I received the email this evening.
I did not make it for the show.
The email stated that they liked me a lot and that I had been a favorite. They were very surprised and thrilled that there were so many "interesting people" who had applied for the TV show. Supposedly there were a total of 1300 applicants, which eventually went down to 200 applicants for phone interviews. From there 50 were chosen to be interviewed in person. I thought there were 40 being interviewed in person, that number changed as did the total amount of applicants. People just kept applying!
Bottom line, they were taking 10 people to Sweden, 5 men and 5 women. I was told I was loved and made it to the top 10 of the women! As the casting director stated, "That is hugh!!!" So, I am VERY proud of myself for making it that far. Out of those top 10 they needed to choose 5 from different age ranges and it just wasn't meant to be for me. They said that it was "brutal for them to kill off their favorites."
I thank everyone who supported and followed me during this Great Swedish Adventure. I appreciate all of you so much! I enjoyed this experience tremendously. I have been very fortunate to have "met" many of the applicants that were in the top 40 (or now 50 as they say) through my blog and Facebook. I hope if I haven't heard from you yet about your standings it means you have made it to the top 10! Please be so kind and to let me know your standings if you haven't already. I certainly hope one of us made it!
I need a few days to unwind from all of this excitement, so please forgive me if I don't post for several days. It is surprising when you get this close, it suddenly is your whole life, and you really want to go all the way! In the beginning it was all just fun and exciting. Then suddenly you realize you have made it to the very last cut and you have to wait almost two weeks to see if you are cast for the show. Your life becomes the show and all you know and do relates somehow to the show. The last couple of days I really became tense. Now that it is over I need to relax and unwind. I think I need some yoga and time to work on my NEW plan to head to Sweden this year!
I am very happy for you, Janis! Congratulations to you and all of the winners!
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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!
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