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In One Ear: Calling all Norwegians

It’s time for the annual Alt for Norge casting call
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on September 15, 2017 12:01AM

In a city full of Scandinavians, there must be a passel of Norwegians, and this one’s for you: Chicago’s O’Connor Casting Company is casting for Season 9 of “Alt For Norge” (aka “The Great Norway Adventure”), Norway’s Emmy award-winning reality show.

Norwegian-American contestants are flown to Norway to compete in “good-natured, exciting and extreme cultural challenges.” The winner receives $50,000 and meets Norwegian relatives they’ve never heard of.

No, you do not have to speak Norwegian, or be 100 percent Norwegian, either. Contestants must simply be Americans with Norwegian ancestry (even a little bit counts) who are age 18-plus (but there’s no age limit) and have never traveled to Norway. You can read the rules, and find out how to apply at

“We’ve sent 94 Norwegian-Americans to Norway and eight of them have won $50,000 and met their long lost Norwegian relatives,” a post on the O’Connor Casting Facebook page says. “All of them had an adventurous, life-changing cultural experience.”

Portlander Tom Torresdal, shown in an old photo courtesy of TVNorge, was a contestant on the show in 2011. “Such an amazing experience,” he said at the end of filming. “I’ve loved every single second that I’ve been here.” He loved it so much, in fact, that he moved to Norway for a while to work in a brewery. Now he’s a brewer himself, at Pyramid Brewing.

The deadline to apply for “Alt for Norge” is Dec. 1, but the casting company recommends applying early.


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