SPELLS LIKE TEAM SPIRIT
MARVELLING at children correctly reeling off letters to make complex words hasn’t stopped Spelling Bee’s Chrissie Swan from urging her kids to use spell check.
Swan and Family Feud’s Grant Denyer host the first season of Network Ten’s new family show in which children compete in a spelling contest.
But it’s no ordinary competition.
Some words are obscure, hard to pronounce and can be more than a dozen letters long. It’s up to 50 of Australia’s brightest young students, age between eight and 13, to stand in front of an audience and correctly spell each word.
The show is split into teambased and individual competitions and as much as Swan says she’s in awe of their talent, no parent, including herself, should ban spell check for children.
“These kids don’t need spell check, they have innate ability to spell,” Swan said. “I think spell check is really handy. It’s a good thing.
“It’s certainly better than not seeing the correct word.” Spelling Bee is at least Swan’s fifth show with Ten, having started her TV career as the runner- up to Reggie Bird on Big Brother in 2003.
From there, she has appeared on Ten as a panellist on chat- fest The Circle, hosted Can Of Worms and been a participant on I’m A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!, which aired earlier this year. Swan said she was offered the role alongside Denyer soon after getting out of the jungle.
“I’ve always worked on Ten and I feel very comfortable here and it’s my home,” she said. Swan looks very comfortable in her role and admits her motherly instincts kicked in when she was first given the co- hosting gig.
Spelling Bee launches on Monday, August 3, at 7.30pm on Network Ten
CLEVER KIDS: Grant Denyer and Chrissie Swan will host the
Great Australian Spelling Bee.