Acclaimed star, director, and teacher LeVar Burton is signing up with the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Range reports. Burton, understood for his operate in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Reading Rainbow, will host the competitors’s telecasted semifinal and last rounds. The occasion started Tuesday with initial rounds; this year’s Bee hosts 234 young spellers from worldwide contending for a grand reward of $50,000.

Although individuals can’t be older than fourteen per the main eligibility guidelines, the National Spelling Bee is anything however kid’s play—previous winning words consist of “aiguillette” (a braided shoulder accessory on some military uniforms) and “stichomythia” (rotating discussion utilized as a stylistic gadget in ancient Greek drama).

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The three-day occasion, held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center near Washington D.C., is the very first Bee to be held completely in-person because 2019—2020’s National Spelling Bee was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the early rounds of the 2021 Bee were held essentially.

2022 likewise marks a big relocation for the Bee. Starting this year, the National Spelling Bee will be relayed on ION Tv and Bounce Television. The modification comes following Scripps’ $2.65 billion acquisition of ION in 2021; ESPN formerly held broadcast rights to the competitors.

Burton Will Reverse with Contestants Prior To They Take Spelling Phase

In addition to the transfer to ION and Bounce television, Scripps wishes to supply audiences more insight on the participants. “These kids aren’t just spellers,” stated David Hudson, head of initial shows for Scripps. “We want to incorporate that into this show.”

As host, LeVar Burton will speak with the intense young participants prior to and after they take the phase. When a kid is dismissed from the competitors in the last rounds, Burton will “be able to have a real heart-to-heart talk, in depth, with kids, families and teachers,” Hudson stated. In addition to the individually chats, Range likewise reports that Scripps recorded a “Road to the Bee” (told by Burton) leading up to the occasion and will fill the finals with pre-recorded stories from participants.

The 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee semifinals will air Wednesday, June 1 at 8 p.m. ET; the finals occur Thursday, June 2 at 8 p.m. ET.

The occasions will air on ION, Bounce, Laff and TrueReal. Discover the complete schedule of occasions and your regional station on the Scripps National Spelling Bee main site.