Premier party for Season Five of ‘Alt for Norge’ set for this weekend in Minneapolis
Kent Luetzen, a University of North Dakota (UND) graduate and Minot, N.D. native, recently was chosen along with 11 other Americans to participate in Norway’s No. 1 reality TV show.
The show is called Alt for Norge, which translates to All for Norway, but it is more commonly referred to the “Great Norway Adventure.”
Luetzen will be attending his first show party at the Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis, Sunday, Aug. 31, from noon-3 p.m. The event it is open to the public. All of the show’s contestants will be there, except one, to watch the premiere of Season Five.
Alt for Norge is a reality show where Americans of Norwegian heritage that have never been to Norway, compete three times a week in activities that their ancestors may have done as well. Luetzen calls the show “a mixture of Survivor and Big Brother. Some participants are eliminated each week, and the winner gets to meet their Norwegian relatives.
Luetzen first heard about the show from his mom, who is 100 percent Norwegian.
“I was really bored during Christmas break — so I just applied,” said Luetzen.
He had to go through a three-part interview process, the first being a homemade video of himself, next an online “FaceTime” interview, and the final being a trip to Chicago where he had to go through what he describes as an intimidating spot-lit interview by a panel of Norwegians.
Once all of the contestants were chosen, Luetzen was dubbed the “college kid,” and was the youngest of the group, which ranged from 22 to 65 years old.
The contestants Luetzen competed against came from a variety of backgrounds — from models to pastors to pilots.
“Every day was basically an adrenaline rush,” said Luetzen.
The contestants traveled throughout Norway. They would film for two weeks and then get three days off.
“It was difficult to always be ready to compete and to always be aware of your surroundings,” said Luetzen.
Throughout filming, the show would release tidbits about each contestant’s heritage as a sort of teaser for the grand prize.
“Learning about where you come from and your roots really grounds a person,” said Luetzen. “In college, I studied abroad in Australia — but then I went to Norway and it just felt like home.”
He is back in the states now, but intends on returning to Norway.
“I didn’t think I would miss being on a reality show, but I do.” Luetzen continued, “I don’t blame the Kardashians.”
Luetzen maintains pride in his Norwegian heritage and in his alma mater, UND, as well.
“I’m glad that I went to school at UND.” Luetzen continued, “It’s a unique place to put on a resume. It sticks out and it’s something to be proud of.”
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