Spelling Bee finds it’s Top 12

The Great Australian Spelling Bee farewelled another four spellers 

Holly, 10, from New South Wales, fought back tears after stumbling on the word “privilege”. “I knew the word. I just got mucked up,” she told host Grant Denyer.

It was one of several tricky words to trip up spellers on the night. Stuart, 10, from Queensland, came unstuck spelling “tambourine”. Aimee, 11, was the last speller in the competition representing Western Australia but bowed out after failing to spell “racketeer” correctly. Viewer favourite Jye, 11, needed to spell “precipice” correctly to advance to the semi-finals, but could not make it into the Top 12.

Victoria now leads the field with four spellers in the competition, South Australia and New South Wales three each and Queensland has two spellers remaining.

The Great Australian Spelling Bee airs 7:30 pm Monday and Tuesday on Ten