'National Spelling Bee': I bee weepin'

If you missed last night’s airing of my favorite national sporting event of the year — The EW Scripps National Spelling Bee — you missed an amusingly high concentration of cheese-related selections (like Round 11’s Caerphilly), the emergence of a budding entertainment superstar with a concentration on incredulous faces (Indiana eighth grader Kennyi Aouad), and a tensely undulating sea of ill-fitting khaki. Watch 13-year-old Kavya Shivashankar of Olathe, Kansas win it all on Laodicean, below.

Kavya totally knew that last word right away, but I love how all the kidsinsist on asking five extra questions anyway. Favorite staller:finalist Tim Ruiter, whose repeated "What does it mean?" inquiries really could have applied to so much more than the crazy spelling word. What does it all mean, Tim? We spend our lives never finding out.

Scribbling invisible words on one’s hand has not proven an effective blogging mechanism for me this morning, which is not to say I would mind watching Michael Slezak do this all day as a bizarre form of office-appropriate spa therapy. (N-O M-O-R-E I-D-O-L-!)

Did anyone watch the Spelling Bee and not cry at the end? Explain yourself!


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  • Colin

    I watch the spelling bee every year, at least the final round, and it always makes me more tense and nervous than sporting events. I can’t even imagine being that young with so much pressure. The most pressure I ever felt when I was an 8th grader was trying to ask a girl to dance, let alone spell words like that on live television.

  • jaime

    LMAO LMAO LMAO…I LOVED IT~
    It’s the best reality TV ever! These kids crying after they mess up cracks me up…but omg i get so anxious for them 2.

  • Al

    If only the third place girl had read Asterix comics, she would have known how to spell “menhir”.

  • Nanam

    I watch the final every year and absolutely loved Kennyi. However I was rooting for Kavya to win so I was really glad she did.

  • AA

    Watched but didn’t cry (sorry). But I’m super happy for Kavya. Love that she took up violin because a past bee winner played. These kids rock.

  • ASH

    Why can’t some of these boys’ parents introduce them to a razor?? That peach fuzz thing gets me every year.

  • MsDaisy

    I did tear up momentarily for Kavya’s win. I think it is awesome to see young people (especially girls) aspire to academic achievement.

  • Calla

    So refreshing to see authentic but smart kids. Awkward, bad hair, sensible dress sense and doing something great. Forgotten that’s what real kids are like unlike the Disney creations …

  • barnacle

    Definitly cride

  • barnacle

    Crying again for Charlie, the doofus

  • donald

    Where is the black and hispanic in the competition???? Is this racist competition??? They don’t study but Demand to become doctors, lawyers, engineers etc. hahaha

  • Jess

    I had never heard of 99% of the words from last night yet these kids (well most of them) can just spout off their spelling in their sleep. Imagine how their parents treat them at home when they lose…
    http://www.newsy.com/videos/about_the_buzzing_bee

  • Jess

    I had never heard of 99% of the words from last night yet these kids (well most of them) can just spout off their spelling in their sleep. Imagine how their parents treat them at home when they lose…
    http://www.newsy.com/videos/about_the_buzzing_bee

  • Mike B.

    Oh man, I cracked up so hard when I read this: —
    “Scribbling invisible words on one’s hand has not proven an effective blogging mechanism for me this morning, which is not to say I would mind watching Michael Slezak do this all day as a bizarre form of office-appropriate spa therapy. (N-O M-O-R-E I-D-O-L-!)”

  • Simon

    Count me in as one who teared up watching Kavya win last night. Such an accomplishment to compete 4 times and improving her placement each year. All the kids did so well last night! My favourite contestant was Kennyi – he had such charm and personality – keep an eye on him in the future. The only thing I did not care for was Tom Bergeron – hey ABC, he is not a good host!

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