I have a lot of other things I should be doing but there is NO WAY I am going to miss recapping the Child Genius Finale live! I can’t wait to see what Claire wears for the finale! I won’t be disappointed with any of these kids winning. The editing has set us up for a showdown between Claire and my homeboy, Adrian all season. That seems to be what they both thought would happen. So I think Arnav blindsiding them both with the win would be fantastic. Whoever wins will certainly deserve it after all of their hard work.
Oh and if you have not been reading comments here in the other Child Genius posts, you have missed backstage secrets from Sam’s mom, Arnav’s dad, and Vivek’s dad! Go check them out!
Tonight’s competition is an “academic Olympiad” where they draw from all seventeen subjects. Arnav says he is the most consistent (well-rounded), Adrian has the most perfect scores and Claire is the most unpredictable. Adrian says it comes down where are not the winner will be the most perfect scores and first places? Is it the most stable? Or is it….(long pause) just luck! Oh that was some shade, homeslice. you better hope she doesn’t beat you now! Arnav is the most “normal kid” of the kids. He’s just goofing around having fun.
There will be two rounds. After the first round, someone will be eliminated with a $5,000 scholarship. Then the final two will be head to head. The first round is 20 questions with a five minute time limit, so that is 15 seconds a question right? ( I hope I am right with the geniuses reading here. lol I don’t want to ponder, I’m dying to know the winner.
Leland Melvin cracks me up. He never pronounces his name right. Tonight it sounded like, “Little Melvin.”
Adrian is up first. He is having a lot of trouble. He is missing very easy stuff. The capital of Switzerland, reducing a fraction to its simplest form, basic memory. He got some of the more difficult ones quite quickly. This is not like him. At all. He got a 12/20. It didn’t look like he ran out of time.
Arnav is up next. He asked Adrian if the elements question was using and actual chart of the periodic table. Adrian replied, “I won’t tell you.” I am worried that asking this question might disqualify Arnav. It seemed like asking for help, but since he didn’t get any, let’s hope he is good. He did great! He got a 16/20. The staredown by Adrian is deadly . I am concerned Arnav will be eliminated though.
Claire is up next. Tonight’s ensemble is a giant blue sparkly ball gown. If she can get more than 12 she can stay in the game. Going first is a big disadvantage in this round. Claire only started off great and then sort of lost it toward the end and ran out of time. I kept yelling at the kids to skip that math questions with multiple processes and the memory one with the letters. Both took too much time. She has tied Adrian with 12/20.
As soon as Adrian got a low score, I would have been passing to be sure I got to choose from all 20 questions
I am not sure how they will break a tie at this point but I am really thinking they will decide to disqualify Arnav. They have wanted an Adrian and Claire final all along. They tell Arnav he is through to the finals. But I am still nervous.
Nonetheless we go to a tiebreaker. Here is how that will work. They will each answer the same 10 questions with their opponent out of the room. Whoever answers the most right wins. If they tie the one who answers fastest will win. I can still see where you might want to pass here.
We have a short break for the kids to get it together and do some interview. Claire is screaming at her dad saying he didn’t let her memorize the periodic table. Her mother says I told you to pass. Passing would not have mattered. She guess Radium, saying ‘pass’ would have taken the same amount of time. In her interview she pretends she knew it was radon. The familial fight was in Korean, or you know whatever language they speak.
Adrian’s parents want to revisit the round he just lost. Both kids would have been better served it they had spent that time alone. I can’t lie, I’m pulling for Adrian here now, just because of Claire’s behavior at the break.
Claire goes first. They don’t tell us how many Claire got right but she missed three that we was and passed on one so she couldn’t have done better than 6/10. Her time was 2:16.
Next is Adrian. OMG. Remember the overlapping words challenge? It was really hard this time. Here was the clue What two related five letter overlapping words are in the following clue OLIUNTECER ? I’ll post the answer* at the end if anyone is playing along. Claire quickly passed. Adrian took over TWO FULL MINUTES to look at the word. Then he passed. His parents are both devastated. Even though they have no idea how much time Claire took, because they were with Adrian, they know that is a deadly mistake. I am not sure how many Adrian got correct. Maybe it was 9? I was so discombobulated I forgot to pay attention after that 2:00 heart pounding situation. His time was nearly four minutes.
Adrian wins with the 9. Claire goes home. She is sort of mortified. Guess who started the standing ovation for her? Adrian’s dad. I thought that was touching. All the parents applauded for her very enthusiastically. Arnav mom said some very nice things. I can’t type exactly because I am a bit misty eyed seeing Claire get her trophy. People, being rewarded for their accomplishments makes my um, allergies act up. Claire’s little sister is adorable and so supportive. If I could, I’ve give Claire an award for “best dressed” although Sam was a close second there.
So here we are down to the finals and I have to come clean a little bit before I watch it. On all the competition shows, I like to pick my winner ahead of time, before I know the players. I usually just pick anyone from Atlanta or Georgia or the most southern one. But this season, my homeslice has said some not so nice things about Claire. I liked Claire as the only girl right up until the round that sent Vivek home. It totally should have been Claire then. If it was, I think it would have been a Vivek and Arnav final. I’m a little put off by Adrian’s …braggadocio. So I’ll be pulling for Arnav. But will also be happy with an Adrian win.
The final round is 40 questions and the time limit is 10 minutes. So again, if I can do basic math, that about 15 seconds a question. Adrian has major issues with time limits. He needs to learn to pass if he wants to beat Arnav. They have the same set of 40 questions just like the tiebreaker round. This will be good for Arnav even though he is going first, there is no disadvantage this time because they don’t know how the other person fared.
Arnav and Adrian shake hands. Adrian says ( I assume about the handshake) “You are so weak!” Arnav just laughs and says “I know.” Oh homeslice, I hope you go down for that comment alone. He just beat you last round. You must be feeling insecure to be trash talking your opponent. The correct thing would be to say, “Good luck!” I’m really not happy with Adrian’s lack of sportsmanship. Arnav on the other hand seems happy and confident without being a ….(watches mouth…deep breaths…) without being a poor sport.
Ut oh. Arnav is very nervous. Come on ARNAV! Take some deep breaths! Meditate or something! His dad, Vijay, is where Arnav gets his sense of humor, he says, “I’m nervous as hell at this point!” Me too, Vijay! Me too! Come on Arnav, YOU CAN DO IT!
Here we go with Arnav. PASS ON THIS DAMN MATH QUESTION! I hate these. It’s basically five math problems. Too much time. Too much room for error. He computes without listening to me and missed it by two. Okay there is a new very hard question I do not know how to describe. Arnav gasps. I don’t quite know how to solve it. Arnav gets it fairly quickly. Even if you do get it, you still have to know the capital of the country. I am just looking for four letter country because I have no idea how the math part works. Apparently the country was Cuba. I didn’t get it at all. I got stuck on Chad for some reason and the letters were not there. Arnav on the other hand says “Havana” in a short amount of time. This will probably be Adrian’s down fall. Arnav is doing well. These questions are HARD.
This is so stressful just to watch let alone be a kid doing it. Arnav keeps gasping at the questions. They are STAGGERINGLY HARD QUESTIONS! He does very well. They don’t let us know how he did. Arnav doesn’t know how many he got correct either. It was sooo intense!!!!
Time for Adrian. Pronunciation apparently doesn’t matter in this round. I love how they are so random about that. Adrian gets stuck on the easiest questions like what common word connects these three words: super, fish, struck. Adrian is so slow to answer any logic type question. I’m faster than Adrian on many questions. Why can’t I play the piano! lol. If is mom would let him watch SNL he would shove his hands in his armpits sniff them and say STAR! Alas, he is pondering for days once again, and these are the easy questions. He smartly passes on the Havana question I thought would throw him and another right after.
WOW That was a really hard round. If it comes down to a tie, the Arnav won for sure. I really think Arnav probably got more questions right.
I can barely take it. I cannot imagine being a parent right now.
The score is 30-26. The winner is….Adrian.
Sigh. I really thought Arnav beat him. He was so good under pressure with some really hard challenges. I think he would make a good doctor.
Arnav won $10,000. OMG his mom just reminded me he is only NINE YEARS OLD. What a fabulous job Arnav did.
And a huge shoutout to Adrian for bringing home the win to Atlanta! Now I just hope you soak up some of the Atlanta sportsmanship and learn a bit of humility. Brains are not everything. Being kind is good too! Um, unless you are me. Then kind is overrated. Way to go Adrian!
That said, I will not tolerate adults also showing poor sportsmanship here toward children. The parents all read here, so be kind.
Arnav’s mom says if you had one thing to say to Adrian, what would you say, he says, “Good job!”
I’m hoping they don’t ask Adrian that.
Congratulations Adrian! And to all the Child Geniuses! You were all amazing and being on the show is quite the accomplishment! And a shout out to the parents who sent through so much stress on behalf of their child genius. Thanks for reading and commenting here.
*The answer to the overlapping word question was… Ounce and Liter