THE WORD IS OUT ON SPELL­ING BEE

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - NEWS - By Deb­bie Schipp

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

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