Staff Report

Americans with Danish ancestry are being sought to participate in a reality TV show called “The Great Danish Adventure,” which sends 10 Americans with Danish ancestry to Denmark to compete in a series of physical, cultural and adventurous challenges while they learn more about their Danish heritage and family legacy. 

O’Connor Casting Company is conducting a nationwide casting for show, which will focus on each cast member’s journey of discovering who they are by learning where they came from. 

“Their ancestry literally comes to life on the show,” said Casting Director Joan O’Connor. “The show combines the genealogy appeal of the TV series ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ and the competition excitement of ‘The Amazing Race’.”

Competitions will relate to the Danish culture. The cast also will have excursions like visiting their family farm or a church where their ancestors were married.

Everyone chosen will learn about their family history and receive information about their relatives who are still living in Denmark. The winner will receive a grand prize of meeting their unknown relatives living in Denmark and $10,000. 

Those chosen to be on the show will receive a stipend of $200 for each day they are participating in this series while in Denmark. 

The deadline to apply is March 1. Applicants must be at least 18 years old by June 1, and they may not have traveled to Denmark after the age of 15.

They must be available for taping a portrait and presentation of their hometown for one or two days between June 1 and 27, and then be able to travel to Chicago for finalist callbacks, which are tentatively scheduled for the week of April 20.

Winners must travel to Denmark and be available for 4 weeks to participate in the production, from the beginning of July through the middle of August.

Information on how to apply can be found at by clicking on “Casting” and then “Casting Board.”