SPELLS LIKE TEAM SPIRIT

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

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.

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