Nine year old schoolboy Anirudh, 9, from Victoria has won TEN’s Great Australian Spelling Bee.
He spelled his way through a lexicon of words last night to win the title, after 10 rounds against 8 year old Grace from New South Wales.
His prizes included $10,000 cash and $50,000 towards his education, a Macquarie Dictionary and the inaugural trophy.
“I need to rub my eyes and see if this is a dream,” he said. “Nope. Nope. Nope. Real. I can’t describe it. It’s like the best day of my life.”
10 year old Mica from NSW finished in third place, followed by Harrison, 12, from Victoria, Harpita, 8, from Victoria and 11 year old Marko from New South Wales.
But the words in the Grand Final were dastardly including Anthropomorphism, Ratatouille, Continuum, and Conscientiousness, with even Pronouncer Chris Edmund stumbling.
TEN has already announced the show is renewed for 2016.