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
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.