Great adventure

Photo courtesy of O’Connor Casting The cast visits an oil rig in Season 3, Episode 3. The Transocean Barents, in the North Sea outside Stavanger.

Now casting for season four of the hit Norwegian reality show “Alt ForNorge”

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The producers of Norway’s version of “Dancing With The Stars” and “American Idol” are returning to the U.S. for a fourth time to find fun, outgoing Americans with Norwegian ancestry to participate in Season Four of Norway’s number one Emmy Award winning reality TV series “Alt for Norge” (also known as “The Great Norway Adventure”).

O’Connor Casting Company is conducting a nationwide search for adventurous Americans with Norwegian ancestry (even a little bit counts) who are interested in auditioning. The series follows 12 Norwegian-Americans who fly to Norway and immerse themselves in the culture and compete in a series of extreme challenges that test their skills, courage and determination. The winner receives a cash prize of $50,000 and will meet Norwegian relatives they don’t even know exist.

“We’re looking for people who have a deep curiosity or passion for their Norwegian heritage, and want to have a life changing adventure,” says David O’Connor, Director of Casting at Chicago’s O’Connor Casting Company. “Last season’s contestants came from all over the United States with a variety of careers including a cowboy, truck driver, massage therapist and theme park designer.”

Maryland contestant Kimberly Nolan, who is dubbed season two’s “Single Gal” says, “The experience was magical. Even though I didn’t win, I got to do everything my ancestors would be doing if they weren’t brave enough to immigrate to the U.S.” Nolan, who slept in an ice cave and visited the church where her ancestors were baptized and married, also brought home a prize. “I met my Norwegian boyfriend as a result of being on the show.”

Season two winner Matt Rowe says there’s nothing like this experience in the world. “Sure the landscape was beautiful and the challenges were really exciting, but it’s the people who make Norway special.” He adds, “And that’s something every cast member experienced because we were there for two weeks before anyone was eliminated.” Rowe forged so many friendships that he’s thinking of moving to Norway.

Applicants need to have the following:

U.S. citizenship

Norwegian ancestry (even a little bit counts!)

Be over the age of 18

Never been to Norway

And if you feel this show isn’t for you, but know someone who would be perfect for it, pass this information!

Visit for all info, to apply online, access auditon video tips, FAQs, view previous contestants audition videos and clips and photos from past seasons. You can email any questions to

Application and video submission deadline is Jan. 6, 2013.Open casting calls in Minnesota at Mall of America in Bloomington on Dec. 1, and in Chicago on Dec. 7.

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