Where do they find them??!!??

United States
October 11, 2007 8:13pm CST
I just finished watching the TV show "Are you Smarter Than a Fifth Grader" and watch the dumbest female I have ever seen show the world than she was not even smarter than a first grader. First question was first grade English, the question was how many consonants in the word vowel, she said 2 and spelled the word voul!!! First 3 and only answers she got to and every one wrong. I was so happy than she flunked and left without a dime. I would never show my face again in public if I had been her. So my question is where do they find these contestants? Are they for real?
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15 responses
@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
12 Oct 07
Wow, kind of harsh lol. Well they pick people that are outgoing and the crowd will respond to. Give her a little credit, that is a lot of pressure. Think about it, you are infront of an audience with Jeff Foxworthy and you are on camera with millions of viewers. not to mention at some point a bunch of 11 year olds are going to prove that they are smarter than you. She probably is kicking herself for messing up. And then again maybe they throw in a dumb one now and again so that they aren't always giving money away.
• United States
12 Oct 07
I think I would have felt differently about that particular contestant if she had not seemed so pleased with herself, even the kids were amazed.
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
12 Oct 07
No telling where the get tehm from and I have tried to answer some of the questions and come up blank on some guess I have been out of school to long lololol
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@patgalca (15315)
• Orangeville, Ontario
12 Oct 07
Yes, we have been out of school awhile as I noted in my post. But aren't we all learning from this show? I think that is one major benefit for the viewers - learn and laugh.
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• United States
12 Oct 07
Some of the questions are really hard and I have learned quite a lot from the show.
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
12 Oct 07
I agree learn and laugh . and mostly at myself for forgetting the answers lololol
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@MarieJ23 (1041)
• United States
12 Oct 07
Same here. I am really so annoyed last night with that girl. Man! She is the dumbest of all I saw there in the show. Remember, she peeked and copied the answers of the kids all throughout the game. Worst was she doesn't know how many consonants in the word vowel. Hubby said, it's a shame that she doesn't know what's the spelling of vowel...LOL..Imagine?
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• United States
12 Oct 07
I am so glad you agree with me. She is the worse I have even seen and she did not care how she was making herself look to millions of people, especially why she thought there were only 2 consonants in the word vowel. She made herself appear even dumber, perhaps they were paying her to be a new dumb, dumb and dumber!
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@patgalca (15315)
• Orangeville, Ontario
12 Oct 07
I am sure they send in an audition tape and then have to do a written test. They probably have a certain criteria in deciding who will be on the show. If a person has a great personality and really flunks out on the test, that will bring a few minutes of humour. They may have a maximum score they can get, like 50%. My children love this show. They are in grade 6 and 9. Not always do they get the answers correct but in most cases they do, and the reason is because they just learned this stuff a few years ago. Contestants haven't been to school in years. Even if they did, I, for example, do not EVER remember studying the solar system. I know nothing about it. My kids do, but I don't and I don't believe we ever studied it in school. So there are many reasons why people get the answers wrong, including the fact that they are on television in front of hundreds of people with a celebrity by their side making jokes. It can be very intimidating. I have yelled at the TV sometimes "How stupid can a person be?" but then think, I wonder if I would jump so quickly to the answer if real money were on the line and I were in front of an audience and all. It's all good fun.
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• United States
12 Oct 07
I agree that it would be nerve wracking but what bothers me that after I had the first three completely wrong I would be showing some kind of embarrassment and this young lady didn't seem to realize just how ignorant she appeared. The auditions for the kids caused quite a flurry here as the different schools were submitting kids to be on the show.
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@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
12 Oct 07
Heh, "don't even remember studying the solar system" ;p Also some things especially in Science and to a lesser extent history have changed since some of us have been to school.
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
12 Oct 07
Well yea that was pretty dumb I've got to say. The only critique I have of the show is that some questions are esoteric and others are debatable if they really match up with grade level. One question "spell nervous" was 1st grade level, but I've seen plenty of primary schools use 7 letter words in the third grade and 3 letter words in first grade. Granted its an easy question, but I still have that observation. Another question was 5th grade drama. "What Shakespearian play begins with the line 'two houses both alike in dignity'?" Friends and a few family members reacted with "!?" when I shared the question with them (or they had seen it earlier). Most admitted not even having drama until high school. In 5th grade I started getting into Shakespearian works, but not through classes, only independent study and reading. I think its a pretty good show, but there are some !? moments with the questions. Personally I'd like to see more questions that are truly worth knowing like home country geography and history; I remember another lady getting the location of Washington DC wrong: thanks Sacriclam for sharing that. =)
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• United States
12 Oct 07
I find the show to be quite educational and there are some questions that I don't have a clue about and seem to me to be very advanced/difficult for 5th grade level.
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
12 Oct 07
I wonder if they paid her to act so stupid and flunk out. Sometimes I think they do that to get more people to watch.
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• United States
12 Oct 07
You may be right because these shows are taped and they did not have to show that really dumb person.
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@carolscash (9500)
• United States
12 Oct 07
I have seen people miss easy answers on that show. However, I have also seen questions on there that I couldn't answer and I went to college. I am sure that she was embarrassed but she may just not be a natural speller.
• United States
12 Oct 07
Some are very hard but she said she majored in Art yet thought the artist Van Gogh came from France! Even I knew that he came from Holland.
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@hopejordan (3566)
• Australia
12 Oct 07
are you from australia cause we have it here in Australia the fifth grader i watch thats is a good show
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• United States
12 Oct 07
No I watch here in the States. I like the show as well.
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• United States
12 Oct 07
Hey! Some of the questions are hard. I want to know how they figure that some of the question are grade school questions.
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• United States
12 Oct 07
I admit that some are really hard and the kids are very smart.
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@gradyslady (4055)
• United States
13 Oct 07
Lol yeah I watch it and it's like are you serious that you don't know what 12*12 is off the top of your head? I'm sorry but I learned that stuff in like the 5th grade. I don't know if that was on there but stuff like it!
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@cjthedog64 (1553)
• United States
12 Oct 07
Questions that are specific like that Shakespeare thing, I might know if we'd just done it in school, but not long after it. Things like spelling, history, geograpy and math are constants and I'd expect that people should know them as adults. Of course, look at the little teaching that goes on nowadays. It's not surprising that so many people graduate without having a clue.
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• United States
12 Oct 07
LOL I saw that last night, and I thought wow her "mood ring" didnt do her justice! LOL Im not sure where they get their contestants from. Im not sure why most dont take advantage of their "help" and start with 5th grade first, then work their way down to the easier questions when they cant call on the kids anymore. I know that would be my tactic, makes more sense to me. Bay Lay Gray xx
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• United States
12 Oct 07
You are so right and I did see one young lady who got to $350,000.00 starting with the hardest first.
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• United States
12 Oct 07
Well there you go! lol She had the right idea! Just seems logical to me anyway. If you think the first grade questions are hard, what are you going to think of the fifth grade questions! lol Geesh
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@crazed_moma (1054)
• United States
12 Oct 07
From the audience? One of my co-workers was talking about how brilliant that woman was today. :) Beauty and the Geek makes me feel smart too. Maybe that's where they found her. ;)
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• United States
13 Oct 07
I would not let your coworker do any anything that involved using her brain if she really thought that woman was brilliant!.
@Kowgirl (3490)
• United States
15 Oct 07
I love the show, but the questions??? leave me wondering. I have a friend who teaches 3rd grade and she said that these are questions for advanced students. Not many first graders can even read well, much less spell 6 letter words. How many first graders would even know what a consonant is? I'll bet we would all go blank when we are confronted with a big camera with a red light flashing to let us know we are in front of millions. Anyway they were trying to get her confused by using the word VOWEL. Leading her to see 2 in the word. It's like me writing the word red with a green crayon and asking you to read what you see....Try doing that sometimes with 5 colors. It's a great mind exercise.
@jennybianca (12913)
• Australia
14 Oct 07
One of our TV chgannels heavily prtomoted this new program. From the way it was promoted, & the bist I saw, totally turned me off. I don't watch it.