Spelling Bee for Mondays and Tuesdays on Ten

Ten has now locked in The Great Australian Spelling Bee for a two night première.

Close to 3,000 eager spellers from around Australia applied to be part of the competition, but only 52 of the best and brightest, aged between eight and 13, made it in.  

Hosted by Grant Denyer and Chrissie Swan, The Great Australian Spelling Bee is a visual spectacular that requires spellers to display a combination of speed, skill and smarts to deconstruct words.

Macquarie Dictionary provided and graded all the words that appear in the program, taking into account multiple factors including neutral vowels, silent letters, double consonants and familiarity.

Spellers were given a list of 2,300 words, which could be featured in the program, five days before filming commenced. These words are identified as SEEN words. UNSEEN words from the Macquarie Dictionary will also be used.

Chrissie Swan said: “The Great Australian Spelling Bee is edge-of-your-seat entertainment with jaw-dropping moments that will leave viewers utterly amazed.

“I love this show because it celebrates smart kids, and it teaches children it’s cool to be clever,” she said.

The Great Australian Spelling Bee. Premieres On Monday, August 3, At 7.30pm. and continues Onuesday, August 4, At 7.30pm.