The Emmy award-winning Norwegian reality show follows American contestants as they travel to Norway for the first time. Along the way, they meet distant relatives, take on fun challenges like ski jumping and sailing, and learn a little bit about the culture and history of the country. Ultimately, there is a winner, and that person takes home $50,000.
Minnesotans have fared well on the show, which is now in its seventh year.
“Season six [which is currently airing] features five cast members from Minnesota, which is the most they’ve ever had in a single season," says casting producer Joan O’Connor. "The Norwegian viewers really respond to their authenticity and vulnerability. They’re not in it for the drama or the fame. They’re in it for the once in a lifetime experience of connecting with their ancestry in a profound way.”
The casting call for season seven will take place at the Executive Center at Mall of America this Sunday, November 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (on the fourth floor). Anyone is welcome to apply, as long as they have some Norwegian ancestry, no matter how remote. Potential contestants must also be 18 or older.