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February 11, 2014

Reality show seeking Swedes

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Swedish reality TV show that features 10 Americans competing in various cultural events for the chance of meeting long lost relatives is entering its fourth season, and casting officials say something is missing. They want someone from the Fargo area.

The show is "Allt for Sverige," or "Anything for Sweden." Contestants are required to be of Swedish descent, but they cannot have visited the country. The winner of the show receives a meeting with family members arranged by the producers.

Sofia Eng, the show's North American casting director, contacted Fargo city officials earlier this month for help in reaching out to local residents. The deadline for applications is Sunday.

"We think it's a huge part of Scandinavian culture in the U.S., so we would love to find someone in the Fargo area or North Dakota in general," Eng said Tuesday.

Eng said the continued popularity in Sweden of the 1996 Coen brothers movie "Fargo" also would make for an interesting show should there be a contestant from the North Dakota city.

"The movie is still very big in Sweden," Eng said. "You've got the main character in the movie, Jerry Lundegaard, who had to be of Swedish descent. And the way they depict people talking in the movie sounds very Swedish to us. Yah, yah, yah."

One of the stars of the movie, Peter Stormare, is from Sweden.

"We think it's funny that a Swedish actor is playing the bad guy," Eng said.

There are no bad guys in the reality show, Eng said, which is different in most other shows that have contestants ganging up on one another or backstabbing each other on camera. The Swedish show looks for "heritage, feelings, humor and having a good time," Eng said. No arguing allowed.

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