Searching for a Star: Kevin Jacobsen Auditions for a Reality Show

By KBJR News 1

May 2, 2012 Updated May 2, 2012 at 10:44 PM CDT

Minneapolis, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Now in its third season, "All for Norway" plucks Norwegian Americans out of the US and ships them to Norway for an 'Amazing-Race' like adventure. The television show airs in Norway.

Each of the contestants is handpicked by a group of producers from a casting company during the audition process.

That company is now at it again with a spin off show, "The Great Danish Adventure."

"You can never experience Denmark the way these people will experience Denmark," said Joan O'Connor with O'Connor Casting.

The Chicago-based company setup shop at the Cowles Performing Arts Center in Minneapolis in April to seek out potential talent for the new, unique show.

"It's a really interesting process because this show is so unusual, it's not like American reality shows," David O'Connor said.

Much like its Norwegian counterpart, "The Great Danish Adventure" will feature13 Danish Americans competing for a grand prize of $50,000.

"We get into people's culture and history and much more," O'Connor said. "They are so proud of it and they want to learn so much more about it."

The open casting call is a fairly simple process. Applicants sign out a form and are then interviewed on camera by the casting company. The only requirement is you have some Danish ancestry and you're ready to compete.

"We want to know if they have an adventurous spirit, if they're athletic, if they are into competition, If they have a love of adventure is probably the biggest one of all those," said O'Connor.

Some reality show hopefuls rely on their personality.

"Quirky personality, I think I would be kind of entertaining," said Mackenzie Webb who was trying out for the Danish reality show in Minneapolis.

Others like 44-year-old Scott Scheirbeck of Duluth says the game has his name written all over it.

"It's exciting, outside my realm of things to do," said Scheirbeck. "I'm proud of my Danish heritage and I love the adventure. I love the game part of it."

The half-Dane can take a back seat, however.

I figured since I'm 100% Danish, I have dual citizenship and my nickname at work is 'Butter Cookie' I would audition. If for some strange reason my TV career didn't work out, I'd have a backup gig.

During the audition, the producers asked me a series of questions ranging from what I do for work to how competitive I am to how I'd describe my personality.

"Care-free, dorky, bubbly," were some of the words I used.

I felt fairly confident during the audition and walked away feeling strong! But for some, it's a moment of realization as they share touching, sometimes personal, stories.

"People really discover a lot about who they are, just through the process of auditioning and if they get chosen they're having a blast," said O'Connor."

The producers expect the nationwide open call to deliver 250-500 auditions that will eventually be narrowed down.

Finalists will be notified mid-May. They'll be invited to Chicago for the next part of the audition. The actual show will taped in Denmark over the span of six weeks this summer.

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