Swedish Gals Vie for Role in West End Spamalot Via TV Reality Show

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Ten finalists have been announced to compete for the chance to play the Lady of the Lake in the London run of Monty Python's Spamalot.

A Swedish reality television competition, "West End Star," has narrowed down the thousands of hopefuls who auditioned across the country to ten women. The finalists will now be pitted against one another during live studio shows on Sweden's TV3 for the chance at the leading role.

Once there are four left, the contestants will begin rehearsals in London and return once a week to face the judges and viewers in a live TV special. The series finale is scheduled to be broadcast Feb. 2, 2008. The winner will assume the role Feb. 11.

Ranging in age from 19 to 38, the final ten are:

  • Sandra Caménisch, a full-time mother of three from Stockholm with an eight-week old son.
  • Karin Funk, a checkout girl at 7-11 in Gothenberg.
  • Jenny Holmgren, a student from Stockholm
  • Linda Holmgren, a cruise ship entertainer from Stockholm (older sister to Jenny)
  • Petra Jablonski, an opera singer from Västerås (wife of concert pianist Patrick Jablonski)
  • Viktoria Krantz, a show jumper from Stockholm
  • Divina Sarkany, an actress from Gothenberg
  • Nina Söderquist , a singing waitress from Stockholm
  • Susanne Petersson, a cabaret artist from Malmo
  • Josefine Wassler, a student at Rock School from Stockholm For more information and English-language versions of each episode, visit the official Python website pythonline.com.


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    London's Spamalot currently stars Peter Davison, Hannah Waddingham, Robert Hands, Steven Kynman, Graham MacDuff, Andrew Spillett, Tony Timberlake and Bill Ward. Broadway's current Lady of the Lake, Marin Mazzie, will swap productions with London's Waddingham Jan. 14. Waddingham will make her Broadway debut Jan. 18.

  • Magnus Carlsson with the "West End Star" finalists.
    Magnus Carlsson with the "West End Star" finalists.
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