The Fox hit reality series Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
have made celebrities out of its’ five young students, Alana Etheridge
, Jacob Hays
, Kyle Collier
, Laura Marano
and Spencer Martin
The show, which first started airing early this year, initially started out strong in the ratings chart. However, as the series progressed, it began drawing in less viewers, especially when American Idol
episodes stopped airing before it.
Nevertheless, the five stars of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
were enthusiastic during their backstage interview with Entertainment Tonight.
"The only reason they put makeup on us is because they have lights on the stage," the five students explained. "If we didn't have makeup on, all we would have is a glowing light on our face."
Hays, 11, commented on the inability of some contestants to answer.
"I think it is really sad when they've got a degree and specialize in stuff or do it for a living, " he said. "Most of the contestants were accountants, but their worst subject was math. I find that fascinating."
However, Hays thinks that he and his classmates on the show “aren’t smarter than adults.” He reasoned that it has been easy for them to answer questions because they “have been taught it recently.”
The host of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
, Jeff Foxworthy
, shares the same view as Hays.
"I keep telling people, I don't necessarily know if they are smarter, but they have seen this stuff more recently than us,” Foxworthy said. “As adults, we have deleted these files. I don't know why my brain has chosen to remember all the words to the theme from 'Gilligan's Island,' but forgotten everything about triangles. It is just gone.”
9-year-old Etheridge also offered her opinion about the contestants of the reality series.
“It has been a lot time since they were in elementary school, but they know how to do things that we don't, like on a job and keeping up with stuff,” she explained. “They are so close to the answers and they talk themselves out of the right answers.”
-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: ET Online
(Photo Courtesy of Fox)