- Australia's Brainiest
Australia's Brainiest is a
television game showseries produced in Australiaby Crackerjack Productions, a FremantleMediacompany; and currently airing on Network Ten. The format was taken from the British series entitled " Britain's Brainiest Kid".
The first series was titled Australia's Brainiest Kid, and was produced in
May 2004, airing on the Seven Networkon Sundays, starting 28 November 2004. It was hosted by Anna Coren. It was publicised through Australian primary schools, with children sitting an online test, followed by a selection of them taking a supervised written test. Of those that scored highly on these written tests, some of the highest scoring children appeared on the show as contestants.
The second series, also called Australia's Brainiest Kid, was produced in
2005, and was broadcast on Network Tenat 6:30 pm on Sundays, starting September 25 2005. It was hosted by Ten News newsreaderSandra Sully. Network Ten now air special shows as part of a series named Australia's Brainiest with Sully continuing as host.
Australia's Brainiest Kid
The format of Australia's Brainiest Kid went unchanged during its transition from
Seven Networkto Network Ten, except for the number of rounds and contestants - in Seven Network's version, there were 4 heats and a final, and 12 children per show; in Network Ten's version, there were 7 heats and a final, and 9 children per show.
2004 Series (Seven Network)
Over 5000 children sat the online test, 800 were selected to sit the supervised test. All of them won copies of the 2004 CD-ROM edition of "
Everybody in the third round went on to the final; they were competing for an
Apple Computer iBook.
The winner of the first series final, Aaron Chong, won the title of "Australia's Brainiest Kid" and A$20 000 to be held in trust until he turns 18.
2005 Series (Network Ten)
12,000 children sat the online test for the second season of Australia's Brainiest Kid, aired on
Network Ten. Some of them were selected to sit the supervised test. The seven winners of the heats, plus two others who made it into the final rounds of the heats played in the final.
This series had considerably more children participating, mainly due to the popularity of the first series.
All contestants received a
Mathemagic computer tutorfrom the Australian Institute of Mathematicsas a "participation" prize. The heat winners received ASUS laptops. The winner won a AU$20 000 trust fund.
The winner of the second series final, William Xi, won the title of "Australia's Brainiest Kid" and a
trust fundworth $20,000 AUDthat he cannot touch before his 18th birthday. The winner, William Xi along with Josie Bell, Mark Chaife and Gavan Chan were a very popular group of contestants on the show. (Interestingly, in addition to both winners being of Chinese descent, 5 of the final 6 contestants remaining in Series 2 were of East Asian extraction, and 6 of the final 9 contestants were of Asian descent.) This was parodied on an episode of " The Chaser's War on Everything" featuring an advertisement for "Australia's Brainiest Non-Asian Kid," in which a contestant is unable to answer "What's two plus three?" correctly. This was followed by dozens of upcoming specials, featuring numerous animals, inanimate objects, and three subliminal messages.
Australia's Brainiest Specials
Network Ten's specials include celebrities that often know each other from the work they do, often actors or people from another Network Tenprogramme, playing against each other; with the winner given the opportunity to donate money to a charity of their choice. Episodes of Australia's Brainiest are normally rated G.
Australia's Brainiest Comedian
Australia's Brainiest Comedian aired on
November 24, 2005, and was repeated on April 16, 2006. This episode of Australia's Brainiest was given the television rating of PG, for mild coarse language.
Australia's Brainiest TV Star
February 12, 2006. It was repeated on December 28, 2006.
Australia's Brainiest Quiz Master
Australia's Brainiest Quiz Master aired on
February 19, 2006, and featured winners from Nine Network's "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?", " Sale of the Century" and "Temptation". It was repeated on 21 December 2006.
*Rob Fulton (Runner-up)
*William Laing (Runner-up)
Australia's Brainiest Housemate
Australia's Brainiest Housemate aired on
February 26, 2006, and featured Big Brother Australia housemates from the first five seasons.
*Jemma Gawned (Winner)
*Chrissie Swan (Runner-up)
Australia's Brainiest Radio Star
Australia's Brainiest Radio Star aired on
March 5, 2006, and the contestants were radio announcers from major FM networks such as DMG, Macquarie Radio Network, and Austereo. It was repeated on December 7, 2006.
*Tom Gleeson (Winner)
*Barry Bissell (Runner-up)
Australia's Brainiest Olympian
Australia's Brainiest Olympian aired on
March 12, 2006. The winner's prize money was donated to [http://www.k-i-d-s.org.au/ K.I.D.S. Foundation] , a children's charity.
Australia's Brainiest Musician
Australia's Brainiest Musician aired on
March 19, 2006. The winner's prize money was donated to "Club Friday".
Australia's Brainiest Neighbour
Australia's Brainiest Neighbour aired on
March 26, 2006. The contestants were actors whose characters were in soap opera" Neighbours" at the time of its broadcast. The winner's prize money was donated to "Open Family", Australia.
Eliza Taylor-CotterThis episode was filmed late at night from 10:30pm to 1:30am due to all the actors having to finish filming on set before coming to the studio. Fact|date=February 2007
Australia's Brainiest Footballer
April 2, 2006
Featuring players from the various codes of football such as soccer, AFL,
Rugby Unionand Rugby League. The winner's prize money was donated to the [http://www.mcfoundation.org.au/ McGuinness McDermott Foundation] .
Australia's Brainiest Cricketer
Australia's Brainiest Cricketer aired on
April 9 2006, and contestants were Australian cricketers.
Australia's Brainiest Loser
August 6, 2006
Featured all of the contestants from the first Australian season of The Biggest Loser. The winner's prize money was donated to the
Australian Red Cross.
*Jo Cowling (Winner)
*Kristie Dignam (Runner-up)
*Shane Giles (Runner-up)
*Vladimir "Big Wal" Milberg
Australia's Brainiest BB06 Housemate
Australia's Brainiest BB06 Housemate aired on
August 13 2006, and featured nine housemates from "Big Brother 2006". David donated his prize money to Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. This episode was classified PG without consumer advice. It was repeated on Thursday December 14, 2006.
*David Graham (Winner)
*Dino Delic (Runner-up)
*Jamie Brooksby (Runner-up)
Australia's Brainiest Comedian 2
Australia's Brainiest Comedian 2 aired on
August 17 2006, and featured an all new batch of Australian comedians. The winner's prize money was donated to "Anaphylaxis Australia". This episode was classified PG without consumer advice.
Australia's Brainiest Idol
Australia's Brainiest Idol aired on
August 20 2006, and featured former contestants from the reality-TV series, Australian Idol. It was repeated on November 25 2006on the eve of the Australian Idolfourth season finale.
* Marty Worrall (Winner)
* Casey Donovan
* Emelia Rusciano
* [http://www.cool.com.au/humour-jokes-satire/television-tv/australias-brainiest-kid-2005100767 Australia's Brainiest Kid]
* [http://www.cool.com.au/humour-jokes-satire/television-tv/australia-brainiest-kid-comedian-20051124112 Australia's Brainiest TV Specials]
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