Child Genius Battle of the Brightest – Casting Guide

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  • Contestants: 12 per Season
  • Top Prize: $100k Scholarship
  • Selectivity: 2 Star
In this popular Lifetime reality series twelve highly intelligent kids compete in weekly competitions for a $100,000 prize. The show is hosted by Leland Melvin who is a former NASA astronaut. All of the contestants range in age from 9 to 12 years old, and all currently reside in the US. The show is based on a UK show of the same name.

Each episode is filmed over a weekend which gives the contestants an opportunity to study for each round throughout the week. There are two areas of study each weekend with each comprising 10 questions. The person who receives the lowest score on any given week is eliminated until only three contestants remain. At the final three, the contestants are given the same exact set of 30 questions. The parents and the kids enter the room individually so they can’t see how the others do. The final set of questions can be taken from any of the child genius categories which are:

  • Memory
  • Math
  • Spelling
  • Arts
  • World Landmarks
  • Geography
  • US History
  • Logic
  • Advanced Math
  • Advanced Spelling


Child Genius Study Tips

Each of the weekly rounds is divided into two sections, and each section has 10 quetions. All of the rounds are timed; however, time is rarely the delimiting factor. For rounds such as Advanced Spelling, which can have scrambled words, and advanced math it can be advised to pass problems to save time. Otherwise it’s better to give it a guess. Additionally, if you are going to pass on a question, then it’s best to do so very quickly to save time. If there’s an abundances of time near the end with only a few questions remaining, then you try hard then otherwise skip the more challenging questions to rack up the points from the quicker and easier questions.

Most of the topics follow a similar pattern for each student meaning that going last is a great advantage. In addition to learning the types of questions, the answers also never repeat. This means for categories that could have two possible answers, being able to eliminate one because it was the correct response to an earlier question. Also, it can be beneficial to practice while other contestants are answering their questions so that you can get in a rhythm and understand how the topic is being framed.

The show is a sprint not a marathon. A lot of the contestants study a lot in the beginning and seem to burn out by the sixth or seventh week. There’s no reward for finishing first in the weekly competitions and no penalty for coming in the next to last place. While everyone wants to win, it may be best to slow down a week to ensure that the contestant has the mental energy to make the finals.

Child Genius: Season 1

The first season consisted of 20 contestants with half residing in California. The show also featured a more complicated elimination process in which multiple contestants would go home each week. This season had 8 episodes with six contestants eliminated in the first week. Three contestants the second week, and two contestants sent home in weeks three through six. After that it changed to the single elimination format that seems the norm for season 2. The series began on January 6, 2015 with 410,000 US views, but saw a decline in ratings.

Child Genius: Season 2

The second season featured 12 contestants with a more diverse geographical background as no state contributed more than a quarter of the contestants. This season Lifetime did significantly more advertising for the show and even did a marathon on the first season prior to the season 2 launch. Additionally, the network created multiple commercials featuring some of the more memorable members of the cast. This season premiered on January 7, 2016 with 190,000 US views, and it has remained rather constant between the 200,000 to 150,000 range. This is enough views to rank it in the top 80 watched shows on Thursday night.

Child Genius: Season 3

The third season has not been announced, however, this would be a bit early for information on the show. The show seems to consistently bring in it’s viewer base, and the members of CastingMaster.com believe the show is likely yo be renewed for a third season. Once any information becomes available for the 2017 season, we will update our casting guide with all information and casting dates.

Child Genius Study Tips

The second season of the show is currently airing on Lifetime, and it is highly believed that it will be returning for a third season. Our research team is currently working on getting the information around Child Genius Casting Season three, and we will update this page when the application process becomes available for us.

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