THE WORD IS OUT ON SPELLING BEE
CHANNEL Ten will consider a new timeslot for the second season of The Great Australian Spelling Bee.
Ahead of this week’s finals, which wrap up series one, Network Ten chief programming officer Beverley McGarvey said the network was keen to keep the show accessible to families.
Her comments followed criticisms early in the series that despite the show being popular with families; it was finishing late for children watching on school nights.
“We will consider all timeslots for season two of the show, which has resonated strongly with many people, across television and social media,” McGarvey said. “We do want to play the show in an accessible slot for families, as well as the best slot for kids. Of course, we will also have to consider the competitive landscape.”
Ten was so delighted with the show’s launch that it renewed it for 2016 just three weeks into its run.
Meanwhile, two firm friends and spelling wizards loom as the biggest threats in the final eight, despite their tiny frames.
Pint-sized NSW duo Grace, 8, (left) and Mica, 10, (right) met late last year when they finished first and second, respectively, in the NSW Premier’s Spelling Bee competition, and have cemented their friendship on the Channel Ten show.
Despite being fierce rivals, the girls have rarely been far from each other’s side, urging each other on as the competition has unfolded.
On Monday night, the pair lines up alongside Amelia (Qld), Harpita, Anirudh and Harrison (Vic), Marko (NSW) and Peyton (SA) for the final, with the top six going through to Tuesday night’s grand final.
The 90-minute finale will take place over three rounds with two Spellers knocked-out in each until the final two face off in the Ultimate Spelling Bee round to crown the winner. THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN SPELLING BEE MONDAY (FINAL) AND TUESDAY (GRAND FINAL), 7.30PM, TEN