If the Scripps National Spelling Bee 2010 Finals draws an odd TV viewership (women in tight dresses?) that may be because of its host. That’s right, Chris Harrison, most famous for hosting the Bachelor and Bachelorette franchise, steps into the Scrips Spelling Bee’s emcee chair tonight. As he explains it, hosting a spelling bee is a more natural fit for him than reigning over a dating show:
While he’s no longer on the dating circuit (he’s married, peeps), he does have two kids, ages 8 and 6. “My 8 year old is eligible” for the Scripps bee, he says. “The fact that these guys are celebrated for being educated is cool. I love that. I wish I was celebrated more as a dad.” Our sentiments exactly! Scroll down to see the words that this year’s 273 spellers have already aced, and for a few words we think Harrison might want to test out on tonight’s dozen finalists.
So far, amongst MANY other words, the following tongue-twisters have been correctly spelled by this years kids (Ages 8-15, 68% hailing from public schools):
ostrichism, nematodiasis, phenazocine, nehu, effleurage, and arcana
We think the following words might be more appropriate for tonight’s Chris Harrison-hosted Scripps National Spelling Bee Finals, 2010 Edition:
bachelorette, brouhaha, uxorial, nuptials, commingle, rendezvous, ephemera, and affiance.
We’ll be watching. How about you? (Turn to ABC tonight at 8 )