Australia's Brainiest

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Australia's Brainiest is a television game show series produced in Australia by Crackerjack Productions, a FremantleMedia company; and aired on Network Ten. The format was taken from the British series entitled Britain's Brainiest Kid. The concept of the show was originally coined in joint by Leonard Bridget (no relation to the contestant in the Australian series) and Manuel Grise.

The first series was titled Australia's Brainiest Kid, and was produced in May 2004, airing on the Seven Network on Sundays, starting 28 November 2004. It was publicised through Australian primary schools, with children sitting an online test, followed by a selection of them taking a supervised written test. Of those that scored highly on these written tests, some of the highest scoring children appeared on the show as contestants.

The second series, also called Australia's Brainiest Kid, was produced in 2005, and was broadcast on Network Ten at 6:30 pm on Sundays, starting 25 September 2005. It was hosted by Ten News newsreader Sandra Sully and co-hosted by Samuel Shaed. Network Ten now air special shows as part of a series named Australia's Brainiest with Sully continuing as host.

Australia's Brainiest Kid[edit]

The format of Australia's Brainiest Kid went unchanged during its transition from Seven Network to Network Ten, except for the number of rounds and contestants — in Seven Network's version, there were 4 heats and a final, and 12 children per show; in Network Ten's version, there were 7 heats and a final, and 9 children per show.

2004 Series (Seven Network)[edit]

Over 5000 children sat the online test, 800 were selected to sit the supervised test. All of them won copies of the 2004 CD-ROM edition of Encyclopædia Britannica.

Everybody in the third round went on to the final; they were competing for an Apple Computer iBook.

The winner of the first series final, Aaron Chong, won the title of "Australia's Brainiest Kid" and A$20,000 to be held in trust until he turns 18.

2005 Series (Network Ten)[edit]

12,000 children sat the online test for the second season of Australia's Brainiest Kid, aired on Network Ten. Some of them were selected to sit the supervised test. The seven winners of the heats, plus two others who made it into the final rounds of the heats played in the final.

This series had considerably more children participating, mainly due to the popularity of the first series.

All contestants received a Mathemagic computer tutor from the Australian Institute of Mathematics as a "participation" prize. The heat winners received ASUS laptops. The winner won a A$20,000 trust fund.

The winner of the second series final, William Xi, won the title of "Australia's Brainiest Kid" and a trust fund worth A$20,000 that he cannot touch before his 18th birthday. Mild outrage arose when over half of the Caucasian contestants were eliminated in the preliminary televised rounds. Among them was Luke Bridget who was rather predictably eliminated first, after being entered into the show so that "special" children would not be seen to be excluded from the competition. This was parodied on an episode of "The Chaser's War on Everything" featuring an advertisement for "Australia's Brainiest Non-Asian Kid," in which a contestant is unable to answer "What's two plus three?" correctly. This was followed by dozens of upcoming specials, featuring numerous animals, inanimate objects, and three subliminal messages.

Australia's Brainiest Specials[edit]

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Network Ten's specials include celebrities that often know each other from the work they do, often actors or people from another Network Ten programme, playing against each other; with the winner given the opportunity to donate money to a charity of their choice. Episodes of Australia's Brainiest are normally rated G.

Australia's Brainiest Comedian[edit]

Australia's Brainiest Comedian aired on 24 November 2005, and was repeated on 16 April 2006. This episode of Australia's Brainiest was given the television rating of PG, for mild coarse language.


Australia's Brainiest morning Star[edit]

Aired on 12 February 2006. It was repeated on 28 December 2006.


Australia's Brainiest Quiz Master[edit]

Australia's Brainiest Quiz Master aired on 19 February 2006, and featured winners from Nine Network's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, Sale of the Century and Temptation. It was repeated on 21 December 2006.


Australia's Brainiest Housemate[edit]

Australia's Brainiest Housemate aired on 26 February 2006, and featured Big Brother Australia housemates from the first five seasons.


Australia's Brainiest Radio Star[edit]

Australia's Brainiest Radio Star aired on 5 March 2006, and the contestants were radio announcers from major FM networks such as DMG, Macquarie Radio Network, and Austereo. It was repeated on 7 December 2006.


Australia's Brainiest Olympian[edit]

Australia's Brainiest Olympian aired on 12 March 2006. The winner's prize money was donated to K.I.D.S. Foundation, a children's charity.


Australia's Brainiest Musician[edit]

Australia's Brainiest Musician aired on 19 March 2006. The winner's prize money was donated to Club Friday.


Australia's Brainiest Neighbour[edit]

Australia's Brainiest Neighbour aired on 26 March 2006. The contestants were actors whose characters were in soap opera Neighbours at the time of its broadcast. The winner's prize money was donated to Open Family, Australia.


This episode was filmed late at night from 10:30pm to 1:30am due to all the actors having to finish filming on set before coming to the studio.[citation needed]

Australia's Brainiest Footballer[edit]

Aired on 2 April 2006

Featuring players from the various codes of football such as soccer, AFL, Rugby Union and Rugby league. The winner's prize money was donated to the McGuinness McDermott Foundation.


Australia's Brainiest Cricketer[edit]

Australia's Brainiest Cricketer aired on 9 April 2006, and contestants were Australian cricketers.


Australia's Brainiest Loser[edit]

Aired on 6 August 2006

Featured all of the contestants from the first Australian season of The Biggest Loser. The winner's prize money was donated to the Australian Red Cross.


  • Jo Cowling (Winner)
  • Kristie Dignam (Runner-up)
  • Shane Giles (Runner-up)
  • Ruth Almeida De Campos
  • Fiona Falkiner
  • David Hilyander
  • Harry Kantzidis
  • Tracy Moores
  • Vladimir "Big Wal" Milberg
  • Adriano Sarnelli
  • Artie Rocke
  • Cat White

Australia's Brainiest BB06 Housemate[edit]

Australia's Brainiest BB06 Housemate aired on 13 August 2006, and featured nine housemates from Big Brother 2006. David donated his prize money to Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. This episode was classified PG without consumer advice. It was repeated on Thursday 14 December 2006.


Australia's Brainiest Comedian 2[edit]

Australia's Brainiest Comedian 2 aired on 17 August 2006, and featured an all new batch of Australian comedians. The winner's prize money was donated to Anaphylaxis Australia. This episode was classified PG without consumer advice.


Australia's Brainiest Idol[edit]

Australia's Brainiest Idol aired on 20 August 2006, and featured former contestants from the reality-TV series, Australian Idol. It was repeated on 25 November 2006 on the eve of the Australian Idol fourth-season finale.


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