Casting call: reality TV show looking for Norwegian-Americans

Casting is underway for the 10th season of Alt for Norge, a reality TV show that sends 12 Norwegian-Americans to Norway to find their ancestral roots. It’s also a competition — the winner takes home $50,000.

Ballardites have been contestants in past seasons of Alt for Norge (All for Norway) — Lars Phillips, Heidi Somes, and Kate Mills were in season seven. Washington has the fourth largest Norwegian-American population in the US, and 14 out of 106 total cast members have been from Seattle.

The show is extremely popular in Norway — “Norwegian viewers are inspired by the casts’ Nordic pride and fascinated by their hilarious and emotional journey as they compete in fun, cultural and adventurous challenges to unearth the mysteries of their family’s legacy,” the casting agents say.

The cast members are dealt a series of challenges — losing a challenge means elimination. The challenges are pretty diverse, ranging from dog sledding to random competitions against nudists, and even Norwegian swearing contests with 100-year-olds.

In a statement, Alt for Norge casting director Joan O’Connor says she believes the show has, “tapped into our desire to understand where we come from, which gives insight into who we are. To have this opportunity to travel to your motherland, experience the culture as a non-tourist, walk the sacred grounds of your ancestors and discover your family’s saga and secrets is pretty incredible.”

To be eligible, applicants must have some Norwegian ancestry, be at least 18 years-old, and have not traveled to Norway after the age of 15. The casting call is on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 9am to 2pm at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (1113 6th Ave) — you also need to apply online. If you can’t make it to the casting call, applications will be accepted until Dec. 2.

Photo courtesy David O’Connor (O’Connor Casting)

 

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Social Justice
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Social Justice

No such thing as “Norwegian”. All nations are nations of migrants and immigrants. Check your racism.

Social Justice Warlord
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Social Justice Warlord

Did someone call my name? Is someone in need of a safe space? Has your privilege been suppressed? Your life matters! Do you need a hug?

UffDa der Skillingstad!
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UffDa der Skillingstad!

Må Freyrs sverd, og hammeren på Thor bli kastet på deg og dine rasistiske måter.

The Fresh Branzino
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The Fresh Branzino

If both Freya and Thor think these ways are racist…there goes a bunch of the Marvel movies actors. The Fresh Branzino has spoken!

Social Justice
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Social Justice

Comic books were invented by racist incels.

Sheldon
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Sheldon

You’re he one screaming racism. Makes me think you’re the true racist. #DothThouProtestTooMuch?

Social Justice
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Social Justice

There is no such thing as race or gender, but we must increase diversity. Stop being a bigot.

Carol Kunde
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Carol Kunde

Check out “People born in Norway from a long line of people born in Norway!

Susanna
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Susanna

Those of us who come from Decorah , IA are very proud of our Norwegian ethnic heritage. It is not racism. I think all individuals should celebrate their heritage , whether African American , Asian, Native American , or Northern European . Please attend Nordic Fest some year in Decorah Iowa , and then tell me what you think .

GJo
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GJo

Uff da!!

Woke William
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Woke William

It’s not at all ironical that we Seattle progressives praise Scandinavian societies. They are also suffering from so much whiteness.

Nikkita Oliversdottir
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Nikkita Oliversdottir

Hey wait a minute…

Lampchop
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Lampchop

Certainty Europe considers the Scandinavian countries to be the most racist. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/nn4d98/guide-to-european-racist-leagues

Norwegian Wood
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Norwegian Wood

Women look better in traditional garb.

Ilen Halogram
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Ilen Halogram

I might be perfect for this. how do you sign up?

Sherry Evans
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Sherry Evans

My gramma and grandpa left their firstborn in Norway to come to America. Uncle Arnie never came here to live, but my mom and her siblings paid for his whole family to come visit the United States when they were anle to. I would love to do this and understand how you leave a baby to follow a dream.

Lars Phillips
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Lars Phillips

Sherry – you should ABSOLUTELY give it a shot. They’re always looking for people with those family stories and connections, and they want people who are there for the right reasons – to learn more about your Norwegian family and understand things about your past! Go to the open audition and tell them your story!

Cheers,

Lars Phillips
AFN Season 7

Lars Phillips
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Lars Phillips

I’m the guy in the video above. This was hands down one of the coolest most spectacular experiences of my life. For anyone from Ballard with Norwegian heritage who hasn’t been to Norway (or went but before age 15), you should ABSOLUTELY give it a shot. You miss all the shots you don’t take, and the odds of ultimately being chosen – while not super good – are SUBSTANTIALLY better than any other reality TV show you’ve ever heard of. Feel free to shoot me an email if you want more information!

Cheers,

Lars

Mary Anders
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Mary Anders

I’m from Minnesota and would love to do this. How do I?

guest
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guest

Lars, do you know why there is a restriction re: not having visited Norway after age 15? I’m puzzled. First gen Norwegian American.

Lars Phillips
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Lars Phillips

Guest, It wasn’t until last year that they opened it up to folks who had been before they turned 15, it used to be limited to folks who had NEVER been to Norway. (I’m pretty sure they loosened the rules in order to cast a wider net in searching for contestants. They wanted to open up the chance to someone who might be 50 years old and hadn’t been to Norway in 40 years but was still ineligible until the rule change.) The show is all about Norwegian Americans “discovering” what it means to be a true Norwegian. They don’t want people who have already been to the homeland, met their family, and understand the customs and culture – they want contestants to learn as they progress on the show. The reason for this is twofold in my mind: 1.) Watching Norwegians Americans struggle with the most basic of Norwegian culture, language, and daily life is comical to Norwegians. 2.) The show is in a lot of ways a travel show whereby contestants travel to different locations within Norway each week. Many of these are places in Norway that most Norwegians have never visited before, and in a sense they… Read more »

Pau; Ramstad
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Pau; Ramstad

Consider the Ramstad family (Hrafnista in old Norsk) Look it up…Ramstad farm (where my Grandpa was born) has Ketil Trout buried in a mound. Famous ancestors. Oldest of the Norsk Sagas. Grim Shaggy Cheek, Keitl Trout and Ovar Odd. plus more Ramstad heritage sagas Ramstad was a great meeting place for all the Jarls of the time….Also Saint King Olav Haroldson was a great granfather 31 generations back! Thank You,,, Paul Harold Ramstad, California

West Texan
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West Texan

I am descended from farmers, fishermen, and bakers. No famous people there.

West Texan
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West Texan

As a third generation Norwegian American, I would love to do this, but travelling to Seattle is not possible for me. I will try to check on this show online, though.

Lars Phillips
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Lars Phillips

You don’t have to attend an open casting call… you can simply apply online and submit a video!

John Johansen
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John Johansen

I am 100% Norwegian and never been to Norway. Have a Big Family there but never meet them . Would be my dream to be involved. 😍

Lars Phillips
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Lars Phillips

You sound like the perfect candidate! Worst case you spend 2 hours, apply, and don’t get on. Best case you’re chosen and have one of the most spectacular experiences of your life. You miss all the shots you don’t take! Give it a go!

Lars
AFN Season 7

Wendy
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Wendy

I am 65 and have never been to Norway and yes I am Norwegian American. My great grandfather received a medal from the King of Norway for starting Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Brooklyn, NY

Sandra Thoresen Whitman
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Sandra Thoresen Whitman

Now I wish I hadn’t visited Norway 3 times so I could try out for this show! I am a 2nd generation 94% Norwegian American whose grandparents landed in Massachusetts and didn’t go any further! I don’t really wish I hadn’t visited. It’s a beautiful country and I felt like I belonged there…..an interesting feeling. I looked like them! I learned a lot about why my mother cooked the way she did…..i.e. boiled potatoes all the time :) Lefsa? Not as good as my grandmother’s. Good luck to all who try….I’m envious, but at age 76 I’ll just enjoy the show. It does play here in the U.S, doesn’t it? Wouldn’t want to miss it. My maiden name is Thoresen…..in other words, Thorsdatter!!