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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Norwegian Reality Dating Show Wants to Help San Franciscans Find Love

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 7:30 AM


From the producers of Jakten på kjærligheten: Bonderomantikk (Farmer Wants a Wife) comes yet another Norwegian reality TV show, Sons of Norway -- which is casting in San Francisco for its second season. Norwegian reality TV programming featuring Norwegian-American "contestants" has spiked in popularity in the last couple of years. The country remains thoroughly entertained by watching Americans choke down lutefisk, unite unsuspecting high school students with their powerful Norwegian relatives, and, in the case of Sons of Norway, find true love!

But like all (televised depictions of) love, there's a twist -- the chosen four singletons will have to fly to Norway, bring back a few Norwegians to briefly date in America, choose one, and then go back to Norway to explore their roots with their new potential partner. Norway, it seems, hasn't developed a taste for the extreme deception-and-humiliation formula that catalyzes American reality TV dating shows. The producers emphasize the audience's interest in a genuine, romantic cultural assimilation experiment. It's still on a reality TV timescale, but participants aren't likely to be ceremoniously booted off or told their new Norwegian princess still has a husband and just went bankrupt. Yep, despite the '90s Real World-esque title sequence, last season's contestants look pretty earnest.

San Francisco and Seattle have two of the biggest Norwegian populations (who knew?), and many other popular Scandinavian shows have found their casts here, such as Alt for Norge, (also in its second season) and Uncle America.

According to the press release:

To be eligible, applicants must be single and can be gay or straight. It's fine if they are divorced, widowed, or have kids. Age ranges are: Women 20-30 and Men 20-55. Having some Norwegian blood is required, but they can be of mixed nationalities or ethnicities.

So any of you Norwegian, half-Norwegian, or even vaguely Norwegian San Franciscans looking for that lifelong connection to your motherland (or at the very least, a free, televised trip there with a guaranteed supply of Scandinavian babes), check out the casting call, which will be held on Saturday, June 30 at The Norwegian Club.

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