you currently pretend to go on.

Well, yesterday, Radio 1's John Murray put the shout out for new Leaders for the 2013 edition of the show.

Speaking of his time on the show, Killian Byrne (far left there. Remember, he was the rugby enthusiast who broke down in episode one because his father had died young and he was headed the same way?) recalled how things used to be, and how things have obviously changed for the better:

"I think the ability to spend time with my family and my children. To be able to go out in the garden and play a game of football, something that I would never have done in the past. When you're a six- or seven-year-old child you don't understand why your dad's sitting on the couch flicking through the channels on TV. For me it was because I didn't have any energy. After the programme, after eight weeks, I was able to get up and get out and play a game of football. Become the dad I wanted to be."

The closing date for applications is Friday October 19. To apply to the show, either visit: rte.ie/ot/featured/applynow.html for the application form; email [email protected]; or call Sinéad or Andy on (01) 864 1444.