WEAV­ING A SPELL

Who is the most pop­u­lar host and how do the words get cho­sen? Do the stars have spell­ing is­sues? We’ve found the A+ an­swers to your burn­ing Spell­ing Bee ques­tions

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY TV - TIF­FANY DUNK The Great Aus­tralian Spell­ing Bee, Chan­nel 10, Mon­day and Tues­day, 7.30pm

It’s a show pop­u­lated by pint-sized prodi­gies but we went to the grownups for our ques­tions about The Great Aus­tralian Spell­ing Bee.

How long did each episode take to film?

Ac­cord­ing to Grant Denyer the show is a big beast. “We film for around 15 hours per episode, but that was me, not the kids,” he says. “It’s a large size su­per for­mat and a first of its kind.”

Who was the kids’ favourite host?

“Grant com­peted with me to be the kids’ favourite but I think I won,” says Chrissie Swan. “But in fair­ness, I did get to cud­dle them in my job de­scrip­tion so I had an un­fair ad­van­tage.”

Who felt more pres­sure, the kids or their par­ents?

“Def­i­nitely the par­ents,” laughs Swan. “Par­ents worry too much, me in­cluded. The kids just took it in their stride.”

Do the younger kids get eas­ier words to spell?

In a sin­gle word: No. “From episode two on, age is no longer a fac­tor and ev­ery child re­ceives a word of the same level in ev­ery round of Spell­ing Bee,” says Chris “The Pro­nouncer” Ed­mund.

How long did it take to com­pile the list of words?

Ac­cord­ing to Ed­mund, it took “a few months” to plan the words – all of which were sourced from the Mac­quarie Dic­tionary.

What words do our hosts most of­ten mis­spell?

Swan prides her­self as a gun speller but ad­mits a cou­ple trip her up. “Priv­i­lege – and I have to pause ev­ery time I spell con­fec­tionary and sta­tion­ary/sta­tionery.” Denyer has a more em­bar­rass­ing gaffe. “I al­ways mis­spell feud,” ad­mits the Fam­ily Feud host. “I swap the ‘e’ and the ‘u’.”

PAR­ENTS WORRY TOO MUCH. ME IN­CLUDED. THE KIDS JUST TOOK IT IN THEIR STRIDE.

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