Amazing Race auditions this Sunday at Big Al's
'The Amazing Race' is making a stop in Beaverton this week looking for local folks to compete in future seasons.
The popular game show on CBS - which sends teams of contestants around the world in a race for $1 million - is looking for its next contestants, and it's holding a casting call at Big Al's bowling alley in Progress Ridge on Sunday.
For more than 10 years, contestants on the show have raced around the world, completing challenges and overcoming obstacles, and producers are looking for a new set of teams to compete on the show.
Hosted by the local CBS affiliate KOIN, more than a thousand people are expected to attend the one-day casting call.
Normally, interested contestants can submit an audition tape online, but with that deadline past, KOIN's sales and marketing manager Rodger O'Conner said attending a local casting call is the only way to submit a tape.
There are less than 20 open casting calls across the country every year, O'Conner said.
At a similar casting call in 2011, more than 1,500 people auditioned, O'Conner said.
'We had people coming in from Phoenix and Miami and across the country to audition,' O'Conner said. 'We expect as good a turnout or a better turnout.'
Unlike other casting calls, which require hours of standing in line, the Big Al's casting call will be different.
Big Al's' doors will open at 10 a.m. Teams will spend their day bowling, playing games and having fun at the 66,000-square-foot bowling and entertainment center while they wait for their turn to audition.
Each team will be given a number, which will be called at random.
Once called, the teams will go before the cameras to tape a one-minute audition, which will be sent to producers in California.
Convincing producers you belong on TV in 60 seconds or less is a difficult task, but that's the idea, O'Conner said.
"The best thing to do is to be memorable,' O'Conner said. 'Obviously, the casting director is looking for different combinations of teams, and the ultimate goal is to make great television.'
Contestants don't need to bring anything with them, O'Conner said, and should not bring pre-taped auditions.
'Part of what producers are looking for is how well you and your teammate perform in front of the camera under pressure,' O'Conner said. 'A pre-prepared video does not demonstrate that. Everything producers need to judge you worthy of advancing to the next stage must fit in your one-minute performance.'
Not all teams will get the chance to audition, O'Conner said. Numbers will be called at random and as many auditions as possible will be taped.
The tapes will then be sent to California for review. If selected, teams will advance to a second phase of auditions held later this year.
'The Amazing Race' is no stranger to the Rose City. The show used Portland as the final stop of its race in 2008.
Though four Oregonians have competed on the series (Eugene residents Kami and Karli French competed in season five and Anita and Arthur Jones in season 13), no Portland-area contestant has ever made it to the show.
O'Conner said the auditions may not be for the newest season of 'The Amazing Race,' which is scheduled to begin later this year.
'This audition is for next season and for future seasons,' O'Conner said. 'If you don't get a call now, you could get a call months from now.'