Grace, Amelia, Harpita and Peyton pictured in a scene from last night's The Great Australian Spelling Bee semi-final.
Grace, Amelia, Harpita and Peyton pictured in a scene from last night's The Great Australian Spelling Bee semi-final. Channel 10

Amelia cheers on Great Australian Spelling Bee mates

AMELIA might be out of The Great Australian Spelling Bee, but she's still cheering on her friends.

The nine-year-old Sunshine Coast schoolgirl was eliminated from the TV series last night, narrowly missing out on tonight's grand final showdown.

"I didn't think I'd even make it to the auditions so I'm very lucky to have made it this far and I can't believe how far I've come," she told APN.

"I've made some really good friends and we still keep in touch with everybody."

Amelia said any of the show's finalists - Anirudh, Marko, Mica, Grace, Harrison and Harpita - could win tonight's grand final.

"There are a lot of really good spellers," she said.

"The show's really unpredictable. When Ben left everybody was really surprised. We all thought he was going to win."

The grand final winner will receive a $50,000 educational scholarship from the Commonwealth Bank, $10,000 worth of educational goods for his or her school and an HP Pro Slate 8 tablet and Sprout computer.

The five runners-up will each receive an HP tablet, $1000 worth of educational goods for their schools and a $10,000 educational scholarship.

Amelia said she would happily go on the show, hosted by Grant Denyer and Chrissie Swan, again next year.

A second season has already been given the green light by Channel 10.

"I want to apply for it again next year," she said.

"It's definitely something I'd do again if I got the chance."

The Great Australian Spelling Bee grand final airs tonight at 7.30pm on Channel 10.


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