Get yourself to Scandinavia quick if you want to have any say in who’ll play the Lady of the Lake next year in the West End production of Monty Python’s Spamalot. The finalists were announced this past weekend in West End Story, the reality TV contest now under way via Swedish channel TV3 (See News, 17 Jul 2007).

The ten women now up for the role range in age from 19 to 38 and include two students, a waitress, an opera singer, a show jumper, a checkout girl and a full-time mum. They are: Sandra Caménisch, Karin Funk, Jenny Holmgren, Linda Holmgren, Petra Jablonski, Viktoria Krantz, Divina Sarkany, Nina Söderquist, Susanne Petersson and Josefine Wassler.

Over the next few weeks, one contestant will be voted off until there are four left. The final four will fly from Stockholm to London to begin rehearsals with the Spamalot cast, returning once each week to Sweden to face the judges and the viewing public in a live TV special. The series finale will be broadcast on 2 February 2008, with the winner taking over the role of the Lady of the Lake from Monday 11 February 2008.

You can keep track of West End Story updates via the official Python website, where episodes are available online and – thankfully for those of us who don’t speak fluent Swedish – in English.