Tim had us on edge of seats
WHO knew watching a group of small spellers battle it out on national television could be so T-E-N-S-E?
The Whitsundays' very own Timothy did. And while he's no longer in Channel Ten's The Great Australian Spelling Bee, the 11-year-old local gave it his best shot.
On Monday's episode spellers had to work in teams. Four groups of six went head-to-head to gain immunity from elimination.
Timothy, who blitzed his way through last week's episodes and was one of 26 top spellers, was in Team Green.
Team competitors had to say a letter each to correctly spell a word and Team Green spelt 10, however Team Yellow won overall.
Tuesday's show was full of speed spells and flashcards.
Timothy was up against Aimee and after both spelled "tungsten" correctly, they were on to "kilowatt".
"I forgot a letter," Timothy said, mistakenly spelling the word with only one t.
In the final challenge before four spellers were sent home, Timothy's mum, Julie, told him she was proud of him moments before he stepped out on stage.
Timothy had to spell "valuable" but missed out the 'a'. "He knows it. His brain is just scrambled," Julie said.
"It's all over - my boat's just sunk," Timothy said, with that playful smirk Australia has come to love, before making a salute and purposely falling away from the camera.