Chrissie Swan, Grant Denyer to host The Great Australian Spelling Bee


TEN personalities Chrissie Swan and Grant Denyer will combine forces for The Great Australian Spelling Bee.

The “super-sized” format, due on TEN later this year, sees kids aged 8 – 13 tested on words, definitions, grammar and problem-solving. It was developed by Head of Drama, Rick Maier, with Shine Australia.

First reports of the new show teased at casting ideas with Swan, Denyer and Carrie Bickmore.

“It was one of the few things you read about yourself where you go, ‘Oh I hope it is true!’ Because I’m mad for spelling. Dare I say I judge people if they send me an email and the spelling’s wrong,” said Swan.

Denyer said the show wouldn’t impact on Family Feud commitments.

“It’s a condensed filming period because we want to minimise the impact on the kids,” he said.

“We don’t want to take them away from their lives or schooling for too long. It’s going to be a lot of fun showing what these wonderful young kids are capable of when given the chance to shine.”

Source: News Corp


  1. I would disagree with anyone saying anything negative about Grant Denyer! He has def won me over from his new style on FF he’s a great asset to TEN- he is probably more so the reason I’d watch this though didn’t think he’d go for something like this but all good & for Chrissie she’s great. Though I’m not a fan of a spelling show I will give this show a go!

  2. My point is, this program is cheap rubbish, which affects their branding more than it will bring eyeballs in ….it should be on a secondary channel, not a primary channel and targeted towards kids …. not a mainstream audience on the primary channel ……

  3. It should be interesting watching these two host. They are both very funny and this show sounds like a hoot. I wish this show was around when I was a kid. I would have been great at it.

  4. Seriously, Grant Denyer !! I was going to watch this show, but will not go anywhere near it with him hosting. He is the most annoying person to ever grace a television screen in my opinion.

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